I was born in Philadelphia in 1933, one of five children. I am a widow, a mother, and a grandmother. I am also a professor of Philosophy at Abington College, Penn State University. I am a graduate of Bryn Mawr College having received my B.A. cum laude with honors in Philosophy in 1960, M.A. in 1962, and Ph.D. with a dissertation on Heidegger in 1969. I have published articles and books on a number of philosophical topics in both English and Spanish and have given papers on five continents: North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Africa.
I enjoy reading both fiction and nonfiction, music, theater, movies, and dance. I am entranced by the moonlight on newly fallen snow. The dappled sunlight through green leaves delights me. I feel privileged to glimpse a tiny mouse, almost hidden by grass, and to hear the sound of his eating I know not what. I love a horse’s soft nose, a cat’s velvet paw, the haunting cry of zebras as they line up to drink and then thunder off frightened by something unseen. The lion’s roar fills me with wonder. I am charmed by elephants surrounding a tiny baby to protect it and fascinated by the way a female bird will drag her wing to lure danger away from her fluffy chicks. The glimpse of silver fish darting through clear waters thrills me, and the grace of seals as they twist and turn in the liquid, alien pale green world below the ice enchants me. I am bewitched by the fragile beauty and amazing strength of the butterfly, the tiny legs of an insect as it crawls up the stem of a flower. The natural world fills me with awe … and fear for its wellbeing.
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Publication information: Book title: People Promoting and People Opposing Animal Rights:In Their Own Words. Contributors: John M. Kistler - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 72.
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