A film every “environmentalist” should see

If you’re wondering why the word “environmentalist” is in quotes, then you should definitely see this film. Cowspiracy (which is currently still available for its special Earth Day price of $1) covers the impact of animal agriculture on the planet — it’s the number-one contributor to human-induced climate change and affects everything from the rainforests to the oceans — …

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A Q&A with Earth Joy Writing author Cassie Premo Steele

A Q&A with Earth Joy Writing author Cassie Premo Steele Q: What is Earth Joy Writing? A: It is a way of interacting with the natural world that brings about empowerment, healing, and personal change. Nature has always been a source of comfort, inspiration, and wisdom for me. I wanted to be able to share …

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Fiction for Vegans

If you’re a vegan (like us) you might find yourself frustrated at times with the current crop of “must read” novels. Most contemporary novels make certain assumptions about contemporary life, such as what a “normal” family meal looks like, or how a “typical” vegan character should act. For example, vegan characters are more often than not portrayed as combative, …

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Vegan dining in Portland, Oregon

Portland is one of our very favorite places to eat…you’ve got The Sweet Hereafter, a fantastic bar with a delicious, all-vegan pub menu and incredible custom cocktails (also check out the Bye and Bye). Blossoming Lotus is another favorite, with its amazing menu and happy hour. Recently, we visited Portobello Vegan Trattoria, which we’ve wanted to try for …

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The number of book reviews matter as much as the number of stars

I found this usability study very interesting and very relevant to writers. According to the study: The flipside of this is important to be mindful of: users won’t necessarily consider the product with the highest rating average the best-rated one. Indeed, during our 1:1 usability tests, the subjects often show greater disposition towards some products …

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