Friday, April 28, 2017

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 51


Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 51"!  You can find the fill-ins here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday, allowing you time to contemplate and fill-in. Please come back on Friday, to link up and share. The first two fill-ins are provided by my co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. 

The A-Z Challenge is almost over. *whew* It was interesting. I think it helped me with some writing discipline. It helped me sort some things out. It will seem odd to go back to “normal” blogging and writing. I hope that I can continue my focus on discipline. In the coming months, I plan to use some ideas that came to me in moments of inspired clarity. Thanks for being a part of my journey.

As April showers bring May flowers, I wish you all beautiful weather in which to make memories. I also wish you plenty of time to have fun!

The fill-ins are thought-provoking this week. I look forward to your answers.

1. A book I would like to see made into a movie is The Stranger in the Woods, by Michael Finkel. This is an amazing book about a man who walks away from the world to live alone in the woods. Finkel discusses issues (such as autism) that could cause someone to choose this isolated lifestyle. For nearly thirty years Christopher Knight survived by stealing only what he needed from the nearby community. This is his story, but also theirs.


2. If I could afford a billboard, it would say Be the change you want to see!” I think this billboard would cover a wide array of people and issues. If each of us took positive action to actually change the things we feel are wrong, then we could and would make a real, tangible “safe place” for everyone. We could call it “Earth”.


3. I have a hard time with people who care only when it is convenient or conducive to their own agenda. I find them insincere and untrustworthy. Just be honest; that is easier to respect.



4. I really enjoy watching Bill play (lead) guitar. Forty years ago, when we first met, he was playing his guitar. I was amazed; and to be honest, I still am! He has extraordinary creativity and skill. He can read music, but he can also easily pick up what he hears. I am in awe of his talent and his gift of music. I am thankful that he shares it, too.



~Fill your life with what you love!~

Now, it's your turn. Please link up with us here. Or, you can answer in the comments

X-Files


The Truth is out there!

It is difficult to come up with a Lifeblood Song for the letter X, and you probably wondered where I would go for the letter X.  But, for me and my purposes here, this actually works quite well. I am an X-Phile, but it is way more than that. I have always had a very intense curiosity. Even as a child, when told that curiosity killed the cat, I responded that satisfaction brought it back. That is why cats have nine lives, after all. So much of our world and the surrounding universe is unexplained. No matter what you believe, there are mysteries. I believe in angels. I think some supernatural activities are possible. I think that Nessie could exist...but, I don't know. I believe that there is much to be learned, and far more that we will never know. But, I do know the Truth is out there!

My Lifeblood Songs: X

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fill-in Statements: Week 51


The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Each Thursday, Ellen of 15andmeowing provides the first two statements and I suggest the latter two statements. We try to make the fill-ins fun to answer and to share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts! Everyone is welcome!

Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

Week 51: April 28, 2017

1. A book I would like to see made into a movie is ____________________.

2. If I could afford a billboard, it would say __________________.

3. I have a hard time                              .

4. I really enjoy                               . 



We May Never Pass This Way Again


Life, so they say, is but a game and we let it slip away.
Love, like the Autumn sun, should be dyin' but it's only just begun.
Like the twilight in the road up ahead, they don't see just where we're goin'.
And all the secrets in the Universe, whisper in our ears

And all the years will come and go, take us up, always up.
We may never pass this way again. We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again.
Dreams, so they say, are for the fools and they let 'em drift away.

Peace, like the silent dove, should be flyin' but it's only just begun.
Like Columbus in the olden days, we must gather all our courage.
Sail our ships out on the open sea. Cast away our fears
And all the years will come and go, and take us up, always up.

We may never pass this way again. We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again.
So, I want to laugh while the laughin' is easy. I want to cry if it makes it worthwhile.
We may never pass this way again, that's why I want it with you.

'Cause, you make me feel like I'm more than a friend.
Like I'm the journey and you're the journey's end.

We may never pass this way again, that's why I want it with you, baby.
We may never pass this way again. We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again. We may never pass this way again.

