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My Grandpa Wrote Back – Supporting a Vegan Lifestyle, Even If You Do Not Follow

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“Dear Jen—-First of all—-thank you, thank you for your kind thoughts and writings regarding Poppy’s memorandum pertaining to his children and grandchildren. I had given some thought to expressing my admiration and pride for the next generation and as one gets older, we see the inner characteristics of our off spring in a different light than when I was younger and that is why I sat down with my thoughts and wrote from my inner heart felt view point. And now for the main purpose of this note. Jen, you revealed your inner most thoughts and soul with the way that you expressed yourself in answering my concerns and questions —Why go to California on the behalf of >Animal Rights” ? Your quick response to my concerns makes me realize that you have a plan for your life and that you are determined to live up to these plans and expectations. BRAVO Jen In any event, I will wish you the best with your endeavors and spirit to leave a footprint in the sands of our world. An old Navy command to the helmsman at the wheel—>Stay The Course”—meaning, your plans for the present and the future—will be as you want them to be. You have determination for living your life with he same compassion as your old great grandmother Liza Eglit Liepin So keep us informed about your travels and meeting up with people who have similar views as you—-or will have them after listening to your views. Lots of Luck and “Fair Winds” with you travels.
Love as Always. Joan and Poppy.”

It felt so good to read this last night. As much as my grandpa is proud of me and some of my differences from him, I am proud of him for over time becoming a more open person. He has slowly come to terms with my “throw caution to the wind” attitude over the years as I have…

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Disappointing my Grandpa Again – An Animal Rights Activist’s Battle to Retain Dignity in a World Based Around Commercial Success

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Received an upsetting email from my grandpa: I love my grandpa and want him to be proud of and understand me. I replied… Dear Poppy and Joan, I value your opinion; as you are both wonderful people that serve as active role models in my life. Much of my choices to help others have been inspired by your compassionate efforts to help refugees involved with your church or deliver warm meals to housebound seniors in your Meals on Wheels program. I am constantly thinking of what I can do to help others, and while efforts to pursue this on a full-time … Read More

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10 Billion Lives Tour – Looking for New Friends

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2 months ago Grace Reuter and I applied for the Tour Operator position at 10 Billion Lives, a movement organized by F.A.R.M. to inform people across the nation of the importance of reducing meat consumption. While I was intrigued by the position, I never imagined actually getting the job. I volunteer regularly with programs, such as Habitat for Humanity, All Hands, and at work exchanges around the world, but I do not have recent activism or nonprofit experience. Grace, a fairly recent college grad, was in the same boat. However, Todd Lee and Ryan Frazier, have faith in us to bring … Read More

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Best Shape in Years on my Raw Till 4 Diet

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I’ve never felt better since switching from a low carb to a high carb Raw Till 4. When I run, I run full of energy. When I run, the energy flows through my body, and where in the past I may be hungry after 3 miles of running, on my current high carb diet I feel evenly sustained throughout my run. I’m hungry sometimes. I miss eating sugary, fatty foods, like cookies or brownies – more importantly, froyo covered in oreos or brownies; however, I get plenty of sweets in the morning and carby starches in the evenings noshing on potatoes … Read More

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The Cheapest Way to Change Your Hair Color in NYC

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Have you heard of Salon Apprentice? If you’re willing to spend a little extra time at the salon, you can receive free or discounted services – hair cuts, colors, bayalage, highlights, the works! Salon Apprentice links you up with hair stylists – many who have years and year of experience, but are looking to improve or join a very exclusive salon and therefore need to train in a 4-5 year apprentice role. You do not need to have professional hair model or modeling experience to volunteer, and all you need to is choose your city and read through the … Read More

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One Week Till I Move Across the Country!

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I had not been thinking about the date, but realized last night that I am one week away from moving to California to begin my little adventure into the wild yonder of: California Vegan advocacy College campuses Camper (Class B) van living A different flavor of nomadism (I’m so glad I am staying true to the name of this site!) Showering at Planet Fitness Separation from my husband, Sandy, and everything I have lived in the last 8.5 years in NYC I’m not nervous or scared by the intensity of the work ahead of me cause although there are 55-hour work weeks, which begin … Read More

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How to Date Town and Country’s 50 Most Eligible Bachelors

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Town and Country‘s “50 Most Eligible Bachelors” list just came out and includes categories of men, such as “The Future” “Heirs Apparent” and less favorably, “Returned to Market.” The list include some predictable candidates: Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, and Cory Booker, NJ Senator and Presidential Hopeful (who I have met when he spoke to my cohort of the Newark Teaching Fellowship, and is much more handsome and charismatic in real-life). I’m unsure what someone is supposed to do with this information. Are we supposed to look at this list and think, “Ooo which one do I most want to date?” … Read More

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Emojiary

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“The 2-second daily diary.” Emojiary is this really promising sounding app, that as far as 2014, existed – but no longer does!  The site exists, but doesn’t work anymore. Reviews and tech articles exist surrounding the app, but it Emojiary is a ghost – an app with so much potential, that I would like to use, that no longer does! With Emojiary, each day, you could write a simple log of how you feel: I imagine the diary above goes as such: Thursday – sleepy and not getting out of bed Wednesday – blindfolded and surprised with a gift of a beautiful new dress. I’m … Read More

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Poor Little Edith is at the Emergency Vet right now

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Under a 24 hour watch as she got ahold of her owner’s bottle of Vitamin D gel pills.  The bottle was closed, but Edith managed to gnaw the top off and consume all the contents inside – about 10-20 pills. Vitamin D Toxicity in Dogs When ingested in exorbitant levels… vitamin D can cause serious health issues. Treatment Vitamin D toxicity is an emergency that requires immediate treatment and hospitalization. In fact, the initial 72 hours are crucial in saving the life of your dog. If the compound containing toxic amounts of vitamin D was ingested recently, your veterinarian will … Read More

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First Year of Marriage; I’m Heading off on a 4 Month Trip Solo

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My husband and I did not know if we make would it through our first year of marriage. We still are not there a full year. Our first year anniversary will hit March 21, 2017. And I’m set to head off on a 4-month gig that is relocating me across the country. Most people would be skeptical as to whether our marriage is solid. It can be challenging for either of us to link up long-term as we are both adventurous, independent ENTP‘s (Myers Briggs Personality Test) – subsection that 3% of the American population makes up. “Debaters,” we are described as those who … Read More