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Just one reason why I would love to visit Yellowstone in the Fall again...
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Posted: Oct 25, 2007 5:36pm
Feb 20, 2007

Dear Friends:

You probably never thought of this, but women's shelters in the U.S.go through thousands of tampons and pads monthly. Assistance agencies generally help with expenses of "everyday" necessities such as toilet paper, diapers, and clothing, but one of the most BASIC needs is overlooked - feminine hygiene products. (That tells me men are at the helm of the funding assistance agencies!)

Seventh Generation, a green paper products and cleaning products company, has a do-good attitude and will donate a box of sanitary products to a women's shelter in your chosen state - just for clicking the link.

Talk about easy (and, yes, it is Legitimate)!

Thanks for helping out.

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Posted: Feb 20, 2007 10:33am
Feb 19, 2007
The saddest thing -- in the library the other day,
A boy in the beginning years of school,
brought a familiar preschool title to his mother, and asked if he could
check it out.
You could tell it was a favorite,
That the book resonated throughout his body by the way he clutched it..
The mother quickly turned, took one look and said,

"No that is a baby book, you need to get others."

She didn't even look at his face, or see the hunger for the book he held
Perhaps it was a feeling he had when younger,
perhaps the book reminded him of a family situation
perhaps he just needed a friend..

yet this mother denied her son.... by ridiculing his choice
in front of a room of strangers....

It was so very sad... as he put the book back on the table,
as if a death had occurred..

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Posted: Feb 19, 2007 3:16pm
Aug 5, 2006
I have been thinking for a long time
about 'living a lie'.
It started back when Lori Hacking went missing..
and then we found out that her husband, Mark, had killed her.
I thought about how one person spins lies, and then has to walk their web ...the web of their own construction....  in order to live..
We know, from stories, books and articles, that Mark was good at telling stories.  That he told tall tales that others would believe.  He was released early from his mission with the LDS church.. he told different stories/lies as to why and what happened...
Then building upon more lies,
Faking attending school -- to the point of doing homework assignments, and having his mother-in-law correct them.
Telling family and friends that he had graduated from college...
and then applying at medical schools all over the United States...
Even going on interviews .. or at least telling family he was.
Saying he was accepted -- renting a place, getting a moving van, family planning on helping him move, and continue his education.
The lies built and built.  He must have had to remember all of them... The more he told, I wonder if he began to believe his own lies...
Until.... Lori, questioning about medical benefits, (because she recently found out she was expecting), called the University to find out only that her beloved husband had never even been accepted.
Then the web began to unravel
for Mark
for Lori
for all the family....
Why did Mark react the way he did?
Did he fear facing his family with being, in what he thought, was a failure.. His father a doctor, one brother too, the other successful in his field.  And Mark...
walking the web of his lies..
Sometimes lies are told at the beginning... stretching the truth... making a hard situation easier...
Sometimes we are told to tell lies.. to protect..
Sometimes we choose to tell lies ... to protect..
Sometimes we tell lies out of fear
once the web, lie upon lie has been constructed...
the fine dance one must do....
one must carefully maneuver, must always remember..
to the point of believing
no winners....
in the sticky web
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Posted: Aug 5, 2006 2:29pm
Jul 20, 2006
In the paper today the headline screamed
man, found dead in his home, dead for two weeks
for two weeks no one checked
no one called
no one visited
It was the mail carrier that alerted the police,
something called a 'well being' check
because his box was full and no more bills, flyers, junk mail
could be delivered
dead for two weeks
and no one knew
One neighbor said he used to talk with him
but hadn't for a long time
the neighbor used to pull weeds
the neighbor used to mow his lawn
the neighbor used to talk
used to be, almost friends
two weeks dead..... and humanity went on
for two weeks dead ... and no one knew to mourn
for two weeks......
Watching now my own neighbors
Suddenly aware of their every move....
Praying this will not happen again
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Posted: Jul 20, 2006 12:50pm
Jun 15, 2006
One day
One moment
Swallowing of time...
Feeling it slip through parted lips
Where ....
If ...
If this moment is something to treasure
to be spit up... and begging for 'do overs' ...
Pausing.... and then...
Knowing all is good.....
Learning through the moment
Good and Evil
Sweet and Bitter
Leaving one changed, and hopefully
Prepared for the next
Drink of life..
who leaves for paradise
Yellowstone... shortly
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Posted: Jun 15, 2006 9:39pm
Jan 17, 2006
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Think About
Location: United States
Buffalo Field Campaign
West Yellowstone, Montana
Working in the field every day to stop the
slaughter of Yellowstone's wild free roaming buffalo

We are blessed to live in America. Can you spare 3 minutes to read the following, then act to save a beautiful & historic piece of it?
PLEA FOR AN AMERICAN ICON: Pass this message on!
He lay alone all night in the bitter cold with two broken legs before bullets ended his life. Others have been shot in their beds. Twelve were forced onto thin lake ice; they broke through and two drowned while their companions, in utter terror, struggled to pull themselves from the frigid water. Elsewhere, 300 were rounded up on their native soil, inhumanely incarcerated, and sentenced to death.
Does this sound like a planned campaign of persecution and extermination? Perhaps a government-sanctioned attempt to destroy a population? Something that could happen only in a repressive and brutal regime?
Friends, it's happening in America. It's happening in Montana and Yellowstone National Park. It's happening to an American symbol of strength and freedom, to our nation's last wild, free-roaming buffalo, the American bison, who once roamed our land in the tens of millions.

