Cary Neeper

Writer, Blogger, and Painter -- esteeming life wherever and whatever it might be.

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Exploration of complexity, its indicators, embedded chaos, and value in human organizations.

Forty Years with Birds and Dogs
Care and Respect

For the Love of Pigs

November 21, 2018

Tags: Animal Sentience

Getting to know the source of our favorite breakfast meat, bacon, can be a remarkable experience. They are at least as friendly and responsive as most dogs, with a few muddy differences. The story continues in the
LADP HenHouse

The Owls of Los Alamos

October 25, 2018

Tags: Animal Sentience +

Owl Napping LADP photo
PBS recently aired a good review of what we have learned about owls and the local PEEC has a great web site. Owls are the silent ones, the patient ones with a wonderful face that can turn any which way. The story continues in the
LA Hen House stories

Mental Activity in Animals

September 22, 2018

Tags: Animal Sentience

DeeDee and me with the birds.
Recently we have been learning more and more about the extent of cognizance, awareness, and self-knowledge in the animal mind--all confirmed by our personal experience with domestic animals in our family home in New Mexico.

The story continues in the Los Alamos Daily Post:

Friendships Between Dogs

August 27, 2018

Tags: Animal Sentience

Sisters--DeeDee and Scooter
A lifetime with dogs illustrates the importance of their friendships. Daily Post

Animal Bonding

July 17, 2018

Tags: Animal Sentience

An article focusing on how animals have related to human beings and their own kind or others. Daily Post

The Value of Sweet Talk

June 18, 2018

Tags: Animal Sentience

Young fox on a California urban trail
A Silicon Valley fox and a San Andreas Fault Squirrel have one thing in common--they listen to soft human communication.

Monthly article focuses on animal brains and experience.

May 19, 2018

Tags: Animal Sentience

We are learning a lot about animal emotions. Seems were all cut from similar mental cloth.

The Power of Awareness--we are not alone and never have been.

January 21, 2018

Tags: Animal Sentience

DeeDee--loyal watchdog for domestic birds
We are only now--in this decade or two--coming to realize that animals share our ability to know ourselves, be conscious, and share a number of mental insights that went unrecognized for way too long. The ancient wisemen did us and the animals a terrible injustice by assuming the latter were simply biological machines without

No Horses in the Backyard

November 28, 2017

Tags: Animal Sentience

Horses are not what we have thought they are --at least not in the wild, where "bands" are their group practice and company is crucial. They are never found alone. So how resilient are they as domesticated loners? It's been a long amazing history of their partnership with us humans.

Some Thoughts on the Anthropocene

October 23, 2017

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self-image

Turkey Two
LADailyPostThe Hen House gang showed us just how verbal and aware birds and dogs can be. In light of this new awareness, what does it mean to be part of the Anthropocene?
2013 Nautilus Silver Award YA and 2012 Foreward Finalist Adult Science Fiction

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A Place Beyond Man
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The Oil Patch Project--Mystery team Cary and Don
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