Category: animals


  • we are angels with stomach aches who cry a lot

    we are angels with stomach aches who cry a lot

    I am upset allllll of the time…but it is the right kind of turmoil we feel. we are angels with stomach aches who cry a lot, but we are doing what needs to be done. I could just put a hex on all of the bad people if I was so equipped. too many monsters […]

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  • Word of warning to pet owners: Trifexis (2013)

    Word of warning to pet owners: Trifexis (2013)

    i offer this info just as a service to my fellow animal lovers. came across this page in my exploring on facebook last night about the medication trifexis – again, not making any claims necessarily but reporting this news. Please click here to check out the group “Trifexis Kills Dogs.” Here is a description from the group: […]

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  • Letter to the editor: Pig wrestling, anyone? No, we will opt out

    Letter to the editor: Pig wrestling, anyone? No, we will opt out

    Letter to the editor from me to the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel – click here to view the original post… In spite of reading three glowing articles in our local newspaper this week, so far, emphasizing the joys of pig wrestling, we decided not to wrestle pigs in the mud on July 16 in Whitley County no matter […]

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  • Other Nations: “Pig wrestling – Small injustices enable larger ones”

    Other Nations: “Pig wrestling – Small injustices enable larger ones”

    I cannot begin to tell you how honored I am to be included in Kathleen Stachowski’s incredible “Other Nations” blog. You can read it by clicking here. Here’s an excerpt… So, to Susie and to all of you who speak out, put your name on the line, and break the silence–even when you’re likely to be the […]

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  • I believed in a god once…

    I believed in a god once…

    why is a wonderful animal rescue television show broadcast at 3 a.m. — and absolute junk is broadcast during prime time…hey, if interested in “reality” tv, try www.animalrescuetv.com …this program is absolutely wonderful. the handsomest veterinarian I have ever seen stated that “there is no truer love in the world than that of an animal for a […]

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  • you’ll be instantly rewarded!

    you’ll be instantly rewarded!

    OH, HELL…EVERYBODY JUST GO ADOPT ONE SHELTER ANIMAL…THERE ARE MORE OF US THAN THEM…PROBLEM SOLVED…THIS IS RIDICULOUS. JUST ONE FOR EVERYBODY…IT WOULD HONESTLY WORK. GO TO IT…AND BECOME A VEGAN WHO WALKS THE DOG OR CHASES AFTER THE KITTY…NO NEED FOR AEROBICS AND WORKING OUT… A DONE DEAL…NO MORE PSYCHOSES…NO MORE HATE…PLENTY OF LOVE TO […]

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  • people LOVE to talk about 401Ks

    people LOVE to talk about 401Ks

    people LOVE to talk about 401Ks and the value of gold and which investments yield the most lucrative results and whatnot. I contend that what is wrong with the entire globe at this moment is self-centeredness, apathy, and barking up the wrong trees. we need to focus on global warming, profit-obsession, understanding that health is […]

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  • I was clueless until then (2013)

    I was clueless until then (2013)

    I have been vegan only about two years….I was clueless until then. my instincts were to eat tomato soup and peanut butter sandwiches and tossed salad from birth…but the world trains us to eat cadavers….which is bad for animals and bad for us! I only needed to watch a couple of tragic videos and listen […]

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  • crash the party! (2013)

    crash the party! (2013)

    In response to the article “21 state parks to close for deer hunts”… do we not pay taxes to support these parks? I really wish this posturing would stop….so lucrative for the state of Indiana…multi-millions cross palms and more DNR employees (nepotism?) added to the payroll… many spins offered for why this is staged every fall…usually […]

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  • a gentle and necessary war (2013)

    a gentle and necessary war (2013)

    I KNOW the true joy of Facebook is our finding each other and speaking up for proper treatment of all who live. Using our voices to say and to write what must happen YESTERDAY… we have to make up for all the damage and the hurt and destruction. much work to be done. through words […]

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  • golly! I am dead serious.

    golly! I am dead serious.

    In response to this New Yorker article – click here – on pig-farming in my home state (and China?!?)…just down the road from where we live … this article is beautifully written…i read it loud to some folks tonight…I believe this intelligent writer thinks that these people here in Indiana are not only greedy but also quite nuts and […]

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  • welcome to circus world! (2013)

    welcome to circus world! (2013)

    YES…WE PROMISE! evolution means humans are getting brighter and more inclusive and more peaceful…it’s the politicians who think only of themselves! and the people benefitting from corporate greed. otherwise the rest of us are kind and normal and forward thinking! right? HOWEVER, click here to read rationalizations … in Indiana! again. from botched education to lucrative faux […]

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  • if I were a stray …. (2013)

    if I were a stray …. (2013)

    barack, what is your problem? start caring about animals…arghhh. I voted for him…but his record on animals stinks…however, not one of the politicians care about animals…no room in their hearts for anyone but the koch brothers types and themselves. so sick of the lot of them…the LOT of them. I want to like cuomo…googled him because […]

