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Sunday Pause (Paws): Hello “Be Kind To Animals” Week

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and welcome the first day of “Be Kind To Animals Week”.

I wanted to honor this recognition of animals with this Sunday’s post. But we at AAFBT think you should always be kind to animals. In fact we now have a mission statement and here is Cino as “Animal Paladin” to introduce it to you…

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I like to say to help animals it takes me, it takes you, it takes WE and that is so true. Here is a great example. A coworker of mine was dropping her son off at school and there on the edge of the sidewalk was a little duck in her words “crying.” He was laying on his side crying and shivering Continue reading

Sunday Pause (Paws): More Important Things

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and get off the merry-go-round.

Life can really feel like a merry-go-round sometimes. I wrote this short poem with that in mind.

MORE IMPORTANT THINGS

Why is it that we have such good intentions
But before we know it life takes over
We get lost in a culture that’s on high speed
It’s hard to live a life that is slower

In our night prayers and our brand new mornings
We feel refreshed and inspired
But the day turns into a balancing act
And at the end we are left so tired

Sometimes something breaks through the whirlwind
And we know we must jump off the merry-go-round
We are reminded that loved ones and relationships
These are the more important things that should be well-found

©LeeAnn Johnston/Animals Are Feeling Beings Too

Some of my loved ones are in the caricature below that we had done many years ago.

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Sunday Pause (Paws): Poetry Read Aloud

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and enjoy a poetry reading by me.

If you have been following me for a while you most likely know that I am always trying new things such as photography, editing, poetry and now the newest…making videos/reading aloud. With these new things I still always have animal advocacy in mind. I’m sure I have a lot to learn yet but through some online research about poetry I found that it is important to read it aloud. The following was taken from dummies.com.

The music of poetry — that is, its sounds and rhythms — isn’t just for the eye and the mind, it’s meant to be given voice.

I never really thought about it but I get it because that is exactly what I have to do. To tell how the “flow” of a poem is going I have to read it out loud to myself as I am writing it.

Now reading them aloud while recording…that’s another thing and it’s not an easy task. Aside of the Dr. Seuss type of short story/rhyme I wrote, read aloud, and posted last Sunday (which is probably more geared towards children and I actually did read it to the children where I work this past week) this is only my second time recording myself. So although it may not be perfect I created the following video from a poem I wrote last year called “Butterfly Wings.”

I hope you enjoyed it. Comments welcomed and encouraged to help me learn & grow.

Happy Sunday!

Sunday Pause (Paws): Breaking Records

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and break some records…

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Not that kind of record, silly Cino
It’s about all of this endless snow
The most in February in history
It just won’t stop, it just won’t go

We’re already buried up to our chin
Mounds of white everywhere you turn
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Sunday Pause (Paws): Are You Ready?

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and watch some football (if you’re into it).

It’s Super Bowl Sunday so here is a poem for you.

Do you like the game?
Are you really into it?
Putting all things aside
And got a comfy spot to sit

Snacks & drinks are ready
Friends & family gathered near
Everyone’s got their jersey on
And voices are ready to cheer

Even Butterfinger is ready to go
And he means business y’all
So there is only one question…
Are you ready for some football?

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Enjoy your day.

Happy Sunday!

Teaching Empathy Saves Lives

I‘m sure most of you have heard about the abduction of the Wisconsin girl, Jayme. As we’re finding out more & more about it all, it has been told that the man who abducted her had killed a dog and had an obsession with road kill. You see my passion for animals isn’t just about my love for animals, it’s something we should all be paying attention to. Research has proven when children show signs of no empathy for animals and harm them, they most likely are just “experimenting/testing” and will move on to humans. This is why I am so passionate about educating children (and everyone) about how important it is to “pay attention” and teach empathy, kindness, & respect to animals. It could just save a life!

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