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3 Years Vegan: What Really Counts?

Today is my 3 year anniversary of becoming vegan. It has been 1095 days since I consumed any animal products and 1312 days since I gave up eating animal flesh. Supposedly, I have saved over 300 animals although given the way I used to eat, that number might easily be doubled. I have lost 116 […]

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My Health Journey

It’s a new year and the time when people are making resolutions about how they are going to improve their lives. One of the most popular resolutions is to lose weight and eat better. Unfortunately, too many resolutions are abandoned before the first week of the year is over. I tend not to make New […]

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The "V" Word’s Top Posts of 2011

 One of the traditions of New Year’s Eve is the countdown to the New Year, the ball dropping, kisses and confetti. So here is a countdown of The “V” Word’s most popular posts of 2011. 10. Mexican Sunday Brunch – a delicious feast of Mexican Tofu Scramble, Spanish-Style Potatoes, Pico de Gallo and Red […]

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My Vegan Christmas Carol

A friend of mine suggested veganizing holiday songs. Here is my version, a Vegan version of “Do You Hear What I Hear.” Said the turkey to the little lamb Do you see what I see On tables all across the land Do you see what I see Our selves, our flesh All cut up with […]

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My 10 Favorite Books for Holiday Gift Giving

I love books. Books are among my very favorite things. Is it any wonder I married a librarian? Books make wonderful gifts and these are my top ten choices for vegan/animal rights books (cookbooks are not included in this list; that’s a separate list to come). It was hard to limit my choices so I […]

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The Kind of Vegan I Want to Be

When I first became vegan, I didn’t realize that I also had to figure out what type of vegan I was going to be. I thought I was just eliminating animal products from my life. It soon became clear, however, that being vegan carries with it a responsibility to advocate for animals and a cruelty-free […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from The "V" Word

Celebration for the Turkeys at Farm Sanctuary “Studies have shown the mortality rate to be as high as 75 percent during the first weeks of a turkey’s life. Birds that survive this critical time typically live a year or two. Some birds make it three years or longer. Turkeys have been known to live 10 […]

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VeganMoFo and The Liebster Award

VeganMoFo is two-thirds done and so far it’s been so much fun. A lot of work but also a lot of fun. Being part of a group of over 700 bloggers all promoting the same cause gives this lone cook a great sense of community. It’s amazing how many people are out there making delicious […]

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VeganMoFo: "C" is for Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

The “V” celebrates VeganMoFo with the other 25 letters of the alphabet. Today the letter “C” stands for Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. For me, the type of vegan I want to be is epitomized in one woman, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. She is the author of many amazing cookbooks including The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color […]

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VeganMoFo: The "V" Word and the ABC’s of Vegan Food!

October is my favorite month in my favorite season. I met Tom in October and we got married on that same date 4 years later. We rescued Benny (and he rescued us) in October. Halloween is my favorite holiday. The leaves are changing to beautiful colors of greens, oranges, reds and browns. The weather is cool […]

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3 Years Veg and 7 Lessons Learned

July 21st marks my 3-year anniversary of giving up meat. While I celebrate the day I became fully Vegan more, this day is also important because it marks the beginning of my journey towards a cruelty-free life. I could write and sing the praises about being Vegan forever but I thought I would rather share […]

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Mother’s Day

Notes: This is an adaptation of an earlier post, Save the Children. Thank you to C-A-L-F  and Evolve! Campaigns for allowing the sharing of pictures. A Mother’s Story Chloe had been happily anticipating the birth of her new baby. She carried her baby inside her for nine long months. They were one, mother and child. It had […]

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Mercy For Animals Uncovers Severe Abuse to Calves

Got Milk? Got Child Abuse. The number of television commercials depicting “happy cows” on family farms is growing exponentially. But how happy could any cow be when she is raped and artificially inseminated, spending the majority of her shortened life pregnant just to produce milk her babies will never get to drink?  How happy can […]

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One Lovely "Lovely Blog" Award

One of my more annoying fears (to me) is writing blog posts and thinking no one is reading them. I suppose that’s why all bloggers love getting comments; even if people don’t agree with what you wrote, at least you know they are reading it. Comments on Facebook are great but my heart still falls […]

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In Memory of Shirley Wilkes-Johnson (1937-2011)

“Vegans can no longer be silent in this most important social justice change…anymore than we could have [remained silent]…by just not owning slaves during Antebellum slavery and saying slavery was a choice. Some things are so wrong they can not be tolerated. Time is short and creating a vegan world has become crucial to saving […]

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Breaking Up With Richard Gere

The other night I had a dream in which I broke up with Richard Gere. Apparently, we were in a serious relationship – I even got to touch his hair (swoon) – but I had no choice. I had to end things between us. Before I get into the dream analysis, perhaps I need to […]

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