June 4th, 2007


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Here is yesterday’s Journal entry:

My dog, Sadie will be 18 on July 4 th and she has been a frisky teenager for years. Phil calls her ‘Killer.’ She barks and snaps and never bites.

But two days ago she had two seizures – lying down, running in place as fast as she could, tongue lolling and she lost control of her bladder and bowels. We calmed her and brought her out of it – then looked it up and we did the right thing.

At 70 I’ve been through an endless chain of pets. I harden myself, but Sadie got through my defenses and I love her unconditionally – even tearing as I write that. So since she doesn’t appear to be in pain, we will go through the ‘inconvenience’ of cleaning after her – she stopped asking. We will not put her down to make our lives easier.

I think I said two things that apply to creativity – unconditional love and a willingness to give up convenience.

And I will write about her. I have often said that Sadie is a nickname – Her real name is the Marquis De Sadie.

We called a holistic vet and were treated rudely (too busy for new patients, particularly with something like this.) So tonight we are calling “an intuitive” animal healer. She will talk to Sadie on the phone, through his energy – or like that.

Some other things about creativity - When you’re in a corner, do anything. Disbelieve nothing and trust everything.

Most entries will be shorter, unless they’re not.If you read the New Futures side of the site, you’ll see my most current thinking. Here are some quotes on Intuition and an old poem about Sadie.

Useful Quotes

I feel there are two people inside me - me and my intuition. If I go against her, she'll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely.
Kim Basinger

Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once.
Johann Kaspar Lavater

Often you have to rely on intuition
Bill Gates

You must train your intuition - you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide
Ingrid Bergman

Intuition is a combination of historical (empirical) data, deep and heightened observation, and an ability to cut through the thickness of surface reality. Intuition is like a slow motion machine that captures data instantaneously and hits you like a ton of bricks. Intuition is a knowing, a sensing that is beyond the conscious understanding — a gut feeling. Intuition is not pseudo-science.
Abella Arthur

Creative Corner

Sadie Got Away Again

Sadie got away again today
racing round the houses
barking everywhere at once
minding birds and memories of rabbits;
chasing butterflies and building histories
of dogs gone by.

She barks a bluejay up a tree
who dives in full and splendored flight;
tearing through a tall and two-toned pine,
greened in late spring lushness,
finding easy space and freedom
where I see only leaves.

Sadie finally tires of the game,
as grey spring mist, invisible to her,
segues from delicious cleansing pleasure,
to cloying clothes and matted hair
slicked down and tickling my eyes;

She finally comes back home, already dry
and licks my face.
She walks on a twenty foot taut leash
in a world that starts one inch beyond,
away in all directions;
she flies from end to end,
but that was yesterday;
that was not today.

Sadie got away again today and in the fray
her zip line disappeared.
And so today she walks politely,
a mere six feet away from me,
linked by a single shocking pink suspender
to civilized propriety.

Sadie is, today and to the world, a good dog,
and a happy dog,
and a well-trained dog,
a perfect lady, oh so well-behaved.
Yet she knows that she is trapped.

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