Tue, 10 January 2017
Easing you into the new Animalogy Podcast, please enjoy this SPECIAL episode; in exchange, please listen and subscribe to Animalogy Podcast! As Inauguration Day approaches, not everyone is talking about the inauguration of the next U.S. president; some are talking about the animals hidden within the word itself. This inaugural episode of Animalogy, a podcast about the animal-related words and expressions we use every day, takes us back to the politics of ancient Rome to reveal the birds behind the words inaugural, inauguration, auspicious, auspices, and more.
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Category:Food, Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 9:52am PDT
Wed, 14 December 2016
Just a quick announcement to let Food for Thought listeners and subscribers know that the Animalogy Podcast is now live! Please follow our 5-point plan!:
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Category:Food, Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 3:03pm PDT
Mon, 5 December 2016
Today's episode is all about Animalogy, whose timing could not be more perfect not only because of the urgency of the need to transform our negative perception and ill treatment of nonhuman animals but also because we are living in a time when we are all called upon to be linguistically sensitive to vulnerable and disenfranchised groups. And perhaps no group is left out of our consideration more than the nonhuman animals of the world. We are all encouraged to be aware of and mindful about our language when it comes to those who don’t look, emote, or sound like we do. Animalogy shows what it would look like to accord that same respect to nonhuman animals — not because it changes them but because it changes us. Take a listen.
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Category:Food, Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 1:25pm PDT
Sun, 13 November 2016
Vegan options in L.A. continue to grow, as does my Northern Californian envy for the delicious restaurants and pop-ups in this city that has grown close to my heart over the years. Take a listen to the details of our recent trip to the city of angels; perhaps it will inspire a visit of your own.
Direct download: Vegan_In_Los_Angeles.mp3
Category:Food, Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 7:53am PDT
Sun, 9 October 2016
Did you know that some seemingly animal-related words and phrases have origins that have nothing to do with animals? In today's episode, I offer up the backstory to words such as piggyback, monkey wrench, round robin, and spelling bee.
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Music by Gosta Berling.
Direct download: No_Animal_Origins_100816.mp3
Category:Literature, Food, Health, Society & Culture, News & Politics -- posted at: 8:50am PDT
Sun, 11 September 2016
Get ready to geek out on language and animals! We've talked a lot about animals hiding in familiar words and phrases, but did you know animals are lurking in the very letters that make up these words? If I haven't blown your mind yet, check out this episode to learn more about this fascinating history.
Direct download: Animals_in_the_Alphabet_091016.mp3
Category:Food, Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 9:23am PDT
Wed, 17 August 2016
A collective noun is “the name of a number (or collection) of people, animals, or things taken together and spoken of as one whole.” There are hundreds of these nouns of multitude, including those for animals, many of which are deeply embedded in our language despite being several hundred years old. You may refer to a gaggle of geese, a litter of puppies, a flock of ducks, a pride of lions, a A pack of wolves, or a murder of crows, but do you know whence they came? Join me today as we dive deep into these little bits of poetry.
Direct download: Collective_Nouns_081716_mixdown.mp3
Category:Food, Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 4:09pm PDT
Mon, 25 July 2016
As an advocate for animals and compassionate living for over 25 years, you can imagine I've made mistakes, I've learned a bit, and I've thought a lot about what is effective -- and what is not. And so I give you 10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates. Take a listen, and enjoy some lil' shareables, if you're so inclined to share:
*The goal is to live according to compassion. The goal is not to “live according to veganism.”
*When you think being vegan is the end goal -- the badge, the destination, you get hung up on trying to be perfect or achieving a state of purity, and you forget what being vegan is all about.
*Being vegan is the means to the goal and that goal is unconditional compassion and optimal wellness.
*Highly Effective Advocates understand that perfection is the enemy of the good.
*The problems we face in our world are not because we have so much compassion we don’t know what to do with it. The problems are because people aren’t living according to their own values of compassion and kindness.
*We know we’re no better than anyone else for being vegan; we’re just better than who we used to be.
*Highly Effective Advocates make connections rather than create separations.
*Highly Effective Advocates ask themselves, "Do I want to be right or do I want to be effective?"
*I didn’t stop eating meat because I stopped liking the taste; I stopped eating it because I realized it was made of animals who were suffering."
*This issue isn't me against you; vegan against non-vegan; my moral superiority over your moral superiority. It’s about all of us being against violence and cruelty.
*If I profess to be a compassionate person, it doesn’t mean I get to be compassionate only to those I like or who agree with me.
*Compassion isn’t compassion unless it is felt for everyone -- the guilty and the non-guilty, the kind and the unkind, the good and the evil.
*Authentic compassion means having compassion even for those who do are not compassionate.
*The more compassion I give, the more that gets created in the world. The more compassion I withhold, the less there is.
*Having a clear intention about your goal and making that goal about truth rather than outcome will make you a successful, effective advocate 100% of the time.
Direct download: 1020habits20mixdown20072416.mp3
Category:Food, Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 10:09pm PDT
Mon, 27 June 2016
The weight of a word doesn’t simply lie in its dictionary definition. Words don’t simply have denotations — they also have connotations: a number of associations and attributes that stretch beyond the literal meaning. The word “butcher” has always been associated with the killing and preparing of animals for human consumption, but a new contingency of vegetarian and vegan butchers — who cleave plant fibers rather than animal bones — have claimed this name for themselves.
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Direct download: 062516_Butcher.mp3
Category:Food, Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 9:06am PDT
Wed, 8 June 2016
Whether you're interested in a visit to Africa or not, check out this episode that not only provides details about traveling to Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas and Botswana to go on a safari but also offers thoughts on how we need to think about wild places. I also offer tips for using airline miles (rather than dollars) to fly and how to avoid long security and customs lines.
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Direct download: Planning_For_Africa_060717.mp3
Category:Food, Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 11:18am PDT