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5 Minute Changemaker: Speak the Good in Others

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 25, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Leddy, had us students do something that I have never forgotten. She called it a “car wash.” Every week one of us would be the “car,” and… More

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10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 22, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw When I was a new activist in my late teens, I yelled at people. I used unkind language. I tried to shame them and argue them into changing their behaviors. I had… More

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Podcasts for Humane Educators and Changemakers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

Podcasts have become wildly popular. We can find one on nearly every topic, and new podcasts launch every week. We listen to them when we run, on our commutes, while we’re waiting in line. And… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Anne Ward

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on August 15, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

IHE M.Ed. grad Anne Ward lives on the Dog River in Berlin, Vermont. She says, “Most of my career so far has been spent in animal welfare and sheltering. Recent years have seen a slow… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Break the Habit of Mindless Habituation

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on August 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw You know how you’re lying in bed listening to the urban surf outside, and pretty soon you don’t even notice it? Or how we all ignore car alarms? Or how our eyes… More

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Following My Path to Humane Education

Written by Guest Blogger | 1 Comment | Published on August 8, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Melissa Andrews Awakening to My Love of All Animals As a child growing up on a farm in rural Maine, it was abundantly clear to me, from very early on, that the animals who… More

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The Struggle: A Black Mother’s Perspective

Written by Guest Blogger | No Comments | Published on August 4, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by CKrystal Stokes I was at Walgreens after my children’s gymnastics classes, when I ran into a friend near the freezer section. We immediately embraced, her long curly locks meeting my short afro; a meeting… More

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Keeping Everyone in the Lifeboat

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 1, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw There’s a popular thought experiment involving a lifeboat, a dog, and one or more humans. The discussion is basically an either/or: the human(s) or the dog – who gets tossed overboard? As… More

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Being Brave Enough to Make a Difference for Animals (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 28, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “Their suffering is my grief. Is my motivation.” In his TEDx talk, Damien Mander shares his transformation from a former special forces sniper to passionate conservationist. He says: “Back then, I’d no… More

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Seeking Food Security at Pop-Up Food Pantry in North Carolina

Written by Gwen Frisbie-Fulton | 1 Comment | Published on July 25, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Gwen Frisbie-Fulton I was groggy this morning as I headed down to High Point, North Carolina, to a pop-up food pantry, and I was worried I wouldn’t find it. I had barely slept, and… More