Easy Way to Speak Up for Animals!

Do you really want to help animals but don't have the time? Then join Mary Max's e-mail activist list! Mary sends two easy-to-do alerts per week that ask you to make a quick call, send a short fax or e-mail, or sign a petition. It's that easy!

So, get active for animals by subscribing to Mary's list at: mrsmax@earthlink.net  (Just write SUBSCRIBE in the subject line, and please make sure you include your name and in what city and state you live in the body of the e-mail.)
September 29, 2007 – (Please scroll down for more news!)
Polar Bears S.O.S.

Dear Friends,

Please sign the attached petition and tell all your family and friends. We need the government to wake up!


September 29, 2007
Lambertville Pet Masquerade

Dear Friends,

I am excited to announce the annual Pet Masquerade in Lambertville, NJ (just over the bridge from New Hope, PA) on Saturday, October 13th, from 1 - 4 p.m. on behalf of Animal Alliance, NJ. 

A fancy dress parade with prizes for animals (and owners!!!!) plus an auction which will include some of my artwork and signed CD's.


I adopted my little 'Chiwawa' (yes it's spelt wrong!), who I named LOVE, from them in May of 2006.

There will be a fancy dress parade beginning at 2:30 p.m. and ending in Mary Sheridan Park on the corner of George and York Streets.

I hope you can come out for the day. It will be a lot of fun and an opportunity to support a very worthwhile animal charity, who unconditionally save and foster animals until they can be adopted.

Please come and join us for a great day out for the whole family!

Love and Peace,

September 24, 2007
This is your chance to own your very own piece of
Annie Haslam/'Renaissance' History!

If you are a Renaissance or Annie Haslam fan, you may be very interested to know that there are several items up for auction at 'Heritage Auction' House, Dallas, Texas.

Included in the three separate lots are:
1.  Annie's famed 'GOLD' custom made necklace in 22 carat gold designed by and given to her by fiance at the time, 'Roy Wood'.  Annie wore the unique necklace at nearly all the 'live' concerts with the band,  and it's the only one in existence.  

A copy of  the  solo 'Annie in Wonderland' LP  which has a photo inside of Annie wearing the necklace.

Maracas Annie played at all the shows and in the studio.  
2. The famous 'Thea Porter' designed, Turquoise Blue Crepe Chiffon dress made specially for the Carnegie Hall concerts. There was a lot of excitement surrounding this dress as Thea Porter was a very well known designer in the 70's. Annie remembers that her London Soho Boutique was full of  vibrant silks, tapestries and velvets like something straight out of a palace where 'Scheherazade' would tell her stories to the Sultan. What makes the dress even more special, is that it is  part of the history of the British Fashion Industry from the fabulous and colorful eclectic 70's!

Another point of interest is that there was a specially made dressing room erected at the side of the stage in order for Annie to do her  'Scheherazade' dress change during the 25 minute suite.

A  mint condition 'Live' at Carnegie Hall LP signed by Annie.

A rehearsal tambourine.

Signed press photos of Annie wearing the dress.
3. A magnificent  Gibson acoustic guitar circa 1963 (called Jupiter), hand painted in Acrylics by Annie.  In 2002, Annie embarked on her new career into painting, a very exciting unexpected discovery, leading to a commission in 2006 from Martin Guitars to paint one of their 'Dreadnought' acoustic guitars. This is now proudly on display in their museum in Nazareth, PA.

Annie also painted four vintage guitars for the Hard Rock Cafe, they can be seen on display in Cleveland and San Diego.
All items are part of Annie's private collection.

Link to the auction site as follows:

Lot #1: Annie's Gold 'ANNIE' Necklace

Lot #2: Carnegie Hall Dress and mint condition LP

Lot #3: Hand Painted Gibson Acoustic Guitar

September 5, 2007
Annie and the Astronauts

Watch Annie, along with friends Kevin Mackie and Steve Pullara, checking out an amazing find.

The Centrifuge used in the 1960's by Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and other well known astronauts for their training in preparation for space travel.

It is housed in the same building as The East Coast Recording Company's studio where the 'Serenity House' CD was mastered.

Annie demonstrates the acoustics of the room by performing A cappella;  'Michael' Prince of Angels', the song that she co-wrote with Rave Tesar and which is on the 'Serenity House' CD.

