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Intiative Radio: Part 2 of Dalai Lama Special September 8, 2009
The Dalai Lama: Conversation with the head of Tibet Fund August 29, 2009
Here’s a link to this coming week’s Initiative Radio program. It’s gives a decent history of how the Dalai Lama came to be exiled from Tibet through Angela Mckenzie conversation with the head of the Tibet Fund.
Wild Horses: It’s not too late to save Cloud August 20, 2009
Bureau of Land Management on Rampage to Destroy Famous Wild Horse Herd
For Immediate Release August 10, 2009
Cloud and the wild horses of Montana’s PryorMountains are world famous but fame it appears is not going to protect the herd from a drastic government round up planned to begin September 1st in their spectacular wilderness home.
There are currently only 190 wild horses (one year and older) living in the PryorMountains. The BLM plans to remove 70 of them, plus foals. According to the foremost equine geneticist, Dr. Gus Cothran, 150-200 adult horses are needed in the herd to ensure their genetic diversity, which is vital to their long term survival.
These 70 horses would be placed in jeopardy. Any horses over 10 years of age can be bought directly by killer buyers and transported over the Northern border to Canadian slaughterhouses or south into Mexico. Younger horses not adopted would be put into government holding with 33,000 others that the BLM has removed from the wild and has proposed killing because they can no longer afford to feed them.
BLM cites poor range condition as the reason to remove the horses but abundant snow and rain for the past two and a half years has produced wonderful range conditions according to all who have visited Cloud and his herd. The Agency is not listening to anyone. They want this herd gutted. Nearly all the mares returned to the range would be given an experimental two-year infertility drug, PZP-22.
This helicopter round up is just one among many that the BLM is trying to complete, perhaps before the Obama Administration can catch up with what is going on.
The PryorMountain wild horses are descendants of the Lewis and Clark horses who were stolen by the Crow Indians in the early 1800’s. They can be traced further back to the horses brought over with the Spanish Conquistadors in 1500 making them one of the most Spanish of all wild horse herds in North America.
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The power of yarn August 7, 2009
During our recent move, I found a box of yarn that I had been using to make afghans that I forgot about – not surprising, right? We managed to locate a local church that accepted items for women (some with children) who lost their homes and we stopped by with a few items. The organizers were thrilled when they saw the yarn. Their enthusiasm came as a surprise at first. Previous donations at other places never created this kind of joy. They reminded me that it wasn’t just yarn – it was a chance to create a present for the holidays, a much needed sweater for a child, an afghan for the winter, or to create something wonderful to sell and that the donation of yarn had reached the perfect home. Hooray! Just a little reminder for us all to share our new found yarn and a season of mindful kniting and crochet.
Marg (grateful, gleeful, and groovin’ to the power of yarn)
Arcanalogue: A Charitable Tarot Site July 23, 2009
My friend Anne turned me on to her friend’s fabulous tarot site with a heart, Arcanalogue. More on Arcanalogue below:
Arcanalogue is best used as a way to understand the Tarot’s dusty, centuries-old cards via the events, culture, and symbols of today. Most of these posts isolate a single card and reinterpret it based on things I’ve found on the internet. As of this date, each of the 78 cards has been covered at least once, and a host of special interviews and instructional posts have been added.
I welcome questions and feedback from readers (of both Arcanalogue and of the Tarot in general). You can reach me by writing to email@example.com. I do charge for actual readings, but 100% of all the money I make from them is donated to the literacy charity First Book (more info here…).