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Coping With Covid From T2C’s Toronto Writer Steve Ross

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Steven Ross LCSW NASM is a Registered Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private psychotherapy practice in both Toronto, Canada and New York City, NY. Click here for information for online or in-person therapy. He also is an Outer Critics Circle voting member, and writes about theatre, film, and television for Frontmezzjunkies and Times Square Chronicles

T2C: How are you dealing with home containment?

SR: One morning in mid-March, I woke up in my bedroom in NYC, and thought, well, this is looking pretty bad. I had just flown in about five days prior from Toronto, where I live and work half the week. All my NYC plans had fallen apart, bit by bit (luckily) as the days and hours went by since landing. I had boarded a flight from Toronto on Thursday, March 12th so I could attend a press night to see a Broadway musical, I had a review all ready and written for the Broadway show, Six, ready to post that night after their opening, and I had a full day of psychotherapy appointments scheduled for the Friday. I was also ready to fly that Friday night to London, England, for a five-night holiday seeing six West End shows with my best buddy, and then fly solo to Madrid for a long weekend vacation. Naturally, and fortunately, every aspect of those plans disintegrated. Borders and Broadway theaters announced they were closing while I was on that flight to LGA.  I landed to a text from my buddy saying we should probably cancel our UK/EU trip, and all my therapy patients probably should be seen remotely.  Little did I know how long that idea was going to last.

So on that Monday, March 16th, with rumors of the Canadian border closings, I altered my plans. I was going to hang out in NYC until my scheduled flight back to Toronto on the 23rd, but that seemed risky.  I quickly booked a flight to Toronto for that same afternoon. The flight was cheap and packed to the brim with nervous Canadians. Every cough was greeting with scared stares and whispers, with hand sanitizer being distributed by upset passengers to all those around them. I felt like I was in a scene from a movie, or a flashback episode from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” all of us escaping a nation altering its place in the world. And maybe that was more the truth than not.

But here in Toronto, I feel pretty safe and sound. I self-isolated in a beautiful condo high up in the clouds looking over the pristine Lake Ontario and the closed down island airport that I had flown into just days earlier. I focused on getting my psychotherapy practice that was based in NYC and in Toronto up and running on Zoom and FaceTime.  My schedule was pretty full, five days a week, and I had the privacy to dive in completely. I filled those days with work, YouTube exercise and yoga classes (much thanks, yogawithadriene), as well as FaceTime chats with quarantined friends. I had food delivered to my door, cooked healthy dinners and lunches, allowed myself one (or maybe two) bourbon drinks a night, and searched out whatever theatrical event I could find online. I watched, wrote, and waiting for the 20 days I had booked to end.  

I watched and I wrote.  My theatrical review blog (frontmezzjunkies.com) was filling up daily with commentary on old streamed productions of Sondheim shows and special events from the National TheatreStratford Festival, Shakespeare’s Globe, and, oddly enough, Andrew Lloyd Webber.  After my 20 days in isolation, I moved back to my buddy’s house in a nice residential neighborhood in Toronto near St. Clair West and Oakwood. From there, I self-isolated, maintaining social distancing when I go running and exercising with resistance bands in the nearby park, but honestly, I stayed mostly in the backyard. I feel nervous outside, but very fortunate. I work a fair bit, read, watch a ton of theatre online, and write about it all for Times Square Chronicles and my own blog. I’m a lucky man, I think. I am surrounded by good people, have lovely dinners with my friend roommates, and feed my passions every day. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty damn good. I can not complain.

T2C: What would you say is the difference of being in self lockdown between NY and TO?

SR: The biggest difference I find is the level of tension I feel when I walk out of my front door. For that one weekend in March when I was in Hell’s Kitchen, I was on my own (my buddy was on holiday in Florida seeing his boyfriend in a musical that quickly got shuttered – he still hasn’t returned to NYC, isolating with his BF’s parents in Arizona), and each time I left the apartment I felt very nervous and stressed.  Back then, everything felt scary, but I had to eat, so I went to the grocery store and found what I could to take care of myself for the weekend.  The shelves were scarily empty of so many things, the lineups were long, and the stress was high.  There was no social distancing happening but it was strangely quiet in the store. I don’t think we knew that we should be staying 6 ft apart while knowing internally that something terrible was coming. I got what I needed and then settled into the lovely (albeit tight) two-bedroom apartment for the duration.  There wasn’t anywhere to go anyway, as I knew that restaurants and bars, although still open, were closing up quickly and probably not a good idea.  I didn’t see friends and I wasn’t wearing a mask when I went for a Citibike ride to my office to get mail, but I did wipe down the bike. I felt nervous and isolated, and although it was self-imposed, it felt like the thing to do. 

