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World Go Vegan Days

Friday, October 26th, 2007

If you’re a regular here, you know October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. And, if we think of veganism as a further step along the path, it only seems appropriate that it should end with a string of three days known collectively as World Go Vegan Days.

World GO VEGAN Days Oct 27-29

The campaign is run by In Defense of Animals (IDA). Their website offers up a good number of resources and activity suggestions. They even have a free 32-page Vegan Starter Kit.

I will warn you, however, pages 4-13 are rather graphic! So, if you’re already convinced of the advisability of the vegan lifestyle, after you read the introductory content, you might want to just skip over to the fourteenth page, where things start to cheer up. :)

[On that happier note, remember to stock up on FairTrade treats for the kiddos this Halloween.]

Kasparov Makes the Rounds

Friday, October 26th, 2007

While you could argue competitive chess puts excessive strain on a player, there’s no doubt the game Gary Kasparov is now waging is far more dangerous…

Kasparov, World Chess Champion for a whopping 15 years from 1985-2000, has put himself in the precarious position of fighting for Democracy in Russia. He does so despite fully understanding the risk. For his courage, he should be applauded, and we wish him well.

As you know from my reading list on the right, I had the opportunity of reviewing a copy of his new book pre-release. I found it quite an interesting read. Although the connections between chess and life are, at times, tenuous, to get a view of the way such a great mind goes about problem-solving was itself thought-provoking.

Recently, he made the rounds on several U.S. news programs to promote his mainstream offering (he has authored many books on his games and those of his predecessors, which really only appeal to hardcore chess enthusiasts).

In the process, he has become something of a go-to guy for our media when they want an inside, no-holds-barred, perspective on Russian politics.

HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher:

After this interview, Chris Matthews of MSNBC, who expressed deep admiration for Kasparov’s intellect and honesty at the end of the clip, invited him onto Hardball. Unfortunately, I don’t have that one for you.

CNN’s Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer:

Before both of these, he also appeared on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report. Appropriately enough, it was the same episode wherein Stephen announced his bid for the US Presidency. I was going to present it here as well, but frankly it’s not worth it; too short and that’s even if Colbert had let him get a word in edgewise.

A Milestone For Veganism

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Actually, it was back on the 30th of June. I inadvertently let this one queue up. In the meantime, perhaps you’ve already made the discovery yourself?

But, just in case, and because I think it’s an impressive accomplishment, I wanted to bring it to your attention.

<drum roll, please>

Air America has added Bob Linden’s program, Go Vegan Radio, to their line-up! OK, so not exactly mainstream, but we’re getting there.   :)

It airs Saturdays from 2-3 EST, or online, where you can also replay archived shows. Here’s the one with Dennis Kucinich from October 6th:


Fall In New England

Monday, October 15th, 2007

“A beautiful autumn day spent outside with Mom.
What more could you ask?”

That’s how I signed the guestbook under the big maple tree, after Mom and I had just completed this corn maze on Saturday. And it was so true!

Coyote Howling at the Moon (www.nhcornmaze.com)

We had a great time on our little hike (it’s not as flat as it looks from the air). The weather was surpisingly nice given that we’d just had drenching rains the night before. We thought we would be trudging through muddy fields, but not at all. The maze was very well-maintained, with unpicked, hard as a rock, corn still on the stalks. Throughout there were mailboxes with questions regarding coyotes, the seasons, and other wildlife. Very interesting, educational, and fun.

Once done, we headed back to the barns to look at the huge selection of pumpkins and their preparations for the nighttime haunted hay rides. I ended up taking home a few “Naked Seed” Pumpkins, which are smaller and said to be perfect for eating and roasting the seeds. I also grabbed an aptly-named carnival squash.

Naked Seed Pumpkins ($1/each) and Carnival Squash ($2)

I had intended to make us a picnic lunch or at least some raw pumpkin cookies for the day, but we had got to talking on the phone too long the previous evening, and I didn’t have time. So, next stop was the local vegan cafe, Susty’s, along our route back.

Mom got a tofu fajita with a slightly sweet sauce she’ll be raving about for some time. For me, a simple tofu scramble with a side of toasted mixed grain bread. (I think I paid for my gluten cheat with a headache on Sunday, but it was good going down and a rare slip.) We both left comfortably full, opting to forgo dessert (and they have some really tasty options; in fact, I’ve gone just for the desserts before.)

Ah, fall in New England! :)

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