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5 Minute Changemaker: Cultivating Gratitude

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 26, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Like many other skills, gratitude can be cultivated through attention, effort, and practice. Studies show that gratitude has a variety of benefits, including helping us be happier, healthier, and more compassionate toward… More

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Caring When Caring Hurts

Written by Shannon Finch | No Comments | Published on December 21, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Shannon Finch I admit it, I am sensitive. As a child, people thought my sensitivity was cute. As I got older, my sensitivity often exasperated my family. People teased; it wasn’t malicious, but… More

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Explore Lack of Media Diversity With the Activity “Where Are the People Like Me?”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 5, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Mattel’s Moschino Barbie  is getting all sorts of attention — and not just because of the $150 price or the fact that the limited-edition dolls sold out within the first hour. The main focus is… More

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What My Love Affair with Peanut Butter Cups and CNN Taught Me

Written by Shannon Finch | 2 Comments | Published on April 20, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Shannon Finch The other day, while engrossed in work, I ate an entire bag of brand name Peanut Butter Cups. Yep, it’s true. The photo doesn’t even show all the evidence. Is it any… More

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Under the Influence: Our New Social Psychology Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 9, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

As humane educators and changemakers it’s important that we understand what motivates and drives people and what inspires or prevents them from forming new habits and making certain choices. It’s also essential that we know… More

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Refinding Nature

Written by Jessie Huart Sullivan | No Comments | Published on April 6, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Jessie Huart Sullivan In the Institute for Humane Education graduate school residency program, I participated in Seton watching, a form of nature observation in which I sat quietly and observed a small window of… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Shoulders” Inspires Collective Action for Our “Blue Dot” Home

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 26, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

While it’s vital that we as humane educators help teach others about challenging issues so that they can make informed choices aligned with their values, it’s equally vital that we do so in a way… More

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Exending Empathy, Even When It’s Most Difficult

Written by Jessie Huart Sullivan | No Comments | Published on February 11, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Jessie Huart Sullivan As a freshman in college, I took a class in the education department at Indiana University called Introduction to Exceptional Children. Although the class mostly feels like a distant memory, I… More

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Ode to the Third Side

Written by Lexie Greer | 2 Comments | Published on February 4, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lexie Greer Watching the news these days often leaves me restless and down. Jaded language, biased views, a plethora of misconstrued facts and figures. We are bombarded with either/or thinking in all things: good/bad,… More