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Life forms

Matt Morgan • Aug 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM

You tiny little life forms

You precious little life forms

Where are you?

The answer? All around us!

A few months ago, our party (this is "Looking for Group" after all) encountered a pretty tough challenge: grief. By understanding the Kübler-Ross Model, we were able to share in our grief and ultimately overcome it. Life really isn't life without death, and as life goes on, so, too, must we, a little wiser and stronger for it.


With the grieving came a promise of great joy. I vowed to find a new life to rekindle the lamp that had gone out. Making the appropriate scans, I boldly present to you: Nyssa.


Nyssa was born in the Erie County Humane Society in April. She's a beautifully-jumbled calico with quite a meow. The name she was given at the Humane Society was Tris, but she has earned her new moniker well. Nyssa is primarily identified as a feminine Greek name meaning "beginning"; however it can also mean "sign" (Hebrew), "friendly faerie" (Scandinavian), "woman" (Arabic), or "end" in Latin. She is certainly all these things, especially with the Latin connotation being a part of the end of Bagheera's story.


If you are considering some companionship in your life, please weigh going to your local shelter and adopting a little one. My experiences were wonderful, the staff very friendly, facility well-kept, and there are still many more cats and dogs that need good homes. Even if you can't adopt right now, you can call and explore volunteering opportunities or make physical donations. A new fuzzy friend could never replace the one you may have lost, but it is a chance for a new set of memories to be formed.


Don't forget that it isn't just the domestic life forms that are precious. With facilities like Back to the Wild so close by, there is much we can do locally to help our wild critters! I'd also urge you to visit that place for yourself and see the hard work put into preserving wildlife of all shapes and sizes. Like the Humane Society, the need for donations of time, skill, money or items is great, so please consider fulfilling parts of their need list as a "thank you." Every kibble counts and seed needed.


On the topic of seeds, putting out a bird feeder is an inexpensive way to draw some tiny little life forms from around your neighborhood to sing, dance, chirp and flit about in an adorable manner. I have one outside my reading nook, and it makes the space quite pleasant. Plus, it's a great cat babysitter (and subsequent screen destroyer if you aren't careful). It may take a few days, but soon the little cheep-cheeps will be happily sopping suet or sundering sunflower seeds. The difference they make is subtle but constant. A chorus of songbirds joining summer cicadas, the lazy breeze rustling the leaves or the sounds of yard work being performed all just makes a neighborhood come together.


To think a feeder and bag of mixed blend can add so much to your enjoyment is really worth the try, wouldn't you say? If $20 can make 50+ birds a day happy for almost two weeks, just imagine what donations to other life form causes can do!


Do you have any adoption stories you'd like to share with others? Perhaps some tips on attracting local birds, or even a noteworthy experience you had at Back to the Wild? Please share them!

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