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Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.

Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician (Nobel 1952)

Are We Violent By Nature?

January 14, 2019
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Wikimedia Commons: Gerwin Sturm, Vienna, Austria




 

Source The World Peace Diet
By Dr. Will Tuttle



One of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves, our loved ones, and our world is to question the prevailing narratives in our culture, and realize that they are not only imprisoning and destroying animals and our Earth, but us as well. The core false and devastating narrative—the progenitor of a whole spectrum of deluding narratives—is that animals are mere commodities that we are entitled to breed, kill, eat, and use by the billions every day. This false narrative has real teeth, ravaging not just animals but ourselves as well. We eat it from infancy and we build both the cells of our bodies and the attitudes and social institutions that define our lives out of the toxic terror and misery of these relentlessly abused animals.

There is no way to overstate the magnitude and depth of this indoctrination and its debilitating effects on our awareness and our society. This food narrative of violent exploitation is delivered by well-meaning parents, relatives, neighbors, teachers, and doctors, and for us, like for virtually all animals, teachings about food by parents and elders to offspring are the most significant and binding of all teachings. The primary bonds of animals, especially mammals, are forged through eating food together, and so for us the food narrative continues to be the most challenging to question—and the most invisible—despite its obviously devastating effects on every level of our health.

Animal agriculture is completely obsolete. It is also anti-rational as well. It’s immoral, unjust, unhealthy, and unsustainable, and yet it persists, not because we are naturally predatory or violent, but because we are conditioned by our culture’s routine mealtime rituals to become numb to our feelings and to disconnect from and repress our natural capacities for intelligence and awareness.

The practice of herding animals emerged in western Asia about ten thousand years ago for reasons that are still not fully comprehended, and the resulting practice of herderism has continued unabated to this day, and has grown and spread throughout the world. This practice of herderism led to the drastic reduction of animals’ status, the rise of a wealthy elite class of herder-rulers, and the introduction of war and slavery as established social institutions, all of which continue to this day, with narratives to support them. Because herderism requires the repeated forced breeding of female animals, it led inexorably to the exploitation and suppression of women and the feminine aspects of humanity that nurture and protect babies and children, and to the exploitation of our children as well. Herderism is the deep festering wound, the ongoing hidden fury at the core of our culture, generating war, the abuse of women and children, social injustice, and reducing our capacities to deal effectively with our problems and issues. It wounds all of us from conception onward with its pervasive and unquestioned violence and its narrative of hard-hearted domination.

The good news is that we are discovering that animal agriculture is utterly unnecessary, and the rising tide of millions of healthy and happy vegans is making this discomfortingly obvious. We are realizing that the narrative that our Earth can’t feed everyone is also false. We can feed everyone on less land, water, petroleum, and other resources than we’re using now. A new narrative is being born that honors and respects the abundance and beauty of our Earth, and that refuses to imprison, rape, and kill animals for food or other products.

This is helping us question the narrative that humans are naturally violent as well. Whom does this narrative benefit? In many ways, it benefits the same forces that benefit from the herderism narrative. It benefits what I refer to as the military-industrial-meat-medical-pharmaceutical-media-banking complex. This complex and the tiny elite that is enriched by it, profits from conflict, disease, and environmental destruction, and of course the narrative that humans are innately violent serves the agenda of increasing “security” measures, escalating military and surveillance operations, and taking away our freedoms.

We can regain our inherent capacities for freedom, peace, and health, and become worthy of them, when we question our culture’s indoctrinated narratives, and stop routinely stealing freedom, peace, and health from billions of animals. We can create new narratives of liberation and healing by questioning the culturally-mandated narratives leading us to abuse and kill animals for our kitchens, wardrobes, and medicine cabinets.

Our world is created and sustained by the stories we tell and believe. When we change the narrative, we change the world. We can each be an agent of this change. Animal agriculture erodes all five levels of our health—environmental, cultural, physical, psychological, and spiritual—and by questioning the herderism narrative, we are helping to heal the inner wounds that create the outer conflict in our lives.

