Thou Shall Not Kill

I believe people are inherently good. I believe we don’t want to hurt anyone and generally want to do the “right thing” whenever we can.

I think it starts with a simple message reflecting those positive intentions.

Meat eating is good for you.

Meat eating is natural.

Meat eating is normal.

What rational person doesn’t want to be good, natural and normal? I know I do.

So, as a child… like many children… my parents fed me meat.

Great big juicy turkeys in November, delicious steaks on my birthday and less appealing, but certainly more common ground hamburger meat in every form imaginable.

I lived in the innocence of these beliefs where I didn’t have to think about where (or who) my food came from. There was no guilt at my table and life was sweet.

Then I started learning about animals. Yes, it started with my love for animals.

I first wanted to be a marine biologist! I think growing up in a coastal city put that one into my mind. Next, a zoo-keeper – until Steve died and then I felt too sad to continue on that path.

All the while through these adolescent endeavors I learned more and more about the animals in the world around me.

Like any budding scientist I observed their mating rituals, birthing rites, child-rearing policies and death observances. I noticed something.

Animals were intelligent.

This revelation was something I understood on the surface, but it didn’t go any deeper into my awareness for some time.

As I grew into an adult I adopted a little chihuahua dog and helped her grow.

We’d cuddle together on the couch and when I got up to go do something else – she would watch me and even follow me.

I know it doesn’t sound that extra-ordinary, but it showed me personally that animals – in this case dogs, well my dog – wanted to be near to me.

I didn’t understand. Why would she want to be near to me? Really. Her food was in the bowl, she had a little dog bed of her own and more toys than most 1 year-old children.

Why would she want to watch me, follow me, be near to me? What was I offering that she didn’t already have access to without me?

I slowly realized – Animals are not only intelligent. Animals are trusting and capable of developing bonds with the animals around them.

Well, that changed things in my mind. Suddenly, I started reexamining all the animals around me and how they interacted with humans and other animals around them.

My initial feelings were confirmed.

Animals are intelligent, trusting, capable of forming bonds with animals around them and they don’t want to be killed.

Oh come on! I pleaded with myself. Eating animals is healthy! It’s normal and natural. What’s wrong with it? — as I was shoving a mouthful of delectable chicken into my mouth.

And I’d always find myself coming back to the same answer – they don’t want to be killed. They are intelligent and trusting and capable of fear and pain.

Suddenly, guilt was served with every meal.

That still didn’t stop me most of the time.

I’d go on vegetarianism and off vegetarianism. Like some sort of guilt yo-yo diet.

I’d tell myself it is too hard and too weird as my friends and coworkers were always quick to point out.

And most of all – it was unhealthy. Right?

I won’t go into the long description of it, but I found that I did feel physically better when I wasn’t eating meat. That confused me.

So, I read many books and watched tons of informative videos and documentaries to try and uncover the truth.

So far, the truth that I’ve found is that no one really knows what the truth is, but not including animals in your diet won’t kill you or harm you beyond a shadow of a doubt. So, maybe not eating animals was at least as safe as eating them – maybe safer?

Still, my resolve was not complete. I mean a dog is one thing.

People have lived with dogs for as long as anyone can remember and dogs have always been our friends so, it makes sense to not want to eat them.

Farm animals were different right?

Their ‘glazed over’ expression and lack of personalities probably meant they were not that intelligent and probably were okay to kill and eat – right?

So, I started a project  – a chicken raising project.

I got a little group of eggs and a few weeks later little fluff balls burst from inside them.

And I was shocked at what I learned!

These farm animals were intelligent, trusting, capable of fear and pain.

And they wanted to be near to me! Just like my dog!

So – that’s it guys.

I’m not eating you and I’m not eating them because I don’t eat my friends…

And I especially don’t eat strangers. I mean that doesn’t even seem safe!

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Is Your Online-Self in Need of a Makeover?

From my chunky jewelery to my brightly colored hair-clips, I could be Ugly Betty’s less famous fashion-friend.

If you meet me – you’ll know I’m one of those people.

I swear, It isn’t that I don’t know how to color co-ordinate – quite the opposite!

And I promise that I do realize the value of every New Yorker’s all business black attire.

And I assure you – it is more than vainly wanting things to be…

*Pretty*

It’s simply that I’m drop-dead, head-over-heels, madly in love with

Color, Patterns and Creativity!

