Benvenuto in Italia

I’ve only been on Italian soil for an hour, and I’ve already managed to figure out how to order a soy cappuccino. Granted, the phrase is pretty simple – cappuccino di soya, per favore – and I only found out the airport café had soy milk because the woman in front of me ordered one. Still, I’m counting it as my first international vegan experience. 

End Street Harassment Now

For far too many of us, street harassment is a fact of daily life. Catcalling, or sexual harassment, has become part of mainstream conversation. Street harassment, however, manifests in a much broader array of dangerous ways. With a 62% increase in hate crimes in the District since Trump's election, we need to do something now.

One Year Vegan: My Story

Walking home sluggishly after the meal, I wondered aloud to my friend if I should finally try going vegan. My body had adjusted so quickly to plant foods that reintroducing animal products after a mere three-day break prompted a physical rebellion. Moreover, I had been curious about veganism for a long time. As an ethical vegetarian, I was always dogged by a sneaking suspicion that dairy and eggs weren't much better than meat and seafood. 

A Feminist Case Against Dairy

It sounds silly to say this out loud, since I myself have the capacity to lactate – though fortunately not at the current moment – but it was only a few months ago that I realized that a cow has to be pregnant to produce milk.

Put Your Money Where Your Happy Is

If you read my last post, you know that I've been using this Mercury retrograde as an opportunity to reevaluate my spending habits. I recently did a difficult but obviously necessary exercise to get clear on where my money is going: I went through last month's bank statement, line by line, and considered every single item I purchased. This activity is not for the faint of heart, but it's a critical first step to understanding your finances. 

Mercury Retrograde and Money

I have recently decided to pay more attention to signs. Not street signs (though I guess those are important too) but signs from the universe. I am in a long process of acknowledging and cultivating my own sense of spirituality, and so I am trying to recognize small nudges from the world around me. Astrology and tarot are part of this fun project. I don't know if I believe that the planets actually rule the rhythm of life here on Earth, but I enjoy learning about them and suspending my disbelief

Confessions of a Meat-Eater

"Are you vegan?" someone asked kindly. "Yes," I replied with a smile, trying to seem attentive and disinterested at the same time. She smiled and nodded, biting into her salmon and explaining, "I don't really eat meat, mainly just fish." Another diner chimed in as he sliced into his chicken breast, declaring loudly that though he eats chicken and fish, he avoids "red meat." I never know what meat-eaters expect me to say to these sorts of comments. I heard about the phenomenon when I first went vegan, and I've since realized it's unavoidable. When they find out that you're vegan, they anoint you their secular confessor.

25 Things I've Learned in 25 Years: Mental Health

It's beautiful outside and warm, warm as early summer, even though spring has just started. I've been meaning to write a post about twenty-five things I've learned, one for every year of life I've lived. My birthday was last month, and twenty-five has been good to me so far. My mom has always said that she feels twenty-five in her head. It feels like the right age to make this kind of list: a quarter-century's worth of knowledge. 

BBHMM: Why White Women Should Pay Up

As an upper-middle-class white woman, I learned early on that to be a nice, good girl, I should be charitable. I should give some money, when I feel like it, to those Salvation Army bell-ringers or those accredited white-run 501(c)(3)s. I should give a dollar to a homeless person every once in a while and pat myself on the back for my generosity. 

No one every told me to pay the fuck up. 

Natural + Vegan Cold Remedies

Spring is coming soon, and the beautiful blooms and changing temperatures can wreak havoc on our systems. I'm not against taking medication when we need it, of course, but I've been trying to lessen my dependence on over-the-counter meds when I'm under the weather for the sake of my health and my wallet.

Book Review: Sistah Vegan

One of the first books I found after going vegan was an anthology called Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society. I had already been vegetarian for two years and that was more than enough time to give me the sense that vegetarian/vegan communities are often predominantly white, or at least portrayed as such. I was so excited to finally dive into veganism, but I was concerned about the patterns of racism, ableism, and classism that I already saw in vegan spaces.

Love is for Everybody

I have never believed the aphorism that in order to truly love others, you must love yourself first. At best, it's a well-meaning but half-baked falsehood; at worst, it's a weapon used to make people who already struggle with self-acceptance feel even worse about themselves. No amount of Google searches can unearth the quotation's definitive author, but I wonder whether the people who parrot it have ever experienced mental illness.

Self-Care Sunday: The Artist Date

Deliberately scheduling time to be alone is uncommon in the frenzied pace of life in US cities. That fact, and my fear of succumbing to my anxiety when I'm alone, often make me avoid time by myself. I've known for a couple months now that I need more of this time, though, and one of my intentions for 2017 is to honor that need. Enter the artist date.