Most Americans are unaware that only 23 bison escaped the mass extermination of the 1870s, finding refuge from extinction in the world's first national park. Yellowstone's bison are the genetically-pure descendents of those 23 survivors, our nation's last continuously-wild herd.
Today, under assault again, they need help from people of conscience. In the park, they are beloved wildlife. But their migratory instinct leads them to lower elevation land in Montana to escape the park's harsh winter. Here they are greeted with capture, quarantine, experimentation, bullets, and slaughter. Family groups are torn apart. Mothers and babies are separated. They suffer terror and injury as they are hazed and harassed relentlessly with snowmobiles, ATVs, helicopters...

Where does this happen? In Yellowstone National Park and on surrounding public belonging to ALL Americans, whether we live near or far.

Who is perpetrating this? The State of Montana. The National Forest Service. Even the National Park Service itself!

Why is this happening? The politically-powerful Montana livestock industry sees bison as competition for grazing resources. They claim that bison will infect their cattle with brucellosis (a bacterial cattle disease), but this has never occurred in the wild, never once since cattle first infected bison in the early 1900s.

Who pays for this?
YOU do "the American taxpayer" at over $3 million per year.

What can YOU do? If you do nothing else, pass this message on to your e-mail contacts across the country and around the world. But if you want to learn more, visit

Buffalo Field Campaign volunteers are in the field every day documenting the activities that pass for bison management in Montana (view video footage at the website), and working for the day when these beautiful native creatures are welcomed home onto designated habitat where they are truly free to roam America's public land. Sign up for weekly BFC up-dates at: Subject line: "Subscribe.
"Want to do more? Consider writing to one or both of the following:
Gov. Brian Schweitzer: (406) 444-3111, (Montana is responsible for hazing, hunting, capture & quarantine, & slaughter.) In your own words, ask the governor to designate bison habitat and manage bison as America's treasured wildlife using science, not politics.

Suzanne Lewis,
Superintendent, Yellowstone (307) 344-2002, (Yellowstone is responsible for capture within the park & shipment to slaughter.) In your own words, ask Ms. Lewis to stop killing bison to prevent them from leaving the park, contrary to everything the national park stands for.

Edward Abbey said, "A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government." In defending America's last wild bison, we stand up to greed and dishonesty. We stand up for justice and the enduring qualities embodied in our great nation's symbol of freedom, the magnificent American bison.



Buffalo Field Campaign
P.O. Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT  59758

BFC is the only group working in the field every day
to defend the last wild herd of buffalo in America.
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Posted: Jan 17, 2006 2:53pm
Dec 22, 2005
Though I am an adopted Mom, I believe in this, and you shall see a candle in my window, on Christmas Eve - to remind myself of the mothers of my two daughters.  My eldest daughter has been re-united with her first mom over the summer, through emails /phone calls and sweet wonderful packages.
Our twenty year old is in the process of searching for her birth mother -- with all our love and support

Seventh Annual Christmas Eve Candle Lighting

As the world lights candles in preparation to celebrate the birth of a child who changed the course of history on Christmas Eve, New England Firstmothers and over 800 members of the Sunflower Sisters will celebrate Christmas Eve by lighting a candle in memory of births which changed their own personal histories. This year will mark the 7th Annual Christmas Eve Candle Lighting for these women.

The New England Firstmothers' group and Sunflower Sisters, are groups of natural mothers from around the world, who have surrendered or lost a child to adoption and are now linked through cyber space, as well as through personal hardship. These women communicate through e-mail with each other, helping each other with this journey that has no road maps or directions.
The Sunflower group is divided into two separate lists; searching and reunited. Their status is determined by the status of their relationship with the child who was placed for adoption. These women offer one another emotional support as they endure the struggles associated with living as a natural mother - the forgotten member of the Adoption Triad.

On Christmas Eve this year, each of these women will light a candle at 6:00 PM and burn it until midnight, thus having candles lit around the world on Christmas Eve Night. The candle will remember the members who are searching for their child and light the way for the possible reunion. For those who are reunited, it will burn to strengthen the tie that was forged between the biological members of the Triad. And, for those who have been rejected by the fruit of their womb, it will offer hope for a change of heart and a better future.

The New England Firstmothers and Sunflower Sisters ask that all members of the community remember those in the community who are living a life with a part of them missing and offer a brief prayer for first mothers everywhere who endure the pain of a difficult decision. It is their hope that in this season of goodwill toward all that they may share in the joy of the season.

Please join these exceptional women in lighting up the world on Christmas Eve.

Donna Chagnon
Founder: New England Firstmother's Support Group

Mary Wendt
Owner: Sunflower Birthmother's <>
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