5 Things I’ve Learned In Three Years

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This week marks my 3rd veganniversary. Three years ago I decided to remove all dairy, eggs, and aquatic animals from my diet. I had eliminated land animals back in 2011 making the change much easier. But still, going vegan was a pretty big deal.

The vegan I was in 2013 is not the vegan I am today. I have grown so much on this journey. Here are just a few things I’ve learned: Continue reading 5 Things I’ve Learned In Three Years

A Pro-Peace Rally

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“I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” ~Mother Theresa

 

I know a lot of you feel the same way I do.

You’re tired.

You’re bewildered.

And you’re frightened about what is happening in our world and in our own backyards. 

This election season has seen family member pitted against family member as they choose sides. We watch hate speech and hate crimes escalate and get caught up in the noise that is our egos clashing.

My heart grows heavier with each bad news report. On a daily basis I allow myself to get caught up in the cacophony and it weighs on me. I find myself surrounded by a negative energy so strong it’s palpable. 

But tomorrow night, that changes.

Tomorrow night I will stand for peace. From 4:30 – 5:30 pm, I will be at the Federal Courthouse in Binghamton with other peace seekers sending out energy of peace, love and unity.

A worthless and ineffective act? Not to me. Because for one hour peace will fill my heart; a peace that extends to everyone in the world. 

Everyone. 

Please join me and if you can’t please consider spending that hour in a quiet space of your own thinking thoughts of peace and love; add your energy to mine to create a movement that can change the world.

Now that’s a pro-peace rally of which even Mother Theresa would approve. 

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The Modern Savage And Humane Meat

 

FullSizeRender (9)Have you ever started a book and thought, “I’m going to destroy this with highlighter marks and put so many Post-It™ bookmarks in it that 3M will send me a Christmas card”?

That was me within the first few minutes of reading James McWilliams’ book The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat AnimalsContinue reading The Modern Savage And Humane Meat

Abundance

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I am a career dieter. I have been on so many diets since high school (when I discovered mayonnaise) that I’ve lost count:

  • Jenny Craig – I lost 38 pounds but I firmly believe the processed crap I ate led to my thyroid disease 4 years later
  • South Beach Diet – not a bad way of eating and could be made vegan
  • Mediterranean Diet – I think I lasted a day on that one
  • NutriSystem – made me sick as a dog!

I have never thought of veganism as a diet but I do think of my diet experiences often when talking to others about eating plant-based. The best advice I can give a new vegan is the same advice I’d give anyone on a diet:

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Serena The Vegan

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From Serena Williams’ Facebook page

It’s tennis time again and Serena Williams is back in the news. Wimbledon began yesterday and all eyes are on the 34-year-old super athlete as she competes with the world’s best players.

I’m not a big fan of sports but I am a fan of watching this young woman kill it on the court. And the best part? She’s vegan. Continue reading Serena The Vegan

Ethical Choices Program

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I made a decision in January that I would start to focus more on animal welfare and the environment in my vegan outreach. As much as I enjoy the social aspect, cooking and of course, the FOOD, my heart is with the animals.

They say if you send your intention out to the Universe, the Universe will respond. This proved to be true in January when I learned about Ethical Choices Program (ECP). Continue reading Ethical Choices Program

Laid To Rest

On my first day of training at Coming Home Animal Sanctuary, I was shown the animal cemetery. This is the place where all the animals near and dear to Laura, who founded the sanctuary, have been laid to rest. They are given a proper burial and a stone to mark their time on earth.

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Coming Home Animal Sanctuary

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Rudy is such a handsome boy!

On my ride home from a week long vacation in Virginia I read Jasmin Singer’s memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough, a book I highly recommend. Toward the middle of the book, I found myself reading about an experience Jasmin had at a sanctuary I’d never heard of before. The most surprising thing was that it is a mere 30 miles from my home!

How could I have not heard of Coming Home Animal Sanctuary? I make a pilgrimage to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York a couple times a year but am always disappointed I can’t go more often due to the 90-minute drive. To have a sanctuary so close to home made me very happy. I immediately checked out their web and Facebook pages.

But then something fantastic and wonderful happened less than two months later; I received an email from Laura, Coming Home’s Executive Director. She had found this blog and I was humbled by the high praise she gave it in her email. She  asked me if I knew anyone who might be interested in a part-time caretaker position.

Heck yeah, I thought! Me!  Continue reading Coming Home Animal Sanctuary

On Harambe

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The media frenzy is at its height as I write this post with angry people expressing differing opinions.

That mother should have been watching her little boy! What a terrible parent!

Why didn’t they tranquilize the gorilla instead of killing him?

At one time I was the mother of a slippery and active little boy; you won’t find me placing the blame on his parents. Kids can get away from you so quickly and I cannot imagine the terror his mother and father experienced after they realized what happened.

Experts are saying tranquilizing Harambe wasn’t an option. He may have reacted badly to the force of the tranquilizer dart and lashed out at the child. Or something horrible may have happened to the boy during the time it took the tranquilizer to take effect.

So who is to blame? I don’t really know. I do know one thing for certain, however.

It wasn’t Harambe’s fault.

He didn’t ask to be born into captivity. That decision was made for him. He didn’t choose to be put on display and especially didn’t choose to be put in a position where a small child was put in his path. 

Advocates of zoos applaud their conservation efforts. Sadly, zoos have little to do with conservation and everything to do with business. They’re in it for the money just like any other entertainment outlet. Even though primates are the animals most like us, we continue to treat them as property.

But what about educating kids about wild animals? Don’t zoos offer kids a chance to learn about animals? Children learn nothing from visiting a zoo except that certain species are treated differently than others. Gorillas fall under the category of Entertainment just like elephants in the circus. Their well-being aside from food and shelter is not considered.

A trip to the zoo is a fun day out with the family, right? Unfortunately, the animals never get a day out. They live their lives in the same surroundings and many times those lives are cut short due to human intervention.

Harambe died the same way he was born: in captivity for the benefit of humans. Please remember him the next time you consider a visit to the zoo or any other animal park. The animals deserve better.