Centuries of yesterdays have come and gone


Click here for little Magoa who desperately needs a rescuer.

What a doll. The folks who kill these precious souls hopefully toss and turn at night. This is America; we are not Romania nor Russia. NOKILL should be the immediate plan on which we are all working...and yesterday!!!!!!

And how about Frida here - please click share and help find a forever home for these sweet kids.

Aw, c'mon! How can anybody NOT share FRIDA? Join those of us who share. Better than anything is the very real possibility that lives get saved and that humans stop for a second and care...and share.

It works...it really does. The key that unlocks a restless world and reminds us of love and respect for all life.


All of us in a civilized society sharing ideas for preserving lives - no politicization where the sanctity of life is concerned. Enough time has passed. Today is the day...since centuries of yesterdays have come and gone.

All species matter. The human heart has room for all of us already here and looking for kindness and support and a helping hand!


Welcome to the 21st century and to evolution of the minds we were blessed with and now must begin to employ!


Kim Elizabeth Johnson: "I totally agree that the No Kill model for shelters is the only way to go. I cannot believe there are people who argue against this idea and make tons of excuses for why it can't possible happen. Thanks for getting the word out there, Susie!"




This just in! Charlie White discusses the need to abolish pig wrestling in Indiana on his eponymous show on the Indiana Talks radio network. You can listen here: http://indianatalks.com/site/2015/06/...

"Are liberals the only folks angry at Gov. Mike Pence (#PamperedPence)? Is Gov. Pence acting like a crybaby in his latest fundraising email? After Indiana’s image took a beating over RFRA, did the PR firm Pence hired using $2 Million of taxpayers money suggest it was wise to introduce pig wrestling as public entertainment?"

Working ourselves to death to stop these events will be worth it because so many folks revealing they have disapproved and are delighted that an effort is being made to stop such unfitting competition.

(So sorry to learn of some kind of Hoosier bacon lottery misguided contest. When cards are scratched, the scent of bacon happens, and the prize sponsored by the 3,000 sponsoring hog farmers is 20 years supply of bacon? How did such an odd concept pop up right now? And the happy little pig drawing makes no sense at all. Our local Ft. Wayne news channel announced the scratch off event on Wednesday evening. Is this a knee-jerk reaction to the public's growing empathy for animals involved in unfair contests only for entertainment for humans? The timing is so "INDIANA" - at least those various folks who stubbornly remain insular and ingrown and anti-progress.)


The photos themselves of these pig wrestling events break a kind person's heart. And why is the word "pig" burdened with such a negative connotation when they are such bright, special, intelligent souls?

Our community endured a rodeo four years ago too, and a letter to the editor from a distraught parent whose child became quite upset while watching a calf get injured and dragged off a field and tossed into a pick-up accomplished that there would be no more rodeos. But the pig wrestling continues...so very sad.

Well, Charlie White is one super person! What a terrific Hoosier...enjoyed listening immensely. Wish I could use as my banner that "WELCOME TO MIKE PENCE'S INDIANA" (see link to broadcast above) which is an understatement as of late - so many petty and mean-spirited failures, patched up hardly at all with 2 million bucks of taxpayer's money. I don't want my tax money to go to any fairgrounds which feature wrestling with any animal whatsoever.


And the pig's face is so very sad that it would be difficult to look at every day, and the large man with the shaved head holding the neck of the frightened, puzzled pig in the stranglehold is not my kind of fellow. He looks to be more immense than the animal and not as bright or alert, and there are 3 other men as well. One of those pictures so many of us have seen enough of -- "fight or flight" theory holds that pigs do not fight...and wish to run away from the bullying and the ganging up but are imprisoned in a pen and cannot do so.

It is very moving to listen to Charlie as he speaks of the need for this competition to be cancelled across Indiana and preferably by Pence now. Great idea. Would be the mark of a gentleman...of a leader. Evidently none of those kinds of people available at the Statehouse these days. Thanks, Charlie White...

We have, however, been terrifically impressed by the state-wide support for several important causes within the past two months and the cooperative spirit so evident in so many - an improved Indiana may be on the horizon. Many very wonderful Hoosiers AND those people from outside the state who support kindness and inclusion and accountability and who see no boundaries for such positive behavior - countless people are actively pursuing and promoting the correct course, the only course.


That has done my heart good. Individuals coming together - and with a gentle persistence reversing the damage which has been done by those who are only looking out for themselves and their own personal gain. Far more good-hearted activists and doers than those who manipulate the system for personal gain.

