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The Spirit of Kisses

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When Kisses first set foot in Shangri-La, she walked right into the arms of Butterflies, to whom she was to become one of the most important beings in the world. But even then, she could never have known that she had hit the jackpot; that she was, in fact, one of the most fortunate dogs [...]

People Like You

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The Southern Hemisphere summer is over. It’s the time of year when Gentle World’s volunteers return from Shangri-La, our New Zealand location, back to Hawaii. It’s hard to believe that only one week ago, I was admiring the natural beauty in New Zealand, but I knew then that in a matter of days, I would be [...]

It Must Have Been Lovely

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In October of 1970, as an anthem for the very first Earth Day, American singer-songwriter Tom Paxton wrote a haunting song painting a picture of the planet as it might one day be... devoid of the wonders of the natural world.

The Last Fish

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When I was a child, I was taught that killing fish was supposed to be relaxing. It was a time to bond with family and friends; a game, or rather a sport, called “fishing”.

Phytochemicals: Eating from the Rainbow!

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There are many reasons to include plenty of whole foods in your diet, and high on the list of eye-catching colorful reasons are phytochemicals! The word ‘phytochemical’ literally means plant-chemical. From the deep blue hue of blueberries to the pungent aroma of garlic, phytochemicals help give plants their distinctive colors, smells, tastes and other organoleptic [...]

Phoenix Rising: A Second Chance

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A few weeks ago, we received a phone call from a concerned friend who had found a baby bird, struggling to survive after falling from the nest. This tiny (but feisty) little fighter was covered with ants and just beginning to get her feathers...

A Hen’s Relationship with her Eggs

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During my time working around chickens, there were a number of experiences that changed my perspective on eggs and opened my heart to the hens that laid them. The first started with making a homemade “farm fresh” omelet out of eggs a friend had collected...

What is Pain to a Fish?

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From salmon making the long journey from river to ocean and back, to goldfish swimming circles around a small pond, the inner lives of fishes are a mystery that scientists are only beginning to unravel.

I No Longer Steal from Nature

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written by Al-Ma’arri, blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer born AD 973, died AD 1058. ... You are diseased in understanding and religion. Come to me, that you may hear something of sound truth. Do not unjustly eat fish the water has given up, And do not desire as food the flesh of slaughtered animals, [...]

Organic Growing: Supporting Animal Farms?

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If you're truly interested in organic alternatives to chemical fertilizers, then it's time to start scrutinizing organic growing practices and store-bought fertilizers a bit more carefully.

Creating Magic…

Veganism is not new to me, but my week here has been good for re-evaluating myself. I believe that this violence-free lifestyle results a gentler humankind, which would actually precipitate World Peace if adopted widely.

You Can’t Return to Ignorance

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~ Silvi Burden When I first came to Shangri La, to stay for a week with the people of Gentle World, I had no idea what to expect. I was really nervous about staying with people I had only emailed with beforehand. And in addition: vegans. I had been a vegetarian myself for only two [...]