Tag: animals

Green-cheeked Amazon parrot, Red-lored Amazon parrot, green parrot, red-crowned Amazon, Amazona viridigenalis

Lost and Found

Rescue organizations are full of “lost” pets, right? Not necessarily. An animal communicator I know tells me that many of these animals consciously ran away from a home they didn’t want. They were willing to risk euthanasia to find a home that suited them more. I heard what […]

white pelican in flight, Barr Lake, Colorado

Getting Grounded

Most of my work is, well, all in my head. I’m reading, writing, analyzing, interviewing, and meeting with people. Sometimes, I spend nine or ten hours without even leaving the fourth floor of my office building. I’m very focused, and I get a lot done. But at the […]

clutch of goose eggs, Barr Lake, Colorado

Migration

I grew up in a place that was short on beauty and long on heat, sand, and wind. Wildlife consisted primarily of rattlesnakes and “horny toads” (little horned lizards). The place was flat and waterless; its only redeeming qualities were gorgeous sunsets and oil. But it was my […]

Kahn statue, Oahu, Hawaii, Chinese cemetary

Constructive Conflict

Conflict is all around us, every day it seems to encroach on our territory. Some people seem to invite conflict, consciously or unconsciously, because they are defensive. If they’re constantly trying to defend their territory – and it takes two to tango! Someone will come along to criticize […]

Goffin's Cockatoo, Tanimbar Cockatoo, Cacatua goffini, white parrot

Lessons from my Cockatoo

My companion animals are more than just my friends; they’re also my teachers. I’ve recently reflected on the lessons from my pushy, wild-caught cockatoo. He’s a rescue, probably over 35 years old, and full of personality. Domestic birds of his breed will learn to speak, but that boat […]

Silky Terrier, dog

Adoration and Meditation

I start my day feeling loved.  I’d like to say that this comes from some wonderful, spiritual experience or that my husband is passionately affectionate before he leaves for work (as if I’m up for that, so early). It’s much simpler. I’ll explain the fun part in a […]

Auffenpinscher/Schnauzer mix, black dog, puppies

Heart-to-Heart Resuscitation

My schnauzer-mix, Garnet, is troubled. She had a neglected and painful past before coming to my home a year-and-a-half ago. She was knocked up, despondent, and didn’t know what to do. She wasn’t leash trained in any way, shape, or form, and got very car sick from anxiety. […]