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In Trying to Do Good, Have You Lost Sight of the Bigger Picture?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 23, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Browse bookshelves and blogs and you’ll find stories of people striving toward extraordinary goals: zero waste, plastic-free, gender-neutral, a level 5 vegan, no products made in China. Reducing the harm we cause is an important… More

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How Well Are You Spending the Jellybeans of Your Life?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 14, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

One of the humane education activities we use to help students and changemakers think more deeply about their passions, goals and choices is to ask them to imagine that they’re very old, approaching the ends… More

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Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green

by Eileen Spinelli

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

When Miss Fox arrives at school via her bicycle, her students learn that Miss Fox is “going green.” Soon everyone in class is working to make choices that can help the earth, and their message… More

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Are You Practicing the Hard Kind of Kindness?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 13, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

When it comes to people we like, and even strangers, it can be pretty easy to be kind. But most of us know at least a couple of people we just don’t like. And then… More

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5 Assumptions We Should Try to Make About Everyone

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 18, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

My mom has been a life-long role model for giving people the benefit of the doubt. Even when faced with someone’s horrific action, she has tried to suggest a reason they might have acted that… More

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8 Strategies for Helping Others Open Themselves to (New) Humane Ideas

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 22, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

As humane educators, we’re passionate about creating a better world for people, animals, and the earth. And when we’re so focused on inspiring others to open their minds and hearts to new ideas in order… More

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What a Humane World Looks Like: Picking Up Others’ Trash

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 17, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Yes, ideally, there shouldn’t be trash to pick up in a humane world. In such a world, folks would pick up after themselves. But, to help nudge us along that path, I recommend picking up… More

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Changing the World One Choice at a Time

Written by blogger | 2 Comments | Published on March 18, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

This post is by guest blogger Laura Grace Weldon. Laura is the author of Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything. She is a writer, editor, and non-violence educator who lives on Bit of Earth… More

Why We Need Humane Education: Growing Gratitude

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 28, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy of dontstealmypen via Creative Commons. “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh  Every year people in… More