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The “Othering” Paradigm: a note to vegan activists

Stepping out of a systemic paradigm is not something that one can just decide to do.  It is simply not a mental process.  You can direct reason and logic at me and tell me all the negative egregious consequences of our current animal-as-commodity world paradigm and I will most likely respond [as a non-vegan] with a shame induced sense of powerlessness and find a way to mentally justify my use of animals.  We’ve heard all the excuses of denial a thousand times,  I have no need to list them here.

Actual life, the playing court, is experiential.  It is the state of your consciousness at any given moment.  Who you are is highly subjective!   How exciting is that?  It means there is no right or wrong, there is only your experience.   I know that’s a bold statement and here is what I mean by it.  I’m not a vegan because torturing and killing animals is wrong (mental concept), but because my open and innocent heart experiences such excruciating pain and empathy.

It was my heart that opened my eyes, not my mind.  It takes great courage to bear such pain.  And great love.  I am often amazed at how we as vegans (myself included) insist that the non-vegans in our lives rip open their hearts at our demand.  That’s just not how hearts open.  We are paradigm-shifters learning the ropes and I am not judging here.  To the contrary, this exponential growth of the vegan movement  is unprecedented and I am heartened by all of our efforts, from bumbling to exquisite.

Each and every one of us was born into this “othering” behavior.   Capitalism certainly fans its flames with a strategic urgency.  “We are all one” is a spiritual concept until it becomes one’s genuine experience.  Once we are grounded in this knowing, we will no longer be invisible to each other’s hearts.  I envision a planet where the well being of all earthlings is in everyone’s self interest, where advocacy and support of each other in the face of oppression or danger is as natural a response as the lifting of one’s face to the kiss of the sun.

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Magpie plays with dog

CLICK HEREMagpieWatching to watch this magpie play with a dog.  It’s amazing and joyful to behold.

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Clover lays an egg

IMG_9660 - Copy.small   Clover, the meat bird, laid her first egg!  This is unusual in that meat birds are not allowed to live long enough to lay eggs.  Because tender meat is desired, a meat chicken is usually killed at 6-10 weeks of age.  We had extremely cold weather a few weeks ago and brought out the heat lamp.  Did you know that light activates a gland near the chicken’s eye and causes an egg cell to be released?   Clover lays an egg a day now, you go girl. Unfortunately, because of the exaggerated girth of her breast, she is at grave risk of heart failure, the dear one.  We love her so and will help her through any hospice that is needed, including euthanasia if IMG_9591.smallappropriate.

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Esther the Wonder Pig

Meet Esther the Wonder Pig.  She just received 29,413 likes on facebook!  Friends not Food.

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quick pick me up

DSC00782  For some quick energy as well as a huge boost to your body’s immune system, try juicing carrots, beets, kale, apples and a little fresh ginger.  Make sure you use a juicer with low rpms – you don’t want to oxidize your juice with a fast motor.  Health and wellness to you in this new year!

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The Animal Communicator


Anna Breytenbach has dedicated her life to inter-species communication.  This short documentary introduces us to some of the animals she has  spoken with.  Guaranteed to blow your mind and move your heart.  This black panther has changed my life, no kidding.

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Happy Cows


Please click this link to view the release of these beautiful senior cows.  They are literally jumping for joy.

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born to be alive

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revolution of one

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When we cultivate mindful awareness of the consequences of our food choices and conscientiously adopt a plant-based way of eating, refusing to participate in the domination of animals and the dulling of awareness this requires, we make a profound statement that both flows from and reinforces our ability to make connections.  We become a force of sensitivity, healing, and compassion. We become a revolution of one, contributing to the foundation of a new world with every meal we eat. As we share our ideas with others, we promote what may be the most uplifting and healing revolution our culture has ever experienced.”    ~ Dr. Will Tuttle

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we don’t really eat crow

IMG_3730 - CopyThis crow was squauking up a storm until she was fed by the other.  Crows are so plentiful in the city, but we don’t consider eating them.  Granted they are considerably smarter than turkeys or even chickens, but this makes me think that eating birds is actually conditioning and not a natural choice for humans.

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