Six Words + Lovabull = The #LovabullinSix Campaign

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A Collaboration Between Six-Word Memoirs | Lovabull | Thirty-One #LovabullinSix 

It takes just Six Words to make someone think differently. That’s why Six-Word Memoirs collaborated with @pitbullinstagram—featuring an assist from The Huffington Post’s RuffPost—on the #LovabullinSix campaign, bringing awareness about rescue dogs across the globe.

Lovabull is a Columbus-based organization that unites pit bull owners and advocates to create a brighter future for this often misunderstood breed. Founder Aaron Blevins was delighted to use the Six-Word form to raise awareness for his cause. This joint effort between our communities allows us to elevate “the impact we are making on pit bulls and every other lovable and misunderstood animal in the world,” Blevins emphasizes.

The focus of #LovabullinSix is “to affirm the importance of the dogs, the organizations and the people dedicated to the cause of fostering and adoption.” Participants used the hashtag #LovabullinSix when posting their six-word testimonials on Instagram. Entrants were randomly selected to receive prizes of stylish personalized products from Thirty-One.

Sharing these Six-Word stories and compelling images allows everyone to celebrate the love and support for these affectionate, adorable animals. Bully breed advocates were invigorated and those new to the cause were drawn in. Here are six of our favorites in honor of this heartwarming campaign:

From emaciated to the good life. —@mysterypibble

Repost via @mysterypibble – “From emaciated to the good life” ❤️ My #LovabullinSix affirmation goes out to @cali_and_carly. Ivan heard of two abandoned pit bulls and worked with others to quickly save them and get them the care they desperately needed. Cupcake (then Hope) was emaciated and had just given birth. Ivan and the #blüecrüe helped nurse her back to health. They were fostering her and realized she was home with them. Cupcake got the forever family she has always deserved ❤️ Now I challenge @landsharklennie, @carotiger and @loveisapittie to complete their own #LovabullinSix and affirm other wonderful rescues in their life! Join the #LovabullinSix movement by following our Six-Word partners @sixwordselfie, @thirtyone and @abbywalters, and then by visiting http://Lovabull.net/lovabullinsix (link in @pitbullinstagram bio) to get the simple steps you can take with us to show the world why homeless, misunderstood or labeled animals deserve the chance of a bright future!

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Rescue community brought me best friends. 
—@hesjustaboyd

“Rescue community brought me best friends.” ❤️ My #LovabullinSix affirmation goes out to @txpibblemom (pictured 📷) and my @ninecrazydogladies. Words can’t express how much I love these ladies. I talk to them all day, everyday, and mostly about dogs (duh). We are a sisterhood! I have this amazing, dog-obsessed @instagram community to thank for guiding me to these strong women. 🔻 The rescue community brings out the best in all of us. Even on a tough day, we strive to do better, and lead purposeful, passionate lives. All for the love of animals that need us. We are a voice for the voiceless, we are a living, breathing mantra of #adoptdontshop, we are the change we want to see in the world. We are awesome and unstoppable, and Angel (@rebeccacorry) will always be a monumental part of it all. Rest easy sweet cookie-loving hippo nugget, we love you. ❤️ 👉 I challenge @ohhellodog and @mysterypibble to join us with their very own #LovabullinSix affirmation. You can join too! Check out the link in @pitbullinstagram bio! (@thirtyone and @sixwordselfie too!)

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Showing unconditional love for the misunderstood.
—@fresnobullyrescue


2nd chances are all you need.
 —@cooper__k


Reactive dogs are not bad dogs.
—@tuff_sausage

 

