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"Let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism. Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are the most powerful weapons."
---Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt and gave an amazing speech at the U.N. on her 16th birthday-and won a Nobel Prize.
"We must be careful that the people who make $5000 a year are not
pitted against those who make $25,000 a year by those who make
$900,000 a year."
Barbara Milkulski, in a speech, 1974
"The freedom of man, I contend, is the freedom to eat." Eleanor Roosevelt
PLEASE HELP SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES
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Halloween is coming!
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Cranberries--threat or menace?
Updated Thursday, October 1, 2015
Easy access to show listings in Northern and central NY, along with the
occasional article by Sue-Ryn: The Metaphysical Times
After a while we both secretly started looking at dog porn:
listings from local SPCAs and rescue groups. We came out to each
other, agonized. We ready for another dog? Was it too soon?
As wildlife rehabilitators we have cages in our back yard hold birds learning to self-feed and fly in a safe, controlled environment, and mammals learning the same--minus the flying.
Our dog has to be special kind of dog--one who won't bark at, stalk, harass, or otherwise trouble such critters. Not every dog can deal with 6 foot cube cages of squirrels--or woodchucks or crows--on their turf. Chloe could. She understood that it was okay to chase rabbits out of the yard, but that if an animal was in a cage it was her job to defend it.
So a new dog would have to be pretty special. We knew what we were looking for: someone young, but not too young, a year or two old; something with some Border Collie in her, that meant brains, trainability, and a herd instinct we could use to get her defending our strange flock; and he or she should be a bit smaller than Chloe was because we're get up there a bit and bigger dogs are hard to handle.
We knew what we were looking for. What we found was Delilah.
dog room of our favorite shelter was utter chaos. Barking, howling,
jumping. The one dog we had come to look at--part Red Heeler--was in
a barking, leaping frenzy. All the dogs were going nuts--all except
one. This big brown female who just sat there quietly watching us
with sad, thoughtful eyes. The canine hysteria all around her had
nothing to do with her. She found it mildly embarrassing.
We kept being drawn back to look at this quiet, grounded dog. So we took her for a walk. She barely turned her head when we went by kennels of barking dogs. Didn't pull on the leash. Just enjoyed her walk with us. On the ride home we kept talking about how neither of us had ever seen a dog that was so . . . calm. And we kept thinking: if dad and the kids went to to that pound she was never going to get picked.
We were going to look at a female Border Collie at another shelter, but the waiting list for her built up fast, and we kept thinking--and talking--about that calm dog Delilah. Who was nothing like what we were looking for. She's as big as Chloe--not a small dog. She's 8 years old, and if anything there's Boxer or maybe Great Dane--or even Pit Bull--in her puppy woodpile.
So the last weekend pf July we went back and got her. It's been a bit strange. She doesn't bark much--almost never. She does howl in anguish if we are out of sight too long. Doesn't beg for food, doesn't lunge at the door, asks permission before getting up on the furniture, has a cast iron bladder. Is allowed near the squirrel/duck cages only under supervision so far, but no lunging or barking so the indicators are good. We're in love. And maybe later we'll get another cat.
No great moral here, but a simple message that bears repeating: rescue dogs are the best dogs, and being open to what you find instead of being fixated on what you think you want can lead you to finding a hidden gem.
From Time to time I have needed an Animal Communicator. I first met Sally Gewinner at a small event in Fulton. At that time our old kitty Belle was showing some odd behaviors. Sally helped confirm my suspicions and figure out ways to help deal with belle's transition. Since then I have called upon Sally for help with domestic pets and Wildlife too. Her gentle healing wisdom has always proved supportive of the animals in our care. Sally still works full time as a teacher, but you can often find her at weekend psychic and holistic fairs in the central NY region. You can find her on line at http://www.energy-light.com or call her at 315.458.2430 if you need faster help or an appointment.
And now available, Kitty Magic Carpets in extra heavy-duty fabric--what we call the 'Sherman the Shredder' edition. Want to check them out? Go to the Catnip Goodies Page There are also some new pictures of cats with their Party Animals and Mr. Sardini Snakes on the Party Animals page.
Worth visiting is the
Pets Page, a listing of tips and resources and books and links for
the owner of animals
of every stripe, including information on fostering
animals for people in the service.
If you are looking for a pet, be it a dog or cat or whatever, you will find a link on that page to http://www.petfinder.org
a place that can be a world of help. That's how we found our Chloe.
Give an animal in need a home!
What we really want is help making the page (pages, actually) even more useful. Got useful info? Regular mail it to us or email it to email@example.com for possible inclusion.
A personal note from Sue-Ryn:
I frequently joke with customers, saying, "Accept no substitutes," when asked if I am the Hill Womanwho has been around and selling herbs and scents for over two decades. Last summer a few people asked if I knew a few different people who claimed to be 'apprentices' or 'students' of mine.
While I know I have inspired and empowered many along their own herbal and spiritual paths, I have no apprentices, students (or acolytes, or subjugated minions, for that matter).
Anyone who claims to a student or apprentice is not being completely honest with you.
Feeling a bit isolated? Having a hard time
finding things to help feed your spiritual side?
Desperately Seeking Serenity is a page listing some sources for books, music and more.
Check it out for a listing of catalogs and newsletters. Got suggestions for listings? Drop
us a line and let us know, please. Knowledge is best when it's shared.
As always, I'm grateful to the many folks
who help keep Hill Woman grounded and growing;
the family and friends, the helpers both hired and volunteer.
I count such fine companions and co-conspirators as treasure.
Special thanks are due to each and every one of you who visits this site or reads my
brochure and accords me the honor and pleasure of serving you. Your encouragement,
kindness, and continuing support mean more to me than you will ever know. And to
those who've visited, used, and complimented this site, the Computer & Incense Troll
thanks you from the rubbly bottom of his black little heart.
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