Saturday, July 07, 2012

Please help

Meet Socks and her last surviving kittens. They live on base in Afghanistan, giving affection and amusement and companionship to the soldiers who are there on our behalf. Soon those troops will move on, and they are heartsick at the thought of leaving these three behind to be euthanized, or worse.

The military does not support the transport of animals back to the US and does nothing to help. I suppose that turning a blind eye and not enforcing all the rules against it is a help. Anyway, it falls to us to help bring these sweet critters home.

Yes, we can save a lot of animals right here in this country with that kind of money. But here's the thing -- it's not only about Socks, it's about her troops. Surrounded by death and destruction, these soldiers have found something that touches their humanity. This deserves to be celebrated!

And it's always nice to support our troops.

The Puppy Rescue Mission has done this sort of thing a lot. Here's a third-party account of just one of their success stories.

Saturday 9

The song that inspires Bud this morning is from Walls and Bridges, my favorite solo Lennon.

Saturday 9: Whatever Gets You Thru the Night

1. What helps you get through the night? The Lads from Liverpool have kept me company on more than one occasion. As John would say, "'salright."

2. Do you ALWAYS keep an open mind? Nope.

3. Who is the wisest person you know? Depends on the topic. When I'm spinning out of control, my best friend tends to have the soundest, sanest advice.

4. Who is the strongest person you know? I hate for this to sound conceited but ... well ... me. I've been through a lot and remain a rather happy and hopeful person and I never stay down long.

5. How would we tell by your behavior if you are having a bad day? I swear more than usual and crave solitude more than usual and drink more vodka than usual. If I'm listening to Amy Winehouse, that may be a bad sign, too.

6. Does your ego sometimes get in your way? Yup.

7. Do you believe in Zen? If yes, can it be mastered? I believe we each can find our own inner peace. Does that count?

8. Do you believe you could teach someone, like your child, to be competitive? Nope

9. Do you believe home is not a place but rather a state of mind? Yup