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“You are a child of the universe, no less than the stars:  you have a right to be here.  And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”  Max Ehrmann

As a self-proclaimed “adventurer,” I enjoy O. Henry’s perspective:  The true adventurer goes forth aimless & uncalculating to meet & greet unknown fate.

from Leon Van Allen, 12-2019; Wichita, KS, East High, 1963:  fun, pet-related videos to brighten your day:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-JxcjH_sPA&feature=youtu.be & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDLErVsbSRI&feature=youtu.be  Also:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYNUuYP8Ffo; how I feel upon every return home:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hkgx5EdYHTI&feature=youtu.be

from Sharon Oringderff Smith,:  my Russian & Spanish student at Ingalls, KS, High School,19’69-1972; 10-7-’19:  “My angel is your angel!  She’s very tall … maybe 10′-12′ tall & appears as a slender column of crystal that radiates pink & blue light.  When she shows me her more “human” form, she appears to be female with glowing (& flowing) long, blond hair & brilliant, turquoise-colored eyes.  She is dressed in white, & her wings are enormous & tipped with little, gold-sparkly things that catch-&-reflect the light as she moves.  She is spectacular!

How a squirrel awakened his human parents:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk5z3C8MyZ0&feature=youtu.be

Flight:  the genius of birds:  take-your-breath-away starling murmurations  https://www.youtube.com/embed/88UVJpQGi88  Ten thousand flowers in spring;  the moon in autumn;  a cool breeze in summer;  snow in winter.     If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.     – Wu-Men  [4-10-’19]

I am most grateful for the eternal, Christ-light Grace that has given me a consciousness of gratitude & spirit of joy.  As Pema Chodron says, “Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints & allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior’s world.”

A helpful reminder:  To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

Three-Point Spiritual Litmus Test to see whether or not any old religious doctrine or modern day “ism” is worthy of celebration:   Does it speak of life’s beauty?  Does it speak of our power?  Does it include everyone, everywhere, no matter what?    Lao Tzu

Another perspective:  “Thoughts become things … choose the good ones!” from http://www.TUT.com  … and no matter what you do, or don’t do, with the rest of your life, you cannot now comprehend the amounts of love, joy, and personal assistance that are already being pressed out to you in gratitude.  I resonate with Lee Ann Taylor’s thought from http://www.LivingCompassion.org:  “We are all butterflies.  Earth is our chrysalis.”  from http://www.TUT.com:  The sea will be the sea … Whatever the drop’s philosophy.  — Attar of Neishapur

live without judgment, to give without expecting, and to love for no reason:  a spiritual trifecta!

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Ecstasy!  Whenever you adopt an older pethttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVPyLoYyUVk&feature=youtu.be    Fulfillment!  Join Rotary to access community & international resources to leverage your Life’s callinghttp://www.Rotary.org/Learn  And from http://www.TUT.com:  The great perfection lies in the fact that no matter what happens next, you’ll be richer for it

Click daily to support worthy causeshttp://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1474    also:  www.FreeKibble.com  Automatically donate pet food whenever you take informative quizzes  on both, color-coded dog & cat portals.  And then “click” all 10 of the “Giving” sites:  http://www.TheAnimalRescueSite.com; http://www.TheBreastCancerSite.com; http://www.TheHungerSite.com; http://www.TheVeteransSite.com; Greater Good & other causes’ sites in the middle column at the bottom of the page;):  to pay for food & care for some of the 8M companion animals relinquished to US shelters annually; to provide 1.1 cups of food to the hungry; to donate food, books for children:  1+M free books since 2004; support Alzheimer’s or diabetes & other research, military personnel; & more!  Choose even more causes you believe in:  www.ClickToGive.com  (e.g., animal care, feed the poor, stop child abuse, shelter homeless, fight cancer:  all monies created by your clicking is sent directly from the advertising network to the listed charity).  Give to causes when you shop:  www.GreaterGood.org  Support causes you care about at no cost to you.   www.GiftsThatGiveMore.com Provides charity royalty of 5% to 30% paid on every item purchased from online stores with 4,500+ products.   www.GlobalGirlFriend.comPurchase eco-friendly apparel & accessories hand-made by women & communities in need).   Make Breedlove among the top-rated food & shelter nonprofits in the US:  http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/breedlove-foods-inc  Rotariansclick daily for almost-instant e-training:  www.Rotary.org/en/Members/Training/ForAllRotarians & the deep value of transcendent purpose:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc&sns=em & gain inspiration from an unstoppable, successful farmer who automatically overcomes physical challenges:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/H9S3n_tILKo 

Enjoy hit tunes of the 1960s era:  https://biggeekdad.com/2015/05/1950s-memories/#.XO5yuDWix9I.email

from http://www.TUT.com:  …  Imagine that your dreams have already come true. Live your life from that mindset. Predicate your behavior on that reality, not the illusions that now surround you. Filter every thought, question & answer from there. Let your focus shift & be born again — because dwelling from … the space you want to inherit is the fastest way to change absolutely everything.  Sign up to e-receive daily inspiration:  https://www.tut.com/account/quicksignup

As a person thinks” is one of my guiding-star refrains, therefore I stay alert for whatever I hear myself  say in my mind & in my words.  I am meticulously careful about what I allow to stay in my thoughts, habits & conversations.  “Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change” according to Ingrid Bengis from http://www.Living Compassion.org  — therefore, I believe that whatever I repeatedly think or say is exponentially important in the divine scheme of things.  For instance, I have found Christiane Northrup’s perspective to be true for me:  “No matter what you’re feeling, the only way to get a difficult feeling to go away is simply to love yourself for it. If you think you’re stupid, then love yourself for feeling that way. It’s a paradox, but it works. To heal, you must be the first one to shine the light of compassion on any areas within you that you feel are unacceptable.

