Dogs in Cars

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2014-09-07 13.38.30To the person in the silver Honda parked in the “shade” at Edward’s Apple Orchard on Sunday, September 7, 2014.
Did you think it was OK because you left your little dog water? Did you think it was OK because you left the windows “open a crack?”
Did you think it was OK because you’d parked in the “shade?” The sun has a funny habit of changing angle when our planet turns…especially in the fall when shadows lengthen and autumn begins. Did you think that meant because it was only 72f it would be that temperature in the car and so it was OK to leave a baby in the car?
OK, I admit…it’s just a dog. And most likely, it wasn’t a “baby.”
Lucky for the dog, the sheriff’s deputy agreed with me…it is NEVER, EVER acceptable to leave a dog in a car the way you did. OK…

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Dogs in Cars

2014-09-07 13.38.30To the person in the silver Honda parked in the “shade” at Edward’s Apple Orchard on Sunday, September 7, 2014.
Did you think it was OK because you left your little dog water? Did you think it was OK because you left the windows “open a crack?”
Did you think it was OK because you’d parked in the “shade?” The sun has a funny habit of changing angle when our planet turns…especially in the fall when shadows lengthen and autumn begins. Did you think that meant because it was only 72f it would be that temperature in the car and so it was OK to leave a baby in the car?
OK, I admit…it’s just a dog. And most likely, it wasn’t a “baby.”
Lucky for the dog, the sheriff’s deputy agreed with me…it is NEVER, EVER acceptable to leave a dog in a car the way you did. OK, on a rare day, with temps below 55f and a breeze and a quick stop at a store to grab milk or bread?! A stop at school where you run up to get the kids…? A questionable “maybe.” But with the great “in the car” setup, water dish, etc., there are suspicions that it’s a bad habit.
I hope the deputy found you. I hope he gave you bloody hell for being an idiot. I hope your dog gets better treatment from this day forward.
Sadly, if you’re like most people, it won’t happen that way. You’re convinced you did nothing wrong and some cranky old nosy-poker had no business making your dog their business! If your dog is lucky, you will have had the crap scared out of you by knowing some butt-in-ski has made a report and…had taken a picture of the tiny Chihuahua you made part of your life.
Hopefully, this was a one time, “I’ll NEVER do THAT again!” experience.
Please, let it be that…

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Howling at the Moon

There’s nothing so wonderful as howling at the moon when the mood comes upon one!

La Luna must be just so high and at the perfect angle in a cloudless sky!

Your voice must hit just the perfect pitch to arouse the spirits of the night!

Tip up your chin and let the song burst forth! 

And in the darkest night spirits bright give hope to all that be. 

Lose the labels that limit you

This is an amazing blog that I really find encouraging. I hope you do, as well!

Thanking the Spoon

As I wrote in my last post, Nichiren Buddhism teaches that each of us has innate brilliance. And I often tell delegates on my training courses that we are all magnificent works in progress. When we deeply respect others, we get this point and are able to see their potential, (even though right now they may be manifesting more of their dark side than their brightness.) This approach makes for more harmonious families at home, more productive departments at work, more forgiving friendships in the pub and better football teams on a Saturday morning.

As Daisaku Ikeda explains: “We are unlimited beings. Our struggle to surmount our obstacles and sufferings and fulfil our dreams is always finally the struggle to overcome the limitations we have accepted within our own heart.”

The problem is that we’re hardwired to stereotype and label people, including ourselves. “He’s a complete jerk.”…

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Autumn

Frost and bright sunshine illuminating the morning lightens my heart and refreshes my spirit. But for the aches and pains that come with the autumn of human life, it would be the most beautiful season of all. Yet in that pain and the dimming of the sun there is an awareness; a weightless lifting of burdens. 

Each of us faces our own obstacles and demons, some even in the denial of such. It would be easy to dismiss our suffering and that of our neighbors by saying things will get better, by and by. Maybe they will…or perhaps, not. 

What is important is that we are not alone. 

Human beings gather together in social groups creating families and so much more. We use one another. We care for one another. We defend and love one another. When that effort ceases, when we step apart, when we no longer light the fire or sing the songs or pound the drums that once united us…decay will set in. 

Hope is the only cure. Peace is the only goal. Love is the only purpose. We cannot abandon one another for selfish gain. We cannot exploit the young, the old, the weak or disabled for our own needs. 

Some live in such desperate fear of words and rhetoric that the value of the wonder those words can create is lost.

Whether the Seven Virtues or the Ten Commandments or the Nobel Eightfold Path, humanity, through philosophy and religion has attempted to tradition and law that elevated man to a state of life where true happiness can be found.

Man cannot abandon one another allowing anger, greed and arrogance to control us. We must never allow the pursuit of our own goals to overshadow the well being of our brothers, whether they are in our own city or around the world. 

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