Category Archives: Elemental innovations

The Animal Soul of Life (Beneath the Human Clutter)

© Anne Benvenuti | May 2017 Photo © Thomas Espinosa “I would say, if you’ve never seen a horse or touched a horse, just touch it. Because if you touch it, then you’ll feel the soul” (Farrah Akbar, age 8). … Continue reading

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SANCTUARY

It was two days after Donald Trump was elected to be President of the United States. We were stunned here, all of us, at the unexpected vote. I had been in the north of Britain the morning the Brexit vote … Continue reading

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Animals Again: New/Old Work

I continue to think and to write about my favorite topic, human-animal relations. I published four articles over the past year; and I am working on a new book,  more news on this soon. I’m excited about it! Meanwhile, here … Continue reading

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Walking with Cephalophores

I’m inspired by the Cephalophores, those saints who go along carrying their heads in their arms, cradled somewhere in the location of their hearts, necessarily. Historically, they carry their heads to indicate that they were beheaded physically. But I want … Continue reading

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I loaf and invite my soul (Walt Whitman)

Doing nothing often leads to something. Indeed, I am gestating something and will unveil it in due time, perhaps in August or September, if I understand the due date correctly. Meanwhile I loaf as the proper accompaniment to gestation, and … Continue reading

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I Want to Do Nothing

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The Kindness of Strangers: Ramadan Mubarak

We arrived back in London last night, after a week of pilgrimage cum holiday travel in and around Assisi, Italy. By the time the jet’s wheels rolled on the tarmac, I’d been whining off and on for some hours about … Continue reading

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Too Big To Fail and Too Small to Matter: Don’t Go Back to Sleep!

(What follows is the text of a talk I gave to students last week at Hartnell College, Salinas, about why their educations matter.) Good afternoon and welcome to the final session of the 2015 Academic Expo at Hartnell College, a … Continue reading

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There Goes My Hamburger!

I can see it in the eyes of some people as soon as I take to the podium, the fear that the author of Spirit Unleashed: Reimagining Human-Animal Relations is going to tell them they shouldn’t eat meat. “There goes … Continue reading

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Having Time and Energy, Without Buyer’s Remorse!

I spent much less money this year than I used to spend for the holidays. I spent less time and energy shopping, too. And, if I read my social world rightly, so did a lot of Americans. I spent more … Continue reading

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