How You Can Help Project Bow

In Case There's a Fox

Project Bow is a privately owned research endeavor with a shoestring budget. No government funding has gone into supporting Project Bow, and none ever will. While we don't make a profit, we are not a "not for profit" organization, so we don't get any tax breaks, and if you make a donation or a contribution to Project Bow, you won't get any tax breaks, either. What this means is: the public is not paying for this in any way, directly or indirectly. Anybody who contributes to Project Bow does so of his or her own free will.

Who is Project Bow? Well, it's myself and Bow. (My daughter, who is currently eleven, is also involved.)

What has Project Bow accomplished so far?

Bow is the first bilingual chimpanzee to achieve literacy. However, you won't see Bow on Oprah or on the cover of Time Magazine or in Nature, because there is still a serious issue with proof.

This hub is written strictly for well-wishers. Many people have asked me over the years, what can I do to help? There is a genuine interest, and there are a lot of good people who want to help. My answers haven't always been as clear as they might have been, because I haven't always known what any given person might be able to do to help. It depends on the person. It depends on their circumstances.

However, there's a lot that people can do, and I'm going to list a few possibilities below.

The Cover Illustration of my book "When Sword Met Bow"

The book will be available on Amazon sometime in December of 2010. It has already come out and can be purchased from CreateSpace.
The book will be available on Amazon sometime in December of 2010. It has already come out and can be purchased from CreateSpace. | Source

What Sorts of Contributions You Can Make Depends on Your Personal Resources

Are you young, unattached and debt-free? In that case you can contribute your time. This is one of the nicest gifts that you can give to Bow -- and to yourself! Bow can learn from you, and you will definitely learn a lot from Bow!

But what if you have time, are debt-free but are not good at interpersonal relationships with children or non-humans? Can you write code? We are desperately in need of a good computer programmer! We have a touchscreen computer and a program that Bow says is too hard to use. Come help us. This could make it possible to prove once and for all that Bow can spell.

What if you have a family and a mortgage and all the things that tend to accrue later on in life? What should you do then if you want to help?

Buy one of my books. Buy several! Write a review. Donate a boxful to your local school, church, library or homeless shelter.

What if you are barely staying above water yourself? What if you have no job, but are desperately trying to earn a living? What if you have children or elderly people depending on you, and you can't spare the time? If you are a blogger or a hubber, you can help a lot by spreading the word. You can write a hub about Project Bow or review one of my books. Or, if you don't have the time to do that, you might consider placing an Amazon capsule for one of my books on a pre-existing hub. It won't cost you anything -- neither time nor money -- and it might even earn you a few cents.

If you are not a hubber or a blogger, but you have bought a copy of one of my books, please consider reviewing it on Amazon.com. Reviews by purchasers of a book are highly influential, and they are often more important than other kinds of reviews.

If you are active in your local library's read-out-loud program, request the book to be purchased by the library and then volunteer to read it out loud. This is a wonderful way to acquaint the public with Project Bow, and your own personal touch will make all the difference in the world!

Whatever your circumstances in life, there is always something you can do to help, if you really want to. No matter what your situation is, there is always something you can contribute. No effort is too small to be appreciated.

Thanks!

Whatever course of action you decide on, Bow and I thank you in advance.


Copyright 2010 Aya Katz

The two books currently available

Every book I publish will have a fresh new picture of Bow in it, whether it is directly about Project Bow or not.
Every book I publish will have a fresh new picture of Bow in it, whether it is directly about Project Bow or not. | Source

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charkamman 5 years ago from portugal

I love Bow and I love you too! What a gorgeous photo on your book... I just would love to cuddle them both!

Good luck with your beautiful baby!

Charlotte


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Charkamman, thanks! My babies have grown a bit since the picture on the cover of "When Sword Met Bow" was taken. Sword is now eleven and Bow is eight and a half. The book that recounts their first meeting will be out in December.


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Jeremey 5 years ago from Arizona

Best of Luck Aya, this is quite interesting. I am in no financial shape to "donate" financially or even purchase a book, but as a fellow hubber, I'll see what I can do to spread the word, and write a related hub in the near future. Again best of luck to your project!


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Jeremey, thanks! Let me know when you finish your related hub so I can link to it. Also, if you would like to review one of my books, just contact me by email, and it can be arranged.


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Jeremey 5 years ago from Arizona

Good Deal, catch you soon!


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Jeremey!


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hot dorkage 5 years ago from Oregon, USA

That's a sweet book. We don't have anyone appropriate in the fams @ the moment but I think grandbabies will happen in the forseeable future, and when grandbaby 1 gets grandbaby 2 in the same fam, I pounce.

Did you hear that the state of Oregon is not issuing any permits for anyone to have exotics including chimps, so once the current supply of privately "owned" chimps die or get sold to someone out of state, that's the end of it.


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Hot Dorkage. I guess I'd better keep my fingers crossed that your children get busy soon! ;->

I did not hear that about the state of Oregon, but it doesn't surprise me. It's a beautiful place, but there are way too many laws. Last time I was there, it was illegal for me to pump my own gas. What's that about?

Do you personally know any Oregon chimpanzees and their families? I am still looking for a girl friend for Bow. After all, I want to have grand kids someday, too!


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Kind Regards 5 years ago from Missouri Ozarks - Table Rock Lake

Aya Katz, I love your suggestions. I can't wait to buy "When Sword Met Bow" and that is just the sweetest picture on the cover of both Sword and Bow. It brings tears to my eyes. When my next shopping money comes in over the next couple of weeks, I'll be getting it. Although I don't have children, I may just buy "In Case There's A Fox" too. I'd love to make a blog post about them at Shift the Scene and Ozarks Crescent Mural once I've read them.

I'm glad you encourage time. I was hoping that when I move back to the Ozarks in the next couple of years that I could come by and meet you, Sword, Bow and Lawrence. After spending so much time reading your blog, Notes From the Pens, it would mean a lot to me to meet all of you in person. Kind Regards


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Kind Regards 5 years ago from Missouri Ozarks - Table Rock Lake

Aya Katz, Coincidentally, I had just published a Hub in the past few days titled, It's the Season for Shopping!

I just went and added your books!

I have links to your profile, to this Hub, to your blog, the Amazon links to the books and an Amazon capsule devoted to both of your books.

I was trying to think of something I could do right now, so the timing was perfect. I have also shared both books on my Facebook wall. Kind Regards

http://hubpages.com/holidays/Its-the-Season-for-Sh...


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Kind Regards, thanks so much for the encouragement and the help! The fact that you included capsules of my books in your hub is such a tangible thing, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!

If you do purchase the books later on, a review on your blogs will be wonderful! But don't neglect to review on Amazon itself. That counts a lot with many book browsers.

We would love to see you here. Did you know that we have special guest accommodations for volunteers? If you come, you could write about that in your Ozark Crescent Mural blog!


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Kind Regards 5 years ago from Missouri Ozarks - Table Rock Lake

Aya Katz, I will definitely write reviews for Amazon too. I was just reading the review on Amazon for "In Case There's A Fox" last night. Such a sweet and nice, well-written review that makes me want to buy the book. I'm hoping you'll stop by It's the Season for Shopping! and see yourself there and leave a comment. Thank you for the generous offer to make a visit because I would love to, Kind Regards


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Kind Regard, I have stopped by your hub "It's the Season for Shopping" and was very pleased to see the part about me and Bow and Sword and my two books and my blog. I was so, so pleased! The reason I didn't leave a comment there was that I was feeling shy about it. (I sometimes get that way when someone has done something extra nice.) However, here's what I did do: I shared a link to your hub on my Facebook, and now I'm going to go tweet it!

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