Friday, December 22, 2017

From the Author: now available to purchase

I am happy to "Thabo Searches For The Animals" is now available to purchase.
And remember, when you purchase a copy the royalties will be shared with Seeds of Light to support the Art Program for the Students/Orphans who did the illustrations.

you can follow the link below.

or go to Amazon and type in the title, "Thabo Searches For The Animals".

No automatic alt text available.
Thank you
Marty Strauss

Sunday, December 17, 2017

From the Author: uploaded

"Thabo Searches For The Animals" is uploaded onto publisher's website and will be available in 3-5 days.
All proceeds from sales will be shared to support the Art Program the students/orphans who did the illustrations. We met and worked with the director of NGO while serving in the Peace Corps with Suzanne, my wife in South Africa.
No automatic alt text available.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

From the Author: Thabo Illustration samples

"Thabo Looks For The Animals" is starting the upload process. I received final illustrations today from South Africa. This is exciting.
Below are some of the illustrations. The illustrations are being done by students in South Africa. They are orphans and in an Art Programs sponsored by an NGO, Seeds of Life . We were introduced to this program while in South Africa.
When the illustrations are completed the story will be available on Amazon. Proceeds from the sales will be shared with the NGO to support their Art Program.
They are now completing illustrations with the narrative. As these become available I will share some.
I hope you enjoy them.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

From the author Thabo update

Illustrations for "Thabo Looks For The Animals" are being completed by the orphans in South Africa. Cannot wait to see them.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Trump signs order undoing Obama climate change policies / why Trump’s climate order won’t bring back many coal jobs

The president said this would put an end to the "war on coal" and "job-killing regulations".President Donald Trump has signed an executive order rolling back Obama-era rules aimed at curbing climate change.
The Energy Independence Executive Order suspends more than half a dozen measures enacted by his predecessor, and boosts fossil fuels.
Business groups have praised the Trump administration's move but environmental campaigners have condemned it.
Inside, the president was flanked by coal miners as he signed the order, saying: "My administration is putting an end to the war on coal.
coal mining employment is in decline for a wide variety of reasons: automation of mining; competition from cheap natural gas in the power sector; collapsing demand at steel mills in China. Environmental rules are only a part of the story, and, as many experts have pointed out, repealing those rules won’t bring back many jobs. At best, it would slow the decline In the years ahead.
And there’s a fairly simple way to see this.
The biggest thing Trump’s new order would do to help the coal industry is try to repeal or shrink the Clean Power Plan, which forces emissions reductions in the electricity sector. As it happens, the US Energy Information Administration modeled the effects of CPP repeal on America’s coal use earlier this year. The agency estimated that without the CPP, US coal consumption would rebound to … roughly 2015 levels:
He is not helping anyone but those who continue to line their pockets with profits off hard workers who are stuck in communities dependent on the coal and older practices  
Mr Trump has in the past said climate change had been "created by and for the Chinese". It is now unclear where exactly the US stands in relation to the deal. 
The president's order will be resisted by environmentalists, who have promised to challenge it in the courts.
Whatever the US chooses, the EU, India and China say they will stick to their pledges made in Paris.

Friday, March 3, 2017

This Is How Badly We've Trashed The Planet

It seems like an everyday image: A man out walking his dog.
A man and his dog, both wearing masks, walk along a small alley on a hazy day in Beijing, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Legal Evening/Liu Chang

Except for one thing: Both human and nonhuman animals are donning masks so that they can breathe.
The image, from 2014, was shot in China's capital city, Beijing, on a day when the city raised its four-tiered air pollution alert system to "orange," according to Reuters.
Since then, people have discovered that air pollution in Beijing is even worse than they originally thought — breathing the air there is tantamount to smoking 40 cigarettes a day, a study released this year says.
But China isn't the only one making the only planet we've got poisonous for humans and animals. In the ranking of the earth's worst polluting countries, the U.S. is a close runner-up.
You may have never seen anything like this image before — but you surely will in the future.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Animal friendly Six-Pack Holders

Saltwater Brewery a craft brewing company in Florida promotes lifestyle that revolves around the ocean. Their goal is to maintain the world’s greatest wonder by giving back to the ocean through Ocean Based Charities (CCA, Surfrider, Ocean Foundation, MOTE).

 "Our passion for making Quality Beer for you is the way we can ensure we give back to the ocean as much as possible! Come with us to "Explore the Depths of Beer","

Most plastic beer six‐pack rings end up in our oceans and pose a serious threat to wildlife. Together with WeBelievers, Saltwater Brewery ideated, designed, tested and prototyped the first ever Edible Six Pack Rings. A six‐pack packaging, made with byproducts of the beer making process, that instead of killing animals, feeds them. They are also 100% biodegradable and compostable.

If you see one let us know and spread the word on this great idea