Sparks: 26

It is my intent to post an inspirational thought each Monday. It becomes my weekly meditation. I hope that perhaps it can feed another’s spirit as well. With that in mind and heart, I invited others to join me.

There is an obvious universal need for more positive energy. The negative energy in the world has become thick and oppressive. Social media has become a part of this dark, negative storm. But, we can change that.


I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. There is hope. Together, we can light up the entire world!

 

Light of the World

You are the light of the world!
You are the light of the world!
But, if that light is under a bushel,
it’s lost something kind of crucial.
You’ve got to stay bright to be the light of the world.

You are the salt of the earth.
You are the salt of the earth.
But, if that salt has lost its flavor,
it ain’t got much in its favor.
You can’t have that fault and be the salt of the earth!

So let your light so shine before men;
let your light so shine.
So, that they might know some kindness again.
We all need help to feel fine.
Let’s have some wine! (Communion!)

You are the city of God.
You are the city of God.
But, if that city is on a hill,
it’s kinda’ hard to hide it well.
You’ve got to stay pretty in the city of God.

So let your light so shine before men;
let your light so shine.
So, that they might know some kindness again.
We all need help to feel fine.
Let’s have some wine! (Communion!)

You are the light of the world.
You are the light of the world.
But, the tallest candlestick
ain’t much good without a wick.
You’ve got to live right to be the light of the world.

~Godspell, 1973

Sparks is open Monday through Friday each week. When joining, please post a positive quote, poem, or some inspirational words. Be creative, but be positive! Please add the Sparks badge to your post so others can see it and find your Sparks. Then, link your post to ours here. And, shine, shine, shine!

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Alleluia!

     “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
                                                                                                                               ~Matthew 28:6

~Easter Blessings to you and yours!~

 

 

Fill-in Statements: Week 99

 

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Each Thursday, my sweet co-host, Ellen of 15andmeowing, and I provide Friendly Fill-In statements. On Friday, we post our answers with a link-up for you to join us with your own responses. We hope you will copy and answer these on your blog, but please remember to link up here. If you need help, please let us know. Even if you don’t need help, please say something, so I will know you were here. Thanks!

Week 99: March 30, 2018:

1. For Easter (or Passover), I                             .

2. My favorite Easter (or Passover) treat is                                 .

3. Lately, the song                    is stuck in my head.

4. The A-Z Blogging Challenge                          .

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Easter Pets

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I agree with The Easter Bunny. I disapprove of giving animals as gifts. I print this post this every year because it is important. If I can help spare one little life, it is worth repeating myself. Please read, and share this information with others.

Every year hundreds of baby bunnies, chicks and ducklings are bought as “novelty” Easter gifts. While much thought is put into the “surprise” factor, little is put into the long-term care and commitment. Consequently, the animals will suffer abuse or neglect. Many will be released into the wild, ultimately facing death.

It has been reported by the U.S. Humane Society that “within the initial weeks following Easter, 30% of these novelty Easter pets will die. Another 60-70% will be released or left at a shelter.” Most of those released or left at shelters are already ill or suffering.

Every Spring, shelters are inundated with bunnies, chicks, and ducklings that are dumped because the novelty has worn off. Little or no thought was put into their growth or care. They were purchased solely for human enjoyment, into homes not equipped for their needs.

Before purchasing any pet, do your research. Ask the right authority, go to the proper source. Read, go online, learn about the animal’s needs, proper care, and expected lifespan. See what is involved to keep the animal healthy. Know what the possible pitfalls are with the particular pet you are considering, such as the fact that chicks and ducklings are known to carry salmonella.

Following are some facts and links provided by the Humane Society of the United States. Please read, consider, and take this to heart. These are real live beings with beating hearts.

RABBITS:
Average lifespan: 7-10 years
Facts:
*Rabbits may not do well in a household with young children. They often do not like being lifted or held.
*Rabbits like to dig and need to chew.
*If you get multiple rabbits they should be spayed and neutered as soon as possible.
*Multiple rabbits will often fight.
*Weekly expenses can be in excess of $25.00 for food alone, per rabbit.
Research Sources:
House Rabbit… http://www.myhouserabbit.com
Bunny Basics… http://www.thebunnybasics.com
Rabbit.org… www.rabbit.org

DUCKS:
Average lifespan: 8-15 years
Facts:
*Ducks are very social animals, doing better kept in groups (a “paddling” or “brace” of ducks).
*Ducks need a lot of space and a shelter to keep them safe.
*Ducklings will need to be kept in an indoor pen/cage for the several weeks.
Research Sources:
Pet Duck Blog… http://www.petducksblog.com
Keeping Ducks… http://keeping-ducks.net

