Archive for January, 2009

Go Home, Again.
January 29, 2009

The Winter Monsoon hearts Rainbows.


Go back to the words.

When trusty mountains shake

and lucky stars shudder,

when the compass denounces North

and the Sun forgets to rise,

go back to the Source;

put that crazy-brilliant antenna up

and see what you can catch.

Invite unbridled greatness

to swallow you whole

and spit you out, inspired.

Go back to the child

who dreamt in roy g biv,

who flew with the fairies,

whose dreams came bright and easy,

who can’t wait to see you, again.


And this is the *desert*.


(Poem and photos by Emily Murdoch)

The Prevention Of Equine Cruelty Act Is Reintroduced.
January 25, 2009

Saved from slaughter.

Cloud and Mr. Bean, saved from slaughter.

Photo by Emily Murdoch

All block-quoted material below is courtesy of the Americans Against Horse Slaughter website.

As always, you can help make a difference for America’s horses. Please read on to learn important new information concerning HR503, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008.

 Americans Against Horse Slaughter is a non-funded, grassroots movement comprised of supporters of a federal ban on the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. More about us



January 15th, 2009

The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (HR503) was introduced on Wednesday by House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) andRepresentative Dan Burton (R-IN).  The bill which will ban horse slaughter and the transport of horses to slaughter for human consumption was first introduced in the summer of 2008.  While it had strong bipartisan support and passed out of the Judiciary Committee, time ran out for the 110thCongress.

The swift introduction of HR503 to the 111th Congress indicates just how committed Chairman Conyers is to ending horse slaughter and the brutal conditions surrounding this practice.  HR503 already has 60 co-sponsors in the House and has strong bipartisan support.


“The horse is an American icon, and it is a betrayal of our responsibility to these animals to treat them like cheap commodities and send them across our borders for slaughter”, said Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.


Although the last remaining horse slaughter plants operating in the US were shut down in 2007, the practice continues by transporting our horses to Canada and Mexico where they are brutally slaughtered and their meat is shipped overseas as a delicacy in Europe and Asia.

“There are naysayers who claim we should reopen the US plants rather than seek to ban all horse slaughter.  Clearly, they’ve already forgotten how awful the plants here were,” said Chris Heyde, Deputy Director of Government and Legal Affairs for the Animal Welfare Institute.

Americans Against Horse Slaughter is a non funded, grassroots movement comprised of supporters of a federal ban on the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. People from all walks of life and from all parts of the country have joined together to form AAHS. “We have no other agenda, other than to stop the slaughter of American horses. This should not be a political issue but one of humanity,” said Shelley Abrams, one of the co-founders of AAHS. 

To join the movement and help end the suffering of hundreds of thousands of American horses or for more information, please join

January 14, 2009

God was here!


this is not a destination,

but a journey.

this is not about perfection,

but improvement.

this is not a creative act

but one million creative acts

put together just so,

the picture painted.

this is not a way of thinking

but of seeing.

this is not a random act,

but art in waiting.


Beauty is the night.


(Poem and photos by Emily Murdoch)