100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 85: WHY Animals Matter

The book “Animals Matter” was incredibly frustrating to read.  So when I came across another book, “Why Animals Matter” by Marian Stamp Dawkins, I was hesitant to say the least.  But by Chapter Two, which was entitled “Seduced by Words”, I had a much better opinion and feeling on the topic.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 85: WHY Animals Matter

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 84: Animals Matter (but apparently only to Animal Rights Activists)

I have always considered myself someone who deeply cares for the well-being of animals.  Whether they are my food, my pets, or my job, I have always considered myself devoted to the humane and ethical treatment of the creatures with whom we share this earth.  But after reading “Animals Matter” by Marc Beckoff, I have discovered that my whole life has been a lie.  I obviously don’t care about animals, or how could I ever eat them, or products made by them.  As someone who respects animals, how can I ever deny even my pet who I cherish as my own child anything they desire?  And no person who serves to protect animals would ever think that any animal can ever have their needs met living at a zoological facility.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 84: Animals Matter (but apparently only to Animal Rights Activists)

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 82: Not Your Typical Earth Day

It’s a long drive from Whidbey Island to Portland, Oregon.  And even in a Prius, it’s not the most environmentally friendly way to spend the one day out of the year dedicated to conserving resources and doing your part to protect the planet.  But this year was not your typical Earth Day,  and I was on my way to fulfill a few promises. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 82: Not Your Typical Earth Day

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 74: Is God Green?

What does religion have to do with conservation OR fitness?  What interest could EarthFit have in discussing theological theories with others?  It does seem to be an odd relation, but I saw it immediately when I heard there was going to be a Pub Talk (a public speaker at a winery/brew house) entitled “Is God Green?”. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 74: Is God Green?

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 51: Animals Make Us Human

I just finished a remarkable book by a remarkable woman and really felt it was necessary to share.  I may have fallen in deep infatuation with Temple Grandin.  She truly is an amazing woman, and I admire all the work she has done to improve the welfare of not just livestock, but all animals in the care of humans.  I read “Animals In Translation” e few years ago, and I remember having a few “aha” moments, but not as strongly as when I finished reading “Animals Make Us Human”.  The experience and knowledge that Grandin holds and openly shares with the public is admirable.  But the degree of understanding that she incorporates in her narrative is truly eye-opening.animals.make.us.human.cover Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 51: Animals Make Us Human

100 Ways of EarthFit-Day 42: Last Chance in Portland

I had a great day with the hubby exploring Portland one last time before we move next Sunday.  It was one last chance to experience some of the things we have enjoyed about living in Oregon, and either can’t or won’t have the opportunities to experience once we are on Whidbey Island. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit-Day 42: Last Chance in Portland

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 37: What Color is Your Parachute?

Travelling back and forth between Whidbey Island and Oregon has given me a fair opportunity to catch up on some “reading”.  I’ve been listening to some interesting topics such as Animal Welfare, Goal Setting, and now, Job Hunting.  I listened to this book within 24 hours traveling to and from Whidbey Island for my Beach Naturalist Training- “What Color is Your Parachute?”   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 37: What Color is Your Parachute?

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 35: The Magic of Nature

Before I left home of South Carolina to pursue my career of working with animals, I would have considered myself a deeply spiritual person, and very much connected with the spirituality of Native Americans. I was also connected to the spiritual essence of animals.  I read tons of books on the subject, and was convinced that nature was full of magic.  Part of my belief stemmed from my time studying Native American medicine wheel, and how they revered animals in their culture as guides.  Part of it was the result of my obsession with the King Arthur legend, and Celtic folklore of fairies and magic.  Combining the two to create a spiritual experience helped me through man tough times. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 35: The Magic of Nature

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 34: All or Nothing

I recently finished a book called “Veganist” by Kathy Freston, and I felt the urge to share some of my insights while listening to the book.  The subtitle of “Veganist” is”Lose Weight, Get Healthy, and Change the World”.  Wow, it sounds like this book is right up my alley!  I was very open minded about the idea of going vegan, and even agree with the author’s philosophy of “leaning” into the new lifestyle.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 34: All or Nothing

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 23: Books and Owls

While I tend to focus a great deal on physical fitness in my writings, I realize the importance of relaxation, mental fitness, and enrichment.  So, it was a great day to get all three with a focus on books, nature, and one of my favorite animals on the refuge, great horned owls.

I host a book club at the refuge and for our meeting this month we read an interesting book called “Passionate Slugs and Hollywood Frogs” by Patricia Lichen. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 23: Books and Owls