Consider Macrina Wiederkehr’s comments in Daily Peace Quotes:  Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary.  There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. Life wants to lead you from crumbs to angels, but this can happen only if you are willing to unwrap the ordinary by staying with it long enough to harvest its treasure.  And from Eknath Easwaran:  … the most precious miracle of all is to see the divinity in every creature – when we see that the divinity in our hearts is our real Self, and that it is the same Self shining in all.  Eckhart Tolle:  “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.  How do you know this is the experience you need?  Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”

from TheUniverse@TUT.com:  Think that it’s fun … that you’re guided, and that all is well; that there’s time, that life is easy, and that the best has yet to come.     Think that the reasons that elude you will one day catch up, that the lessons that have stumped you will one day bring joy, and that the sorrows that have crippled you will soon give you wings.     Think that you’re important, that you cannot fail, and that happiness always returns.  And think that you’re beautiful.  I do, The Universe

And more from “A Note from the Universe:”  The path to enlightenment is not a path at all, it’s actually a metaphor for the time it takes for you to allow yourself to be happy with who you already are, where you already are, and what you already have… no matter what.  And from http://www.TUT.com:  One of the greatest paradoxes of your physical senses is that your eyes actually show you what you believe, not what you see.  In my experience, I have concluded what leadership-mentor Michael Hyatt says:  “a goal is not about what you accomplish, it’s about what you become” — because your goal encourages you to envision yourself as an already-healthy person in body, mind & spirit.  “I suffer when I expect others to provide for me what I’m not providing for myself,” says Cheri Huber (www.LivingCompassion.org)

Thoughts from “Life after Death” by Deepak Chopra:  “… ironically … we don’t die .. as the Persian poet Rumi puts its, “Death is our wedding with eternity.”  …fulfillment of our purpose here on earth … you know yourself as someone beyond time & space …  What you choose today will ripple throughout a thousand tomorrows.”  ‘”on the other side,” … the soul finds itself much freer to choose … more interesting than ever.’  “…every action in this life reverberates into the next.”  … “the whole universe is God’s mind … a dynamic field of infinite information undergoing infinite transformations.”  “… give your allegiance to transformation” …the miracle of creation … life & death joined in an eternal dance: … endlessly re-created … “our deepest prayer should not be for life, which we have in abundance … it should be a prayer to lead the cosmic dance … for then the angels & gods themselves will have someone to follow.”  … Seneca:  The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of our eternity.     J.K. Rowling:  To the well-organized mind, death is but the next adventure.     George Elliott:  Oh, may I join the choir invisible of those immortal dead who live again.

Ah, the adventure we’re part of:  Would you like to be on a fast moving spaceship?  You are!  If you stand on the equator, you are moving east about 1,000 miles per hour. Standing on the north pole you aren’t moving east at all, as a result of earth rotation. But you are moving fast. 67,000 miles per hour due to the earth orbiting the sun. But the sun is orbiting the the center of the galaxy–at a speed of about 500,000 miles per hour (& dragging the solar system along with it). However, the whole galaxy itself is moving (along with what’s called the Local Galaxy Group – – some 33 galaxies – – Andromeda is one of them) 1,400,000 miles per hour.       When you go to bed & sleep 8 hours, you’ve traveled a long way 8x 1,967,000= 15,736,000 (15.7 million) miles through space.  All this isn’t strictly additive, but pretty much so.  Make it a year. You’ve gone 46 billion miles. Ride this rocket ship to Alpha Centauri (near star–4 light years away), & you’d get there in only 520 years. Assuming, of course Alpha Centauri stood still. Which, of course it isn’t. It’s moving like all the stars in the galaxy.       The fast space probe ever launched left earth orbit at 36,000 MPH. However, by using the gravity pull of  big planets, space probes can reach higher speeds. This is called slingshotting.        The fastest such gravitational boosted speed was 165,000 MPH.  At that speed, you could reach the moon in 90 minutes. Our Apollo spacecraft took 3 days.       At 165,000 MPH, it would take about 17,000 years to reach Alpha Centauri.        If you stand on the equator, you are moving east about 1000 miles per hour. Standing on the north pole you aren’t moving east at all, as a result of earth rotation. But you are moving fast. 67,000 miles per hour due to the earth orbiting the sun. But the sun is orbiting the the center of the galaxy–at a speed of about 500,000 miles per hour (& dragging the solar system along with it). However, the whole galaxy itself is moving (along with what’s called the Local Galaxy Group – – some 33 galaxies – – Andromeda is one of them) 1,400,000 miles per hour.   When you go to bed & sleep 8 hours, you’ve traveled a long way 8x 1,967,000= 15,736,000 (15.7 million) miles through space. All this isn’t strictly additive, but pretty much so.       Make it a year. You’ve gone 46 billion miles. Ride this rocket ship to Alpha Centauri (near star–4 light years away), & you’d get there in only 520 years. Assuming, of course Alpha Centauri stood still. Which, of course it isn’t. It’s moving like all the stars in the galaxy.       The fast space probe ever launched left earth orbit at 36,000 MPH. However, by using the gravity pull of  big planets, space probes can reach higher speeds. This is called slingshotting.      The fastest such gravitational boosted speed was 165,000 MPH.  At that speed, you could reach the moon in 90 minutes. Our Apollo spacecraft took 3 days.       At 165,000 MPH, it would take about 17,000 years to reach Alpha Centauri.

… from Mother Teresa:   Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.   Life is beauty, admire it.   Life is a dream, realize it.   Life is a challenge, meet it.   Life is a duty, complete it.   Life is a game, play it.   Life is a promise, fulfill it.   Life is sorrow, overcome it.   Life is a song, sing it.   Life is a struggle, accept it.   Life is a tragedy, confront it.   Life is an adventure, dare it.   Life is luck, make it.   Life is life, fight for it.”   

Check out my favorite Website is http://www.GreaterGood.org  It’s user friendly, I can donate to great causes & have choices to donate a percentage of my original donation– to help defer the Website costs of GreaterGood.org; to help with operating expenses of the organization; etc.  And I can even instantly e-send a message that I’ve made my donation in honor of or in memory of a friend!