“Reactive Dogs Are Not Bad Dogs” This #LovaBullInSix affirmation goes out to the seriously awesome accounts of @knoxdogyvr, @mangochris, @twoblockheads, @twocitydogs and @rockyandrusko (there are many more, just look for #reactivedogs or #reactivedogsunite) They all have reactive pups or discuss reactivity regularly, and are showing the world that these dogs can be amazing family members. Not only that, but they work completely force free. 💜 I’ve worked with many reactive dogs and there often seems to be such a bad stigma that their owners take a long time to come forward to ask for help. People feel ashamed to admit their dog has issues. Owners feel like their dogs are ‘off’, not normal, or that they are bad owners who can’t get it together. And who can blame them, since in the public eye, people still often judge reactive dogs and their owners as lazy, not knowledgeable enough to deal with the issue, and other things. The reasons for reactivity are manifold, and mostly caused by either frustration or anxiety. The frustration or anxiety regarding other dogs, people, encounters while being leashed, and more, result from improper or no socialization, warning behaviors having been punished in the past so that the dogs now skip the subtle clues and go straight to more aggressive forms of showing their emotional state, and many other factors. The situation for the owners, however, is always the same – constantly having to be watchful, hyper conscious of their surroundings, and trying to ensure their dogs don’t encounter situations that put them over threshold. They continuously work with their pups to make the world a less scary or frustrating place, and to ensure they have many positive, pleasant experiences to modify their behavior slowly. It’s hard work, and they deserve our absolute respect. Even more, they deserve for us to be respectful of their need for space. People with ‘easy’ dogs are often completely unaware of the delicate situations they put reactive dogs in. Don’t ever let your dog approach another dog without permission. Not every dog likes being pummeled by a happy stranger. Let’s get educated and change the perception of reactivity.

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From bait dog to bed hog.
—@pittie2020

“From ​b​ait dog to ​b​ed hog” ​We’re spreading awareness of the #LovabullinSix movement​ to show the world why homeless, misunderstood or labeled animals deserve the chance of a bright future! ​LoveabullinSix is using captions with 6 WORDS to change hearts in our communities ​and ​to ultimately make an even larger, more localized impact.​ ​Our six words​ above ​sum up the story of this #PBCAmbassaDog, Oscar de la Renta. They describe what we’ve always felt about #rescuedogs: That they are bundles of possibility just waiting to happen. Now ​we challenge ​@wilburties @lukewesterman34 and @twoblockheads​ to complete their own #LovabullinSix challenge and affirm other beautiful rescued dogs​!​ ​Please follow​ the Six-Word partners @sixwordselfie, @thirtyone and @abbywalters, and then by visiting http://Lovabull.net/lovabullinsix to get the simple steps you can take with us. #pitbulls #pittie2020 #pitbulllove #pitbulladvocate #projectbluecollar ​#supporttheunderdog #pitbullsinstagram

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Ms. Ahmed’s Second Grade Art Class at Classical Charter Schools in Bronx, New York

IMG_4620-1Students in Zafirah Ahmed’s second grade art class have the freedom to allow their creativity and imagination to blossom at Classical Charter Schools in the South Bronx, New York. When Ahmed discovered Six-Word Memoirs recently (thanks to me, her sister and Six Words intern) she was excited to share the simplicity of the six-word form with these young students as a new way to inspire creative expression.

Ahmed introduced Six-Word Memoirs during the last week of school, asking students to write about their favorite projects and moments during the school year. This reflection on their journey of craft and creativity required a bit of thought and conversation in the classroom.

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The Top Six Ways To #StayCoolin6Words

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The hotter it is, the more hotheaded we are! For SixContest #81, we wanted to learn your secrets for beating the heat and keeping your composure. While some seek the refreshment of adult beverages (“Gin and tonic. Maybe a couple.” —JRE23), others revert to tried-and-true practices (“Inner kid wisdom: try water balloons.” —JanAlexander). With no end to the rising temperatures and peak humidity in sight—for the foreseeable future—we all could use some extra cool.

Here’s the Top Six tips for how to #StayCoolin6Words:

6. “I’m staying as cool as Obama.” —JAD

5. “Best thoughts happen under cool showers.” —@FlorenceOnyang1 (via Twitter)

4. “Forgive the critic. Forgo the chatter.” —jeccaberta

3. “It’s always cold in the Supermarket…” —VIWJG

2. “No underwear and a confident attitude…” —canadafreeze

And the award for coolest cucumber goes to…

1. “Don’t go to bed angry, clothed.” —l8leigh

Congratulations to l8leigh and thanks to all who participated! Whether in our SixContests, on FacebookInstagramTwitterTumblr or at sixwordmemoirs.com—keep on Sixing!

