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The Spirits of Birds, Bears, Butterflies and All Those Other Wild Creatures Paperback – September 15, 2012
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Waterbury Republican---- LITCHFIELD, CT-- Thomas D. Williams, a retired journalist, has used his writing skills to create a book on nature called "The Spirits of Birds, Bears, Butterflies and all Those Other Wild Creatures."
---- The book features 14 tales beginning with a poem about chickadees and ending with poetic tour of the Costa Rican jungle. Each story focuses on animal and bird interaction and communication with humans, all generated by Williams' own experiences.
---- According to Williams, the book represents his effort to help halt environmental destruction...
By MICHELLE MERLIN
For The Litchfield News June 29, 2012
LITCHFIELD -- Thomas "Dennie" Williams feels right at home outside with birds and butterflies. His house, which is on land his family has owned for three generations, is full of them -- and growing up he regularly wandered through the acres of woods and marveled at the wildlife around him.
After retiring as an investigative and court reporter for the Hartford Courant, Williams decided to write a book about the spiritual connectivity between humans and wild animals.
From the Author
"Spirituality is: listening to the birds singing deep in the woods near the rush of a river; smelling the purple lilacs in bloom in bushes surrounding you; staring at a bright yellow half moon's face in dark blue skies; tasting a ripe wild blackberry in the midst of its bush; or touching the nose of a friendly dolphin as it surfaces from the ocean adjacent to a sail boat. But, spirituality's arousing, inspiring, supernatural experiences surface regularly only with experienced and appreciative humans. They are only those with natural environmental instincts, joy in viewing beauty in the wild, and sensitivity to all of the sights, smells, tastes, feelings and sounds emitted by every wild creature and plant. Once such human spirit becomes a habit, it is a power equal to or beyond even the kindest, noblest religious belief: indeed, because that spirited instinct is within the heart of most all those living, dwelling or growing closest to the earth. Unfortunately, it is not a common trait for all humans. If it was, we would be living in peace, without wars. Do wild creatures create battles to wantonly kill other beings like humans do? No! Do they kill for reasons other than food nourishment? If they do, those rare beasts are either crazed, protecting their family, or out of the ordinary man eaters."
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Every living thing has a soul and a point of view, he says, and if we all respected that, our planet and the societies on it would be healthier and at peace. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and so we need this book.
The book also has many enjoyable stories from the author's life, and a beautiful painting by his wife.