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  • brains washed and dried and starched and ironed: Indiana ag gag

    brains washed and dried and starched and ironed: Indiana ag gag

    lots of us in Indiana are concerned about these sweet beings and sick and tired of their victimization for insane profits in this state — generated by collusion with CHINA! the ag-gag bill has been revisited and the republican legislators are not happy with those who oppose it and who are testifying presently…the senators are behaving quite rudely and […]

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  • blood-letting is blood-letting. all sentient beings matter.

    blood-letting is blood-letting. all sentient beings matter.

    so, too many republican hoosier state legislators insist they want voters to decide issues? really? why would that be when those very legislators are interested in lining their own pockets and dream up legislation that would please specifically the “big money” interests? over and over and over again…let’s start with canned hunting for instance…not to mention their […]

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  • good-bye our sweet Jack… (2014)

    good-bye our sweet Jack… (2014)

    my heart is bleeding because my Jack is now gone. Zelda preceded him – you can read my tribute to her and their companionship here …so I am trying to make me feel better by helping people appreciate animals on my digital etch a sketch. god this hurts…. Jack died today…we saved him from euthanasia a dozen years ago — by five minutes […]

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  • little orphan skylar

    little orphan skylar

    the “orphan” skylar I saw (and shared) on facebook was 12…my cat is 16…they could have been twins. and I am so thrilled for every additional day he is by my side. he and this pretty girl skylar? clones of each other…wishing skylar was by someone’s side, too! unfortunately, she was killed in the Brooklyn Center shelter […]

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  • and we need to face facts

    and we need to face facts

    one shot at life…when we believe otherwise we do not try to make it better on earth in real time…other worlds, reincarnation, heaven, rainbow bridges were devised by humans out of fear…the fear is that we do not do our best with the precious time we have to revere life of all who exist among […]

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  • ironic.

    ironic.

    ironic…while so many of us work to respect all living beings for no personal gain other than on behalf of kindness and love for other beings, others figure out how to get elected to positions of possibly sinister power by referring to us as “activists” and “tree-huggers” and “bleeding hearts” isn’t the root word of […]

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  • if we truly care about children…

    if we truly care about children…

    I’ve loved animals since forever but just recently have gotten quite conscientious. I have gone where angels fear to tread and gotten some definite scars, so believe me when I say that support and encouragement mean everything to people who share this adoration and respect for all creatures great and small! This business can get […]

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  • LIFE IS LIFE IS LIFE and is sacred.

    LIFE IS LIFE IS LIFE and is sacred.

    My response to my son Roy Sexton’s review of Disneynature’s film Bears follows – you can read his review by clicking here … Oh, this is my favorite review of Roy’s ever!!!!! Wish I could have figured out how to say exactly what he has said…like as in “TAKE ME OR LEAVE ME… I know whereof I speak…I have […]

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  • Mr. Bundy…wow? (2014)

    Mr. Bundy…wow? (2014)

    Mr. Bundy…wow? And you’re not “feeding all of America”…not me anyway. View “CNN exclusive: Rancher defends racist remarks: ‘I think I’m right’” by clicking here. I don’t eat animals. And the deceased calf that you held up for Chris Cuomo to see is dead because of you…the fault is yours. And no, your attempt to display […]

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  • somebody somewhere is laughing all the way to the bank

    somebody somewhere is laughing all the way to the bank

    talented Ann Arbor blogger and teacher beth kennedy wrote this haiku (or “hai-sue”) in honor of my birthday: susie smart sassydon’t mess with dueling divacut you with her pen thanks, wonderful and fun and caring beth … I don’t plan to disappoint … here goes … gee, so charities combating hunger are now in cahoots with the […]

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  • apathy is the devilish force at work

    apathy is the devilish force at work

    yep, if we care about children…really care…well, here is the basic problem…not to mention our taking food from mouths of third world children to raise our CROPS and LIVE….STOCK! “Stop using GMOs in baby formula!” – petition here. what part of this horror “formula” do we fail to understand? …apathy is the devilish force at work…apathy itself is […]

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  • A share is a prayer

    A share is a prayer

    Thanks to Deb Patterson and Senior Life for running this piece by yours truly dedicated to Northeast Indiana 1950s classic kids’ TV icons “Carol and Corkie” – you can read the original piece at this link and enjoy the scanned copy here … https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/5801756-homeward-angle-one-from-the-heart–to-carol-corkie-wherever-they-ma a share is a prayer…a kind baby step in a world […]

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  • A WILD AND WOOLLY AND COMFORTING AND HARROWING AND CHECKERED AND HILARIOUS AND ULCER-PRODUCING AND EXORCISING AND CATHARTIC RIDE AND A HALF

    A WILD AND WOOLLY AND COMFORTING AND HARROWING AND CHECKERED AND HILARIOUS AND ULCER-PRODUCING AND EXORCISING AND CATHARTIC RIDE AND A HALF

