Thursday, February 3, 2011
Celebrate a Year of (and for) the Rabbit!
Happy Chinese New Year!
~ Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit ~
Said to be more tranquil than the tumultuous Year of the Tiger we just left behind, this Rabbit Year is predicted to be a year of refinement and taste that will make it good for the arts and culture, while its peaceful, congenial qualities should make it a good year for relationships and world diplomacy (let us hope!)
While Chinese astrologers are forecasting a year that's quiet, positive, inspiring and lanquid, my bunny friend demonstrates the quiet, languid part...
Rabbit Years are considered one of the luckiest in the 12-year Chinese zodiac calendar.
While we wait for all this good luck to come our way, we can welcome and celebrate the Year of the Rabbit by bringing some good fortune to the rabbits themselves, since so many of them are anything but lucky. Slaughtered for their flesh and fur and horribly maimed and abused for cosmetic, drug, and other testing, you can read more about rabbits and their plights here...
The Anti-Vivisection Society's Spring Ahead: Creating a Better World for Rabbits
and then spread a little luck to rabbits (and other critters) by signing the Leaping Bunny Pledge, downloading their cruelty-free shopping guide, and checking out their other resources:
You can also find and donate to charities that don't fund animal testing by visiting the Council on Humane Giving's Humane Charity web site...
May we all enjoy a peaceful, lucky and happy year!
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"