The change of heart, from sticking it out until my flight on the 23rd to getting back to Toronto on the 16th, was an obvious one. I had universal healthcare in Canada. If I got sick, I would have one less thing to worry about. American healthcare sucks, and even though I was paying a ton each month for coverage, I still knew that getting sick could set me back thousands of dollars. In Canada, that wouldn’t be an issue. So off I went, with just a few hour’s notice. I left my laundry in the corner shop, not bothering to pick it up before I ran off.  So there it sits, waiting for me to return, an idea I continually dream about. I miss that city, sending it love and care every day, and know I will return.

In Toronto, I live with a friend from high school and his roommate. I have a tiny space at the front of the house to myself and feel very lucky. The area doesn’t feel as densely populated as any neighborhood in NYC, and there is a great park close by for runs and workouts. We have a back yard, and an artist studio shed out back with WiFi and a television if we need some space. We make meals and eat together pretty much everyday unless my appointment schedule gets in the way. I feel some tension when I go out the front door, but I remind myself I’m masked, have hand sanitizer in my pocket, and the plan is to not touch anything during my outing. My friend that I have known since Grade 9 loves to go shopping and do laundry (go figure), so I happily oblige. We are well stocked and have private space. I have lots of work, and my theatrical writing and watching to keep me sane. For all this I couldn’t be more thankful.

T2C: What have you been able to accomplish at this time?

SR: I am grateful to be of use. That’s the main thing. Being a psychotherapist feels like such a blessing right now. It gives me strength when I feel I need some for myself and for those I am in session with. There is a focus and a point to my day, which is a blessing. I have been doing lots of online CEU classes, trying to be as mindful as I can to all that is going on, and I talk a fair bit with other therapists in Canada and in the States giving support and camaraderie to one another during these trying times. It’s a lot to absorb, but my community gives me strength.

Me 30 years ago

I’ve seen lots of streamed theatre, and have tried to write as honestly and supportively for all those companies that are stepping up to the plate delivering us something as close to the actual experience as possible.  There is so much to take in. I look at my schedule and see that almost every night there is something I’m excited to see and watch, from streamed cabaret shows at 54 Below to filmed theatrical plays from Stratford Festival or the National Theatre that I would never have had the chance to see live and in person. I eat it up like junk food, and feel somewhat satiated by it all. And thankful that these people and the organizations they work for recognize our need, acknowledge the importance of art and theatre to our lives, and find ways to bring it to us so freely and graciously. 

T2C: What has this time stopped you from accomplishing?

SR: That’s a hard one to answer, as I feel I’m in a very fortunate position. It has reframed my drive to build my practice in Toronto, and has allowed me to sit back a bit and breath in the abundance that is coming my way. I wanted to dive a bit more into creating a new social life in Toronto, as I only started living and working in both cities in January. But that can wait.  It has to, but when this is all over, or at least when the isolation is lightened and lessened, my new social world, I know, will develop once again, and maybe with a better alignment of priorities and focus than before all this happened. One can hope.

I do hope that people change their priorities, from wanting things to needing people. To caring for our environment and taking care of one another, over-worrying only about their personal wealth. I’m hopeful, but not completely convinced as I watch the news. People protesting the shutdown makes me feel sad about our future, and the politics of the States scare me.  But I can’t go too deep down that hole. I’ll cross my fingers, and hold on to hope.

T2C: What kind of emotions does this time bring out in you?

SR: Not to sound too optimistic and la-de-da, but I am supremely grateful for my position in the world, and feel fortunate for the work that I have and the space where I live. I miss so many of my friends from around the world and the man that I will always love, who is far away in California. I feel lonely at times, even though I am lucky to have the roommate friends I have and spend time with. I miss touch and intimate affection, but I speak a lot with my guy in California and feel the connection to my family and friends.  It is not the same, but it is intimate and it is filled to the brim with love and care.  I speak to my family and my friends often, but miss in-person face-to-face contact. I talk and talk all day long, doing therapy sessions five or six days a week on my phone or on Zoom, so I do find it difficult to then pick up the phone or laptop once again and talk some more to friends and such. I’m sick of looking at a computer zoom screen by the end of the day, but I force myself somedays, as I know it will be good for me in the long run. 