    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer i wrote to indiana’s sen. donnelly…a very long treatise…and got his explanation/rationalization for mass buffalo killing? from a democrat? from a liberal? and it […]

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  • THINK, FEEL, EMPATHIZE! Misguided fundraisers, kind words, and bad movies

    THINK, FEEL, EMPATHIZE! Misguided fundraisers, kind words, and bad movies

    h*ll, no, we won’t go…to “fundraisers” or festivals specializing in hog roasts, port-a-pit chicken, barbecue ribs, fried pigeons, etc. huh-uh. whatever happened to car washes and rummage sales? especially when raising money to support other animal ventures?  must not butcher certain unfortunate animals to raise revenue for other animals…or for any reason whatsoever.  how ghoulish […]

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  • ENDING THE APATHY THAT ALLOWS SUCH BRUTALITY WHICH RESULTS FROM SHEER GREED

    ENDING THE APATHY THAT ALLOWS SUCH BRUTALITY WHICH RESULTS FROM SHEER GREED

    The following is a letter in response to Undercover Exposé—Pigs Suffer and Die at Top Breeder. Part of this letter is boilerplate provided by PETA and part is my own invention – that would be the part in ALL CAPS. What can I say? Animal rights are close to my heart, and I find this situation […]

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  • realize your worth and ask for it

    realize your worth and ask for it

    “They pick the most dangerous enemy they can find…and it’s themselves.” ~ Rod Serling, genius! one picture worth a thousand words…we humans overpopulate to proportions way beyond that of rabbits…but we clear out animals and sentient beings of all varieties whom we judge to be in our way or who inconvenience us or whom we […]

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  • I’m a little like the lion in the wizard of oz

    I’m a little like the lion in the wizard of oz

    “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” ― Vincent van Gogh the word “timidity” popped into my head because I have gotten too brave for my own good…and I love the feeling…so I found a bunch of quotes from brave people whom I have always been impressed with. I’m a […]

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  • that is my medicine

    that is my medicine

    when my heart breaks I pet one of my adopted, rescued furry kids and I feel a bit better…or I share these orphans on facebook hoping others share…or adopt… that is my medicine…to try to make a dent in this world of animals … they all need to be acknowledged.  I counted up all of […]

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  • the white sheep aren’t as white as they appear…

    the white sheep aren’t as white as they appear…

    “I may be the black sheep of the family, but some of the white sheep aren’t as white as they appear…” thanks to Black Pine Animal Sanctuary and to Indiana Pig Save for the timely sharing of my letter from last year “Pig wrestling, anyone? No, we will opt out.” the letter appeared in media throughout the State of Indiana […]

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  • sure they cry…all the way to the bank

    sure they cry…all the way to the bank

    heard something on the radio yesterday that all kinds of pro athletes are switching to a vegan diet out of compassion and for performance and that farmers are freaking out but the world is changing. (click here.) now this I love…would appreciate seeing THIS — the OTHER side of such a vital issue– in small midwestern […]

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  • what a crock of ____ we are constantly handed

    what a crock of ____ we are constantly handed

    so sad that indiana is breeding pigs like mad for slaughter and for exporting to china and for mining parts for human beings who need new knees to play more golf…. so purdue issues a rationale for murdering deer families in state parks again this killing season…in july the newspapers publish way ahead of time so that […]

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  • I have got compassion fatigue

    I have got compassion fatigue

    you can help…yes, you can…just click SHARE and each shelter animal you share has more opportunities to be saved…the ONLY reason I facebook long into the night and early morning….not to share recipes nor brag nor be all phony baloney nor hook up with folks I never talked with in the first place… nope, facebook […]

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  • So honored to be featured on the TV show Patty’s Page

    So honored to be featured on the TV show Patty’s Page

    Enjoy this interview of yours truly on lovely Patty Hunter’s Fort Wayne-based talk show Patty’s Page. View at this link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA_zB… We candidly discuss the experiences of growing up in small-town Columbia City, the high and lows and the delights and frustrations of writing columns and books, my love of animals and movies and fun, the importance […]

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  • D=dimwitted and N=nutjobs and R=Run Amok! 2014

    D=dimwitted and N=nutjobs and R=Run Amok! 2014

    THE INDIANA DNR HAS POSTED IN INDIANA NEWSPAPERS THAT IT IS OPEN SEASON ON SQUIRRELS FOR A PRICE… selling licenses which are pretty pricey and at reduced prices to the youth also….just read an article tonight… squirrels? has bloodlust gotten that “nuts”? has money-grubbing become that outrageously flagrant? shameful…actually frightening. Kamini Christina Merner: “Whoever kills […]

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  • somebody’s rediscovered intellectualism and the socratic method: Speciesism the Movie

    somebody’s rediscovered intellectualism and the socratic method: Speciesism the Movie

    we watched speciesism: the movie last night – www.speciesismthemovie.com somebody’s rediscovered intellectualism and the socratic method of arriving at truths…refreshing, gentle approach to the urgent need to address this holocaust of species other than ourselves and perpetrated daily by each one of us — an unnecessary and unwise mass destruction of Lives and our environment, a monumental devastation […]

