Category Archives: Elemental innovations

An Interview with Anne Benvenuti about Spirit Unleashed

Who did you imagine reading Spirit Unleashed and what did you think they’d take from it? I wrote it for people who like to do their own thinking and, especially those among them who love animals. I want people to … Continue reading

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Read the first chapter!

Read the first chapter of my book! Used with kind permission of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Here’s the link to the Wipf and Stock page where you can buy the whole book. It’s also newly out on Kindle!!  

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Spirit Unleashed!

The book is out! You can now order Spirit Unleashed: Reimagining Human-Animal Relations. Who’ll be the first to add an Amazon review? You can also order it directly from the publishers, Wipf & Stock.

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Why do Dolphins Look So Happy?

Yes, yes, the appearance of a smile is the consequence of dolphin physiology and not really a measure of mood. Still, dolphins are famously found to be in a good mood, as evidenced in all the usual ways, like engagement, … Continue reading

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Imaginal Discs and Memories

From morning to late afternoon I watched a caterpillar climb a tall pine tree, climb without ever stopping to rest. That was September, two years ago, in the beautiful northern woods of Door County, Wisconsin. This tiny creature spent the … Continue reading

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Dawn Chorus (Other Nations)

“Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for … Continue reading

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Why the New Archaic?

Why The New Archaic? “The New Archaic, this expression of yours that I guess I love to hate,” said my colleague, Mladin Turk, professor at Elmhurst College in Illinois, “what does this oxymoronic expression mean?” This very good question came … Continue reading

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The Nones Are Off the Bus, and Many of Them are Alls

The “Nones” are the largest and fastest growing segment of the population on the religious landscape in America, according to the most recent Pew survey. In just the last five years, this group of willfully unaffiliated people has grown from … Continue reading

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Courting a Gray Whale: Matters of Essence, Matters of Scale

Courting a Gray Whale: Matters of Essence, Matters of Scale– by Anne Benvenuti (c) 2013 (Photo by Denise Skelton*) I have no idea how long ago I saw film footage of Jacques Cousteau in full dive suit, floating around in … Continue reading

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A Valentine for my Wild Lovers

I used to say that the way to save a wild animal is to sleep with him. I enjoyed the double entendre, especially because we project all our own feelings of beastly sexuality onto our furry friends. But there’s some … Continue reading

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