Archive for June, 2012

Meet 3 Very Lucky, Very Cute Rescued Baby Raccoons (VIDEO)

Saturday, June 30th, 2012


An Unlikely Friendship Saves a Life

Friday, June 29th, 2012

When this orphaned elephant was rescued, it was lonely and refused to eat. But after this baby made a new friend, he found a reason to live.


10 Best Foods for Diabetes and Blood Sugar

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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Bambi, a Barbados Black Belly Sheep, jumping on a bed,

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

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Plants may be able to ‘hear’ others

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

THEY can “smell” chemicals and respond to light, but can plants hear sounds? It seems chilli seeds can sense neighbouring plants even if those neighbours are sealed in a box, suggesting plants have a hitherto-unrecognised sense.

Plants are known to have many of the senses we do: they can sense changes in light level, “smell” chemicals in the air and “taste” them in the soil (New Scientist, 26 September 1998, p 24). They even have a sense of touch that detects buffeting from strong winds.

The most controversial claim is that plants can hear, an idea that dates back to the 19th century. Since then a few studies have suggested that plants respond to sound, prompting somewhat spurious suggestions that talking to plants can help them grow.

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Husky speaks: I want potatoes!

Monday, June 25th, 2012

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The Hawk and the Snake: How Spirit Communicates Through Animals

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Dr. Steven Farmer writes:

Spirit attempts to communicate with us in a number of different ways and it’s up to us to become better listeners, no matter how these messages come to us. One of the most accessible ways is through animals. Whenever an animal shows up in an unusual way or repeatedly in a short space of time-whether it’s the physical animal or a symbol of an animal-it’s one way Spirit tries to reach us and teach us. When this happens there’s a lot more going on than you might expect. In these instances it’s not just the animal or the life force that animates that particular animal, but much bigger than that. The oversoul of that species has sent a representative to offer you a message, to resonate with your spirit-consciousness and offer you guidance along your spiritual path.

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Single Dad Beaver

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Beaver dads are often among the best in the animal kingdom, but one beaver widower who lost his long-time mate merits special attention.

“Dad,” who lives in a Martinez, Calif. beaver colony, was suddenly left with three young kits to care for when his devoted partner died of an infection. They had previously raised 12 other kits together.

VIDEO: Watch a beaver chop down a tree.

Their fears were understandable. Dad could only do so much in a day. He not only built the family home (his clan’s lodge), but he also regularly repairs it. This is in addition to building dams, gathering food and other time-consuming duties.


The power of embracing powerlessness

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

By Mike Robbins

In a recent session I had with my new counselor Eleanor, she said to me, “Mike, it sounds like embracing powerlessness is something that would benefit you right now.” When she said this, a chill went down my spine and my body tightened up. “What do you mean, ‘embrace powerlessness’?’” I asked. “Why would I want to do that?”

Powerlessness seems almost like a dirty word to me, at least to my ego for sure. Priding myself on being a “powerful person” and in the business of “empowering” others, I couldn’t imagine what embracing powerlessness even meant, let alone see the value in doing it myself.

Even with my fear and resistance, I continued to listen to what Eleanor had to say about this. She went on to say, “Allowing yourself to feel powerless doesn’t mean you are powerless. In fact, the more willing you are to embrace the feeling of powerlessness when it shows up, the more authentic power you’ll be able to access.”

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The healing powers of basil

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Sweet, silken and fragrant, basil is queen among healing herbs. Native to tropical nations such as India and Iran, it has been used for centuries in combating a staggering range of health problems. I remember my grandmother prescribing it as a panacea for almost every ill, ranging from coughs to cuts to malaria, and everything in between! She followed the ayurvedic way of healing, in which basil has been given the status of a rasayana, or revered ingredient.

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Thomas Ramey Watson is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University's College of Professional Studies. He has served as an Episcopal chaplain (lay), trained as a psychotherapist, done postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University.

In addition to his scholarly writings, he is a published author of poetry and fiction.