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Reni, I am doing great really....
Just commented on your blog.  I appreciate you asking after me, it's sweet.  Thank you.

posted by Temple on September 28, 2005 at 3:12 AM | link to this | reply

Temple--Do hope you are feeling okay...

posted by Renigade on September 27, 2005 at 8:40 PM | link to this | reply

Reni (or is it Junebug :| ? )
Just kidding, I think it's great that you are staying Renigade.  You're right, let them deal with it.  I've read and commented so little lately.  Yes, the fuzzies are the BEST.  Unlimited laughter, kisses, playtime....I don't know what I would have done without them....especially in the dark times. :) 

posted by Temple on September 27, 2005 at 1:13 AM | link to this | reply

jacenta
How sweet of you to say that.   Thank you for saying that and for reading.  I think so many of us care and work hard to keep up the good fight, as they say. :)

posted by Temple on September 27, 2005 at 1:10 AM | link to this | reply

Temple--Nice to have the "fuzzies" around, huh?

posted by Renigade on September 26, 2005 at 8:28 AM | link to this | reply

As much as I appreciate the thought...
maybe you should keep those math vibes - you are even more mathmatically challenged than I am......peace.

posted by jimmy68 on September 26, 2005 at 8:26 AM | link to this | reply

Temple,
You are such a blessing yourself, because you care!

posted by jacentaOld on September 26, 2005 at 4:18 AM | link to this | reply

I know Jimmy, it's making me bonkers not to be writing.
I'm working on it.  I left you a comment in your blog.  I should have something up soon though.

posted by Temple on September 26, 2005 at 3:26 AM | link to this | reply

Hey there...
post a bit more often why don't you...or are you computer poor right now? Anyways, peace...

posted by jimmy68 on September 25, 2005 at 10:01 PM | link to this | reply

Spitfire, it's just so frustrating that there isn't more I can do.
But, I think you know that feeling.  It always seems to come down to money -- which sucks beyond measure.  Hopefully Rita won't leave 10s of thousands more animals in need of rescue because, frankly, we might not be able to handle it -- on the human and the animal front.  You'll be fine in a week or so...you'll see.

posted by Temple on September 22, 2005 at 4:13 PM | link to this | reply

Temple,
It's good to know there are people helping the animals in need, forgotten, unintentionally abandoned, lost, and scared. As you know, I was planning to go up there in a week and a half, but since my injury, it doesn't look like I will make it. Maybe next time; even though I pray there isn't a next time. Anyway, thanks for all you're doing to help.

posted by SpitFire70 on September 22, 2005 at 12:34 AM | link to this | reply

Temple
Good for you.  I just found out today, thanks to the terrific, warm comment you left me earlier, what an animal lover you are, and now I've read this.  Animals would terribly shortchanged in this world if it wasn't for people like you.

posted by Lensman on September 18, 2005 at 5:40 PM | link to this | reply

Temple, everytime I think
about the animals, it makes me cry.  And the people, I've never seen such a tragedy.  Never. I couldn't even imagine something that horrible. But, there are many of us out there who feel this way, and we are trying to help. That says a lot about the little people.  We are the heart and soul in this nation.  Great post!

posted by Flumpystalls3000 on September 18, 2005 at 8:49 AM | link to this | reply

Offbeat....
What better thing can do for people, for a friend, than bring hope?   It is so hard to bring outselves up again sometimes, but I'm glad to have been able to thus far. :)

posted by Temple on September 16, 2005 at 1:32 AM | link to this | reply

Temple
This post has left me full of hope! Swimming in the sea of graditude, I like that! Your writing is strong and it makes me stronger knowing how hard it is sometimes to pull ourselves back up. You really have come a long way baby!!

posted by Offy on September 16, 2005 at 12:54 AM | link to this | reply

interesting perspective, mystic
Maybe some are....but no one is really all that happy about losing friends, maybe family, their home, and possibly moving to a city they don't like or can't afford.  Plus all the little things you love like pictures and sentimental things.  I have been there twice to different degrees, I'll be more than grateful for never having to do it again! 

posted by Temple on September 14, 2005 at 9:07 PM | link to this | reply

Interesting post ...
I think if I had survived the hurricane, i'd be grateful for a chance to make a new start ...

posted by fwmystic on September 14, 2005 at 7:03 PM | link to this | reply

jimmy, I'm glad you are grateful....you are so busy sometimes that keeps...
...people from appreciating the little things.  I'm still rebuilding...in transition...so some things will be tough for a while.  I really am well.  I'm worried about Jen, of course.  I love her to pieces.  I mentioned this I think to you in an email, and I will post soon about it.  But, really, I am well.  You take care as well.

