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Book Review: When Elephants Fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer
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When Elephants Fly review

When Elephants Fly
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Nancy Richardson Fischer
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: September 4, 2018

In the heartwarming YA novel When Elephants Fly, Lily, a teen genetically predisposed to schizophrenia, recalls memories of her abusive past after she witnesses a captive elephant’s violent rejection of its newborn. She’s compelled to take action after learning about the problematic living conditions of wild animals held in captivity, but is she willing to risk her sanity to save the life of a baby elephant?

Lily is an 18-year-old high school student who lives a fearful, cautious life because of her family history of schizophrenia. Guided by her protective single dad, she has a detailed plan on how to avoid any stress and activities over the next 12 years that could cause the mental illness to be triggered in her.

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Movie Review: Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story
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Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story

Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story
Written by Ashley Bell, John Michael McCarthy III, Fernanda Rossi
Directed by Ashley Bell
Featuring Ashley Bell, Lek Chailert, and Noi Na the Elephant
Documentary | 75 Minutes
Abramorama
Release date: April 27, 2018

“You don’t need a bull hook to control an elephant. You can guide an elephant with love… And bananas” – Lek Chailert, Founder of Save Elephant Foundation

You may know Ashley Bell from her roles in 2010’s The Last Exorcism or 2016’s Carnage Park, but her most important role to date by far is bringing to light the true story of Asian elephants in her new documentary Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story. The film saw a small theatrical run during Earth Day week last week and is being released in more theaters on April 27, 2018. Produced, written, directed by and starring Bell, the documentary details the awful treatment of the declining elephant populations in Southeast Asia and her attempts to help in the rescue of one particular elephant, the 70-year-old blind Noi Na.

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Valentine’s Day 2017: Last-Minute Charitable Gift Ideas
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Valentine' Day charitable gift ideas

Valentine’s Day is almost here. And if you haven’t acquired some gifts to give yet, then chances are you need some help. So here are some lovely stress-free last-minute charitable gifts you can give this Valentine’s Day. Even if you already have items to give, it’s always nice to add something extra that can help others.

See below for our list of Last-Minute Charitable Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day.

Here’s what you do: Make a charitable donation online — in some instances you can do so in the recipient’s name — then print out an e-card or other message offered. You can add this to an existing gift or give it on its own. If you want, you can run a Walgreens or CVS (some kind of pharmacy type place), grab a tiny box of chocolates and/or tiny teddy bear, put it together with the charitable gift message/print-out into a pretty gift bag (add tissue paper if possible to pretty it up), which will make the presentation lovely and not make it seem like you waited till the last minute.

Oh, and these are tax-deductible! And you’ll be helping others, while giving the gift. So, it’s a win all around.

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