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The 30-Day Vegan Challenge is the ULTIMATE guide for transitioning to a healthy, compassionate lifestyle, and it's the ULTIMATE resource for vegans. Packed with tools, tips, recipes, and menu ideas, it answers every question related to eating, cooking, nutrition, and the social aspects of living vegan, including eating out, holidays, living with non-vegans, etc. We already know the material inspires vegans. Now, we need to get this book in as many hands as possible -- for the animals, both human and non-human. Here's how!

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Celebrate the publication of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge (New Edition) with Colleen by joining her at Oakland's premier vegetarian restaurant (and Colleen's favorite) for vegan hors d'oeuvres, wine, and camaraderie. Colleen will be selling and signing copies of her beautiful hardcover and looks forward to seeing you there! Grab your ticket below, or visit the event page for more information/map, etc.



We chose Tuolumne County as our 22nd county to sleep in primarily because it would be cold. Since we were going on December 30th-December 31st, we wanted to be in the Sierra foothills and have a proper wintry experience. Besides, having already covered Amador, El Dorado, Nevada, and Lodi, Tuolumne -- as another county filled with old mining towns -- was just waiting to be checked off our list.

Just over a 2-hour drive from Oakland, we arrived in Jamestown at lunchtime. A sleepy Western town with old buildings from the mid-1800s, Jamestown has a population of just over 3,000. A number of places were closed, but we enjoyed the architecture of many of the preserved buildings, many of them boasting signs that told the history of the town and the people. My favorite was one that read: "Spitting on the Sidewalk PROHIBITED: Penalty $5.00 to $100.00." Still not sure if that was put up in the 19th century or 21st. My second favorite was sandwich board outside a hair salon was decidedly contemporary. It read: "Free Beer...


According to Southern American folklore, if you want luck and prosperity in the year ahead, black-eyed peas should be eaten on New Year's Day (or at midnight on New Year's Eve). Unluckily for the pigs, bacon is often added during the cooking of these beans - not for luck - but for salt. The recipe below from The Vegan Table, relies on table salt and liquid smoke for the same effect. Lucky for us. Lucky for the pigs! Serves 4 to 6


1 tablespoon olive oil or water for sauteing

1 large yellow onion, finely diced

1 red bell pepper, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 cups ripe tomatoes, chopped (or one 15-ounce can diced tomatoes)

1⁄4 cup water

1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil

1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme

1⁄4 teaspoon liquid smoke

3 cups cooked brown rice

2 cups cooked black-eyed peas

Dash of hot sauce (optional)

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Heat the oil or water in a large...


I've been a film junkie since I was a wee lass in New Jersey and got to stay up late watching The Dirty Dozen (1967) with my Pa. My husband wasn't a film junkie when we met, but just as I inspired him to share my affinity for chocolate and kale, so, too, have I made him crave the celluloid crack. Serendipitously, we share the same taste in movies, and it's one of the ways we bond -- and compete. That is to say, there's no one else I'm able to play the Silver Screen Edition of Trivial Pursuit with; the films covered span from the 1930's to the 1970's.

Watching movies is also a way we relax, and so we watch a fair number of them -- mostly at home but sometimes in the theatre. Luckily, we live close to enough theatres that screen the kinds of movies we prefer: old and sometimes silent. I give you my favorites on a scale of 1 to 10. (The comments in quotes are mind, and what follows is IMDB's summary.)

Interrogation (1989) "Devastating and Perfect." (9 out of 10) - Tonia goes out drinking. She wakes up in...



According to a recent study, the majority of people who become vegetarian / vegan go back to eating meat and animal products after a short time. One reason seems to be the lack of support or community. In today's episode, we return to our 10 Stages of What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals / Become Vegan and focus on what I think is the make-or-break stage for people: Stage 6: Finding a Sense of Community and Belonging.Thank you to listener support and that of American Anti-Vivisection Society and

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As part of a larger plan to regulate the treatment of circus animals in Oakland, an ordinance to ban the use of bullhooks on elephants was brought before the City Council earlier than expected. It cannot be overstated how much this was due to the commitment and compassion of City Council Members Dan Kalb, Noel Gallo, and Libby Schaaf (also Mayor Elect!). They understood the basic morality behind this ban and worked incredibly hard to make sure this ordinance passed. They need to be thanked by constituents and non-constituents alike. (Please click on each of their names above to send them a quick thank you via email!)

The main opponents of the bill, of course, were the people who gain the most, namely those who exploit animals for human pleasure. Feld Entertainment, owner of Ringling Circus, had originally threatened to pull all of their shows (animal and non-animal) from Oakland (thus threatening jobs of union workers and revenue to the city), and...



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