Diet of the Apes

By Kurt Belzer There seems a continual battle of agendas between the vegetarian-vegan community and the carnivorous-omnivorous community about the use of our wild relatives as a template for a natural diet and about what a natural ape diet really comprises. You see, many of us want to believe and prove that the nonhuman apes do not partake in the flesh of sentient animals to justify our bleeding-heart compassion for an ever-disappearing population of those animals. Yet, many want to believe and prove that our brethren of the jungles are as brutal hunters as ourselves to justify our abundant consumption … Continue reading Diet of the Apes

Still Searching

By Kurt Belzer Lisa and I have looked at and struggled to make sense of a variety of claims from different nutritional lifestyle authors and presenters, each declaring the validity of their own dietary belief systems. All in all, this has really developed into a religion among modern contemporaries. Experts, self-proclaimed and otherwise, stand up and detail the hows and whys of their nutritional plans and how it will change lives. All the while insisting that they aren’t selling a “diet” but a “lifestyle” as they seek to build a congregation of followers. In numerous cases one might find references … Continue reading Still Searching

Sweet and Sour

By Kurt Belzer ​Today is the first day of the cherry tree blossoms. We enter into the Spring season short another family member, as we mourn the passing of sweet Amy. Her body has finally failed her but she lives on in our consciousness. It was on this same day and within the same hour, one year ago, that we all said our final farewells to Amy’s special friend and nemesis, Aries. They both played to win but it was also evident that they were meant to be together in their later years and we think it likely that they … Continue reading Sweet and Sour

A Word That Brings Peace

By Kurt Belzer As the year progresses we continue to face life’s challenges. On 17 July 2015, we watched with sober respect as our brave and gentle BuddhaCat journeys into the next plane of his existence, joining with the beautiful BuddhaDog only 28 days hence. For 24 years BuddhaCat graced our world with his small stature and enormous energy. Judged not by the size of his frame but by the greatness of his heart. BuddhaCat was known by many for the smiles and the light that he brought into the lives he touched. His calm and peaceful kindness was always … Continue reading A Word That Brings Peace

Gentle into the Night

By Kurt Belzer Lisa and I have been away from our blog for a time. It has been an eventful Spring season this year. Only days after the spring equinox in late March we lost one of our dogs. The amazing Aries, whom we regularly called “Bacon” for is eating habits, left us with lessons of truth, knowing, and love. We have little knowledge of his life before he came to our family in January of 2012, except that after nine loyal years to his former family, he was left at the Friends of Homeless Animals (FoHA) shelter in Northern … Continue reading Gentle into the Night

Stella, Our Starlight

By Kurt Belzer This is a very special full moon and a very special Valentine’s Day for us. We want to take a moment to give tribute to a truly beautiful and gentle soul. Stella, which is the latin term for star, was every bit a bright light in our lives. Many have been touched by Stella. Her quiet elegance brought inexplicable smiles to the sourest moments. Her soft presence abated even the most hardened passer by. We are honored to have witnessed her life and benefited from her benevolence. She would have been 14 years old today, February the … Continue reading Stella, Our Starlight