“Wintering in Port Aransas” by Steve Russell
I Pledge Allegiance to the Earth
And to the Universal Spirit
Which gives us Life;
One Planet, Indivisible
Peace and Justice for Us All.
I Pledge to do my Best
To uphold the Trust bestowed
In the Gift of my Life;
To care for Our Planet
And our Atmosphere,
To Respect and Honor
All her Inhabitants,
All People, Animals,
Plants and Resources,
To Create a Legacy
For Our Children
And Our Children’s Children
In a World of Harmony and Love.
I Pledge Allegiance
To the Universal Spirit,
By whatever Name it may be called.
I align my Life
With the ongoing Process
To grow Myself with Care,
To Act from My Own Integrity,
To Be for Others
How I would want them
To Be for Me.
May We carry this Vision
Into our Hearts,
Into our Daily Choices,
And through Our
Within and Beyond Our Planet.
Edna Reitz, 1988
NOTE: Several months ago I found this pledge from a 2011 post on the blog, The Native HeartLight, and saved it for an Earth Day post. Since then I have not been able to find out anything more about Edna Reitz ,who was given credit for it on a poster, or the pledge itself. Perhaps she got it from someone else. I attempted to contact the author of the blog but never received an answer. If anyone knows anything about it, please share. I still liked it and wanted to share it.
May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being,
May your walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.
like silky summer clouds
or frolicking waves.
We adapt to the challenges
of love year by year.
You take my hand and
we slow dance on the rug in the living room.
Sunlight warms our souls
while moonlight covers us with dreams.
Our young lovers embrace only in the past.
Take my hand…walk with me…
into this brave new world.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
My last post, “Reprieve From Death on New Year’s Eve” on January 2 was about my son rescuing a dachshund from being euthanized. The dog had extensive burns of unknown origin on his lower stomach, leg and tail. As part of the services of Dachshund Rescue of Houston (DRofH) he was treated at a clinic and then placed in a foster home.
Kip has now healed and is ready for adoption! I thought my readers, especially those dachshund lovers, might want to see a positive update. May Kip find a forever home soon. Dachshund Rescue of Houston and their generous volunteers do a great job of saving this breed. Kudos to them and all the other organizations that care about animals. Several of my readers commented that they have rescue dogs. Images below are from the DRofH website.
“Transport him today or he will be euthanized,” the caller said.
The call came urgently on New Year’s Eve. As a volunteer with the Dachshund Rescue of Houston my son went immediately to pick up this abandoned dachshund. Despite ugly burns on his leg and lower belly the dog jumped eagerly into his rescuer’s arms. He was taken to a vet clinic that works with DRofH caring for dogs like this. Amazingly he seemed happy and healthy other than his burns and was thankfully heart worm negative. He will cared for at the clinic. When he is well enough he go to a foster home until he is adopted.
My son has two rescue dachshunds of his own, Neo and Zuul, and has fostered several through DRofH. The organization does a great job of saving them and finding good homes for them and hosts events to promote adoption.
I do not know how this adorable guy got those awful burns or what other trauma he has experienced and really would rather not know, but I do know that my son has given him a chance. Someone gave his dogs a chance to find their way to him.. He is just giving back. For that I am very proud of him.
This little guy has a long road ahead of him, but I am glad that my son was able to help him on his journey to his forever home. May this dachshund heal and find his forever home in 2015!