Animals

One Last Call for Summer

By Kristy Draper / September 23, 2019 /

Happy Fall! Even though I am excited about the fall, I had a fantastic summer. One of the last adventures I had to close out the summer was a whale and wildlife sightseeing cruise from Anacortes, Washington. It did not disappoint! We saw seventeen orca whales, one humpback whale (the largest humpback whale I have…

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A Friendly Fourth

By Kristy Draper / July 1, 2019 /

Beyond Meat Burger ​The Fourth of July and all of the celebrations are only a few days away! Family gatherings, outings with friends, BBQs (vegan, of course), and splashing in the pool are great ways to celebrate. ​I have spent many Fourth of Julys poolside, next to a BBQ grill, or spending the day at…

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Cherry City Vegfest!

By Kristy Draper / June 10, 2019 /

​I participated in the inaugural Cherry City Vegfest in Salem, Oregon, this past weekend! And wow, what an incredible turnout by the community! This being the first (of hopefully many!) Vegfest in Salem, no one knew what to expect. The event started at 10:00 AM, and there was a busy and steady flow of folks…

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Veganism: It Is Not About Us.

By Kristy Draper / March 26, 2019 /

​There are many different reasons why people go vegan – for the sake of the animals, to help stop and reverse the damage done to our planet by animal agriculture and factory farming, to prevent or cure a disease, to improve their athletic performance, or just because people are following a trend. I’ve always believed…

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Quitting Meat Can Save Your Bank Account as Well as the Animals By Amanda Keohane

By Kristy Draper / March 5, 2019 /

Often, when people cite their reasons for making the switch to a vegan lifestyle they cite one of three reasons: their health, the environment, or animal rights.  When people cite reasons for not making the switch, they suggest that they can’t give up their favorite food (usually cheese or bacon), they don’t have the time…

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The Sunshine of My Life

By Kristy Draper / February 25, 2019 /

The night of September 11, 2015, is still as vivid as if it were yesterday. Steve and I ate dinner and watched TV as we usually did. We played with the cats and all of our foster guinea pigs. I, for one, had a particularly fun playtime session tickling Sunshine that evening. That was our…

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Third Rock from the Sun

By Kristy Draper / February 19, 2019 /

​The subject of food and eating animals, even though emotionally difficult to discuss sometimes, is an easier topic for me to cover. You can observe personalities, habits, and see connections by interacting with different types of animals. It is from those observations that someone might take a different perspective on how they look at and…

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Teenage Mutant Tree Frogs

By Kristy Draper / February 11, 2019 /

​Have you seen this article?  https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/01/19/new-gene-editing-kit-puts-the-power-of-frog-growth-into-citizen-scientists-hands/ I recently saw this article in my local newspaper, the Columbian. The article talks about Josiah Zayner, founder of The Odin company, and his use of green tree frogs in genetics-altering experiments.  He uses tree frogs to see if he can genetically alter their genes, and to grow additional tissue…

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Matter of Perspective

By Kristy Draper / January 17, 2019 /

Vegan hot dogs at the Seattle Mariners game! I blogged a book about conscious living a few months ago, and this is one of the most popular posts from the book! The book is no longer online, but I am hoping the book will be published soon. In the meantime, I still want to share…

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Can Selfishness and Compassion Live Together?

By Kristy Draper / January 10, 2019 /

​Are we innately selfish, or do we usually have the best intentions at heart when thinking of others? I’ve been thinking a lot about selfishness and compassion lately.  I grew up being taught, and trying to live by the saying – treat others the way you want to be treated. On the surface, it is…

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