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“Hey Sundance, Who Are Those Guys?”

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Writing | 0 comments

Each day that Ammon Bundy and his band of armed militiamen stay holed up at the Malheur Refuge, they make us wonder, in the words of Butch Cassidy, “Who are those guys?” They’re adamant that they will not leave until the federal government gives them back their land so they can graze livestock wherever they want.  Yet in actual truth, they do graze their cattle and sheep pretty much wherever they want. Approximately 230 million acres of federal land out west is allocated for livestock grazing, with the grazing fees less than 10% of what ranchers pay to graze on private lands. Yet even then, most western ranching operations are not economically profitable. And cattle grazed on public land represent less than 3% of the national beef supply. So who are the Bundys and the others who would threaten federal officials with assault rifles to “protect” a nonviable and probably difficult way of life? What do they really want? I think the answer lies in George Wuerthner’s astute observation that the western ranchers’ identity is tied into entrenched American attitudes about beef, cowboys and the western frontier. Wuerthner is an activist and Projects Director of the Foundation for Deep Ecology, publisher of an eye-opening book called Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American...

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Hudson Valley Book Fair

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments

I’ll be doing a reading and signing books at the Hudson Valley Book Fair from 11:00am to 5:00pm on December 12th in Beacon, NY. Come say hi and meet other local authors! Book Signings * Live Readings * Used Books * Baked Goods * Gift Wrapping The First Presbyterian Church of Beacon, 50 Liberty Street, Beacon,...

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A Close Encounter with Wolves: Gods or Street Kids?

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments

Last month, I reconnected with Maggie Howell at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY. Maggie had been an invaluable resource for me as I was writing The Trap.  She took me back to the wolf enclosure (acres of woodlands) where a few of them waited to greet us. I was so moved by the rare opportunity to be so close to the wolves, I wrote the following piece for Elephant Journal....

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The Alpha Wolf

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments

Glad that the NY Times published my letter in response to Carl Safina’s editorial regarding the male alpha wolf. For your review:  ...

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Dogs on the Inside

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments

If we could do this in every prison, the world would be a better place!

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Using Story for Effective Animal Advocacy

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Writing | 1 comment

Most fiction writers know that a good story is the key to a memorable book, article or screenplay. But business leaders and marketing specialists have been using the art of storytelling for years as a motivational tool. They realize that stories drive transformational change by putting facts into an emotional context. In the short, instructive video below, Jennifer Aaker, Professor of Marketing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, discusses a University of Pennsylvania study on how to best...

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Will Animals Survive? Will They Want To?

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

 It doesn’t take long to tell a story. Here, in one minute, fifteen seconds, and three characters – a powerful, compelling story about where we are headed. Very emotional, as all stories must be. Watch and learn. Post by ‎ההרצאה הכי טובה ששמעתי...

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