For a river, there is a time to build, and a time to cut away a time to slow down, and a time to speed up a time to sparkle, and a time of deep shadow a time to shape, and a time to rend a time for movement, and a time to hold steady a time to support, and a time to dislodge a time to float at ease, and a time for the maelstrom a time of gentle exploration, and a time of unbending energy a time to gurgle, and a time to hurl a time to be placid, and a time to be harsh a time to enhance life, and a time to threaten a time to bring pleasure, and a time to sow fear a time to be confined, and a time to know freedom a time for every season under the heavens
On their return trip to Earth from the Moon, the Apollo 11 astronauts photographed Earth as a crescent. NASA original image data dated on or about July 20, 1969Vegetation as seen by Suomi NPP Satellite/credit NASA/NOAA Images crafted from a year’s worth of data collected by the Suomi NPP satellite provide a vivid depiction of worldwide vegetation. Suomi NPP, short for National Polar-orbiting Partnership, is a partnership between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Earth’s wild heart calls to me sings to me as curious about me as I am about it; envelops me now as we come to understand what we are made of.
May our beautiful earth our garden of paradise flourish in peace
Returning to visit the back yard – where collie dog, best friend and surrogate parent, gone for years, runs, as in life, to greet her at the side gate vision so powerful she pushes its strangeness away then instantly wishes she could call it back, live in its sweetness a few moments longer.
Cruelty thrives in dark places
smelling foul in confined spaces
secrets kept with our consent
living creatures we do torment.
Through the mill they’re forced each day
crushing and grinding their lives away
expelled when breeding life is done
mechanized profits dearly won.
Puppy mills sound benign. But here’s what a mill is and does:
to mill (v): to subject to some operation or process; to shape or finish; to crush or grind; to hull; to stamp; to pass through a roller; to beat with the fists; to thrash; to pulverize;
mill (n): a machine that manufactures by the continuous repetition of an action; an institution that turns out products in the manner of a factory or machine; an experience or process that has a marked effect (as of hardening, disciplining, or disillusioning) on the character or personality, usually used in the phrase through the mill.
Webster’s Third New International Dictionary
“Puppy mills” conceal horrific reality. These mills disgrace our laws and notions of human decency. Let’s outlaw them.
Ellicott is an all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization rescuing birds and other wildlife since 2002. They do wonderful work. Now they need help to continue. I’m also posting their appeal letter. The staff is dedicated and effective and gives their all. If any of you can give a little, it would be a fine thing. There are so many amazing non-profit organizations, and some are dear to your hearts. Blessings to all of them and to you – to all rescuers.