Tag Health & Wellness

Vegan Life and the Just Diet

Over a year ago I converted from vegetarian to vegan. Since then I have had to explain my choice to countless people. Even after my explanation, many of them still seem perplexed about why I would refuse to eat meat. They treat veganism as a thing of mystery, as though those who freely adopt a different diet have decided to live silently with Buddhist monks on a mountaintop. Not all

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For every single mother working three jobs. . . .

The hulking figure across the table glared at Howard Collins, pointed at him, and said, “Hey, I pay your salary, man. You have no right to hold out on me. You know damn well I’m allergic to Tramadol. I need Percocet. I’m in pain! Can’t you see that?” Howard considered the irony. He had spent several years and $140,000 on his education to secure his job as a physician assistant,

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Running from Death

Mitch bit into another slice of pizza and took a guess at who would win the BBQ Pitmasters episode he was watching. When the judges awarded the grand prize to a team from Georgia, he muttered, “I knew it.” He rose from the sofa and started heading toward the kitchen for another beer, but he stopped in the middle of the living room and thought, “What difference could any of

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Women’s Bean Project: Smart Assistance for Those in Need

In the 1980s, Jossy Eyre volunteered at a Denver homeless shelter. She began to realize that although that the shelter provided many essential needs, people needed a different type of support to change their lives permanently. In 1989, Eyre bought 500 dollars’ worth of beans and employed two homeless women to sell the beans, thus creating the foundation for an organization she named “Women’s Bean Project.” Four years later, King

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Everybody’s Garden

Gardening means many things, depending on why you might want it or need it in your life. Time has shaped this art from culturally diverse backgrounds, and people will continue to find more uses for it every day, especially with the Green Revolution reshaping American culture. I would like to share with you what this practice means to me as a “gardener.” Along the way, I’ll attempt to show that

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Putting Every Child at Risk

For the first time in decades, the United States is seeing a major outbreak of avoidable diseases like measles, rubella and pertussis because parents are saying “NO” to vaccinating their children for medical and religious purposes. All three of these diseases can be prevented with a series of MMR and TDaP vaccines given in early childhood. However, vaccination rates in America have been cut because of scary rumors involving vaccinations

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