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Let’s Lose the Labels

Over and over and over I am getting the lessons: Don’t judge people by their appearances. Don’t make assumptions. And don’t label others! Look beyond the labels. Recently I have been living in a tiny village of about 1000 people. It’s six miles from a larger town, and though it’s in California (northern California), at times it feels like it could be in Kansas. It feels so Middle America. Where I live, there are farmers and ranchers and blue collar workers. There is a gas station and convenience store, a bakery, and a mill, but mostly the main street is…

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Extending Kindness to All Animals

We in the United States have a rather dysfunctional relationship when it comes to animals. On the one hand, many of us dote on our pets, giving them all the love we would give our own children. On the other hand, there are whole segments of the animal population that we treat with neglect, at best, or, at worst, horrors that are so bad we can’t even bear to think about them. We could talk about pigs or lab animals or zoo animals, but right now, let’s start with the common Cow. Cows are among the gentlest of animals. They…

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Harmony on This Earth

This morning I walked down to the pond which is a five minute walk from my door. When I arrived, as is my custom, I sang some prayers. Then, facing the East, I gave thanks for new directions in my life. Within moments I heard the recognizable snort of a buck hidden down in the trees to my right. This is a distinctive noise. It’s like a firm, clear, loud exhalation. He does this a few times and I very slowly turn my body toward the direction of the sound. I start to talk to him. I sing to him.…

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Plants and Other Gentle Beings

A couple mornings ago a man in a pickup truck, with a trailer behind him and a backhoe upon the trailer, pulled up to the house I’ve been living in for the last two weeks or so. I walked up with a smile and asked, “Are we expecting you?” He said that he’d been hired to create a “fire road” through the manzanitas which surround the house. Well, I was not the owner and no one had told me about this plan and as it was a law to create these kinds of barriers to protect human property from wildfires,…

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