Can You Buy Love? Adopt a Pet

APCI holiday classic for our animal friends and the selfless volunteers who rescue them

by Aggie Perilli

The $295 my husband Michael and I paid to adopt a 15-pound Poodle Bichon Frise named Raphie from the Last Chance Ranch Animal Rescue in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, covered the cost of vaccinations, deworming, neutering, and medication for the prevention of kennel cough and other infections. That’s what our veterinarian charges for vaccinations alone.

The Last Chance Ranch had rescued Raphie from a high-kill shelter, where he lay in a fetal position in a far corner of his cage.

Inspiring a World of Difference


Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird I would fly
about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
– GEORGE ELIOT

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Photograph by Caroline Dahlmanns

Aggie Perilli Communications International (APCI) creates award-winning communications, marketing, and information campaigns for non-profit and for-profit interests and organizations. From strategy through customer tracking, APCI engages and aligns your audience to realize your vision while inspiring a world of difference.

Among APCI’s integrated full-service offerings are:

Campaign Nonviolence Advances 1,600+ Peacemaking Actions

Over 1,600 marches, prayer vigils, festivals, and other events took place from September 16 to 24, 2017, across the United States and worldwide, as part of Campaign Nonviolence’s fourth annual “Week of Actions.” These actions culminated on September 21, the International Day of Peace. Thousands participated in this unprecedented grassroots campaign to build a culture of peace free from racism, war, poverty, and environmental destruction.

Said Dr. Ken Butigan, cofounder of Campaign Nonviolence and professor at DePaul University, “People across the United States rallied together to end violence and injustice and begin peacemaking. Our unified voices are urging policy shifts that advance peace, justice, and environmental restoration and protection.”

Six Principles of Nonviolence

communicating with one another

The following article was provided by the nonprofit Metta Center for Nonviolence in California. I’m grateful to the Metta Center for teaching all of us how to be engaging, unifying, and transformative leaders for nonviolence. – Aggie Perilli

By The Metta Center for Nonviolence

Nonviolence can be a safe, effective and lasting way to defeat injustice, but like any other science it takes knowledge, courage and determination.

Oakland First Friday Protest

Oakland First Friday Protest, June 2015. Credit: Thomas Hawk, via Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Geothermal Townhouses Turn Lawn into Regenerative Woods & Meadows

communicating with nature

by Aggie Perilli

The Grandview Chase Condominium Development (GCCD) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, owns approximately 27 acres of rolling lawns bordered by a field with a stream running through it. Over the past two years, GCCD board members Mark Wiker and I pursued a federal grant to transform GCCD’s unsustainable field of lawn into beautiful, regenerative woods and meadows.

Rewarded for our initiatives, this past spring, the GCCD townhouse association received a grant worth $66,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund to restore GCCD’s riparian buffer with native trees, meadow grasses and rain gardens or, in this field, hundreds of wildflowers.

Headstand in a Helmet

by Aggie Perilli

During a yoga class in Buchanan Park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a passing motorcyclist saw some of us in a headstand. Leaving his helmet on, the motorcyclist dropped his head to the ground and joined us. As the motorcyclist shot his legs into the air, we whooped and cheered.

He jumped to his feet and thrust his fists in the air, and we whooped again. Then the helmeted stranger hopped on his motorcycle and roared away.

We glided through the rest of our yoga practice still smiling.

Communication Conveys Empathy and Shared Understanding

communicating with one another

Just as interest and trust in politicians fell to an all-time low, a lineup of visionary Democrats restored hope and enthusiasm with successful and even masterful speeches. Whether or not you agree with their messages, below are empathetic communications that have inspired a world of oneness.

Michelle Obama:

  • “I love that, for Barack, there is no such thing as ‘us’ and ‘them.’ He doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican or none of the above. He knows that we all love our country, and he’s always ready to listen to good ideas…he’s always looking for the very best in everyone he meets.”