T2C: If you were to equate this time to a song or song cycle what would it be? 

SR: I find that I am far more emotionally connected to some musical songs than before, even the ones I have always loved bring me to tears in an instant. I found myself watching “Slings and Arrows”, a Canadian television series about the love of theatre, and so many moments within made me cry.  The musical, Sunday in the Park with George always makes me cry, but the longing for love inside Dot when she sings to George about leaving him (We Do Not Belong Together) destroys me these days so much more. It speaks to me in a way that it never did so strongly before. There are days I need a good cry, and this is one sure way of releasing it.

T2C: What message would you like to give the world right now?

SR: I was saying to a patient the other day, we may not be able to have the incredible experience of sitting in a crowded theatre taking in a live show for a long time coming, but for now, we should be grateful for the gifts we are given.  It’s maybe a far off second place, but it’s something.  I’m seeing all these shows I was not able to see, and some that I’ve seen before, but I am happy to see again. I get to write about these shows, mixing in my supportive thoughts with my life experiences connected to shows that I am watching, like Sunday in the Park with George and Company. I get to revel in my love and passion for theatre.  There is so much being offered, and for that, I am truly grateful, even as I sit worried about what theatre will look like in the future. I can’t worry about that too much right now. I donate and I write about theatre, that’s the thing I can do to help. I have to think about survival today, tomorrow, and this week ahead.  The rest, I have to give my impulse to control. I can only do my best to help and support, and cross my fingers that whatever the new normal will look like, I will be able to find joy and passion within it. This is my thing, and I hope everyone finds their own space to feel fortunate and grateful. I read a paragraph about people born in the early 1900s, and all that they went through. I compare and contrast, wondering how they survived world wars, plagues, and the Great Depression. At least my WiFi works.

T2C: What is the first thing you will do when we are no longer self quarantined? 

SR: I will meet up with my friends, give them a good hug, and tell them how much they mean to me. I will go to the theatre. I will have intimate dinners with the people I care about. And I’ll plan a trip, to London to see theatre with my best bud, or spend an intimate week on a beach in Cabo or Tulum. I will kiss my friends and the ground I am able to walk on with them. I will make sure everyone knows how grateful I am that they are still around, and I will mourn with my friends over the loved ones, including one of my best friends, that we lost to COVID-19. I will grieve, and I will love what we have. And I will tell every American I know to vote in the fall. 

T2C: What are the things that are getting you through this time?

SR: My work, being of use, my friends and roommates, my resistance bands for working out, the backyard, the never-ending supply of streamed theatre, and my passion for writing about it all. I feel lucky to have all of these things at my disposal. And most of all, my family and friends.

RIP Nashom, my dear loving friend. I will love and miss you forever.

T2C: What haven’t we asked you that you would like to say?

SR: The only thing I feel I should add is that I worry a lot about what the future will look like. I know I have no power to control any of it, and I need to focus on today, tomorrow, and the week ahead, but I can’t stop thinking about all the businesses that will struggle to return. Naturally, I first think about the things I love, theatre, bars, restaurants, and all those industries that surround them. I worry about the performers, the artists, the designers, the employees, the press representatives that I’ve had the honor to work with, the bar owners, the restaurateurs, and their employees. I worry about my friends and their lives. What will our world look like? How many of these theatre companies that we love will be able to survive the shuttering? I want them all to come back. So I do what I can. I write about their need. I try to get the word out as much as possible, and I donate what I can. I hope you are doing the same for the industries and the people you care about. This is my list. What is yours? 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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ekuBOX Elevates the Gifting Experience

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Finding the perfect gift sometimes can be complicated. You want to get all the details just right. With ekuBOX the guessing game of gifting is taken away and you are granted instead just an amazing and elevated way to show your love and appreciation for someone special in your life.

Each curated gift box in the collection is truly divine. When you open a box what you are doing is opening a world of sparkling magic. And the glitter is in all the details that make a grand difference that only comes with ekuBOX.

Each item in their boxes is intentionally sourced and hand-selected by their Chief Gift Guru. Every present is well-balanced and incredibly thoughtful. With a beautiful balance of luxury, function, and form each gift includes something to eat, something to keep, and something to use.

eku stands for EAT, KEEP, and USE which all comes in a delightful hand-curated box. And to add to this fantastic concept ekuBOX plants a tree for every box sold. There are just a million and one reasons to give a gift like this. From birthdays to Mother’s Day, this gift will give you as much joy as the bliss to the person you are sharing this kindness with from the heart.