A perspective that helps me:  Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things which exist; too the continuous spinning of the thread and the contexture of the web.  – Marcus Aurelius    PEACE Quotes are offered by Living Compassion  transforming lives, ending suffering

Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God:  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.  There ARE happy people out there, all around the world! … One of the happiest videos that you may ever view.  a great production!   Turn the sound on:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pwe-pA6TaZk?rel=0  If Rotary International (www.Rotary.org) had a “dance,” this might be it!   from Brother David Steindl-Rast:  “In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”  For fun, for the joy of it, watch animals enjoying a trampoline:  https://biggeekdad.com/2016/11/buster-the-boxer/Welcome to www.AliceWhite.WordPress.com* &/or you are invited to contact me directly via Alice.V.White@GMail.com & Alice.White@TTU.edu or 830-990-8101.  The essence of this e-bulletin board (that receives 35 daily visits since its beginning in Oct. 2006) is summarized in quotes (from PEACE Quotes offered by Living Compassion:  transforming lives, ending suffering at www.LivingCompassion.org) & by a encyclopedia of inspirational thoughts at http://www.AttitudeMedia.com/positive-quotes-search/ 

In choosing to give instead of to seek, we wear away the grooves of the sense of “me,” that keeps “me” in suffering over what “I” want that I don’t have. When the “I” falls away, we come to the magnificent realization that brings us to our knees in gratitude, that nothing is missing,  that we have an infinite capacity to give and receive Love, Compassion and Understanding because that IS what animates us.  – Ashwini Narayanan  from http://www.LivingCompassion.org   To e-send a joyful “Happy Birthday” message to special friends:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCE4VWKY5YI & to hear their annual, 2017 bilingual birthday song from Erin, Ross & Adda Kerrigan-Combs:  https://goo.gl/photos/3K9VXN6aKpYmKzAU6     To create your own “fun” ways to inspire yourself, your friends, family, colleagues & volunteers, to take positive action:  make it fun:  www.TheFunTheory.com from http://www.TeichertFoundation.com:  Website design for non-profits

“Feelings come & go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”  Thich Nhat Hanh     ‘All the ups & downs are grace in different wrappings, sent to refine consciousness. Say “thanks” to them all.’   Mooji       “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement…get up in the morning & look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.”  Abraham Joshua Heschel       Life loves to be taken by the lapel & told, “I am with you kid. Let’s go.”  Maya Angelou       Always keep in mind,  that no matter what has happened, you did the very best you could.   And so did those who may have let you down. 11-21-’16: … today is part of your victory lap … 11-22-’16:  we grow past karma & learn to choose unconditional love & acceptance for ourselves & others … Know everyone by their good traits.   Great Love,  The Universe:  www.TUT.com      

Everything in the world is good, is holy & beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you do not understand it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves!  – Swami Vivekananda from http://www.LivingCompassion.org       If you could actually stand in someone else’s shoes, Alice, to hear what they hear, see what they see, and feel what they feel, you would honestly wonder what planet they live on and be totally blown away by how different their “reality” is from yours. You’d also never, in a million years, be quick to judge again.   from http://www.TUT.com  “Thoughts become things:  choose the good ones!”

Once you realize that the road is the goal & that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty & its wisdom, life ceases to be a task & becomes natural & simple, in itself an ecstasy.   – Nisargadatta Maharaj     What you are looking for is who is looking.  St. Francis of Assisi from from http://www.LivingCompassion.com “It takes courage to grow up & turn out to be who you really are.”  e.e. cummings

[1] Emily Dickinson:  Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough:  www.rense.com/general96/shots.html & https://www.youtube.com/embed/2a1QISYNGHs?rel=0; https://www.youtube.com/embed/uaWA2GbcnJU  & https://www.youtube.com/embed/Hodomt6bBOw & ABBA’s Take A Chance On Me (SPCA Pet Adoption Video).  Cheer on the maiden flights — sort of — of brave Mandarin ducklings:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W06Ph9wBTMM&feature=y    After watching this, go adopt a needy animal, & you’ll have a friend for life!  Watch amazing dogs at joyful play, intense work & doing amazing feats:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=de3uzRiABNU&feature=player_embedded  You’ll be glad you did: http://youtu.be/mpoiSD-bjP0; & benefit from the “mental floss” medical benefits of a cat’s purrhttp://mentalfloss.com/article/63725/healing-power-cat-purr; admire honey badgers’ ingenuity:  www.youtube.com/embed/c36UNSoJenI?rel=0 & accept Life’s invitation via Sufi poet Rumi:  “Come, come, whoever you are. Wonderer, Worshiper, Lover of Leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times. Come, yet again, come, come.”  And a reminder about Life’s beauty “within us:”  https://www.youtube.com/embed/J8Ioa1gVVeA?showinfo=0&rel=0  And the inspiration of TED / Technology Engineering Design talks:  http://www.TED.com & one breath-taking example of a TED talk (copy & paste the link into your browser):   http://www.youtube.com/embed/FiZqn6fV-4Y; & enjoying every moment — especially our work:  “Give us, O give us, the man who sings at his work! Be his occupation what it may, he is equal to any of those who follow the same pursuit in silent sullenness. He will do more in the same time — he will do it better, he will persevere longer. One is scarcely sensible of fatigue whilst he marches to music.”  – Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish Writer.

[2] John Muir:  When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped & dotted with continents & islands, flying through space with other stars all singing & shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.  What a wonderful world:  www.youtube.com/embed/auSo1MyWf8g?rel=0 & by Wendy Francisco:  “God & Dog:”  god_n_dog.wmv; & the elephant families that regularly walk through a hotel lobby:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/NdTII_unZSA     And paradigm-breaking remarks from Alan Watts:  “You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes” & from TheUniverse@TUT.com:  “…let’s pretend, just for today, all day long, throughout our every thought & decision, that life is easy, that everyone means well, & that time is on our side. Okay? And let’s pretend that we are loved beyond belief, that magic conspires on our behalf, & that nothing can ever hurt us without our consent. All right?

And if we like this game, we’ll play tomorrow as well, & the next day, & the next, & pretty soon, it won’t be a game at all, because life, for us, will become those things. Just as it’s become what it is today.

