Monday, November 11, 2019

Survival Sister by Bethany Brewer

It's an honor to post this poem by a different kind of veteran.

Survival Sister


If you transported me back in time,

when we shared a damp sleeping bag,
your tiny popsicle toes scratching into the backs of
my warm bent knees
with stars for a roof and no walls of support

when those tiny toes kicked my sterilized top bunk
from your bottom bleached fort at the homeless
shelter while mom flirted for escape,
inevitably finding us a leather
stepfather across the clanging room of
metal cafeteria food

when you made yourself my backpack
as we cowered in the corner, my
concave chest failing to expand into the
puffed out superhero stance I sought to
protect you from the bloodshed

If you had told me then,
with your little voice that had yet to
learn it’s ‘r‘ sounds.

If you had taken my scarred young face
in your tiny speckled hands, two sets of
matching Bambi eyes that continued to
watch our mother dying from this
disease. Eyes that stared deep into a future of
burnt hope, determination rising from the ashes
of the cigarette burns in our 25-cent tights that
never took us to ballet class.

If you had told me then that I would be kneeling
before you, painting rainbows on your glorious
pregnant belly as your first born miracle danced
glittery pirouettes around our 40-year bond.

If you had told me then, my Survival Sister.
Then I would tell you…
it’s all going to be ok.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Elephant in the Room

Image result for jimmy johns ceoEver since I saw the grinning photo of the CEO of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, sitting on the knee of the elephant he killed, I've been sickened. The money he's raking in from selling sandwiches, is financing his trophy hunting trips.

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In October 2018, Liautaud was included in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people. At this time, Forbes estimated Liautaud's documented wealth at $1.7 billion. Wikipedia 

What makes me sicker is how helpless we are to do anything. Boycotts are a great idea, but how much would that cut into his billionaire status. He's beyond our reach.

Then a friend sent this video to me.   Music for Elephants

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And another sent me the story of her dog with a deformed leg and how she contacted Derrick Campana, and suggested I look at some videos of the work he's doing.

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There isn't anything I can do about a man like Liautaud. Boycotting a place I've never eaten in (and never will) isn't the way to get my heartache to stop. Sharing the good work people are doing to save animals, is a better use of my time and energy. Let the Liautauds, the Trump boys, and their ilk, come to their own end.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

A Little Something to turn your Stomach.

Image result for chicken transport trucksIf you still eat chicken, and you aren't buying cage-free or free-range chickens, here's how they are shipped to slaughter. I passed one of these trucks yesterday on Hwy 101 north of Santa Rosa. The cages were so short, the chickens were lying on their sides. It was the most sickening disregard for a live being I've ever seen. And if this doesn't do it for you, think of the terror of traveling at 55 mph in open air. There was no ID on the truck, so no way to know which farm they came from or where they were going.

Jul 24, 2018 - At the slaughterhouse, after being held in the trucks for 1 to 12 hours, chickens raised for meat are torn from the cages and hung upside down ...

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Night of the Cane Toads by Maureen Eppstein

I haven't done a blog post in over a year. I have to admit, it's because technology threw me. I have a lovely new website that I don't know how to use. I tried blogging from it and failed. I didn't want to keep bugging my web-designer, so I put off trying again and time does what time does. It moved on, leaving me further behind.

Today, I read something I thought would make a good post and found this one by Maureen. It's the one I couldn't get uploaded to my website. But, by golly, this old blogspot is still up and running and even has viewers, so I'm going to give it a shot. One year late. Apologies Maureen.

My friend, Maureen Eppstein, is a New Zealander with an accent I could listen to all day. She's a naturalist and poet, with an eye for astonishingly beautiful details.
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Maureen Eppstein's website

Night of the Cane Toads
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More about Cane Toads 

P.S. From my friend Johanna, always the clever one:

"Good souls abound. That’s a profoundly homely toad. Great that someone has their bumpy backs"