Robert L. Peters

7 July 2014

It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.

—Confucius


5 July 2014

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

—Confucius


1 July 2014

I am a battery hen. I live in a cage so small I cannot stretch my wings…

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“I am a battery hen. I live in a cage so small I cannot stretch my wings. I am forced to stand night and day on a sloping wire mesh floor that painfully cuts into my feet. The cage walls tear my feathers, forming blood blisters that never heal. The air is so full of ammonia that my lungs hurt and my eyes burn and I think I am going blind. As soon as I was born, a man grabbed me and sheared off part of my beak with a hot iron, and my little brothers were thrown into trash bags as useless alive.”

“My mind is alert and my body is sensitive and I should have been richly feathered. In nature or even a farmyard I would have had sociable, cleansing dust baths with my flock mates, a need so strong that I perform ‘vacuum’ dust bathing on the wire floor of my cage. Free, I would have ranged my ancestral jungles and fields with my mates, devouring plants, earthworms, and insects from sunrise to dusk. I would have exercised my body and expressed my nature, and I would have given, and received, pleasure as a whole being. I am only a year old, but I am already a ‘spent hen.’ Humans, I wish I were dead, and soon I will be dead. Look for pieces of my wounded flesh wherever chicken pies and soups are sold.”

Karen Davis

(Thanks to Chaz Maviyane-Davies for the poster).


23 June 2014

I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance.

Friedrich Nietzsche, (1844-1900)


22 June 2014

In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)


18 June 2014

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)


11 June 2014

The chakata fruit on the ground belongs to all, but the one on the tree is for she who can climb.

Shona saying (Mozambique and Zimbabwe)


7 June 2014

No one who is following an elephant has to knock the dew off the grass.

—Ashanti saying (Ghana)


5 June 2014

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.

—Pablo Picasso


4 June 2014

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.

Paulo Coelho


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