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Animal Cruelty at the Supreme Court

Maybe 100 years ago it would have been a joke, but not today. Today, the issue of animal cruelty is being heard at the highest court in the nation, and it’s no laughing matter. Join me in conversation with Josh Balk, vice president of farm animal protection at the Humane Society of the United States as we discuss why animals need to be top of mind all the time.

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How to Not Be Cynical About the World

WARNING: Life-changing revelation! In this episode, I explain why it’s fruitless to be surprised that a fig tree produces figs. Trust me. You’ll want to hear this. 

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Mindful Eating

In this episode, I explain the benefits of eating with awareness and provide suggestions for mindful eating. 

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My TEDx Talk: ANIMALOGY

ANIMALOGY: Change Your Language. Change the World.

I worked on this talk for years, and I’m thrilled it’s finally available for public viewing. The live TEDx event was cancelled because of Covid, but it was moved to a virtual event, which is where I presented my talk, called: ANIMALOGY: Change Your Language. Change the World.

I hope you enjoy it.

In it, I introduce the concept of animalogies, the animal-related words and phrases we use on a daily basis, and explore what they say about our perception of and treatment of animals. And I argue that they say A LOT.

So, whether you’re a lover of language or a lover of animals — or history, literature, anthropology, sociology, or all of the above — my hope is that this talk will inspire a conversation about our treatment of and regard for non-human animals. 

For the animals, thank you for watching my TEDx talk, and please share it!

14-Year Podcast Anniversary: A Humble Love Fest

Every single person who has ever written me an email or a kind comment has shaped who I am, has provided me with hope, and has guided the work I do to help create a compassionate world. May the stories you hear in this FOURTEEN-YEAR PODCAST ANNIVERSARY do the same for you.

So put your feet up (or get them moving), and take in the beautiful responses I’ve received from listeners, followers, and students this past year. I hope you are as moved by the letters as I am humbled by them.

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The Meaning of Compassion

Unfortunately, compassion is terribly misrepresented, mischaracterized, and misunderstood in our society such that many people think that if someone behaves badly (unethically, immorally, unjustly, even violently) then they don’t deserve compassion, because that would imply that you condone that bad behavior. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The truth is compassion doesn’t condone bad behavior; it helps transcend it. This is so key, because too many of us walk around thinking that if we’re compassionate to people who do bad, violent, rude or inappropriate things we’re condoning that behavior — and since of course we DON’T  condone bad, rude, violent behavior — then we think it logically follows that we have to withhold compassion … to demonstrate that we oppose that bad, violent, rude, or inappropriate behavior? Right? 

Many of us consciously or unconsciously say:

“I’m not going to have compassion for…slaughterhouse workers, animal farmers, animal abusers, hunters, people who test on animals, people who eat animals, conservatives, liberals, [fill-in-the-blank]— because…they don’t deserve my compassion,” and so we make our compassion conditional or treat it like it’s a prize to be bestowed upon someone based on merit or worth.

Compassion is a gift to be bestowed. It’s not a prize to be awarded or withheld. Where there is the absence of compassion means there is a need for more compassion — not less. 

In today’s podcast episode, I talk about the meaning of compassion in a presentation I was invited to give for a special event by Rancho Compasion, a farmed animal sanctuary founded by Miyoko Schinner. 

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Thanksgiving Without the Turkey

Gratitude, community, abundance — these are the values I celebrate when I prepare for Thanksgiving each year. Not turkey.

Please listen to this NPR / KQED Radio editorial about how to enjoy the true meaning of this holiday without hurting anyone. Listen here or below.

Animal-Friendly Gardens: Plants, Flowers, and Trees Named After Animals

The thousands of animal-related words and expressions we have in our English language illustrate how deeply connected we are to animals, and that’s never more apparent than in the names of plants — both the common names and the botanical names.

Join me on this fun journey through gardens, fields, and forests as we discover plants, trees, flowers, and fungi named after animals.

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Staying Healthy — Physically, Emotionally, Mentally — During (and After) a Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lock-down have added stress and strain to our bodies, hearts, and minds. Listen to this episode for ideas for staying healthy physically, emotionally, and mentally during this time and always. 

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They Killed Him, and It Broke Us, and It Should Have

Our country has been a tinderbox for decades — and the last three-and-a-half years have been a slow, steady, daily burn of anxiety, dread, anger, and pain.

Adding severe strain to an already volatile situation and vulnerable population, a deadly pandemic came along and pressed us even more. Job loss. Fear. Insecurity. Isolation. Debt. Disparity. Disease. Death.⁠

Severing our already-tenuous connections — as fellow Americans, as fellow human beings — we chose divisiveness, disdain, denial, mockery, and blame. Mirroring a small, selfish Twitter troll, we became no better in our rhetoric, perspective, and actions. ⁠

And then…George Floyd. They killed him, and it broke us. And it should have.⁠

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But it is precisely our shared shock, sadness, and outrage that have the potential to put us together again. We are not indifferent. We are not complacent. We are not apathetic. We witnessed. We saw. We snapped — understandably so. ⁠
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It is exactly because our vision, our expectation, our hope for a just and compassionate world has been thwarted that our anger is fueled. If we didn’t believe such a world was possible — and self-evident — we would be indifferent. ⁠

But we are not. And for that I am grateful. In that I am hopeful. ⁠

The question now is not “What have we done?” But “What will we do?” “What do we want?” and “Who do we want to be?”

The answers to these questions reflect our character and determine our destiny — both individually and collectively — and I’m both terrified and hopeful for the future. ⁠

It’s in our hands. And no one else’s. It always has been. And it always will be.