The Labyrinth as the Hero’s Jouney

In mythology, the true hero is one who leaves the village, embarks on a quest in which he or she learns valuable life lessons and then (most important) returns to the village to share that knowledge. Jouneying to the interior reaches of one’s Self is such a hero’s journey. It can be scary down […]

Thirteen Tips for a Pet-Safe Halloween

Halloween is a holiday known for its tricks as well as its treats. So it’s good to make sure your ghoulish plans are pet safe, too. Here are tips for making sure that the only Halloween cats that give you a scare are the ones cut out of black paper! 1. Keep the […]

The Celtic Year

The end of October brings us to the beginning of a new cycle of the Celtic year. May these articles serve as a guide for your own inner exploration and outer expression. Samhain: Winter quarter (November, December, January). Celebrated October 31/November 1. Includes Winter Solstice as its midpoint. This is the time […]

Presentation: Animals as Pets, Companions, & Family Members

Fremont Main Library • Fukaya A Room 2400 Stevenson Blvd. Fremont CA Saturday, October 29, 2011 • 1 – 3 p.m. Come and hear the Rev. Nancy Schluntz, Interfaith Minister and Animal Chaplain, talk about the importance of animals in your family, and the roles they play. Learn how to listen to […]

Dragonfly Encounters

“Relax,” the dragonfly said. “Transformation happens. You worry too much, ask too many questions. Just Be. It will all happen.” At the time, the dragonfly was clinging to the center nub of a flower that had lost its petals. Flower stalk and dragonfly bounced up and down as gusts of wind rattled […]

Equinox: Finding Balance in a Turning World

Equinox is again upon us – fall in the Northern hemisphere, spring in the Southern. Equal day, equal night? Maybe and not quite. “Approximately” might be a better word. On September 23, the sun crosses the celestial equator and shines on the Earth’s equator [a simplified explanation]. Day and night may be […]

Prepare your animals before you travel

Thinking about going on a trip? Think your animals don’t know the minute that thought enters your head? Think again. They can read your mind, you know. And what they read is, “My person is leaving me.” Then questions come: “Will they be back? Who will care for me?” You may return […]

Lughnasadh – Gateway to Autumn

August 1 is the gateway to autumn, the fourth quarterly season of the Celtic year. Lughnasadh, also called Lammas, is the time to harvest what sprouted after winter’s rest and grew to maturity in summer. The yearly cycle begins again with Samhain on the eve of November 1, with its celebration of […]

Time and Toilet Paper Rolls

Time passes ever more quickly. At one point, listening to my parents’ stories I thought, “Surely, pausing to remember something that happened twenty years earlier is a mark of getting old.” My mother was fifty and I regarded her as “old” when my daughter – her first grandchild – was born. I […]

Trees Speak

Big Tree stands at the outside curve of a busy two-lane paved road near our house. The road flows up the hill past the high school and elementary school, branches right toward our favorite park, then ends at a new housing development at the top of the hill. A dirt path winds […]

"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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