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Angel Fine Art Newsletter|
- Thoughts on Love
- New Angel Story Submitted January 9th
- New Feature: The Animals'Corner
- "A Whale of a Tale..."
- Announcing a New Website Page
- Artist's Note
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.
-- Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC)
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
Without them humanity cannot survive. -- Dalai Lama
I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love.
His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows,
the water passed through his shoes -- and the stars through his soul.
-- Victor Hugo
Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none.
-- William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
I'm not rushing into being in love. I'm finding fourth grade hard enough.
-- Regina 'Age 10'
What the world really needs is more love and less paper work. -- Pearl Bailey
~ NEW ANGEL STORY ~
It was Easter Sunday, 2004 and all of our immediate family had gathered at my sister's house for dinner and an egg hunt after church. When the kids started to dye the eggs we had no vinegar, so it was off to the store (about 1 mile) for my sister Stacy and me.
Like it so often does in Oregon it had been pouring down buckets of rain but as we got into the car and readied ourselves for the trip home, the rain stopped and the sun shone so bright and hot that we actually had to open our windows a little. Stacy and I were facing each other and making small talk as we got prepared to leave.
All of a sudden there was a young man, maybe 20-25 at my window. He seemed to come out of nowhere. He was just there, and was asking if we could possibly spare some money because he was hungary and did not even have money to make a phone call or buy anything to eat. I can not remember if he said where/why he was in this predictament. I do seem to remember that he had a bicycle and he had on shorts and shirt like serious bike riders wear (think Lance Armstrong) but he did not have a helmet. So, Stacy and I gathered together about $5 for him - and poof, we glanced back and he was nowhere to be seen - and this is the really odd thing - at this shopping center we could see all the restaurants (none of which were open) and stores and he was gone - I mean vanished!! We both felt that this was an angel - maybe talking/testing us on some level.
This is another strange thing - when we returned home everyone asked what took you so long? But to us it seemed that we were gone 15-20 minutes at the most. It was closer to 45 minutes. But when Stacy & I started telling them the story about how we just knew that we had seen an angel not one of them laughed or teased us about it - not once - not ever!! And I still say to everyone that I am sure that I talked to an angel among us on that Easter Sunday. They all just nod and say, "I know." I feel blessed!!
1-11-06 ...I think that many of us do believe "that angels are among us." With so much news reaching us so quickly, it is sometimes easy to feel depressed and without hope. This feeling is only increased by the rapid pace of our everyday life. These wonderful stories give our hearts and souls wings with which to soar!
(I asked if he remembered any more details.) Yes, I do remember. He was about 5ft 9in. in height with a slight but strong, lithe, body. Think world-class swimmer or bicycle-racer. Do you know the type? His hair was light brown to dark blonde with many golden highlights. His skin was fair but with a healthy glow with no trace of facial hair or stubble. I do not remember for sure the color of his eyes but more the way they seemed to look into your soul, yet conveyed only comfort and kindness. His voice, while masculine was soft. Oddly, I felt no fear of this man who came so suddenly to be talking to us through an open car window in an unlocked car door.
-- John R.
THE ANIMALS' CORNER
THEY HAVE ANGELS TOO!
"There is an angel for each species through a soul level attachment, not an individual assignment such as humans' angels have...
"At soul level animals are aware of the angelic benevolence on their behalf. Even those animals whose lives are miserable have an angel force or influence to ease discomfort or allow physical lives to end if they are in great pain. Some angels have greater numbers of animals or more intelligent ones to protect than others, but no angel's responsibilities are more important than another's because all of those lives are meaningful in the universal scheme of animal energy balancing.
"Angels bring a sense of unity for the preservation of a type of animal, but it isn't their prerogative to wipe off the face of the earth those humans who are cruel to individual animals or even an entire species. Environmentalists who are acting in good faith...are being inspired in their efforts by the animals' angels."
Matthew Ward - "Revelations for A New Era"
- with Suzanne Ward
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase
chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the
evolution to a vegetarian diet." -- Albert Einstein
Firehouse.Com News "...Texas brings to mind mythical cattle drives across dusty plains, where a chef named Cookie serves hunks of meat to guys who talk like Sam Elliott in those "Beef, it's what's for dinner" commercials...Not Austin's Engine House 2. During certain shifts, one is more likely to pick up the scent of tofu than beef wafting out of the kitchen.
