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Letter From The Editor

We've all met those people in our lives who seem so virtuous that they make us feel slightly uncomfortable. My first encounters of this sort were in my early years in Catholic school. I always felt there was something I should be atoning for even if I didn't know what the Hell it was. I can remember catching the sneers of Sister Amadeus and imagining her close proximity to God gave her special powers to see inside my soul. She must have known I could be doing better. Yeah sure I shouldn't have cut my sister's Barbie's hair off but I didn't know then that Sister Amadeus had ruler knuckle-whacking in her past. Even now if I spot a traffic cop on the side of the road and I'm driving sensibly, I feel guilty--- I'm probably doing SOMETHING wrong?

So there's those sorts of folks that inspire unwarranted feelings of guilt in me and then there's the people at H.E.A.R.T. (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers). HEART is a non-profit group that brings age-appropriate instructional programs that focus on human rights, animal protection and environmental ethics to public schools and other non-profit agencies at no cost. They are in fact, the only full-service provider of humane education in New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis and Portland. First, I feel guilty around them because I want to protect them from all that is bad in the world...they are all just so damn sweet and nice and then I feel guilty because they truly inspire me to want to get off my ass and do more. Now of course I would never say that to them as I try very hard not to even curse in front of them. Guilt aside, it feels really nice to be around them!!!

We got to work up close with HEART through a class they bring to our favorite animal shelter called Caring Kids. We quickly fell in love with HEART's instructors and their programs and we committed to add some projects of our own to their outstanding curriculum. We planned on dedicating an issue to them but quickly saw that one issue wasn't enough.

In honor of Earth Day, this month's issue of the Make Nice Mission is dedicated to the Environmental Protection branch of HEART's curriculum, Environmental Ethics. Their program is so well laid out and inspiring. We encourage you and your kids to partake in some of these great lessons and projects in your own home or even bring them to your classrooms.

In the coming month's we'll be bringing you two more issues dedicated to H.E.A.R.T., covering their Human Rights and Animal Welfare curriculums.

P.S. You will notice that Moomah the Magazine has a sponsor for this issue! Our goal is to raise awareness and funding for incredible non-profits. If we love your company and products and you're willing to make a donation to the non-profit we're working with, we would love to collaborate with you! This month we thank Healthy Child Healthy World for their contribution to HEART!

Warmly,

Tracey Stewart
Editor in Chief
Moomah the Magazine

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{  April 2014  }

Introducing HEART :  The Environmental Issue

Fostering A More Humane World through Compassion and Respect

Make It! Create Your Own Natural Cleaners

Make It! Create Your Own Natural Cleaners

DIY natural cleaning products to help ease your domestic life.

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Get to know HEART : Environmental Ethics

Get to know HEART : Environmental Ethics

The sweet organization helping to spread the good around the country.

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Oceans of Plastic : From Streets to Sea

Oceans of Plastic : From Streets to Sea

Ways to recycle our plastic before it puts our sea life in danger.

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Reusing Our Plastic: Decorative Succulents

Reusing Our Plastic: Decorative Succulents

Simple and stable foliage from your garden.

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Make It! Recycle Redux Round-up

Make It! Recycle Redux Round-up

Curbing global warming by recycling our trees.

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The Little Island : The Web Of Life

The Little Island : The Web Of Life

The Little Island and its small ecosystem help to teach our kids how things connect.

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Reusing Our Plastic: Vertical Hanging Garden

Reusing Our Plastic: Vertical Hanging Garden

Conserving water with a hanging garden.

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Earth Day 2014

Earth Day 2014

Get involved: Participate in the Eco-Bag Program

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