Every Mother’s Right

Every Mother’s Right

One of the best arguments Jane Smiley makes in “A Year at the Races” is about mammals…how we are mammals, and how similar therefore we and all other earth mammals are.  I haven’t talked about vegetarianism or veganism on this site because it seems to incite such vitriol among the pro’ers and the con’ers.  Sooo not necessary.  Civilized debate is the hallmark of progress–not change, mind you, because not all change is progress.  You can jump up and down on a pogo stick; you may be moving, yes, but are you advancing?  So we can agree to disagree, on any point, at any time, but let’s keep it civil (otherwise, don’t darken my door again).

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Mis-spent Summer

Mis-spent Summer

We spent most of today cleaning up the property, especially our 40-foot-long front garden, and prepared the ground for winter.  We’ve had so much rain this summer and fall that it was hard to know when to do this.  And to confirm my confusion is the strange behaviour of a tall bearded Iris planted amongst a few others in the small backyard garden.  I had trundled him home along with a few others about two years ago.  The first year, baby squirrels had at his buds, thinking they were really well-shaped peanuts, I guess.  Last summer, he didn’t flower at all, though his leaves were strong, long and green.  This summer, he didn’t bloom either…but now…now that Winter is upon us, he has put forth a robust flower stem with two buds clearly about to bloom!  I am thrilled, even though I keep thinking that this iris is mentally challenged:  doesn’t he realize that his blooming season was five months ago?!  

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Saving America’s Horses. A Nation Betrayed

Saving America’s Horses. A Nation Betrayed

While at the Virginia Conference, I had the good fortune to meet Katia Louise, producer and director of the outstanding film, Saving America’s Horses.  This was a film that I’d been frothing at the mouth to see for nearly two years.  (I kid you not.)  A Humanion Films production sponsored by Wild for Life Foundation, I’d seen the movie trailer over and over again on different advocacy sites, and in addition to being a total fan of Tippi Hedren, director of Shambala, the wildlife preserve in California, who is featured in the movie (along with Paul Sorvino), I knew–I just knew–that this film could evolve public understanding of the plight of North American horses in one sitting. Katia, who is about the size of a china doll with the accompanying exquisiteness must have the inner fortitude of Samson.  

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American Cousins

American Cousins

Yes, it’s true…I’m one-quarter American (or one-sixth or some fraction thereof).  Maternal Gran emigrated to Youngstown, Ohio, married a distant cousin in Philly, PA (no Deliverance jokes, please!), moved to TO or Montreal (I forget which was first) but ended up, anyway, in Montreal, and bore seven children, one of the last two of whom was my mother.  Mum was a helluva dancer and singer…so much so that, in her heyday, she was spotted by a talent scout from New York who tried to persuade her father that she had a career waiting in New York.  It was a different era then, so of course, Grandpa felt that only hussies were actresses and singers, and so on.  Mum went on to marry my father, and I’ll save her story for another time.  

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Bad to the Bone

These two videos speak for themselves (no pix, just verbal descriptions).  A killbuyer turns over a new leaf after a couple of decades of doing things to horses for money that, finally, made even his stomach turn.  This comes from the CHDC blog with grateful thanks to Cathleen Doyle for this information.

 

We’re not aware of the circumstances of this chilling testimony but have posted it as we know these things are still happening to our horses on a daily basis in North America.

Making a living is NO excuse for this depraved industry!

Our thanks to Cathleen Doyle for posting.

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfzX4Fx5xuE&mid=504

Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8ZNiRV5-Mw&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

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