Interesting to begin to know who the self-serving are in fact, but absolutely heart-warming to meet and get to know citizens who care enough to stand up and be counted as we all work toward a common goal - peace and compassion and moving forward together, leaving arguments and dissension far behind us.

Thanks to those who think deeply about very important issues that affect us all. That's what makes the world continue to go 'round as it should do...oh, yeah!!!!!!



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message 1: by Roy (new)

Roy Sexton wonderful message here!!

message 2: by Naida (new)

Naida Love this piece! Sharing on Facebook.

message 3: by Roy (new)

Roy Sexton Naida wrote: "Love this piece! Sharing on Facebook."

we love Naida!

message 4: by Susie (new)

Susie Sexton We DO love Naida! Thanks, dear friend. A sad and alarming development hot off the press! We need your brilliant and compassionate mind here in this misguided state and also a serious dose of your legal expertise. Our local Ft. Wayne newscast this evening included broadcasting a newly contrived Hoosier lottery gimmick (gambling with our future)involving the group-think excitement of the usual panicky "scratching off" furiously to discover instant undeserved treasures, accompanied by the SCENT of bacon???? Incredible! One of the prizes being a 20 year SUPPLY of bacon? A comic-book type, cartoonishly illustrated, illogically beaming pig grins through it all as if the intentional over-breeding of piglets and the plumping them up to become monstrous adults to be sent to slaughter, at the age of six months, for blood-money-profiteering is just a delightful concept to the pitiful, maligned pig-victims themselves? 3,000 Hoosier hog farms are sponsoring this atrocity at this particular, oddly ironic time? The HSUS executive director for Indiana expressed recently, in our conversation about pig wrestling, that Indiana ranks 5th nationally in hog production. Extremely disappointing "news". We were stunned. Furthermore, we also export live pigs to China...and pluck out the pancreases of piglets located in the northern part of this state to send to the Chinese for medical purposes. Visitors to these Indiana "industries", including school children subjected to "agri-ganda", must wear masks across noses and mouths so that piglets catch no human diseases? The Chinese do not wish to deal any longer with their OWN lagoons brimming with ground-up cadaver parts, blood, excrement, and urine "cocktails" which "run off" while permeating OUR soil and waft toxically through OUR air. Maybe the face masks worn by those touring these operations are "made in China"? Apologies for all of these question marks, but the gloominess of this ominous telecast announcement should give all of us pause as to the motivations for such an "everybody on board" come-on so verrrry recently manufactured by our Hoosier state...what a year this has been in Indiana! We should hang our heads in shame once again. How appalling. News from Indiana just got even more depressing. How low can we go? How money-grasping can we be?

message 5: by Naida (new)

Naida That last question is actually your answer. Money talks, and talks loudly - sadly. IMO, until we elevate the status of animals from property to a level somewhere between persons and property, fighting for the rights and welfare of animals is a steep battle, to be sure. Many may argue that animals should be considered "persons." Although I consider and treat my own fur-kids as if they were my children, I'm also not crazy. They do not and cannot possess any of the inalienable rights humans do, such as the right to vote, marry, raise children as they see fit (with some limitations), etc. However, until society changes its perception of animals as "property," the people w/in that society will treat them as such, and disposed of as they see fit. This will require a major paradigm shift, but I don't believe this is an impossible endeavor. After all, no one in our generation would have ever thought same-sex marriage would be acceptable. Today, it is embraced by many. Actually, a colleague and I are planning to write a research paper on this topic. It is provocative one and I expect there will be no shortage of criticisms.

message 6: by Susie (new)

