Dog

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When God had made the earth and sky,
The flowers and the trees.

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He then made all the animals,
The fish, the birds and bees.

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And when at last He’d finished,
Not one was quite the same.
He said, “I’ll walk this world of mine,
And give each one a name.”
And so He traveled far and wide

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And everywhere He went,
A little creature followed Him
Until its strength was spent.
When all were named upon the earth
And in the sky and sea,

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The little creature said, “Dear Lord,
There’s not one left for me.”
Kindly the Father said to him,
“I’ve left you to the end.
I’ve turned my own name back to front
And called you dog, my friend.”

~ Author Unknown ~

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1st Anniversary

EBB AND FLOW

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The waves rushed in, dashing the beach,

drinking in the sand, gulping thirstily;

drawing in the seaweed, sea-shells and all they could reach.

Then they receded slowly, regrouping reluctantly.

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Ebb and flow…

The waves move, relentless

in their strife to grow

and yet, quite mindless!

 

Seagulls sweep in to examine

the bounty littered on the sand.

They pick, they nibble, they forage the shoreline

before they continue their winged way with wind.

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Ebb and flow…

Dawn breaks then the sun sets.

Soon the moon will glow,

time to pull in the nets.

 

The water ripples and gathers the clan.

Bursting with pride, it crests

oh, so high, according to plan

with medals pinned to its breasts!

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Ebb and flow…

Like the waves, time keeps moving:

fast or slow

but never stopping.

 

Time teases you with a Spring’s morning

and feeds you Summer’s ripening fruit.

Just watch out for the Autumn leaves falling

to herald the Winter of gloom and short daylight!

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Ebb and flow…

Life is about change, really!

The winds of change will blow.

Flow with time, like the waves, surely.

 

As much a part of Nature as the waves,

you exist, you live with each ebb and flow.

Nature creates, it sustains, it saves;

just flow with it, each high and each low.

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Ebb and flow…

Don’t fight it, simply float…

(but watch out for the undertow!)

The waves of time will carry you, like a boat.

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The meaning of Life is no mystery:

it is to survive, to stay alive!

It’s all been done before; why, it’s written in history!

Live each day, each moment, despite the pain and strife.

 

Ebb and flow…

Even the highest mountain, friend,

blow by slow blow

will eventually be reduced to sand!

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Be like the waves: joyous in creation,

bubbling with action and delight.

Though receding, still in motion,

yet cresting again to catch the sunlight.

 

Ebb and flow…

Run on the beach of your life:

like the waves, grow

and into the waters of life, dive!

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Ebb and flow.

Pet therapy

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We’ve heard of the many benefits that pets can have on our overall
physical and emotional health. One little benefit we don’t hear
about as much is the fact that by using pet therapy, those with
diabetes can live longer, much healthier lives.

Does pet therapy really work for diabetes? Studies show that by
petting some of these animals, you can reduce anxious feelings that
stress causes, lower your blood pressure and improve your overall
general health.

They also make for excellent companions to your exercise routine.
It’s documented that dogs have helped their diabetic owners lower
their blood sugar levels and lessen their cardiovascular problems.

Although dogs have been reported to work these wonders with their
owners, they aren’t a magical breed of animal. They’re not going to
make the condition go away. You still have to watch your diet, take
the appropriate medications and follow your doctor’s orders.

They can, however, help lower your stress levels, which have a
direct effect on your blood sugar. Having that loyal companion by
your side who doesn’t talk back to you or nag you about what you’re
doing means a lot when it comes to your diabetic therapy.

Keeping stress levels down increases your chances of controlling
the condition without having to resort to insulin injections. In
some amazing cases, dogs have been trained to be in tune with their
owner’s medical conditions.

Some dogs can recognize warning signs that their diabetic owner may
be close to having a diabetic seizure and will do what they’re
trained to do to get them the help they need right away. Without
that help, someone living alone could end up in a diabetic coma or
worse – death!

Theses pets can also be trained to carry items or fetch things for
their owners. Those who have trouble walking may rely on their
pets to go to another room to get an item they need. The owner,
without a trained pet like this, could start off on their own and
fall – injuring themselves.