Here are some incredible curated items in the line that will create the ultimate present for you to give.

La Vie en Rose Box ($69) – Send roses that never fade. This petite gift box has a Rose Otto Macaron Candle by Voluspa, Rose Acacia hand cream from France, handmade herb and floral garden soap, and Sugarfina Sparkling Rose Gummy Bears. Finished with beautiful dried rose petals.

Mini Spa, Relax ($95) – This gift box celebrates the little quiet moments we all need to survive and thrive with spa essentials. This beautiful box is finished with rose petals, a purple satin ribbon bow, and a petite lavender bouquet. ebuBOX includes a handwritten note, too!

Coastal Grandmother Gift Box ($278) – Inspired by the timeless coastal style featured in the film Something’s Gotta Give, this luxurious gift box is sure to delight anyone who loves the ocean and the beachy vibes it brings. Inside you’ll find a 100% Cashmere Poncho by Alashan Cashmere, a beautiful one-size piece that can be worn five different ways. You don’t have to be a grandmother to LOVE this fabulous piece.

Bubbles & Bliss Spa Gift Set ( $158)- A unique assortment of pampering goodies, including a mimosa kit with the Corkcicle thermal flute to keep drinks chilled for hours, a Voluspa candle, and more luxurious goodies, such as the Patchology Detox Mud Masque, French Girl Lip Scrub, and Infinite She Lip Balm.

Let Your Garden Grow ($175/$255) – A best-seller! The perfect gift for someone who loves to roll up their sleeves and play in the dirt. Full of accessories that assist in growing the ideal herb garden or microgreens, whether the garden is outside or on a window sill. Includes Bella Cucina’s artichoke Lemon Pesto sauce – one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things.” Small and large versions are available.

The Breakfast Club ($225) – A decadent treat for any food lover, including cinnamon-infused whipped honey from Appalachia, barrel-aged organic cinnamon vanilla-infused maple syrup from Vermont, balanced fruity coffee beans from Peru, a professional restaurant-style French wire whisk, a great organic hand-woven kitchen towel, and a lovely Sunday Morning candle.

Relax and Unwind Small and Large ($148/$325) – Know someone who deserves a little R+R (namely mom)? It’s time to draw a bath, pour a glass of wine, and turn up the tunes. These thoughtfully curated spa gift boxes with ultra-clean, organic, and natural beauty products leave moms sparkling inside and out. The large version is a perfect choice when you want to make a statement!

For more information, visit www.ekubox.com. Also, be sure to check out Instagram at @eku_box.

 

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Look I Have Some Lips Where There Never Was a Lip

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Now I never have been one for tattoos, until I heard about permanent makeup. This cosmetic technique employs tattoos as a means of correcting flaws either nature, old age or disease has erased or forgot. In my case my mother plucked my eyebrows way to thin and I am fair so they all but disappeared. I also was left out in the lip department when God was handing out lips, I got ones that evaporated. As I got older in pictures, this flaw made me look almost snake like.

Thanks to Jeffrey Lyle Segal, I have been corrected. I have metamorphosed into a butterfly who can now smile with confidence. as I looked in the mirror.

Jeffrey Lyle Segal,

For those who know me, they know I am terrified of needles. With the ointment Jeff uses there is a minimal of pain. For the eye brows there is none. What you do is hear a sound that sounds like tearing. For the lips, the initial round it is pain free. There is a little discomfort when the needle returns to same place, but nothing that one can’t handle. For me the eyes are the hardest and not because of the needle. I have hyper sensitive eyes that tear up and send hundreds of droplets down my face in the wind. When the ointment is applied my eyes rebel and I become a difficult patient but Jeffrey was patient and now the eyeliner is done to perfection.

Having permanent make-up, means you wake up looking refresh and put together without doing a thing. When you are sick, you still look radiant, which can lift your spirits to heal faster.

all the make-up here is tattooed

Normally eyeliner costs $475 for a single application top or bottom or $850 for two sessions a month apart. Lips run $475 for liner and $575 for both lining and lip stain. For a second session take a $100 off if prepaid at the first session. For eyebrows the price is $475 for a single application or $850 for two sessions a month apart. These prices are all on the low end for Manhattan. As a special deal for all T2C readers, as a Valentine’s Special booked by February 14th  Jeff will offer an additional $100 discount for what ever service you choose.

