Marin Vegetarian Education Group
E-Mail Address Lists Lost
Mea Culpa! In the midst of a stressful week I inadvertently
re-named and then deleted forever the MarinVEG mailing list. As a
Buddhist, I am accepting this as
practice in letting go. As an activist for animals and health I
grieving the ability to send a monthly newsletter to you and
We are working to restore the lost lists, but we may not succeed.
while you can always read the monthly newsletters at www.MarinVEG.org,
if you wish to receive it by email every month , please send an
to Eatplants@earthlink.net with
the subject line NEWSLETTER. Please
share this new hassle with anyone else you know who may have been on
the list or who may want to join. I apologize for this lapse in
communication. May your holiday season be stress free and error free.
And if it isn't, may you accept stress and errors with a sense of humor
and a measure of equanimity.
In Loving Memory of Marti Kheel
We mourn the death of Marti Kheel, activist, feminist, friend. She was
the co-founder of Feminists for Animal Rights and the author of
Ethics, an Eco-Feminist Perspective. For a longer tribute to Marti, go
An excerpt from that blog: Marti's compassionate life,
her work, was fully engaged; she didn't just theorize about nonviolence
and care, but she lived and died by those values. We will
Cafe Gratitude to Close
All of the Northern California Cafe Gratitudes and Gracias Madre
will be closing, according to the Cafe Gratitude web site
They report that a series of "aggressive law
suits' is to blame, but the Huffington Post reports that there may be
more to the story than that
We may never know the full story, but we will always love the
restaurants. Albeit pricey, the food was always wonderful, and the
spirit of gratitude always appreciated. The restaurants will
open for several months, so enjoy Cafe Gratitude while you can.
Genuto Now In Stores
Barry Schenker and Diana Rebman's delicious Genuto, a vegan gelato,
is now available in Oakland's Whole Foods Market and slated to come to
Fairfax's The Good Earth during December. These smooth, nut based
alternatives to soy and rice based frozen desserts are made with
organic nuts and very few other ingredients. Congratulations and
you to Barry Schenker on bringing these delicious desserts to the
public. To learn more, go to http://genuto.com
Time for Giving
As this holiday season becomes more frenzied, I want to recommend a
calming ritual that supports the spirit of joy and generosity. Write a
check and send it to an organization that makes your dreams come
When I write a check to Vegan Outreach or The Food Empowerment Project,
I know that I am putting my money where my mouth is, supporting work
that creates a sustainable, vegan world. When I write a check to the
Animals and Society Institute or to Physicians' Committee for
Responsible Medicine, I know that I am funding the end of violence and
indifference toward animals. Money I send to The St. Vincent
Society in San Rafael is helping hungry people, homeless people, and
those struggling to keep their homes. I suggest writing a check,
clicking "give now" at a web site, because when you write the check you
can add a note of gratitude for the work you are supporting. Go
web site to learn the mailing address, and write the check with a
joyful heart. You can even ask the organization to make your gift
twice: Give in honor of a friend or loved one, and that person will
receive a note from the organization, telling her that you
made a gift in her honor.. (Be sure to ask for this and be sure to
include the honoree's address.) By sending a check to a group that
shares your world view, you cut back on buying stuff
for people who don't need more stuff and instead bring them into the
warmth of your caring and generous heart. One final note: Please
choose an organization other than MarinVEG. While we appreciate your
generous impulse, we are stable financially and know that dozens of
other not for profit organizations need the gifts support more
than we do.
NY Times Bestsellers
It is a striking sign of success when a book appears on the New
York Times Bestseller list. This year saw many vegan books on the list,
and this is a sign of the growing success of the vegan movement. More
and more people can pronounce the word vegan, and more and more
restaurants are catering to vegans with at least one vegan
Currently on the NY Times bestseller list are Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Eat to
Live, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease,
Forks Over Knives, edited by Gene Stone and with an introduction by Dr.
Esselstyn and Dr. T. Colin Campbell. If you haven't read these
wonderful books yet, now is the time. Or give one as a gift to
you know who wants to be healthy.
Vegetarian or Vegan House Mate Wanted
There is still one room available in a beautiful shared home in San
Rafael. For more information, call Louise at 472-7786. Also, you can
read more about the home in our November newsletter:
Peace On Earth
For many years I have reprinted this short essay by C. David Coats
in the MarinVEG December newsletter. Jennifer Raymond included it
her marvelous cookbook The Peaceful Palate, and I included it in my
book, How to Eat Like a Vegetarian, Even If You Never Want To Be
The author is from Australia, which explains the references to
kangaroos and dingoes. Wherever we live, the message is still
May you enjoy peace at your table and in your life during these
holidays and always.
Peace on Earth
Isn't man an amazing Animal? He
kills wildlife—birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes,
groundhogs, mice, foxes, and dingoes—by the million in order to protect
domestic animals and their feed.
Then he kills domestic animals by the
and eats them. This in turn kills man by the million, because eating
animals leads to degenerative—and fatal—health conditions like heart
kidney disease, and cancer.
So then man tortures and kills
millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.
Elsewhere, millions of other
human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food
could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.
Meanwhile, some people are dying of
sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so
once a year sends out cards praying for “Peace on Earth.”
by C. David Coats
in 1991 as Vegetarians In Marin, Marin VEG is now a project of the
VegNews Network, and a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.
gift of $20 or more you will receive – along with our gratitude – a one
year subscription to VegNews magazine (or a one year renewal of
your current subscription).
To receive a monthly e-newsletter from MarinVEG, please send an email
to Eatplants@Earthlink.net with the word Newsletter in the subject line.