For All of Us

Hail Brave Hearts

The winter is upon us, glistening.  White snow falls softly, with blessings.  Good cheer awaits those joyful hearts, as the spirit moves us in generous ways.  A joyful time.

The quiet of wintertime soothes our souls.  The merriment of song, fills the world.  Hopeful and happy, like squirrels gathering nuts, we hurry and scurry to gather our collections.  Hoarding our gifts to bring delight, to those most dear to us, oh Holy Night.  Soon will be a gift of finery so rare, song and praises, fill the air.  Copy the moment, all of the delight, majesty, wonder, goodwill to us all.

Hopeful are we, of an expectation already granted, enchanting, adoring, love.

We decorate and adorn ourselves, to express the riches, of earthly gratitude and acceptance.   The skies are sparkling with brightness and fill the world with glittering light.  Wish upon these wondrous stars, the heavens bring glory to us.

Soon, in the quiet moments of the night, will a life of great joy, enter our world.  Inspiration, love, happiness and cheer.  Animals, softly speaking, reminding us, this is for all life.  All of the Earths creatures are adored and witness this special life.   Why such a lowly birth?  Surrounded by beasts who witness this life, humanity touches all of them.  Humanely treat these affectionate creatures, they too are part of the glorious host, invited to share as witnesses.

Not just angels, not just maji, not just shepherds and humans, but sheep, camels, donkeys and cows.  The Earth has so many creatures to care about.  They celebrate with us, oh mighty human, they belong to us, for us to care for, all throughout our lives.  This is the message as well.

Love each other all of your lives.  The animals were invited as well.  This is not an accident that the birth is so lowly, but divine intervention to show us the way.  How to treat the eternal wonder of the world.  The heavenly hosts sing in praises, the Earthly creatures welcome with gladness.  Song and joy fill the air. Humanity for us all.   All of creation is important and must be protected.  All welcome, to this glorious birth.  All are welcome to the joy and gladness, to share in the celebration of a gift of life to all life forms.  Precious and compassionate, humane and loving, all of the Earth sing with joy.

Joy to this Earth, to the great planet of creation.  Joy to the creatures who dwell upon it.  This is the holy time of sharing and caring.  This is the time of prayer and blessings.  Sing joyously all of you people.  A wonderful event is nearly here.  Dress up your fine table, pull out Christmas cheer, with delicacies reserved only for this time of year.  This is the coveted event that we wait for, to celebrate our Earthly delights gifted to us from the most high.

Joy to you, during this great holiday season.  Joy to you, all of your life.

Written by Dr.  Louise Hayes

November 23, 2018

The Case, page 2

Peace to you almighty human. May you always be wise, with foresight, contemplation, care and giving. May you always look to the legacy of our cultural treasures with affection.
Our national heritage is a varied and diverse treasure. Stately homes, precious gardens, diverse landscapes, natural resources, intelligence, industry and cultural identity. A past of generosity, of peace, sharing and prosperity. It comes from work, from intelligence and from tenacity.
The land was productive, it enticed the farmer. Immigration was encouraged to a colony needing settlers, pioneers, homesteaders and farmers.

William Miller of Pickering Ontario was such a person. Straight from Scotland, he brought with him a desire for farming in 1839 and began a family business of farming including sheep. One of the breeds he brought to Canada was the Shropshire sheep. A sturdy, productive animal with a good woolen coat and good meat. Straight from the British Iles to the farmlands of Canada, four generations of the Miller family raised, traded, imported, sold and bread Shropshire sheep. A Canadian legacy in family farming that has lasted more than 170 years. In that time, the Canadian breeders have developed a strain of animal that has become the Canadian heritage breed of Shropshire sheep.

https://www.rbst.org.uk/sitemanager/uploads/ck_files/files/Shropshire%20-%20Fact%20Sheet(1).pdf

A fine and commendable achievement for a farmer of skills and intelligence. A breeding stock of superior animals to call his own. A family farm of such cultural legacy that it becomes a National Historic site.

