I hope all my readers had a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving. I'm
thankful I am able to be with some of my family in Northern California
mixed in with two stories I'm looking at for columns. My mom is
89 years old and getting up there. Every day I can spend with
her now is a gift for which I am very thankful.
the people haven't had much to celebrate this past year watching
our country continue sliding into tyranny. However, those of
us who voted for Donald Trump across this land sent career criminal,
Hillary Clinton, packing. We the people also sent the strongest
message to the cowards and crooks in the U.S. Congress. We also
killed the dangerous Trans Pacific Partnership - another 'free'
trade treaty that would have finished off our sovereignty and
more jobs. But, all that is for future columns.
I am also thankful for the good done by people not just here
in the U.S., but in joint efforts like this first story. Every
morning the first web site I click on is www.theanimalrescuesite.com
Each time you click the link on the front page it provides a
small portion of food for dogs, cats and projects for critters
around the world.
this year they highlighted a massive project that needed donations.
It was way cool! The largest ever rescue and transfer of thirty-three
lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Columbia and re-located
to South Africa. My, God, the torture they endured is beyond
cruel. Their captors starved them, broke their teeth and took
out their claws. Some of them had never stepped on grass in
that many lions at once was a breath taking mission and it cost
a lot of money. But, the folks heading this up, Animal Defenders
International (ADI), came up with a creative way to raise funds.
They needed several hundred thousand dollars for the plane and
all that goes with it. So, if you donated $7.00 it covered x
number of miles for the plane. Now, that's a great way to raise
the money so that even someone living on a fixed income like
me could donate. I did several $7.00 increments.
might think this is nothing considering the massive problems
we have in this country, but that's how magnificent animals
like lions and elephants become extinct. This is a wonderful
story. I hope you'll take the time to click
here and look at those beautiful lions and part of the flight
preparations. For me, it was heart warming. Look at their faces.
The one lion smelling flowers. Probably the first time in his
life. Dedicated folks who were determined to rescue them and
now all 33 will live out their lives in a sanctuary.
second story is also one of giving - for a sister and brother.
Tens of thousands of innocent children are stuck in foster homes,
separated from parents unfit to care for them. The lucky ones
are placed with decent Americans who open their hearts to help
innocent children either abused by their parent(s) or are in
a dangerous home; domestic abuse, drunks and the dopers. Good
people across this country volunteer their time and help raise
resources to try and get as many children adopted out to good,
responsible families as possible. Sadly, it's not enough.
family decided to open their hearts to a little girl and then
found out she had a brother. Mom and dad already had three teenage
daughters. They not only adopted that sweet little girl but
her brother, too. It takes great consideration for couples to
adopt children who come from foster homes because those kids
are often abused or traumatized by conditions in the home. It
not only takes extra money to feed and clothe them, it takes
a lot of love and patience. Not just from the adoptive parents
but also their children who now have a new brother and sister.
this case, it appears to be working out wonderfully. Here's
the happy pictures of a new life for two innocent children
and the family that's come to love them. God bless them.
thank all the good people in the world and here in our own country
who do good things everyday of the week without recognition.
Some are random acts of kindness, some require a lot of planning
and in the case of the Scudder family, a lifetime commitment.
ugly as things are in this country it's uplifting to see good,
positive things being done by our fellow Americans.
good for the soul to see organizations like the ADI helping
rescue God's magnificent creatures from barbarians only interested
in their filthy lucre.
helps to restore our faith in mankind in a world where mankind
has lost it's humanity. Think Rwanda and the Middle East.
of us can, even in our own small way, make this world a better
place and set an example for future generations.
so I leave you with two of my top favorites I've collected over
the years. If they don't make you smile, well gosh, you should!
and a second one of the same girls here.
Thanksgiving to you and yours.
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