~Written by: William Lobban-Bean, Richard Andrew Conte, & Shiben Bhattacharya

As a teen, this song spoke to me of making memories while I was young. We had no idea where life would take us, but we knew where we were right then! Everything had brought us to that moment in time where we faced our future; we were right on the edge of it all. Now, I look back and I see a life lived with everything I had. I did it with all the joy, all the sorrow, all the in between emotions that life gives and takes. I know more than I did then, but I know the lasting truth of this Lifeblood Song, too. We may never pass this way again. And, I am not through, yet. 

My Lifeblood Songs: W

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Seriously, Stella?


Vincent


Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand

Now I understand what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now

For they could not love you
But still your love was true
And when no hope was left in sight
On that starry, starry night
You took your life as lovers often do
But I could have told you, Vincent
This world was never meant
For one as beautiful as you

Starry, starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frameless heads on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can't forget
Like the strangers that you've met
The ragged men in ragged clothes
A silver thorn, a bloody rose
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they're not listening still
Perhaps they never will

~Written by: Don McLean

This song pays tribute to the brilliant Vincent Van Gogh, a truly beautiful spirit. His artwork, also used in this video, has an ethereal quality. I believe this song can also honour other creative, yet tortured souls. There have been other artists, poets, and musicians, who were talented, yet had tortured souls. We all know them. They gifted the world with their creative views of things that they saw through emotion. I have been touched and influenced by many of these sensitive people, including Vincent Van Gogh. With them all, I felt a connection. I felt an understanding and a compassion. This Lifeblood Song reminds us to appreciate the beauty around us, and also the beauty of those sensitive souls who see what we sometimes cannot see, for whatever reason…unless they share it.

My Lifeblood Songs: V

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Uncloudy Day


Oh, they tell me of a home far beyond the skies
Oh, they tell me of a home far away
Oh, they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise
Oh, they tell me of an unclouded day

Oh, the land of cloudless day
Oh, the land of an unclouded sky
Oh, they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise
Oh, they tell me of an unclouded day

Oh, they tell me of a home where my friends have gone
Oh, they tell me of that land far away
Where the tree of life in eternal bloom
Sheds its fragrance through the unclouded day

Oh, the land of cloudless day
Oh, the land of an unclouded sky
Oh, they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise
Oh, they tell me of an unclouded day

Oh, they tell me of a King in His beauty there
And they tell me that mine eyes shall behold
Where He sits on the throne that is whiter than snow
In the city that is made of gold

Oh, the land of cloudless day
Oh, the land of an unclouded sky
Oh, they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise
Oh, they tell me of an unclouded day

Oh, they tell me that He smiles on His children there
And His smile drives their sorrows all away
And they tell me that no tears ever come again
In that lovely land of unclouded day

Oh, the land of cloudless day
Oh, the land of an unclouded sky
Oh, they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise
Oh, they tell me of an unclouded day

~As sung by Willie Nelson, 
Adapted from the song “Unclouded Day”, by Josiah K. Alwood

This is rooted in my Southern Baptist upbringing, and attending church with Grampy. It is an integral part of my faith. The words of this Lifeblood Song speak the truth as I know it, deep down in my soul. There are storms, but storms never last. Hope and faith tell me that when all is said and done in this life, there will be an Uncloudy Day. I believe.

My Lifeblood Songs: U

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tapestry


My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue
An everlasting vision of the ever-changing view
A wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold
A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold

Once amid the soft silver sadness in the sky
There came a man of fortune, a drifter passing by
He wore a torn and tattered cloth around his leather hide
And a coat of many colors, yellow-green on either side

He moved with some uncertainty, as if he didn't know
Just what he was there for, or where he ought to go
Once he reached for something golden hanging from a tree
And his hand came down empty


Soon within my tapestry along the rutted road
He sat down on a river rock and turned into a toad

It seemed that he had fallen into someone's wicked spell
And I wept to see him suffer, though I didn't know him well

