While every day should be seen as a time to celebrate our wondrous planet, April 22nd is the established day for Earth Day.
This year's Earth Day theme is protecting species across the planet, including bees, giraffes, elephants, whales, sea turtles and many others. Learn how you can help here.
MSN is publishing a series of articles as stated in the following note: “In honor of Earth Day, throughout the month of April we are putting a spotlight on the beauty and fragility of Earth, with a special focus on trees and forest health.” Learn more about this important topic here.
Each day, there’s much you can do to show your love for our lovely planet from picking up trash; planting trees and flowers; recycling, reusing, and reducing waste; and using what would ordinarily be thrown away as scraps to make something beautiful and/or useful for others. See how 62-year-old Michelle Zieler is sewing her love.
What will you be doing to celebrate our amazing planet?
Two of Rosie's books, The Golden Sword and Time Smugglers were finalists for the 2014 Wishing Shelf Book Awards.
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Author and artist, Kathryn V. White's most recent book, Rumble Tumble Joy: A Journey for Healing, Inspiration, and Wholeness, is a finalist in the 2014 Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Find out more at: www.kathrynVwhite.com
Read Yes, Fernando to see the positive power found in opening to change.
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Elephants are highly intelligent and social animals that live in close-knit family groups, roam vast acres, and need to live in warm climates.
Zoos, including the Woodland Park Zoo located in damp, rainy Seattle, cannot provide the environment for elephants to live healthy lives. And some zoos have taken this to heart, closed their elephant exhibits, and sent their elephants to live in sanctuaries.
As stated in a recent article in City Living Seattle by Christie Lagally, “a recent survey commissioned by the Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants shows that 62% of Seattle voters believe the elephants should be moved to a sanctuary immediately.”
To date, 27 zoos have closed or plan to close their elephant exhibits. Click here to find out which ones.
There is enough suffering in the world.
You can make a difference to help end the suffering of these wonderful, intelligent animals.
Please add your voice to eliminate elephant breeding and housing at your local zoo. If the zoo really wants to help elephants, it should follow the lead of the NYC Bronx Zoo and place money for helping preserve elephants in the wild in Asia and Africa.
More information can be found at:
Easy & Quick Steps You Can Take Now:
1) Write your local council members and local zoo letting them know you want to see their elephant exhibits closed, their breeding programs stopped, and their elephants sent to a sanctuary accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries as soon as possible.
2) If you live in King County and/or Seattle, click here for a list of council members to contact. You can email your support—even if it is just one sentence—“Please send Woodland Park Zoo’s elephants (Bamboo, Watoto, and Chai) to a sanctuary accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries as soon as possible.”
3) “Like” the Facebook page for the Community Coalition for Elephant Retirement
4) “Like” the Facebook page for the Friends of the Woodland Park Zoo Elephants
5) Tell others about this issue and share this blog post to help spread the word in helping these magnificent animals!
Your actions do make a difference! Thank you for taking part to help end suffering in this world!
NOTE: On 4/25/2014, Alyne Fortgang of Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants (FWPZE) told me that FWPZE is beginning a round of meetings in the next two weeks with Seattle council members starting with Jean Godden. Thus, this is a pivotal time for you to contact King County and City of Seattle council members to add your voice in helping to end the suffering of the WPZ elephants!
Love animals? Help animals! And the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) makes it easy. They publish the Humane Activist five times a year. It only costs $10.00/year to subscribe. Each short newsletter includes updates on legislation that supports or hurts our animal buddies.
A great feature is their section on HSLF-supported animal protection bills before the U.S. Congress. You then just email or call your senators’ or representatives’ offices and let them know you'd like them to support the specific bills listed. It's easy--just give them the bill number listed in the newsletter.
Once you find out the contact information for your senators and representatives, post that phone number someplace for easy access—like your refrigerator. And/or add their email addresses to your email accounts.
How to find your senators and representatives? Go to www.hslf.org/leglookup or http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml.
Take action NOW! And boost your good karma today!
Humpback Whales photo from NRDC.org
Don't you love the beauty of whales, dolphins, porpoises and other marine mammals?
If yes, please take a moment to honor these amazing creatures by helping to protect them from the horrible impacts of mid-frequency sonar.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council in its Spring 2013 edition of Nature's Voice "the National Marine Fisheries Service is preparing to approve the Navy's five-year plan to use high explosives and deafening mid-frequency sonar in its training and testing exercises throughout enormous swaths of ocean off America's coasts."
This extreme noise has harmful and horrible effects to marine mammals, including hearing loss as well as hemorrhages in the lungs and other organs.
Pierce Brosnan narrates a short video of the impacts.
Learn more and add your voice today to protect the lives of these and other amazing sea creatures at NRDC's website.
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Kathryn V. White is an author and artist who dreams of rousingly playing a djembe in a drum circle.
Two of my books are finalists in the 2014 Wishing Shelf Book Awards! Click on the below book covers to learn more.
Rumble Tumble Joy book reviews: San Francisco Book Review (4 star) & Story Circle Book Reviews (4 star).
2020 Juried Exhibit at the Washington State History Museum
Kathryn's collage, "Resonating Truth" has been juried into a show at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington. The exhibit runs from April 9 to August 20, 2020.
2019 - 2020 Juried Traveling Art Exhibit in Virginia
Kathryn's papercutting plus collage "Summer Interlude" has been juried into a traveling show. The exhibit runs September 9, 2019 to December 8, 2019 at Gallery 3700 in Arlington, Virginia and from December 17, 2019 to February 18, 2020 at Westover Library in Arlington, Virginia.
2019 Juried Exhibit at the Washington State Convention Center
Kathryn's large collage "When I'm Gone, Who Will Remember Me?" has been juried into a show at the Washington State Convention Center's Phyllis Lamphere Gallery. The exhibit runs January 12, 2019 to March 31, 2019.
Poetry On Buses
Kathryn's poem, The Sound Soothes, was selected for the 2017 Poetry on Buses: Your Body of Water Program and is a part of the online collection! Click here to read it!
2018 Juried Exhibit at the Rosehill Community Center
*Three of Kathryn's collages have been juried into an exhibit at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo, WA from April 3 through June 24, 2018. "Phoenix" won the Northwest Collage Society's prestigious Eleanor Wolters Smith Memorial Award.
2017 SOLO SHOW at the University Business Center
*20 of Kathryn's artworks were on exhibit in a solo show from October 16 through December 7, 2017 at the University Business Center's Gallery 4500 in Seattle's U-District.
2017 Juried Exhibit at Seattle City Hall
Kathryn's collage, "Welcome to My Universe" was juried into the exhibit, "Hot Town: Summer in the City" at the Seattle City Hall in downtown Seattle that ran from July 7 through August 30, 2017.
2017 Juried Exhibit at Seattle University
Kathryn had a large collage, "Broadway at Times Square" juried into the 2017 Search for Meaning Art Exhibition (part of the Search for Meaning Book Festival) from February 16 to 25, 2017 at Seattle University's Vachon Gallery.
2017 Juried Exhibit at Cascadia Art Museum
Kathryn had a collage, "Indra's Net" juried into the exhibit, "Collaged Impressions of the Northwest Social Realism and the American Scene 1930 to 1950" that ran January 19 to March 26, 2017 at the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds, WA.
2017 Exhibit at Dreamclinic
Kathryn had 10 artworks exhibited from January through April 12, 2017 at Dreamclinic in Seattle's Roosevelt neighborhood.
Kathryn's art is available as fine art prints. Click here to find out more.
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