[3] Rabindranath Tagore:  The same stream of life that runs through my veins night & day runs through the world & dances in rhythmic measures:  watch a heroic fire fighter who resuscitates unconscious kitten:  www.buzzfeed.com/samimain/its-ok-to-cry-while-you-watch-this-fireman-rescue-an-unconsc & New Guinea’s extraordinary birds of paradise from Cornell Univ. ornithology researchers:   http://tinyurl.com/btj98j4 & the friendship between an over-board dog & life-saving dolphin:  http://www.etv-hellas.net/videos/2014-03-05.html & a perfect-for-me, kitten-focused Lawson e-greeting card from childhood friend Cynthia Price Glynn:   http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=4768991568537&source=jl999&utm_medium=internal_email&utm_source=pickup&utm_campaign=receivercontent; typewriter artist with cerebral palsy artistically aligns 10 top-row, symbol keys to produce two-dimensional works of art:  www.youtube.com/embed/svzPm8lT36o?feature=player_detailpag & watch while three-dimensional drawings come ALIVE before your eyes:  https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/TE8Z4Mu9DgY?rel=0&showinfo=0      Now & then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness to just be happy.  – Guillaume Apollinaire    And inspiration & hope for humanity — via high school choir students:  www.chonday.com/Videos/anthofius3 & be mesmerized by the imagination, brilliance, skill, tenacity, agility & grace of a youthful contestant in the 2015 World Yo-=Yo Championship Finals: http://digg.com/video/hajime-miura-yo-yo-world-championship    “We learn in the process of “being with” that all is divinity & is always changing. Contrary to what the voices say, we discover we can stand the anguish of endings & the exquisite delight of beginnings. In fact, it is in the awareness of the trembling transiency of the moment that we feel intensely & joyously alive. In that moment, we embody “spiritual bliss.”  Ashwini Narayanan  via http://www.LivingCompassion.org 

[4] good triumphs whenever we make our own, freely chosen decision for “good,” “kindness,” “generosity,” “unconditional loving kindness” & self-emancipating “forgiveness:”  http://m.vod.io/OF94_/ inspiring, emotional & spiritual journey of a grieving mother whose young, innocent daughter was murdered.  …  What makes a life event either easy or hard? Perhaps a better question would be what makes a life event something we suffer over or practice through? The answer:  Our relationship with ourselves & with Life. If we know, not intellectually but in our deepest being, that Life is living us perfectly, that what happens is never a reward or a punishment, that every situation is our very best opportunity to choose unconditional love, to awaken & end suffering, nothing is ever a problem.   – Cheri Huber from PEACE Quotes are offered by Living Compassion  transforming lives, ending suffering


[5]   WOLF PACK  Cesare Brai’s photo of a wolf pack on the move

  • the first 3 are the old or sick, they give the direction & pace to the entire pack. If it were the other way round, the old or sick would be left behind, losing contact with the pack. In case of an ambush, they would be sacrificed;
  • then come 5 strong ones, the front line;
  • In the center are the rest of the pack members;
  • then the 5 strongest following.
  • Last is alone, the Alpha.

The Alpha controls everything from the rear. In that position the Alpha can see everything, decide the direction. The Alpha sees all of the pack.    The pack moves according to the elders’ pace & help each other, watch each other.   Wolves put the elders of the pack FIRST!

[6] visual inspiration via modern artist Norman Rockwell’s collection:  www.kingsacademy.com/mhodges/11_Western-Art/27_Popular_Modern-Realism/Rockwell/Rockwell.htm

[7] let your brightest Light shine by emulating “Jumpy,” the dog’s example:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I_QzPLEjM4; & other precious dogs’ reactions to being naughty or to climbing up or down stairs:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZw-jgCRPeE & https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gghfoRKVPCo & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gghfoRKVPCo&app=desktop

[8] Jimmy Stewart’s poem A Dog Named “Beau,” that brought Johnny Carson & his late-night- TV audience to tears:  www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/the-dog-poem-that-made-johnny-carson-cry?utm_source=Freekibble&utm_medium=Quiz&utm_campaign=Nov262013 * for entire text, scroll downward to the bottom of this page; 

[9]  the majestic, trusting elephant family who comes to dinner … right through the reception area of the Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia, Africa:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/NdTII_unZSA

[10] Joyful surprise!  in 2012 young people in Moscow staged a “flash mob” happening by dancing to an 83-year-old American song, written by a Russian-born American Jew Irving Berlin:  www.youtube.com/embed/KgoapkOo4vg?rel=0 & popular songs & favorite cars of the 1950s & 1960s:  http://biggeekdad.com/2013/01/the-best-of-times/ & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjj9VKKSV2g & the inspiration, brilliance, peace, unity & beauty of synchronized aerial- & floor-acrobatics by hundreds of performers:  https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/8oqPR5-GLuA?rel=0

[11]  We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts & in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle & magic.  E. Merrill Root (1895-1973) American Writer

[12] Marvel at world’s largest model railroad in Hamburg, Germany — with the world’s largest model airport @1,600-sq.ft.  Expansion plans through Year 2020 (begun in Year 2007,  $4.4M so far):  http://devour.com/video/miniatur-wunderland/www.miniatur-wunderland.com & www.facebook.com/MiniaturWunderlandHamburg & www.youtube.com/MiwulaTV;

[13] six minutes of the joy, tenderness & wonder of baby animals:  www.wimp.com/sixminutes/ & four minutes of cats training their human parents to pet them (copy & paste the address into your Web browser):  http://blog.theanimalrescuesite.com/cats-say-pet-me-meow/?ORIGIN=FK_Trivia-6-05-2014&utm_source=fk&utm_medium=C4M&utm_campaign=pet-me-meow/;  or listen to the #1 song on the day of your birth:  http://playback.fm/birthday-song 

[14] beauty its wisdom:  (copy & paste into your browser) http://www.ThePastWhispers.com/Texas_Spring.html;  

[15]  various thoughts about “death:”  Death is not extinguishing the light, it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.       through Sherril.Skibell@TTU.edu at Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Sheffield Lutherer’s memorial service & read by Alice at memorial service of Dr. John Aure Buesseler at the 46-yr.-old CEO Roundtable:  This poem is often read at funerals. The author, Henry Scott-Holland (1847-1918), a priest at St. Paul’s Cathedral of London, did not intend it as a poem, it was actually delivered as part of a sermon in 1910. The sermon, titled, “Death, the King of Terrors” was preached while the body of King Edward VII was lying in state at Westminster.  READ  COMPLETE STORY  PRINT

Death Is Nothing At All by Henry Scott-Holland More Henry Scott-Holland  


Death is nothing at all.     It does not count.     I have only slipped away into the next room.     Nothing has happened.     Everything remains exactly as it was.     I am I, and you are you,     and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.     Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.     Call me by the old familiar name.     Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.     Put no difference into your tone.     Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.     Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.     Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.     Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.     Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.     Life means all that it ever meant.     It is the same as it ever was.     There is absolute and unbroken continuity.     What is this death but a negligible accident?     Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?     I am but waiting for you, for an interval,     somewhere very near, just round the corner.     All is well.     Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.     One brief moment and all will be as it was before.     How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

