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Saving Animals, Social Justice, and Poetry

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Writing | 0 comments

This past weekend we met a wonderful young man named Douglass DeCandia who is walking the walk when it comes to saving animals, ensuring sustainable agriculture, and working toward social justice. He manages small farms that grow fresh produce for hungry Westchester residents while also training at-risk kids and others how to grow good food. Doug also happens to be a damn fine poet. Here from Doug: Oh, silly bird, you shouldn’t be here here along this speeding highway. You look silly, you know? …too big for this little place. Those giant wings stand out, bowing to the wind as they blow the dust from our memories of true beauty… remember grace does exist. Silly how easy you move so slow along this speeding highway of concrete and doubt. You shouldn’t be here… this is no place for such...

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Marketing Compassion

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in Writing | 0 comments

  Those of us trying to raise awareness about animal suffering must constantly be looking for new ways to reach people. Leafleting, social media, speaking out, writing letters to the editor, and yes, writing books. How do we market the idea that compassion is cool? I came across this terrific idea in Costa Rica — an ingenious and fun marketing plan to save hundreds of abandoned and unwanted dogs in Costa Rica. Almost seems obvious in its simplicity, but according to this video, it’s working. Hot damn!...

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