Jeff has been a permanent cosmetic artist since 1991. He has been a media makeup artist in film, theater and TV with over 30 years experience. He is the author of “The Shape of Permanent Beauty” and he teaches makeup design training for permanent cosmetics. Besides being a permanent cosmetic artist, he is also a certified Hypnotist offering non-drug assisted version of anesthesia and anxiety reduction.

To make an appointment call Jeff at 323-828-8740 or email him at info@bestpermanentmakeup.net

 

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Tom Ruck – The Patriot Behind the Parades

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Visionary Tom Ruck Set to make history as the only person to have both marched and actively participated in All Major Landmark Parades with his Appearance in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, creating a special moment in patriotic history.

His upcoming Appearance in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 23rd, 2023 will see him make history as the only person to have both marched and actively participated in All Major Landmark Parades in the United States with his Appearance in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

After applying earlier this year, Ruck was selected as an official balloon wrangler for the new character appearance of “Leo.” Based on the Adam Sandler Netflix animated comedy, he will march down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and past the storied halls of Macy’s Department store to the delight of thousands of revelers on the street and millions of fans worldwide watching the broadcast show on both television and internet streaming.

As a proud American citizen, it was his belief in the importance of the traditions of America that spurred his involvement which over time led to his appearing in some of the biggest parades rooted in the tradition and heritage in the country.

“I believe in America and American traditions,” Tom states. “There’s nothing more traditional and more American than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.”

Few people can boast about playing a big part in recognizable parades such as the Thanksgiving celebration along with the Tournament of Roses Parade, which is the annual parade held along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day.

During his high school years in 1971 he was selected as a member of the prestigious McDonald’s All American High School Band, where two musicians were selected from each state and marched in the 1971 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and following that the 1972 Tournament of Roses Rose Parade. After high school, while at the University of Missouri Ruck continued his participation in Music with “Marching Mizzou”.

Years later as an adult he moved to California and joined the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. He became a member of the tournament as a “White Suitor” and has been involved with the organization since 2008.

Making an American dream come true has always been a motivating factor for Ruck. As an individual has accomplished several notable feats during his professional career that have carved out profound chapters that motivate the reader of his personal biography.

Currently based in Alexandria, Virginia, his life has led down a road worthy of a Hollywood screenplay. He has been presented to two Presidential Transition Teams for the position of Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs. The Boeing Corporation and his “hometown” St. Louis Cardinals have honored Ruck for his achievements in supporting America’s Veterans and his contributions to veteran causes.

 

He also is an accomplished author and has published an award-winning book that honors the American Veteran. “Sacred Ground, A Tribute to America’s Veterans” was released by Regnery Publishing, now part of Salem Media Group, and achieved a #5 ranking on Amazon.

“I created this book as a labor of love to honor the truest of American heroes, our veterans,” he enthusiastically expresses, “and to give back I donate all royalties from the book to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.”

Ruck has appeared on over 100 radio and television programs and served as featured speaker at over 50 national and regional events. He was also an invited guest speaker at the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014 in Sainte Mere-Eglise in Normandy, France honoring the men of the 82nd and 101st Airborne for their courageous efforts that fateful day.

Ruck has held national leadership positions primarily with nationwide financial and healthcare corporations. He also has served with the Department of Veterans Affairs, as the Director at Fayetteville National Cemetery, and the Director of the Los Angeles National Cemetery, and also served as the Strategic Planning Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs Long Beach Medical Center.

Ruck recently moved to the Washington DC area to accept the position of Senior Engagement Manager with the Department of Homeland Security, Blue Campaign, developing national partnerships and awareness campaigns for Human Trafficking in 2022.

 

Now, his next walk on the journey of his life in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will once again tell the tale of a great American showing incredible patriotic love for their country and compassion for the citizens of the country.

 

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Loud and Clear Worldwide Awareness for Role of Climate Change on Wildlife

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This is your very important wake up call!

The climate crisis is now and it has dramatically impacted human beings, global industries, and the health of our environment.

“Humans, land, and breathable air are not the only collateral damage from climate change,” says Chris Weber, co-founder of Animals Around the Globe. “Animals everywhere are also greatly affected by the results of climate change.”

Climate change has had a potentially catastrophic impact on wildlife as rising temperatures, the breakdown of fragile global ecosystems, and diminishing habitats have led to a decrease in at-risk populations of certain species.

As world leaders and climate change experts work to combat the negative effects of climate change, Weber goes on to say there will need to be champions for wildlife who step up to take part in the fight.

Animals are part of a healthy ecosystem, and their habitats — with abundant trees and untouched nature — help absorb carbon and limit rising temperatures. Keeping animals and their habitats safe is part of the work to fight climate change.