August 13, 2007
ASIA Tour Postponed

Annie's friend, John Wetton, from ASIA just underwent open heart surgery in London. The operation went to plan and he is in stable condition.

Please click here for more information.

August 6, 2007
Wine Women and Song at the Sellersville Theater

Annie will be the celebrity host at the Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA,
to help celebrate an evening of:

Wine, Women & Song

Click here for more information
(on Sellersville Theater site scroll down to August 24th)

Annie will be displaying some her unique original paintings. Also Annie's new CD 'Woman Transcending,' will be available at the show.

The CD is also available through this site: click here for ordering information.


June 28, 2007

Dear Friends,

Polar Bears URGENTLY need your help.

Time is running out....

We cannot afford to lose these beautiful animals that are dying because of what humans are doing to the planet.

Please click here and voice your opinion and PLEASE pass this on to all your friends and family members.
Love and Peace,

June 21, 2007
Annie and Star Trek

Here is a very interesting letter about Annie's connection to STAR TREK! This was written by Bob Greenberger, DC Comics NYC.

Click here

May 17, 2007

Dear Friends,
Please take a look at this link and the photograph below concerning a missing child, Madeleine McCann, a three-year-old girl from the UK. She disappeared from an apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve, the first week in May while on holiday with her parents.

Please circulate this with family and friends and ask them to do the same.

Please pray that Madeleine is found safe and sound.
Thank you.

Love and Peace,

May 16, 2007
Listen to Annie's Interview with Cliff Roles

Sit back, put your feet up and listen to Annie's insightful and fun two-hour radio interview with Cliff Roles at WSLR 96.5 FM, Sarasota, Florida, recorded March 29th, 2007.

Click here to link to Cliff's site. Scroll past the "Upcoming Guests" section to "Recent Interviews" and click the link for Annie's interview.

April 1, 2007
Japan Release for 'Woman Transcending'

Annie's new CD has been released in Japan on March 25th, on the Marquee/Belle Antique label.

If you would like to order Annie's new CD, the catalogue number is MAR  071249. It can be ordered from almost any record store (both web and  physical) that carries domestic CD utilising the above title/catalogue  number.

Contact information
Ground address of the store/office:

Marquee Inc.
102 Maison Mejiro,
3-1-17, Shimo-Ochiai,
Tokyo 161-0033

Store Hours:
Open 13:00 - Close 20:00 (Close 19:00 on Sunday)
Closed on Tuesday.

Phone: 03-3954-4897 (Mail Order: Mon-Fri 11:00-18:00)
      : 03-3954-5038 (Physical Store: as store hours)
      : 03-3954-4896 (Distribution: Mon-Fri 11:00-18:00)
Fax: 03-3954-9563 (For all of the above)
email: w-disque@marquee.co.jp (For all of the above)

Physical store: www.marquee.co.jp/world_disque/d.w.frameset.html
Mail order: www.marquee.co.jp/world_disque/tsuhan.htm

March 18, 2007
Dolphins Need HELP!!!

Dear Friends,

This information was sent from Australia regarding the massacre of hundreds of Dolphins.
Please sign the petition attached.

Please be warned, the video is very graphic and may be upsetting to some people.

Love and Peace,

To everyone who receives this, I'm truly sorry to say that it is really heartbreaking and disturbing viewing but I implore you to please not ignore it. This is unbelievably horrific and it must be stopped. Please sign this online petition and pass it on to everyone you know. To ignore this is to align your self with perpetrators against humanity. If you think I sound like a drama queen, take a look at the video and then decide.

This is by far the most disturbing and graphic footage I've seen in quite some time.  The link below shows footage of the brutal and barbaric massacre of hundreds of Dolphins in Japan.  It really needs to be stopped and I encourage you to sign the petition and forward this on.
Be warned this is NOT pleasant and I haven't watched it to the end myself... It is sickening!  Please take time to watch the video (WARNING: The video is horrific and may be upsetting to some people). I trust you will feel compelled to sign the petition, then pass this on to everyone you know, PLEASE.

I must say I have never realized how bad the Dolphin massacre in Japan was until I saw this clip. Please if you have time, watch as much of the video as you can stomach and then sign the petition.   Thanks for your time.

