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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Cooperating to Achieve Common Goals

Bow and I help each other. There are things he cannot do as well as I can. There are things I cannot do as well as he can. His fine motor skills for opening a plastic bottle of soda water are not as good as mine. But when a sliding glass door gets a little stuck in its track, it is Bow who helps me.

We help each other.

Each day is a new day. Each evening the sun sets again. And in the morning it rises.

We are fairly insulated out here in the country. There's a bird's nest right in front of my entrance door on a wild rose bush, and a single blue egg inside it.

This morning it was raining, and I checked on the nest.

There are wood violets and mayapples blooming in my woods.

Every new bloom is an offer of fruit to come.

Swallowtail butterflies flutter right in front of me.

They are so fragile, but they feel safe on my land.

All is calm and peaceful here. But that does not mean that I am unaware of the rumbling in the distance. US Fish & Wildlife, by declaring domesticated chimpanzees an endangered species, have effectively nationalized private chimpanzees, without a single law having been passed. They are now going after a female chimpanzee named Candy in Louisiana, because she has no other chimpanzee companions. Human companionship is discounted. Family feeling does not matter to them.

If they come for Bow, who will stand up for him and me?

When they came for Logan Marr, to take her away from her mother and give her to the woman who killed her, nobody stood up for her. My musical with Daniel Carter, The Debt Collector,  has a subplot inspired by the story of Logan Marr.

Today is April 19, the twenty-third anniversary of the Mt. Carmel Massacre. Who stood up for the Branch Davidians when the ATF came for them?

When you live in the country, you get used to a slow tempo and quiet everyday events, like this sweat bee that walks from one dogwood flower to another, not even bothering to fly.

The dogwoods are lovely at this time of year.

In the woods, blue-eyed grass is blooming.

But all of this is a very delicate balance of nature that will be disturbed by the arrival of boots on the ground that have no respect for property rights. Because there can be no liberty without property, just as no flower can bloom without soil to grow in.

Bow and I help each other. But if they come for us, we will need much more help than that. What can you do? At the moment, it would help if you bought and read my books and left reviews, and left comments on my blogs showing your support. It would also help if you vote libertarian in the national and local elections. Because liberty is a delicate flower. And we need your help.


  1. No one should take chimpanzees in a nurturing environment away from their owners. Considering how deplorable some zoos and sanctuaries are run, what makes people think these are better options. Besides, Bow was born among humans, and I think perhaps at this point would he even want to be around other chimpanzees. It might cause too much trauma for him.

    1. Hi, Julia. Thank you for understanding. It means a lot.

  2. I can't imagine you and Bow being separated. You and he and Sword are truly a family. He also has many wonderful friends such as Laurence and the lady that brings him pickle ice.

    1. Thanks, Nelda, for your kind words. Yes, we are a family, and I aim to keep it that way. And Bow does have some wonderful friends here, too.