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Metamorphosis of the ‘Day by Day Girl’

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Writing | 4 comments

I came across a compelling letter written by Norm Phelps to his fellow Unitarian-Universalists (UU) regarding their long history of being in the vanguard of social progress (see link below). Phelps scolds the leaders of UU for having lost the spirit of “moving the boundaries” of compassion forward to include animals. He points to the religious liberal community’s support of abolition, civil rights, feminism, immigrant rights and LGBTQ rights, but now sees that fight for social justice frozen in time. The letter prompted regret that I was not aware of the plight of animals in my early days as an actress. As the vocalist on the iconic song “Day by Day” from the musical Godspell (original cast album and film cast album), I had a “platform,” of sorts. I was certainly no rock star when I performed in the show,...

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Bearing Witness

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Writing | 1 comment

  Did you know that pigs are highly intelligent? Scientific studies have shown that they have better memory and cognitive problem solving skills than a 3-year-old human. Pigs also feel remorse, empathy, and affection; they are playful and often show a silly sense of humor. Most people are unaware that during transport to slaughterhouses, pigs are crammed into trucks. In warmer months they suffer extreme distress from overheating and dehydration – in the winter, they arrive at the slaughterhouses with frostbite. Most of these pigs are only 4-6 months old – they are confused, frightened and in pain. This September, 2014, I am dedicating 50% of all sales of The Chain to help Toronto Pig Save – a dedicated, grassroots organization that seeks to put “glass walls” on Toronto are slaughterhouses. They have inspired an international Save Movement to...

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