Mid May Check In
I hope you are well in this third month of sheltering and self care.
The first item here seemed too important to hold for the end of the
month. And as long as I was writing, I decided to include other
interesting items. If there is more to report I will send another
newsletter before June 1. Sending warm wishes for your well being
and health and that of your loved ones, too.
Conspiracy Theories versus Conspiracies
Please read this and the linked article, if nothing else.
A number of people have told me that some well known and
influential vegan leaders are sharing conspiracy theories about the
Corona Virus. Please read this short, excellent article about
conspiracy theories and why people believe them. I found it
enormously helpful. https://apple.news/AMidym4PcQpuNkBRHQyrwIQ
New Podcast: Hope for the Animals
Hope Bohanec, author of The Ultimate Betrayal and founder of
Compassionate Living, has a new podcast called Hope for the
Animals. I heard episode 2 with Robert Grillo, and it is terrific.
In these podcasts Hope will cover a variety of farmed
animal issues including the ethical, environmental, spiritual,
heartbreaking and heartwarming aspects of living vegan. Hope will
be having conversations with special guests focusing on reasons
for living a vegan lifestyle and covering topics such as the
humane hoax and effective communication and outreach in farmed
animal advocacy. The podcast is sponsored by United Poultry
Concerns. Listen to all the
episodes here: http://www.hopefortheanimalspodcast.org
Jonathan Safran Foer on Meat Is Not Essential
How wonderful it was to read this opinion piece in the Washington
Post by the author of Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer. One
quote: This pandemic is like a lightning strike that has, for a
brief moment, illuminated for all of us the values that guide
factory farm corporations. He exposes uncomfortable truths
(that vegans already know) about animal and human abuse, racial
disparities in animal agriculture and the cruelty of telling some
people to risk their lives so others can eat meat and yet others can
profit from it. He tells readers how not to be complicit in these
horrible conditions. Foer was already one of my favorite writers
(His fiction is also great.), but now he is at the top of the list.
Cedars in San Anselmo Getting Healthier Food
Congratulations to Catherine M. whose good work at Cedars, a
local organization for mentally challenged people, is helping to
improve their clients' diets. Her article about this move toward a
plant based diet was published in the newsletter of the Vegetarian
Dietary Practice Group. I cannot supply a link, but a pdf file is
Good Advice for Challenging Times
How to Avoid Despair
One of my favorite meditation teachers is Oren Jay Sofer. His
advice about not falling into despair and practicing practical
optimism proved useful for me. I hope you find it valuable as well.
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