posted by Temple on September 14, 2005 at 12:44 AM | link to this | reply

Cass, it's not easy to find gratitude sometimes, I understand.
Especially when we hurt, or see someone we love hurting.  But, if you find a way to start with the littlest things that make your life safer, comfortable, special, and bring them into yourself, you can have gratitude woven into your internal fabric.  Then, when someone is hurt, or you are hurt, you automatically still can rely on those blessings.  It takes time and effort, and isn't foolproof, but it lifts your burdens sometimes.  Most times.  You've complimented my imagery before..and I learned that it's connected to my gratitude.  I began learning gratitude in part by appreciating the things that made me safe, sensory things....what touched my skin, what I ate, things I smelled like lavender (good calming scent).....it developed into describing it.  Eventually, I realized that sometimes, it's just those little things....my soft white bed, foamy milky warm tea, a hot shower filled with yummie lavender and peppermint smells, a clean house...that sometimes set me in a place where I feel at ease, safe.  A spring board to start from.  And something not everyone has....clothes of their own, a safe place, comfort, food they choose.  As hard as my days can be, the inner fabric of gratitude has this one because I know some of what those people feel, a tiny portion.  I have to figure out rent, sure, but I have a place to pay it on that's safe and mine and clean.  I have nothing to be ungrateful for.  It's a thinking shift, happiness and sorrow are in the mind.  You can do it, too, because you are so amazing and goal driven.  Let the little things in, and be a little easier on yourself.  xow

posted by Temple on September 14, 2005 at 12:38 AM | link to this | reply

Libertine, I think you would find a way to keep them with you...

...or at least safe.  I can't imagine those who were careless...or those who had guns to them and had no choice.  I have this great plan, I wish I could fix it.  I'm so excited you have DSL now!  As soon as I'm out from under we'll have to catch up.

posted by Temple on September 14, 2005 at 12:24 AM | link to this | reply

Benzinha, I guess you are right, but sometimes it seems overwhelming.

I wish that I could give love and light personally to all, do something myself, give something of myself in every situation.  But, I am not the only one who feels this way, you are right...we are the holders of love and the spreaders of light and we are an army of many.  I do remember those old songs, and the sentiment they wove within them.  It is alive now in me, and you, and it's up to us to keep it that way. 

posted by Temple on September 14, 2005 at 12:22 AM | link to this | reply

word.smith
Yes, I was really happy with the quote, too.  I'm glad you liked it.  Gratitude doesn't always come to us, I'm glad you have found it. :)

posted by Temple on September 14, 2005 at 12:19 AM | link to this | reply

billy cargo
I'm a bit late on this, but I hope you're feeling better.  I never knew there was such a thing as bad beer.  Maybe next time if it's hard to drink, don't choke it down, eh? ;) 

posted by Temple on September 14, 2005 at 12:18 AM | link to this | reply

I too am grateful, every day, for the little things I have in my life...
without grattitude I would be stricken with madness, been there done that...Sounds like things are tough in some ways for you...I really hope you are well. Take care Temple...

posted by jimmy68 on September 12, 2005 at 6:20 PM | link to this | reply

Gratitude. So simple an emotion and yet so difficult for some of us to acquire. Me included. You write about it so beautifully.

posted by Ca88andra on September 12, 2005 at 3:04 AM | link to this | reply

Temple
I can definitely relate.  I look into those big brown eyes and think how lucky we are.  I can't imagine having to look into those eyes and tell them that I'm being forced from my home, and I have to leave them to starve to death, or worse.  So sad.  I'm glad you're able to help.  We have a couple of officers down in N. O. now, and people in Houston helping with all the animals who have ended up there.....Did I tell you that I will have DSL in 2 days?  That is assuming I figure out how to install it!  

posted by Holy_Grail on September 11, 2005 at 6:52 PM | link to this | reply

Temple, sure there's enough love and light. I see it everywhere, so much

love, such bright shining light. You can't truly think that there isn't enough around. Not really.We the people are the holders of love, the spreaders of light and it is not our government's job to do this. Good thing, too, as they cannot figure out how to do it and therefore should not be allowed to try. They should just handle the mechanics of our democracy and we all will handle to rest of it.

"We are the world, we are the children"...and all those old songs. "Lean on me, when you're not strong, I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on..." Remember? And how about, "He ain't heavy, he's my brother..." Love Train and Get on Board and and and and and.........good songs, good sentiments, people looking out for and caring for people. We the people are doing a pretty good job with the ball now that we've picked it up and are running with it, I think.

posted by benzinha on September 11, 2005 at 12:16 PM | link to this | reply

Temple,

Your thoughts were beautifully expressed. I am reminded of all I have to be grateful for as well. That quote from Melody Beattie was well chosen.  

posted by word.smith on September 11, 2005 at 12:06 PM | link to this | reply

I honest to god think it was a bad beer I had last night...it was so
hard to choke it down.

posted by FreeManWalking on September 11, 2005 at 10:31 AM | link to this | reply

Glad to hear you've been making a difference. I'm happy to be curled up
at home today too because I'm fevered and sick.

posted by FreeManWalking on September 11, 2005 at 10:30 AM | link to this | reply

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