April 14, 2020:

My name is Jeffrey Blackman

From Tucson USA

Lincoln was taken from us

155 years ago today

Abraham Lincoln

I miss you

In these days so lacking hues

America and I both need you

To cure the coronavirus blues

A leader wise and caring

Who puts the people first

Seeking different views

A gentleman a listener

To help bring welcome news

A bully runs our country

He doesn’t care about you and me

Just monied folks who pay his dues

The rest mere human fodder

In this time of coronavirus blues

A bully ruins our country

The land and animals cry

Disaster our daily cues

Old folks sacrificed to die

Gasp their last coronavirus blues

If he was still among us

No doubt of what he’d say

Good words of faith and healing

To help us find our way

Words to bind us and to inspire

To give hope that we will not loose

How to pull together as partners

In these days of coronavirus blues

With honor, dignity and kindness

With vision, calmness and introspection

With honesty, charity and compassion

With dedication, resolve and love


We fell asleep in one world and woke up in another.

Disney is out of magic,

Paris is no longer romantic,

New York doesn’t stand up anymore,

The Chinese wall is no longer a fortress

And Mecca is empty.

Hugs and kisses have become weapons and not visiting parents and friends has become an act of love.

You realize that power, beauty and money are worthless, that they can’t get you the oxygen that you’re fighting for.

The world continues its life and it is beautiful. It only puts humans in cages.

I think it’s sending us a message:

“You are not necessary. The air, soil, waters and skies without you are fine. When you come back, remember that you are my guests. Not my masters.”.

NOVEMBER 22, 1963

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was my hero that awful day when I was 15.

He still is.

I mourned then as I mourn now.

He was a great man. He cared about the average person and tried to help us all.

I miss you President Kennedy, now more than ever.

JUNE 10, 2019


JUNE 26, 1982

On June 26, 1982, my dad went back to the little town in Germany where he had parachuted into someone’s backyard, bleeding, in the snow, in the Winter of early 1944.

He went to the local Post Office and spoke with someone who knew some English. He explained who he was and why he had come there.

The person he spoke with made a phone call and a short while later the woman who had saved his life, when all the men were going to kill him with pitchforks, came in.

I have the front page of the local newspaper from that day. There is an article about the two of them with a photograph.

My dad is standing there with his arm around his savior.

She must have been a very fine, compassionate and brave person.

My dad sure was one lucky 19 year old.


The first March for the Animals took place in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 1990.

Although the ASPCA had been around for over a century and the NWF and other American and foreign groups and individuals had been standing up for the animals for quite a while, this was the first global event that brought every citizens from every State and thousands of representatives from other countries together for the animals.

I believe that it was the turning point in what is now a world wide crusade to protect, cherish and save living creatures.

I remember walking through the streets of Washington with the other folks from Arizona, behind the folks from Arkansas and in front of the folks from Alaska, along with thousands of other folks, our banner, being held up with a pole at each end, reading “Arizona for the Animals”, with everyone saying, over and over again:

What do we want?

Animal rights!

When do we want them?


When we arrived at the Capitol there were many speakers. Some were animal activists. Some were politicians. Some were celebrities. The person who I was most impressed by was Christopher Reeve. Famous at that point in time for playing Superman, he spoke of his love for animals, for his horses.

It was a truly inspiring, exhilarating, fulfilling experience.

I still have the tee shirt I bought that day. On the front is Lincoln’s face and the quote:

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That  is the way of the whole human being.”

On the back it reads: We marched for the animals. June 10, 1990.

I had dinner that night with Pollo and Tom and Peter.

I marched again in the second March for the Animals in 1996.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”


“…it would also be mistaken to view other living beings as mere objects subjected to arbitrary human domination.”

Pope Francis

“For if one link in nature’s chain might be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish piecemeal.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine-trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.”

Henry David Thoreau