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High Coo – Dec 4 – Animal Blessings

Who blesses who? Who loves who? Who rescues who?

It’s been three days since we said goodbye to Lexie. Today I say hello again and look forward to the day we all will meet in the Pure Land aka Rainbow Bridge.

Below are a couple of quotes from the excellent book Blessing the Animals by Lynn L. Caruso (c) 2006 to comfort us in the meantime.

The love we give to a pet, and receive from a pet, can draw us more deeply into the larger circle of life, into the wonder of our common relationship to our Creator.Kevin E. Mackin, OFM referenced on p.23 Blessing for Cats

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.Albert Schweitzer referenced on p.31 Blessings for Cats

May all creatures be freed from their suffering. May all creatures be freed from their illness. May those in fear be comforted and those bound be set free.Buddhist prayer adapted by Lynn L. Caruso Partings p.180

Today’s humble senryu: Lexie

we will not forget

our love for each other – we

will reunite soon

Leezy (with caramel-colored feet) and her sister Lexie (with white feet)

CYE Countdown – Dec 2 – National Mutt Day


What is a mutt? A dog of doubtful pedigree.

What is a pedigree? Recorded ancestry, especially upper-class ancestry, a pure-bred.

What is National Mutt Day? “A holiday that celebrates mixed breed dogs. It is also an unofficial holiday that proclaims that these dogs are as special as their pure-bred counterparts and should be afforded the same love, affection, and respect.

This day should also serve as a reminder that there are millions of mixed breed dogs in shelters all over the United States who are just waiting for a family to take them home and love them.” https://www.holidayscalendar.com/event/national-mutt-day/

Why adopt a mutt versus a purebred? They’ve got the best temperaments.

Most purebreds were bred for specific traits, so they’re likely to have a more extreme personality. Mutts, on the other hand, have a blend of traits from different sources, which often leads to a more mellow mood. In fact, purebred dogs are more likely than mutts to have genetic¬†disorders, including cataracts and hypothyroidism.” https://nationaltoday.com/national-mutt-day/

One more thought for consideration. My father would sometimes smile and with a twinkling eye say: “I’m Irish, English, Scottish and Dutch and a little bit German but not very much.”

Today’s senryu/dogryu: Adopt A Mutt

Now think about it

what’s your ancestral record?

Mutts should adopt mutts ūüôā

CYE Countdown – Dec 1 – Thank You, Sallie McFague


Today is the first day of the last month of this year. Only 31 more days until the new year. What might we do different this month to end 2022 well and ensure 2023 will be better?

In her Yale University address A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming, Dr. Sallie McFague said, “a different world is possible if we live differently.” Check out the address video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjK4d8ci1e0

Dr. Sallie McFague (picture provided by the Anglican Church of Canada)

A few of my favorite Sallie McFague references are:

theology is mostly fiction“, but a multiplicity of images, or metaphors, can and should enhance and enrich our models of God McFague, Sallie (1987)¬†Models of God: Theology for an Ecological, Nuclear Age. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, xi

salvation is about salvation of all earthly bodies (not just human ones) and first and foremost about living better on the earth, not in the hereafter McFague, Sallie (1993) The Body of God: An Ecological Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, p. 44

God is the one ‚Äėwho judges those who thwart the well-being and fulfilment of her body, our world‚Äô McFague, Sallie (1987)¬†Models of God: Theology for an Ecological, Nuclear Age. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 11

And for more information about this eloquent American feminist Christian theologian, check out her biography here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sallie_McFague

Today’s homage senryu: Thank You, Sallie McFague

speaking truthfully

you clearly said how we could

live differently

May we apply our wisdom more effectively this month.

A New Climate for Christology: Kenosis, Climate Change, and Befriending Nature. Minneapolis: Fortress Press (2021)

High Coo – Nov 30 – Noah’s Story


Noah was excited to move to the Bay area. Unfortunately, his dream-come-true was traumatized by being mugged. He returned to the East Coast for medical and spiritual care and rediscovered happiness.

Check out his brief (< 3-minutes) video here https://grateful.org/grateful-voices/noah/.

Today’s senryu: Noah’s Story

refocus on joy

let go of judgment and see

the fullness of life

I echo the “Heartfelt gratitude and awe for Doug Menuez and his team, including Executive Producer Pear Urushima, Director of Photography Luke Carquillat and Sound Technician/Gaffer Dino Davaros.” Check out https://grateful.org/author/grateful-living-team/


High Coo – Nov 29 – Vishal’s Story


Vishal is interested in patient-physician communication and has discovered that empathy, gratitude and compassion are deeply intertwined. His goal is to permeate positivity for his patients’ healing journey.

Check out this brief (< 3 minutes) video at grateful.org/grateful-voices/vishal/.

Today’s senryu: Vishal’s Story

empathy evolves –

let’s change our experience:

integrate grateful

For more information check out https://grateful.org/community-reflections/why-grateful-living-matters-words-from-our-community/

High Coo – Nov 28 – Wendy’s Story


Wendy is an executive coach and business consultant who helps her clients “lean into gratefulness.” She says the more you appreciate the more you will see to appreciate.

Is that true for you?