Pet therapy for those with diabetic conditions can be helpful and
should be utilized as much as possible. It’s important to remember
that even though they can lessen some of the harmful effects
diabetes places on you, it should not replace your normal diabetic
treatments. Continue to follow your physician’s orders but
complement that with the love and health benefits a pet has to
offer.

Best wishes,

Joy

14a Norland Square, London, London W11 4PX, UNITED KINGDOM

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Beatrix Potter

Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were–Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter.

– Beatrix Potter

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born in Kensington, London, England, The United Kingdom July 28, 1866
died: December 22, 1943
gender: female
genre: Children’s Books

Helen Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, mycologist, and conservationist who was best known for her children’s books, which featured animal characters such as Peter Rabbit.

Born into a privileged household, Potter was educated by governesses, and grew up isolated from other children. She had numerous pets and through holidays in Scotland and the Lake District developed a love of landscape, flora and fauna, all of which she closely observed and painted. As a young woman her parents discouraged intellectual development, but her study and paintings of fungi led her to be widely respected in the field of mycology. In her thirties Potter published the highly successful children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and became secretly engaged to her publisher, Norman Warne, causing a breach with her parents, who disapproved of his social status. Warne died before the wedding could take place.

Potter eventually published 23 children’s books, and having become financially independent of her parents, was able to buy a farm in the Lake District, which she extended with other purchases over time. In her forties she married a local solicitor, William Heelis. She became a sheep breeder and farmer while continuing to write and illustrate children’s books. Potter died in 1943, and left almost all of her property to The National Trust in order to preserve the beauty of the Lake District as she had known it, protecting it from developers.

Potter’s books continue to sell well throughout the world, in multiple languages. Her stories have been retold in various formats, including a ballet, films and in animation.

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11593.Beatrix_Potter

My little old dog…

My little old dog

a heart-beat
at my feet

– Edith Wharton

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born in New York, New York, The United States January 24, 1862
died: August 11, 1937
gender: female
genre: Literature & Fiction
influences: Henry James, Jane Austen

Edith Newbold Jones was born into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses.” The youngest of three children, Edith spent her early years touring Europe with her parents and, upon the family’s return to the United States, enjoyed a privileged childhood in New York and Newport, Rhode Island. Edith’s creativity and talent soon became obvious: By the age of eighteen she had written a novella, (as well as witty reviews of it) and published poetry in the Atlantic Monthly.

After a failed engagement, Edith married a wealthy sportsman, Edward Wharton. Despite similar backgrounds and a shared taste for travel, the marriage was not a success. Many of Wharton’s novels chronicle unhappy marriages, in which the demands of love and vocation often conflict with the expectations of society. Wharton’s first major novel, The House of Mirth, published in 1905, enjoyed considerable literary success. Ethan Frome appeared six years later, solidifying Wharton’s reputation as an important novelist. Often in the company of her close friend, Henry James, Wharton mingled with some of the most famous writers and artists of the day, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, André Gide, Sinclair Lewis, Jean Cocteau, and Jack London.

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In 1913 Edith divorced Edward. She lived mostly in France for the remainder of her life. When World War I broke out, she organized hostels for refugees, worked as a fund-raiser, and wrote for American publications from battlefield frontlines. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor for her courage and distinguished work.

The Age of Innocence, a novel about New York in the 1870s, earned Wharton the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1921 — the first time the award had been bestowed upon a woman. Wharton traveled throughout Europe to encourage young authors. She also continued to write, lying in her bed every morning, as she had always done, dropping each newly penned page on the floor to be collected and arranged when she was finished. Wharton suffered a stroke and died on August 11, 1937. She is buried in the American Cemetery in Versailles, France.
– Barnesandnoble.com

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16.Edith_Wharton

A two-year-old dog…

A two-year-old dog in Thailand has been credited with saving an abandoned newborn baby’s life after it carried the baby – which was in a plastic bag – from a landfill to its house and barked until its owners came outside.

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Twelve-year-old Sudarat Thongmak was the first to find the baby and she then informed her parents, Pummarat and Kummerd. The couple reportedly plans to adopt the baby girl.

http://www.mamamia.com.au/news/jacintha-saldahna-family-reacts/