What’s another word for journey?

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Look, it’s a new year and I want to be a better person. I’m already most of the way to eating meatlessly, and two steps from being completely vegan. But I’m not into pseudoscience. I don’t have a particular problem with GMOs, or conventional medicine, or fluoridated water. And as much as I know that ‘journey’ might be an appropriate word to describe moving from one state to another, it has some unfortunate New Agey connotations that I’d rather not be associated with.

Why am I writing a blog about this? Aren’t there one-million-and-one other folks on the internet gushing about their new-found love for tofu? Continue reading “What’s another word for journey?”

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Weekly Summary: July 1-13, 2018

Let’s get down with some funk.

There are three main kinds of funk: musical, attitudinal and culinary. The first, as everyone knows, is its own reward. The second is unpleasant and to be avoided as often as possible. And the third, in case you haven’t guessed, is the subject of our focus on this day.

Long-time followers of this endeavour of mine will know I have an abiding interest in both culinary experimentation and fermentation. So it may be of little surprise that I have made the ultimate ferment. Seriously, I’ve won. We can all put down the salt, a-cause it’s over.

Actually, don’t put down the salt. You’re gonna want to try this for yourself. Continue reading “Weekly Summary: July 1-13, 2018”

My Triumphant Return

Six months is a period of time with a strange weight to it. It’s both long and short; significant and not. It’s half of a whole year, but it’s also only half of one year. So, when I sit down to look back over the last six months, part of me wants to be proud of what I’ve accomplished, while another part wants to dismiss the ‘achievement’ altogether.

What is six months of an entire life? Depends on how old you are, I guess. As someone who is thirty-hmm-hmm-hmm years old, it’s a tiny fraction. Continue reading “My Triumphant Return”

On breaks and self-care

Dearest followers,

I’m outta here for this week, and possibly next week. It’s not you, it’s me – I need to buckle down and get this draft of my novel done. It’s unlikely to be the final draft, so I’d like to keep the process going.

Look, if I was a different person, I’d have stayed on top of my posting schedule enough to have a backlog of posts to rely on. But if I was that different, you might not be here, so…

Yeah, point is I need a break. I need to examine and assess what I’m doing, both creatively and in my life. As much as I love lists and plans, schedules have always been a hurdle. The thing is, I think a schedule could be good for me. Nothing too inflexible, but nothing too loose either.

I’m rambling again. Sorry.

What I want is to stay on top of regular tasks like cleaning, taking care of myself, and my writing career (such as it is). This shouldn’t be so hard. Maybe I need to prioritize reading through that therapy book from the library.

Anyway, I might post on Friday for the weekly summary, since it’s also my six month overview, but I promise nothing. If my draft is not well on its way to completion, I may need to reprimand myself.

I love you, be well. Catch you on the flipside!

Tasting Vegan Analogs #5: Staycation!

The Fella took some time off this week, so we’ve had a bit of a staycation. We’ve had a few drinks, and we’ve eaten out pretty much every day since Friday. With few exceptions, every place we’ve dined out has been a new experience. All were pleasant surprises. Here are my impressions, in no particular order. Continue reading “Tasting Vegan Analogs #5: Staycation!”

Bodies and Images

Before we begin, I’m prefacing with a caveat: at no point will I draw a direct causal relationship between a specifically vegan diet and weight loss/maintenance. There are overweight people who eat all kinds of things, animal and not. The only factor outside of genetic condition which regulates overall body composition is caloric intake. Period. Specific body composition with regard to muscle mass can be altered through exercise, but fitness is not a requirement for maintenance of healthy body weight, nor is it a predictor for the same. The bottom line is that, for healthy individuals with no genetic/metabolic condition, basal caloric need ought not be exceeded on a regular basis in order to avoid gaining fatty weight.

Okay. So, all of that said, I have problems with how we talk about health, body composition and body image. There are conflations and unfounded correlations that I’d like to discuss, as well as some opinions. Yes, opinions.  Continue reading “Bodies and Images”

Weekly Summary: June 9-15, 2018

Possibly the most exciting thing to happen this week – indeed, in recent memory – was on Saturday when we went to see Dylan Moran at the Danforth Music Hall. It was a good time, despite having read the door open time as the performance start time, which meant standing out on the sidewalk for about an hour. We also had a dog-sitter for Doggo, so it was less stressful knowing he wasn’t freaking out and/or annoying the neighbours. Continue reading “Weekly Summary: June 9-15, 2018”