Creed of Peace

By Andrew Whitedove

I practice peace when I retain the integrity of other people’s opinions, especially when they differ from my own.

I practice peace when I respect other people and what they’ve honestly acquired.

I practice peace when I promote the growth of other people.

I practice peace when I imagine that everyone deserves their basic needs.

I practice peace when I consume natural resources wisely.

I practice peace when I accept different ways of thinking and living.

I practice peace when I appreciate the mutual need of all beings and act with compassion.

I practice peace when I exercise free will and encourage other people to do the same.

I practice peace when I realize that my god is not necessarily everyone’s god.

I practice peace when I steward the land I use resourcefully.


Gracias a Dios Bendicion



Our Friend leaves a voicemail:  “Come over and go to the hot-springs with me, then I’ll make you guys dinner and we can have a little jam session”. My legs, the night before and still today are stiff and cramping from bicycling and gardening work at the bottom of a steep hill. Now that’s a good idea I’m thinking.


So we close shop early and head for McCready Hot springs. We get there and the parking lot is improved with a bathroom. The foot path to the pool is covered with crunchy snow. The pool is crowded with just enough room for newcomers. Soon after we enter the shallow warm-up pool a few people depart and we quickly move to the deep, hotter section of the hot spring. Ahh, sensual delight and healing hot water.


Our Friend recognizes a kindred spirit likely of South American descent and greets him warmly in Spanish. Then our Friend says he’s always wanting to learn Spanish and asks “how do you say ‘thank god for these blessings’ in Spanish”?

“Gracias a Dios bendicion” the gentleman replied. Gracias a Dios bendicion indeed! May all being appreciate the blessings of nature. Enjoy peace.







Cat Fights and the Golden Rule

I was getting ready to go inside, after being outside doing chores, and a bird sound from the back of the house perked my ears.  I went out the back door with my staff and started listening and trying to place where the bird was.  Then all of a sudden here comes 12 1/2 yo Athena (formerly Duchess) being pursued by 3 1/2 yo Sage.  Athena screams when Sage catches her under the back porch.  I try to deflect Sage with my staff, temporarily successful, but he continue’s his ‘attack’ at the back door steps, catching Athena, who instantly screams while he is on top of her.

At this point I was able to grab Sage by the scruff.  I shook and scolded him, walked a few steps away from the house, and sort of threw him towards a grassy area off the walkway.  He fell with no apparent grace, but after landing on the ground on his hip, he tucked, rolled, and ran out towards the field.  I instantly felt terrible, but Athena needed reassurance before I checked on Sage.  After what seemed like forever, but was closer to less than a minute, Athena tentatively came out from under the porch.  She sustained minor injury to her back and neck, and she was very spooked.

(background story is Athena loves to play tag, but hates, hates, hates being tumbled.  Sage loves both, which, in after thought of seeing his ‘attack’, he was not displaying serious aggression. He was playing tag the way he liked and not the way Athena likes it.)

So  now I’m thinking I have to do some serious make up with Sage. But once again (more stories to come) Sage proves to be an amazing being.  He had already come back and was just a few feet from the back door when I spoke to him to let him know I didn’t hold a grudge.  As we walk toward each other I notice he has something yucky on one shoulder.  I look at the spot where I tossed him and there was a mushed turd!  I tell Sage to wait, that I’ll be right back, and go into the house and get a rag wet with warm water, and then go back out to Sage waiting on the back porch.  I wash off the poo, tell him to be more careful with Athena, and then we go off to do our own things for a bit.

Not too much later, after some chores were done and it was time for a snack, I was sitting at the computer checking in on email and fb, when Sage comes over and climbs into my lap.  This is not a regular occurrence, although it is not uncommon, either.  (It can be a challenge for Sage to sit in my lap comfortably, because he is so big and fluffy, and he gets too warm.)  We had some awesome cuddle moments and I was glad to note that the washing was successful, as no smell of poo remained.

This incident got me thinking about the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  The flaw I see in this rule is when you have one being who likes to play chase, but not tackle, and another being who likes to play chase AND tackle.  I think what miffed me was that even though Athena was protesting very loudly. her protests seemed to go unnoticed by Sage.  Or did she excite and encourage him?  Since I can’t read their minds, and can only guess by their behavior, I will probably never know for sure.  I do feel that Sage did not like me getting angry with him.  He definitely seemed to want to be in my favor, and he knows that I love to cuddle with him. He has also left Athena alone since he came inside.

Neither cat seems too upset by the incident either, as you can see in this evenings pics…01180318200118031820a