March 17, 2007
Mark Wood and 'Victory' Violin

Mark Wood, founder of Wood Violins and violinist in Trans Siberian Orchestra, is seen here being interviewed by Metal Sanaz from the Fuse network, holding 'Victory' the prototype 'Viper' violin painted by Annie.

The photo was taken at the NAMM Music Convention in Anaheim, CA, January, 2007.

Click here for more detailed photos of the 'Victory' Viper violin.

March 12, 2007
Annie's Interview with Cliff Roles

Dear Friends,

I'm going to be doing a 2-hour live radio special on Thursday, March 29, from 2 - 4 p.m. EDST with Cliff Roles of Radio 96.5 FM WSLR in Sarasota, Florida on his show, Talk of the Sun Coast.

We'll be chatting about my life and career, and playing my favorite solo and Renaissance pieces.

You can listen in 'LIVE' by clicking here: LIVESTREAM, or by going to the station's website.

For those who can't make the live chat, I'll be posting an edited version here afterwards. It will be a lot of fun as Cliff is also a fellow Brit with a great personality!

Love and Peace,

March 1, 2007
URGENT!  Polar Bears Need Help!

Dear Friends,

I am sure everyone is aware of the terrible situation concerning the survival of the magnificient Arctic Polar Bears.

Please go to this site and sign the petition and send on to as many people as you can. We can make a difference if enough people care and take positive action.
Love and Peace as always,

February 13, 2007
Annie at WXPN's Beggar's Banquet

Annie is excited to be 'hosting' a table at the 'Beggar's Banquet' to benefit WXPN radio, Philadelphia, PA.

Beggar’s Banquet

Music, Great Conversation and Dancing to Benefit WXPN
When: Thursday, March 1, 2007 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: Knowlton Mansion, 8001 Verree Road in Northeast Philadelphia

If you are a supporter, or you are thinking about becoming one,  it will be a fun night of great food and 'live' music! AND some very interesting conversations with, authors, musicians and DJ's! You never know who you will meet...

Annie is also donating a painting for the silent auction.

Click here for all information

January 17, 2007
Cows and Global Warming

A mighty wind
Cows cause more global warming than SUVs

By Erik Curren

Whenever I heard someone claim that cows on feedlots around the world emitted so much methane that they were warming the atmosphere, I scoffed. Surely, this must have been a tall tale by overwrought environmentalists and creative vegetarians - or else political satire for 13-year-old boys.

Just put together farting cows, global warming, animal-rights activists and kids, and you've got an episode of "South Park." Throw in Cartman with a book of matches, and you can start flaring off natural gas from a whole herd of cows.

It does sound too dumb to be true. But now those humorless folks at the United Nations are saying that livestock farts really are a big contributor to the greenhouse effect.

It has something to do with cows being ruminants whose four stomachs ferment their food in a way that gives them, and us, lots of gas. It's even worse when they are fed processed animal feed on factory feedlots instead of being allowed to graze and eat the grass they're built to digest.

And get this: Cows are worse than cars, according to a report released last week by the U.N. food and farming agency.

"The livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent than transport," said the report by the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization.

That's right, they're saying that large-scale ranching is worse for the climate than flying people from Moscow to Maryland and shipping goods from Shanghai to San Diego all wrapped up in a rush-hour D.C. Beltway commute in a Ford Explorer.

That sounds bad. But this "CO2 equivalent" part is a little tricky.

Actually, livestock only accounts for 9 percent of all carbon dioxide emitted by human activity. And that's not just CO2 from cow farts, but also from things that are done to clear land for grazing, like chopping down trees or burning brush.

So in terms of CO2 alone, rearing cattle is not as bad as burning oil and gas for transportation, which accounts for 19 percent of humans' total carbon emissions.

Yet, though CO2 is the best-known global warming gas, there are two others that are actually much stronger at warming the atmosphere, methane and nitrous oxide. And cows emit both of these super-warming gases in a way that cars and trucks don't.

Raising cattle generates 37 percent of all the methane that human activities pump into the atmosphere. Methane is more than 20 times stronger at warming the climate than CO2. Even worse, livestock are responsible for 65 percent of all of society's nitrous-oxide pollution. This gas is nearly 300 times as strong as CO2 for warming.

Given all the wind they pass, cattle now account for nearly a fifth of all global warming pollution, driven by rising demand for meat and dairy products, according to the FAO.

