Archives for March 2011

My Big Fat Vegan Kidney Donation

I had often thought when I encountered cruelty and neglect that there was a whole army of people who did these unspeakable things, a great, unheeding horde who never spared a thought for the feelings of the helpless creatures who depended on them. It was frightening in a way, but thank heavens there was another army ranged on the other side, an army who fought for the animals with everything they had – with their energy, their time, their money.” – James Herriot What’s the awesomest gift you can give someone? Their life back, right? That’s what I had been thinking for a while. And so, I had been looking into donating a kidney. From my research I knew that the surgery was really safe (only 2/10,000 fatality rate, lower than for appendectomies), and that you can survive perfectly well with just one kidney. Really what you’re looking at is a bit of inconvenience in exchange for…saving someone’s life. Sign me up! My research eventually led me to a popular site called, and even though … [Read more...]

Announcing Vegan Protest Fuel

I recently helped start Vegan Protest Fuel, which delivers delicious, sustaining vegan meals to peaceful protesters advocating for democracy and social justice. In just over a week, we collected more than $1000 in grassroots donations from throughout the U.S. and Canada, and delivered hundreds of delicious vegan meals and snacks to Wisconsin protesters. We're expanding to other towns and other protests! For more information, to donate, or to have us at your protest, visit . … [Read more...]

Fantastic Video

I urge everyone to view this remarkable video of Egyptian activist Wael Ghonim ("the Google guy") on the role social media played in the Egyptian revolution. This is why I'm optimistic about the future: … [Read more...]

Tiger Mom Redux

I had a stupendous response to the Tiger Mom/King's Speech piece - it obviously struck a nerve. Here's a sampling: Confirming my decision to critique Amy "Tiger Mom" Chua's parenting style: "Not only we have the right to criticize abuse of any sort, it is our obligation to do so, and stand up for the weak!" Disputing my point, "Perfectionism = bullying = coercion: all lead, with rare exception, to underproductivity": "I do not agree with the emphasis on productivity without mentioning happiness, which is life's purpose...When one is happy, the sky is the limit.  But putting all the attention on productivity also sounds like a part of an unhealthy regime." HR Comment: I agree! I use productivity to mean productivity in all areas of life, including relationships, fun, personal growth, etc. - never just work - so I'm sorry that wasn't clearer. Two comments compared Chua to Sarah Palin: "I don't think she, herself, believes the bilge she wrote....Probably wants a new or ancillary career as a political/social … [Read more...]