Romeo … the Wolf

The people of Juneau had mixed feelings about having a wolf hanging around town, playing with their dogs. Why do you think some people enjoyed having the wolf nearby while others wanted it dead?
We have this schizophrenic relationship with wolves. Some people recoil and some people move toward them. I guess it’s a natural fear, since it seems to be somewhere deep in our being—you know, the Big Bad Wolf, the Three Little Pigs, Peter and the Wolf, Dr. Zhivago. Wolves are bad news. That’s the story we have in our heads. But what to do with a social wolf?

This was not the way it was supposed to go between big, wild things and us. Where you get to know an individual, and interact with them on a social level. Where it has no survival benefit for either party, but it’s obviously enjoyable for everyone. I mean, he’d come over to see me once he knew me. And, I mean, I didn’t feed him. And plenty of times, I went out without a dog, and he’d still come over to say hi. He clearly knew individuals. And it’s hard not to call that friendship. I think most people would agree, we can be friends with a dog. But say, well, ‘The wolf was my friend.’ People go, ‘Yeah, sure…’ Well, why not?

That’s what this whole thing was about. The way we relate to the wild. Even people you’d think would know better believed this to be an impossible situation. We’re talking about biologists, wildlife managers. They don’t want that to happen. It’s their worst nightmare. Because they want an animal to remain a faceless resource that can be managed—can be removed, can be shot, can have a radio collar put on, can be studied. They don’t want people to be friends with individual wildlife.

A Wolf Called Romeo Images

Healing resources:

Beauty After Bruises

Irene Lyon  – her older youtube videos are really excellent

Tanya Markul on Instagram, also goes by ThugUnicorn.  Beautiful life-poetry.

Abramaham-Hicks – countless YouTube videos and many books.  Completely altered my perspectives.