I’m simply devoted to color and creation and I want my passion to show, even in my wardrobe and choice of apartment furnishings – Please, don’t laugh at my orange velvet couch if you come over for drinks!

So, I think it makes sense that in addition to my stellar content (wink-wink), I want my blog’s design to be visually appealing and stunning!

Er… Or if we don’t share the same taste then, at least memorable!

It is for this reason that I give considerable and painstaking thought to every color, picture, pattern and image that graces the pages of this blog.

I’m sure it is also from this vein of passion for sharing and inspiring creativity that Colour Lovers was born.

Color Lovers is an amazing resource that allows users from all over the web to come together and display their love of color by creating, customizing and sharing stunning design elements!

When used well, their bank of already developed patterns, palettes and colors can produce truly stunning results.

You can search through category listings such as:

Wedding, Home, Fashion, Web, Print, Craft, Business – among others!

Or even get inspired yourself and create your own palette or pattern template!

Not only will you get to enjoy the fashion fruits of your labor, so will others. They’ll also be able to comment and show their love for your talents and creative prowess!

I encourage you to be bold and check out what they have to offer – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

So – what do you think?

Are you in the mood for that creativity make-over I know you deserve?

Mad Props!

I want to seriously congratulate my friend over at OnMyWayToHealth.

She has been on a vegan diet for two days and has already lost a pound!

That’s right – she said two days on a vegan diet and she lost a pound – Amazing! Right?

Makes me want to give up my life of dairy and plunge mouth first into the world of fruits and veggies galore… Mmm bananas!

Seriously – why don’t you check out OnMyWayToHealth’s Blog and congratulate her on all her hard work!

Better yet – follow her along as she posts her experiences through this difficult venture and send many encouraging messages so she doesn’t fall back into her dairy eating ways!

Be warned – do not torture her with stories of your recent trip to Wisconsin or tempt her with thoughts of milk chocolate or I shall frown at you.

Also, if you haven’t watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Mostly Dead – do.

I know the title of the documentary is rather morbid, but try and look past it because it brings up some interesting points related to the vegan lifestyles of the drop dead gorgeous!

Seriously – unless they have some ridiculously good camera work – these people lost a ton of weight on a juice diet. They didn’t even die contrary to popular opinion that not eating animal protein will kill you or make you weak and listless.

That’s all for now – I’m off to eat some bananas!

Exercise: A list of Pros and Cons

I first decided to bike for 30 minutes.

When I really stopped to think about how many miles that would be… I redefined the goal to something a little more realistic…

I’ve decided to do my first 1 MILE bike ride this afternoon.

Okay – so I’m a little nervous about how this is going to turn out.

I decided to make a pro and con list to help my resolve…

Things against me – Cons:

  1. I hate exercise and love the internet.
  2. Chocolate ice cream might be my best friend – ever.
  3. I’m going to feel really tired and worn out.
  4. Sweating = icky.
  5. I’m getting over a head-cold. *cough – cough* Seriously.

Things for me – Pros:

  1. I do have those super cute workout clothes I don’t get to wear often.
  2. My bike is bright pink and adorable!
  3. This might make for a good photo op.
  4. My husband will enjoy the involvement in something he is into.
  5. It will be nice to be outside in the fresh air.
  6. A mile can’t take too long – can it?
  7. I’ll feel better that I did actually exercise today.
  8. If it is great – I can blog about it.
  9. If it is awful – I can blog about it.

Looks like I’m going to go for a bike ride this afternoon.

5 Reasons Bumblebees are like Superheros

1. Bumblebees are saving the world… from starvation!

No – I’m not talking about honey! It is estimated that at least 30% of all the foods humans consume in North America are from bee pollinated plants.

Take a look at the chart below to see some of the impact bees have on our food crops to see their super powers in action!

Crop Value in billions(2006) % Bee Pollinated
Almonds 2.2 100
Apples 2.1 90
Cotton 5.2 16
Blueberries 0.5 90
Grapes 3.2 1
Oranges 1.8 27
Peanuts 0.6 2
Peaches 0.5 48
Soybeans 19.7 5
Strawberries 1.5 2
from:USDA; RA Morse & NW Calderone(Cornell University)

2. Bumblebees defy the laws of science!

In 1934, French entomologist Antoine Magnan concluded that the flight of the Bumblebee was impossible. Seriously – his calculations never revealed the secret of bee flight and he died still confused with the tiny insect’s superpowers.

