Sunday, August 12, 2012


My friend, Pat, sent me this message. Pat is an esteemed member of my community and a strong supporter of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

" I was a little dubious at first viewing but last month I had the pleasure of meeting Valerie Hearder in Nova Scotia.  Valerie began African Threads that supports "a dignified income for African women".  She is herself a textile artist and has written several books on quilting—she also designed the scarf for the Grandmother Groups across Canada to wear on the Stride to Turn the Tide walks—a fund raiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.  This pictures came up in discussion and Valerie, who was born in S.A. but has lived in Canada most of her life confirmed that this is a true event as she knows the family involved.".

Lawrence Anthony, a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books including the bestseller The Elephant Whisperer, bravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe from human atrocities, including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo animals during US invasion in 2003.
On March 7, 2012 Lawrence Anthony died. He is remembered and missed by his wife, 2 sons, and numerous elephants.
Two days after his passing the wild elephants showed up at his home led by two large matriarchs. Separate wild herds arrived in droves to say goodbye to their beloved man-friend. A total of 20 elephants had patiently walked over 12 miles to get to his South African House.

Lawrence's wife was especially touched, knowing that the elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well over a year but yet they knew where they were going.


The elephants obviously wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring their friend who'd saved their lives -- so much respect that they stayed for 2 days and 2 nights. Then one morning, they left, making their long journey back home.
When the power of love is stronger than the love of power, only then will the world know peace.

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