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In a previous blog post, we discussed and examined the age-old issue of “Why did the Chicken Cross the Road?”

Well, now we have a new question.

Why do toads, frogs, and newts cross the road?

Now we have the answer:

Local campaigners have successfully ensured that a road crossed by toads, frogs, and newts will once again be closed for the busiest six weeks of the breeding season.

Charlcombe Lane in Bath, UK, will stay shut until March 25. During this time, thousands of amphibians will venture across the road to reach their breeding lake in a valley below.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has agreed to close the road every spring since 2003. Local volunteers from Charlcombe Toad Rescue Group oversee the crossings and help toads, frogs, and newts get to safety.

How cool is this?

How compassionate is this?

Humans, or at least these humans, care.

Rev. William


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A great mind once said the following:

Watch Your Thoughts, They Become Words; Watch Your Words, They Become Actions


Unfortunately, I have been trying to figure out which of the great thinkers said this. I came across many possibilities: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Lao Tzu, Siddhartha Guatama, Margaret Thatcher, Abraham Lincoln, Marcus Aurelius, Mr. Spock, Mohandas Gandhi, Donald J. Trump.


(Ok, so one of the above “great thinkers” is a joke)


Anyway, so since I cannot figure what wise person said this, I have decided to attribute it to “myself.”


But there is a very important issue to consider re: this admonition: “Mind Our Words.” Read the following:


From “Pet” to “Fish”: Are you using Speciesist Language?



“How we Talk about Animals Matters for How They’re Treated”


So, as you read this, consider some of the following:


What is Speciesism?

Speciesist Language


“Pet and Owner”

Fish, and other singular nouns for animals

Farm animals


Respecting Animals


So, just something to think about as we “Mind Our Words.


Rev. William

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From the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine:

Elon Musk’s Cruel Brain Experiments

Since 2017, Elon Musk’s company Neuralink has subjected animals—including monkeys, pigs, rats, and sheep—to invasive, often deadly brain experiments.

Through 2020, the company paid $1.4 million to the University of California, Davis, to use its facilities, where experimenters removed portions of monkeys’ skulls to implant electrodes in the animals’ brains as part of Neuralink’s development of a “brain-machine interface.” Only in 2022, following a public records lawsuit by the Physicians Committee, did the troubling details of these experiments begin to come to light. The company is still conducting experiments on animals at its facilities in California and Texas.


FYI: definition of the term “cruelty” from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

cru·​el [krü(-ə)l] 

1.    Disposed to inflict pain or suffering

2.    Devoid of human feelings

3.    Deliberately causing or conductive to injury, grief, or pain without mercy

4.    Members of the human species who totally lack compassion or mercy to other living beings

5.    Elon [“EE-lon”] Musk

Rev. William

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