"That's because some Engine House 2 firefighters decided to make all firehouse meals vegan after one of them got back alarming blood-test results. (A vegan diet excludes all animal products and by-products, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy products and eggs. By definition, a vegetarian diet is not as strict about by-products.)"
Making the Switch - "Firefighter James Rae's blood cholesterol was in the 340s. That news coupled with his family's poor heart-health history, got him thinking about changing his eating habits. "We couldn't get a male in the Rae family, or my mom's side of the family, to live into their sixties," Rae said. "Big wake-up call. ... I'm athletic, but you can't change your blood cholesterol with just being athletic...I was a really big meat eater," he said.
"But fellow firefighter Rip Esselstyn, a former professional triathlete, helped convince Rae that he not only could get enough protein without eating meat, but that an animal-free diet could help stem and reverse damage done to his high-risk heart and arteries.
"For compassion reasons and for environmental reasons, it's the best way to go," Esselstyn said of following a vegan diet. He said he finds factory farming practices inhumane and environmentally destructive.
"To think that a pig or a cow or a chicken has no more feelings than your dog or cat is ludicrous," Esselstyn said. Of the environmental arguments against factory farming, he said that because of the vast amount of resources the farms require, "eating less meat is the second most important positive environmental decision that we as people can make..." -- To read more, visit this site: Texas Firehouse Goes Vegan
"Did you know? According to a Gallup poll, 96% of Americans
want to see animals protected from abuse, but farmed animals
are totally excluded from the Animal Welfare Act, so anything
goes on today's factory farms." (From Go Veg)
"Pamela Anderson's latest project is "Kentucky Fried Cruelty," an undercover expose blowing the whistle on the cruel treatment of animals at KFC's factory farm...help spread the word about KFC's cruel treatment of chickens, and read up on other ways that you can get involved. Of course, the best thing that you can do to help animals is to stop eating them, so please consider trying a vegetarian diet, just like Pamela." To read more about KFC...
Here is a great site with hundreds of helpful ideas: vegetarian
cooking, recipes, weight-loss diets, veggie guidelines and
a Free Weight-loss Newsletter. Vegetarian-diet.info
A 12-year follow-up study of 6,115 British vegetarians and 5,015 meat-eaters found cancer mortality was 39 per cent lower and ischaemic heart disease 28 per cent lower among the vegetarians. (Thorogood, 1994). http://www.vegetarian-diet.info/vegetarian-diet-mortality.htm
A WHALE OF A TALE, AND ITS ALL TRUE...
Whale Rescue - A Story of Blessing
If you saw the front page of the SF Chronicle on Thursday, December 15, 2005, you might have read about a female humpback
whale who had become entangled in a web of crab traps and lines.
She was weighed down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to
struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of rope
wrapped around her body -- her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her
A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone Islands
(outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help.
Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so
bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her, a very
dangerous proposition as one slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.
They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.
When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like
joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a
time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around -- she thanked them.
Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.
The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following
him the whole time, and he will never be the same.
"It's time to let the world know that |
animals are sentient beings who have souls, just
like the rest of us!"
-- Kim Sheridan from "Animals & the Afterlife"
"Along with her own experiences, she compiled those of people from around the world. She discovered overwhelming evidence that forever erased her own doubts of an afterlife for animals..." * * * * *
With this in mind, the new Angel Fine Art page is entitled, "Animals Are Souls Too"
, and it will include updates and progress in the efforts to relieve animal suffering everywhere, especially those in the factory farms; plus encouraging stories, books, articles and reports from behind the scenes.
Artist's Note: (PETA/http://www.peta.org - gives permission to quote anything from their website that will be of help to the animals.) Once again, I hope I didn't step on anyone's toes too badly - at least I'm sure you know the intent is good. Though this is probably helping in only a very small way, if we can alleviate even a tiny portion of the animals' suffering perhaps it's worthwhile. Sometimes it's difficult to get to sleep at night as I realize that while I'm snug and comfortable in my warm bed, thousands of creatures are dying every second in horrific and inhumane ways.