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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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Why Should We Care or Why We Should Care?

By Kristy Draper / June 18, 2019 /

​The simple placement of a word or punctuation mark can completely change the meaning of a sentence, which can change the purpose of a paragraph, an essay, a book, or even the essence of how we live and what we believe.  I am working towards adding more positivity to my life through my language, both…

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What is Your Time Worth?

By Kristy Draper / March 11, 2019 /

​I usually increase my reading during the winter months and recently finished three books that left me contemplating many things. But mainly, they left me with the question – what is my time worth? The books I read were, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and Meet the Frugalwoods. I have…

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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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Vegan MoFo – Day Eighteen

By Kristy Draper / November 18, 2016 /

Rainbow week is continuing and today’s theme is all about making your food look black & white. Hot chocolate seemed like an easy thing to make today! But it also carries an important message. Chocolate is big business for many companies and several countries. The majority of cacao beans are grown in Western Africa, Asia,…

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The holiday frenzy has begun!

By Kristy Draper / November 11, 2016 /

It’s that time of the year when every commercial is lined with glitter, snow, mittens, and warmth. All of which are wrapped up in the latest fancy tech product, a shiny piece of jewelry, or the hottest toy to hit the market. Sale! Sale! Sale! The holiday frenzy has begun! ​It is so hard not…

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Tofu. Cows. Deforestation.

By Kristy Draper / October 26, 2016 /

​Soy is part of my diet. Whether I am eating air fried lemon pepper tofu, soy curl tacos, tempeh bacon sandwiches, or using soymilk in my lattes. Soy has been a staple ingredient for many cultures for eons. Soybeans are cheap to grow, a great source of protein, and can be formed into countless culinary…

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Cows, pigs, goats…oh, my!

By Kristy Draper / July 21, 2016 /

​​Cows, pigs, goats…oh, my! Those are just a few of the animals we were able to visit while at the Farm Sanctuary. During our road trip to Maine, we were able to stop at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glens, NY on the way home to learn about the sanctuary and the many residents.   We took…

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A one-week intensive residency, 7,000 miles, 20 states, and a lifetime of memories

By Kristy Draper / July 13, 2016 /

​I just returned from a week-long residency program in Surry, Maine. Call it a residency, call it adult summer camp, or call it a retreat…it was 20+ humane educators (most of us in training)  from around the world coming together for one week for an intensive learning experience. Residency is part of the master’s degree…

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