Looking out my backdoor

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Photo by Suzanne

Today we all woke up to this. So exciting! Yes I live in a park land on the edge of the mountains with amazing nature all around. I love today and am getting ready to go out and see what’s going on. Tonight we are expected 16cm of snow so tomorrow should look even more beautiful – will keep you posted!

 

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How a Hong Kong alley rat changed a young couple’s life

Meet the lovable Mr. Tiffany (Mr. T for short): pen thief, beer drinker, and all-around lovable rodent.

“He was a street rat, no more than a few days old. His life had begun in the grimy alley beside our apartment in Hong Kong, and to most people, he would have embodied filth and disease. But we saw instead a fragile, unknowable life, and in the three years that followed, we came to see him as no average soul.” Read more via link below ….

http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/17/living/oprah-hong-kong-alley-rat/index.html%3Fhpt=hp_bn11?iref=obnetwork

In between the hype from last nights US Election I saw the headline “How a Hong Kong alley rat changed a young couple’s life” and read it. It reminded me how the labels we give animals separates from what is “good” animal to what is “not good” animal.  The innocence of this story reminds us that all animals have a place that such as this story can be life changing. What this couple did was an enormous gift of giving to what society would label “awful creature that must be killed” – many others would have passed by Mr. T in repulsion yet this couple picked it up and discovered more about themselves through Mr. T than perhaps any amount of soul searching book reading lectures of offerings of human wisdom would have offered.  Hence Mr. T’s story reminds me why I became a Vegan which at first was about health which eventually turned to my life long love for animals now labeled by society into categories of what is a pet for us what is food for us and what we should be scared of.

Thanks so much for the inspiring story.

Happy People Dancing on Planet Earth – This is pretty cool …

Happy People Dancing on Planet Earth
Video Credit: Matt Harding & Melissa Nixon; Music: Trip the Light

Explanation: What are these humans doing? Dancing. Many humans on Earth exhibit periods of happiness, and one method of displaying happiness is dancing. Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society. Above, Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, planned on dancing, and filmed the result. The above video, the latest in a series of similar videos, is perhaps a dramatic example that humans from all over planet Earth feel a common bond as part of a single species. Happiness is frequently contagious — few people are able to watch the above video without smiling.

I am much happier as a Vegan. I was happy before however since taking up the new lifestyle I am definitely genuinely happier and more content. To me this is an important piece as it demonstrates the breaking down of barriers in our society and shows us that even in the most difficult situations happy people are there. We build up so many walls about things we don’t know and that turns to many negative behaviors in one’s home and builds right into wars. It’s time to come together again. Breaking down barriers is so important today and to learn that together we can do much more than building walls of separation instead of bowl fulls of understanding and compassion. Bombs and walls are not the answer. Perhaps dancing is 🙂 Credit due to my friend Krishna who shared this with me back in August and I just dug it up as I want to share with you on my blog. Hope you enjoy this uplifting clip and pass it on. Have a wonderful day.