Sure – modern scientists have some various ‘theories’ about why bees should be able to fly, but they have yet to definitively prove their understanding of bee’s aeronautical capabilities.

However, much like other superheros bees continue to fly along on their daily missions despite our inability to explain how they do it.

We’ve even written songs to honor the Bumblebee’s flying prowess.

Yeah, I think that’s pretty super.

3. Bumblebees have a secret weakness!

Much like Superman and kryptonite, Wonder Woman and her bracelets being tied together (by a man! Seriously. Sexist much?) or Green Lantern’s ring being weakened by the color yellow (I know lame – right?), Bumblebees have a secret weakness.

And despite their main goal being to help us, like all good superhero stories – Bumble Bees have haters!

They try to keep their weakness a secret so humans don’t use it against them, but someone has figured it out.

As a result, Bumble Bees are mysteriously dying at record rates and scientists are not really sure why. Again – there are theories, but the truth is shrouded in mystery.

We can only wonder about the fate of the planet if the villains succeed in their plot to destroy Bumblebees.

4. Bumblebees just look like superheros!

With their bold yellow and black fuzzy bodies and protruding antenna, Bumble Bees just look like aliens ready to save the world!

Frankly, they also look a little scary. I mean you might not think so, but have you really looked closely at a Bumblebee lately?

Striking fear into the hearts of evil-doers world-wide!

5. Bumblebees are weaponized!

Yes, we don’t like to talk about it much, but bees do have the ability to defend their collective wellbeing.

This takes the form of a HUGE stinger and unlike their honey bee friends – they can sting you again and again.

So next time you sit down to a meal or even look outside and behold the beautiful flowers outside, think about the Bumblebees that made that possible.

And remember, even superheros can’t do it alone. So, consider doing your part to help Bumblebees worldwide.

New music platform hits America

Spotify is the newest and best way to listen to and share music.

It is not available for wide release in the American market yet – However!

I still have three openings for a free account if you want to be at the cutting edge of trying out this new product.

Click this link to sign up for one of my VIP Invitation spots.

Stick Figure Bride and Groom

Google is so advanced that they can tell me which keywords resulted in people finding my website.

For days now I’ve been getting – “Stick figure bride and groom.”

This picture:

Is from my blog post Jewish: A Love Story.

Apparently, people are flocking in droves to copy my istock photo image. Strange.

I’d really rather people use different search terms to find my blog like…

Vegetarian or Jewish or well… anything else.

Perhaps, I should not be complaining. Maybe ‘Stick Figure Marriage’ will be the hot new summer trend and soon all the new T-shirts, Messenger Bags and iphone covers will be emblazoned with them.

What do you think – should I perhaps pioneer the Stick Figure Marriage trend?

Start the screen pressing now!

Wimp or Warrior?

Paco the Chihuahua attacked a pair of thieves this month. The owner of the store said Paco’s interruption saved him from being cleaned out.

They have the event on tape and the video is going viral.

You can watch the video below.

Over the five years I’ve been with Widget (the smaller of my two Chihuahua girls) I’ve taken a lot of verbal abuse on her behalf.

“Oh, you have a rat.” is a popular taunt. “I thought you said you had a dog?” is another favorite.

Widget on alert for trouble while at a restaurant.

It appears from my experience that Chihuahuas are often seen as being inferior companions or perhaps not even belonging to the category of man’s best friend.

They’re certainly not seen as a ‘guard dog’ or even a threat. In fact, Chihuahuas are often jeeringly called ankle biters or other disparaging names to indicate their lack of strength, size and supposed cowardice.

No wonder this video is an internet sensation – Chihuahuas are underdogs! (Pun intended. Ha)

I live with two Chihuahuas and the actions of Paco do not surprise me.

I know their diminutive size and friendly features belie their warrior attitudes.

Widget has taught me that Chihuahuas are fierce little dogs with brave hearts and deadly instincts.

Widget - Wimp or Warrior?

I’d love to hear you weigh in on the video and give your impressions of Paco the heroic little dog.

Do you think Chihuahuas are wimps or warriors?

I can’t wait to tell Widget what you think!