– You Are The Placebo, Dr Joe Dispenza
– Braiding Sweet Grass, Robin Wall Kimmerer
– The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben
– Mary Oliver … everything she’s written!

~~~ Be Love

This Morning I Watched the Deer
By Mary Oliver, from Why I Wake Early (2004)

This morning I watched the deer
with beautiful lips touching the tips
of the cranberries, setting their hooves down
in the dampness carelessly, isn’t it after all
the carpet of their house, their home, whose roof
is the sky?

Why, then, was I suddenly miserable?

Well, this is nothing much.
This is the heaviness of the body watching the swallows
gliding just under that roof.

This is the wish that the deer would not lift their heads
and leap away, leaving me there alone.

This is the wish to touch their faces, their brown wrists—
to sing some sparkling poem into
the folds of their ears,

then walk with them,
over the hills
and over the hills

and into the impossible trees.

Why I Wake Early – Mary Oliver

Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and crotchety–

best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light–
good morning, good morning, good morning.

Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.


Cohabiting with wild animals is tricky.  I figure WE are the invader. Humanity has decimated wildlife habitats.  It becomes a balancing act. Live traps,  making an area inaccessible or undesirable are our methods for dealing with anything we don’t want in certain areas.  To me, every creature except humanity, is attuned with this planet we call home.  They live in balance.  There is an ebb and flow with their existence.  A grace, a purity of spirit.  To make long eye contact with a squirrel or deer or fox or any animal, wild or domestic, is to see a soul that makes mine hunger to merge with that shining light within them.  They are truly authentic, without artifice.  The have humor, sadness, joy,  quirkiness … a vast array of emotions, as we do.

Be Love ~

Repeating this beautiful poem …

Sleeping in the Forest
By: Mary Oliver

I thought the earth
remembered me, she
took me back so tenderly, arranging
her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds. I slept
as never before, a stone
on the riverbed, nothing
between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated
light as moths among the branches
of the perfect trees. All night
I heard the small kingdoms breathing
around me, the insects, and the birds
who do their work in the darkness. All night
I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling
with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.


Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address

The Words That Come Before All Else~~

Today we have gathered and when we look upon the faces around

us, we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the

duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living

beings. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give our

greetings and our thanks to each other as People.

Now our minds are one.

We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all

that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon

her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from

the beginning of Time. To our Mother, we send thanksgiving, love,

and respect.

Now our minds are one.

We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our

thirst, providing us with strength, and nurturing life for all beings.

Water is life. We know its power in many forms — waterfalls and

rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans, snow and ice. We are

grateful that the waters are still here and meeting their

responsibility to bring life to all of Creation. With one mind, we

send our greetings and our thanks to the spirit of Water.

Now our minds are one.

We turn our minds to all of the Fish life in the water. They were

instructed to cleanse and purify the water. We are grateful that they

continue to do their duties, and that we can still find pure water. So

we send to the Fish our greetings and our thanks.

Now our minds are one.

Now we turn toward the vast fields of Plants. As far as the eye can

see, the Plants grow, working many wonders. They sustain many

life forms. With our minds gathered together, we give our thanks

and look forward to seeing Plant life continue for many

generations to come.

Now our minds are one.

When we look about us, we see that the berries are still here,

providing us with delicious foods. The leader of the berries is the

strawberry, the first to ripen in the spring. Can we agree that we

are grateful that the berries are with us in the world and send our

thanksgiving, love, and respect to the berries?

Now our minds are one.

With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we

harvest from the garden who feed us with such abundance. Since

the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans and fruit have

helped the people survive. Many other living beings draw strength

from them as well. We gather together in our minds all the Plant

Foods and send them our greetings and our thanks.

Now our minds are one.

Now we turn to all the Medicine Plants of the world. From the

beginning they were instructed to take away sickness. They are

always waiting and ready to heal us. We are happy that there are

still among us those special few who remember how to use these

plants for healing. With one mind we send thanksgiving, love, and

respect to the Medicines, and to the keepers of the Medicines.

Now our minds are one.

We gather our minds together to send our greetings and our thanks

to all the Animal life in the world, who walk about with us. They

have many things to teach us as people. We are grateful that they

continue to share their lives with us and pray that it will always be.

Let us put our minds together as one and send our thanks to the


Now our minds are one.

We now turn our thoughts to the Trees. The Earth has many

families of Trees who have their own instructions and uses. Some

provide us with shelter and shade, others with fruit, beauty and

other useful things. The Maple is the leader of the Trees, to

recognize its gift of Sugar to the People when they need it most.

Many people of the world use a Tree as a symbol of peace and

strength. With one mind, we send our greetings and our thanks to

the Tree of life.

Now our minds are one.

We put our minds together as one and thank all the Birds who

move and fly about over our heads. The Creator gave them the gift

of beautiful songs. Each day they remind us to enjoy and

appreciate life. The Eagle was chosen to be their leader, and to

watch over the world. To all the Birds — from the smallest to the

largest — we send our joyful greetings and our thanks.

Now our minds are one.

We are all thankful to the powers we know as the Four Winds. We

hear their voices in the moving air as they refresh us and purify the

air we breathe. They help us to bring the change of seasons. From

the four directions they come, bringing us messages and giving us

strength. With one mind, we send our greetings and our thanks to

the Four Winds.

Now our minds are one.

Now we turn to the west where our grandfathers, the Thunder

Beings live. With lightning and thundering voices, they bring with

them the water that renews life. We bring our minds together as

one to send our greetings and our thanks to our Grandfathers, the


Now our minds are one.

We now send our greetings and our thanks to our eldest Brother,

the Sun. Each day without fail he travels the sky from east to west,

bringing the light of a new day. He is the source of all the fires of

life. With one mind, we send our greetings and our thanks to our

Brother, the Sun.

Now our minds are one.

We put our minds together to give thanks to our oldest

Grandmother, the Moon, who lights the night‐time sky. She is the

leader of women all over the world, and she governs the movement

of the ocean tides. By her changing face we measure time, and it is

the Moon who watches over the arrival of children here on Earth.

With one mind, we send our greetings and our thanks to our

Grandmother, the Moon.

Now our minds are one.

We give our thanks to the Stars who are spread across the sky like

jewels. We see them at night, helping the Moon to light the

darkness and bringing dew to the gardens and growing beings.

When we travel at night, they guide us home. With our minds

gathered together as one, we send our greetings and our thanks for

the Stars.

Now our minds are one.

We gather our minds together to greet and thank the enlightened

Teachers who have come to help us throughout the ages. When we

forget how to live in harmony, they remind us of the way we were

instructed to live as people. With one mind, we send our greetings

and our thanks to these caring Teachers.

Now our minds are one.

Now we turn our thoughts to the Creator, the Great Spirit,* and

send our greetings and our thanks for all the gifts of Creation.

Everything we need to live a good life is here on Mother Earth. Let

us pile up our thanks like a heap of flowers on a blanket. We will

each take a corner and toss it high into the sky. So our thanks

should be as rich as the gifts of the world that shower down upon.

For all the love that is around us, we gather our minds together

as one and send our choicest words of greetings and thanks to the


Now our minds are one.

We have now arrived at the place where we end our words. Of all

the things we have named, it is not our intention to leave anything

out. If something was forgotten, we leave it to each individual to

send their greetings and their thanks in their own way.

Now our minds are one.