There are two fundamental powers in our human world, the power of the individual and the power of the community. As individuals, we naturally yearn to learn, grow, and awaken, and to work with others and contribute. However, we live always in the context of the human groups in which we are embedded. The only reason any of us pays for and eats animal foods is because we’ve internalized (literally) the prevailing cultural narrative and are following orders injected into us from infancy by our families and communities. We believe herderism’s narrative because we eat it every day, along with other toxic narratives, such as the human-superiority narrative, the insufficiency-of-the-Earth narrative, the humans-are-naturally-violent narrative, the consumerism narrative, the technological-progress-will-save-us narrative, the competition narrative, the trust-the-authorities narrative, the materialism narrative, the essentially-separate-self-narrative, and so on.

These interconnected narratives are all emanations of herderism’s basic orientation of reductionism, disconnectedness, and exploitation of the weak by the strong. We can each as individuals make efforts to heal the wounds we have endured by living in and absorbing this obsolete set of narratives, and not only heal ourselves, but help to heal our communities as well, bringing liberation to animals and to our repressed inner kindness and awareness.

The path is two-fold. First, on the outer level, transitioning to a healthy plant-based (vegan) way of living and additionally doing our best to minimize our consumption of resources. Minimalizing and simplifying our lifestyle and reducing our desires are long understood to be foundational to happiness and inner peace. Second, on the inner level, engaging in a regular practice of self-inquiry, or meditation, or silent inward listening. The idea is to free our consciousness from the many layers of colonization and programming by practicing awareness.

When we can witness our thoughts, emotion, and desires without identifying with them, we begin to get a glimpse of our true nature: that we are a manifestation of eternal consciousness. This realization can help free us from indoctrinated narratives so that we can live with more congruence. Our outer vegan nonviolence toward animals is part of a new narrative and we can extend it to human animals as well, helping us heal the roots of racism, sexism, classism, separatism, and egotism within ourselves. Our words and actions will naturally carry more weight, and our advocacy for liberation will flow spontaneously and creatively from our thoughts, words, and actions.

As individuals, raised in community narratives justifying pervasive violence toward animals, we can give thanks that every day brings fresh opportunities to heal ourselves on the inner and outer levels, and to work with others to help transform our communities. By cooperatively engaging our imagination and love, we are creating new narratives and building more conscious communities of freedom, abundance, and sustainability for all. Every day, we can explore these new pathways and help each other toward a beckoning doorway into a world that reflects a new story based on a deeper understanding of our true nature of kindness for others. Thanks for every effort to awaken more fully! Each effort is a gift that radiates into the infinite web of relations, benefiting all beings.








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yes we have a tendency towards violence.
laws that are here make that very clear.
but we also have the ability to rise above
shed the cloak of anger
and don the wings
of love.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson




The Humane Hoax Online Summit: January 12 & 13, 2019

January 7, 2019
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Source United Poultry Concerns

The Humane Hoax Summit is free: Humane Hoax Registration



United Poultry Concerns is co-sponsoring the first ever Humane Hoax Online Summit! We have a powerful and inspiring line-up of speakers for a free two day online event. UPC’s Hope Bohanec has written one of the only books on the subject of the humane hoax, The Ultimate Betrayal, and will be presenting at the webinar.

As we successfully expose the animal agriculture industry for its cruelty and environmental impact, the clever industry marketers keep reacting with more “humane” labels, more small-scale tall-tales, and more feel-good falsehoods. It has never been more important to educate on the truth behind the industry lies. Bringing together a knowledgeable panel of experts on this issue, we hope to expose animal agriculture’s humane-washing with fresh insight into the humane hoax.

Please join us for this important and free event. And the best part? You can attend in your PJ’s!

