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Solstice

It was last year’s December that allowed me to at least begin to understand the significance of the winter solstice, as it might have been experienced by those who once celebrated it en masse: gathering together in the spirit of festivity and solidarity, sharing banquets of harvest-season abundance, surrounded by fires symbolizing the return of […] Read more

The Goddess Needs Blood

Every five years, Southern Nepal becomes the setting for a two-day bloodbath said to be the world’s largest religious animal sacrifice, bringing hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees together to participate in a centuries-old tradition claiming to honor a deity called Gadhimai. According to news sources, 2009’s festival saw around a quarter of a million […] Read more

As a vegan, it’s hard not to feel heavy-hearted around Thanksgiving time. Some of us try and simply avoid thinking about the impending massacre, preferring to ignore it altogether, and some use the date as an opportunity to try and shine a little light on the reality of what Thanksgiving means for those whose bodies […] Read more

Over 280 million turkeys are slaughtered annually for human consumption in the United States, despite the fact that such consumption is unnecessary for humans and absolutely horrifying for turkeys. 45 million of those deaths occur for the ritual of Thanksgiving alone. Increasingly, as consumers are becoming more aware of the extreme cruelty of animal farming, […] Read more…

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With every new year comes a new hope for attaining the elusive peace we all long for. It’s a time when many of us ask ourselves and one another why something so simple, so desperately needed, and so seemingly in our power to create, remains so absent from the reality that is our lives, year […] Read more

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by Suzanne Hanson, Fargo, North Dakota, USA   Merriam-Webster defines the word ‘soul’ as the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life. The actuating cause of an individual life—what is veganism if not that which moves us to the core of our being? Today, we can be a vegan anything—doctor, lawyer, therapist, dishwasher, […] Read more

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Have you ever been driving on a highway and come alongside a cattle truck? Or perhaps you’ve had the experience of going fishing and feeling a pang of sympathy for both the worms wriggling on the hooks and the fish flapping their bodies, in a desperate struggle to return to life-giving water. Were you saddened […] Read more

Pioneers of Peace

On February 22nd, Gentle World’s Co-founders Light and Sun celebrated their 47th veganniversary, providing living proof that vegan human beings can not only lead an exemplary, love-filled, respectful, responsible, caring, healthy, active and vibrant life, but also inspire countless others to do the same. Becoming a vegan 47 years ago was not only forward-thinking, but also forward-feeling, as there was […] Read more

Dawn of a New Day

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by Taylor Dawn Bernarda My journey began in the summer of 2014, when I decided to take a trip to Hawaii with my two best friends, through a program called WWOOF (world wide opportunities on organic farms). We made it to our first farm on the Big Island, and things didn’t go quite as we had […] Read more

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Four weeks ago, a young Italian woman stepped in to Shangri-La and was so moved by what she learned here that she decided to write this letter to a friend. We thought it was worth sharing with our readers. Dear Frank, So much has happened since we last spoke. At that time, I was wwoofing […] Read more