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  • open season on this and that and those and these

    open season on this and that and those and these

    this facebook exchange is just too important not to share – it is in response to the video A Cow At My Table [Vegan Animal Rights Liberation] – click title to view (you MUST watch) … Kelley Scott Sandusky: “This was really tough to see…” Susie Sexton: “oh, indeed…and even tougher and more impossible to endure for these living beings […]

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  • up to the rest of us to teach kids to appreciate all living beings

    up to the rest of us to teach kids to appreciate all living beings

    Looks like America has some work to do…encouraging children to care about others besides themselves — via ads, newspaper articles, television shows, books, after-school programs, school curricula, church programs AND by example, etc. If adults are asleep at the wheel or even purposely poisoning young minds concerning the RIGHTS and welfare of all sentient beings, […]

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  • we are writing our own demise second by second

    we are writing our own demise second by second

    in response to this sad story about excalibur, the dog euthanized for potential ebola exposure. from what I have read, that action was totally unnecessary…isolation and observation would have been wise in terms of knowing more about this plague is the consensus…knee-jerk reaction from clueless humans who are also the very reason for this outbreak…geez almighty! Michelle […]

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  • give the consumer what he wants…consuming is where it’s at

    give the consumer what he wants…consuming is where it’s at

    okay, I am just browsing through an area newspaper, and I glance at a lay-out of wedding anniversaries in the high numbers and a “pets of the week” bulletin plus an ad for Bibles and positioned among all of those pictures is a photo of a daddy cuddling with his 9 year old daughter and […]

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  • “Till the world’s deaf ear be made to hear” – just reach out and help our animal friends

    “Till the world’s deaf ear be made to hear” – just reach out and help our animal friends

    hey, learn to “sign and share” and adopt and foster and neuter and spay and brush and comb and cuddle and inoculate and feed and take walks and play pitch and catch and eat vegetables and advocate and stand up to bullies who are unkind not only to human beings but also to every species […]

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  • an army marching together for peace on earth starting with the smallest ant’s welfare

    an army marching together for peace on earth starting with the smallest ant’s welfare

    MY STATUS AT THIS POINT IN TIME: hey, pleading with anybody who walks on two feet to do whatever we can to help save an animal’s life…if that does not interest you, then perhaps you should move on? i’ll miss you, but we need an army marching together for peace on earth starting with the […]

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  • animals matter, democrats matter, and kind people matter.

    animals matter, democrats matter, and kind people matter.

    i am used to suffering…i have had a steady diet of it since birth…funny though, i managed to see myself, through all the crap, as a human being…though i cry a lot! because i AM a girl…and girls know how to cry when crying is called for. what doesn’t finish us off is supposed to […]

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  • makes me hope there IS a hell

    makes me hope there IS a hell

    thank goodness for the kind people who try to make up for the evil ones… Rescuing Hazel Grace from a Torturous Life I cannot believe the sheer hatefulness and self-centeredness of bad people, and, also, why children are taught to hunt and to abuse animals is more than I shall ever be able to fathom… and it […]

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  • oh, do listen to the words…and let’s change this world tomorrow morning. 2014.

    oh, do listen to the words…and let’s change this world tomorrow morning. 2014.

    first off, happy belated birthday to paul helmke. happy birthday, fellow hoosier…and one of whom we are very proud…class, intelligence, determination and fair-mindedness are qualities we admire and should all aspire to…thanks for your fine example, sir! oh, how this story (see following link) shreds my soul – “Semi carrying more than 2,000 piglets overturns in Indiana” … a true […]

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  • even a BUCKET of popcorn unfortunately did not help relieve the depressing fact … my reaction to the hunger games phenomenon

    even a BUCKET of popcorn unfortunately did not help relieve the depressing fact … my reaction to the hunger games phenomenon

    in response to my son roy sexton’s review of the latest hunger games movie and inspired by this great exchange he had with wonderful arlene steinberg … thanks to roy for intellectualizing this utterly useless series of absolute sh*t! what has happened to great literary achievements and their often successful cinematic treatments?  this is THE dumbest franchise methinks…maybe you can convince […]

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  • my amender is all worn out

    my amender is all worn out

    I can’t make amends…my amender is all worn out…and I never get amends back from anybody i try to make them with…if you get my drift? but I heartily agree with the nobility of the suggestion, beth! (by the way, beth replied: “got it, susie. no amending fences” – punny!) please check out ASPCA | ASPCA’s Fundraiser on […]

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  • my glass is half full of frazzlement …

    my glass is half full of frazzlement …

    TOPIC: Is the human species the most devilish on the planet? The diary of two animal welfare campaigners at the world’s biggest ritual slaughter The importance of animal welfare and animal rights cannot even be adequately described…the cluelessness and ignorance and self-centeredness of humanity too frequently boggles a sane person’s mind.  How can anyone ignore […]

