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Two days ago I received an email from a woman named Simone, from the on-line magazine Retirement and Good Living. She had seen a comment I wrote on one of their articles and went to check out who I was. Upon seeing the volunteer work I’m involved in she asked if I’d like to write an article on volunteering. It’s a great magazine featuring topics on health, money, travel, etc. and a blog where other people write the articles. Below is the article I wrote for them on volunteering.
This is one of those things I needed to see. And want to share. So beautifully simple. So helpful. A big cyber hug to all my cyber friends.
Originally posted on Breath of Joy:
“He who is contented is rich” ~ Lao Tzu
Being deeply grateful for what you have is the key to happiness. It is believed by people who practice awareness that there are unlimited things for us to be grateful for. Gratefulness comes more easily with humility and having respect for others but with minimal or no expectations. It is important to remember that we need to focus on the good we have and not on what we don’t have.
In spiritual retreats and programs we are asked to list five or ten reasons every night for which we ought to be grateful and in just a few days beautiful changes start taking place – we feel more at peace and our anxiety levels reduce. It is also amazing that the reasons for which we need to be grateful also keep increasing more and more.
Lets welcome gratitude and contentment in…
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I continue to be extremely grateful to those who take the time read my book and to write a review. All the profits have gone to help save the lives of dogs and cats in the first and only no kill shelter in Ventura County, where I live. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/08/ojai-authors-historical-novel-teaches-tolerance/
A few of the recent reviews:
I’ve been with my new family, in my new forever home, now for eleven days. It was really hard for me to adjust at first and I was depressed, not wanting to eat, not even wanting to wag my tail. I was confused, wandering around trying to find my real family that I’d been with for what must have been fifteen years. Day by day, after two vets examined me, after baths and massages, after being hand fed, I perked up. Now, I’m doing much better. My appetite isn’t what it used to be but I am eating and I get biped food which is really yummy. My biped mom told me that there are a lot of kind people all over who have wished me well. I wanted to say a huge thank you and that I feel the love. Hope you all feel the love back to you from me. Wag wag, Lady Luck
A very valuable post, especially in light of our discovering that Lady’s appetite is leaving, singling that our days with her are numbered. It is with a heavy heart, yet a grateful heart that I share this. And I pray for as many good days with Lady as possible, that she may continue to open her eyes to the miracle of the gift of life.
A friend sent me this photo and the info below it. Needless to say it broke my heart. I found out she was scheduled to be put to sleep but was given a three day extension. No one put in a rescue request. Her clock was ticking and so my husband and I decided to do something about this sweetheart. Her arthritic legs held her up for the entire 2 1/2 hour drive back to our place with her head out the window. After a good long sniff, a meal, doing her stuff in the right place she’s happily resting next to Max & Bella, her new siblings. She’s an absolute sweetheart with a lot of life left in her senior body. The shelter named her Lady Luck. We’ll call her Lady for short.
The challenge starts again today. If anyone would like to vote please click on the link below and type in Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center. The VOTE line comes up with letters to fill in. Fill in the letters in upper case and once it comes back to VOTE click on vote. That should do it. Thank you in advance for anyone helping out here. Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center is the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County.
Thanks to Colleen, over at http://bikecolleenbrown.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/howd-i-get-here/#comment-27401 I was reminded of something I once read. I thought it’d be fun to share it and then ask anyone who cares to share their shortest story with a link back to their site. There are so many of you out there who I love to read, follow, get to know, but time is too short to stay up to date with every word. So many of you lighten me up when I’m feeling down, salt my bland courage bone when I’m huddled in a shell, stimulate my gray cells with new and interesting information, and inspire me to travel, to sing, to dance (well, maybe dream of dancing), to love my furry kids a little better, etc.
Here’s Hemingway’s story:
It is said that the shortest story ever told was written by the then young Ernest Hemingway, who said he could write a complete story in only six words!
His colleagues disagreed, and each bet 10$ against the claim.
Hemingway wrote down the words on a napkin
and passed it around.
Everyone agreed that he won the bet.
Here is the shortest story ever told:
For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.
Lola is the momma dog who was attacked while protecting her puppies. She’s one of the 17 dogs that was being trained and tortured by her owners to become a fight dog. The police have confiscated all the dogs which are now under Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center. Lola is still in the hospital. The criminal investigation is still underway and no future information has been released on the perpetrators. There’s been a huge outpouring of interest in adopting the dogs. Thank you to all who have helped these beautiful dogs have a chance at a decent life filled with love.
Refer back to original post about Lola and her puppies: http://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/severly-abused-dogs-puppies-land-at-santa-paula-animal-rescue-center/
All photos and newspaper and TV reporting of these severely abused dogs can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/santapaulaarc
Santa Paula Police Dept. Press Release
On 03/11/14, Santa Paula Animal Control was dispatched to a call of 4 to 5 dogs being mauled in the backyard of a residence in the 500 block of N.14th Street. Upon arrival, there was an obvious sounds of what appeared to be a dog fight to the rear of a residence. Santa Paula Animal Control Officer separated the dogs and requested the assistance of Santa Paula Police Officers. Several dogs were found injured to the rear of the residence. With the assistance of the Ventura County Animal Control and the Humane Society, a total of 16 dogs were removed from the property.
Evidence of dog breeding was located on the property as well as evidence of dogs being trained to fight including an agitator stick, cropped ears and clipped tails on the dogs, and various stages of wounds healing on the dogs. At this time no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. The owner denied any allegations of wrongdoing.
Update: The suspect is identified as Silvano Moses Duran, 28 years old of Santa Paula.
Current Charges: Penal Code 597(a), Additional Charges Pending Investigation.
My beautiful and talented friend, Cindy, has a heart of gold to feature these wonderful up-for-adoption dogs. Friends in Southern California, Los Angeles area, please feel free to share. Love you Cindy!!!
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Meet Monty… and Helen, who writes with such brilliant intelligence that I can’t resist sharing her site. Have a gander over to see this wonderful post, it doesn’t disappoint.
Originally posted on The Venomous Bead:
Monty was born three weeks ago, but his mother rejected him. So, instead of being outside with this lot:
Monty is living in the house….and spending more time in the garden as he grows increasingly independent.
His mother and another ewe gave birth to twins on the same day – and both mothers rejected the males; butting them away quite roughly, so we took them into the house.
One little chap was just too weak to make it, and we thought we had lost Monty too on the second morning. We looked into his box expecting the worst…but a little grizzled head was lifted slightly, and Monty battled on.
Leo spent endless time getting him to take milk – he had no idea of sucking, so Leo rehydrated him first with water around his mouth, then rubbing milk…
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Recent SPARC Adoptions.
To see these photos and more at the SPARC facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/santapaulaarc/photos_stream
For all dog lovers, a grrrrrrreat little video. And, stop by to say hello to my friend, generous blogger and all around great guy, JK Bevill.