Livestock cut the cheese and rule the earth

Of course, it's a sign of growing prosperity that more people around the world can afford to eat meat.

As countries like China and India become richer, global meat production will more than double from 229 million tons in 2001 to 465 million tons in 2050, according to the U.N. During the same period, milk output will rise from 580 million to more than a billion tons over the same period.

All this is good news for the meat and dairy industries, which are growing faster than any other kind of agriculture.

These industries are already huge. They account for nearly half of all agricultural production and support almost one in five people worldwide.

Another fun fact: Livestock now use a full third of the earth's land surface, either for pasture or food grown on farms to feed them. And they keep using more and more land as demand for meat and dairy grows. For example, almost three-quarters of Amazon forests already cut down have been turned over to grazing. Maybe the other quarter has been paved over for McDonald's parking lots.

Will cattle devour the earth while smothering human society in their flatulence?

Only, of course, if the industry keeps cutting corners so it can provide the world with New York Strip at $4.39 a pound.

"The environmental costs per unit of livestock production must be cut by one half, just to avoid the level of damage worsening beyond its present level," says the FAO.

Aside from going vegetarian, what can we do? Mix Rolaids in with all animal feed?

First, ranchers and farmers can do a lot to make their beef, cheese and milk with less global-warming pollution. The industry can increase the efficiency of both livestock production and feed crop agriculture by improving animals' diets to, basically, give them less gas. And they can set up biogas plants to burn the cow poop for fuel, whose stinky-stink is a major source of methane emissions.

Second, unfortunately for all us meat-and-potatoes men and for all those Indians who want to become meat-and-chapati men, maybe that vegetarian thing is not such a bad idea.

Skip the steak and stop the wind

Surely some ambitious folks will want to cut all animal products out of their diets. But as a start, the rest of us can just cut back on meat and dairy.

Nature intended milk for babies - and those babies would be in the same species as their milk source. I don't think monkeys drink ferret milk. And nobody except us drinks milk as adults. If we're going to drink milk, you'd think we'd eat Gerber carrot-squish, too.

But OK, I know we're used to it, dairy is worked into the great cuisines of the world. There'd be no hollandaise without butter, no alfredo without cream and no ice milk without ... ice?

Well, fake dairy, made from soy and rice, may be a good answer here. This ain't your father's Soy Dream we're talking about, but a richer-creamier-cuddlier version that's so new and improved it's making my mouth water just thinking about it.

As to meat, maybe it would help if we Americans started, as they still do in many parts of the world, treating beef, pork and chicken like condiments to be mixed into rice or vegetables in small amounts to give flavor, rather than served in big slabs as the main course.

This wouldn't hurt our health, either, since eating less meat helps people lose weight, lower their blood pressure and prevent Type-2 diabetes.

And if you're going to get beef, go for the free-range kind. It's easier on the land, and it gives the animals less gas.

Overall, as with so many things that are good for the environment, cutting down on meat and dairy or eating better meat could be good for us, too.

But actually, when you really think about it, global warming is not really an environmental problem. Sure, species have already started to go extinct, and more are sure to die off. But the earth and its changed climate will go on. And eventually, new species will arise to take the place of the old ones. It's happened before, and it will happen again.

No - global warming is not an environmental problem. It's really a political, economic and social problem.

Unchecked, runaway heating with its melting ice, rising oceans and super-storms could destroy trillions of dollars in property, bankrupt thousands of businesses and cost millions of jobs; drive families from their homes and create billions of refugees; and bring new levels of crime, civil unrest, terrorism and resource wars that could strain the fabric of the nations of the world.

Most people would be willing to drive their SUV less - or get a better car - to save America. Maybe now we should also think about skipping the ice cream and ground beef and picking up a quart of frozen Soy Delicious and some veggie burgers instead.

Just keep the matches away from the "South Park" kids, and, for everyone's sake, keep the kids away from the farting cows.

Erik Curren is a regular contributor to The Augusta Free Press. Curren is the author of Buddha’s Not Smiling: Uncovering Corruption at the Heart of Tibetan Buddhism Today. More information about Curren's works is available on-line at www.alayapress.com. The views expressed by op-ed writers do not necessarily reflect those of management of The Augusta Free Press.