Angel Fine Art Newsletter
SPRING IS HERE
...at last !!
The crocus, lilacs and daffodils are
blooming, and the robins are out and about!
• Springtime Quotes
• New Feature: On This Day...
• An Easter Message
• The Animals' Corner
• Book Review
• Aubree's Angel Story
• The Elves of Lily Hill Farm
• Artist's Note
"Fairy Friend" in Fairy Art Open Editions
Listen, can you hear it?
Spring's sweet cantata.
The strains of grass pushing through the snow.
The song of buds swelling on the vine.
The tender timpani of a baby robin's heart.
-- Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider
Northern Exposure, Wake Up Call, 1992
A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
-- Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
O, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day!
-- William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
From “Daffodils” - by William Wordsworth
DID YOU KNOW?
On this day, April 16th in...
...1705 Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College
...1724 1st Easter observed
...1789 George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration
...1862 Slavery abolished in District of Columbia
...1900 US Post Office issues 1st books of postage stamps
"Pope Benedict XVI has spoken movingly about the exploitation of all beings, particularly of farmed animals, and PETA has created an ad featuring this message. When he was asked about the rights of animals in a 2002 interview, he said, 'That is a very serious question. At any rate, we can see that they are given into our care, that we cannot just do whatever we want with them. Animals, too, are God's creatures . . . Certainly, a sort of industrial use of creatures, so that geese are fed in such a way as to produce as large a liver as possible, or hens live so packed together that they become just caricatures of birds, this degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to contradict the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible.'
"Pope John Paul proclaimed that 'the animals possess a soul and men must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren.' He went on to say that all animals are 'fruit of the creative action of the Holy Spirit and merit respect' and that they are 'as near to God as men are.'" Read more...
THE ANIMALS' CORNER
"Every year in the U.S., more than 27 BILLION ANIMALS are slaughtered for food. Raising animals on factory farms is cruel and ecologically devastating. Eating animals is unhealthy, leading directly to many diseases and illnesses, including heart attacks, strokes, cancer and diabetes. In response to animal welfare, health and ecological concerns, many compassionate people everywhere are adopting a vegetarian diet.
"Animals on factory farms are treated like meat, milk and egg machines. Chickens have their beaks seared off with a hot blade, and male cows and pigs are castrated without painkillers. All farmed chickens, turkeys, and pigs spend their brief lives in dark and crowded warehouses, many of them so cramped that they can't even turn around or spread a single wing..." To learn more and find out about ways to help: For Animals
KENTUCKY FRIED CRUELTY CONTINUES! In July 2004, PETA revealed the results of an investigation into a KFC-supplying slaughterhouse in Moorefield, West Virginia, where workers were caught on video stomping on chickens, kicking them, and violently slamming them against floors and walls. (And even more unbelievable actions by heartless creatures calling themselves "human beings"!) KFC's Cruelty
Dan Rather...on the CBS Evening News, "There's no mistaking what [the video] depicts: cruelty to animals, chickens horribly mistreated before they're slaughtered for a fast-food chain." YOU CAN HELP!
"Disgusted? We don’t blame you. What KFC does to chickens is enough to make any kind person’s stomach churn. Find out simple ways you can help end this abuse."
PLEASE, PLEASE BOYCOTT KFC !!!
What More Can We Do? Aubree’s Guardian Angel
(From the Jan. newsletter, but it bears repeating...)
1. Don't contribute to animal suffering.
Eat healthful, plant-based foods instead of animal products.
Every vegetarian saves 100 animals every year.
2. Educate others about cruel farming practices.
3. Encourage restaurants and grocery stores to provide
vegetarian products. In Defense of Animals
"What Happens When We Die" by Dr. Sam Parnia
In 1997 in Southampton UK, Dr. Parnia set up a study to research the reports of people who had been born blind but were able to see, often for the first time, in out-of-body experiences during an illness. He also writes about children who have had near-death-experiences. One small boy named Andrew amazed his mother when he said, “I want to go back to the sunny place with the lady that floats.” Later on when he looked at a photograph of his grandmother as a young woman he told his mother: “that’s the lady who floats”.
This book will be of help to friends who have had NDE’s or have lost a loved one. To read the complete review, click here:
"When I was four months pregnant the doctor called to tell me there was a 50% chance the child I was carrying had Down syndrome. The next day I had to rush to the specialist’s office and had amniocentesis done. The specialist told me I had to wait a week for the results.
"The week I had to wait seemed like eternity. Every day was difficult. One night as I curled up on the couch, cried, and prayed, I was interrupted by a female angel that flew threw a wall and into the living room. She knelt down in front of the coffee table and told me to she would help me pray for my child. I recited a prayer. After the prayer, she stood up and quickly flew away.
"The angel's visit made the wait for the doctor’s call less difficult. When the call finally did come, I found out my child did not have Down Syndrome. I never told anyone about the angel I met.
"One day when my daughter Aubree was three, she went to a tag sale with my parents. Aubree came home with a statue of an angel. My parents told me that she saw a statue of a guardian angel and got unusually excited and begged to buy it. That was when I knew the angel I had met earlier was my daughter’s guardian angel."
(Note: I asked Aubree’s mother, Mary, for a description of the angel, and she replied:) "The lady had an ivory dress on. Her hair was similar color, thick, waist length, and slightly wavy. She had a gold belt across her waist and gold material that went from her belt made an x across her chest and went around her neck. She had wings that were similar color to the dress." -- Mary R.
The Elves of Lily Hill Farm...
...a true tale of Penny Kelly’s relationship with the land, grapes, animals, elements, and the resident elves of a 57 acre property with 13 acres of vineyards in the Fruit Belt of Michigan she and her husband purchased to rebuild. Rebuilding entailed a little more than they bargained for when they first made the deal. There were many lessons to learn and the elves are excellent teachers, if one would choose to listen. The biggest lesson still being taught and learned is the nature of balance.
The elves - Mairlinna, Alvey and Kermots - introduced themselves during one of Penny’s long walks. At first she was just challenged in believing they were even possibly real. Later, she realized the bigger challenge would be in meeting her commitments to them and fulfilling her role in healing the farm. Read about Lily Hill Farm
Once again, thank you for submitting your stories. I'm continually amazed at how many people have these lovely experiences of angels and their loved ones who have crossed over!
Yes, I'm a day late getting this letter out, but the Easter message about the animals is still so important, not only for them, but for ourselves and the impact that kindness, compassion, becoming aware and making an effort to relieve their suffering has on our own lives in this world and the next.
Many of you living further south have probably been enjoying springtime for a month or more, lucky you! We here in far northern California are still having to turn up the heat or light the wood stove at night. Yesterday afternoon we even had another dusting of snow, but our crocus and daffodils really are blooming!
Until next time - HAVE A WONDERFUL SPRING!
April 2007 Newsletter
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