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  1. How very interesting and this reminds me of when I first made contact with Annie Bruce author of ‘Good Cats Wear Black’ and long time anti declaw advocate.
    I couldn’t find an emnail address for her and wrote snail mail to tell her about our UK and Australian troops I’d gathered to help educate about declawing and work towards a worldwide ban.
    I was amazed to have a lovely snail mail reply and what she said has stuck in my mind for 5 years now.
    I’d written that I didn’t know how much help it would be to their fight because people in England and Australia couldn’t do a great lot to educate in the USA.
    She wrote ‘Ruth, if you only educate ONE person in the USA and that person never declaws a cat again, you’ve saved ONE cat, but the chances are that person will tell not ONE but TEN people and then if they tell ten more people and they do the same, that’s many more cats saved and those people tell other people, it will go on endlessly and eventually thousands of people will be educated and passing it on and thousands of cats claws will be saved’
    So in a way it’s like your 6 degrees of seperation spreading the word.
    ‘Lots of small steps lead to a giant leap’
    Sadly Annie became ill from exhaustion with the anti declaw battle and had to step back a bit but we are still in touch and she, like us, longs for the day it is stopped completely.
    Michael, your PoC has spread the word far more than we could have ever done without you.

  2. Live the change you want. I think that’s the only way things can get better. A lot of people think there’s no point and that’s the problem. The lack of hope. It’s hard when everything around you is so anti sustainability. It’s hard to feel powerless against the horrible stuff we are being fed. I stopped watching television entirely after I left England in the late 90s. With adverts it’s impossible not to have a polluted subconscious and a general feeling of despair. Put me in front a TV and I have plenty of rude things to say about whats being spoon fed in to my consciousness. Things like the Telly Tubbies are a form of spiritual rape in my opinion. They have televisions in them. Kids who have grown up looking at things like that must feel lost.

    By living the change we want – or by making an effort to be how you want the world to be then I think you can inspire others to do the same. If you consider the 6 degrees of separation this becomes very apt and powerful.

  3. Well said, Michael. There is a quote by Mother Theresa (I think it’s hers) posted on the wall at the nursing home where I work: “In this world we cannot do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” Paraphrasing, so I hope that it is correct.

    My article on declawing posted on PoC is all over the Internet now, or it seems that way. I’ve even seen people I don’t know reference it or include links to it in their comments on anti-declawing Facebook pages. I think my article about the Cat Network in West Allis might have helped Merlin get adopted. You commented below that article that you would have loved to adopt him if you were closer. The Cat Network had put a link to my article about them on their own web site. Could your comment that you wanted him have motivated someone here in the States to find him desirable? I think so.

    I posted my song about the Peshtigo Fire on a social networking site, one I used before I realized everyone I know is on Facebook anyway. The song is about Joseph Lacrosse who saved a baby from the fire by jumping into a shallow well with her and then caring for her for three days until she could be reunited with her family. I got the story from a great grandson of that baby. One day a woman contacted me via Facebook telling me she found my song when she searched for Joseph Lacrosse and wondered if I had any more info on him. She is one of his descendants. I had no more info than she did really. All I knew went into the song. But she was thrilled to find the song and know that at least someone out there remembered her relative’s heroic deed. My post was the only place she found him mentioned anywhere online.

    So the Internet can be a wasteland of cute cat pictures at best, pornography and hate speech at worst, but it can be more. It can help people and animals.

    • Well said too Ruth. As you say, the internet can be a wasteland of literally billions of pages of what I call “pap” but it can also really do something good. I believe that Google and Facebook and the big sites should try and help us dissect the good and useful from the waste. Google is meant to do this in a search but it is still all there and Facebook make no effort at all. I suppose “usefulness” is a personal thing. One of the big obstacles on the internet is finding things that are meaningful and useful.

    • Ruth. That’s an amazing story about the fire and the man Joseph’s descendant contacting you. That really is a perfect example of connections that are far from random yet unexpected.

      • My father in law invited me to share my music writing project with his “Heart of the Valley Senior Service Club” which serves Wisconsin’s Fox Valley area. He said the old timers there would have ideas for me, and that’s where I met the man who told me Joseph’s story.

        I am slowly working on a history book featuring songs about people or events that are largely forgotten, but should be remembered. Everyday people who became heroes, whether history remembered their efforts or not, became the focus of my work when I realized what a horrible thing it is that residents of Wisconsin Dells (Kilbourn) remember Belle Boyd, a Confederate spy who happens to be buried there, but have completely forgotten Thomas Allen, an escaped slave and Civil War hero who truly was a part of that community until his death in 1874. Tom probably dragged the ancestors of some current Dell’s residents off a battle field years ago, but today they don’t know who he is. So I wrote a song about him.

        I wish some of his descendants would contact me. They are out there. He had four children. H.H. Bennett took a picture of all the kids standing in front of the Kilbourn school. You can spot Tom’s kids because they are the only ones who aren’t white. Tom’s tombstone is the biggest of all the Civil War vets buried up there. But in the end racism prevailed, because history remembers a flamboyant white woman who fought to keep the slaves in their chains but has forgotten a black man who risked his life to see those chains broken forever.

        My songs about Herman the Police Dog and Simon Able SeaCat are part of that same project and are on PoC somewhere.

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