Category Archives: all things vegan

Lucky

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The Lucky OnesAfter a couple of reschedules yesterday, we were able to interview Jenny Brown of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary today. I love Jenny—she’s so funny and frank—I just finished her book, The Lucky Ones, and I highly recommend it. Although it covers very serious issues, she had me laughing out loud at times.

I can’t wait to edit the interview and hopefully air it for our live pledge drive show next week. Between the interview and recording our news segment, we’ve been at the station a lot over the last few days!

Now that I have my books and VegFest is over, I’m starting to get caught up on reading and homework, but still have quite a way to go. So, I’m off to read some essays for Environmental Ethics from Earth in Mind.

Yes, I’m caught up with show notes! Let’s talk feral cats. And cute rescued farm animals.

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Yes, I’m caught up with show notes!

Scott Beckstead, of The Humane Society of the United States, gives us his thoughts on the feral cat controversy in Central Oregon. Plus, stories of cute rescued farm animals!

In this episode, we catch up with Scott Beckstead, Oregon Senior State Director of The Humane Society of the United States. He gives us his thoughts on the feral cat controversy in Central Oregon, plus tells us about some animals that were destined to be laid out on someone’s dinner plate, but instead were rescued by caring people and now have a wonderful home in Oregon. You’ll hear about the surprising proclamations made by the mayor of Portland and the mayor of Eugene. And we bring you an update on Missy, the German Shepherd who was stranded for 8 days on a mountain top.

And, of course, we highlight the latest News from the Vegan Frontier, let you know about vegan related happenings in and around Central Oregon, and more!

Yoga, brainstorming, family time, bundt pan, interview

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Wow, I actually got to yoga twice this week! That hasn’t happened in a long time. Random times and random classes, but both good in their own way.

About all I accomplished today besides that, is some grocery shopping, and meeting with an old acquaintance about her fundraising ideas and reviving a great animal issues magazine she used to produce. It was nice to brainstorm together. Bonus: She said she barely recognized me and that I looked great! She hadn’t seen me in about 6 years and even though it didn’t seem very drastic to me, I gradually lost quite a bit of weight after becoming vegetarian then vegan, and I guess it shows.

Tonight, we hung out as a family, made pizzas, made pineapple upside down cake in the new bundt pan, and watched some Big Bang Season 5. I had planned to work on more show notes, but I guess that will have to wait until tomorrow. Ooh, now we can make this bundt cake recipe.

This weekend, in addition to show notes and schoolwork, I’m going to read a good portion of Jenny Brown’s The Lucky Ones, since we’ve set up an interview with her for next week. We met Jenny last year and she was so friendly and funny—I can’t wait to talk with her again.

Books ordered, show notes up

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So I finally ordered my books and “course packs” today (student loan check just arrived last week). I managed to stretch it into an all afternoon / evening thing by getting derailed with loading software onto my Kindle Fire to read the course pack materials and also the epub format when I find things that aren’t Kindle format. {Seems like a giant rip-off for a handful of photocopied articles for each course—I opted for the digital only, because it was even more ridiculously expensive and wasteful to have them print them off and mail them to me.}

Now I need to buckle down and do some serious reading and start cranking out some assignments!

And I finally got the show notes posted for our Sep 11 show. There was so much going on in the last few weeks and I had some difficulty deciding how/what info to include in the notes this time. But here they are. And hopefully tomorrow I’ll turn right around and get this week’s show notes up as well.

Author and activist Arthur Poletti reports: Israel goes vegan with Gary Yourofsky. And water shortages may force the world to go vegan.

In today’s show, we talk with author and activist Arthur Poletti. Arthur is  a passionate follower of Gary Yourofsky, who is best known for his viral video, Best Speech You Will Ever Hear. We also discuss why the world may have to go vegan within the next 35 years. And, of course, we highlight the latest News from the Vegan Frontier, let you know about vegan related happenings in and around Central Oregon, and more!

My day

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My day:

  • Dropped the twins off at school at 8 a.m.
  • Went to thestation until 10:15 a.m.
  • Took a yoga class
  • Got a breakfast burrito
  • Went to the station a little before 12:30 p.m.
  • Worked furiously on the show with my co-host until 5 p.m., overcoming many stupid computer technical glitches
  • Got the show done and uploaded in the nick of time (we talked about “feral” cats and animal consciousness, among other things)
  • Drove to the twins’ school
  • Watched several volleyball games for 1.5 hours, for 95% of which my step-daughter was on the bench (but hey, I got to meet some moms)
  • Stopped at the store to grab some vegan items for my step-daughter’s school backpacking trip tomorrow (Dandies!)—she has to be there at 7 a.m., she informs me after volleyball
  • Came home, wolfed some food (thankfully my older step-daughter had made us dinner), supervised cleanup, packing, showers
  • Fed the animals
  • Checked my school discussion forums
  • Blogged: It’s already nearly time for bed

Bear with me

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Uh-oh. Too many deadlines coinciding again: Radio show. School. Consulting proposals. Workshop prep. VegNet potluck this week. SharePoint Saturday Oct 6. Kid school stuff.

My posts are bound to be brief for a few days as I get caught up—bear with me as I’m busy watching things like Blue Vinyl, Waste Land, and The Story of Stuff for Environmental Ethics. {I recommend all three.}

VegFest Day 1 and Reggie Lee

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We started out the day assembling the Day 1 gift basket in the parking lot of the convention center loading area. Fun stuff. We didn’t quite recoup our costs, but it was worth it—we were able to give it away shortly after 5. And we met so many people today who were fans of All Things Vegan or fans of Bend in general. I’d go on about how cool they are, but I’m about to fall asleep typing.

Before I go, though, I wanted to mention the big surprise the kids had at the beginning of the day—the actor Reggie Lee of Grimm was strolling through VegFest. The twins spotted him, and not being shy, they asked him if he was in fact, himself, and then he signed their programs and took pictures with them each. They were extremely excited, to say the least.

And then they went and got flesh is for zombies face paint.