Happy 2013 y’all! As one of my first moves in the new year, I’ve created an author page on facebook! Since my writing is branching out from blogging into barding (poetry-writing) and novel(la)-writing, I decided it might be good if I consolidated and built up my readership. Hope you all enjoy the new avenues!
Good morning everyone!
So, I’ve published my first e-book! It’s called Tales of An Early Morning, a collection of poems and short stories. The book is, of course, dedicated to the Wildlife Waystation, and all royalties from the book’s sales are going to support the Waystation!
To find out more, go to my new writer’s blog, The Quill, and check out the post on Tales!
So, normally I’m a supporter of PETA’s campaigns. They’ve got quite a few really good ones that uphold respect for life, if through occasionally drastic action. But drastic doesn’t always equate with inappropriate.
However, when that action does equate veganism with domestic violence, it is absolutely NOT okay.
PETA recently launched a new commercial campaign featuring battered women – we’re talking neck braces, bruising, bandages – talking about how since their significant others have gone vegan, they’ve turned into “sex machines.” VIOLENT sex machines.
Gross. Disgusting. Horrible. Offensive. I could think of a few other words too.
Veganism is about respect for life, NEVER about violence. Especially lustful violence. Trying to promote veganism that way is shameful, counterproductive, and turns veganism into something it’s absolutely NOT.
October is national domestic violence awareness month. So I’m speaking out against the domestic violence in PETA’s campaign and asking you all to do so too. Tell PETA that veganism is about life, not violence and sex, and that any campaign even remotely promoting domestic violence is sick and needs to STOP. Now.
So, when I was doing the routine litter box cleaning a few days ago, I had a random thought that I decided to share with y’all.
Life is a litter box. Seriously. The less you deal with the crap in it, the more it builds up, the stinkier it gets, and the less you want to have to face it to clean it up.
I’d recommend keeping up on your litter box’s maintenance.
I have caught the plague.
And by plague, I mean the set of germs currently running through the Caltech population, compliments of the summer students.
But this means that I have an excellent excuse to make soup during the 80 degree summer weather! Yesterday, I discovered the vegan best replacement for chicken soup at Trader Joe’s: Garlic Rice-Noodle Soup.
I doctored my bowl at lunch today with a scoop of TJ’s mirepoix mix (a fancy word meaning chopped carrot, onion, and celery). Just what my sore throat and stuffy nose needed 🙂 Future add-in plans include spinach, edamame, and tofu for some extra green and protein.
And of course, curling up with a sick day soup bowl goes very nicely with a side of a good story. But I’m not just reading these – I’m writing them! I was recently hired by a few different employers to do some freelance writing for them! My first job is a set of short stories about animals from the animals’ point of view – definitely up my alley. My first set are written from coyotes’ points of view and explore the raw power and ingenuity that humans have to respect – or otherwise deal with the consequences of. Check out the logs!
Hope you all are avoiding summertime colds!
Let’s get real. Those leftovers you took home from that restaurant, they’ve been sitting in the fridge for how long now? So long that if you’re honest with yourself, you’re a little bit afraid to see what’s on the inside of the to-go box? You’re not really going to be eating those, are you?
So then why shouldn’t some else have?
Replating. It’s a fairly new trend-to-be that my pastor spoke about at our college youth group last night. I think it’s a brilliant idea. Instead of bringing back leftovers that are only going to fester in some forgotten location in the fridge (or worse yet, under the passenger seat in your car), use something that won’t last, as my pastor put it, to do good that will.
Pasadena – Los Angeles in general, really – has a shockingly large homeless population. And it’s not the only city that does. While so many of us are able to forget about that doggy bag, there are too many people, frankly, who spend their time digging through restaurant dumpsters and scrounging around bus benches in hopes of finding the first meal they’ve had in a few days.
So why not make that easier for them?
Replating. It’s simple. Instead of merely toting around a box of jumbled seconds for a while until it reaches its final destination in the trashcan, diners nicely situate food in their to-go box (they replate it) and leave it visibly on top of a nearby dumpster, next to a trashcan, under a park or bus bench – basically, some place where a hungry but empty-pocketed person might be searching for a meal. Food doesn’t go to waste, one less stomach grumbles, and your fridge doesn’t smell like yesterday’s Chinese.
Vegan food in particular can be bulkier than non-vegan food – and so more likely to result in leftovers. Vegan community, I challenge you to try replating along with me at least once this month. Don’t just let your potential for good go to rot.
Phew! Long time no blog!
Don’t worry, dear readers, I haven’t just been slacking off! This vegan’s been damn busy. To catch y’all up, the past few weeks have been filled with:
A trip to the L.A. zoo! Look for a post on my take on zoos soon!
Dance show! Lots and lots of dance show! I had five hours of rehearsal a day and then three two-hour-long performances!
Figuring out what in the world I’ll be doing this summer! (Still working on this one…)
Romping around with coyotes!
Traipsing around Santa Monica and Venice Beach 🙂
Of course, being active means I’ve gotta have the fuel to do all of this – and a lot of that fuel comes in the form of protein. The question of protein has become almost cliche in the vegan community – how many of you have already stopped keeping count of how many times you’ve been asked how you get protein?
Well, for all you new vegans and those who are just plain curious, here’s my answer!
Okay, let’s talk biochem for a minute. What exactly is “protein?” Well, protein is a macromolecule composed of building blocks that are called “amino acids.” There are twenty of them; some of them our body can make, some of them our body can’t, and those are called “essential amino acids.” Really, as long as you eat a balanced diet, you’ll be fine on all twenty.
Nutritionally speaking, 1 oz protein = 7 g of protein. A balanced diet should have at least 50 g (about 7 oz) of protein a day, though I get at least 70 g (10 oz).
Wanna know how? Here are the conversions for the proteins I usually go for:
1 oz protein =
– 1.5 oz extra firm tofu
– 1/8 block tempeh
– 1/4 c shelled edamame
– 2.5 slices tofurky
– 3 meatless meatballs (TJ!)
– 2 Tb nutritional yeast
– 1/2 Tb nut butter (okay, if you want to be super neurotic it’s 2 Tb, which counts for 1 oz protein and som fat nutrients, but if you want to be a normal person just go with 1/2 Tb)
– 1/4 c most beans (again, if you want to be neurotic 1/2 c counts as 1 protein and some starch nutrients, but for sanity’s sake just go with 1/4 c)
Do you have a favorite form of vegan protein?