Angel Newsletter
July 2006

Contents:
• "The Flowers" by Robert Louis Stevenson
• Quotes for July from William Thackery
• On This Day...
• An Angel Named "Marissa"
• The Animals' Corner - Baseball News!
• Article: "...the Continuity of Our Consciousness"
• Artist's Note



Angel Art - Fairy Faces

Angel Art -

"Flowers & Fairies"
"...the nature spirits of the four elements are of earth, water, air and fire.
The English countryside where these studies were made is well populated with the
almost infinite variety of denizens of these four kingdoms of Nature."
“Fairies at Work & Play” by Geoffrey Hodson

The Flowers
All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener's garters, Shepherd's purse,
Bachelor's buttons, Lady's smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock.

Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames--
These must all be fairy names!

Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!

Fair are grown-up people's trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall,
I should live for good and all

Robert Louis Stevenson

Fairy Boy

William Makepeace Thackeray, English novelist and satirist.
Author of "Vanity Fair". Born this day, July 18, 1811.

  • Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.


  • It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.


  • A good laugh is sunshine in the house.


  • Next to excellence, comes the appreciation of it.


  • People who do not know how to laugh are always pompous and self-conceited.


  • The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.


  • There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.

DID YOU KNOW?
On this day, April 18th in...

...1812 Great Britain signs Treaty of Orebro, making peace with Russia and Sweden.
...1872 The Ballot Act is passed in Great Britain, providing for secret election ballots.
...1877 Inventor Thomas Edison records the human voice for the first time.
...1913 "Red" Skelton was born. American comedian and actor.
...1918 Birth of Nelson Mandela, first black president of South Africa.

An Angel Named Marissa

Marissa was born with mild Down Syndrome. She was very weak, had to be tube-fed, underwent blood transfusions and was later put on a regular dose of thyroxin, a growth hormone. But she was the most-loved of my five children - what with endless love from her four older sisters aged 11, 8, 3 and 1. Regular visits to doctors and special care saw Marissa improving. We hoped for the best.

Suddenly, she left us in the middle of the night. Prior to her going, there were signs but we did not open our eyes. Only after she left we realized she was telling us she was leaving. That night, she seemed to see beings in our bedroom and she looked panicky. She clung to me and held tight. The ambulance was called but the paramedics could not revive her. We cried and asked for a miracle, and a miracle did happen. She appeared in the sky in cloud formation. She appeared in dreams to three of her sisters from time to time. But those dreams have stopped and we know she is there in heaven.

Her sisters had dreamt she came to them and spoke with them. She was so beautiful. Strange though, we are Asians, but Marissa's hair was golden in the dream and her features Caucasian. She had a halo, two pairs of wings and was wearing a flowing white gown. Her sisters said she looked like a young woman about 18 or 20, but Marissa left us when she was 20 months old. I myself saw a vision of her changing from a baby to an adult. We were sent an angel to love and I was told by a priest that we are indeed much better off with an angel to care for us.

Yes we had an angel, and we only knew it when she left. We are still shedding tears at our loss of a baby, but joyful that she is now in heaven. -- K. Heng


THE ANIMALS' CORNER

Oakland, Calif. — With the baseball season in full swing, fans from Seattle to St. Louis and from Philadelphia to Phoenix are enjoying delicious, healthy food choices at the ballpark this summer. A’s fans will be happy to hear that McAfee Coliseum has made PETA’s annual survey of the top 10 vegetarian-friendly ballparks in Major League Baseball.

Why is meat striking out with more and more fans? For one thing, vegetarians have a much lower incidence of life-threatening ailments such as heart attacks, cancer, and obesity, which means that they can count on being around a lot longer to root for the home team. Many fans, especially younger ones, are looking for meatless options as they become increasingly aware of how animals are treated in factory farms and slaughterhouses. And if fans knew about the pig lips and intestines in those meat hot dogs, they’d turn greener than the outfield grass in April.

Rounding out the vegetarian all-star lineup are AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants), Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), PETCO Park (San Diego Padres), Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners), Coors Field (Colorado Rockies), Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies), Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks), U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox), and Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers) and Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals), which played to a tie.

