St. Francis of Assisi Blog Talk Radio Show

On Winter Solstice 2014 I was honored to be Rev. Bonnie Poirier’s guest on her St. Francis of Assisi Blogtalk Radio show. We had a great time talking about animal communication, interfaith, the network of all life, animal ministry, and my book, Hand in Paw. Here is the link to listen to […]

Yellowjacket as an Ally

Yellowjacket said, “We are not bad. We do have purpose. Just leave us alone. We like the offering dishes. Our society is intricate. We work very hard.” Yellowjacket’s message was fragmented, as she buzzed around my fingers. She landed on my notebook, cleaned her antennae, inspected my pen. I sent her feelings […]

When Pets Visit Dreams

A woman walked along a dirt road in her dream. She noticed her cat beside the road. The cat called out to her, “Hello.” She thought she had misheard a noise he made, and kept walking. Farther along, she came to a fork in the road. Beside the junction stood her cat […]

Releasing Stuff

Many articles have come out over the last year or more that offer guidance on releasing “stuff.” That stuff can be physical possessions, outmoded thought patterns, beliefs, habits—anything that we acquired (consciously or unconsciously) and have clung to. The guidance has been to help us lighten the load and clear our environment, […]

Turbulent Times

This is a time of great tumult and much discordant energy. Many people are anxious about our uncertain future, over which it feels we have little control. I contemplate the statue of four-armed dancing Shiva on my altar. Shiva reminds me that destruction paves the way for creation. Once the most popular […]

Conversation with a Bearded Dragon

He sits on a rock in his terrarium, eyes moving front and sideways to survey his environment. The tip of his tail hangs into his pool of water. Particles of shed skin litter the sand-like ground walnut shells substrate. Later, he will eat them. Tucker, the Bearded Dragon (Pogona sp.), consented to […]

Water and Story

We tell stories. From the Toltec perspective, we live within a story we have created, which can cause a lot of upheaval when our stories don’t match (or sometimes, when they do match) another’s story. We learn to make up stories to explain things, to fill in the gaps in our knowledge. […]

Birds in the Dog Food?

Rattle rattle. A little brown bird, larger than a sparrow but smaller than a robin, lands in my dog’s food bowl. A California Towhee. What brings it here? The brown Towhee, usually a ground foraging seed eater, scratches in the dog food bowl. Food pellets ricochet around the stainless steel. Some flick […]

The First Year After

After what? Any major life change. In my case, publishing my book, Hand in Paw. That definable action of publishing the book created a marker for notable change in both my external and internal orientation. I’d been intensely engaged in writing Hand in Paw for over four years, followed by fine-tuning and […]

Questions from the Book Fair, Part 1

“Can you talk to my dead dog?” “Do animals have souls and are they the same kind as human souls?” Two days of meet and greet at the Berkeley Book Fair pushed my boundaries in new directions – well out of my comfort zone! Most interesting were the patrons. I watched passers-by […]

Who Blesses Whom?

Animals bless us by their presence in our lives. They are compassionate teachers, if sometimes full of mischief. Every being is traveling a path of unfoldment, and we get to witness animals’ unfolding as they help us with ours. They remind us to honor the being, not the body or appearance. And […]

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." - George Eliot
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Gandhi
"There is little that separates humans from other sentient beings – we all feel pain, we all feel joy, we all deeply crave to be alive and live freely, and we all share this planet together." - attributed to Gandhi
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