By Patricia Jepsen
How to Live Happily with All Life
(2002, 6" x 9", 117 pages, perfect bound,
Illustrated by Kimberley Hevesy (40
illustrations, 6 photos)
Circle of Life
is related. I mean EVERYONE. That is the way
we were made...like cousins, uncles, sisters
and brothers. I like to think of everyone as
family. I'll give you an example of what I am
you are seeing one of the dog people in front
of you. (I call them "people," you may not.
But that's okay too.)
pretend you see a dog person and you say,
instead of "dog," UNCLE DOG. See what I mean?
That denotes respect. Or SISTER HORSE. Of
course, when you know their true name--like
mine is Delphi--then you can say SISTER
DELPHI. How does that sound to you? That's the
way you can begin to remember that we are
really a CIRCLE OF LIFE, all connected
together by Grandmother Love. Then no one will
hurt another. We will all get along fine.
talk about smiling for awhile. Keep this in
mind, one smile is worth a lot of frowns.
There is no price on a smile!
think of a better gift to give anybody than
your smile. Can you remember how many times
you have smiled today?
that is really hard to remember--how many
times you have smiled. Do me a favor, will
you? Carry a small notebook--the kind that
fits in your pocket--and for the next three
days, EVERY TIME YOU SMILE MAKE A MARK IN YOUR
NOTEBOOK. That's right, keep a record of your
could have a contest later on to see who can
smile the most. That would be fun, wouldn't
pick anything without permission. And never
cut down a tree--not even for
Christmas--without first asking the tree
itself if it is okay. Sometimes trees want to
stay where they are and don't want to be cut.
is something else you should know...Guess who
might be standing beside the tree when you are
thinking about twisting a branch or cutting it
down? A gnome! And I have to tell you, you
will have a friend for life if you ask
could learn that we are all partners and we
can live together without hurting one another,
that would make Mother Earth very happy.