It is so wonderful and awful here.
Exploring the ruins of Ag country USA
As I mentioned in my last post, lately I’ve been focusing on organization. When I took a trip to Hoboken a couple weeks ago to clean up our storage unit, I found a torn up bag filled with the old Hi8 video tapes that I had recorded in high school. Over the last two weeks I’ve slowly been digitizing them so that, in 50 years when I want to recall how I spent my youth, I will have video records to share with the world.
Visalia, you impressed us with the kindness of your students.
A city in the middle of an agricultural area, we were sure to meet students and those with family that work on farms, and some in slaughterhouses. There’s worry that some get desensitized to witnessing and inflicting violence on animals as a self defense mechanism one may develop to make such brutal work feasible. We understand that the farm industry is a business and one that many feel they have to work in to support themselves or their family. Doubtful anyone chooses to do this under any circumstance, other than duress.
However, despite meeting students under such circumstances, you were open and honest about your affiliation with such companies, and spoke to the many horrors you or your family have undergone witnessing animal slaughter.
To the student who works on a turkey farm and expressed needing to give up eating meat after witnessing baby chicks – just days after birth growing adult feathers bc of the heavy level of hormones they are given to grow to full, monstrous proportions in mere months…
To the father who must day after day slit pigs from neck to bottom, watching the blood drain out while the pigs’ body throttles and spasms as the life drains out…
It was two weeks ago today that I dropped off Jen at the airport. So what have I been up to since she left? Well, for starters, I’ve tried to keep busy. Very busy. I’ve been lucky enough to marry a planner who finds fun activities for any open gaps in our schedule. She’s helped me move away from 100 hour work weeks and find a better balance between work and pleasure (though they aren’t always mutually exclusive). My main goal for the time that Jen is away is to not drift back to the all work and no play Sandy of yesteryear. Here are some of the activities that I’ve filled my time with.
How am I doing on the 30 Bananas a Day turned Raw Till 4 Diet? Day 46 My Tour Partner just asked me how long I had been eating this way. Every day she watches me eat something similar to the following: 1 large papaya 9 bananas 1 large potato 2 medium sweet potatoes No salt ketchup Chocolate pretzel Nugo bar Dark chocolate raspberry Nugo bar Kale 4 carrots 1/2 sweet pepper 2 peaches 20 dates Coffee and 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk Half pack Trident spearmint 1 large papaya 6 bananas 2 apples 1/2 pepper Kale 1.5 tomatoes 2 … Read More
It sure is beautiful here when you see past the piles of tangled metal car parts, spilled oil on driveways, and dead dogs that run along the main road in and out of Bakersfield pre-dawn (for serious. Scary stumbling along these running pre-dawn along sidewalk-less roads).
My fingers are clotted with red, nearly too numb to type, but I can’t help wanting to record what I see…
One of my favorite things about growing kombucha has been giving away the babies. Kombucha scobies reproduce quickly. While I had received my mother only three months ago, by the time I left NYC she had spawned into 25 new scobies. Initially I gave them away to friends, but since leaving NYC it became expedient that I list them on Craigslist and bartering site, Our Goods, to get them out the door more readily. Throughout the week, people have been filtering in and out of my husband’s office as they choose a baby to bring home with them to make … Read More
According to USDA reports, nearly 10 billion land animals are raised and killed every year for food in the U.S. alone. Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), is bringing this injustice to the country’s attention by showing the hard-hitting 10 Billion Lives video at college campuses, music festivals and street fairs.
Our dedicated staff and volunteers offer passersby $1 to watch the video – an outreach method known as “pay-per-view.” After watching, viewers are encouraged to decrease consumption of animals and work towards a vegan diet. The results speak for themselves – more than 80% of viewers commit to eating fewer animal products!