Fall 08

"Harvest home, harvest home!
We've plowed, we've sowed
We've reaped, we've mowed
And brought safe home
Every load."
- Harvest Home Song

"Come, said the wind to the leaves one day,
Come o're the meadows and we will play.
Put on your dresses scarlet and gold,
For summer is gone and the days grow cold."
- A Children's Song of the 1880's

Mountain Autumn

"I know the year is dying, soon the summer will be dead.
I can trace it in the flying of the black crows overhead;
I can hear it in the rustle of the dead leaves as I pass,
And the south wind's plaintive sighing
Through the dry and withered grass.

Ah, 'tis then I love to wander, wander idly and alone,
Listening to the solemn music of sweet nature's undertone;
Wrapt in thoughts I cannot utter, dreams my tongue cannot express,
Dreams that match the autumn's sadness
In their longing tenderness."
- Mortimer Crane Brown

"Now's the time when children's noses
All become as red as roses
And the colour of their faces
Makes me think of orchard places
Where the juicy apples grow,
And tomatoes in a row."
- Katherine Mansfield

Angel Newsletter
Fall 2008

  • Angel in the Pool    
  • Angels or ??     
  • The Animals' Corner     
  • A True Message of Comfort     
  • Artist's Note     
Harvest Wheelbarrow

        My dad can tell this story better than I can because it happened to him and he really hasn't spoken much about it, but he is a firm believer in angels.
        When he was about four or five he was swimming in a pool at an air force base where his father, my grandfather, was stationed. His mother, my grandmother, was sitting by the side of the pool reading a magazine. Somehow, my dad had hurt himself and was unable to swim, and started to drown. My grandmother didn't catch this right away, but as soon as she did she prepared to get in the water and get him. She threw off her shoes, and suddenly from a far entrance a man, fully dressed, ran to the pool and dove in headfirst, shoes and all. He pulled my dad up and put him at my grandmother's feet. It turns out that my dad responded quickly and was okay, and my grandmother turned within a minute of having my dad near her, and found the man was gone. She says what is interesting was there was no water marks coming out of the pool where the man exited, no prints or anything - the man and any evidence of him completely disappeared. No one else at the pool recalls seeing him... – Janice R.


          Never imagined I'd be sending an email of this nature, but here I go... My wife took this photo in September of 2007. Upon reviewing her pictures of the day, she found that one of them captured some entities we could not explain. She makes a hobby of taking landscape and nature photography. This is one we can't explain. She was taking photos of cloud formations at the time and stands firm that these were not visible at the time of the photo. She also took several photos within seconds of this one and this was the only one to capture these entities. We've kept this hidden until now trying to decide what to do with it. We sent the photo to the Federal Copyright Office and have just since obtained confirmation of full protection. Took the photo to several professional photographers and college professors, but none could identify or explain. Only explanation so far...a paranormal photo. Zoom in on each of the entities, they are quite defined. – Rob L.

Angel Comfort


"As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behaviour toward creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right."
- Isaac Singer, 1978 Nobel Laureate in Literature



          SACRAMENTO (October 15, 2008) – Today the YES! on Prop 2 campaign launched its second television ad of the election season, urging California voters statewide to stop animal cruelty, improve food safety, and protect the environment. Prop 2 is a modest measure that would allow breeding pigs, veal calves and egg-laying hens enough room to stand up, turn around and stretch their limbs.
          Yesterday the factory farming corporations opposing Proposition 2, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, revealed their first television advertisements. The major funders listed include MoArk, which was exposed just yesterday for shocking cruelty to birds at its Riverside County egg factory. Not surprisingly, the ads are chock-full of distortions and scare tactics from an industry that wants to keep cramming animals into tiny cages where they can barely move for their entire lives.
          Prop 2 is a modest initiative aimed at changing animal confinement practices on factory farms so that veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens have room to stand up, sit down and extend their limbs.
          The photographs below show the deplorable living conditions of the animals who will be helped by the passing of this bill. (The gestation pens for female pigs, the battery cages for egg-laying hens and a calf in a veal crate.)

