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Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2018 on what I did on my summer vacation at Have Gone Vegan
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Oh right, I didn't HAVE a summer vacation (and summer seems forever ago, now that winter is just around the corner has arrived), but here are three highlights anyway. :) Ate a burger from A&W. Which is something I hadn't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Have Gone Vegan
Thank you veganelder. Patience, along with control, is another area that could use a lot more work, snort, so yes, I'm definitely getting lots of practice in dealing with unfinished business. At the same time, I'm also recognizing more that some of the less pleasant stuff that comes up with mom may be her trying to sort out her unfinished and end-of-life issues, so again, more patience on my part would be helpful. It's a peculiar, gratifying, guilt-inducing, at times satisfying, difficult but hopefully makes-you-stronger journey that I may look upon more fondly once it's over, ha ha. Thanks again.
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Thanks John. Will do.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2018 on Vegan Slogans at Have Gone Vegan
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Thanks Krissa! Yeah, that chipmunk was a riot. Kept coming back to the bird feeder and stuffing their cheeks full before making a drop-off at wherever they live, so I got quite a few pics. :)
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Mom had American robins nesting in her pine tree this year, so I decided to put my camera to use and create a "Birds of Spring" album for her. Here are a few of my favourite shots. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at Have Gone Vegan
Thanks Anne! Yeah, it's tough, knowing what responsibility you have with parents, especially those that didn't do the greatest job parenting you. My own mom, in particular, is still affected (haunted almost) by the less than optimal relationship she had with her mom, who's been dead for decades now. So in part, taking care of her is my way of trying to get some closure and healing, because I don't want to have to still be grappling with mother issues when I'm 90 myself, snort. But it's hard. Mom's coping habits haven't changed, so she still lashes out and can be verbally abusive when frustrated. I try not to take it personally, and since she's not going to change, I have to be the one to be the bigger person, not that I always succeed. It's an odd role reversal, and one that's not easy for either one of us. In the end, I hope to have become a better person for it, but if not, I guess I could always finally drag myself to a therapist, ha ha.
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Sweet, isn't it? :)
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Thank you Krissa! :) There are a couple of issues going on right now (won't go into details) that are making it even tougher at the moment, but day by day is about all we can do. Thanks again for all your continued support. Appreciate it!
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Note: this post was originally scheduled for Mother's Day, but time got away from me (as it often does these days) and since there are plenty of folk who are fathering their father, I thought I'd publish it now... Demean.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at Have Gone Vegan
And thanks for commenting Helen Mae! Also, sorry for the ridiculously late reply. Yes, other animals are incredibly intelligent and adorable and full of personality. Makes you wonder how humans just aren't smart enough to see that. One day! :)
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Hi Krissa, I know how you feel. I actually first heard rumblings of this as a new vegan nearly ten years ago, but had a hard time believing it too. I mean, veganism was supposed to be about compassion and justice, and fighting isms that oppress nonhuman animals just as those isms oppress (as veganelder said above), those who look more like us. But sadly, paying lip service to those ideals sometimes means diddly squat. And I guess we shouldn't be too shocked because the forms of harming are so deep-seated and so endemic within human society that it would be naive to think animal rights activists exempt. I guess the good news though is that the time seems ripe for a more honest self-examination (or forced scrutiny by others) of both members and the vegan movement itself. As for names, I won't state it here publicly, but will pass on to you privately the one name I definitely heard more than once. :( Talk to you next year!
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You're welcome, and yes, I agree with your conclusions. And as a wise blogger recently said, "Many people (mostly we white-skinned ones) seem to have a real problem with understanding that harmers don't get to say when the harming is over...that power belongs to those being harmed." Happy New Year to you. May 2018 be better for everyone.
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If you only have time to read one more post, please make it: Only You Can Stop Men who Hurt Women from also Harming Animals. Timely, thoughtful, disheartening, but illuminating and helpful, Vine Sanctuary's recent entry deserves wide circulation. Thank... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Have Gone Vegan
They're a ray of hope indeed. Will try to post again in December at least once, but ain't promising nuthin', snort.
