August 9, 2008 at 4:45 pm (Quotes, Random)
Tags: Filters, Hot Water, Impurities, Lead, Quote, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Tap Water, Vegan, Vegetarian, Water Heater
Tidbit of the day:
Using cold tap water is safer than using hot tap water for cooking. This lies in the fact that hot tap water may have been (and most likely was) sitting in your water heater for some time, allowing it to obtain more impurities and increased lead amounts. The difference in the amount of time the hot water vs. cold water would take to boil is minimal, so it is best to use cold water whenever possible. If you have a filter on your faucet, this is not as large of a concern since filters are built to, well, filter impurities including lead. However, filtering hot water will most likely decrease the life of your filter because of the extra strain.
So remember, the few extra minutes it takes for cold water to boil is worth it!!
Quote of the day:
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson–
Yet another short, sweet and deep quote from our fellow veg Ralph Waldo Emerson!!!
August 7, 2008 at 8:30 am (Quotes)
Tags: Alexander Hamilton, Quote
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
–Alexander Hamilton, 1st United States Secretary of Treasury, military officer, historical figure–
All I have to say is: believe in something so strongly that you are willing to fight for it. Whether that be veganism, animals, human rights, your spouse or whatever you wish. I just think that everyone should have a passion in life, otherwise your life will not be full.
August 6, 2008 at 2:59 am (Quotes)
Tags: Inventor, Quote, Thomas Edison
“Until we stop harming all living beings, we are still savages.”
–Thomas A. Edison, American inventor, invented light bulb and phonograph and 100s more things!–
Need I say more?
I will be writing at least a couple posts today, sorry for the lack of posts yesterday! I was quite busy! We all know how that can be!
August 3, 2008 at 3:34 pm (Quotes)
Tags: Charles Mayo, Mayo Clinic, Quote
“I abhor vivisection. It should at least be curbed. Better, it should be abolished. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery, that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty. The whole thing is evil.”
–Charles Mayo, Found of the Mayo Clinic–
I guess this quote really should have been posted the day of the Petri Dish Meat post, as this quote expresses one of my reasons quite well. But oh well, better late than never!
July 31, 2008 at 11:54 pm (Quotes)
Tags: Animal Suffering, Jeremy Bentham, Quote
“The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?”
–Jeremy Bentham, Philosopher, 1748 to 1832–
I don’t think anything needs to be added to this poignant quote.
July 30, 2008 at 6:00 pm (Animal Rights, Quotes)
Tags: Animal Rights, Pythagoras, Quotes
“As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap the joy of love.”
–Pythagoras, the “father of numbers”, a famous ancient Greek mathematician, c. 580 BC-c. 500 BC–
How horrifying is it that these views have been around and even conveyed by such great minds as Pythagoras and essentially very LITTLE has been done in terms of animal rights in 2500 years?? I really wonder how much the human population has really “advanced”.
July 29, 2008 at 11:30 pm (Quotes)
Tags: Albert Einstein, Quotes
“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”
–Albert Einstein, the genius himself–
July 29, 2008 at 2:12 am (Quotes, Uncategorized)
Tags: Leo Tolstoy, Quote, Vegetarian, Western Diets
I’m so proud of myself, blogging the quote of the day when it really can be called that . I figured out my issue with the publish later feature of wordpress. So hopefully this will be a common occurrence: on time quotes!
“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
–Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer and philosopher–
Yes, the man that has befuddled many a college student or literary lover with War and Peace was in fact a vegetarian! They say that vegetarians/vegans have higher IQs (obviously the case since I’m so brilliant! jk) so now we know why his books are so complicated to read. Which I’m sure gives meat eaters another reason to dislike Tolstoy, wishing that he could have dumbed down his books a wee bit for them! (Yes I am joking, it doesn’t matter what you eat, Tolstoy is a complicated read!)
I find the quote interesting for a number of reasons, mainly because I completely agree. But it is also interesting due to the fact that nowadays so many people proclaim that it is unhealthy to be vegan or vegetarian. I wonder if it was in fact the same way in Russia during his lifetime. The amount of issues this world is plagued with (at least those who have or are adopting “western style” diets) you would think would lead people to understand that a diet swarming with meat isn’t any good–so what is their reasoning for thinking our diets could possibly be worse???