Today’s senryu: Wendy’s Story

Having a bad day?

Be vulnerable – be safe –

lean into happy.

For more information on The Grateful Living Network founded by Brother David Steindl-Rast see https://grateful.org/about/

A peaceful, thriving, and sustainable world ‚ÄĒ held as sacred by all, for all.

High Coo – Nov 27 – Claire’s Story


While searching for a different perspective on the gratitude-generosity connection, I recently discovered A Network for Grateful Living founded by Brother David Steindl-Rast and led by Kristi Nelson. (See https://grateful.org/about/our-team/).

There are many wonderful resources at their website (https://grateful.org/welcome/) including a brief (< 5 minutes) video about Claire and her life journey with deafness and a perspective of the gift of a disability (grateful.org/grateful-voices/claire/).

So much to learn, so much to appreciate, I highly recommend this free resource.

Today’s senryu: Claire’s Story

find luck when you roam

shut up and just keep going

expect something good

For more information about gratitude check out this book by Kristi Nelson


High Coo – Nov 25 – Retail Therapy?


Retail therapy¬†is¬†shopping¬†with the primary purpose of improving the buyer’s¬†mood¬†or disposition. Often seen in people during periods of¬†depression¬†or¬†stress, … (the term) was first used in the 1980s, with the first reference being this sentence in the¬†Chicago Tribune¬†of Christmas Eve 1986: “We’ve become a nation measuring out our lives in shopping bags and nursing our psychic ills through retail therapy ….

The fact that shopping may provide a short time of comfort (relief from¬†dysphoria), but also imposes costs and is subject to¬†comedown¬†and¬†withdrawal, make it, like¬†opioid¬†use, either a therapy or an¬†addiction, depending on whether each person uses it¬†adaptively¬†or¬†maladaptively. Retail therapy thus exists on a spectrum with¬†shopping addiction¬†(compulsive buying disorder).” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retail_therapy

Here’s an interesting book for your consideration:

“Often unknowingly the vast majority of us collude in a system that encourages addiction and co-dependence ‚Äď and sees these states as normal. Many of us are addicted to chemicals, not only to alcohol or drugs but nicotine, caffeine, chocolate and overeating in general. Even more of us are involved in addictive processes: workaholism, gambling, compulsive shopping, sex, and so on. The realization of the extent of our addictions, both individually and as a society, is shocking but this book shows that these addictions can be identified and reversed.” https://annewilsonschaef.com/books/society-becomes-addict/

Today’s senryu: Retail Therapy?

grasping for success

I took comfort in shopping

for what, I’m not sure


High Coo – Nov 24 – Thanksgiving Day Wisdom

I am thankful for life and for the wisdom to appreciate life. Here are a couple of thoughts that come to mind for me today:

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is Thank You, it will be enough.” Meister Eckhart https://internetpoem.com/meister-eckhart/quotes/

Psalm 92: “It is good to give thanks. Does God need to hear my praise? No, I need to express it. To awaken to wonder, to holiness, to God, I must transcend the ego-centered drama I pretend is life. To shatter pretense, give thanks. Each thank-you reduces the false you. When I give thanks, I embrace others. When I give thanks, I move from drama to play and discover the aliveness that Is when I stop playing God and discover that God is playing me. It is good to give thanks for through thanksgiving awakening lies.” Minyan – Ten Principles for Living a Life of Integrity (c) 1997 Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro http://rabbirami.com/#Perrenial-Wisdom

“Religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or say as well in another; and the more languages you speak, the more nuanced your understanding of life becomes.” http://rabbirami.com/

My humble senryu: Thanksgiving Day Wisdom

I’m grateful for you,

for us, for all beings and

this day to say THANKS

Three granddaughters with Nonno Photo taken by my daughter Mary

High Coo – Nov 22 – Humane Society Anniversary Day

Jean Chung/For HSI 2017

Humane Society International, (HSI), is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting animal welfare. It addresses animal cruelty, including inhumane practices and conditions affecting companion and farm animals, illegal animal trade, animal slaughter, and use of animals in research and product testing.

Humane Society Anniversary Day, celebrated on November 22 every year, signifies the establishment of Humane Society International, the world’s largest animal protection organization. Did you know that every year, Humane Society International saves hundreds of animals from cruelty cases? Humane Society International strives to promote the human-animal bond, protect and rescue animals, and more across the world.https://nationaltoday.com/humane-society-anniversary-day/

Why care about non-human animals?

  1. “Violence against animals has been linked to a higher likelihood of criminal violence and domestic abuse. So, violence against animals must be stopped.
  2. According to statistics, one animal is abused every minute in the world.
  3. Annually, over 10 million animals in the U.S. die as a result of abuse.
  4. The U.S. has over 10, 000 known puppy mills.
  5. Despite the fact that most animals are fully capable of surviving in the wild or in cities on their own, they are subjected to a great deal of cruelty and abuse. We can be their voice.

One thing we can take home from the Humane Society Anniversary is that not only humans but all creatures are created equal. We need to treat all animals with compassion and love.https://nationaltoday.com/humane-society-anniversary-day/


Today’s senryu: Happy Anniversary HSI

multiply caring:

together we accomplish

more than one can do