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My Vegan Review of BFG

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You don't have to be vegan to like the BFG. I went with my nonvegan husband and we both enjoyed it. He didn't even catch the animal rights theme until I pointed it out.

Spoilers below.

Vegan Valentine's at Kama Indian Bistro

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My fiance and I have been meaning to go to Kama for a while now. They have one in LaGrange Park where we live, so we made reservations for Valentine's Day.

Before dinner we had hoped to go to a local metaphysical store but saw they were closed Sundays. Instead we wound up wandering LaGrange and driving around Hinsdale, looking at beautiful houses we'll probably never be able to afford. Oh well. If I had that kind of money I probably wouldn't spend it on a house anyway.

Reblog: Pagans and Plants

Reblog: Sacred Vision

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Reblogging my most recent article at the Pagan Activist blog, Sacred Vision in which I try to reconcile my belief in secular ethics with a spiritual approach to life.

I’ve been writing for Pagan Activist for almost two years, and in that time I’ve barely mentioned Paganism, other than to say that my awe at the cycles of life and death has informed the way I look at Gaia, Demeter, Persephone, and Artemis.

Reblog: Why We Care About Cecil

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Reblogging my most recent article at the Pagan Activist blog, Why We Care About Cecil in which I try to unpack the nation’s reactions to the news about the lion Cecil and my reactions to their reactions.

Reblog: 400 Million Lives Saved

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I’m writing to share a huge success story. A larger success than I ever imagined. Last year, 400 million fewer animals were killed in the U.S. than in 2007. That’s more lives saved in America than there are American citizens.

As a vegan I would love to take credit. But it’s not just vegans and vegetarians; in fact it’s not even mostly us. Most of those lives were spared by people who are simply eating less meat. It’s a known trend that as societies get wealthier they demand more animal products, but that trend is being reversed in the U.S.

Reblog: Our Cousins the Chimpanzees and Bonobos

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Reblogging my article on the Pagan Activist blog. In it I briefly discuss chimpanzees, bonobos, the threats facing them, and a few ways we can help.

Reblog: Our Power as Consumers

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Originally posted at the Pagan Activist blog.

You may have heard recently that Ringling Brothers is phasing out elephant performers.

I don’t usually write about “single issues” because I like to go after the fundamentals – compassion, moral exclusion, and so on. But the news that Ringling Bros. will free 13 Asiatic elephants is exactly why we take action: to save innocents from misery.

Goals for 2015

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The new year has passed but the calendar date isn't really important to me. Heck, I just sent out my holiday cards a week ago, though I had them in plenty of time for Christmas. So I like to think that I took my time to think about my goals instead of going off half cocked.

I recently bought a copy of the book The Wisdom of Hypatia. One of the dangers of working at Quest Bookshop is that I want to buy everything. But after just reading the back and flipping through it, I knew it was exactly what I wanted.

Reblog: The Ethics of Second-Best Choices

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