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Saturday, January 18, 2014

'Rainbow Bridge'

Yesterday I made the very difficult and painful decision to put my little 15 y/o Calico, Cleo to sleep. Her health had been failing for about 2 years now due to Diabetes but began to rapidly deteriorate within the last 4 mos. She initially responded very well to the Insulin treatments, but for some time now, she'd been suffering with the complications brought on by the disease. I hadn't yet made the decision as to when and where, but knew it would have to happen soon. Alas, when I woke up yesterday morning as I was getting ready for work, I noticed she hadn't followed me into the kitchen as she always had, for 15 years. So I went looking for her only to find her still in bed. I lay down next to her, and all she did was look up, directly into my eyes and right then and there, we both knew the time had come. While at the Vet's office as he was preparing to administer the injections, he briefly left the room and came back with a box containing a leatherbound *Paws Remembrance* memento and he then proceeded to take imprints of my baby's paws. It was such a comforting gesture in the midst of such pain and I was grateful for it. Once home, I finally had the opportunity to open the box only to find this beautiful poem among its contents, which I wanted to share especially with fellow pet owners out there, who are currently facing the prospect of losing their furry loved one. I hope it comforts them in the same way that it has comforted me through this very difficult time.     

R.I.P, my Cleopatra... 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A single flickering light to remember all the souls who were lost in Newtown, this day, one year ago. May the flame sear our hearts & minds with the wisdom & knowledge that one day, we will reunite with our loved ones all of whom are at present, very dearly and sorely missed. May the flame be the North Star and may it lead us all to a communion of light and love.

 O living flame of love 
That tenderly wounds my soul
In its deepest center! 
Since now you are not oppressive,
Now consummate! if it be your will:
Tear through the veil of this sweet encounter!

 O sweet cautery,
O delightful wound!
O gentle hand! O delicate touch 
That tastes of eternal life
And pays every debt!
In killing you changed death to life.

 O lamps of fire!
in whose splendors 
The deep caverns of feeling,
Once obscure and blind,
Now give forth, so rarely, so exquisitely, 
Both warmth and light to their Beloved.

 How gently and lovingly 
You wake in my heart,
Where in secret you dwell alone;
And in your sweet breathing,
Filled with good and glory,
How tenderly You swell my heart with love.

~Saint John Of The Cross~