Every Day Is Earth Day When You're Vegan

April 22, 2013

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Last night, on my way back to Los Angeles from a successful event at VegMichigan's VegFest, our plane flew over the tracked flatlands of Nebraska, the massive, snow-capped Rocky Mountains, and the shifting landscape of the Grand Canyon. Quite a show. From my window seat, I felt a heart-pang of pride in America—not only for the stunning beauty of her drastically differing terrains, but for the people who actually—ACTUALLY!—care to be her proper stewards.

Fresh from having met crowds of vegan moms, dads, kids, aunts, uncles, teachers, and librarians, democrats and republicans, people of all races and ethnicities, my feeling was truly heartfelt.

Sometimes I feel like no one cares at all—in other moments, I am stunned by just how much people care. As the sun set, I snapped the picture above through my window—a tiny moon rising above the fray of so much good and evil. If we can all rise above the ruckus to be our highest selves (everything is much clearer from that angle), if we can picture our home from highest point in the sky, maybe we can bring a little more of that heaven down to earth.

Happy Earth Day...every day.

Stand Up For Yourself (Or, Creating Happiness at Work)

February 5, 2013

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As an artist, graphic designer, writer, and someone who slips into "the zone" and stays there all-day-what-happened-it's-4pm-I'm-still-in-pajamas, I can easily be on my butt for eight hours at a time. I love what I do, but our human bodies are designed for far more than small finger-extensions. We are built for survival in the wilderness—for reaching, bending, picking, twisting, climbing, squatting, ducking, walking, and running (although, I know, who even wants to survive this Earth without Instagram?).

Some days I just don't make it to dance class or yoga...and I end up feeling like a squished marshmallow walking on two toothpicks. With a sunburn from the computer screen. But who doesn't sit too much these days? Every freakin' part of life runs through the computer, it's crazy. I can't take it anymore!

Inspired by friends who came before me, as well as a chiropractor's advice, I did something to change. I raised my desk. I am writing to you while standing, looking ever-so-slightly up at my monitor, my keyboard comfortably on a riser at my fingertips. Suddenly, I have a spine. My legs are moving, my core is engaged, my neck is long(er).

You can do this too, don't argue! It is an option, whether you work in an office or at home. Start a revolution where you work. Let me tell you, this is a life-changer. Now I take breaks to sit or even squat (easier in pajamas) instead of breaks to stand. At the end of the day, I feel all around solid—more carrot-like than marshmallow.

So go. Stand up and browse the heck out of Pinterest for "standing desk" ideas. Google automatic desk options, search for risers at office supply or home-organization stores (in the cabinet and closet areas), or build your own raised contraptions using boxes, cinderblocks, or inexpensive wood planks from a hardware store. I don't need to list the benefits, you can imagine them—from your heart, spine, and neck, to your core strength, neurological systems, and fat-enzyme efficiency, your whole body will benefit from getting up offa' that thing.

Stand and deliver!

Guerilla Activism

July 9, 2012



Ok, maybe this is not so much guerilla activism as it is incognito mischievousness...but it's all to the same end.

Whenever I am aboard a plane, I like to leave some facts for the next passenger reading the inflight magazine, which is always full of ads for glorious meats and the "ultimate dining" (dying?) experience. I hope this gives you some ideas.

Hint: you can get free flyers and printouts here and here.

 

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