Year of the Dog

On a whim, I just watched Year of the Dog with Molly Shannon (it’s on Netflix instant!). I expected it to just be a quirky indie comedy about a woman and her pet. I was immensely surprised that it turned into a story about veganism and animal rights.

It’s easy, as a vegan and advocate of animal rights, to be made to feel crazy by seemingly everyone. Everyday is a challenge – answering people’s ignorant questions about your lifestyle, making animal-friendly selections in terms of not just food, but also clothing, health products – everything!

Molly Shannon’s character Peggy seems like an alien at work, amid her brother and his family – even in her own house. At several points I felt like I could’ve written this screenplay. Actually, Mike White  did, the same guy that’s us the likes of School of Rock Orange County, and The Good Girl. And he’s vegan!!!

Someday I hope to have several pets. Though hopefully I don’t end up exactly like Peggy.

Waste Not

Green lentils, organic heavily seeded bread, and bar soap.

I made my own bags for bulk items and bread, so that I can completely eliminate the need for awful plastic bags or those paper bread bags. Of course these drawstring bags can also be used for produce. I used leftover muslin fabric that I still had from my college days, when I took a clothing class for the hell of it. I also whipped up a small soap pouch by cutting a washcloth in half and handsewing a drawstring into it. (No need for a plastic soap case anymore.!) For the drawstrings I just used ribbon I had laying around, and even some of those rope-like handles from unnecessary shopping bags like those often dispensed in mall stores.

This is super easy, and not only that, but fabric keeps bread (non-preservative-laden) fresher for a longer time.

Summer days


Emily Dickinson House

C'est moi, avec a Judith Shea installation at Yale.
Edwin Austin Abbey - The Play Scene in Hamlet (a portion anyway - this guy reminds me of Jake Gyllenhaal).
Marisol - Dinner Date
Andy Warhol - Shoe, 1958
John Baldessari - Solving Each Problem as It Arises

Claire's Cornucopia = vegan dream

Demystify that Mango!

The next time you polish up an apple or peel a banana, think twice about the tiny sticker likely affixed to the exterior. Those colorful wee stickers slapped on to every piece of fruit offer PLU codes that can tell you a lot more than the fruit itself could just from appearances.

  • A four-digit number means it’s conventionally grown.
  • A five-digit number beginning with 9 means it’s organic.
  • A five-digit number beginning with 8 means it’s genetically modified.

  • Now you can be sure about what you’re buying!

    Via Ideal Bite