This morning at 9:30am Brisbane time (Tuesday 3:30pm LA time) I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Heather Lounsbury, L.Ac. who is an Acupuncturist, Herbalist & Nutritionist in LA. Heather runs the website Live Natural Live Well and conducts interviews twice a month as DocHeather on BlogTalkRadio.
Here's the Interview Link where you can listen to the 30 minute interview. It was a lot of fun with 300 people listening in!
This weekend sees the opening of the second Sentience: Hidden Lives exhibition in Perth, Western Australia featuring work by a variety of international and Australian artists across a range of mediums including Lorikeet Gaze a Digital paint media on Giclee print by Philipp Pahin (below)
2011 was a great year for myself and Viva la Vegan! I've interviewed many inspiring vegans (many of whom are my friends), spoke at various events in Australia and the USA, wrote an excessive amount of blogs and generally tried to continue with my positive information, education and vegan outreach in the best ways I know how. As a Sagittarian with a Gemini Moon and Ascendant it's all about communication for me - in all forms!
Thank you to everyone who has shared my blogs, recipes, articles, videos, links, interviews, talks etc etc on Social Media websites such as FaceBook, Twitter, Google+ and even MySpace. Thank you to those who have listened to my Podcasts on iTunes. Plus thank you to those who are subscribed to my videos on YouTube. 2011 was inspiring, I truly appreciate all those who have helped spread the vegan message and am humbled by hearing from each one of you. 2012 is going to be the year when some big shifts are coming. Are you ready?
I have never been into Christmas. Mum will say that when younger I loved all the presents my sister and I received, and there were a lot of presents. Why were they never from my parents though? Just some mystical guy with a beard who decided if we were good enough, or not. If the presents were known to be from my parents earlier would I have appreciated them more when I was younger? Why does everything in our society seem to perpetuate the black vs white, bad vs good, Devil vs God mentality? I can just imagine how wonderful children whose parents have no money to buy presents for them feel...
(photo of the Koch & Charles family Christmas dinner 2010 above)
Christmas is that time of year when some people remember that:
they haven't paid their credit cards from last Christmas, but that doesn't mattter because they also remember...
that everyone will be at the local shopping centre, so they must be too
they can't stand their family/friends/the world's population
for some reason this time of year is an excuse for gluttony in all it's forms
they love animals, somewhere after they've gorged on just about every creature they can
even though they're religious, love animals and such "thou shall not kill" just does not apply to anything they like to eat
I try not to be despondent at this time of year. But years of previously working in music retail, seeing people who can't afford to pay their credit off from last year, filling trolleys with more stuff that they do not need really gets to me. It gets to me that people force themselves to see people they can't stand, buy rubbish they don't need, eat food they don't need etc etc just because they're told they're meant to either from some deity or shopping/marketing deity. I realise that people celebrate Christmas, often begrudgingly, especially us vegans who know that even more of our animal friends are killed to fill already-indulged bellies at this time of year.
So, here's a collection of some Cruelty Free & Vegan Christmas ideas, recipes (raw and gluten free options) and tips to get through the silly season. I wish us all the luck in the world!
To celebrate my birthday this year on Sunday 4 December, I decided I was going to host an Ice Cream & Pool Party to celebrate with my family and some of my closest friends. I've had a lot of people ask me for recipes, ideas and other information on my party, so here it is!
The photo above is of Janenne's wonderful brownies with coconut cream that I had requested her make for my birthday.
There's a new vegan restaurant in town, out in the suburbs, very close to Loving Hut. It's called Green Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar and is located at 1299 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt. I went here for dinner last night with friends Ange and Steve on the anniversary of the restaurant's first week open.
Australia has a new vegan magazine, Living Vegan that is out now - available to order on Uproar - the official launch will take place this Sunday in Melbourne at World Vegan Day. Living Vegan aims to be the Voice of Vegan Australia by providing entertaining, informative and innovative articles that appeal to both vegans and to those looking for more information. Living Vegan aims to advance veganism as the compassionate, rational and healthy lifestyle that it is. Here's the cover of the first edition:
Nicole (who I met in Portland, OR - blog coming soon!) asked me to write a lil' blurb about a vegan product I like for Vegan MOFO (Month of Food) where Nicole was profiling vegan people she likes with the products they like on her blog Vegan Things I Like. I chose Pure Gaisha's mineral liquid eyeliner.
I have only recently discovered a really wonderful artist, Sarah Kiser, who lives in Florida, USA. Sarah is a FaceBook friend of mine and is going to be illustrating an upcoming recipe book for me! On her website and FaceBook page, Sarah has many beautiful pieces of artwork including, Ella Mermaid below:
It's a great time of year! Summer is almost here and it's under two months until my birthday!
The other amazing thing about this time of year is Vegan Festival time. Next weekend is the start of my East coast Vegan Festival tour and I hope to see many of you when I'm in your home town or when you've come to whatever town the vegan festival is in.
The biggest news on the festival calendar, is Canberra's first all-vegan festival,the new Living Green Festival taking place on Sunday 16 October.
In the afternoon, Peter dropped me off at Brittyn's place in Hillsboro, Oregon to end our mid west road trip. He headed back to Chicago, via Seattle, to return the rental car for me (one way rental was an extra US$1000!) which I really appreciated. Brittyn and I walked to the park and the library to get my bearings. I then had a shower and dinner consisting of pasta salad Brittyn said she'd made (I found out later her mother, Sydney had in fact made the meal!) and some roasted vegetables I'd bought at WholeFoods previously that day. Then I caught up on a bit of computer work and it was bed time.