in many other U.S. States & Western European Countries
Dead Veal Calf
  • Battery cages banned in Switzerland in 1992. All hens now have nests and perches.
  • The entire European Union passed laws declaring that no new battery cages may be installed...and that by 2013, all hens must have at least 750 sq. cm of floor space, a perch, a nest and litter provided.
  • Other countries have adopted even stricter welfare guidelines banning debeaking, battery cages, and forced molting practices.
  • Colorado bans the veal crate and the gestation crate - New legislation has been introduced in Colorado to phase-out the veal crate for calves and the gestation crate or sow stall for pregnant pigs within four to ten years. The victory for farm animals has come as a result of negotiations between the Humane Society of the United States and agricultural groups in Colorado. Florida, Arizona and Oregon have prohibited gestation crates. Arizona has prohibited veal crates.
  • Animal Rights in Scotland - Advocates for Animals, Scotland's and one of the UK's leading animal protection organizations campaigns in Scotland, the UK, Europe and Worldwide against all animal abuse - including vivisection, bloodsports, factory farming, performing and captive animals.
  • Liverpool Daily Post - Battery hens’ eggs are off the menu. EGGS from battery reared hens have been banned from schools and council buildings across Halton.From now on, all eggs used by schools, Halton Council staff restaurants, and catering staff at the Stobart Stadium Halton, will be free range. The move follows an animal cruelty campaign by chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver to ban battery chickens from the nation’s dinner plates.
  • Tough animal rights laws enacted in Austria - Under a tough animal rights law adopted unanimously by Parliament, hens will be free to run around barnyards, lions and tigers will vanish from circus acts, and Dobermans will sport the floppy ears that nature intended. ''Austria is taking the role of pioneer,'' Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel told Parliament, saying the new law ''lifts animal protection to the highest level internationally.''
  • Germany to grant animal rights - Germany has become the first European nation to vote to guarantee animal rights in its constitution. Legislators voted with the necessary two-thirds majority to add the words "and animals" to the constitutional clause obliging the state to respect and protect the dignity of humans.
  • The European Union has voted to ban battery hen cages across Europe, starting in 2009 - Philip Lymbery said the EU's vote made for a "tremendous day for animal welfare". "We are delighted that the European Parliament has voted against this system and we now look to the EU agriculture ministers to ensure this system is consigned to the scrap heap of history." (Note: Despite being only the EU's fifth largest egg producer after France, Germany, Spain and Italy, the UK has the highest number of free range hens. The government has already said it intends to phase out the battery system.)
"We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it." -- Albert Schweitzer, "The Philosophy of Civilization"

A Message of Comfort

          Growing up, I was extremely close with my grandmother. She truly was the only person I felt a true connection with, even now in my 40's. I have never felt that with anyone else. She eventually developed Alzheimer's, leaving no choice but to have her in a nursing home. For months, I would go see her every other day, and for months, it was definitely not grandma there. Anyone who has seen someone suffering from this disease, especially the last stages, knows exactly what I mean. There is no other hurt than to see the only person you genuinely felt unconditional love from, look at you as if you were a stranger, having no idea who you are.
          So on a Sunday, my sister and I went to see her, and as I barely got past the doorway, I was overwhelmed with this unexplainable feeling. She looked no different, she was acting no different, nothing had changed in months; however, I knew, this would be the last time I would see her. I asked my sister to leave the room and just rested my head on her bed rail sobbing. I had not picked my head up yet (for some reason I did not want her to see me crying) and said "Grandma, I think I have to say goodbye. I love you so much". I raised my head, her head was turned to me, she had tears coming down her face, and she said "I love you too, Kim". She spoke my name for the first time in what seemed like an eternity. She passed the next day.
          I have many stories that she is always around me, and always has been. Nobody, nothing will ever convince me differently. So for the last few months, I've had many struggles that are taking their toll on me, leaving me beyond emotionally drained and keeping everything to myself.
          Doing a lot of work at home for my job, I decided one day to bring her picture to set by my computer because it was always a comfort to me. She was 91 when she passed and it is a picture of her when she was 19, and in the frame, I also have the last picture I have of her, when she was "grandma Mary".
          Cleaning my computer desk one day, which had just been done, maybe 3 days before, and still feeling very down, I got to the shelf with her picture, and as I picked it up to dust, a rose pedal fluttered down. A rose pedal that was not dried up. It was not 100% fresh, but not old. When she still lived in her home, she had every color rose bush in her back yard that was ever created. It was the most beautiful yard I have ever seen. And.... I have not even been in this apartment a year, and have never, ever had a rose in here. Not once.
          This was not the only thing that has happened since I brought her picture out of my room, where I have many of her belongings. That rose pedal she gave me will stay in that frame with her two pictures forever. I got that same warm feeling when it came out of nowhere, floating down, as I did when I would see her. I immediately knew it was from her. The leaf in the picture (if it came through with this) is from a similar incident. When I tell some people these stories, especially the rose pedal one, they are shocked or "nervous", they have no idea how comforting these things are. – Kimberly K.


        Hello, again! Thank you so much for your stories and comments. Please keep sending them as I wouldn't have them to share with everyone else without you, and I really appreciate your taking the time to write!
        A special "thank you" to Janice, Rob and Kimberly for this Fall issue's inspiration!!
        Hope everyone is enjoying beautiful Autumn weather (or is it Spring weather down under?). If you live in the U.S., we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and we'll meet again in December for a quick update. (If you're a Californian, Prop 2 for the animals WON! It's really encouraging to know that people's awareness and compassion all over the world is growing!)
Love & Peace...

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