While traveling home last week from the pristine, wildlife-rich Antarctic (where less than a century ago some whales were hunted to near-extinction, and climate change now threatens a delicate web of ice and life), Pamelia and I unexpectedly found printed in our U.S. passports this timely quotation from the Mohawk version of the Thanksgiving Address: "We send thanks to all the Animal life in the world. They have many things to teach us as people. We are glad they are still here and we hope it will always be so."
A positive thought to consider this Thanksgiving Day: We humans (species name Homo sapiens, meaning—no irony intended—"wise person") have unlimited potential to learn more from and about our fellow animals (each of which has an extraordinary story and life, but no voice in human decision-making) and to work together to protect their future and habitat as well as ours.
Happy Thanksgiving to all! —Craig Neff and Pamelia Markwood