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Something To SMILE About May 28, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Nature, People.
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When Olivia Bouler (age 11) learned about the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, she went right to work . . . armed with her creativity, her compassion, and a few art supplies:

Young Artist Helps Gulf Wildlife One Drawing at a Time

Olivia (who can be found on Facebook) is giving bird drawings to people who donate to wildlife recovery efforts in the Gulf through non-profits, including the Sierra Club, Audubon, the Nature Conservancy, and the National Wildlife Federation.

How do you spell awesome?


To hook up with Olivia on Facebook:  Save the Gulf: Olivia’s Bird Illustrations

No rules.  Just write!

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More Good News! May 28, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Sustainable Living.
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Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glenn, NY is offering refuge to the animals abused at the Conklin Dairy farm in Ohio:

Farm Sanctuary Offers Rescue and Refuge for Animals Victimized in Ohio Dairy Farm Cruelty Case

“Thousands of people are calling for Conklin Dairy Farm to be shut down and the animals removed,” said Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary. “We have received countless calls from people all across the country expressing outrage upon viewing this video, and calling not only for prosecution of those individuals involved in these abusive acts, but also the rescue and refuge of the animals on this farm. We are equipped to provide protection for abused farm animals and we have expressed our willingness to help with local authorities.”

“Throughout our many years caring for abused dairy cows and calves, we’ve seen firsthand the severe toll such abuse takes on these sensitive, gentle beings,” said Susie Coston, national shelter director for Farm Sanctuary. “Fortunately, we’ve also seen how resilient their broken bodies and spirits can be when given proper rehabilitative care and treated with kindness and respect for the first time in their lives. On behalf of our 230,000 members and supporters, and the scores of outraged citizens we’ve been hearing from who have taken up our cause to end cruelty to farm animals after seeing this video, we hope to see justice and a safe refuge for the animals on Conklin’s farm.”

I don’t know about you . . . but this is MOO-SIC to my ears!

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Pedal Power May 28, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Nature, Poetry, Word Play.
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I entered Sierra Club’s contest to Win A Breezer Uptown 8 bicycle. 

My Haiku didn’t win me a new bike but it was fun to write:

Coast pristine coastlines
Unmarred by tar-feathered friends
Biking is a breeze

No rules.  Just write!

A Warm Hug For A Sad Child May 28, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, People.
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I read a post on WEbook this morning, A Sad Child by AmeliaBadelia, which discusses a poem by Margaret Atwood.

Margaret’s poem, A Sad Child, using Amelia’s words, “feels like a hug from my mother.”

If you need a hug . . . go take a peak.  I’ll wait for you to get back.

* * * * *

Margaret’s poem has a shiny Spiritual point to it.

Our Ego want to be “the best, the brightest, the favorite.”   Each time Ego realizes that it is NOT the best, the brightest, the favorite, it punishes us by making us sad about that inevitability of life.

But it doesn’t have to be that way . . .

When we stop competing to be “the favorite” . . . we free ourselves to live our lives to the fullest.

With nothing to prove.
To anybody.

We are free to be who we want to be.

And others can accept us, or not, as they choose.

We’re far too busy dancing to notice.

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