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March 25, 2010

Vegan vs. Carnivore – The Ideal vs. the Reality

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I would love to give up my carnivorous ways. I do aspire to someday be able to follow a vegan lifestyle. But, I am realistic. I am human and I am a weak human at that. I am sorry to say that a nice, juicy cheeseburger still has a lot of appeal for me.

Having said this, I will say that I love animals. I have rescued numerous pound dogs and stray cats. I have gone to great expense for my animals. I would like to believe that there is no limit to the money I would spend for the care and welfare of any of my animals.

Factory farming is horrible. It is a mercenary business at best. I am only recently becoming educated to the true horrors of this practice. I will and have spoken out against it on several occasions. I have been successful in significantly curtailing my consumption of eggs after learning about the terrible things happening in the egg industry. I wish that I could completely wean myself from all byproducts of this hateful industry. Factory farming has gotten so far away from free range that they are almost unrecognizable as the same business. And there is the crux of the problem. As soon as you label something a business, the interests of all lesser beings fall prey to the pursuit of the almighty dollar.

It would be a wonderful thing if no living creature had to give its life to provide sustenance for the human populous. There is a reality here though. There is a HUGE population of feed animals in this country. If the world went vegan tomorrow, what would happen to these animals? Who would care for them? Who would feed them? The sad reality is NO ONE. There are huge numbers of horses that go uncared for every day because they are unwanted or considered to be useless, and those are animals that we consider to be pets. How many of us would be willing to  commit to the demands of caring and feeding  the cows and pigs that would be turned loose once their ‘usefulness’ was over?

I think it is great that the universal consciousness is moving toward a vegan philosophy. It won’t happen tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope that we can adopt a philosophy more like that of the American Indian – to be grateful for the gifts of sustenance these animals give us, to treat them with respect and to honor them during their life.

March 15, 2010

Life Interrupted Presents New Possibilities

Boy, it doesn’t take much to throw me off my mark. I have had a bear of a cold for 3 weeks – yes, 3 weeks and it’s not over yet. I feel as though the dog has been dragging me around for 3 weeks and then someone threw me in the wash cycle – wash, rinse, repeat.

Needless to say, my focus has been less than lazer sharp. But, if that wasn’t enough, my computer decided to reek havoc on me as well. A crash necessitated the replacement of both my hard drives – egads! Fortunately, I live in constant fear of losing files so I have backups everywhere. But, that does not mitigate the hassle: 3 days without my laptop and another 3 days spent reinstalling files and software programs.

In the midst of all of this, I continue to work on merging my two lives (insurance advisor by day/writer-publisher by night). Sigh! What ever made me think this would be a good idea? Trying to switch back and forth between the left and right sides of my brain has proven to be quite a challenge.

I enjoy helping people to evaluate their financial situation and formulate a plan that will help them hold onto the money that they work so hard to earn. However, it is so vastly different from writing fiction. It is more than just putting on a different hat, it is like becoming people. The author, the publisher and the insurance agent, all vying for dominance.

In an effort to resolve this conflict, I have set aside my fiction writing (for the time being) in order to work on my first nonfiction project. The working title is ‘The Cardinal Sin of Capital Gains – Leaving a Better Legacy for our Children’.

In these tough economic times, perhaps I can help, in my own small way. Let’s see how it goes.

elizabeth marchand
author/publisher/insurance professional

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