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The Heartivist Legacy of Thich Nhat Hanh

The Heartivist Legacy of Thich Nhat Hanh

Last week, the prolific author and thinker Thich Nhat Hanh died; although in penning that sentence I recognize he would take offense to the very idea. He did not believe in death, once writing:  This body is not me. I am not limited by this body.I am life without...

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Virtual Animal Advocates Retreat

Virtual Animal Advocates Retreat

May what I’m about to do yield favorable results. May it give me the capacity to benefit others. May it help me overcome ignorance and limitation. May it clear away all obstacles on the path. May it lead me to the union of wisdom and compassion.  OM AH HUM SO’HA So...

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Meet Me in the Greenhouse

Meet Me in the Greenhouse

Much of our world is oriented around accumulation of financial capital. Even in the non-profit sector, where our service flows from altruistic intentions, the continuous need for fundraising pulls our work back squarely into the exhausting, unceasing capitalist...

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New Year’s Evolution

New Year’s Evolution

I must admit, I am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions.  I appreciate setting positive intentions, continual improvement, and self-reflective efforts to be a better human. However, I find the idea of rigid timelines and lofty goals counterproductive and in some...

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2021: Projects & Changemakers

2021: Projects & Changemakers

Dear Pollination Nation, As we approach the end of 2021, we’re taking a moment to pause as we look back on the work of the everyday heroes that we’ve had the honor to serve this year. Hundreds of inspiring individuals around the globe took action in making their ideas...

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Diane Callaway: Life is Delicious

Diane Callaway: Life is Delicious

Faith in the Unknown Inspires One Woman to Make Life More Delicious for All Faith is what it takes to follow your heart into unknown spaces hoping that you will find your way; Diane Callaway’s life is a beautiful illustration of what happens when you take that leap....

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A New Story for a Forgotten Animal

A New Story for a Forgotten Animal

When Tracey Glover was seven, she and her Dad surprisingly stumbled upon kittens in a flower nursery. The owner told them that they were welcome to take them and offhandedly commented that if they didn’t, they’d simply be put in bags with rocks and thrown into the...

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A Thank You from Our Hearts to Yours

A Thank You from Our Hearts to Yours

Each week, we choose a changemaker to feature whose actions and intentions are creating a kinder, more compassionate world.  This week, we want to flip the script.  Our changemaker of the week is you.  Without our friends and global neighbors, there would be no...

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Sharing is Caring

Sharing is Caring

"Sharing is caring" is a common phrase, yet it carries a rather uncommon meaning. A meaning that is powerful and extremely important for us to understand. To truly express the deepest caring, one must express it through the act of sharing. To share means to give...

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The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

The highest expression of humanity is the spirit of serving others. In my humble opinion, our existence is inseparable from the concept of service. Everyone is serving someone or something - a nation, cause, family, one's self. Service that is directed inwards; seeks...

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Perfectly prepared

Perfectly prepared

When I entered highschool, I was blessed to have a wonderful home room teacher who went above and beyond by sharing life lessons with us. One thing he would often say was, “Perfect preparation prevents poor performance.” Often we long for spontaneity and to live in...

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#PreparedToServe Campaign – More than a feeling

#PreparedToServe Campaign – More than a feeling

How do you define care? According to the dictionary, the definition is, ‘the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.’ Care, much like its companion love, is more than a feeling. Care is an active...

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Advanced Disconnection

Advanced Disconnection

The advancement of technology has revolutionized the way we live. We have access to untold amounts of information at our fingertips, the ability to get to know people thousands of miles away, and instant shopping with next-day delivery.  In comparison to the days of...

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Poetry on the Streets: Melanie Faranello

Poetry on the Streets: Melanie Faranello

“Set up on a street corner, at a bus stop, in a park with my Smith-Corona vintage blue typewriter, a jar of words, and some watercolor paints, I never know what to expect or who I will meet. Some approach Poetry on the Streets with trepidation; others dive right in;...

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It Takes a Village: Cecelia Rich

It Takes a Village: Cecelia Rich

A long career in social work gave Cecelia Rich a firsthand perspective on the many issues her community was facing: homelessness, food insecurity, opioid addiction, and disconnection, just to name a few. Realizing that nourishing food is a need that connects us all,...

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Conscious Feeling

Conscious Feeling

About a year ago I had surgery. I was fortunate to have a wonderful team that, even all this time later, I still recall with tremendous gratitude. Under their skillful care, the difficulties I faced for some time were healed.  Lately, I’ve been thinking in particular...

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