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Animal Communication Lagniappe

My first teaching job out of college was in Cut Off, Louisiana: an hour and a half south of New Orleans (pronounced NewAwlins), a tad north of the Gulf of Mexico, thirteen hours south of my hometown Springfield, Illinois, and, culturally speaking, a million and seven miles away from anything I had ever encountered in my life.

While there, I experienced ‘lagniappe’, a Louisiana custom meaning ‘a little extra’, for instance, ordering twelve beignets from Cafe du Monde and receiving thirteen.

This post is a lagniappe, a little extra added to the posts I did earlier this week. Or, to be more pragmatic, you can think of this post as an extended PS.

July 3rd’s post, ‘What You Don’t Know About Plastic Bags‘, talked about the effects of plastic bags on animals and the environment. Synchronicity has sent some more information I’d like to share with you.

From an office window, The Junk Drawer has been monitoring a plastic bag stuck in a tree for 111 days.

I received this YouTube clip from a friend, and was very moved by it. This was filmed in 1992, and shows then thirteen year old Severn Suzuki making an environmental speech at the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development. I am encouraged and heartened by her strength, courage, integrity, honesty and willingness to speak out. When I grow up, I want to be like her.

On July 11, I wrote about Pet Safety in the Home. We had a little after dinner excitement here last night. While cleaning up, I realized the saran wrap I had microwaved the corn on the cob in had disappeared. With a sinking feeling I realized a little earlier I had heard Emmie nosing around in the kitchen. Ugh. Quick call to the vet’s office, and was told she would probably pass it, as she’s such a big girl. However, should she start throwing up, she would need to go to the emergency vet immediately.

Luckily, she is fine today, and I’m recovering.

Now you’ve experienced true-Louisiana-a-la-Minnesota-lagniappe. I hope you enjoyed it!


Janet Roper

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  1. GP July 13, 2008 at 9:49 am #

    what a blessing for both of your recoveries 🙂
    gp in montana


  2. admin July 13, 2008 at 10:09 am #

    Hi GP,
    Yes, we are both doing well today, and I’m much more conscious and aware now when I’m working in the kitchen.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


  3. billie July 13, 2008 at 2:08 pm #

    Glad there was no emergency trip to the vet!

    The Corgis occasionally get into the trash even though we compost almost everything remotely edible!


  4. admin July 13, 2008 at 7:52 pm #

    Hi billie,
    Those puppies know how to get what they want, don’t they? I have a picture in my mind of them strategising….complete with maps, flashlights and reconnaissance.

    I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but here in MN a trip to the emergency vet means ka-ching, ka-ching. It’s cheaper to have my equine vet come to the barn for an emergency and spend an extended time with Shiloh, than to take the cats or dogs into the small animal emergency vet…..Yes, I’m glad there was no emergency vet involved!

    Thanks for stopping by!


  5. Mary Sue Palazzari July 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm #

    Hi, Janet!

    Wonderful info on the plastic we use! Incidentally, do not use plastic in the microwave – not the containers designed for microwaving, nor plastic wrap. Put all food into a microwave-safe bowl, on a dinner plate, or paper plate and cover with either wax paper or preferably paper towel. Plastic gives off a toxin when heated/microwaved, which gets into the food you are heating (and eating!) as well as your living environment.


  6. admin July 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    Hi Mary Sue,
    And thanks for stopping by and commenting! Isn’t it sad that the containers designed for microwaving are truly not ‘microwave safe’? Hmm, maybe a better way to put that is they are microwave safe, but not people safe! We really have to be aware and take care of ourselves, don’t we. Great ideas about microwaving with a paper towel, paper plate or dinner plate. Thanks for sharing.




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