Indigo’s First Day Out In the Big World

See Indigo’s first day out in the big world…

Indigo hunting her first wild prey.
She caught it and ate the whole thing!
She really liked this tree!
Indigo hanging out on a lilac branch.


We found this leaf and she loved it!
Indigo insisted on bringing this leaf back to her home.


She had a wonderful first day out in the big world!

Mantises Dance & Feel the Beat

Mantises feel vibrations…

Praying mantises pick up vibrations around them when they hunt and that is how they find their food.  But they can also pick up vibrations from other sources too.  Here are my Phyllocrania paradoxa(Ghost Mantises) when they were “younger” listening a psychedelic music video…


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Your Inspiration For 20 March 2017

Here is some inspiration to kickstart your day. Hello Spring!

spring 2017

Isaiah 41 4


Your Inspiration For Sunday 19 March 2017

Some inspiration to kickstart your Sunday…


Each step may seem to take forever, but no matter how uninspired you feel, continue to follow your practice schedule precisely and consistently. This is how we can use our greatest enemy, habit, against itself.


The future is now. It’s time to grow up and be strong. Tomorrow may well be too late.
Neil LaBute

chaffer-word of the day


New Mantises

A Mantis friend of mine from Chicago had some mantises up for adoption and I said I would like them.  My best friend lives out in Chicago and she said she would take them in the interim and bring them out the next time she comes home.  I now have six.  They’re four males and they’re called Pseudempusa pinnapavonis or peacock mantis.   They’re elderly and almost at the end of their lifecycle.  They’re considered an exotic species here in the US and not a lot of people have them.  At first glance, they just look like any ordinary mantis. Brown in colour and plain. But only until they pull their threat pose.  This is a large praying mantis species originally comes from south of China and Indonesia.

Adult female of Peacock mantis (Pseudempusa pinnapavonis) in the photo has really outstanding threat pose showing two eyespots and bright colouring. One of the best threat displays ever seen. You can clearly see here where this species really gets its name from.


Your Inspiration For 18 March 2017

Some inspiration to kickstart your day…


If we allow ourselves to relax and take a mental step back, we can begin to recognize that all these different thoughts are simply coming and going within the context of an unlimited mind, which, like space, remains fundamentally unperturbed by whatever occurs within it.
– Mingyur Rinpoche


The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.  If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!” Proverbs 11:30-31


Inspiration for the Day: Notice your thoughts coming and going.

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The Influence of A Wife & Mother

As Christian women, we have a great influence in the lives of our husbands and children. We must never forget the importance of our job here at home. Those around us may try to persuade us that our position of wife and mother is measly, piddly, and of no significance. However, this is not truly the case at all. While society’s mindset, and even the mindset of much of the church, has changed, we must keep the mind of our Heavenly Father, who values motherhood and the raising of children, and also our role of supporting our husbands in the home.

Let us be reminded of the former mindset of our Christian predecessors by these quotes from J.R. Miller. J.R. Miller was a Christian author and pastor who lived from 1840-1912.

A true wife makes a man’s life nobler, stronger, grander, by the omnipotence of her love ‘turning all the forces of manhood upward and heavenward.’ While she clings to him in holy confidence and loving dependence she brings out in him whatever is noblest and richest in his being. She inspires him with her courage and earnestness. She beautifies his life. She softens whatever is rude and harsh in his habits or his spirit. She clothes him with the gentler graces of refined and cultured manhood. While she yields to him and never disregards his lightest wish, she is really his queen, ruling his whole life and leading him onward and upward in every proper path.”
“Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is placed in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse into the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it’s soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,–she would see that in all God’s world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her.

You can purchase J.R. Miller’s excellent book on the family here.

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