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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.

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!

Distracting, and a couple of interesting books

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So nice when things go right for once! {And this family can certainly use good news.} Distracting and productivity sucking, but nice. As a result, it was one of those days when I was up at 7:30 a.m. but got pretty much nothing done that I had planned on.

While we’re processing and plotting and scheming, here are a couple of interesting books I’m reading for school:

Vegan in Israel, our HOME is in trouble, and Forget Sorrow

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Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale, by Belle Yang

Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale, by Belle Yang

Here’s what I did on this beautiful Saturday:

  • Spent 6 hours finishing up the radio show, featuring some great info on the vegan movement in Israel. {And tried not to fall asleep during the last several hours.}
  • Took a nap.
  • Managed to stretch watching a 90-minute video required for school over 4 hours {breaks for food, mostly}. Good video, though, with stunning videography of the world: HOME.
  • Spent zero time outside {sigh}.

Last night, I finished up Forget Sorrow, by Belle Yang, a memoir in the form of a graphic novel, and I highly recommend it. The illustrations are lively, intricate, and expressive, and the story unfolds in a non linear fashion that I wouldn’t have thought would work in this format. I learned a lot about China and how the people there coped with numerous conflicts and wars over the last several generations. For some reason, I can’t find a good image of the hardcover that I have out from the library, but this paperback cover represents her style nicely as well.

2nd try: Chickpea crêpe fail, too much computer time, Wichita and modern book editing

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I tried to make another chickpea crêpe this morning, using this recipe. Epic fail. It was way too thick, stuck to the pan, and I had to cook it forever to get it past gooey stage. I didn’t have asafoetida, garlic paste, or ginger paste, so I guess I subbed too many things? Or maybe I just needed to make sure the batter was a lot thinner. Next time I’ll start again with the VegNews recipe and try my variations from there.

Unfortunately, I spent most of this beautiful late summer day in front of the computer, working on the show (at home and at the studio). This evening, though, I was able to hang out with the hubs for some much-needed time together—sans kids.

I’ve also had a chance to read a novel over the last few days, something I’ve been going without for a few weeks. I’m working on Wichita by Thad Ziolkowski. It took me a few tries to get into it, but now I’m flying and am halfway through. Problem is, the egregious amount of typos and errors is distracting and sometimes confusing. We’re talking whole words omitted or repeated in the wrong place, in multiple areas of the book. I don’t understand why this is happening more and more in the books I’m reading lately. Why aren’t modern books being properly edited?! Or am I losing my mind? {Don’t answer that.}

Sleeping in, Hunger Games

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Aaahhhh. Sleeping in this morning as late as I wanted was awesome.

Then a long fairly lazy day with family {plus my step-son’s friend, who spent the weekend.} Tonight we watched The Hunger Games, which the kids had all seen, but I had not. (But I read the books first!)

BTW, it’s about 1:45 a.m. and it’s still 81 degrees in the house. Would have been a good night to sleep outside again.