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Okay, that isn't his real name (it's just Cornelius -- or Corno/Corny for short), but I'm hoping he'll prove to be as wonderful an ambassador for turkeys as Esther the Wonder Pig has been for pigs. Because it's that time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Have Gone Vegan
Hi Ashley, an extremely belated thank you for your kind words. The last two months have been a bit of an uphill climb for me (ha ha), but I hope to post a wee post (postlet?) before the month is out...
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Thanks so much Ashley! Yep, we human animals love to label and classify. And even though veganism is all about compassion (and justice), we vegans sure can be awfully hard on each other. To the point that we sometimes "other" fellow vegans who don't share the same labels or points of view even more so than some meat-eaters "other" us. Meanwhile, the gazillions of animals used and abused don't give a damn what labels we use. It's our actions that count.
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And thank you for your visit and comment Ashley! Gave me the chance to reread this post from almost a year ago (where does the time go?), and while I'm happy to report that I'm still hill climbing (there's one close to where I moved), writing hasn't fared so well. Really need to refocus, and put it back on the front burner instead of letting it lapse at the back. Oh, and I'll check out your post. Oops, I'll fix the link as well. :) p.s. I agree with your advice not to be too harsh on yourself, and would maybe add to not be too harsh on other vegans either, snort.
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Hi veganelder, sorry for the late reply. Ha ha, bumfuzzled. Not a word I'd heard before, but I like it! What you say makes sense indeed. Language is almost never neutral, and yes, power is an excellent and crucial tool for analyzing almost anything. As you say, power (and those who have it) determine, among many things, what words are given credence or not. Look how long it took, for example, for a prefix to exist that didn't denote a woman's marital status. Marital rape is still considered an oxymoron by some, and if you want to get a defensive reaction, just use the term white privilege in a predominantly white group. Yes. Asking who has the power is invaluable when looking at what words or terms are used or not, what beings are valued, whom institutions and governments really serve, and what kind of society we actually live in. Thanks veganelder.
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You're welcome, and thanks. :) I had to laugh though, because when I reread the paragraph I realized that one sentence didn't even make sense. Changed the phrase "without impunity" to "without fear of punishment" because even though the phrase usually used is with impunity (so much for proofreading, ha ha), in this case most instances of harming animals are not generally punishable offences and therefore "with impunity" doesn't actually apply. But yeah, animal hating is so normalized that we don't think of it as such, just like we don't identify woman hating when it happens. And I'm sure there are those (vegans included) who would argue that it's not hatred as much as it is being oblivious, but I find it interesting how the term animal-lover is said so easily and so frequently that it has basically lost all meaning. Maybe we should ask those who use it exactly what they mean when they say it, what specific animals they love, and in what context. And even though animal-hater might me too strong or perhaps not always accurate, I think if people used the terms animal-hater and woman-hater when it clearly does apply, the shock value might jolt some folk into thinking a bit more.
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Came across a passage in a book recently (I read daily no matter what else is going on in my life) lamenting how we don't have a real word for men who kill women, whereas the term "man-hater" is used... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Have Gone Vegan
Hi veganelder, it's busy and a bit chaotic, but going well enough otherwise. The vacant units have been filled so the house itself is safe, but they've now decided that the two old and huge trees in between the buildings (you can see one of them in the top pic to the left) are unsafe (bullcrap) and will be cut down. Bastards! At the moment I'm moving all my online shop stuff to the new residence, but am not giving notice yet as things are still somewhat up in the air with the other place. It'll be a slow transition for sure...
Toggle Commented May 28, 2017 on quick blogging note at Have Gone Vegan
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Hi Krissa, yeah, the whole thing is maddening. And I'm sure our old landlord knew the prospective buyers were the owners next door, so that makes it worse. Clearly OUR house is not top priority for our new landlords, so I don't trust them one bit. They seem in no rush to fill the three vacant units in our building (four when I move) with new tenants either, so I wouldn't be surprised if they have other nefarious plans for this place. Such a shame.
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2017 on quick blogging note at Have Gone Vegan
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