The election, fear, and an opportunity for change

A friend sent a text this morning asking how I was feeling about the election. This is what I told her:"I'm completely fine. I voted third party and felt great about it. I don't look to Washington to solve problems. I look at the people around me. And I have great faith in my friends, family, and neighbors and their ability to love each other and work together despite their differences. I'm a firm believer that if we did more of that we'd have less divisiveness. But hey, I'm an optimist. … [Read more...]

Election 2016: What would Susan B. Anthony do?

There are just a few days until Election Day and I have to confess that I'm conflicted about what I'm going to do when I get to the ballot box. I've been supporting a third party candidate the entire season, but I'm also aware that this could be an historic election. Do I want to use my vote to help put the first woman in the Oval Office?So I'm asking myself: What would Susan B. Anthony do?As I'm working on my book about people buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, I've been putting off writing … [Read more...]

Cops, Dallas, and Life With A Badge

I woke up this morning to a world gone mad, and I'm not sure how to proceed with my day.So I write. Without thinking too much, without editing my emotions, and without worry that I might say something that will offend you.You'll get over it, and if you don't then you can find another blogger to read. I really don't care.Because twelve police officers were shot in Dallas last night, and five are dead. And the entire police community in America is changed forever.Again.I’m the d … [Read more...]

Banners, business, and God Bless America

I was a little surprised yesterday when I noticed that a story about a local cafe owner and her kerfuffle over a banner that reads "God Bless America" was trending on Facebook.Jennifer Aquino is at odds with the Town of Penfield over a banner she hung on her Five Mile Cafe back in June. And if you believe everything you read on social media, the town was unpatriotic in its insistence that she remove the banner just as we readied to celebrate Independence Day. In fact, a Fox News story … [Read more...]

Musing on pregnancy, abortion, and becoming a human

I was listening to the radio yesterday, something I don't usually do, addicted as I am to podcasts like "RadioLab" and "Welcome to Nightvale." But a local talk show was on, and I left it on, because when I do listen to talk radio I make sure to listen to both conservative and liberal perspectives. I like to hear many sides of an issue as I ponder where I stand on it and how my decisions affect other people.Anyway, this local host was talking to her guest about abortion and she made a comment … [Read more...]

Chocolate, Easter bunnies and child slavery

I went to lunch with a friend last week and we stopped in at a local gourmet chocolate shop. The place was mobbed with people stocking up on the upcoming Easter holiday but all I wanted to do was ask the owners if they knew where their cocoa came from.Chances were quite good that the cocoa they used to make their sweet goodies was harvested by child slaves.I wondered if the people filling their shopping baskets knew that 42% of the world's cocoa comes from the Ivory Coast, where children … [Read more...]

Some thoughts on modern slavery – refuse to do nothing but don’t be overwhelmed trying to do everything

As I write, I'm sitting in a cafe in a small village that, in our area, was one of the last legs on the Underground Railroad. So it's fitting that I'm writing about slavery and reflecting on the book "Refuse To Do Nothing", by  Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim.Modern day slavery. Human trafficking. The buying, selling, bondage, abuse and forced servitude of human beings.Does it come as a surprise to you that there are slaves in the world today? Would you be surprised to know that the … [Read more...]

International Justice Mission celebrates 15 years fighting oppression – not for puppies, but for people

I wanted to share a non-animal story with you today, because it's so important to me - and if you're the compassionate reader I think you are, it will be important to you, too.This year, International Justice Mission celebrates 15 years of seeking justice around the world on behalf of the oppressed, the abused and the forgotten. Their team not only rescues people from oppression and slavery, but uses the legal systems in their countries to bring the perpetrators to justice.This is on my … [Read more...]

Hollywood plays host to the 26th Annual Genesis Awards, Saturday March 24, 2012 (Updated with winners)

Tomorrow night, the Humane Society of the United States and Hollywood will honor the major news and entertainment media who over the last year have produced "outstanding works that raise public awareness about animal issues" with the 26th Annual Genesis Awards.The list of nominees includes (full list at the end) features films like "Dolphin Tale," "Rio," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and "War Horse" as well as talk shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show."Dancing With The Stars" judge Ca … [Read more...]

Sgt. Rex to be reuinited with Iraq War veteran Corporal Megan Leavey (Updated)

  Iraq War veteran Corporal Megan Leavey and Sgt. Rex (photo http://schumer.senate.gov)  ** See end of post for updates!** U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched an online petition last week, urging the United States Air Force to reunite Sergeant Rex*, a military working dog, with his former partner, Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Corporal Megan Leavey. The two had served together helping to identify and disable roadside bombs in Iraq. Leavey and Sgt. Rex were severely injured … [Read more...]