[16] POSITIVE QUOTES OF THE DAY:  “Thank you for being you who are, even when I wasn’t who I should have been.”  — As one person said to a friend.  And, “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live a life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”  — Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American Philosopher and Writer.  More Positive Content at www.JohnFGroom.com Transform your life by watching “ecstasy” in action via a so God Made a Doghttp://youtu.be/lJ7AfSO2fKs & a kitten’s vivid imaginationwww.castanet.net/news/Offbeat/62184/Pitbull-vs-kitten  and “joy” in action via young goats’ exuberance (to the tune of Jingle Bells):  www.YouTube-nocookie.com/embed/b4_EdJ-XkUA?rel=0 & “Ode to Joy:”  www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBaHPND2QJg&feature=youtu.be & the magnificent Clydesdale horseswww.youtube.com/watch?v=XbVyLKETiqU  Listen to the greatness in youwww.angelfire.com/ak2/intelligencerreport/stethoscope.html  & be inspired by employees & volunteers who save precious cats’ & dogs’ liveswww.youtube.com/watch?v=C0nhGETiwGI&feature=related & 5-min. video with inspiring vocal music & photos of precious cats & dogswww.YouTube.com/watch?v=lCCaQuytYYk via Freedom Trail for Houston’s BARC dogs:   www.MyFoxHouston.com/dpp/news/local/120125-mad-dash-to-save-the-pets; tear-jerking, adoption video with Bee Gees’ music — for a young, playful, brown-colored, female dogwww.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk7Y8jRMINYjoyful reunion of dog with six-month-deployed soldier:  http://tammybruce.com/2013/07/possibly-the-best-soldier-dog-reunion-video-ever.htmlquick-thinking Brazilians saving dolphinshttp://elcomercio.pe/player/1384898 & a happy, fearless, fun-loving Border Collie with no eyes, who “sees” with her heartwww.wthitv.com/dpp/news/local/a-dog-with-a-special-talent & watch people saving animals in trouble:  www.flixxy.com/people-saving-animals.htm  Thank you for doing your part to make ours a wonderful world by contributing your authentic talents, time & treasure … such as 17-yr.-old Joe Bush, whose high school “history” assignment resulted in a 2-min. video with photos taken from the Internet & musical track Mind Heist by Zack Hemsey (from the movie Interception):  http://marcbrecy.perso.neuf.fr/history.html & those who invented a 3-dimensional printer:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZboxMsSz5Aw&feature=youtube_gdata_player & an irresistible, have-to-watch-the-whole-thing TV commercial with dogs about dog food:   http://www.youtube.com/embed/AA56LgpFbSw?rel=0     Given the exponential speed of change & population shifts (www.YouTube.com/Watch?v=cL9Wu2kWwSY), I hope you will find at least one opportunity or re$ource (by selecting categories in the righthand menu) that may be helpful to you, your colleagues, friends, family, faith-community or neighborhood. Favorite Web links:  point the Hubble Space Telescope to a seemingly blank patch of sky — to go to the edge of the universe www.flixxy.com/hubble-ultra-deep-field-3d.htm … more beauty, color, life www.greatdanepro.com/Just%20Colors/index.htm & kaleidoscope (put your mouse onto the picture & move around the mouse.  Moving the mouse very slowly is the most beautiful):  http://inoyan.narod.ru/kaleidoskop.swf   Experience 8-6-2012 with jubilant engineers the rover’s trip to & landing on Mars:  www.youtube.com/embed/XRCIzZHpFtY?rel=0         Video of four weeks in a robinfamily‘s lives:  http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9479342&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1    Hilarious & endearing antics of a cat & owl playingwww.wimp.com/catowl  Thank-you dance of a young, hump-backed whale — freed from nylon fishing net:   www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBYPlcSD490  Let your imagination & spirit soarhttp://sciencedemonstrations.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k16940&pageid=icb.page80863&pageContentId=icb.pagecontent341734&state=maximize&view=view.do&viewParam_name=indepth.html#a_icb_pagecontent341734 & evidence that humans worldwide can thrivehttps://www.YouTube.com/embed/Pwe-pA6TaZk?rel=0 Your life is your choice  www.YouTube.com/watch?v=42E2fAWM6rA — one-minute, 44-second, award-winning palindrome video by a 20-year-old.  The presentation reads & means the exact opposite backwards, as forward.  How much of the Earth will we choose to eat by 2050?  www.FastCoDesign.com/1665453/InfoGraphic-How-much-of-the-earth-will-we-eat-by-2050  And if the Web site, above, was depressing, then click for musical fun with a typewriterwww.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=G4nX0Xrn-wo&sns=em & with animated greeting cards:  www.JacquieLawson.com/membership.asp; & be blessed in sight & song for a new year:   


& a classic-cars museum that Wichita East, ’64, classmate Walt Ramsden said would be heaven for him:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/WbN_BAn55a4 & from another Wichita, KS, East High, ’64, classmate Julie Shottenkirk Beste:  a happy video of folks worldwide dancing for joy:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pwe-pA6TaZk?rel=0

And speaking of “choices,” my life-transforming book recommendation is “Redemption  The Myth of Pet Overpopulation & the No Kill Revolution in America” by Nathan J. Winograd, 2007; ISBN 13:978-0-9790743-1-8.  Also, www.TheNoKillNation.org & Make No Kill a reality in your community: http://bit.ly/acuTp7   Take the Audio/Visual tourhttp://bit.ly/LhMakp   No Kill 101Preparehttp://bit.ly/sVSA02   Educatehttp://bit.ly/H8hfc1   Fight: http://bit.ly/vbeJ22   Win: http://bit.ly/gujLGB   The methods above have been proven to save lives. If you have access to the shelter/animal control employees, their email addresses, etc at these facilities, please share this information with them too, so they learn more about all of these life saving methods too.   www.JustOneDay.ws/ For Just One Day, “Euthanasia Technicians” will put down their syringes & pick up cameras. Instead of injecting animals with lethal doses of sodium pentobarbital, they will photograph them & post them on the Internet, on Facebook, on twitter. In 2013, they marketed their animals to the public, they reached out to rescue groups, they hosted adoption events with discounted rates, they stayed open for extended hours, & they asked their communities to help them empty the shelter the good way.  Instead of going into body bags in freezers, the animals went out the front door in the loving arms of families. At the end of the day, the shelters were emptier than when the day started. And, no one had to die in order to make that happen.  The No Kill Advocacy Center, Animal Ark & Animal Wise Radio teamed up to offer shelters the tools they need to be successful; & www.DogsForLife.org & http://bit.ly/PtOEfp; & learn how Fix Austin transformed their city from a high-kill methodology to one that embraced the No Kill Equation, & learn what you can do in your community to achieve similar results (if your animal-control personnel aren’t interested in saving animals’ lives):  http://vimeo.com/17082669     “No Kill nation is inevitable.”  … “No Kill nation we can immediately achieve.”  … “No Kill is the only legitimate standard for animal sheltering.”  

