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5 Minute Changemaker: Leave a Compassionate Comment

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on July 27, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw There’s a common saying in the cyberverse: Never read the comments. But a new study by researchers at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, has revealed that both “a prejudiced and anti-prejudiced… More

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6 Resources to Help You Tell Fact from Fiction

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 12, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw In a society in which many people mistake stories from “The Onion” as true and our legislators aren’t afraid to spin wild tales as facts, being able to verify information as accurate… More

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9 Online Resources for “Alternate” News

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on March 5, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw As effective humane educators, part of our role is to stay informed on global ethical issues, so that we can share accurate information and inspire positive action. But with so many global… More

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Staying Current, Lessening the Despair

Written by Jessie Huart Sullivan | No Comments | Published on December 3, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

What if when we listened to or read the news, we heard stories about people creating humane, practical solutions to the urgent problems of the world? What if the feelings of helplessness and despair were… More

Good News Network

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 26, 2014 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Humane Living, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

The Good News Network is full of inspiring stories of people doing big and small good things for other people, animals, and the earth. More

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Reframing News Headlines

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 21, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

In our busy culture, we often may not read beyond the news and media headlines, so how those headlines are framed, and the language they use (not to mention the topic of the story), can… More

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6 Sources for Positive News

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 27, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Part of my job at IHE involves skimming news sources to keep updated on global ethical issues. Some days can be especially challenging, when the headlines are filled with cruelty, suffering, injustice and destruction. Especially… More

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Humane Issues in the News

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 4, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Each week we round-up the news you need to know about humane issues, from human rights and environmental preservation, to animal protection, to media and culture, to activism, education, and changemaking. Teen starts litter clean-up… More

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Humane Issues in the News

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 21, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Each week we round-up the news you need to know about humane issues, from human rights and environmental preservation, to animal protection, to media and culture, to activism, education, and changemaking.   “The global afterlife… More

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Humane Issues in the News

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 14, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Each week we round-up the news you need to know about humane issues, from human rights and environmental preservation, to animal protection, to media and culture, to activism, education, and changemaking.   Study says “people… More