The Humane Hoax Summit is free: Humane Hoax Registration

For info and updates visit us on Facebook: Humane Hoax on Facebook


HUMANE HOAX SUMMIT SCHEDULE

All times are Eastern Standard Time

Saturday, January 12 (EST)

1:00 – 1:10 pm – Introduction with host Justin Van Kleeck

1:10 – 1:55 pm – What is the Humane Hoax?
with Hope Bohanec, United Poultry Concerns & Compassionate Living

2:00 – 2:55 pm – Do Some People Just Need Meat? A Closer Look at “Intuitive” Nutritional Needs
with Micaela Karlsen, PhD

3:00 – 3:55 pm – Lady Macbeth at the Rotisserie: “Femivores,” Violence, and the New Maternalism in Animal Agriculture
with John Sanbonmatsu, PhD

4:00 – 4:55 pm –When Social Movements Collide: The Food Movement Versus Animal Liberation
with Nassim Nobari, Seed the Commons

Sunday, January 13 (EST)

1:00 – 1:10 pm – Introduction with host Hope Bohanec

1:10 – 1:55 pm – Five Humane Farming Myths, Debunked
with Ashley Capps, A Well Fed World

2:00 – 2:55 pm– Selling Eden: Environmentalism and the Myth of “Humane” Meat
with Vasile Stanescu, PhD

3:00 – 3:55 pm – Animal Farming and the Roots of Speciesism: How Animal Rescue Shows the Truth Behind the Humane Hoax
with Justin Van Kleeck, Triangle Chicken Advocates

4:00 – 4:55 pm – Taking Action Against the Humane Hoax
with Robert Grillo, Free From Harm







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Humane slaughter is the epitome of oxymoronic

Karen Lyons Kalmenson




What the ban on slaughtering cats and dogs says about our legal system

December 31, 2018
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Source Free From Harm.  Painting by Dana Ellyn. See more of her work at http://www.danaellyn.com/


Source Free From Harm
By Robert Grillo



Last week Trump signed into law the 2019 Farm Bill which included a provision for banning the slaughter of dogs and cats for meat in the U.S. Let’s put aside the fact that it is a cultural taboo to eat cats and dogs in the U.S. and therefore the market for dog and cat meat is essentially nonexistent. I would instead like to direct our attention at what this law reveals about our legal system which we should not overlook: it is an embarrassing reminder that laws can be illogical and can even institutionalize prejudice and oppression of some over others.

A ban on exploiting cats and dogs for food begs a bigger question:

If it’s wrong to exploit and kill puppies and kittens for palate pleasure and profit, then how is it justifiable that the very same Farm Bill allocates billions of our tax dollars to assist in the ruthless exploitation and slaughter of other species (namely chickens, turkeys, cows, and pigs) who are at least as sentient and capable of suffering as cats and dogs?

How can a law be considered just if it punishes billions of individuals just for being born the “wrong” species — a fact over which they have no control — and therefore dooms them to a terrible fate?

Read more HERE







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with all our technosavvy ways…
it seems so many humans are
in a daze
wrapped in all their this that
and then…
we need kindness STAT
if not now,
when!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson






A Man Walks Into a Restaurant

December 21, 2018
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Originally posted June 26, 2013

Source Huffington Post
By Ari Solomon

 
This is a test.

A man walks into a restaurant.

Well, actually a man and his dog, a cute-as-hell black Labrador pup… one of those dogs you can’t help but stop to pet on the street or in a park. A young hostess approaches and tells the man that dogs are not allowed in the restaurant, not even on the patio. Then the dog licks her hand. “He’s soooo adorable,” she quickly melts, and tells the man that just this once he can keep the dog with him, as long as the puppy stays in his lap. The man smiles and she shows him to his table.

After a minute, a waiter approaches. He also notices the puppy, but tells the man the owner won’t mind; the restaurant is brand-new and different. “We’re a cutting-edge, eco-friendly establishment,” the waiter says proudly, explaining that the only food they serve is sustainable and humanely-raised. The man says that’s why he’s dining there; as an environmentalist, he loves the concept.

