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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

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Information about Nyac, one of the hand-holding otters in the video above:
...[O]ne of the last surviving sea otters from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill[,] Nyac came to the Vancouver Aquarium in 1989 as one of the few young survivors of the oil spill. She not only survived the traumatic event, but she overcame incredible odds and became the only known survivor to have successfully had a pup. On November 9, 1993, Nyac gave birth to a healthy female pup, Kipnuk. This event was considered miraculous due to the internal damage she had sustained. During her 20 years of life, she won the hearts of members, visitors, volunteers and staff at the Vancouver Aquarium....

18 comments:

  1. THOUGHTS on LOVE for VALENTINE'S DAY


    "What the heart gives away is never gone ... It is kept in the hearts of others."

    ~ Robin St. John

    "We can do no great things; only small things with great love."

    ~ Mother Teresa

    "Love is something eternal, the aspect may change, but not the essence."

    ~ Vincent van Gogh

    "Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination."

    ~ Voltaire

    "Love is the greatest refreshment in life."

    ~ Pablo Picasso

    "Life is a journey, and love is what makes that journey worthwhile."

    ~ The Marquis de Sade

    " As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart never full of love."

    ~ Khalil Gibran

    " We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."

    ~ Thornton Wilder

    "Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart."

    ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    "Love is never feeling sorry you're obliged to say, 'I'm sorry,' when occasion demands it."

    ~ FreeThinke

    "Love is the willingness to keep giving long after the cost has begun to hurt."

    ~ FreeThinke

    "Neither height, nor depth, nor breadth, nor any other creature can separate us from the Love of God."

    ~ St. Paul


    HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to Mr. and Mrs. AOW and ALL!

    ~ FT

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  2. FT,
    The Marquis de Sade

    He said that? Well! What to say? His reputation certainly doesn't prove that statement.

    I like the one you wrote. Boy, do I know about that one!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you, FT.

    I'm working today, but there may be a lunch party for the students. Homeschool moms can really whip up great goodies!

    Later today, a little something that Mr. AOW ordered will be arriving here. I hope that the delivery comes in time to serve as tonight's dessert!

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  3. FT,
    PS - I was referring to this one: "Love is the willingness to keep giving long after the cost has begun to hurt."

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  4. The gentle sweetness and obvious affection between the otters in the video -- and the many many instances and examples of bonding between members of different species in the animal kingdom gives ample proof of the universal presence of the Love that is Almighty God.

    The degree of respect and affection we show the animals gives an accurate reflection of the condition of our souls -- and a good indication of how well or ill we might treat other human beings.

    The verbal responses from the crowd to the darling display given by the little otters are encouraging, and help dispel some of the dismal thoughts modern politics, Marxist critiques, and Fundamentalist views of religion lead us to hold about the Human Condition.

    The dear little faces of those loving creatures tell us everything we need to know about love. An inability to react with heartfelt enthusiasm would indicate serious -- probably dangerous -- character defects in the cold-hearted observer.

    ~ FreeThinke

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  5. Good morning, AOW.

    No. I have to confess I was pulling your leg when I attributed that to the Marquis. I just wanted to see how wide awake you might be. That comment was really made by "Anonymous."

    Thanks for giving me praise. I was thinking of you when I wrote that, and I do believe it is true. As I know you know all too well, there's a lot more to love than hearts and flowers.

    I hope my little prank may be forgiven? Sometimes I can't help indulging the impish streak I've always had -- even at this advanced age.

    Enjoy your special dessert.

    HVD!

    ~ FT

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  6. "Somebody" must have been listening to Rush Limbaugh in your house, right, AOW?

    SHARI'S BERRIES!

    My, they look beautiful!

    If envy weren't a mortal sin, I'd be envious.

    ~ FT

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  7. I love otters. Their eyes are so sweet.

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  8. Happy Valentines Day to you and the Mr.!

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  9. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY my friend!!..xoxoxoxoxox

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  10. Sea otters, unfortunately, DO NOT win the hearts of those of us who like to eat shellfish, particularly abalone. The otters will move into a large area of coast, eat every single abalone of any size and then move on to the the next area and it may take 30 years or more before the ab population even begins to restore itself. Then the otters swarm back in again. This is why you never see abalone on the market like it was back when otter fur was legal and popular. By protecting the otters our amazingly brilliant Liberals have nearly wiped out the shellfish. They used to have other enemies besides man that kept them in balance with the rest of Nature, but we, unfortunately, put an end to that.

    Oh, the dear little faces. So very cute. So very voracious and predacious. I bet they taste good too. Mmmm, smoked otter. :-)

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and Mr. AOW.

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  11. Happy Valentine's Day to you and Mr. AOW-

    BTW-read your comment at IBA RE:frog boiling in water-
    Thought you would enjoy reading my poem on the matter-
    http://carolmsblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/lukewarm-by-carol.html

    Hugs-
    Carol-CS

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  12. Happy Valentine's Day to you and Mr. AOW. I hope you had a great day together.

    I always enjoyed watching the otters when I go to the zoo or other places where they keep them.

    I remember the video of the animals covered in oil, very sad.

    Debbie
    Right Truth
    http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

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  13. This bears repetition:

    The dear little faces of those loving creatures tell us everything we need to know about love. An inability to react with heartfelt enthusiasm would indicate serious -- probably dangerous -- character defects in the cold-hearted observer.

    ~ FreeThinke

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