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Dairy: thoughts on motherhood, cultural conditioning and hope

When we are not vegan and we hear the word ‘dairy’, what do we think of?  We think of milk and cream, of yogurt and crème frais, of butter and cheeses, and of ice cream and chocolate. We think of … Continue reading

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For Earth Day: thoughts about speciesism, biophilia and veganism

Today, I learned a new word. As someone fascinated by words, finding this one gave a name to a notion that has become more acute in my recent years as an advocate and blogger, and it prompted thoughts that I’d … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the gift that is life

Life itself is considered by many – if not most – humans to be the greatest gift there is, referred to as such by poets and writers throughout history.  Even those of us who have no religious beliefs, consider that being alive … Continue reading

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‘Suffering’; a word we use without thought

How can it be that we use words to protect ourselves from feeling, from connecting with the reality of the world? My thoughts strayed in this direction when I was reading a piece earlier that mentioned the word ‘suffering’. Later, … Continue reading

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Single issues and me

There is much written about single issues and petitions. The two go hand in hand. It’s a hot topic and I’m not going to wade into the debate. If you read this and feel moved to seek to justify your … Continue reading

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‘Personal choice’ – remembering a lesson

Today, for some inexplicable reason, I remembered the first time another person told me that eating ‘meat’ was their ‘personal choice’. The memory has replayed itself all day in my mind’s eye. The other person was a work colleague and … Continue reading

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Breaking down the walls

Once we cross that border into veganism and look back, we all become aware of things we never realised before. Things that we took for granted and that were therefore unexamined; vast areas of our behaviour and of our thoughts, … Continue reading

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Policing ourselves

The term ‘vegan police’ floats around in cyberspace, bubbling and simmering in the broth of thoughts, opinions, facts and seething emotion that always surround the topic of other species and our individual and collective view of them. Every so often … Continue reading

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The way we were, or maybe just the way I was?

Today as I read the usual Facebook posts and comments, I find myself wondering, as I frequently do, about the way we were before we were vegan. In my own case, this line of thought often leads me to frustration and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on diluting the vegan message

Today, one of the topics in cyberspace is sites, groups and individuals that call themselves ‘vegan’ when they very plainly are not. ‘So what’s the problem – aren’t they harmless?’ I hear some ask. So I found myself considering two aspects … Continue reading

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