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Memoirist of the Month—August 2016: Sophie Ezzell

“My favorite Six-Word Memoir is also my first Memoir of the Day. I remember sneaking my phone out of my backpack during class so I could write a Six, and shortly thereafter, seeing my words in ‘The Daily Six’ box at the top of the screen. All I could say through that impossible-to-hide grin was ‘I’m a writer.’ ”

Name: Sophie Ezzell
Place: Knoxville, Tennessee
SMITH Member Since: January 2015

You’re not alone if you read through Sophie Ezzell’s memoirs and wonder, “Are these written by a teen?” That rhetorical question has been posted on many of Sophie’s memoirs — as a compliment — since she joined Six-Word Memoirs as TypewriterGirl in January 2015. With more than 700 memoirs to date, her writer’s voice is vivid (“Caps flew high, spirits even higher”) and artfully savvy (“Telling my secrets in Garamond font”). Sophie’s natural wit (“I’m starting to syndicate my rants”) is often free of inhibition (“Changed his contact name to Bastard”), a powerful combination for any writer. Congratulations to Sophie Ezzell, who marks her transition to collegiate life as our Memoirist of the Month for August 2016. Read her answers to our Six Questions and you’ll agree: Sophie is the real deal.

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The Top Six-Word 2016 Campaign Buttons

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We’re still more than 100 days out from the 2016 Presidential Election—and at this point, it seems like everyone is a political expert. So for SixContest #80, we challenged you to create your own six-word campaign buttons. Many entries stressed the importance of getting to the ballot box (“Because the Youth Vote Always Matters” —@DemsAbroadYouth via Twitter), while other expressed their frustration with the options presented (“How Have We Come to This?” —Elisa R. via Facebook). From protecting our citizens to breaking down barriers (“Walls Can Never Be the Answer” —maryjane31), it’s clear many Americans are concerned about the future. If you’re already sick of all the campaigning, an epic distraction is just days away (“Let the Olympics Bring Comic Relief” —zsuzsu). Meanwhile, these Top Six campaign buttons are worth pinning on your bags and lapels:

6. “Patriarchy Built This country. Smash Through” —@kronn (via Twitter)

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5. “Let’s Not Make America Hate Again” —@davepell (via Twitter)

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4. “227 Year Old Document Needs Revision” —ChewyD2ChewyD2CampaignButton

3. “Because Public Service Is About Service” —@MollyJongFast (via Twitter)

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2. “Our Next President Has Jewish Grandchildren” —George_Kaplan

GKCampaignButtonAnd the Six Words that would make this campaign button a collectible…

1. “Vote for Your Children’s Children’s Children” —UUBikerChick

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Congratulations to UUBikerChick and thanks to all who participated! Whether in our SixContests, on FacebookInstagramTwitterTumblr or at sixwordmemoirs.com—keep on Sixing!

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Ms. DeBlois’ ELA Students at Auburn Middle School in Auburn, Maine

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Students at Auburn Middle School in Auburn, Maine are greeted by this six-word slogan: “AMS is rooted in Core Values.” These tenants are also captured in six words: “Honesty, compassion, responsibility, respect, fairness, courage.” So it makes perfect sense that Six Words would be easily incorporated into AMS’ Gifted and Talented curriculum for English Language Arts (ELA) students.

Auburn teacher Ms. DeBlois first discovered Six-Word Memoirs in two of our books Not Quite What I Was Planning and I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets (which she borrowed from a fellow teacher). From there she was lead to the Six-Word Memoirs website, and soon was immersed in the world of Six Words. Ms. DeBlois was struck by the power of the six-word form, noting that many memoirs “were very poignant and brought about a lot of emotion.”

Ms. DeBlois used her own Six-Word Memoir to capture the attention of her seventh- and eighth-grade ELA students. “Older, but still gets kiddie menu,” she read. The backstory to her memoir drew them in: “I had graduated from high school and was out to eat with all of my friends. Every single one of them was handed the adult menu, while I was given the kiddie menu.” The reaction of her students? “They couldn’t stop laughing. They loved it.”

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–8th grade student, Team Sugarloaf

Since Ms. DeBlois teaches these gifted ELA students just once a week, Six-Word Memoirs makes an ideal one-class lesson plan. “It was perfect for what I wanted to do,” which was focus on word choice, punctuation and imagery. Additionally, she wanted students to represent themselves in their writing. “This has to be about you, I told them. And no one knows you better than you do.”

Knows not to, but does anyway.

–7th grade student, Team Tumbledown

Ms. DeBlois began the assignment by giving her students time to brainstorm. “I gave them three minutes to write down—as fast as they could—everything about themselves. It helped to warm them up.” From there, they were asked to write six memoirs, one of which they would share with their classmates. Backstories were also shared during a class discussion.

