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In celebration of our nine-year anniversary of the podcast. I feature the letters of listeners who have been transformed by "Food for Thought." The stories are as diverse as the listeners and reflect varied ages and backgrounds, but they all share common threads of hope and compassion. I hope you are as moved by the letters as I am humbled by them. If you ever once thought that "people don't change," then you're in for quite a treat.

This episode is dedicated to amazing animal activist Lisa Shapiro, 1964-2015. Her fire is put out but not her light. We will carry on for the animals and hold her in our hearts forever.


The best morning view that I won't see for 2 weeks. All packed up for Italy. Kitty / house sitters all set to give lots of love to my beans. Purposefully slept very little last night so I'm tired for the flight. (Wish me luck; I don't tend to sleep on planes -- even 11-hour flights!) Please know that if you don't see my kitties for a little while, you can gaze upon their cuteness from past photos. May your travels and encounters today be full of wonder. Ciao, tutti! A presto!


The innocent compassion of a child vs. the informed compassion of an adult.


Enjoyed a yummy lunch we hosted at our house with friends. Was out of town the day before so didn't have time to shop. Woke up thinking about what I had in the house. Had everything I needed to make Falafel (Chickpea) Burgers and Arugula Salad. Also the Garlic and Greens Soup (video below) for dinner - both from The Vegan Table. Had everything done by 8 am so all we had to do before they arrive was buy some buns. We put the sandwiches together once they arrived and David made his famous Kentucky Bucks. You can watch us make Kentucky Bucks below.


Woke up at 5:30 - my favorite hour. Read, watered gardens, wrote, fed and kissed kitties, called Mom to make sure she knew about her appointments today, went for a 5-mile run, showered, and returned to my computer to a slew of emails asking my opinion about the opinions being expressed about Beyonce's opinions. So, this is where I'll be sitting for several hours today -- working, writing, and opinionating. Call me the opinionator. Stay tuned.


Close up of Marcus as his naughty self eats our Persimmon tree. I opened the window and said "no Marcus - move along." And he did.

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Some people say: “Just because you’re vegan, doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Vegans eat a lot of processed foods. Processed foods are killing people. Processed foods are evil.” In today's episode, I offer my response to this idea that "processed foods" are bad for us or that they reflect poorly on veganism. The truth is we ALL eat "processed foods," and "vegan" is not a diet.

Thank you to listener supporters and to our sponsor The American Antivivisection Society.

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True story. Michiko started walking down the shrub-lined hillside with me behind her. I turned away for a moment and heard a weird sound. I turned back to see one of the young deer -- who must have been hiding in the shrub -- leap out onto the path in front of Michiko. He started hurrying away and stopped at the landing. I started speaking gently to him and he stayed where he was when I saw Michiko walking toward him. He, in turn, watched her with great interest. Then, Michiko stopped at the little patio just before the deer, plopped down on the ground, and started doing her little flirtatious roll showing the little deer how adorable her belly is. In this photo, you can see the little fawn looking at Michiko, and if you look closely, you can see her little black body just in front of the yellow flowers. She flirts with David (human), Charlie (cat), and now...I know she flirts with deer, too, when she has the chance.


It's not that we CAN make a difference. It's that we DO make a difference.


Good morning and happy Monday from Charlie. May you climb high today and lay low. ⠀


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