“We need to cultivate a greater sense of affection toward and deeper connection with animals. When people care, they are more inclined to protect,” says Weber.

Through their animal-centered website and podcast, both Chris Weber and his fellow co-founder Jan Otte, have championed the need for focus on biodiversity and action on climate change. In a recent discussion with Lea Henzgen of the AMES Foundation, the two discussed with Henzgen how the biodiversity crisis may be a larger issue than the climate crisis, yet does not receive as much attention.

Biodiversity and climate change are intertwined. As the temperature of the Earth increases, vegetation, food sources, the makeup of habitats and environments, and water access and quality alter dramatically, forcing animals to migrate or adapt to find more livable conditions. If livable conditions cannot be found or adapted to, entire species could potentially be lost to extinction.

However, the climate crisis is not the only factor in the loss of habitats and extinction. Development by human beings and poaching play a significant role in the biodiversity crisis. The issue of conservation is complex, and goes beyond simply caring what happens to animals that may live a world away.

“One key challenge is the stark contrast between populations in developed regions, which possess the financial resources needed to assist but often remain distanced from wildlife, and those in developing regions, which live alongside wildlife but often exploit it for sustenance and income to combat pressing economic need,” Weber explained in an article for the Otto Beisheim School of Management.

Fighting the biodiversity crisis alongside the climate crisis takes a deeper understanding of economics and cultural differences, along with a grasp of the science behind climate change.

As climate change intensifies, the animal kingdom and the human world are becoming far more intermingled. Along with habitat loss that comes with human development and the negative effects of extreme weather like hurricanes and tsunamis, wildlife is increasingly in greater danger due to human interaction.

Ecosystems change due to climate issues, animals must move further and further from their original habitats to find food, shelter, and water; and as human beings occupy more geographical space and encroach on where animals are sourcing their food and water, chaos can ensue. In the end, it’s typically animals that bear the brunt of that chaos.

“We look at three core pillars to address these issues,” says Weber. “First, entertaining people. We want to capture their interest and draw them into the world of wildlife. Second, educating that audience. We are channeling the knowledge and insights of our experts and allowing them to share their own forays into the wild. Third, building an online community where users can immerse themselves in the topic and one that facilitates firsthand encounters, whether virtual or real.”

For Weber, Otte, and many like them interested in conservation and animal welfare, engaging people in caring about animals is the first step to saving them from the negative effects of climate change. By working to decrease conflict with humans — whether by saving habitats or helping animals find safe havens — the biodiversity and climate crisis issues are being addressed. Both crises are slippery slopes that, if not properly addressed and mitigated, will lead to further issues.

Through advocacy and boots-on-the-ground work, climate change and biodiversity crisis activists are making real change in the world. According to research, climate change is one of the primary concerns of voters — especially among younger generations. Making a noted difference for animals globally starts with awareness and small steps toward meaningful change.

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‘The Best Hug in The World’ is a Terrific Tale of Love

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Tommy Feight’s “The Best Hug in the World”  is a tale of magical moments that will appeal to both children and their parents. Illustrated by graphic designer Daniel Klein, the charming book tells the story of a young boy’s love of hugging.

Rather than being a celebration of heartfelt moments, however, this emotional journey is anything but straightforward for young Shams and his father. The sweet, brown-eyed boy at the center of the story is determined to become the world’s best hugger, but his noble quest is fraught with setbacks.

Join Shams and his father as their father-son relationship is tested like never before. “The Best Hug in the World” is packed with endearing characters, genuine love, and a profound message that will resonate with parents and children alike.

Buy this book online today, and share heartfelt story times with your children that teach invaluable life lessons.

Kids these days have so many distractions and things available to keep or occupy their attention and unfortunately, books are probably way down on that list and they should not be,” says Feight. “With video readily available in all formats I fear soon we will have a nation of idiots who can not read and can only speak in little pictures. That is why I decided a book club would be a good idea. Just imagine being the first person to put a computer in Steve Jobs’s hands? He would never have been able to build Apple without reading and books, so now take some of our brightest and innovative minds and imagine you were the one who helped put the knowledge in their head. When you do that you could help someone who may grow up to change the world! When you think of it on that level such a little egg corn could grow into an extremely powerful oak that could one day yield a Forrest. This is why I feel this is something we all have to do. Feight Club is fully registered and approved as a 501c3 Nonprofit.”
To order your copy today please visit HERE.
 

 

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