http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=9632

More than 170 years of raising a heritage breed. Bloodlines, genetics, registries. record keeping. The meticulous work of selective breeding, preservation and control. Only the best, the finest, the purest strain of the stock. The constant attention, the details. For more than 170 years the perseverance to establish a blood line of genetically superior animals.
The Shropshire sheep is only a sheep, but for Canadian cultural heritage, these are ours. A rare breed of carefully selected genetics, which prove the sustainability of a lifetime of pioneering and generations of careful animal husbandry. Carefully selected animals, carefully selected genetics, perfect coats, perfect specimens, good meat. Sheep that eat grass, not grain, in a Canadian environment of long winters and heavy snowfall. An unusual diet in an animal that eventually lost their popularity to their grain fed counterparts. A small flock of significant cultural heritage. A flock of genetically pure animals of 170 years of Canadian farming history. A rare breed in Canada. A significant achievement in Canadian farming history.
The family farm has been our cultural history for hundreds of years. It has brought settlers and pioneers by the thousands to Canada to call this country home and to build a great colony and a great nation. The strength and fortitude of these skilled experts has carved a farming niche in a country of wild, wooded land.
There are a few significant examples remaining in our country, but 170 years is one of the longest surviving farms in this nation and the strain of livestock that it produced is cultural heritage as well.
Which takes us back to the Shropshire sheep and our case. Page 2
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
November 24, 2013

The Case. page 1

Peace, almighty human. May you be forever the great peace maker, the negotiator, the wise and the brilliant.
The mighty planet sighs and heaves up yet another magnificent tree from such a tiny seed. Nurture and care, almighty ones, the tiny seed contains the life form, the genetic pattern, the strength and endurance to send a huge tree climbing to the sky. A genetic patterning as individual as animal life.
A stand of aspen trees all come from the same source, but each one will be a different colour of green, the leaves turn at different times and the wind blows them to the ground on different days. The trees themselves are part of the life giving force of the planet. The air that we breathe.
We protect our environments and it protects us. The oxygen that the trees produce, saves us.
The wild predator in the great land, saves us. Don’t venture out alone, brave human, it calls to our senses. We don’t and our numbers protect us from the dangers of the wild landscape and the predator has saved us.
The awesome wonder of a special place, protecting a rare flower, we save this. Saved for its unique biological significance. Saved for it’s special contribution to our eyes, its ecosystem, the unique life forms that might depend on it. Saved for it’s beauty, it’s rarity. But saved!
We view the environment as our responsibility to protect, not just for the preservation of the land and it’s inhabitants, but for our survival as well. We protect an ecosystem, with it’s unique biodiversity, because our common sense, our intelligence, our heritage and our education direct us to do so.
The wild, to protect the great wild.
Another animal comes forward and calls to the wind. I am lonely! Another animal on the list of rare, vulnerable or endangered species. Hear us mankind, our numbers decline and the list increases rapidly.
As environmentalists and conservationists we respond with gifts and lobbying for the great wild. It is our home, our legacy and our national treasure.
But treasures come in different forms. As preservationists of cultural integrity, of architecture, of history, the case to save the bio diversity of environments and animal life has always been of imperative urgency. This is what we love. It is beauty to us. It is our dignity and our soul.
Bio diversity is key. It comes in many forms. A multi cultural nation, environmentally diverse regions, the intelligence to work together to save it all.
So now, we come to the case. The family farm.
Historically the homestead and the family farm are the backbone of the country. Early settlers came here with the hopes and dreams of life in a new land and prosperity from the family farm. They brought with them their own breeds of livestock. Hearty animals that could survive the journey, the different land and climate. Heritage breeds of now Canadian animals, that also need our ears. The case is a heritage breed called the Shropshire sheep.

http://shropshiresheep.org/news-on-cfia-slaughter/
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
November 23,2013