"I froze, and uncovered my face, thinking my dad had come out looking for me. It was then that I looked down and, stunned, realized I was standing two steps from the very edge of the Grand Canyon! I'd wandered way off the trail! There were no fences or railings at that time, and if I hadn't stopped, I'd have stepped right off the cliff and dropped to certain injury or death!
"Heart pounding wildly, I looked around to thank whoever had stopped me. But no one was there! Still shaking, I backed up and found the hotel trail. And later, as I shared the story with my parents, I wondered: Who had called my name? There hadn't been another soul around. It was then I realized that it had been my guardian angel..." -- G.Byers (from "Woman's World," Oct. '05)
WHAT CALLS THE ANGELS TO US?
"The anticipation of need is conveyed by energetic streams to the angels and they position themselves at the ready. Some people know when an angel is waiting nearby because angels' presence is marked by a brilliant aura discernible to those who are sensitive to energy fluctuations.
"Many people in life-threatening situations have been saved by angels' intervention in accordance with those souls' chosen paths. However, if the dire circumstances are within the course of the souls' chosen lifetime, the angels cannot interfere - the angels must respect the souls' chosen lessons which include those experiences." - "Matthew, Tell me about Heaven," Suzanne Ward
THE ANIMALS' CORNER
THE HIDDEN LIVES OF COWS!
"A cow contentedly chewing her cud may look like she doesn't have a care in the world, but there's a lot going on behind those big brown eyes. Cows are as diverse as cats, dogs, and people: Some are bright; others are slow learners. Some are bold and adventurous; others are shy and timid. Some are friendly and considerate; others are bossy and devious. According to organic farmer Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Lives of Cows, cows...can be highly intelligent, moderately so, or slow to understand; friendly, considerate, aggressive, docile, inventive, dull, proud, or shy.
"In addition to having distinct personalities, cows, according to recent research, are also very intelligent animals with long memories. Animal behaviorists have found that cows interact in socially complex ways, developing friendships over time, sometimes holding grudges against cows who treat them badly, forming social hierarchies within their herds, and choosing leaders based upon intelligence. They are emotionally complex as well and even have the capacity to worry about the future.
"Researchers have found that cows can not only figure out problems, they also, like humans, enjoy the intellectual challenge and get excited when they find a solution. Their big problem, of course, is that they're being raised for slaughter, and just like all animals, they don't want to be separated from their families, and they don't want to die. So cows have been known to use their smarts to perform amazing feats, such as leaping over a six-foot fence to escape from a slaughterhouse, walking seven miles to reunite with a calf after being sold at auction, and swimming across a river to freedom." (More about these intelligent animals next issue - From Go Veg
"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed
in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Hawthorne Heights guitarist Casey Calvert is the latest person to join the ranks of activists from around the world who are working together to let people know that if they're eating at KFC, they're supporting abuse that would be illegal if, instead of chickens, dogs and cats were the victims. In a new video for peta2, Casey calls on consumers to boycott KFC until the company agrees to make simple improvements in the way it treats animals.
"In the video, Casey asks, "Did you know that many of the 850 million chickens killed for KFC's buckets each year have their wings and legs broken and are scalded to death while they're still conscious? He continues, saying, "Probably not, because KFC doesn't want you to know."
"In fact, there are quite a few "minor" details that KFC has neglected to disclose. Most notably..." Click here to read the rest of this article...
To a man whose mind is free, there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the suffering of man...But thousands (now billions) of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime. -- Romain Rolland, Nobel 1915
: It looks like the Fairies and Elves get short changed again - hope to make it up to them next time. (Was planning to include more about the "Elves of Lily Hill Farm.") The plight of the animals which came to my attention only recently has taken priority. Much of the information above is from PETA (http://www.peta.org). They give permission to quote anything from their website that will be of help to the animals.
April 2006 Newsletter
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