CHICKENS:
Average lifespan: 5-8 years
Facts:
*Chickens naturally scratch, peck and dig. If housing is inadequate, they will cause damage.
*Many towns and cities have regulations concerning chickens, regarding them “livestock”.
*Health and zoning boards should be consulted.
*Chickens are noisy, but roosters are especially noisy!
Research Sources:
My Pet Chicken… http://www.mypetchicken.com
Backyard Chickens… http://www.backyardchickens.com

Please, do share animals with children. Educate yourself and children on animals and the various breeds and species. Visit them in natural habitats or ones created especially for them. Visit zoos, farms, and other places where you can do this in safety, for all involved. 

So, fill those Easter baskets with their favourite stuffed Easter toys. And, remember to include lots of books about those animals, too.  Love and knowledge can change the world.

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 97

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. Please link your post as directed. Don’t forget to visit other blogs. You will be glad that you did.

After missing a couple of Tuesday Teasers, I was happy to get to school…no, I was determined. I woke up very early and decided that I would just start my day, anyway. While I did my morning routine, I kept refreshing the home page of Two Spoiled Cats. It paid off! I was one of three First Commenters. And I was first Right Guesser. I was pretty sure of my answer, so went with my gut. I am glad that I did. Thank you, Sammy, Teddy, and Mom Pam. You put a lot of work into The Teaser to make it fun, and we appreciate it. Hugs! I have added these to my Badges page.

Chloe Jo is still having health concerns. We are having some trouble getting her pain stabilized. She has a good few days, and then she is miserable. The minions learned very early to not poke the bear. I think Bee is a bit afraid when Chloe Jo has a bad day, so avoids her. Clyde tries very hard to cheer her up. Bee and Clyde are very animated, chatty minions. They also both play fetch and are formidable opponents.

The Pelican came to our area right on schedule. They have been hanging out around the lake and neighboring channels, and adjoining waterways. They upset the seagulls, but that is Spring business as usual. They always work it out.

I have seen a pair of my beloved Sandhill Crane, too. They were in a cleared field off the backroads. It is a bit earlier than usual for the Crane. I tried not to worry, as we got more ice and snow. If God sees the tiny sparrow, then surely, He sees the Sandhill Crane!

May St. Patrick of Ireland and Irish eyes smile upon you! And, may St. Gertrude of Nivelles smile upon your cats! March 17 is the feast day for both saints. Celebrations are in order.

Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe, warm, and healthy. I will see you very soon! 

1. When I am nervous, I  immediately evaluate my situation. I am not prone to feeling nervous. I meditate, listen to music, and write. These always help me stay on track. If I can take a brief timeout, I can maintain calm and inner peace.

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2. When I am angry, I cry. I am always surprised, too. It really takes a lot to anger me. When I reach that point, it is inevitably an injustice against someone and I want to see it righted for them. I fight my own battles much more quietly.

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3. Today, I know for sure that things happen for reasons throughout our lives. We do not have to know what the reasons are. We do need to learn from each experience, trust our instincts, and keep going. As Granny said, it usually comes out in the wash.

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4. For St. Patrick’s Day, I always cook up a big pot of corned beef and cabbage. I also wear green. I have even been known to drink green tea.

KermieTeaWell, close enough!

~Beware of people that dislike cats.~
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Fill-in Statements: Week 97

Each Thursday, my sweet co-host, Ellen of 15andmeowing, and I provide Friendly Fill-In statements. On Friday, we post our answers with a link-up for you to join us with your own responses. We hope you will copy and answer these on your blog, but please remember to link up here. If you need help, please let us know. Even if you don’t need help, please say something, so I will know you were here. Thanks!

Week 97: March 16, 2018

1. When I am nervous,                           .

2. When I am angry,                          .

3. Today, I know for sure                        .

4. For St. Patrick’s day,                        .

 

JIGS

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Every living thing needs some kind of sustenance to survive. We seek that which fulfills us, but truth be known, real needs are few. There are several schools of thought on this, as man has sought to understand the world at large and his place in it.

One thing is certain. Kindness is believed to be a basic need. Studies have shown the many positive effects of kindness on all living things. However, it goes even deeper than that. When we give kindness to others, we also receive the benefits. Kindness can do powerful things. And, it is really good karma. Namasté.