the vegan

I, Marilyn, have eaten meat my whole life, starting with chicken ‘n gravy baby food.  Our whole nuclear family of four went to McDonald’s every Sunday so my mom wouldn’t have to cook.  I can still smell the Easter ham ringed with pineapples and all those succulent pot roasts that cheered up our cold winter evenings.  Eating filet mignon at a steak house with my boyfriend after inner tubing down the river one summer day after work, a happy memory that will be with me forever.  Don’t even get me going with ice cream and milk shakes.  I felt I had the right to eat ice cream every single night of my young life, for most of my teenage years sharing this delight with my father as we watched TV.

Now, after following a wide path of health and spirituality for several decades, I find myself a passionate, middle-aged vegan.  Many influences led me here including David Abram’s Becoming Animal, Don Miguel Ruiz’ The Four Agreements, the documentary Forks Over Knives, and most especially, Dr. Will Tuttle’s The World Peace Diet.  As my heart opens to experience myself on earth and as part of the earth to the fullest of my capacity,  I feel myself re-connect to my natural state of peace, compassion and harmony.  What a relief to no longer have to steel my heart against the slaughter of innocent animals – it’s like waking up from a dream.

Now wouldn’t you know it, my best friend, Dan, was born and raised a traditional farmer in western Oregon.  He trapped, mutilated, branded, castrated, impregnated, rounded up, milked, prodded, auctioned and sold, slaughtered, sheared, and who-knows-what-else to animals from the time he was a little kid right on through the Peace Corps, where he herded sheep and taught animal husbandry, making his family proud.

When we met 7 years ago, I demurely ate meat and dairy, being encouraged to do so by a local naturopathic doctor to cure depression.  My whole life I’ve worked so hard to hunker down and accept myself as a dominator,  a killer by necessity, so-let’s-get-with-the-program, a macho kind of attitude.  And here was an alternative authority telling me, yes, you can not be happy without eating meat.  I’m here to tell you the meat did not cure my depression.   I have been meat and dairy free for over two years now.  I effortlessly dropped 30 pounds, have a spring in my step, a shine in my eyes and a joy in my heart.

Dan continues to raise livestock and fowl for food as well as bid on live animals at 4H auctions.  He is teaching me things about the agricultural industry that I could not read in books.  That is why it is precious and amazing that he purchased a vegan cookbook and now experiments with simple to exotic vegan recipes to make for us.  Clover, the inspirational chicken who opened my heart wide open, was donated to Dan’s store, Linnton Feed & Seed.   Let this blog reflect the bridge between worlds that our relationship is becoming.   The farmer and the vegan are unfolding from within in evolutionary harmony.  Thank you for joining us in this flow.

August 2016 –  Appendum:

Farmer Dan has retired and no longer works in animal husbandry, much to my relief.  My pocketbook and his health issues have found us joining forces and sharing a beautiful home together.  Dan has vowed (and is keeping his promise) to not eat meat in our house, although he continues to eat dairy.  Even as a non-vegan, he admits to improved health as a result of not consuming flesh.

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the farmer


9 thoughts on “About

  1. Carol Ross

    We can all learn from each other ; you are a good teacher and usually suggest other good teachers.

  2. Very interesting and worthy theme! I have been vegetarian/vegan for over 10 years and greatly appreciate dialogues with people coming from other perspectives. I look forward to hearing more from you and Dan!

  3. Thank you for this. In this modern society I still find myself being the solo vegetarian in most cases. It’s nice to meet you and feel a kindred spirit. I love what you are doing. Troy.

  4. petpsychicedwinagustafson

    Nice one! I feel many people will resonate with this blog. You haven’t ostracised meat eaters or vegans, which is an excellent way to express this kind of message.

  5. Hello again Marilyn, sorry to drop you a line here but I’ve lost your email address (oops!) Just wanted to let you know that Big Blue Sky (our Christmas Story) is in the process of being published in paperback – it was that one you asked about wasn’t it? Anyway, since our brief conversation re publishing I have discovered that you can self-publish through Amazon and it’s almost as easy as uploading a kindle book. Plus it’s eco-friendly because they only print one when they get an order so there’s no waste – and it’s free. So it’s a win win win situation and I decided to go for it. I have published 5 of our stories and Big Blue Sky is the last one to be uploaded to their website but it should be there within a day or so (there’s a link in our sidebar). Anyway, I just wanted to let you know personally because you were so lovely in encouraging me in this direction. Thanks again for your interest and support. Best wishes, Violet xxx

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