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I've got a lot to say, and I do so in various mediums, including my books, National Public Radio (for whom I'm a contributor), articles, and essays. Read my writings here.

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Do you ever refer to a gaggle of geese, a pride of lions, a school of fish? These are all collective nouns, which are names of a number (or collection) of people, animals, or things taken together and spoken of as one whole. There are hundreds of these nouns of multitude, including those for animals, many of which are deeply embedded in our language despite being several hundred years old. You may refer to a gaggle of geese, a litter of puppies, a flock of ducks, a pride of lions, a pack of wolves, or a murder of crows, but do you know whence they came? Join me today as we dive deep into these little bits of poetry.

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Don’t get me wrong -- I love the commercial vegan hot dogs out there (have you tried Field Roast’s amazing frankfurters?). But, practically speaking -- aside from the health and calorie considerations -- my refrigerator is never devoid of carrots, and this is the most creative use of these carotenoid sticks that I’ve ever seen. Below, watch my appearance on FOX40 TV in Sacramento -- part of a regular vegan segment I do, then enjoy the recipe below! (More TV appearances at Press.)

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As an advocate for animals and compassionate living for over 25 years, you can imagine I've made mistakes, I've learned a bit, and I've thought a lot about what is effective -- and what is not. And so I give you 10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates. Take a listen by clicking the play button below or by subscribing to the RSS feed or listening through iTunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud.

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*The goal is to live according to compassion. The goal is not to “live according to veganism.”

*When you think being vegan is the end goal -- the badge, the destination, you get hung up on...

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I very much believe in the value of writing letters to newspapers in response to stories their journalists write about animals. Not only does it increase the chances of readers being exposed to a compassionate viewpoint that may not have been reflected in the original article, it also demonstrates to journalists that readers care about -- and want more stories about -- animals. I was thrilled to have a recent letter of mine published in the New York Times in -- of all places -- the Sports section.

"To the Sports Editor:

Re “Two Horses Die After Preakness Undercard Races,” May 22: The lives of these horses, Homeboykris and Pramedya, were as valuable to them as the winning profits are to the bettors and owners, and victories shouldn’t be celebrated where deaths are not mourned.

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The weight of a word doesn’t simply lie in its dictionary definition. Words don’t simply have denotations — they also have connotations: a number of associations and attributes that stretch beyond the literal meaning. The word “butcher” has always been associated with the killing and preparing of animals for human consumption, but a new contingency of vegetarian and vegan butchers — who cleave plant fibers rather than animal bones — have claimed this name for themselves.

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Understand animals desire freedom, close the zoos (East Bay Times guest commentary)

I wonder sometimes if things wouldn't be better for animals if we were less captivated by them. In a strange, contradictory way, our fascination with them -- even our appreciation for them -- is what causes us to harm them the most.

We're so attracted to their beauty that we adorn ourselves with their skin, feathers and fur. We're so moved by their intelligence that we force them to perform for us. We're so covetous of their strength that we seek to assimilate it by consuming and ingesting their bits and parts.

We're so intrigued by their very presence that we confine and display them just so we can gawk, observing with amazement how much like us they actually are.

Exhibiting animals -- particularly large, wild, "exotic" animals -- goes back as far as ancient times. These menageries, precursors of modern zoos, tended to be owned by the wealthy, whose human...

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Whether you're interested in a visit to Africa or not, check out this episode that not only provides details about traveling to Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas and Botswana to go on a safari but also offers thoughts on how we need to think about wild places. I also offer tips for using airline miles (rather than dollars) to fly and how to avoid long security and customs lines.

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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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