Sunday, 13 April 2014

Die Nacht - Etude

A trip down memory lane. Die Nacht used to be a song I played in concerts, a very old favorite, Strauss being food for thought. 



Sunday, 6 April 2014

Sunday Sermon

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me

Shakespeare 

How much I hope for an everlasting now - and a now - and a now 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Anti Consumption

I'm shopped out. I feel like a hamster, mostly due to to wanting to get everything in order, but I'm shopped out and tired of "invisible practice" (expression for Gail Sher's book One Continous Mistake, four noble truths for writers) - sorting everything out so I'm able to get the real job done. I got everything I need, so no more buying anything except food! Hopefully this posting will keep me in check! 

Arend deGruyter-Helfer's I Got You Something: Facebook Gifts Arranged in a Pile, 2008

Today's Vegetarian

“We should always be clear that animal exploitation is wrong because it involves speciesism. And speciesism is wrong because, like racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-semitism, classism, and all other forms of human discrimination, speciesism involves violence inflicted on members of the moral community where that infliction of violence cannot be morally justified. But that means that those of us who oppose speciesism necessarily oppose discrimination against humans. It makes no sense to say that speciesism is wrong because it is like racism (or any other form of discrimination) but that we do not have a position about racism. We do. We should be opposed to it and we should always be clear about that.” 
― Gary L. Francione


My beautiful little "lion" Wahkan Nobu (Wahkan: sacred, Nobu: vow)

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Haru


Guineapig Haru

Saturday's Vegetarian II


“Every time you drink a glass of milk or eat a piece of cheese, you harm a mother. Please go vegan.” 




Saturday's Vegetarian


We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” 



Friday, 28 March 2014

Today's Vegetarian




“I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.” 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Today's Vegetarian

About Edgar’s Mission

Edgar’s Mission is a not for profit Farm Sanctuary that seeks to create a humane and just world for humans and non-humans. Edgar’s Mission is set on 60 peaceable acres in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range at Willowmavin, Kilmore, in the state of Victoria, Australia.
Our farm sanctuary currently provides life-long love and care to over 300 rescued animals.
Edgar’s Mission was founded by Pam Ahern and named after her first rescued pig, Edgar. Edgar Alan Pig, aka “the pig who started it all” sadly passed away shortly after his 7th birthday party in April 2010. Edgar, a gentle giant, touched so many people and was an amazing ambassador for pigs and farmed animals everywhere. He will be missed beyond words – but his mission will continue.

Why do farmed animals need rescuing?

Few Australians are aware that the vast majority of animals in human care in this country – some 500 million ‘food’ or ‘production’ animals – have been excluded from the protection of our animal welfare legislation.
In particular, millions of farmed animals daily endure lives of abject misery in factory farms.  Barely able to move they endure acts of cruelty that would be illegal if they were your cat or dog. Imagine a life without sunshine, without freedom, without being able to socialize, without hope … Welcome to the ‘life’ of a factory-farmed animal.
How has this happened? As custodians of this planet, we have been guilty of playing favourites. We have designated some animals friends and some animals food. Yet they are no different. All share the same ability to suffer, the same need and desire to experience life, for it to have joy, meaning and purpose.
Edgar’s Mission provides you with the opportunity to meet these animals, read their stories and decide which life they need and deserve.
Come for a visit and spend time on The Kindness Trail which will provide you with quotes from some of the finest human minds that will challenge you, inspire you and simply make you smile.
Edgar’s Mission provides you with a glimpse into a different world – a merciful world.

Monday, 24 March 2014

EA's Wonderful Soup

My friend EA gave me this recipe as I have been in bed with bronchitis for quite some time now and not eating well enough. It is a lovely lentil soup with ginger, and as EA said: "The ginger is comforting when feeling a bit queasy". I quite agree.

1 onion, 1 leek and as much garlic as you like, all fried soft in olive oil or rapeseed oil

add 3 cm of ginger cut into pieces, some vegetable stock, a tin of crushed tomatoes, 200 ml of lentils (softened in water for a couple of hours before cooking), two stalks of celery cut into pieces (a little chili if you like) and water to make a nice consistency. Cook until everything is tender, add more water if needed, run in blender.  Serve with sprouts on top.

Enjoy!

Oslo Graffiti





Saturday, 22 March 2014

Study - Let's dance


Oslo Graffiti


Today's Vegetarian II

The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of “real food for real people,” you’d better live real close to a real good hospital.

—Neal D. Barnard, MD, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine




And we like to think animals have no personality, they are our brothers and sisters being killed for an evening meal

Today's Vegetarian

“Something I've never been able to adapt to, to understand is how they can lavish such love and care on the animals and then see them sold for slaughter. I don't dare say anything about it, though. Richard and his friends would be down on me in a flash. But there's some kind of cold, unfeeling contradiction in that business.” 
― Robert James WallerThe Bridges of Madison County




Friday, 21 March 2014

Today's Vegetarian

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds.” 
― Albert Schweitzer



(Eat vegetarian!:o) - among other things)

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Today's Vegetarian

“The ethics of reverence for life makes no distinction between higher and lower, more precious and less precious lives. It has good reasons for this omission. For what are we doing, when we establish hard and fast gradations in value between living organisms, but judging them in relation to ourselves, by whether they seem to stand closer to us or farther from us. This is a wholly subjective standard. How can we know what importance other living organisms have in themselves and in terms of the universe?” 





Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Haru


Today's Vegetarian

“By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.” 
― Thích Nhất HạnhThe World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology





“Being vegetarian here also means that we do not consume dairy and egg products, because they are products of the meat industry. If we stop consuming, they will stop producing. Only collective awakening can create enough determination for action.” 
― Thích Nhất HạnhThe Fruitful Darkness: A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom

Today's Vegetarian

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” 
― Albert Schweitzer

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