Cary Neeper

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

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MUSICALS
A thousand years from now a young woman with an identity crisis defends the personhood of her alien and animal friends, as humans tackle their most difficult challenge.
In this sci-fi musical melodrama set in 3002 CE, aliens and humans discover the danger of putting too much stock in occult symbols.
ESSAYS
COMPLEXITY
Exploration of complexity, its indicators, embedded chaos, and value in human organizations.

Blog: Animal Sentience and Human ID in Complex Systems with Sustainable Values .

Jays Respond to Signature Whistle

September 24, 2016

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

It took only three times for the scrub jay to get it. I whistles three times then set out unsalted peanut behind the rock that we had used before the squirrels took over the bird feeder, emptying it at every visit. Now the jays get their treasures to bury on demand. Stories about animal interactions and smarts continues in the
LA Daily Post

How the Hen House Turns--Knowing Self

August 27, 2016

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Ms. Khaki
Ms Kahaki knew were I left the trowel, knew that I couldn't refuse her gentle quacking request, knew where the wet mud full of worms was.LADailyPost

A Review of H Is For Hawk and Soul of An Octopus

August 7, 2016

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

My Painting from a photo (unknown origin)
The data keep rolling in--animals are conscious beings, more like us than we have admitted. So how do we adjust our behavior to account for their sentience, their emotions, even their rights? Is falconry too demanding. I find it amazing that aquarium octopuses were not thought to be interested in interacting as persons with us humans until the year 2000. Both books are easy, fascinating reads.

LADailyPost (more…)

How the Hen House Turns-Theory of Mind

July 12, 2016

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Lucygoose, Ms.Ritz,&Kiebler (miniature mallards)
Are animals conscious of their own existence? Do they realize that other living beings have their own point of view (This is called Theory of Mind.)? The new science of ethology is awaking us to a new awareness of animal sentience and consciousness. For the latest article click here. ladailypost.com

Is Cat Psychology Like Human Psychology?

July 8, 2016

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Boots and pal Oscar circa 1952
Following 40 years with birds and dogs and how our human id is challenged by the other life.ladailypost blog How the Hen House turns

How the Hen House Turns-Living Peacefully With Squirrels

June 17, 2016

Tags: AnimalCare, Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Squirrels Are Not Dumb
This month I'm looking at a squirrel problem again. Last month, watching a gray mother squirrel study our bird feeder was a real eye-popper. End of story: Squirrel wins hands down. ladailypost.com

Hen House stories continue below--40 years with dogs and domestic birds

What Does Wild Mean?

February 26, 2016

Tags: AnimalCare, Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Dealing with domestic birds and seeing them as individuals---like the wild ones.
ladailypost.com

Sentient Beings All Around Us

November 21, 2015

Tags: AnimalCare, Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Here is the link to the latest Hen House blog at
The Daily Post
Search on "Hen House" for the latest articles. They appear bi-monthly.

Raising Turkey Chicks Can Be Tragic

July 28, 2015

Tags: AnimalCare, Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

The link below is the second article telling about our experience raising turkeys. Search "Hen House" on the Los Alamos Daily Post for the previous story.

That search will also list all the articles that summarize our 46 years in New Mexico with dogs and birds in a beautiful Pondersa forest on Walnut Canyon.
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 9/11 story showcasing the best in human nature.

April 24, 2015

Tags: Human Self Image

EXTRAORDINARY, Good News stories that never seem to get told, but SHOULD BE! A story from Jean Johnston
It is 13 years since 9/11 and here is a wonderful story about that terrible day.

Delta Flight 15... (true story) Here is an amazing story from a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11:
On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic .
All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that "All Business" look on their faces. (more…)
2013 Nautilus Silver Award YA and 2012 Foreward Finalist Adult Science Fiction




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A Place Beyond Man
Authors Guild Edition 2011


The Oil Patch Project--Mystery team Cary and Don
See Oil & Gas tag above.