Must-Watch Animal Rights Talks

Since becoming vegan, I’ve listened to many thought-provoking and poignant animal rights speeches on YouTube. But there are really only a handful that have stuck with me throughout the years and that I keep returning to to watch or listen to again and again. I know I’m not alone, because they’re some of the animal rights and vegan talks with the most views on YouTube. So what is it about these speeches in particular that …

More Must-Watch Documentaries

So many amazing documentaries are coming out all the time about vegan diets, animal welfare, and the environment. In my previous post about documentaries Must-Watch Documentaries, I listed some of the absolute must-see films about these topics.

However, there are many more documentaries that I consider to be essential viewing. So if you’ve watched Forks Over Knives, Eating, Earthlings, Blackfish, Cowspiracy, etc. definitely move on to these ones.

None of these documentaries are always …

A Vegan’s Take on the Shallows

I’m a sucker for survival stories. There’s something about people being stranded in the wilderness or ocean, armed with nothing other than their own ingenuity and grit that I find both riveting and inspiring. Maybe it’s because these sort of situations are so different from our own everyday banal lives. It was probably with this in mind that I went to see The Shallows one hot evening in the city during July. The morning after, …

Must-Watch Documentaries + Vegan Popcorn Recipe!

I first got into watching documentaries as a senior in college, when I was taking a course called American Independent Films. Every week our class would watch “indie films,” films outside the major film studio system that are either quirky, gritty, or deal with fringe topics that don’t normally get coverage in the mainstream media. As part of our course, we went to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah for 10 days. This was a …

Health Benefits of Nature

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” -Gary Snyder

Our planet is extraordinarily beautiful.

And yet…the majority of the time we find ourselves amidst artificial and man-made surroundings that fail to inspire and nourish us as nature does. We are adapted to be in nature, but rather than seek fulfillment and healing in the natural environment, we turn to computer screens, gadgets, and pharmaceutical drugs. This movement away from nature and towards …

A Vegan’s Take On Fishing

“Is it really a sport if you have all the equipment and your opponent doesn’t know a game is going on?” – Bill Maher

My thoughts about the two “sports” of fishing and hunting are basically the same. I believe that hunting and fishing are misguided efforts to connect with nature in ways that are actually destructive. For the purposes of this post, I’ll address more specifically my philosophy about fishing, as it’s far more …

Why I’m Vegan

Ignorance has prevailed so long only because people do not want to find out the truth

– Earthlings

Since I started this blog, I’ve kept the content mostly light and fun in order to show the possibilities that are open to us when we commit to living a vegan and green lifestyle. But there is a deeper, more urgent motivation underlying the posts that I write here – which is to communicate that what we …

Decluttering and Smudging for the New Year

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. Lao Tzu

Around this time of year, we talk a lot about “resolutions” and the new habits we want to implement. But in order to bring new habits into our lives, we have to relinquish the old us, as well as things that are distracting us from growing and evolving. Otherwise, our energy remains stagnant and there’s no room for the …