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  • but I am happy to help change the picture

    but I am happy to help change the picture

    enjoy this video … Thank you for making a world of difference for animals in 2014 I’m not in the mood for facebook vanity these days. too much sadness in the world to read about cakes and interior decorating and trips and me, me, me… oh, how this post from rabbi otis by way of good […]

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  • Top of my totem pole – New Year’s pledge 2015

    Top of my totem pole – New Year’s pledge 2015

    “Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.” ~ William Shakespeare HAPPY 2015, GOOD PEOPLE…THANKS FOR CARING ABOUT ALL SPECIES ON EARTH! I pledge to do my best for all creatures great and small this year…pigs at the top of my totem pole…see SPECIESISM, THE MOVIE for that reference–the outtakes…blessings on you…no crates, no artificial insemination, […]

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  • We were meant to be the caretakers of all here on Earth

    We were meant to be the caretakers of all here on Earth

    When Christie Brinkley turned the big 6-0 she opened up to Harper’s Bazaar about how she looks just as good as when she hit the modeling scene 40 years earlier. “I haven’t touched a piece of meat since I read a graphic description of Chicago’s slaughterhouses when I was 12,” she told the mag. “Over the years […]

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  • and pineapple is an appropriate welcoming sign

    and pineapple is an appropriate welcoming sign

    awww, what the hell? two statuses at once! it is very difficult to type while wearing mittens! (that was the first!) and the second is that I finally made US some SUNSHINE PASTA SALAD, a recipe from 35 years ago…the last time I whipped that dish up was when I fulfilled my middle sister’s yearning […]

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  • He prayeth well, who loveth well.

    He prayeth well, who loveth well.

    save Indiana from being sold off for greed… senate panel considers banning local limits on factory farms obviously republicans care neither about human nor animal welfare…protest this effort…no matter what party you are affiliated with…do not let human greed destroy our state…do not be fooled by these efforts…this is blood money…this is a horror…this is terrorism…even […]

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  • Time to say “NO MORE” mean and stupid behavior: Otter hunting ok’d in Indiana. 2015.

    Time to say “NO MORE” mean and stupid behavior: Otter hunting ok’d in Indiana. 2015.

    Oh, Calgon…or SOMETHING…take me away! From this ingrown state!!! (I need to go live in my son’s basement.) Indiana tentatively OKs limited river otter trapping season So we are on board yet again to slaughter (squirrels and) river otters for their…PELTS???? The weirdest most illogical statement ever…”Many other states that have reintroduced otters have implemented […]

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  • We are all worthy of blame. 2015.

    We are all worthy of blame. 2015.

    St. Patrick’s Parish: Cancel Animal Fighting Contest – Support this petition! How about getting this crap cancelled in Indiana too – nothing “FAIR” about this thuggery. It is not wholesome, but kinky and evil and humiliating – not cute but tragic and ignorant and a horrid example for all. AND Adding “beer tents” to the […]

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  • Got (almond) milk? Books, movies, politics, culture, and AGRIganda

    Got (almond) milk? Books, movies, politics, culture, and AGRIganda

    A photograph of my bed? Wow! A really firm mattress is possible! Thanks to delightful Sheryl Mandel for sending this … Well, Sheryl, I am on the 7th of my nine lives, and if I were to pull out a book to read from that bed, I’d be lopsided…as usual! So I just try to […]

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  • Enough…enough. No more denial from any one of us. EARTHLINGS (film)

    Enough…enough. No more denial from any one of us. EARTHLINGS (film)

    “As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.” – Count Leo Tolstoy I watched the documentary EARTHLINGS which arrived from AUSTRALIA today, and now I’ll never be the same. I care even more than I did already about even-ing up the score on behalf of all of those species so much in need of help […]

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  • Where is Jay Leno when we need him? Three stories

    Where is Jay Leno when we need him? Three stories

    Thanks to fellow author and animal lover Jim Robertson for reblogging my piece, which follows, to his Exposing the Big Game … 1) Unlikely friendship of a dog and an owl … Okay! So, why can’t humans simmer down and be nice and stop eating other species? AND stop warring with one another? AND stop worrying and start being […]

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  • Right with you, Rumpy! The unyielding, essential heartache of advocacy

    Right with you, Rumpy! The unyielding, essential heartache of advocacy

    Choosing My Battles and Moving On: I am so totally relating to this honest appraisal of how f-ed up animal welfare can become. Bravo to Rumpy for taking this issue on; the species, including homo sapiens, should all be on the same page or the animals lose again…as always. As far as talking with elected […]

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  • And nobody ain’t sayin’ nothin’! How our mistreatment of the environment is killing us all

    And nobody ain’t sayin’ nothin’! How our mistreatment of the environment is killing us all

    I was just thinking about the part climate change plays in our lives, and the role the agriculture industry has played in ruining the ecology.  If I hear about one more person with a mystery affliction in our local area 10 miles from one of the hugest pig “industries” in this nation, I am tapping […]