11 proven-effective, No-Kill strategies:  

[1] hire a compassionate shelter director who believes in & fully implements: 

[2] an openadmission animal-control shelter;

[3] the number of people adopting or redeeming their lost dogs or cats; 

[4] partnerships with rescue groups; [5] public relations/buyin/public-friendly community involvement;  

[6] the recruitment, training, retaining & celebration of an active volunteer base;

[7] a comprehensive adoption program;

[8] increasing the number of foster homes;

[9] providing medical rehabilitationfor hurt/sick/young animals & behavior-socialization training for pet owners — to encourage pet retention

[10] highvolume, lowcost spay/neuter &

[11] Trap/Neuter/Release of feral cats ….” 

Thank you, All, for helping precious animals – by doing your part every day (e.g., by e-forwarding pet messages, adopting, fostering, rescuing, sheltering, advocating, transporting, providing pet-wellness & veterinary services, donating, volunteering with Trap/Neuter/Release of feral cats & caring) – that will help get us quickly to a No Kill Nation.   related information:  Creative way to encourage pet adoptions:  www.RSPCA.org.UK/media/news/story/-/article/EM_Cats_rehomed_thanks_to_Christmas_carol_video_Jan12 (& then scroll downward to click the arrow in the middle of the page to start the video).]   Also, from another source:  there are approximately 45 cats & dogs for every person born.   Only 1 out of 10 dogs born ever get a home.  Only 1 out of 12 cats born ever find a home.  Approximately 800 dogs & cats are KILLED each HOUR in the United States, because there are not enough homes for them!  Please SPAY & NEUTER!  If looking for a pet, please rescue instead of buying from a breeder or a pet store.   Free online, award-winning documentary on the homeless pet crisis in our city & our country:  www.OHTH.org (including pet-care films in English & Spanish).

While you are providing your service to people & places wherever you work, worship, volunteer, learn, play &/or thrive, please remember to

1.  When you are in doubt, be still, and wait;   When doubt no longer exists for you then go forward with courage.   So long as mists envelop you, be still;   Be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists   -as it surely will. Then act with courage.   – Chief White Eagle     (from PEACE Quotes offered by Living Compassion:  transforming lives, ending suffering at www.LivingCompassion.org) & by a encyclopedia of inspirational thoughts at http://www.AttitudeMedia.com/positive-quotes-search/ 

Post your events at www.TexasPlainsTrail.com (Things to Do; Calendar; Submit an Event).  And refer friends, families & neighbors to www.211Texas.org (& select “Search for Services” in the middle of the page & then fill in two blanks about your needs & your location … & voila!  — a list of places/organizations that have what you need.  Or call 2-1-1 for referrals to resources you need.  2-1-1 helps first-generation families succeed in college through childcare, transportation, food, housing, domestic-violence prevention & more referrals.  Financial aid for college?  In Texas:  1-888-311-8881 (easy-to-remember phone number:  almost identical forwards & backwards).  www.LapTop.org  One laptop per child:  give a laptop.  Change the world.  www.BoostUp.org  Do your good deed for the day in 15 seconds:  e-encourage a high school student to stay in school.  Everyday nearly 7,000 students drop out of high school:  help make it 6,999 by your e-boost of encouragement.  Reasons to boost:  a high school diploma looks good on any wall; compared to non-graduates of high school:  high school graduates are less likely to live in poverty or to be on public assistance; 7 times more likely to own a home; are in better health; 8 times less likely to go to jail.  E-boosting is good karma:  you’ve probably done something bad that you need to make up for, plus:  the children ARE our future.

2.  Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”    — William Bruce Cameron      More Positive Content at www.JohnfGroom.com

Many thanks to all who are

[1] posting www.AliceWhite.WordPress.com onto your Web sites or including my blog link in your communications; 

[2] e-sharing your opportunities & resources with me for this e-bulletin board &

[3] referring your friends & family directly to me at Alice.White@TTU.edu or Alice.V.White@GMail.com  or 830-990-8101My top 5 Strengths Quest characteristics are Connectedness, Achiever, Maximizer, Relator & Focus & for a biographical sketch [in the Fall 2014 Lambda Log Chi Omega fraternity newsletter] of some of my serial-entrepreneurial careers:  http://www.EPageFlip.Net/i/387502   Also, I invite you to visit www.AliceWhite.WordPress.com every month or two in order to discover or re-discover new, date-sensitive & perpetual opportunities & resources — within recent older entries throughout my e-bulletin board; e.g., www.UnitedStatesZipCodes.org & www.AllAreaCodes.com  

With friendship, appreciation & my very best wishes always to you!    


P.S. #1:  I would be sorry to see you go if you asked me to un-subscribe you.  But if you do ask to un-subscribe, the fastest & surest way to get unsubscribed is to [a] e-Reply to my e-message & include the number(s), word(s) or letter(s) that appear at the front of the “Subject” line.  With 330+ e-lists & 10 spreadsheets with 12,000+ e-addresses, I can locate & delete your e-address most quickly & accurately if you will e-tell me your e-list number(s), word(s) or letter(s). or [b] tell me which town, state & country you live in.