As I watched in sorrow, there suddenly appeared
A figure gray and ghostly beneath a flowing beard

In times of deepest darkness, I've seen him dressed in black
Now my tapestry's unraveling, he's come to take me back

He's come to take me back

~Written By: Carole King

Carole King songs appear often on my Life Soundtrack. This one is a Lifeblood Song for its delicate way of showing the tapestry of life, itself. The rich and royal colours are the events and adventures that shape and mould us. The man is a composite of the many people in our lives. While each person has a purpose, sometimes they actually offer us nothing even when we hoped they might. Of course, there are also the toads that we encounter in pursuit of romance that often ends in tears. We all weave our own tapestry from life, each as unique as we, ourselves are. But, still...each has its share of rich and royal hues.

My Lifeblood Songs: T

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Chet

                                                                                                      source

From his earliest years, Chet was told he did not fit in. Feeling they must be right, he believed their cruel words.

Along life’s journey, Chet collected memories of his own while selling those of others. Finally, he realized he did have both a purpose and a place in this world.

This scrap man belonged to the world, as much as it belonged to him.

Written by: McGuffy Ann Morris

Shared with:
Five lines or less, 
using the word prompt:
"place"

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Save Mother Earth!


Celebrate "Mother Earth" every day
by caring for her significant offspring!

We are all in this together!

                                                                                  source

In keeping with the A-Z Challenge,
this is also a partnership with the Letter S.

Simple Man


Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say.
And if you do this
It will help you some sunny day.
Take your time... Don't live too fast,
Troubles will come and they will pass.
Go find a woman and you'll find love,
And don't forget son,
There is someone up above.

And be a simple kind of man.
Be something you love and understand.
Baby, be a simple kind of man.
Oh won't you do this for me son,
If you can?

Forget your lust for the rich man's gold
All that you need is in your soul,
And you can do this if you try.
All that I want for you, my son,
Is to be satisfied.

And be a simple kind of man.
Be something you love and understand.
Baby, be a simple kind of man.
Oh won't you do this for me son,
If you can?

Boy, don't you worry.
You'll find yourself.
Follow your heart,
And nothing else.
You can do this,
If you try.
All that I want for you, my son,
Is to be satisfied.

And be a simple kind of man.
Be something you love and understand.
Baby, be a simple kind of man.
Oh won't you do this for me son,
If you can?

Baby, be a simple, be a simple man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man

Songwriters: Ronnie VanZant, Gary Robert Rossington 

The person in my life who sat down and taught me the important lessons was my Grampy. He was, indeed, a simple man. He was my role model of what a man should be. But, Grampy also taught me what I needed to do to be a good woman. The important things are essentially the same. I took Grampy very seriously, and I continue to honour the lessons he instilled in me. His wisdom and his love for me will be with me forevermore. I have been blessed. I sought and found a man very much like Grampy. This Lifeblood Song pays tribute to Grampy and men like him, including Bill.  

My Lifeblood Songs: S

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 50


Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 50"!  We have been at this for almost a year! You can always find the fill-ins right here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. We post the linky on Friday, so we can all share. The first two fill-ins are provided by my friend and co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. 

With the A-Z Challenge still going, everyone is posting, reading, or both. We appreciate you being here, as always. We know you are busy, but please try to visit everyone on the linky list. No rush! Thanks.

I hope you are out and about and enjoying Spring. We certainly have been. Bill recently moved from one Yard to another, leaving his truck parked closer to home. The Yard is where trucks are kept when not on the road. This current location should help with getting home more easily, and back onto the road, too.

We have been transplanting Rose of Sharon, too. For the past couple of years, we have created a border of Rose of Sharon around our property line. It is turning out nicely. But, Bill still had extra ones. So, he is sharing with neighbors, now. Bill rescues plants and trees the way I rescue orphaned baby critters. Of course, we assist each other. We make a good team.