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  • Where is James Bond when we need him? Indiana’s “religious freedom” measure, “ag days,” and other hypocritical horrors (2015)

    Where is James Bond when we need him? Indiana’s “religious freedom” measure, “ag days,” and other hypocritical horrors (2015)

    INDIANA…UGH! Now 40 representatives (all Republicans) have voted that humans can be fired or not hired because of their religions or lack of…religions??! House panel approves religious freedom bill Where is James Bond when we need him? Oh, wait, here he is … Yay! New movie this holiday season…except I am staying HOME next winter […]

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  • Clap your hands

    Clap your hands

    “If you are happy and you know it, clap your hands” ….If you love all living beings, click SHARE! Help out. Put your heart where your mouth is – let’s find shelter animals the homes they deserve. Now, THAT IS RELIGION! No matter what the religion is named (and there are very many) humans seem […]

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  • From Kat Kelly-Heinzelman: Families That We Make

    From Kat Kelly-Heinzelman: Families That We Make

    To my friend/family Kat Kelly-Heinzelman: Tears welling in my eyes, a smile on my face at the same time? What a poignant and revelatory essay, Kat! Read “Families That We Make” here: https://lighthousekat.wordpress.com/2… Your paragraphs about Roy and me moved me beyond words at a time I sorely needed a kind nod my way…I love people […]

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  • 4-H Values NOT reflected in pig-wrestling – Whitley County, Indiana (from 2015)

    4-H Values NOT reflected in pig-wrestling – Whitley County, Indiana (from 2015)

    Proud of my husband Don for this letter to the editor, regarding the upcoming pig wrestling (!) event at our local 4-H Fair this summer. So ashamed that such a cruel activity involving children and animals is occurring in this town where I grew up and still live. Unreal. This just in! Someone has started […]

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  • Centuries of yesterdays have come and gone

    Centuries of yesterdays have come and gone

    Click here for little Magoa who desperately needs a rescuer. What a doll. The folks who kill these precious souls hopefully toss and turn at night. This is America; we are not Romania nor Russia. NOKILL should be the immediate plan on which we are all working…and yesterday!!!!!! And how about Frida here – please click share and help […]

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  • I am sensitive about animals suffering, but if we look away we cannot help.

    I am sensitive about animals suffering, but if we look away we cannot help.

    Just now added a new friend to my life, and she got me to thinking as I messaged her and realized that this post applies to nearly my entire list of friends. So here goes…my love note to you all, and you know who you are! She is the best as are you folks!!!!! And […]

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  • Remember trying to walk home from school?

    Remember trying to walk home from school?

    A Yale professor, who spoke of teaching the -ISMS (racism, ageism, sexism), said that never did he have more dissension or hatefulness issuing from students than when he attempted to teach SPECIESISM. He believed the collective guilt of having already eaten meat for a lifetime and laughing at animals and never stopping to face the […]

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  • This is real…this is evil. This we CAN do something about. (from 2015)

    This is real…this is evil. This we CAN do something about. (from 2015)

    Interesting – PETA has now issued an action alert for the State of Indiana. “Speak Out Against ‘Pig Wrestling’ in Indiana!” – http://www.peta.org/action/action-ale…(click link to let your voice be heard). Here is the text: “Pigs are highly sensitive animals who—just like our animal companions—are capable of great suffering and deserve respectful treatment. But during the month of […]

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  • So is the local running of the bulls still on? (from 2015)

    So is the local running of the bulls still on? (from 2015)

    So is the local running of the bulls still on? Whitley County – PLEASE CANCEL all future pig wrestling events. Disgusted that no city fathers or mothers have stepped up to condemn pig wrestling. Had just one done that, we would not be hosting such an atrocity. Again…for is it four years in a row […]

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  • Thanks to those who never wavered for a second and never will — how impressive you are.

    Thanks to those who never wavered for a second and never will — how impressive you are.

    This pig wrestling escapade was truly the oddest experience of my lifetime. I shall never be the same, and I do not even know what to think. Totally exhausted beyond measure. Grateful for those who came through for another species and gladly overwhelmed by the unqualified support from so many. Disillusioned with the status quo…speechless […]

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  • Where is Erin Brockovich when we need her?

    Where is Erin Brockovich when we need her?

    Having been overloaded with grief and sadness as to lack of humane treatment provided for — and victimization of — other species as well as startled at a barrage of cruel and hurtful words aimed at innocents, I remembered my friendship with ELIZABETH LEAN and her work to nurture animals at death’s door and to […]

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  • Patty’s Page TV interview:  politics, small-town living, animal rights, writing, and other insights and adventure

    Patty’s Page TV interview: politics, small-town living, animal rights, writing, and other insights and adventure

    And now for part two! Enjoy the second half of my two-part interview with charming Patty Hunter on her Patty’s Page TV program. Also on the show are journalist and advocate Terry Doran and my husband Don Sexton. A thoughtful and erudite conversation (if I do say so myself!) about politics, small-town living, animal rights, […]

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  • And this is just one small town.

