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August 12, 2008

I try very hard to climb toward his level of wisdom but I keep sliding down every time I see some injustice to wild animals around me.

He sees these injustices too I’m sure but he must see much more than I to remain so silent and so above it all.

He must know that time wasted on anger is time that could be spent in delighting in having the Sun kiss your face...

It was kind of embarrassing at times the way they were carrying on--the Sun kissing him like that high up on that tree and me down there on the ground trying not to stare.

But how can I not can I not use every opportunity to admire a thing like that? Here a little window opened up through the thick branches and sent one gentle kiss from the Sun which landed softly on his nose.

It was like father and child after a long time not seeing each other when the Sun reached through with yet another tender kiss right over Palemale's precious head.

After a while I stopped counting how many kisses passed through those branches...

and I leaned onto a Linden right next to me and tried to listen to what the Sun was saying to him.

The mindless shouting and cheering from the Great Lawn scraped at my listening like dull razorblades on my face...

so I really couldn't hear too much of what was being spoken high up on that tree where our friend was speaking to his father.

Maybe I'm just better off not hearing what they say...

just knowing that they are speaking to the Sun and all the other wholesome forces around them is good enough.

They were always doing things right from the beginning.

But really how can you tell who's doing it right and who's doing it wrong.

I think you'll know you're doing it right when once you get to be kissed by the Sun.

All images photographed on Tuesday August 12, 2008.

The MET Rodenticide Use __ __ __ Updated Mail for July 2008 __ __ __ Dangers of Rodenticides

The MET's true colors shows up in this recent incident... Two-year-old Christopher Suarez is a happy little boy, who loves playing ball. Suarez is autistic, a condition, his mother, Veronica Jackson, says was sadly misunderstood on a recent trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.Read more...

"The Met is worried about their "insensitive to the environment image" caused by them contracting the use a chemical that threatens the food chain including the Red-tailed Hawks and Screech Owls . This case is a small, but an important step in decreasing the toxic threat of rodenticides to birds such as Pale Male and Lola. Bromethalin is a little studied and difficult to diagnose toxic without readily available accurate and precise means of analysis available to pathologists and veterinarians. Therefore, the recognition of the importance of Bromethalin as a wildlife mortality factor will be slow."
[Dr. Ward Stone]

Stop these selfish, self-centered, stubborn and phony human beings who run the MET from jeopardizing the precious lives of the only innocent ones who are doing something right...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Philippe de Montebello (Director)
(212) 570-3902

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Emily Rafferty (President)
(212) 570-3900



This is the recent stock response from the MET to people who are writing about the museum's lethal and careless rodenticide use:

I spoke to Mr Holzer on the phone on Friday. He claims that the protection of the museum's works of art take priority over anything else including the welfare of wildlife in the park. I told him since the museum is so concerned for the protection of its art collection why did they choose to put a restaurant in the middle of it since restaurants are a sure way to attract rodents. I then questioned his priority...If the museum is so concerned for its art why not remove the restaurant and keep food out of that building.
Mr Holzer then hastened the conversation to an end which I obliged him without unnecessary and useless salutations.


From: Holzer, Harold
Subject: Metropolitan Museum Communication
To: "Harold Holzer (Holzer, Harold)"
Date: Friday, August 1, 2008, 9:49 AM

We are in receipt of your recent email to our executives on the subject of the Museum’s essential pest-control efforts, which as the institution has explained in its statements—I attach the most recent one—is absoluitely crucial to the protection of the staff and visitors, but also to ensure the safety of the collection of two million works of art for which we are the responsible stewards. I am sure you know that these works cover five millennia of human artistic achievement at the highest levels of creativity, and that they are the means of educating and enlightening our own and future generations about the many cultures represented here. As a practical matter, much of the collection is in storage, and any rodent infestation poses a severe danger to works on canvas, paper, or made of textile, wood, or other organic material. Such damage would be irreversible It is our irrevocable responsibility to safeguard the works for all future time.

That said, we are cognizant of and sympathetic to the concerns of environmentalists who care deeply about the natural order, and we acted immediately when alerted that unusually virulent chemicals were being employed by a contractor to bait rodent traps outside the perimeter of our building. The chemicals were changed to the same formulas used in rodent traps throughout the city’s parks, and widely recognized by experts as posing little damage to predators of rats because the material is slow-acting: by the time it kills the rodent, the chemicals have sufficiently dissipated so as to pose no threat to those who feed on it.

Please be assured that we continue to monitor these baiting stations and closely observe the situation. We are pledged to working as sensitively as possible to balance our responsibilities to the millions of people who work and visit the Met, together with the works of art they care for or come to see, as well as the beautiful park we have been privileged to occupy for more than a century.

Many thanks for your continued interest.

Harold Holzer
Senior Vice President, External Affairs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

T: 212-570-3951
F: 212-472-2764