The questions really took some thinking this week! Here are my completed fill-ins:

1. The most interesting museum I have been to is The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, in Paradise, Michigan. The Lighthouse and Museum are located at Whitefish Point, on Lake Superior. On November 10, 1975, the freighter known as the Edmund Fitzgerald, went down 17 miles N-NW of Whitefish point. This is unarguably the most mysterious of all Great Lakes shipwrecks. Gordon Lightfoot memorialized this tragedy in the haunting mariner ballad, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”. Every year, I recall this tragic event as a tribute to the men lost to it. I was in ROTC when the Fitz went down. I remember. I know and love the people of the UP and that area of the U.S. This is personal to me. I should mention that many of my favourite museums are in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I love museums that are local to its area, telling the story by its own people.  



2. The most interesting historical place I have been to is difficult to pinpoint to one place. In 1976, I went to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the bicentennial. I have also walked the field where the Hindenburg disaster occurred, at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, in New Jersey. I have visited Ft. Wilkins Historic State Park at Copper Harbor, MI. The fort was built by the US Army, to keep the peace between copper miners and the Chippewa during the 1840s-copper rush. I have been through copper, silver, and iron mines in the UP of Michigan. I have been to many historical places, and all have moved me. I love America and would love to see it all.



3. Billy the Exterminator is back! I admit that I love this guy. I know that he is not perfect, and I forgive him his humanness. He cares about critters. He understands the importance of each creature that he is called upon to remove. He goes to great lengths to relocate critters that he can find appropriate homes for, whether it is bees or beavers. When he has no choice but to exterminate, he does so in fast and humane ways. He explains the situation and critter of each job. He then chooses the appropriate method of removal. I respect that. 



4. I was surprised to learn that River Monsters is ending. Jeremy Wade has taken us on some amazing adventures, teaching us about some of the most outlandish water creatures in this world. Perhaps I enjoyed living vicariously through Jeremy Wade. I love to fish and do so with a conscience for the fish, wildlife, and environment. I will really miss this show. 



Wherever Life takes you, may it be a breeze!

Now, it's your turn. Please link up with us here. Or, you can answer in the comments.
  

Rhymes and Reasons


So you speak to me of sadness
And the coming of the winter
Fear that is within you now
It seems to never end

And the dreams that have escaped you
And the hope that you've forgotten
You tell me that you need me now
You want to be my friend

And you wonder where we're going
Where's the rhyme and where's the reason
And it's you cannot accept
It is here we must begin
To seek the wisdom of the children
And the graceful way of flowers in the wind

For the children and the flowers
Are my sisters and my brothers
Their laughter and their loveliness
Could clear a cloudy day

Like the music of the mountains
And the colours of the rainbow
They're a promise of the future
And a blessing for today

Though the cities start to crumble
And the towers fall around us
The sun is slowly fading
And it's colder than the sea

It is written from the desert
To the mountains they shall lead us
By the hand and by the heart
They will comfort you and me
In their innocence and trusting
They will teach us to be free

And the song that I am singing
Is a prayer to non-believers
Come and stand beside us
We can find a better way

Written By: John Denver

 John Denver is a beautiful soul. His message spoke to me in my youth, and it echoes within me, still. There are those who say they believe in goodness, love, and peace. But, when really listening to them, you can feel the negativity that they perpetuate. They vent, rant, and judge; that is the real sadness. It does no good to complain about perceived inequity. Make your message one of positivity. Find the good, and share that. The energy that you put in the world is the energy that will feed others. This song speaks of that simple truth. It has been said that if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.  This Lifeblood Song reminds those who need it, “Come and stand beside us: We can find a better way.” Namasté.

My Lifeblood Songs: R

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fill-in Statements: Week 50


The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Each Thursday, Ellen of 15andmeowing provides the first two statements and I suggest the latter two statements. We try to make the fill-ins fun to answer and to share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts! Everyone is welcome!

Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

Week 50: April 21, 2017

1. The most interesting museum I have been to is _____________.

2. The most interesting historical place I have been to is _______________.

3.                            is back!