P.S. #2:  My goal is provide you with hopeful, helpful, accurate & timely resources.  Please join me in constantly double-checking accuracy & helping me correct inaccuracies:  www.Snopes.com/inboxer; also:  www.FBI.Gov/Scams-Safety/e-scams  When you’re doubtful about an e-message (e.g., “from Google team;” “trip to London:  I had my bag stolen … send me money;” or “I’m a missionary in Africa.  Adopt my dog & pay only the shipping charges.”) snopes.com: Cell phone 112 Emergency •• Will dialing 112 connect you with an emergency call center when your cell phone has no signal? …Claim: Even when your cell phone signal is blocked, dialing 112 will connect you with an emergency call center. Example: [Collected on the Internet … your mobile phone has no signal (so even if you were in a tunnel) if you dial 112 it diverts to a satellite signal and puts you through to the 999 call … The global mobile emergency number, 112, is “special” in the sense that (unlike other local emergency numbers, such as 999) it will use any tower …. * Adaptation of Robert Burns’ Auld Lang Syne, written & sung by Charles Osgood on “CBS Sunday Morning,” Jan. 3, 2010:     And now we’re in a different year     We’ve only just begun     A hundred fifty billion miles     As we loop around the sun.     We ended one trip Thursday night     And here we go again     It’s quite a flight, so hang on tight     In the year two thousand ten!     Two thousand nine is Auld Lang Syne     It’s part of times gone by     Two thousand ten is here & now     As through each day we fly.     Yes, time does fly     And years go by     And what will happen then?     We cannot say     But we’re on our way     In the year two thousand ten!  More nostalgia:  Enjoy video with music from the 1950s & 1960shttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDc0ID6PJeg&feature=youtu.be & admire breath-taking photos from my home state of Kansashttp://vimeo.com/73014200 From HeresAThought@Ragan.comDon’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.  It is because we are different that each of us is special.  Brian Dyson   Also, more inspiration at www.EFTUniverse.com thanks to www.SharonOSmith.com & www.InnerHealing.com In 1955, my self-chosen American Indian name in Camp Fire Girls was “Ta Wa Ca, “that means “Happy Flower.”  To happily e-create your own field of flowers, please click (or drag your mouse over the page)  www.ProCreo.JP/labo/flower_garden.swf View the US’ state flowers & wait to the end for the entire American bouquet:   www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=1221321706636&source=jl999  

P.S. #3:  Bottom line:  Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.        Will Durant, Historian

P.S. #4a:  Given that my PhD degree is in journalism:  www.Newseum.org/TodaysFrontPages/flash/  Put your mouse on a city anywhere in the world to read newspaper headlines.  Double click & the page gets larger.  You can read the entire paper on some — if you click on the right place.  The site changes every day with the publication of new editions of the paper.   To read other nations’ newspapers, click the country/nation choice(s) above the map.  On a personal note:  keep in mind that “news” = something that is “new:”  in academic circles, we referred to the content of news as whatever was “deviant” (my definition:  visually exciting information that would be most likely to $ell the mo$t adverti$ing).  If the news annoys, depresses or confuses you … keep in mind that its opposite (whatever is good, wholesome, worthwhile) is not in news & therefore more likely to represent what may be really going on (families succeeding, children educated wisely, effectively & respectfully; communities thriving).  Perhaps these thoughts will help you deliberately focus on whatever you consider to be uplifting, inspiring & worthy of emulation.

P.S. #4b:  There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism & overwork. The rush & pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.   – Thomas Merton

P.S. #5:  a lively role model for us Baby Boomers … Two Classics, One Car, 2:49-min. vignette about a 101-yr.-young woman in Plymouth, MI, who changes the oil & spark plugs of her 81-yr.-old Packard carwww.YouTube.com/watch?v=CHwwwJ83oWo  The car’s bumper sticker announces that “Old age & treachery will overcome youth & skill.”

P.S. #6:  www.mnh.si.edu/vtp/1-desktop/    An incredible 360-degree tour of the Smithsonian Museum room by room .  360-degree viewing by using your cursor. You easily spend days/weeks looking at everything.  Just marvelous for kids &d adults. Follow the blue arrows on the floor to move into new rooms.  Shows inside & outside of the museum, & there little cameras here & there which show detailed info on certain things. If you click on the floors (upper-right corner), you get a floor plan of that floor, & you can click on a blue circle to go directly to that room.  Truly incredible web site.  Watch it in full screen when you open this up.  Use the roller on your mouse to move in & out. Look for the “arrows” on the floor & click on them. They take you to other places.  http://carolynmappleton.wordpress.com/ www.FaceBook.com/Alice.V.White.1 &/or http://www.FaceBook.com/Alice.White.1829

P.S. #7:   Whatever I’ve been through in my life cannot compare to the gift of life. Against unfathomable odds, I was conceived & born. Against even greater odds, I have lived & continue to live. It is the greatest gift to wake up every morning into a swirling world & to be given air to breathe, water to drink, a sun & a moon, stars, rivers, trees, birds flitting & singing, ants making their homes beneath the sidewalks, a summer storm … I don’t know, who could not want to fall to their knees in gratitude?  – Dorianne Laux  PEACE Quotes are offered by Living Compassion    transforming lives, ending suffering


P.S. #8:  Unconditional Willing to experience aloneness, I discover connection everywhere;   Turning to face my fear, I meet the warrior who lives within me;   Opening to my loss and pain and ignorance, I remember who I am and what I’m here for.   Surrendering into emptiness, I find fullness without end.   Each condition I flee from pursues me, Each condition I welcome transforms me and becomes itself transformed into the blessing it always was.  – Jennifer Welwood

A Medal of Honor Dog Hugs a Baby     What a great story, read it all the way to the end.        I thought you might like to know about this dog and his history.   The ending is quite amazing after you read the beginning…..   The K9 above is Brutus, a military K9 at McChord…   He’s huge – part Boxer and part British Bull Mastiff and tops the scales at 200 lbs.   His handler took the picture.   Brutus is running toward me because he knows I have some Milkbone treats, so he’s slobbering away!   I had to duck around a tree just before he got to me in case he couldn’t stop, but he did.   Brutus was the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor last year from his tour in Iraq.   His handler and four other soldiers were taken hostage by insurgents.   Brutus and his handler communicate by sign language and he gave Brutus the signal that meant ‘go away, but come back and find me’.

The Iraqis paid no attention to Brutus.   He came back later and quietly tore the throat out of one guard at one door and another guard at another door.   He then jumped against one of the doors repeatedly (the guys were being held in an old warehouse) until it opened.   He went in and untied his handler, and they all escaped.   He’s the first K9 to receive this honor.   If he knows you’re ok, he’s a big old lug and wants to sit in your lap.   He enjoys the company of cats.   K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Winner:   thought you’d find this interesting.   Talk about animal intelligence and bonding with humans!   Remember that they can’t do a lot of things for themselves and they depend on you to make their life a quality life!   Instructions for properly hugging a baby (from a dog’s point of view):

1. First, uh, find a baby.

2. Second, be sure that the object you found was indeed a baby, by employing classic sniffing techniques.

3. Next, you will need to flatten the baby before actually beginning the hugging process.

4.  The ‘paw slide.’ Simply slide paws around baby and prepare for possible close-up.

5.  Finally, if a camera is present, you will need to execute the difficult – patented ‘hug, smile, and lean’ so as to achieve the best photo quality.

