Numbers or Individuals: A Perspective

Can you see these cows as more than numbers? It's all in your perspective. When you take a look at this photo, what do you see? If you’re like some people, you see 83, 41, 97, and 76 (the numbers on their ear tags) as random animals standing out in a field. It was interesting when Jim took this picture, the cows were all grazing quietly in their little space—and as we walked... Read More

Creating Community

There are times when I just get so excited that I’ve chosen to become vegan. Last Saturday was one of those times. We headed down to the Whole Foods in Devon, PA to see our favorite vegan pastry chef (Chef Fran Costigan), who had scheduled a demonstration at the store. We had also planned to interview Fran, so we wanted to make sure that we had plenty of time to both watch the... Read More

The Ripple Effect

Cow at Farm Sanctuary

There is a road, no simple highway, Between the dawn and the dark of night, And if you go no one may follow, That path is for your steps alone~The Grateful Dead, Ripple   I spoke to my mom recently on the phone. She told me some wonderful news—after just a few months, she’s lost 4 dress sizes by giving up meat and walking regularly. I couldn’t be more elated for her.... Read More

Pro Life? Then you should be vegan! – Summerfest 2011

James, Chris, Lydia, and Mauro at Vegetarian Summerfest 2011 Believe it or not, this was our first year going to NAVS Vegetarian Summerfest and it left quite a lasting impression on all of us. Read Chris and Mauro’s perspectives on their posts. What’s Vegetarian Summerfest all about you ask? It’s a lot more than I thought it would be and I went there with high... Read More

Brains, eggs, and love–Summerfest 2011

What do several hundred vegetarians and vegans do for fun every summer? They travel to Johnstown, PA for Vegetarian Summerfest! The conference is sponsored by the North American Vegetarian Society and takes place each July, bringing medical professionals, motivational speakers, and activists of all kinds together for what I heard was going to be a “Love Fest”—and it was! There... Read More

Encouraging Activism within your Family

I’ve always been a voter, but other than that I never really considered myself an activist. It turns out that I’ve been  “pocketbook activist” for quite some time. I’ve spent time looking for recycled products, even though they are sometimes a little harder to find and a bit more expensive. I’ve elected to not eat meat or dairy products or purchase products that... Read More

Why I Became a Vegetarian and, now, a Vegan

Vegan Food Prep

Like most people I grew up in a meat eating household. My mother is a good cook and made most of our meals lovingly from scratch. She even made her own pizza dough and some homemade breads and my father loved making his own potato perogies. We hardly ate out or had any frozen or prepared meals. We had well balanced meals with fruits and vegetable, rice and beans or pasta and there... Read More

Why I Stopped Eating Meat

Pig at Farm Sanctuary

You would think that being born in 1967 in Daly City, California that I would have grown up a vegan hippie child in a commune. You would be wrong. My grandfather was a butcher and I became an omnivore. I loved meat including steaks, burgers, hot dogs, ham, turkey, chicken, ostrich, and buffalo. I was willing to try most stuff including shark and alligator even though I did draw... Read More

Why I Eat My Vegetables

Turkey at Farm Sanctuary

I was lucky enough to grow up in New Jersey, the garden state. There are many people who think New Jersey is just the home of the Sopranos, Bon Jovi, and the Cake Boss. Sure, that’s definitely a part of the state; but what those folks don’t see are the beautiful pastures and farmland. We lived in central Jersey, outside of Princeton, which is horse country. Dairy products and... Read More