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Journey with me through the Sonoma Wine Country as I share my experience eating vegan food, drinking wine, and talking to a wine-making hunter, who invited me to join him on one of his hunts. In this episode, I offer my thoughts about "vegan wines."

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Hi Colleen,

I'm at work now and it's super hectic (am on a break!) but I made the smart choice of listening to your latest podcast (I've listened to them all and have actually started going through them again the second time!) and I wanted you to know that I had a moment where everything just clicked and made sense:

For years I have been inspired by various spiritual leaders - it really intensified with A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and the shows he did on the subject with Oprah and currently I'm reading A Return to Love by Marianne Williams.

I didn't necessarily connect the dots between listening to your podcasts and becoming vegan in the process to the fact that I obviously have a need and really want to connect to my true (and compassionate!) self but it is all connected and being vegan is not separate from wanting to become more spiritual - it's all the same thing!

I am SO excited about the May retreat and even more so after listening to your podcast earlier - I believe it was...

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The problems we have in this world are not because we have so much compassion we don’t know what to do with it. The problems we have are because people aren’t living according to their own values of kindness and compassion. What does it mean to live according to compassion? Today I share with you The 10 Principles of Compassion as I see them. Please add your comments below to share your thoughts.

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Have you ever been asked this question? I'm asked it all the time.

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The well-intentioned rallying cry to “change the world” becomes louder and more hashtag-worthy, especially as Earth Day approaches. A search on Google garners millions of results for articles to help people make a difference:

*10 Things That Even YOU Can Do to Change the World

*30 Things You Can Do to Change the World in 30 Seconds

*50 Ways YOU Can Change the World without Leaving Your Favorite Chair.

The problem is that we're asking the wrong thing of people. It’s not that we CAN change the world. It’s that we ARE changing the world. What we need to do is STOP changing the world -- and change ourselves instead.

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People tend to experience a certain amount of shock at the idea that vegans don’t eat eggs at Easter. The implication is that we can’t eat in such a way that reflects our values of compassion and honors tradition at the same time – as if these two things are mutually exclusive.

The bottom line is our holiday foods and rituals are often symbols for something much deeper. In being attached to the form (turkeys at Thanksgiving, eggs at Eastertime), we risk losing the true meaning of whatever it is we are celebrating or honoring. If we uncover the meanings of these symbols, we find that a plant-based menu better reflects the values and significance of these holidays.

A more authentic and consistent—and compassionate—symbol for spring would be a flower bulb or vegetable seeds or a tree. In fact, they are MORE than just a symbol in that they really do hold (and deliver!) the promise of a flower or vegetables or leaves and fruit. What better way for our children to understand the processes of nature—that with tenderness, attention, and water—there is a beautiful (and even...

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On my last visit to Seattle, Washington 12 years ago, there were just a handful of vegan restaurants. Vegan donuts? Yes. (Yay!) A 100% vegan store? Yes. (Yay!) But just a few vegan restaurants. Of course as vegans, we're never at risk of starving, but darnit, it's just so much better when we can enjoy delicious, beautiful, creative food in a restaurant and not have to pick the only vegan-izable thing on the menu. Thank you to all of the restauranteurs who made this trip an edible adventure. Take a listen for my favorite places in Port Townsend and Seattle.

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I’ve heard every justification for the consumption of animals, but I was a bit stunned when I heard someone claim that vegans should eat oysters because bivalves are "basically plants." No doubt there are grey areas in this whole attempt to live as compassionately as possible. But even the fuzzy lines are still lines. If I let you eat oysters, would you stop eating cows?

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Cat cafes have become a popular trend all around the world, but who do they ultimately serve? Are they just about the schtick, or can they play a role in helping people adopt homeless cats? Today's podcast episode explores this topic, offers some questions we should be asking, and provides a model that other cat cafes might follow.

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In the old debate between "cat people" and "dog people", Colleen Patrick-Goudreau thought she had to choose. But no more.

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