4. I was surprised                             .



Question


Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door
With a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war?
'Cause when we stop and look around us
There is nothing that we need
In a world of persecution that is burning in its greed

Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door
Because the truth is hard to swallow
That's what the war of love is for

It's not the way that you say it
When you do those things to me
It's more the way that you mean it
When you tell me what will be
And when you stop and think about it
You won't believe it's true
That all the love you've been giving
Has all been meant for you

I'm looking for someone to change my life
I'm looking for a miracle in my life
And if you could see what it's done to me
To lose the love I knew
Could safely lead me through

Between the silence of the mountains
And the crashing of the sea
There lies a land I once lived in
And she's waiting there for me
But in the Grey of the morning
My mind becomes confused
Between the dead and the sleeping
And the road that I must choose

I'm looking for someone to change my life
I'm looking for a miracle in my life
And if you could see what it's done to me
To lose the love I knew
Could safely lead me to
The land that I once knew
To learn as we grow old
The secrets of our soul
It's not the way that you say it when you do those things to me
It's more the way you really mean it when you tell me what will be

Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door
With a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war
'Cause when we stop and look around us
There is nothing that we need
In a world of persecution that is burning in its greed

Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door

~Written By: Justin Hayward

From the moment we are born, we question what we see, hear, think, and feel. It is part of being human: to question. We question others and often, even ourselves. Sometimes we find questions that have no reasonable answers. Yet, even when knocking on a door that seems to go nowhere, we continue to search. Because that is integral to the human condition. "I am seeking; I am striving. I am in it with all my heart." ~Vincent Van Gogh

 My Lifeblood Songs: Q

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sunshine Superman


Put a Little Love in Your Heart


Think of your fellow man, lend him a helping hand
Put a little love in your heart
You see, it's getting late, oh, please don't hesitate
Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place for you and me
You just wait and see

Another day goes by, and still, the children cry
Put a little love in your heart
If you want the world to know, we won't let hatred grow
Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place for you and me
You just wait and see. Wait and see

Take a good look around and if you're looking down
Put a little love in your heart
I hope when you decide kindness will be your guide
Put a little love in your heart
And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place for you and me
You just wait and see
Put a little love in your heart
Put a little love in your heart

~Written By: Jackie De Shannon, Jimmy Holiday, Randy Myers 

This song speaks to my heart and soul. Instead of protesting everything that you do not like, instead of judging those who are not like you, instead of throwing tantrums or pity parties: Actually do something good for the world! There are positive things that we can do to change that which we find unacceptable. This video perfectly illustrates the lyrics to this Lifeblood song. Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Gandhi


My Lifeblood Songs: P

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Old Days


Old days
Good times I remember
Fun days
Filled with simple pleasures
Drive-in movies
Comic books and blue jeans
Howdy Doody
Baseball cards and birthdays
Take me back
To a world gone away
Memories
Seem like yesterday

Old days
Good times I remember
Gold days
Days I'll always treasure
Funny faces
Full of love and laughter
Funny places
Summer nights and streetcars
Take me back
To a world gone away
Boyhood memories
Seem like yesterday

Old days - in my mind and in my heart to stay
Old days - darkened dreams of good times gone away
Old days - days of love and feeling fancy-free
Old days - days of magic still so close to me
Old days - in my mind and in my heart to stay
Old days - darkened dreams of good times gone away
Old days - days of love and feeling fancy-free
Old days - days of magic still so close to me

~Written by James Pankow

This song was popular and chosen as a graduation song when I was in high school. It encapsulated our youth then, and it fondly recalls it now. This is a Lifeblood Song for its simplicity and nostalgia. The best childhood memories should have those elements. If this song speaks to you, then you understand. 

