If your rabbit doesn’t smoke, it will have a life expectancy of 9 years (or more). If you are thinking about buying a cute little bunny for Easter, there are some things you need to consider. They are complex psychologically.
A rabbit is prey. You need to be careful where you pet him or her. If you grab him from his back legs, it will frighten the rabbit. This is not a good first pet for a small child. They live an average of 9 years. They live longer if they 1. don’t smoke 2. live indoors or 3. see their vet annually and when ill.
So far this is sounding like a commitment you would make to a dog or cat. Pretty big decision. They like company. Two rabbits are happier than one. They like to chew. You will need to put the electrical cords out of reach and baby-proof the receptacles. This is my rabbit, who does smoke. Unfortunately, his life expectancy is 7.8 years. I have tried to reason with him, but like I said… complex.
He is a fan of Van Gogh and decorated his house to immolate the famous painting. Hanging in the frame is a pair of rabbits in love. They do like a partner. He is suspicious. I think this might have something to do with his possible exploitation at Easter, as well as his unfortunate position in the food chain.
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I live, work, and thrive in NOLA. I am a mixed media artist drawn to Louisiana subject matter, from alligators to angels. When people see my work, I want them to feel the love and prayers that I have attached to the paintings.
I paint because I see a picture in my mind, triggered by something I see or a song that I hear, and I want to bring it into reality. One of my goals is to keep New Orleans in the forefront of people’s vision. I start each painting with prayers for the city, often extending to all sentient beings. I want whoever sees my paintings to feel these prayers. I want my paintings to speak to the viewer’s heart.
When I painted “Ascension”, I was at mass at St. Stephen’s and saw a dove, representing the Holy Spirit, above the crucifix. I thought of a brown pelican, our state bird, ascending from a cross, to represent NOLA rising from the destruction and corruption following Hurricane Katrina. While I was painting the pelican, I thought of crawfish angels taking the pelican skyward. The halo around the pelican’s head was made from Mardi Gras beads dried in gel and roughly removed, leaving a crusty, seascape look. The three fish, which could have been 3 of anything, represent the Holy Trinity.
One of my pieces is called “Feathered Friends”. It represents a community project involving building and improving parks and community gardens in New Orleans. The painting represents divine guidance and our relationship with living things.
When I was teaching in California, I attended a painting workshop presented by Shiloh McCloud. In the course of the weekend, Shiloh instructed us to write down our vision of the future. I decided at that time to retire from California in three years and move with my family to New Orleans and paint full time.
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly is a New Orleans artist living and working in the East Carrollton neighborhood.
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