"The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class -- it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity."
by Anna Julie Cooper
Scaredy Cat - Sept 6th
I taught Scaredy Cat (in the CHIPPY blog there's the beginning story of this bird) to get on my finger as I walked today! I kept food in my right hand and she knew that. I would walk with her and then feed her. It was really cool! Those little dark feathers on her head make her so easy to spot from all the other gray jays, but as fall approaches she starting to lose the them...
Kid - Sept 6th
I was up early again this morning. My new wood - ponderosa pine - is burning hot. I love it. It crackles and pops more too. My stove was warming the cabin in no time. Out my window, Kid was perched atop my pile of wood that awaits being chopped. He's been doing this daily. He sits like this, still as a statue for a long time. He doesn't so much as twitch. Hmmm... leaves me curious...
I started my day on Change.org (great organization - have I said that before?) seeing what petitions I might want to endorse. Then I began reworking my website and getting back to the long over due task of updating my ABOLITIONIST section. There is so much information I want to gather and post. What is more important than securing freedom? I'm not talking about Iraq or Afghanistan. I mean the estimated 27 million slaves around the globe. 27 million! Think about that.Shouldn't that be the topic around the water cooler every single day? Or at least weekly. Come on! Shouldn't that be an outrage and attention grabber as much as if your next door neighbor's two year old was just abducted?
Slaves exist in every country in the world. They are right here in the U.S.A. I don't get how this issue is such a yawn. I don't get how it's there in the news but not really. To know that one human being somewhere in the world is being imprisoned and forced to live a life of hard labor, or forced sex, along with unspeakable abuse and inhumane living conditions is utterly incomprehensible. But 27 million? Where's the outrage! Where is it?? My god! How is everyone not asking, "What can I do?" And then doing it!
We can start by purchasing items with the Fair Trade stamp. We can be conscious of the companies known for poor labor practices and STOP supporting them! Nestle for one. They are rated "F" in the cocoa industry for not following fair trade practices. I've researched this. I'm not echoing something I read. I wanted to know. They are truly schmucks! (There has to be a better word than that, huh?) We can start reading up on the topic and choosing to take time to become informed instead of watching the latest reality show. Okay... I'm on a soap box now. Better step down and calm down.... and breathe..... (I'm going to publish this now and then keep writing...more to come...)
I'm going to shift gears for the time being and get back to nature for a bit. Nobody likes being preached at. I get that. So .... here's my Steller Jay! He was back today! Hopefully, he'll come again soon and I can get a better picture. I haven't seen Clark all day. (If you're new to this BLOG, Clark is a Clark's Nutcracker who has been around all summer and has picked up the odd and curious habit of knocking on my windows over and over and over...)
This picture has a bit more detail. He was puffing up at the time. What's that called? Anyway, I love it when they do that. Check out the color on his wings!
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