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This is my wife’s beloved pug. This is her piece of Maine while we live in Illinois. Besides our daughter, Frank is her pride and joy.
Currently Frank is at the Tri-County Emergency Animal Clinic in Peoria, Illinois because he has 4 kidney stones.
As you can see the stones were lodged in his urethra. The vet was able to flush out three of the stones but 1 is still stuck. This stuck stone has caused a complication that will now require us to take him to the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois to have the surgery performed on Monday. He’s currently staying at Tri-County so that a catheter can be kept in place and he can be monitored.
All of this is going to be very expensive. We are looking at starting at $2,000 to $3,500 just to have him at the University and if they have to get into a more advanced surgery the cost could be more. Plus the cost of having him at the Clinic.
So here’s the thing: I’m laid off from my job as of current and my wife is attending school. As you can imagine finances are a little tight and lucky us, the University (as well as the emergency clinic) aren’t willing to take payments. I’m writing to ask for your help in getting Mr. Franklin Pugglesworth properly treated. If you can donate that would be fantastic! If you can just share this blog I’d appreciate it! I’ll even take positive vibes- anything to bring my wife a happier Mother’s Day. I hate seeing her cry.
Any help in any way would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your time.
“This is why we shouldn’t keep animals in zoos!” -D.S. Gagnon
Yes I actually said this out of frustration while trying to figure out the DVD player…
“I do not particularly like the word ‘work.’ Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living, but people work like crazy, thinking that they have to in order to stay alive. The bigger the job, the greater the challenge, the more wonderful they think it is. It would be good to give up that way of thinking and live an easy, comfortable life with plenty of free time. I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. In such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done.” ― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
Ever notice how squirrels are driving cars, smoking cigarettes and attacking other squirrel countries for oil? Wait-Oh that’s right, only humans are stupid enough to do that. -D.S. Gagnon
Money: We all got it. We all want it. What do we do with it? And what, pray tell, is it?
Money is an invention, kind of like the car, Velcro or the toothpick. Money, like the car, Velcro and the toothpick, is convenient, if you have it. If you don’t have it’s like sitting and picking at your teeth for 45 minutes with your finger nail.
And with that, you’re shuttering.
It’s annoying to have anything stuck in your teeth, isn’t it? Pick up the toothpick and get that piece of food out of your teeth as fast as possible. And that, my dear friends, is where our society, human society, has gotten messed up. We want everything NOW and money has become the vehicle to get what we “want” when we want it, never mind the idea that you may not actually need it. I’ll come back to this.
So, as I keep reaffirming, money is an invention. I’m gonna be one of those people and quote an authoritative book to prove money is invented.
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For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred…and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. – 1 Timothy 6:10
Full disclosure: Whilst I don’t believe in the Bible or any holy book/religion, I do believe that wisdom must be gained from whatever source it so springs.
In early 2012 I started working in a retail store. A local store was bought out by another company and I was hired on.
I began working during the remolding phase: building shelf units, cleaning, stocking and honestly I hated it. Hate isn’t even a strong enough word to describe my utter disdain for it.
Within two days I was ready to quit. But by the third day I began to develop an understanding of why I hated it: I had no idea what I was working for.
I’m sure it would quickly be pointed out that my ultimate goal was to sell products for my company so they could get profit in order to pay my salary-but I couldn’t help but wonder: What’s really in it for me?
A physically painful week later I realized that there was in fact nothing in it for me. In fact, ultimately, working for someone else was counter survival.
Two weeks later I quit.
I’ll explain why in a later post.
A few weeks later I ran into a childhood teacher and we discussed the books I was working on and when discussing this writing project she said: “Money only seems to make survival easier. It hasn’t. It’s made it “convenient”.”
She hit the nail right on the head.
Money is merely a convenience to human survival but it is simultaneously an inconvenience. If you don’t have money it’s incredibly hard to survive in American society.
I once had a conversation with a lady who said she didn’t want to work for nothing-that her pay check showed something of her work.
Now I want you to think about this: A piece of paper with some numbers on it was the fruit of her labor. Doesn’t that just sound dumb?
The fruits of our labor should not be weighed in money, considering that money is an invention. (I’ll get into that later.) The fruits of our labor should be the grain we’ve laid up, the fruits we pluck from the trees we’ve planted and the homes we’ve built with our owns hands.
Here’s something I want you to think about: The economy is in a constant state of flux but you know who isn’t worried about finances? The bird who just built her own nest out of spit and twigs, the vulture out having dinner courtesy of the raccoon you just hit on your way home from “work” and the uncontacted tribes of the Amazon.
Now, while nature is blissfully unaware of banks, the animals, the birds, the trees and the weeds are living and anyone caught up in the world of finance is spending their health in order to gain their wealth, only to spend their wealth to save their health, having never really lived at all.