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Caring For Our Caregivers

“Do something nice for yourself tonight,” my friend Katya said.

“Why?” I asked, oblivious to her reasoning.

“Just trust me. Take care of yourself, okay.”

I hung up the phone and packed my bag for a day of touring shelters in southern California. I was workin ...

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From Cruelty to Compassion: One Voice That Changed a Nation

The formidable woman stood tall in front of the slight man behind the desk. She crossed her hands in front of her, and unsmiling, and questioned him.

“Mr. Waln, where are the watering stations?”

The man sighed, taking off his spectacles and placing them on the desk. The so ...

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The Gift of Spring

CAUTION: may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 10 (contains spoilers about the Easter Bunny) In an age long before man, the German Goddess of Spring, Eostre, was wandering about during the winter time when she came upon a bird in the forest with a broken wing. The bir ...

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Be Kind to Animals… Always

This week marks the 104th year that the American Humane Association has led it’s Be Kind to Animals Week humane education campaign. It started as a poster campaign showing children feeding stray cats or caring for a dog to educate children about being compassionate to animals. They offere ...

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Bugging Out

It had been a restful weekend in the new attic apartment I was renting in Atlanta, Georgia for my current gig. Tucker was already up on the bed, head up by the pillows. I was in the bathroom, and just finished putting the toothpaste on the toothbrush when a single, large, amber-colored cock ...

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Every Day is Earth Day

The year was 1969. Embroiled in a war half a world away, and the country suffering from a loss of their youth being drafted and the world around them crumbling from industrial misuse of resources, pockets of resistance began to grow. The seeds of change took a stronghold in the fertile soil ...

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You Are What You Eat

“It’s too hard to be vegan.”

Those are words I hear often when discussing kinder food choices. Most often, those words are coming from my own mouth. Living in a diverse city as I do, it’s actually a rather lo ...

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Tour Guide Of Life

“Tucker!” That’s how I’m greeted when I walk into a room. Or rather, that’s how my dog is greeted. My existence is an afterthought. It isn’t until after Tucker gets a few butt scratches and he wags his tail, smiling up at the human welcome party whose good cheer reflects Tucker’ ...

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True Calling

It’s been said, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Not many of us are lucky to have such a scenario. Not everyone’s true calling can put food on the table and pay the rent. First ...

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The Key to Kindness

I awaken to the warm glow of pre-dawn light that casts itself across my room. Looking down the bedcovers, I see a furry being, feel his warmth, and watch as his side rises and falls in a gentle rhythm. I shuffle under the covers slightly, and he comes awake ever so briefly to take a stretch. E ...

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