My Lifeblood Songs: O

Monday, April 17, 2017

No Time


On my way to better things
(No time left for you) I found myself some wings
(No time left for you) Distant roads are calling me
(No time left for you), da da da da da

No time for a summer friend
No time for the love you send
Seasons change and so did I
You need not wonder why
You need not wonder why
There's no time left for you
No time left for you

On my way to better things
(No time left for you) I found myself some wings
(No time left for you) Distant roads are calling me
(No time left for you), deh, deh, deh, deh, deh

No time for a gentle rain
No time for my watch and chain
No time for revolving doors
No time for the killing floor
No time for the killing floor
There's no time left for you
No time left for you

No time for a summer friend
No time for the love you send
Seasons change and so did I
You need not wonder why
You need not wonder why
There's no time left for you
No time left for you

No time, no time, no time, no time
No time, no time, no time, no time
I got, got, got, got no time
I got, got, got, got no time
I got, got, got, got no time
No-no-no, no-no-no, no time
No-no-no, no-no-no, no time
I got, got, got, got no time
No-no-no, no-no-no, no-no-no,
No-no-no, no-no-no, no-no-no, no time
I got no time, got no time, got no time, got no time, got no time
Got no time, got no time

~Written by Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings

I have always felt The Guess Who were genuine. They resonate. With that in mind, there is little speculation about this Lifeblood Song. It is basic. I do not want to waste my time here on earth. If things are not healthy, or if they are tumultuous, I have no time. I do not like confrontation. If I cannot resolve a misunderstanding, I will leave it. I do not want to be a part of hurtful things. I have had to find wings and leave painful people and situations behind me. I have chosen distant roads, those less traveled, to find what really matters. I have had to change my ways for better ways. I know that time is of the essence here on earth and I refuse to waste it. "On my way to better things...No time."

My Lifeblood Songs: N

Sunday, April 16, 2017

He's Alive!

Hallelujah!

~Wishing you and yours the blessings of God's love,
that were given through the miracle of Easter!~

Saturday, April 15, 2017

"Easter Pets"


I post this yearly, because it is important. Please read and share this information with others. Little lives depend on it...and you.
  
Every year hundreds of baby bunnies, chicks and ducklings are bought as  Easter gifts. While much thought is put into the “surprise” factor, little is put into the long term care and commitment. Consequently, the animals will suffer abuse or neglect. Many will be released into the wild, ultimately facing death.

It has been reported by the U.S. Humane Society that “within the initial weeks following Easter, 30% of these novelty Easter pets will die. Another 60-70% will be released or left at a shelter.” Most of those released or left at shelters are already ill or suffering.

Every Spring, shelters are inundated with bunnies, chicks, and ducklings that are dumped once the fun of the holiday is over. Little or no thought was put into their growth or care. They were purchased solely for human enjoyment, into homes not equipped for their needs.

Before purchasing any pet, do your research. Ask the right authority, go to the proper source. Read, go online, learn about the animal’s needs, proper care, and expected lifespan. See what is involved to keep the animal healthy. Know what the possible pitfalls are with the particular pet you are considering, such as the fact that chicks and ducklings are known to carry salmonella.

Following are some facts and links provided by the Humane Society of the United States. Please read, consider, and take this to heart. These are real live beings with beating hearts.

RABBITS: Average lifespan: 7-10 years
Facts:
Rabbits may not do well in a household with young children. They often do not like being lifted or held.
Rabbits like to dig and need to chew.
If you get multiple rabbits they should be spayed and neutered as soon as possible.
Multiple rabbits will often fight.
Weekly expenses can be in excess of $25.00 for food alone, per rabbit.
Research Sources:
www.rabbit.org

DUCKS: Average lifespan: 8-15 years
Facts:
Ducks are very social animals, and do better kept in groups (a “paddling” or “brace” of ducks).
Ducks need a lot of space and a shelter to keep them safe.
Ducklings will need to be kept in an indoor pen/cage for the several weeks.
Research Sources:
http://keeping-ducks.net

CHICKENS: Average lifespan: 5-8 years
Facts:
Chickens naturally scratch, peck, and dig. If housing is inadequate, they will cause damage. 
Many towns and cities have regulations concerning chickens, regarding them “livestock”.
Health and zoning boards should be consulted.
Chickens are noisy, but roosters are especially noisy!
Research Sources:
http://www.backyardchickens.com