The waiter gives his customer a few minutes and then returns: “Have you decided?” The man, who has never even looked at the menu, smiles, “Yes, I’d like you to cook him,” he says, indicating his little dog.

The waiter laughs nervously: “We don’t serve dog in this restaurant. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s illegal.” “No,” the customer happily corrects him, “it’s quite legal here, as it is in several other states. Besides, dog, particularly black dog, is considered especially delicious in some cultures. And,” the man adds, “it’s the most eco-friendly meat around.”

The waiter winces, confused, as the customer continues: “You’re all about sustainable food, right?” The waiter nods. The man explains that five million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters every year, their meat just tossed away. A shelter is where he got this dog. “If you’re gonna go local and sustainable, eating shelter animals beats the hell out of raising animals on farms, killing them, and trucking their meat around. Just kill the dog humanely — you know, like how you say the other animals served here are killed.”

“It’s a dog,” the waiter stares at the man, “eating them is totally different and disgusting. Dogs are like family members, they’re smart, they’re affectionate, they’re like us.” The man quickly counters, “But pigs are smarter than dogs. In fact, they’re as aware and intelligent as a four-year-old child. Chickens display striking personality traits from being curious, to shy, to proud, and they form extremely complicated social structures. Cows also have individual personalities. They actually lick you, just like dogs do, to show affection. And I’m sure we can agree that with regards to things like fear and suffering, that dogs, pigs, chickens, and cows are certainly equals.”

“So considering all that,” the man asks, “what’s really the difference if I want to eat this dog?”

Your assignment: Answer the man’s question.





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cultural choices to
discriminate
what we do or do
not eat on our plates
perhaps the culture
of kindness rule.
ALL animals are off
limits..
the most golden of rules!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson






Let us be Heroes – The True Cost of our Food Choices (2018) Full documentary

December 17, 2018
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Source YouTube, Plant Based News, Let us be Heroes



We all want to be healthy. We all want to protect the planet and we all want to be kind. Yet today we are facing a health crisis, an environmental crisis and an ethical crisis affecting people and the economy. How much difference can one person make? Let us be Heroes explores the impact of our food and lifestyle choices on our health, our home planet and our values with athletes, digital, food and fashion entrepreneurs, a public speaker and an ocean warrior fighting to protect people, planet and animals.

We are the leaders of the world we want to live in. #letusbeheroes

A documentary by Rebecca Cappelli (Subtitles: EN, FR, ES, IT, DE, ZH, HI)

Featuring: Rime Arodaky – Owner & Designer, Maison Rime Arodaky

Rebecca Cappelli – Public Speaker & Filmmaker

Vikas Garg – Founder abillionveg.com

Peter Hammarstedt – Director of Campaigns, Sea Shepherd Global

Luke Tan – Strength Athlete, Author, and Entrepreneur

Emilie Tan – Ultra Endurance Runner

David Yeung – Founder Green Monday

For more, visit www.letusbeheroes.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/letusbeheroes/

To end the destruction of habitat and killing of wildlife in the world’s oceans, please donate and support https://seashepherd.org

Cinematography & Editing: Abhi Anchliya (IgniteChange)

Special thanks to Sea Shepherd Global, Dominion, Land of Hope and Glory, Jo-Anne McArthur/WeAnimals for sharing their footage, and Plant Based News for distribution






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there is grace in kindness
compassion and caring
there is grace in loving,
reaching out and sharing
there is grace is all that
god has given
there is grace in being
by ones heart,
driven.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 



Cruelty-Free Mobile Apps – Find Products Not Tested on Animals

December 10, 2018
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Source Ethical Elephant
By Vicky Ly

 



We all want quick and easy solutions to help us make better and informed consumer choices, and thankfully there are some helpful tools we can use that are available right at our fingertips – literally!

Currently there are 3 mobile apps available on the market to assist you in the wonderful world of cruelty-free shopping. Whether you’re looking for a new deodorant, dish detergent, or even furniture polish… these apps will help you out immensely, saving you time and energy!

