5 Minute Changemaker: Take Just Enough
by Marsha Rakestraw In the hurry-scurry of our daily lives, it’s easy to buzz through on auto-pilot and not think…
5 Minute Changemaker: Cultivating Gratitude
by Marsha Rakestraw Like many other skills, gratitude can be cultivated through attention, effort, and practice. Studies show that gratitude…
Deciding When Enough is Enough
In September I had the great honor of helping plan the student observance for the annual International Day of Peace…
7 Tips for Paying Attention to What We’re Paying Attention To
by Marsha Rakestraw Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset said, “Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will…
8 Strategies for Helping Others Open Themselves to (New) Humane Ideas
by Marsha Rakestraw As humane educators, we’re passionate about creating a better world for people, animals, and the earth. And…
Enter the Winter YES! National Student Writing Competition
Image screenshot YES! Magazine. This winter our friends at YES! are sponsoring a writing competition for students in middle school…
The World Doesn’t Owe Us a Thing: On Not Complaining
Image courtesy of aturkus via Creative Commons. I admit it. I complain. A lot. It helps me cope. I complain,…
Time, Change, and Complacency
Image courtesy Edwin Barkdoll. We dropped our son off at college a couple of weeks ago. After returning from the…
Making the Invisible Visible
In the YES! Magazine essay, “What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other?,” Akaya Windwood asks “… What…
Kindness Captured: A Day of Bravery and Kindness
Whenever we ask people what are the best qualities of being human (which is one definition of “humane”), kindness is…
Savor and Save: The Key to Being a Lifelong Changemaker
For my blog post today, I’m sharing a recent essay I wrote for One Green Planet, a website dedicated to…
Opening Our Eyes to the Mystery of Nature
A few nights ago, my husband and I were walking our dogs at dusk. When we walked by our pond,…