This weekend, LA experienced the much hyped “Carmageddon.” In a brilliant and wasteful act of publicity, JetBlue offered $4 flights across the city. A group of bicyclists countered by saying they could beat the plane. Here’s a great, little story of environmental awareness from the event that somehow snuck under the radar.
Looking forward to seeing how it tastes. Next they need to have separate steamer for Soy milk which they should do for more than just vegan reasons…allergies, lactose intolerant. It’s almost impossible not to have cross-contamination of milk product to soy milk drinks.
16 Year Old Cat Allegedly Being Forced From The Only Outdoor Home She Has Known.
Gracie a 16 year old feral cat being forced from the only home shes known needs your help, be a voice for the voiceless! SHARE THIS STORY WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW! This is an emergency. A cat has been living – outdoors – on the campus of Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the jewel of the cultural community of Staten Island, for 16 years. She is herself the daughter of a cat who lived and died on the Snug Harbor campus. Years ago, some of the tenants of the Harbor paid to have her spayed, vaccinated, etc., and they have been feeding her and paying for necessary veterinary care ever since. They named her “Gracie.” Gracie is rarely seen during the day, and when approached tends to run away. Nobody has complained about her presence on the campus in 16 years. And we all know that a 16 year old feral cat does not have too many winters left in her; nor can she be domesticated at this point in her life. Sadly, the management of Snug Harbor has decided, out of the goodness of their hearts, that Gracie must go, and this week they hosed down her hiding place and threw away her food and water bowls. The concerned tenants are terrified that they will trap Gracie and deliver this old, feral cat to CACC, where she will almost certainly be put down – or that they will drive Gracie away from the only home she has ever known. If they do, at her advanced age she will certainly be lost, bewildered, and unable to fend for herself, and will likely starve to death. WE NEED LETTERS TO THE ADVANCE, COMPLAINING ABOUT SNUG HARBOR’S CRUELTY TO AN OLD, HARMLESS CAT. WE NEED YOU TO GET YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS TO WRITE, TOO. AND YOU MUST SEND A COPY TO THE CEO OF SNUG HARBOR, LYNN KELLY. ALSO, CALL & EMAIL LYNN KELLY, at718 425-3501, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org LET HER KNOW THAT YOU ARE GOING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE HARBOR’S CRUELTY ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE, AND ON TWITTER. THREATEN NEVER TO COME TO ANOTHER EVENT AT THE HARBOR, AND THREATEN TO WRITE LETTERS TO OUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER, THE STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE. CONTACT THE STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE You can also contact NY1 News, the run a Staten Island specific report and let them know the cruelty happening at Snug Harbor! CONTACT NY1 NEWS Thank you to every one who gives a voice to Gracie! Together we can ensure that old Gracie gets to live out the rest of her life in peace and dignity. Original Message from Lila Levey By: SICAW (Staten Island Council For Animal Welfare Inc.)
Please help if you can, it only takes one phone call or email. If taken to a kill shelter, due to her age and feral nature (although I believe cats this age can still live indoors), she will most likely be killed soon after intake. Please share this for Gracie’s sake!
Ok so empathy is a good thing to apply here however after working with kids/teens as an Art Therapist for 16 years, this issue goes beyond empathy. First you usually have to pull a parent, or parents out of denial. You have to get them past the boys will be boys, girls will be girls deflection and even good ole’ dismissal by a parent as they explain to their child that s/he was teased or bullied as a child and turned out ok. Or there are the parents who think their child is being dramatic or over-reporting the bullying and the worst judgement…being weak or a sissy or overly sensitive. After peeling back the denial and/or judgement you then have to get a parent to believe that they can take on the school/other parents etc… if need be because lord knows schools profess zero tolerance but often do not enforce it and when a parent tries to talk to a neighborhood kid’s parent, they get an attitude in return, a ‘not my kid’, a ‘it takes two to tango’ and even at times a door slammed in their face.
Ultimately a parent and or guardian must commit to protecting their child no matter what they must do (legally that is). I am amazed when parents bring their child in to see me after 6 months or more of bullying. Sometimes kids come in having being teased or bullied for years. Please do not wait. And if you find that you are not good with confrontation or feel lost in how to help your child, seek out a therapist or some type of advocate who can be by your side and support you through the process. Look online, get a book, find a support group off/on line…nowadays there are so many resources out there on every subject making it possible to investigate the issue and even read about what other parents have done to overcome their child being bullied. You are not alone, and now with the internet, bullying has become an epidemic. It is real, and all too often children hide their being bullied from adults and express it in non-verbal ways, most of them self-destructive. Most of the kids/teens/adults I see for bullying issues are in marital arts. I believe marital arts is one of the best activities for people in general, not the commercialized marital arts, the old school martial arts where you learn that you have a right to the 3 feet around you, and you have a right to defend that space…or at least that’s what my Sifu tells me. :)
The suggestion in this article to say to a child ‘so what I hear you saying is’ is a technique therapists learn in school, a form of checking in, reflecting back…here’s what I’ve learned about that…it only works for so long and then it sounds fake to most kids, especially teens. When I first started working as a therapist I used that technique but as time went on I felt as fake saying it, as it sounded. It might be a good start for parents who feel uncomfortable talking with their kids but let me suggest as you get more comfortable just be authentic, if you are interested in what your child has to say, if you really are invested in their life that will shine through by the attention you give them, by the detail you reflect to them about what they have expressed. Kids don’t miss a thing, therefore they won’t miss your true concern, even if you feel like it doesn’t always come across that way. Give yourself and your child some credit for the bond you share, a bond that is like no other. To children, parents are their gods, their superheros. For many years, and depending on your heights, sometimes all their life, they look up to you.
In my best Yoda…Protect children we must all do.
(*this feedback is based on healthy family systems. Dealing with teasing/bullying of a child who also comes from a dysfunctional family system is a vast and intense subject to cover).