In this post, I’m going to share with you my review and ratings of each app’s features!

 

 

CRUELTY-FREE BY LEAPING BUNNY

The Cruelty-Free app is very straight-forward to use and it’s available for FREE on both Androids and iPhones.

The Cruelty-Free app alphabetically lists over 200 U.S. and Canadian companies that are certified under the Leaping Bunny ProgramYou can also use the search bar at the top and type in a brand name.

There is another list available on this cruelty-free app where you can find cruelty-free brands within a product’s category like nail care, dish detergent, self-tanners, and more.

The Cruelty-Free app also lets users scan a product’s barcode to instantly know whether the brand is certified by Leaping Bunny.

 The Cruelty-Free app is perfect for someone who swears by the Leaping Bunny program since it only lists brands that are certified under their accreditation. This app doesn’t say which brands are not cruelty-free. It’s based on the assumption that if the brand is not listed, then it’s not considered cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny. The app also doesn’t let you filter to know which brands offer vegan products or tell you where we can buy from the brand. 



BUNNY FREE BY PETA

The Bunny Free app allows users to check to see if a company is cruelty-free using one of their three features; (1) Typing the company’s name in the search box (2) Scan a product’s barcode (3) Browse their alphabetically ordered brand list.  It also provides you with the company’s details like address, phone number, website, products and availability.

The app is FREE and is available for both Androids and iPhones. Bunny Free uses data from PETA’s cruelty-free shopping guide.

 Loving the simplicity of this app, it’s great for consumers who want to quickly find out about a company’s cruelty-free status. I especially love how this app tells you which brands are notcruelty-free and therefore should be avoided. There’s also a filter option to only show companies that are vegan!

The Bunny Free app doesn’t let you browse by product category. For example, if I was looking for a cruelty-free nail polish brand.. I’d have to go through the entire alphabetical list and click on each one to see if “Nail Polish” is listed under their Products description.



CRUELTY-CUTTER BY THE BEAGLE FREEDOM PROJECT

Cruelty-Cutter is my all-time favourite cruelty-free mobile app in which I had to write a separate blog post outlining the many cool features provided by the app and that you can click here to read.

In short, Cruelty-Cutter combines all the features available from both the Cruelty-Free and Bunny Free apps, and then some.

  • Scan a product
  • Search by company’s name
  • Cruelty-Free directory list by company’s name
  • Cruelty-Free directory list by category like nail care, dish detergent, self-tanners, and more.
  • Provides company’s information like direct link to website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

Some additional features:

  • Keeps a log in your ‘History’ of all the products you scanned
  • You can add a product that you’ve scanned to your list of‘Favourites’
  • Ability to
  • share your results with friends on social media with ease
  • Earn ‘Doggie Dollars’ when you take action which you can redeem them for deals on cruelty-free products

Cruelty-Cutter is available to download for a donation of $2.99 to the Beagle Freedom Project and available for iPhone and Android users.

Everything about this app is amazing!  Sometimes the data is questionable… this app includes companies that are not certified by either Leaping Bunny or PETA’s Cruelty-Free Programs.


So there you have it! Three great tools to help you shop cruelty-free because what you buy DOES make a difference!




Make ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.― Marc Bekoff




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Want to do more than go vegan? Help others to do so! Click below for nominal, or no, fees to vegan literature that you can use to convince others that veganism is the only compassionate route to being an animal friend.

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most high tech i think is crap
but bless these kind and
wonderful apps!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 




Customers of the Hottest New Vegan Fast Food Chain Are Mostly Omnivores

December 3, 2018
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Source Some Vegan Girl
By Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief



The future of food is vegan — and omnivores are driving the change.

Just ask the founders of Plant Power Fast Food, the world’s hottest new vegan fast food chain.

A vast majority of the company’s customers are meat eaters — and the concept is wildly successful.