    And this is just one small town.

    I highly recommend you read this important article – I’ve been saying this for quite a while now … How China purchased a prime cut of America’s pork industry Indiana scrambling like the devil to become the pork king of the United States through such transactions – just what I feared is going to come […]

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  • Accidental selfies

    Accidental selfies

    I simply adore THE GOOD WIFE…WHERE have I been for the past six years? Oh, yeah…very damned busy. Time to smell the roses and get caught up with living life as it is meant to be lived. Yep…starting with getting caught up with THE GOOD WIFE. But first … is it possible that I finally […]

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  • Can we all be more like Jennifer Lawrence … and the Pope? Please?

    Can we all be more like Jennifer Lawrence … and the Pope? Please?

    Jennifer Lawrence: Kim Davis ‘makes me embarrassed to be from Kentucky’ Oh, Jennifer, I know the feeling. And good for you for speaking up! Likewise, I am embarrassed to hail from a state (Indiana) which sanctions the slaughter of deer in 14 state parks during the month of “Thanksgiving” to preserve some flowers. Annually. Nothing […]

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  • If we are wise and understanding and inclusive.

    If we are wise and understanding and inclusive.

    JUST TOTALLY FORTUNATE that I got blessed with parents who taught me to care deeply about animals because stories like these give me such joy. This cat fell into a box full of little ducklings. See how it reacted. I wasn’t expecting this Every year she travels 2400 km in order to save hundreds of […]

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  • Thanksgiving request: Thinking about somebody outside ourselves

    Thanksgiving request: Thinking about somebody outside ourselves

    Share, share, share and care, care, care, and stop eating animals? May your days be merry and bright IF you care about all species every second! Let’s get shelter animals homes and quit breeding farm animals and stop teaching children to kill – and terrorism can get nipped in the bud. Dammit…it is the TRUTH! […]

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  • From ants to rhinoceroses

    From ants to rhinoceroses

    I am not into genealogy…tired of living in the past! Living in the present with an eye toward the future is the best kind of New Year’s resolution…so I resolve to do so! Wish me luck! We can only make this world a better place by starting now…no regrets, just plenty of activism directed toward […]

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  • when we start only hearing the sounds of our own voices…the animals lose again

    when we start only hearing the sounds of our own voices…the animals lose again

    ”Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.”~ Carl Sandburg To be sure, it is fabulous to attempt to be a voice for other species who do not speak the rather strange language of our human species … However, when we start only hearing the sounds […]

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  • Soldier on, folks! Soldier on! #Indiana’s “Canned Hunting” Bill. 2016.

    Soldier on, folks! Soldier on! #Indiana’s “Canned Hunting” Bill. 2016.

    From Marian Patience Harvey: “FENCED HUNTING PASSED INDIANA SENATE (Senate Bill 109). Please call Governor Pence at 317-232-4567, and ask him to VETO this Bill! Includes Deer, Sheep and Goats. Ask for an ENFORCED BAN!!! Just heard that it passed Senate on NPR…..please call…..once these facilities are legalized, Deer become livestock…and Big Ag wins again.” While […]

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  • Phantom Runs

    Phantom Runs

    My cat Issie had one of those phantom runs around the house like cats do now and then? One night she knocked my ashy-tray to kingdom come, but, the next night, I was watching Alfred Hitchcock at a crazy hour (of course) and she landed for a second on my remote control? And the show […]

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  • Stop the analysis, we want to get off!

    Stop the analysis, we want to get off!

    Oh, my…wolves and mountain lions, and polar bears and sad elections…oh, my. Thanks for reading! Shame on Indiana again. Even North Carolina started the long ride toward becoming sensible and civilized. Tarheels voted for their Democratic candidate for governor. That’s a start. And Indiana’s “wildlife harvesting”… “amendment” was positioned over to left hand side of our Hoosier […]

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  • I know we animal enthusiasts are the luckiest humans on this odd nutsoid planet

    I know we animal enthusiasts are the luckiest humans on this odd nutsoid planet

    We love you, Rumpy  and Junebug and Rumpy/Junebug’s mom Jen … In response to Rumpydog’s When you’re told your dog is dying… Rumpy has taught us all so much. I have grieved so many times in my life for 70 years. To have had animals and a few humans, who have been so fabulous in my […]

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  • On drummed the fingers of my tired hands: the week my cat wouldn’t eat

    On drummed the fingers of my tired hands: the week my cat wouldn’t eat

    My wonderful cat Issie had not eaten for an entire week…and I was at my wit’s end and totally wondering about veterinary “science” at that point? Alternated between thinking (of some plausible solution after the other) and tears, veering between stereotypical “concepts” of THE CAT and old wives’ tales and where the answer may lie […]

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  • Good-bye, little guy

    Good-bye, little guy

    Didn’t realize that one could cry real tears so very much that one’s eyes become swollen shut? Just as well. Cannot see the reminders. scattered about, of a tiny, tiny kitten we tried like crazy (and with many $$$ – which did no good) to save. And unfortunately were pretty much on our own to […]