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–7th grade student, Team Bradbury

Though the assignment initially seemed intimidating, the students quickly found their stride. “A lot of my students wrote more than the required six memoirs. At first they thought it was difficult. But once they got going, and they heard what others were writing, they wrote more and more,” says Ms. DeBlois.

This is the first time Ms. DeBlois has used Six-Word Memoirs in the classroom: “I wish I would’ve found this gem earlier.” The depth of their memoirs is remarkable. “No father, yet I live joyous,” writes one student. “Trump becomes president. *Moves to Canada*” proclaims another. What is most inspiring, says DeBlois, is the way Six-Word Memoirs encourages self-awareness. Introspection shines through, from “An empath who knew too much,” to the confessional, “If I’m mean, I really care.” An illustration makes this memoir particularly poignant:

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“Crooked, broken, bent, cracked, fractured — perfect.” —7th grade student, Team Whitecap

Her students’ memoirs are posted in our Teens section under Ms. DeBlois’ teacher account, with team names noted on each memoir. At a relatively young age, these middle school students also show an awareness of self in a much greater context. One student philosophically poses, “Paradox: What if you didn’t exist?” while another insightfully declares, “Thinking is for those with time.” A sense of empowerment is undeniable: “I’m me, the Changer of Worlds.”

Everyone gained from this rewarding assignment: “I learned a lot—about my students,” says Ms. DeBlois. “Kids don’t do a lot of self-reflection. They don’t realize how much they’ve grown or changed.” When students do examine themselves while writing Sixes, “they start to value things for intrinsic reasons. They adopt a growth mindset. And that’s what you want them to be able to do, for the rest of their lives — reflect on who they are and the choices they’re making.” —Emma Arace


Teachers! Since we first launched the Six-Word Memoir project, educators across the spectrum have found Six Words to be a terrific classroom assignment and catalyst for self-expression. At our Six in Schools section we celebrate students’ work from classrooms around the world.

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The Top Six-Word Summer Road Trips

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Summer is the time when we yearn to get away. And there are no two words that invoke a grander feeling of freedom then: “road trip.” For SixContest #79, we asked for your stories about traveling the open road. From family trips (“Everywhere we traveled, Dad knew someone.” –CJProArtz) to life-changing solo journeys (“Different person returned after 4,000 miles.” –ChewyD2), your tales remind us that every pit stop provides an opportunity for adventure. If you’re looking to avoid a case of FOMO this summer (“Cherries for sale; we never stopped.” –GrannyGreg) — pack the essentials, grab the keys and hit the road, Jack!

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Recovering Orlando: In Six—”Where Do We Go From Here?”

So many of us want to say and do something about Orlando. For his part, Brett Reiter, producer of Loose Films, a Columbus-based video production company, chose to host a benefit event at Columbus’ Strongwater space. Called “Recovering Orlando,” all proceeds went to victims, family, and friends of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting. Six-Word Memoirs brought our short-form storytelling to this event as a simple way to allow everyone in the crowd to share their take on this tragedy.

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Memoirist of the Month—July 2016: Krystyna Fedosejevs

“I quickly became addicted to Six-Word Memoirs. Well-written, touching backstories and priceless photos of many talented writers inspired me to join in May 2014 and hang on for the ride. It truly is the ride of a lifetime; I haven’t found anything else matching its format and emotional appeal.”

IMG_0762 copyName: Krystyna W. Fedosejevs
Place: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
SMITH Member Since: May 2014

Within her first two months of joining Six-Word Memoirs, Krystyna posted more than 400 memoirs (“Over 400 sixes; love this place!”) and she has kept pace since with more than 4,000 memoirs to date. Known as CanadaGoose, her memoirs reveal her love of words (“Baking ideas in my mind’s oven”) and intellectual pleasures (“Sipping Bordeaux wine with Leonard Cohen”). Yet there are many tales beneath the surface (“Family rifts: patches I can’t quilt”) that reflect an abundance of introspection (“‘Cautiously optimistic’ holds pessimism in shadows”) and a talent for storytelling in Six Words (“I unplug to open real windows.”). Congratulations to Krystyna Fedosejevs as our Memoirist of the Month for July 2016—learn more about this well-traveled memoirist as she answers our Six Questions:

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