With three locations (and more to come soon), Plant Power Fast Food currently has the fourth highest average per unit annual sales numbers of any restaurant chain in the fast food segment — trailing only giants Chik-fil-A, Panera and McDonalds.

“We estimate that between 80% and 90% of our customers are omnivores,” co-founder, co-CEO and Chief Marketing and Communications officer Jeff Harris tells Some Vegan Girl.

That’s a lot of meat eaters opting into plants.

“Our customer base comprises more non-vegans than vegans,” adds co-founder, co-CEO, and Chief Operations Officer Zach Vouga. “Part of that is because of how accessible our menu options are. Our traditional fast food analogues are so authentic that some guests don’t realize we’re a plant-based restaurant until their third or fourth visit, if at all.”

Harris says that while the data is anecdotal at the moment, they’ve approached lots of customers and asked them about their eating habits. Most of them are just traditional diners looking for something new, he says.

The idea behind Plant Power is to offer healthy, delicious, affordable options that appeal to everyone. Basically, the brand is building a bridge for people to easily transition into eating more plant-based foods. Prices range from $5.95 to $8.95 for entrees, so the options are extremely accessible.

Plant Power is also unique among other vegan chains in that it has drive-through/drive-up service and features a breakfast menu.

Mouthwatering menu choices include the Big Zac (named for co-founder Zach Vouga) with two ‘beefy’ style patties, special sauce, American ‘cheese’, lettuce, onions and pickles; the Buffalo ’66 Sandwich with crispy battered buffalo ‘chicken’ breast, ‘ranch’ dressing, lettuce and tomato; the ‘Fish’ Filet Sandwich with crispy breaded ‘fish’, American ‘cheese’, tartar sauce, lettuce and tomato; the Chicken’ and Waffle Sandwich with crispy breaded ‘chicken’ smothered in maple ‘aioli’, ‘bacon’, and two crispy waffles — plus non-dairy milkshakes, kombucha, soft serve “ice cream” and more.

Plant Power is an impressive testament to the growing popularity of plant-based eating.

The first location opened in 2016 in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego, California, followed by a second in Encinitas (San Diego) in 2017. A third location just opened in Redlands; a Long Beach location is opening soon, and more are slated for 2018 and 2019.

The first two locations have seen record sales. It’s all those omnivores!

“While we obviously have many die-hard fans in the vegan community, we designed our brand and our menu to be accessible to everyone,” says Harris. “We want people who have never considered a plant-based diet or thought about the impact of animal agriculture to walk into a Plant Power restaurant knowing that they’re welcome with love and that the food they’re about to eat isn’t going to hurt their health. Plant Power is for everybody.”

As far as why Plant Power is seeing so much success, the facts show that people are increasingly seeking “better” versions of their favorite foods for health, environmental, and ethical reasons.

“More and more people are gaining an awareness about the plight of our planet with regard to global warming, a scarcity of resources and higher levels of pollution,” adds co-founder co-CEO and President Mitch Wallis. “They’re starting to understand that there is a connection between our food choices and the effect that those choices have on our world.”

Recent Nielsen data shows that plant-based meat demand has increased by 6% in 2017 and 24% in 2018.

“Mitch, Zach and I see a future where the very paradigm of what we think of as fast-food is transformed,” Harris adds. We didn’t start this to open 10 or 20 restaurants. We have a much bigger vision that that.”

Long-term, the team would like to see hundreds or even thousands of locations all over the world.

A Big Zac in every hand? Yes, please.

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Ah, some news compassionate and sweet
People are learning that kind food
Tastes better than meat!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 





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humans' vegan past & future. SHIRIN - Subvert Human Irrationalities, Rediscover Innate Nature

Gillian Prew // poetry

for the earth and the animals

Nepali Today

Coffee break Photo Blogs Base In Tokyo, Japan.

Friendly Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales and Poetry Celebrating Magic and Nature for Kids of all Ages

Arcilla y fuego

Una visión sobre el complejo y apasionante mundo de la cerámica