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“We are sleepwalking towards an age of avoidable crisis,” Oxfam’s chief executive, Barbara Stocking, said. “One in seven people on the planet go hungry every day despite the fact that the world is capable of feeding everyone. The food system must be overhauled.”

Although I have a broken wrist I just had to write a bit here….   Why are so many people so selfish?   How can we go about our daily lives while ignoring the steps we could be taking to alleviate suffering?  I know we all do a little bit to help, but is it enough?  What makes us think we deserve to eat so well (refer to the above) when we could be spending that extra cash on helping someone who is STARVING?

This goes on and on and on….. why should there be professional sports teams?  Why should the players make extreme amounts of money?  Where does that money come from?   And “Corporate Sponsorship” — YIKES!!  Those monies would be much better spent on ecological solutions etc.   Wrist hurts, bye

Belfrey Bats

Here there be Bats (and Dragons, Snakes, Spiders and Squid).  Let’s begin with stories of my early childhood years.  I lived out in the country on 5 acres just outside of the city limits of Wausau.  I spent my days playing with any animals who were available — cows, snakes, turtles, frogs, toads, birds, squirrels, and one horse.  He was the best!  He lived across the street and I would climb up onto the fence by him and he’d come over and I’d hop on his back.  Then he’d just do his usual, eating grass, walking around and I’d spend an hour or so.  Getting down was never much fun, ’cause it was a long way to the ground.  I loved him!

Next were the red belly snakes.  There were so many of them around and one summer I spent a lot of time catching them.   I was so proud of the 15 red bellies I had in a box on the porch.  I’d bring them fresh grass each day (clueless).   Mom found me crying on the lawn the day I let them all out to play and they ran away.  I loved them!  

We had a pasture right next door and cows would show up there each afternoon for a few hours.  I loved to go out there right after lunch and climb the tree and sit up there all afternoon with the cows down below.  I loved them!

There was a dark patch of woods at the bottom of our property and I loved to go in there and sit with a tree and “talk” to the birds and squirrels.   They always told me that everything was going to be fine and that I would be safe because the creator loved me too.   I loved them!

When I became old enough to ride a bike, I found some piles of beautiful gravel that I’d go visit and play around.  Later found out that it was 3M’s property.    The school I went to was a one-room schoolhouse.  The basement was very scary.  We had grades 1-6 in it, about 14 kids total.    I became rather “scrappy” but afraid at the same time.     I did not love any of them!