Atlanta just got a little more progressive, ethical, livable, sustainable and aware. Thank you to the organizers of today’s Atlanta Veg Fest. It was a great day for vegetarians, vegans, the animals and the environment (and my stomach -thank you Dulce Vegan for your lemon sliced cake). I hope this is a new wave of progressive thinking about what we eat down South. As one of the many wonderful sponsors and vendors, Herbivore, says, “Eat like you give a damn.” Yayza.
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It’s not my intention to post items that I consider to be too personal in nature on this blog or on any social media outlet. But this subject is so impactful on my life, as these kinds of events are on many animal lovers, that I’m going to make an exception. I lost my best friend of 11 years this week, my dog pictured above. She was a dog’s dog, and I miss her terribly. She was amazing and noble and intelligent, and athletic and cuddly – just the best dog there ever was.
I’m not exactly a wallflower. I stand out for a variety of reasons, mostly due to other people’s gender confusion, but hey, we are all a little different in our own way, right? Regardless, there are people in this world who just can’t stand for anyone to be themselves, or to hold hands with the person they love, or to be, uh walking down the street? being happy? going for a cup of coffee? whatever?
That’s when those sad, bored people take it out on us by saying something rude, or raunchy, or mean (or sexist, homophobic, etc., you get the picture). I’ve been listening to it for years and years and years, and giving it right back to them on many angry occasions. I’m so sick of it. It was a happy day for me then, when I discovered an awesome organization that is actually trying to stop it!
Hollaback! is a group that’s doing something revolutionary. They organized a movement to end street harassment powered by local activists in 45 cities, 16 countries, and in 9 different languages around the world. In so doing, they are attempting to elevate all of our experiences of walking down the street by creating a mechanism for people to holler back at their harassers, literally, metaphorically and technologically. We all know street harassment is just a gateway to way more serious acts of violence. Please check them out and get involved in your local community. Atlanta hollers back! Connect with Hollaback on Facebook or Twitter, and find out how you can help end street harassment in your town.
In the spirit of those websites where authors write letters to their teen selves, I’ve been inspired these past few days to write to my younger self. I keep getting stuck on the tremendous volume of advice I feel I should give the younger me. Also, I’m going a little younger than the teenaged years, let’s say, oh around age 10, because I was always a bit precocious when it came to angst and worry and I’m quite sure it was in full swing by 5th grade at the latest. So how do I start advising such a troubled little soul with the weight of the world on her shoulders? For starters, you will be successful at anything you try (that’s really try, not just say you are going to try, like the several half-hearted attempts you’ve made at backyard organic gardening). You will be relatively financially secure, which will seem impossible to you now, but trust me, reading all those books pays off in the long run. You will be a good friend. You will have really good friends who don’t judge you, and who will watch your back and think you are super cool, not weird and chubby which is how you think everyone sees you right now, which is probably pretty accurate. Also, you will grow tall and love music and have a strong sense of self. Those are all really good. You will sometimes feel like you are on cloud nine with movie stars and rock stars and fun and interesting people all around. You will sometimes feel the total opposite of that. But you learn to move through it all and keep enjoying yourself and stay curious about everything. It’s a good trait, born out of all those books. So keep reading. Also, the whole Grease obsession that kicks in a couple of years down the road? That sorta pans out for you too.
I know we are still working on everyone enjoying the same rights and independence as everyone else, but in the meantime, enjoy the fireworks and loving whomever is sitting next to you!