Vegan Vanilla Overnight Oats & Another Gargantuan Project

Hey there, guys. Do you remember last week (after I spent a good long while talking about God), when I told you that today’s post was going to explore the subject of my guru? Well…yeah. Sorry, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen quite yet. It will–it most definitely will be a subject I’ll happily dig into–but right now I’m so hopelessly distracted by my most recent project that I decided to put it off for just a little bit longer. Mostly because Guru is a subject near and dear to my heart, and my fragmented mind … Continue reading

Vegan Blueberry Muffins & My Titiksha Test (of the day)

Titiksha – (Sanskrit) Endurance or forbearance to withstand all forms of challenges in life

When I first stumbled across the concept of titiksha I knew immediately that this was something I wanted. Wanted pretty desperately, actually. Even-mindedness in all conditions. I could only imagine a life in which I could interact with other humans and not get angry. Or defensive. Or frustrated. It sounded too good to be true for someone like me, whose ego flared at the slightest inconvenience. Sure, it worked for the monks in their quiet little monasteries, but could it work for me in a loud … Continue reading

Vegan Q&A ~ But Don’t You MISS Meat?

I remember being at a party years ago and I somehow (likely not through my own doing) ended up in a conversation about diet. The person I was talking to looked right at me–intently–and asked, But don’t you miss meat? He clearly didn’t like my “no” and, somewhat frustrated, turned to a vegetarian across the room. Posing the question again, this time he got the answer he was looking for and, satisfied, the conversation moved on to other topics. I could have pursued it, because he never asked me, Why not? Or if I had ever missed meat. Which … Continue reading

Vegan Maple Granola Recipe & More Monday Musings

Day 1

I would say that, on average, it takes me about three days to compose a blog post. The first day is really just spent furiously typing; a release of those thoughts banging around up there. The ideas are still jumbled, the whole story hasn’t been formed, and it’s just a pressing matter of getting the words down on paper. Recently, I added a blog tool that helps me with SEO (search engine optimization) so that when you type something into your search bar, somehow (some day) you end up with Follow Us Home as an option. In addition … Continue reading

Vegan Spiced Apple Chia Parfait

My intention for this week’s post was to start answering questions in my vegan series. I had a thought all picked out, my facts were checked, my ideas were organized…and then? As usual, things didn’t go quite as planned. (Yeah, I know. I say that all the time now.) I did manage to pull together a tasty vegan spiced apple chia parfait recipe, though, which keeps me somewhat on track and allows me to pretend that I’m still running this whole show. (It’s okay, laugh if you want. I am, even as I type out these words, because we both … Continue reading

My Vegan Life

 

My vegan life. Right off the bat I can tell you that this post probably won’t be an easy one for me to write. In fact, I’ve already written (and rewritten) these first four sentences several times, and I’m still not sure what direction this is going to take. See, I’ve been here before, in discussions about veganism, and it usually doesn’t end pretty. Honestly, until very recently it almostĀ never ends on a pretty note. There’s a scene in my book, a confrontation between a vegan and a non-vegan, that many readers will probably think I dumbed … Continue reading