Monday, December 11, 2017

The Secret Reason We Eat Meat by Dr. Melanie Joy

Reflect on the different systems and events throughout history which have depended on the invisibility of violence, slavery, ethnic cleansing, and more, in order to perpetuate and profit from them.  We know it is wrong that this has happened to people and it is also wrong that this is happening to animals. Stand up for the innocent and be a voice for the voiceless.

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Worship of Nature


The harp at Nature’s advent strung
      Has never ceased to play;
The song the stars of morning sung
      Has never died away.

And prayer is made, and praise is given,
      By all things near and far;
The ocean looketh up to heaven,
      And mirrors every star.

Its waves are kneeling on the strand,
      As kneels the human knee,
Their white locks bowing to the sand,
      The priesthood of the sea!

They pour their glittering treasures forth,
      Their gifts of pearl they bring,
And all the listening hills of earth
      Take up the song they sing.

The green earth sends its incense up
      From many a mountain shrine;
From folded leaf and dewy cup
      She pours her sacred wine.

The mists above the morning rills
      Rise white as wings of prayer;
The altar-curtains of the hills
      Are sunset’s purple air.

The winds with hymns of praise are loud,
      Or low with sobs of pain,—
The thunder-organ of the cloud,
      The dropping tears of rain.

With drooping head and branches crossed
      The twilight forest grieves,
Or speaks with tongues of Pentecost
      From all its sunlit leaves.

The blue sky is the temple’s arch,
      Its transept earth and air,
The music of its starry march
      The chorus of a prayer.

So Nature keeps the reverent frame
      With which her years began,
And all her signs and voices shame
      The prayerless heart of man.

Pass the Relish!

I feel so excited about the approach of 2018.  This evening I watched the pink and gold sunset and just relished in the good feelings washing over and welling up inside me.  It's a deep awareness and knowing; that's the best way I can explain it...and it's luscious. Intuitively, based on some awesome recent developments in my Life, I sense that it's going to be an important, adventurous and gorgeous period for me. I feel grateful in advance. And I'll turn 38. What a great age for a renaissance woman!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Vegan Banana Bread!!!

VBB is always one of my favorites to bake and share. These are special though!

First, I made several flavors of soy yogurt from homemade soy milk (maple syrup and cardamom, cinnamon and maple syrup, peanut butter and maple syrup, and dates with cinnamon and maple syrup) and then I used the yogurt to make these loaves. They are oil free as well! (I could totally make these gluten free!)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Raw Banana-Cinnamon-Cardamom Rolls...yumm!!!

Vegan chef (raw and cooked) on my way to certification and an exciting 
culinary and entrepreneurial future!

...and one of my sweetest inspirations...


My little Love!

Go vegan for Thanksgiving!!!

(I'm so excited because a family member of mine has decided to do just that!
 Major win for our household!)

"Many would agree that 2017 is the year of food revolution. Google shows a 90 percent increase in vegan-related searching in the last 12 months. People are interested in exploring vegan diets after reading Dr. Michael Greger’s book, How Not To Die. What brings the vegan movement to the forefront is the coalition of climate activists and animal protection advocates. Scientists have confirmed that our present diet, the overconsumption of animal products (meat, poultry and dairy) plays a major role in environmental degradation and climate change. Each year, 700 billion animals are slaughtered globally. Just for the Thanksgiving holiday alone, 45 million turkeys are killed. Such a practice violates the spirit of Thanksgiving. Hence, a cruelty-free holiday feast would be a compassionate choice."

-letter to the editor by Mira Fong, Santa Fe activist

***Vegan food is predicted to be one of the most popular consumer trends for 2018, and hopefully the trend sticks.
*** and I will add that science also confirms that a diet of animal products which are high fat, high protein foods degrade human health by causing and/or exacerbating diabetes, inflammatory and autoimmune issues, heart disease, obesity, cancers, etc...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

It wasn't your fault. You aren't alone.

For those of you who have ever been victimized, in any way, you did nothing to bring that on. It is not a reflection of you, not at all. It reflects that individual, our human collective plagued by violence, and the repetition of the poorest, sickest education passed from one hurt person to another. It wasn't your fault. Don't fall into the victim blaming trap of confusion which can perpetuate patterns of self-hate over a life time. Remember that and carry on with courage and dignity.

Recently, a random man at the gym and I talked for a few minutes.  He was wearing a shirt that had Tupac and some other rappers' faces replacing the faces of the men carved into Mount Rushmore. I liked his shirt and told him.

We began discussing racial issues in America, which then turned into a discussion about violence in the military. He's a Vet. It was one of those snow-balling conversations.  So much suffering accumulated and an avalanche was on its way, and we did well in talking respectfully about such complex topics, which I appreciate.  These are really difficult topics to discuss.  

He made one remark which really disturbed me though.  He said that women who have experienced violence--gang rape was the example used in the conversation, as we both know women who have been brutalized in that manner while serving in the armed forces--should not have been hanging out with soldiers who were drinking.  He feels, in a way, those women brought this on themselves.  This is so cliche that I could hardly believe what I was hearing from him.  

How can it be that people still believe this shit, and so much that he has the audacity to voice it to a woman!  So, of course, I proceeded to let him know that it is never a woman's fault, or a man's fault, when they are raped, brutalized, or victimized in any way, no matter what!

This kind of miseducation is a disease...a human virus...and we have to work really, really hard to eradicate it.  Please keep speaking up. Share your story and confront violence by shining your light into this darkness.  Don't be silent.  Use your voice any and every time violence and idiocy of this nature arises.  Whether it be hateful, racist, homophobic, violence against animals, or whatever. Bear witness, practice non-complacency in a nonviolent manner, and be a tender warrior.  Let people know you aren't going to tolerate it, that they're misinformed, and that it isn't okay to perpetuate such patterns even via thought and speech.

All in all, I can't change anyone other than myself, but I'm not going to be a nice girl and keep my mouth shut either.