"The A’s may be keeping an eye on Frank Thomas all season, but they don’t have to worry about their fans’ health: Vegetarians have lower rates of heart disease, cancer, and obesity than meat-eaters do, and the A’s offer terrific vegetarian fare," says PETA spokesperson Dan Shannon.

McAfee Coliseum offers such hits as protein-packed veggie burgers and veggie dogs as well as baked potatoes, fruit cups, and various salads. For great veggie and meatless recipes, check out VegCooking.com.

COMPASSION IN ACTION
By purchasing only cruelty-free products, you can help save rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, rats, and other animals. Hundreds of thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year to test shampoos, household cleaners, cosmetics, hairsprays, and other personal-care and household items. These tests are not required by law, and they often produce inaccurate or misleading results—even if a product has blinded an animal, it can still be marketed to you. Although more than 500 companies have banned animal tests, some corporations still force substances into animals' stomachs and drip chemicals into rabbits' eyes.
For a list of companies that test on animals and those that don't, visit Caring Consumer.com.

KENTUCKY FRIED CRUELTY CONTINUES 24/7 !
The results of the video (taken in July 2004) from the investigation was broadcast by television stations around the world as well as all three national evening news shows, Good Morning America, and all the cable news networks. Plus, more than a million people have watched the footage on PETA's Web site.

The world's leading animal welfare experts condemned the cruelty at this KFC supplier. Colorado State University professor of animal science...and university bioethicist Dr. Bernard Rollin writes, "I can unequivocally state that the behavior I saw exemplified in [this] videotape was totally unacceptable. ... The tape showed evidence of a work force that apparently failed to recognize that chickens are living sentient beings capable of feeling pain and distress."

Dr. Temple Grandin, perhaps the industry's leading farmed-animal welfare expert, writes, "The behavior of the plant employees was atrocious," and asserts that even though she has toured poultry facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, France, the Netherlands, and the U.K., the video showed "the WORST employee behavior I have ever seen in a poultry plant."

University of Guelph professor of applied ethology and university chair in animal welfare Dr. Ian Duncan writes, "This tape depicts scenes of the worst cruelty I have ever witnessed against chickens ... and it is extremely hard to accept that this is occurring in the United States of America."

Find out simple ways you can help end this abuse."


ONCE AGAIN, PLEASE CONTINUE TO BOYCOTT KFC !!!

Chickens Crowded Together In A Factory Farm
Chickens In A Factory Farm

What More Can We Do?
Learn How Factory Farm Animals Are Treated...
... In Defense of Animals

ARTICLE

"About the Continuity of Our Consciousness"
by Dr. Pim van Lommel

A leading cardiologist -- who has become convinced of the existence of life after death after hearing his patients' experiences -- talked about his research and beliefs at a major conference in London in March. Dr. Pim van Lommel was so inspired by the stories related by his patients of their near-death experiences (NDEs) that he became the first medical practitioner to risk his reputation with a full, systematic trial into the phenomenon. He interviewed 344 heart patients at his hospital in Arnhem, Netherlands who had all clinically died, some for five minutes or longer, before being resuscitated. Of these, 62 -- or 18 per cent -- reported some ongoing experience after the medical monitors had pronounced them dead.

To read the complete article, click here



Artist's Note: Hope everyone is enjoying a great summer! I changed the website over to the new “Blue Host” last month, have gotten rid of the blue top and side bars on the newsletter (as you can see), but still haven’t been able to change the color of the navigation bar on the site. Just have to keep working on it, I guess. If anyone knows about designing/changing/html code for nav bars, please let me know.

That’s it for now - try to stay cool! Up here in far Northern California, near the Oregon border, we are still enjoying cold nights – in the upper 40’s – and days in the high 80’s and low 90’s. And oh, that mountain air at night, filled with the fragrance of pine and spruce! It’s almost worth the six months of winter.

Have a wonderful summer, with lots of fun vacations, swimming and picnics!!

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