*     He never came to me when I would call   Unless I had a tennis ball,   Or he felt like it,   But mostly he didn’t come at all.   When he was young He never learned to heel Or sit or stay,  He did things his way.   Discipline was not his bag But when you were with him things sure didn’t drag.   He’d dig up a rosebush just to spite me, And when I’d grab him, he’d turn and bite me.   He bit lots of folks from day to day, The delivery boy was his favorite prey.   The gas man wouldn’t read our meter, He said we owned a real man-eater.  He set the house on fire But the story’s long to tell.   Suffice it to say that he survived   And the house survived as well.   On the evening walks, and Gloria took him,   He was always first out the door.   The Old One and I brought up the rear Because our bones were sore.   He would charge up the street with Mom hanging on, What a beautiful pair they were!   And if it was still light and the tourists were out, They created a bit of a stir.   But every once in a while, he would stop in his tracks And with a frown on his face look around.   It was just to make sure that the Old One was there And would follow him where he was bound.   We are early-to-bedders at our house — I guess I’m the first to retire.   And as I’d leave the room he’d look at me And get up from his place by the fire.   He knew where the tennis balls were upstairs, And I’d give him one for a while.   He would push it under the bed with his nose And I’d fish it out with a smile.   And before very long He’d tire of the ball And be asleep in his corner In no time at all.   And there were nights when I’d feel him Climb upon our bed And lie between us, And I’d pat his head.   And there were nights when I’d feel this stare And I’d wake up and he’d be sitting there And I reach out my hand and stroke his hair.   And sometimes I’d feel him sigh and I think I know the reason why.   He would wake up at night And he would have this fear Of the dark, of life, of lots of things, And he’d be glad to have me near.   And now he’s dead.   And there are nights when I think I feel him Climb upon our bed and lie between us, And I pat his head.   And there are nights when I think I feel that stare And I reach out my hand to stroke his hair, But he’s not there.   Oh, how I wish that wasn’t so, I’ll always love a dog named Beau.

 A book titled “Why We Love the Dogs We Do: How to Find the Dog That Matches Your Personality” published in 2000 contains some information on what happened to Beau, Stewart’s beloved dog. Sadly, the poem isn’t fiction. Wikipedia summarizes it:
“While shooting a movie in Arizona, Stewart received a phone call from Dr. Keagy, his veterinarian, who informed him that Beau was terminally ill, & that Gloria sought his permission to perform euthanasia. Stewart declined to give a reply over the phone, & told Keagy to ‘keep him alive & I’ll be there.’ Stewart requested several days’ leave, which allowed him to spend some time with Beau before granting the doctor permission to euthanize the sick dog. Following the procedure, Stewart sat in his car for ten minutes to clear his eyes of tears. Stewart later remembered: ‘After [Beau] died there were a lot of nights when I was certain that I could feel him get into bed beside me, & I would reach out & pat his head. The feeling was so real that I wrote a poem about it & how much it hurt to realize that he wasn’t going to be there any more.’”

Engaging literacy & community-building projects: Flat Sarah & Flat Stanley:  https://www.flatstanley.com/flat-stanleys-50th-birthday       The basic principle of The Flat [2-dimensional] Sarah / Flat Stanley Project is to connect your child, student or classroom with other children or classrooms participating in the Project by sending out “flat, two-dimensional visitors, created by the children, through the mail (or digitally, with The Flat Stanley app). Kids then talk about, track & write about their flat character’s journey & adventures. Although similar to a pen-pal activity, Flat Sarah & Stanley are actually much more enriching –students don’t have to wonder where to begin or what to write about.

The sender & the recipient already have a mutual friend, Flat Sarah or Flat Stanley. Writing & learning become easier, flows naturally & tends to be more creative. This is what teachers call an “authentic” literacy project, in that kids are inspired to write of their own passion & excitement about the project, & given the freedom to write about many things through the rubric of the Flat Sarah & Flat Stanley characters.

KS Univ. Chi Omega sister Joy Miller’s travel blog:  www.JEMAltitude.WordPress.com
http://www.FredericksburgMorningRotary.org  [upper right]  Member     [upper right] Member Access     [scroll downward]  Meeting Services
 Alice.White@TTU.edu; #6581622; club:  50842; D5840
162 Rotary presentations:  details within blog entry
Rotary Zones / Membership Webinars:  Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:   Please click this URL to join. https://zoom.us/w/708634353?tk=XChzZ7giQcmMi2LwMnDW5TPrMhux6lQsXGY8X778sBY.DQEAAAAAKjzm8RZHV3dQck5TbFIzdU9MY0hhMFJNN25RAA

Or join by phone:  +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)  Webinar ID: 708 634 353

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=1Bc1BNpmEcvxxGwiBbJKaNA27cZsGzJj

Here are the how-to videos to watch. The password to watch these is TeachLeadLearn

  1. Profile Orientation: https://vimeo.com/227794351
  2. Post Orientation 1: https://vimeo.com/227795662
  3. Post Orientation 2: https://vimeo.com/227796492
from  a weekly \e-greeting from UT Austin / Journalism friend Bill Korbus:
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.  Dalai Lama
The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.   Thich Nhat Hanh
Life is like stepping into a boat which is about to sail out sea and sink.  Shunryu Suzuki
Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand — relax.   Osho
Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind.   Zen Proverb
Act without expectation.  Lao Tzu
When you seek it, you cannot find it.   Zen Proverb
The trouble is, you think you have time.  Buddha
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.   Lao Tzu
To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.   Chuang Tzu
We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. Lao Tzu
Move and the way will open.   Zen Proverb
If you realize you have enough, you are truly rich.   Lao Tzu
Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.   Dalai Lama
CF:  Whitesey

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  1. EmmalynSoine on

    Hello to all
    In this difficult time, I disposition you all
    Rise your family and friends

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