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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"Lovers..." Bettejo Dux

Bettejo Dux has lived  on the Cosmic island  Garden Island
of Kaua'i over 30 years. She is a weekly columnist in the local
newspaper (The Garden Island News) and is a published author
of the Novella "The Scam." Order your copies below.



I’m stuck on the love boat. The emotion is such a powerful one it can be applied to anything. For an example: I love tomato soup. I mean, I  love it. So does my digestive system. So do my taste buds. With my  lovable Vita-Mix I can build a  tomato soup that never tastes the same way twice.

Those are my taste buds talking, In my new book, Children of  the Extinction, the kids do a lot of eating and, as I sit at my computer, I get a raging case of the munchies. Good thing I enjoy non- fattening snacks.

There are loves that strike my ears, too. I love Gaite Parisienne and Joan Baez . I love  harps and  pipes and the song of the birds.  The screech of the parrot,  the thunder of a peacock’s voice.

Fragrance?  I love Shalimar. My mother always smelled of Shalimar. Her closets. Her dresser drawers. Her bathroom. Your could nose her presence a block away.

For the eyes?  I love green plants, tall trees, red  flowers. I love blue skies, grey skies, gold skies in the morning, red skies at night. I love moon glow, star shine and rainbow glitter. Ever seen a moon rainbow? ‘They’ say you’re not an Hawaiian until you've seen one.

‘They’ say los of things.

I love ink on paper. Words. I love the English  language. I love Vonnegut and Thurber and Sandberg.

What do I love to touch the most? My horse’s thick mane, my dog’s silky ears.   I guess, today, what I love  most  are animals.  All animals. The good, the bad and the ugly. A world without animals? Horrors.

I recall a debate as to whether animals have souls. It’s an interesting idea to a devout non-believer-who does not ‘believe’ in souls, but who does know, if there is such a thing, animals have one, too.

Gary Zukov,of all people, one of the finest interpreters of frontier science, believes animals have collective souls. His Seat of the Soul is a “readable , thought provoking (work) on how our perceptions must change dramatically if we are to survive.” If you have a curious, loving mind I hope you find and read it.

What I do know from years of observation? From an open mind that can look and ask questions and not get totally lost in the god/no god thing?  Loving all animals, that’s us, too, is a good idea.. Our closest living relative  is the chimp. We can exchange blood- providing our type is the same, of course- and that, to me, a devout non believer  is a wonderful thing to think.  I love that we’re related to this incredible creature.

I hope all of you reading this will share with me this love. Will love all animals on this planet. Even us guys.

The essence is all about love. The love of life. Be thankful you’re a living thing on such a beautiful planet. Let’s hope greedy,  lesser minds do not destroy it.

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KimoRosen said...

Animals are the best, especially dogs, they have such a spirit of unconditional love to share. I went to the Kaua'i Humane Society yesterday and visited the small dogs for adoption, they all looked at you with that gleam in their eyes of please take me, I'll do anything for you, it was heart-wrenching not being able to take one home, since where I reside we are only allowed one dog...

Deborah Morel said...

Aloha Kimo and Bettejo. Speaking of love...I loved your heart warming story, Bettejo.

KimoRosen said...

I wish Bettejo would read the comments and comment herself, she says she can't get in. I tell her to just comment here, like all of you do.... Oh well.

Harmony Bentosino said...

I like what you said about whether animals have souls. I agree, Betty. As an agnostic, I'm not sure if humans do, but whether we do or don't, I believe it's the same for animals and people.

KimoRosen said...

Harmony, that's your Jewish neshama (soul) speaking. I believe all life has a soul. My dog is the most loving creature i have ever encountered, she at times is in a deeper realm of unconditional love than any human could ever experience. In some ways animals are on a higher consciousness.

Harmony Bentosino said...

Agnostics have the best of both worlds. Anything is possible. Nothing is dogmatic (except our dogs) & we can act as if....This gives us the benefit of ritual & prayer even if we're not sure to whom we are praying.

KimoRosen said...

Good Point H!?