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Are the Holidays Wearing You Down or Filling You Up? It’s Your Choice

Written by Lynne Westmoreland | 3 Comments | Published on December 12, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lynne Westmoreland This is the time of year set aside to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, the winter solstice, and Kwanzaa. The themes of the season are the return of hope, abundance, and protection, the return… More

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Tips for Happier, More Humane Gift-Giving

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 3, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw This time of year the news is full of headlines about record sales, various shopping frenzies (Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc.), and an even earlier start on holiday buying. Juxtaposed with the… More

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12 Children’s Picture Books About the Power of Gardens

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 13, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.” ~ Thomas More Gardens are full of life, diversity, and wonder. They feed us physically and emotionally. They can be made of… More

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Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed

by Emily Pearson

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on February 4, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Early Childhood, Elementary, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources

Mary is just an ordinary girl, but her simple act of kindness – picking a bowlful of blueberries and leaving them for a neighbor – sparks a pay-it-forward bonanza of kind acts, which leads to… More

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12 Children’s Picture Books About Sharing

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on August 7, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

One of the first lessons we’re taught as young children is about the importance of sharing. Yet examine our actions as adults—the ways we treat each other, nonhuman animals, and the earth—and it may seem… More

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The Man in the Clouds

by Koos Meinderts and Annette Fienieg

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 24, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Elementary, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources

Every day, the “man in the clouds,” who lives at the top of a mountain, sits and looks at a painting: “… a landscape so beautiful, so marvelously empty … this is what it must… More

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Stuff! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

by Steven Kroll

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 18, 2014 | Filed under Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Early Childhood, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Resources

When the neighborhood has a tag sale, Pinch the pack rat doesn’t want to give up any of his stuff. But when he sees how much money he can make from selling his stuff (and… More

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Solutionary Spotlight: Blanket Fort Party Helps Kids Confront Homelessness

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 6, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For February, American Heart Month, we’re posting about compassion, empathy and love. Let us know what you think by commenting.) Parents are increasingly looking for ideas… More

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14 Children’s Picture Books About Homelessness

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on November 11, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

People and animals without homes surround us year-round, but their presence seems more palpable in the winter months. As rates of poverty and homelessness grow, so do children’s questions about those who don’t have a… More