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  • ELEGY Written on a Dell Computer In a Farm County Kitchen

    ELEGY Written on a Dell Computer In a Farm County Kitchen

    “He was little…that one fact endeared him to me,”I once wrote in an essay for English–Room 3.A kindergartener I’d felt empathy for,Forlorn, unkempt, unnoticed, possibly quite poor,Tore my junior high heart in two–I’d learned to CARE!His classmates, the tax-paid teacher seemed quite unfair.From that day forward, countless outcasts I nurtured.Spoke up and out– for strays! The auctioned! […]

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  • Go ask Alice …

    Go ask Alice …

    One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you smallAnd the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at allGo ask Alice, when she’s ten feet tall And if you go chasing rabbits, and you know you’re going to fallTell ’em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the callAnd call Alice, when she […]

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  • For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

    For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

    If we truly care about CAFOs and slaughterhouses located by three houses and, say, a Dollar General store or lake cottages and country clubs and ball-playing fields, we need to speak out for those animals to be confined and treated like merchandise and factory products and bred in droves only to be butchered for unwise and unhealthy […]

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  • Reindeer games.

    Reindeer games.

    My friend Beth, whose blog “I didn’t have my glasses on…. A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.” is always such a delight, posted “girl power.” today. “only female adult reindeer keep their antlers through December. that means santa’s reindeer are probably all girls.” I replied, “Makes perfect sense to me…and how […]

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  • This may be code…but my true friends can decipher!

    This may be code…but my true friends can decipher!

    I have returned from NORMANDY…I guess? Signed: sad sack the war-torn and shell-shocked and disillusioned soldier named Sue! Let’s have a damned happy new year, one and all. God bless the animals among us: what lessons they teach. Time to appreciate the beauty of the world and animals happen to top my list! “They are […]

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  • I have found that it takes great courage to try to be kind.

    I have found that it takes great courage to try to be kind.

    I have been advocating for animals nearly all of my life…and within the past decade writing about my experiences and trying to change some hearts here and there. I have found that it takes great courage to try to be kind. I now have many scars and silver hair and a few bite marks from […]

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  • Parallel universes … holy crap!

    Parallel universes … holy crap!

    Came back here to my SHOE treetop cluttered up back room which is heinous and am sitting with one light bulb with some sun coming through the dirty 1962 window. I have a library in my house because I am allergic to public libraries? And I wish I did NOT have all of these books … I […]

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  • The sanctity of life and kindness somehow got lost

    The sanctity of life and kindness somehow got lost

    Dammit? How about checking with actual farm animals about the concept of “factory farms”… Take a poll of those sentient beings purposely, frenetically bred only to become involved in such a hellish situation? “Agri-industry” – such a tragic, manufactured term. Zoning and landscaping and pure water and air are the only concerns ever addressed – […]

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  • Status Update: Animals should rule! Signed: Chuck Darwin!

    Status Update: Animals should rule! Signed: Chuck Darwin!

    STATUS UPDATE: the pharmaceutical “industry”, the medical “industry”, the agricultural “industry”, the drug “culture”, the war “culture”, the entertainment “industry”…all terrible bastardizations of perfectly good words once…”industry” and “culture”. Industrial Revolution? Remember that one? Maybe an alright concept with reservations. Culture wars, a new entry…kinda sucks! Wherein does the word “politics” land? In the mud […]

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  • Doris Day: talent, cuteness, and teaching the world to respect all animals

    Doris Day: talent, cuteness, and teaching the world to respect all animals

    I have adored Doris Day since I got old enough to listen to singing perfection itself via whirling breakable 78 RPM discs on our record player in the corner of our living room and attend every one of her MGM musicals reel-to-reel in the movie theatre on the corner of Van Buren and Main Streets […]

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  • Pig wrestling, anyone? No, we will opt out

    Pig wrestling, anyone? No, we will opt out

    In spite of reading three glowing articles in our local newspaper this week, so far, emphasizing the joys of pig wrestling, we decided not to wrestle pigs in the mud on July 16 in Whitley County no matter how fun and wholesome that event may be for spectators (children, too?) Even though, evidently, conveniently provided […]

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  • please reTHINK?

    please reTHINK?

    Open Letter: REGARDING THE DEER CULLING… REGARDING THE DEER CULLING SCHEDULED FOR NOV. 13, 14, 26 and 27, maligning our state’s parks’ system (read the story by clicking here): This truly needs to be stopped. We do believe fewer “state parks” are participating in this “operation” this year–we did our best last “season” to protest. […]

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  • Remember that this Earth …

    Remember that this Earth …

    I am extremely disappointed that the votes of a large and burgeoning portion of Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s constituency do not matter to him. His advocacy for deregulation of the farm “industry” is revelatory of self-interest and the resultant desire to please only a certain segment of voters in order to assure his election to office. […]

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