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The Whale……

 

I received an email from a good and dear friend this week that really touched my heart. It told the story of animal rescuers helping to save a whale. I knew I wanted to share it with you. But before I did I wanted to make sure the story was accurate. So many of the emails I receive have inaccurate information in them. So I checked snopes.com

The 2005 story is accurate and I was able to trace down the original newspaper article. According to snopes the picture that accompanied the email was unrelated to the story. But I was not going to use that picture anyway. So for my purposes it made no difference.

Following is the email:

 The Whale… 

 If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled  in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her  mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon  Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and  radioed an environmental group for help.

Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. 

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as if she was thanking them.  Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you. And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.

Animals are incredible creatures. They enrich our lives so much and in so many ways and ask for nothing in return. I did a post last year about the health benefits of pets in, April Is Stress Awareness Month.

But it is not just our pets and domesticated animals that enrich out lives; I think it is all animals. I am always enchanted when I see a deer or a hawk. The popularity of zoos indicates how much people are intrigued by and love animals.

Aside from their company and unconditional love animals provide many other benefits to human beings. I am thinking of Seeing Eye dogs and monkeys trained to aid the disabled to cite just a few.

And animals often possess skills we humans do not. For instance, dogs can hear things we cannot. I have also read stories and seen news reports of dogs that can smell cancer before any medical test can detect it. And some cats seem to posses an uncanny ability to know when some one is about to die.

I am also grateful to the men and women who rescue abused animals, and to our safety forces who rescue animals in a burning building or who fall through ice on rivers, like the workers who rescued the whale in the story above.

We are often wont to say how bad off the world is today. There are murders and robberies. There are dictators abusing their citizens. There is bullying.

But there is also an incredible amount of beauty and good in the world. I believe there are more kind and generous people in the world than there are bad or evil; a silent majority, if you will.

We must never forget that, because I believe, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men and women do nothing.”  Edmund Burke

And it is not always the big or splashy good, like someone donating a million dollars. It is the every day acts of ordinary people who go about their daily lives giving, sharing, and loving.

When we live our lives helping others “get untangled from the things that are binding” them we help ensure the triumph of good. A smile. An encouraging word. A helping hand. It really is as simple as that.

If you want to read the full newspaper article of the 2005 whale rescue you can click this link: Daring rescue of whale.

Featured Recipe           The Hunter Egg Sandwich

Today’s recipe continues the series on eggs.

I did not know what to name this recipe. I never had to before. It was just a humble egg sandwich. That’s all it was when my brothers and I used to make this sandwich as kids.

Both my parents worked and on many Saturdays and also during the summer my two brothers and I were often home alone.

I think every one has fried an egg and placed it between two slices of bread to make a sandwich. My brothers and I did that too.

But some where along the way we also made this sandwich. I have thought and thought and thought and tried to remember the origins. I know we are always trying to one-up or out do the other in everything. If someone swam a mile the other had to swim two. If someone ate an onion with their egg sandwich, the other had to do one-up them. I am thinking maybe my Hungarian grandfather may have eaten an egg with an onion. That would be some thing he would have done.

But I really don’t know. Somehow, the tradition got started and this is how we fixed egg sandwiches for years.

And you know something. And you know what. Unintentionally I think we created a masterpiece. They are really very, very delicious.

I don’t know what it is about the mustard, but it just makes the sandwich so fantastic!  It has certainly withstood the test of time.

This is what you will need for 1 sandwich:

1 egg

1 teaspoon butter or oil

1 slice of bread

1-2 tablespoons mustard

1 slice of onion preferable sweet

Optional:

Salt and pepper to taste

Herb – I had some old sprigs of thyme I wanted to try and use up.

Here is what you do:

Melt the butter or heat the oil in a skillet.

Crack the egg open.

When the butter has melted add the egg and cook over low heat untill done.

While the egg is cooking spread about a tablespoon or two of mustard on the bread.

Add the slice of onion.

When the egg is cooked to your liking, carefully remove it from the skillet and place on top of the onion.

All that is left to do is take a bite and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

If you want to make a meal of it, serve it with a salad or a piece of fruit.

And there  you have it. Another inexpensive and delicious meal.

Bon Appetit!!!!

Cost

1 egg                        $0.09             

1 tsp butter               $0.03

1 slice bread             $0.05

1-2 tbspn mustard     $0.14

1 slice of onion          $0.24

Total cost = $0.55
Beat that cost fast food restaurant!!!!!

Quote of the Day

Life is full of beauty. Notice it . Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential.

Ashley Smith

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