Am I the only one who thinks the photo of the Ikea monkey is really sad? He looks so cute and little and lost and probably scared…and monkeys should not be pets, and that makes me worry about his present and future well-being.

Just me? Just me.

NOT just you. Sheesh. It’s like we’ve never met.

He’s not with his owner anymore. He’s here and it will be much better for him (the owner is trying to get him back but I suspect she will be unsuccessful).

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.

- Henri Nouwen

Also... Gnomes and gardens and cats and dogs and hiking and nature and nephews/nieces and more.