Susie Sexton HOW DID I GET SO LUCKY AS TO BECOME FRIENDS WITH A GENIUS, Naida??? ...oh this reply from you I find very comforting! Again, I recommend "Bold Native" which is a truly grand film (a few goofy flaws) dealing with exactly that topic of animals as property and the featured human beings grappling with how to help eliminate that misguided concept...and your approach here is realistic! That "generation gap" theory we got hammered with and grew up honoring has become downgraded for me to what we also called an "old wives' tale". (pardon me, feminists!) because the answer probably rests with generations following ours -- they are gaining on us and they also are observing us and are pretty decent about our mistakes...we baby boomers did and still do make great strides ....maybe leaps...in acceptance skills and maintaining open minds and letting new ideas inside. (hmmmm, not sure all boomers fall into that description...pretty disappointed often with the staidness of some "kids" my age) and we are great at flexibility...some evolutionary hopefulness in your/my generations...and I think ever more and better open, receptive minds are on their way (I bet you are younger than I!) I am in anguish however that so much present time is being wasted with shallow pursuits rather than promoting the absolute enchantment of non-politicized environmental issues and the "live and let live" atmosphere that should be paramount in our lives in real time (cliché alert!) I know that the generations bounding along past us have such potential for thinking magnificent thoughts and acting upon them. traditions should really go bye bye and new paths blazed...I wish people could converse about issues other than whose god matters the most and what party can manipulate itself into meaningless power that gets us nowhere and the anal retentive quest for happiness and more money. where is Socrates? we need some socratic types who'll guide us to the wisdom within each one of us? my e.e. cummings style or lack of it is making me blind as I type inside this squished up little boxed-in space or rectangle thingie...and my lack of capitalization and punctuation is crossing my eyes...ha! thanks for boosting my spirits, but I am stuck in a very odd state (IN)...the only one odder is NC...if I lived there I would be musing about their lack of intuition and their mean-spiritedness this very week...and they seem only to roast pigs and barbecue them and get to the beach when they aren't gabbing about the lord...my mom was a tar-heel but back when southerners at least were democrats! but I feel like she would have moved along with the Darwinian concept of letting thoughts change a bit...I know I have! never thought I would be this full of zeal about the animal kingdom...but I am besotted...I call it jumping over the broom and landing exactly where only the luckiest humans get to land...caring this much is my idea of heaven...and I have surprised myself! maybe we need a pied piper? you are a love!

message 7: by Roy (new)

Roy Sexton Susie wrote: "HOW DID I GET SO LUCKY AS TO BECOME FRIENDS WITH A GENIUS, Naida??? ...oh this reply from you I find very comforting! Again, I recommend "Bold Native" which is a truly grand film (a few goofy fl..."

Right on! Love the collaborative assessment of what ails this culture right now. Spot on

message 8: by Susie (new)

Susie Sexton Thanks so much, Roy...Naida's intelligence and yours spur me to think...and "thinking" ranks very high on my list of things to do...often!

message 9: by Roy (new)

Roy Sexton Susie wrote: "Thanks so much, Roy...Naida's intelligence and yours spur me to think...and "thinking" ranks very high on my list of things to do...often!"

Amen! And you do a fine job of it. Proud of you

message 10: by Susie (new)

Susie Sexton ha!

message 11: by Roy (new)

Roy Sexton Susie wrote: "ha!"

It's true!

message 12: by Naida (new)

Naida I'm proud to have Susie as my friend. I've learn a lot from her. I just wish her wit and talent for artful writing could be taught. But, these are gifts one is born with. (Yikes! Poor grammar???) Can't learn those things. (Sigh...) So, I'm thankful I could at least enjoy her works and get to know the person with these inherent gifts.

message 13: by Roy (new)

Roy Sexton Naida wrote: "I'm proud to have Susie as my friend. I've learn a lot from her. I just wish her wit and talent for artful writing could be taught. But, these are gifts one is born with. (Yikes! Poor grammar???) C..."

You are fabulous, Naida - you guys make an exceptional team

message 14: by Beth (new)

Beth Kennedy you are a force to be reckoned with, susie sexton. if animals could talk they would honor you with a vegantarianactivism lifetime achievement award.

message 15: by Roy (new)

Roy Sexton Beth wrote: "you are a force to be reckoned with, susie sexton. if animals could talk they would honor you with a vegantarianactivism lifetime achievement award."


message 16: by Susie (new)

Susie Sexton Hey, just reading your remarks, Naida and Beth and Roy! And I am giddy with happiness at 2 A. M. I am so fortunate to have appreciative friends like you all! You made my day...which would be May 6th now! Onward and Upward...with renewed confidence which I need very much of -- to help those other species who need all that I can muster! I truly love you and your spirited approach to this world and its dilemmas and its strengths! (and Naida, I know how to spell and type your beautiful name, but my computer has a mind of its own and changes it to Naiad...I apologize for HAL which is what I call my computer when it gets stubborn...)

message 17: by Roy (new)

Roy Sexton Susie wrote: "Hey, just reading your remarks, Naida and Beth and Roy! And I am giddy with happiness at 2 A. M. I am so fortunate to have appreciative friends like you all! You made my day...which would be May..."

we love you too! you and your energy and passion have brought a whole network of wonderful folks together here! proud of you

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