The only way I know of to become truly cognizant of the world around us and to attempt to understand where we are and where we are apparently heading is to read. Books, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, etc., are overflowing with information that can seem overwhelming or too painful at times to consume. But it is only through literate sharing of ideas and histories that we have any hope of saving the animals we are losing, and the earth we are destroying. I hope that folks who are reluctant to reading anything where the animal dies in the end of the book, or that will be too upsetting, will think again. It can be tough to read graphic accounts of cruelty, but it was tougher (I'm thinking of The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach) to live through it and to come out the other side a better person and the force behind a triumph of compassion over cruelty.
As I add new titles this year, I will be including more about conservation, extinction, and front lines of rescue work. These are such crucial topics that need to be discussed in more depth than simply through social media. I hope that readers everywhere will join in the conversations by adding comments to titles offered, or sharing books with me that have been particularly entertaining, educational, and enlightening.