July 28, 2008 at 3:31 am (Quotes)
Tags: Charles Darwin, Quotes
See! I came through with a new quote! A profound and historical quote….it is all in a day’s work.
“The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind.”
–Charles Darwin, my hero! (well not really, but I really value his work)–
July 28, 2008 at 3:26 am (Quotes, Random, Recipes)
Tags: Apologies, Brillante Award, Ceramics, Hoax, Quotes, Recipes, Veganism
Hi everyone! First off it appears that I have some apologizing to do. Some who know me best might just claim apologizing is a difficult thing for me to do….and a very rare thing for me to do. You see, I’m almost never wrong, hello! Well that aside, I must apologize for the annoyance and/or disgruntlement that I have potentially caused with the posting of the “Brillante Award“. According to others, this award is in fact a fake and was originally intended to be a chain letter of sorts. The information regarding the hoax can be seen here.
Personally, my brain never quite wrapped around the idea of an award being passed along, especially not with the odd number of 7 nominees being required. But, I thought it was awesome to be thought so highly of by a dear fellow blogger (Innocent Primate) and that was what mattered most to me. Sure it was difficult for me to choose 7 people to nominate, but I chose them carefully. I felt that nominating these individual blogs was my personal endorsement of that blog, and I was not going to take that half heartily! I understand that some individuals have become upset by this “hoax” but I truly hold no ill-will towards it. I see this whole situation as merely opening up my eyes to many many different blogs that I did not even know existed! Hopefully, whether the chain letter award upset you or not, you have discovered a new blog or two to read. Afterall, there truly was no harm done, at least not in the vegan blog world (I cannot account for other blog “worlds”) other than everyone’s expansion of reading material–how hurtful could that be?? Well if you dislike reading, recipes, blogs or veganism I’m sure it would be just downright awful. But serves you right for not liking those things! Jeez!
On for further apologies! *sigh* This is painful…oh so painful! Turns out that my idea of saving numerous quotes for wordpress to automatically post at a time I specified did not work. Perhaps it is my lack of the inner workings of the wordpress gods but the multiple quotes all raring to go for everyone have yet to see “daylight”. I’m working on what the problem is and will hopefully be posting a brand spankin’ new quote right after this apology session. Yes, I’m calling this an apology session now….I’ll take it as some much needed therapy and move on! Never to apologize again! Maybe….
Why no new posts? It was the weekend afterall! How busy could one be? Slacker! Say what you will, but I was either busy, avoiding being home due to obnoxious/loud neighbors or just plain tired from the heat! But hopefully I will be bringing many new recipes, photos, ideas etc etc to you soon. The posts will include such goodies as: Watermelon Sorbet review, Double-Chocolate Ice cream review, Agave Mustard Tofu, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Homemade Ice Cream…..oh I have you drooling now!! Many more ideas wandering around in my head as well….we perhaps shall learn of them together Oh and I will FINALLY do my About page at some point as well!
I cannot wait to share with everyone my boyfriend and I’s ceramic fun we had over the weekend! We went to a paint your own ceramics place here in Denver and had a blast! We are currently waiting for the items to be fired by the store but next weekend we will have such goodies as: dog treat canister, multiple hot plates and a serving bowl for football parties (its a football!). I will have photos galore during the weekend for these pieces of art but I did want to share the adorable concept my boyfriend came up with! He decided to make a hot plate for me and he put a cow on it (adorable!). He then proceeded to write Besse (the cow apparently lol) *heart* (surrounding the cow) Vegans! Freakin’ adorable! Can’t wait to show you! I also painted a hot place on which I drew a rooster, pig, dog and a cat. I then proceeded to put my own quote: “So similar yet treated so differently. Why?” I would have made it more profound but I only had so much room! We then went paddle boating sunday afternoon, so my weekend was jam packed!
Again…I’m SORRY SORRY SORRY. Hey, take the sorrys while you can get them I say
P.S. I find it is almost worth it to bring myself to apologize just so I could use that adorable little “sorry puppy”!!!