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a lovely mishmash of opinions interspersed with moments of clarity and vision by a vegan lesbian feminist mystery-loving, history-loving reader and writer.


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The More I Owe You: A Novel
Michael Sledge
The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World without Losing Your Way
Hillary Rettig
Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire
Catriolina Mortimer-Sandilands, Bruce Erickson
Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America (Between Men--Between Women)
Lillian Faderman
The Healing Earth
Philip Sutton Chard
Revolt and Crisis in Greece: Between a Present Yet to Pass and a Future Still to Come
Dimitris Dalakoglou, Antonis Vradis

Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life

Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life - Thích Nhất Hạnh, Lilian Cheung

I did not like this as well as I thought I would when I began reading it.


I've gotten to the section on Mindful Eating and am very disappointed. Although there is little in the book that's judgmental, in terms of what kind of food to eat and what to stay away from, the authors have no problem saying things like "you should not drink soda or sugary drinks," but when it comes to meat and dairy, they are simply encouraging you to eat less, or they say things like "if you eat meat, choose poultry and fish" which is pretty awful, considering the number of chickens murdered to be food, as well as the terrible condition of the oceans. There's almost always this kind of allowance for "if you eat meat" rather than putting meat and dairy in the same category as soda, saying that people should really stay away from it.

They do offer a lot of veg resources in the back, which is a positive and they do mention, briefly, the terrible environmental impacts of meat and dairy and eggs, as well as -- very briefly -- cruelty to animals.

I'm going to keep reading it, because it has been helpful in reminding me to be mindful and I am interested in seeing how it comes together, but I'm disappointed in it.


Update: I could not finish this book because one of my cats decided it made a nice place to pee on. I have no desire to go back and finish it. A meditation and mindfulness practice, plus an understanding of why veganism is the most compassionate and healthy way to eat, will suit as well as this book.