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Grief Intruded

Grief came like an unwelcome intruder into my life recently.  Are we ever ready for this visitor?  I accept him only as the evidence that Love resides in my heart home. A heart without Love cannot recognise Grief, cannot leave its door open for him to enter.

Grief waits to catch me. He lurks and leaps out of the shadows, catching me unawares.

Sorrow has been in my life for a few years now, she came in when I went vegan and has never left me. But until Mum died, Sorrow was a quiet companion, sharing her space with Joy. Sorrow was welcome then – she whispered to me that I was living in a good and kind way, that the  burden of her was a badge of honour. She helped me to be strong, to stay in the struggle to liberate the other animals of earth from human oppression and domination.

Now Sorrow has become darker – she stays around me,  and I can’t find Joy. Sorrow reminds me that I have lost the only person in the world who has ever loved me unconditionally. She whispers to me now, that I am truly alone, and opens the door to Grief.

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Losing Mum

On 2 August 2017 my Mum died. It has been the hardest death I have ever had to bear – the absence of someone who has always been there, in my life for 63 years, my security as a child, so much a part of me that I feel like there’s a hole in the bottom of my soul now.

It’s not that I lived with her – I moved out of the family home in 1981, got married in 1984 and had 3 sons between 1986 and 1990.

But Mum was never far away – she visited every week when my boys were growing up and was in the world to speak to on the phone and send postcards to from holidays and visit in her flat whenever I liked. She was there, and now she isn’t.

What do I do? Where can I be, where Sorrow does not follow me? There is no refuge from Sorrow – she is now my shadow.  Perhaps one day Joy will join her, when the pain lifts and just sweet memories come through to make me laugh.

Yesterday I visited my grandmother’s grave – last visited with Mum in the early 1980s – and somehow, today, I feel better. At the graveside I felt close to my Nanny, and found myself talking to her and to Mum. I did not weep yesterday, after this.  I found some peace. It stayed with me through the evening, and in my dreams, my grandmother came. I woke with a smile, from a dream of hugging her to me.

 

This Little Activist Steals Hearts While Helping Animals

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Child activist Evan LeFevre

Some children were born to make a positive difference in the world and a six-year-old boy from Australia is one of them.

Little Evan LeFevre was named 2016’s ‘cutest vegan kid’ by PETA Kids. Since then the Melbourne native has taken to social media to keep his fans up-to-date on all his activism efforts, including attending the latest National Animal Rights Conference in Washington, D.C. early this month.

At the tender age of 4, Evan designed his own t-shirt, which says, “Don’t eat cows because they suffer & die. They don’t like it & neither do I.” 

I may need to see if I can adopt this kid. 😀

He attends events, designs t-shirts, visits farmed animal sanctuaries, and even freestyle raps!

Evan is also part of the Animal Hero Kids network, a not-for-profit organization that supports and encourages acts of compassion in children, while providing vegan education programs.

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A vegan parable

I know nobody who would not be outraged by someone who drowned puppies and kittens – although it was common practice once, with unwanted litters, of which there were many, and few people were bothered. I guess it will take a lot more time for people to wake up to the animal holocaust they are enabling with their habitual eating of products from other beings.

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If any one of us were to encounter someone who considered they were a nice person, but who liked to drown puppies and kittens, who had done this all their life and was clearly going to carry doing it for ever more, what would we do?

Would we say, ‘Why not try to drown fewer puppies and kittens?’ or ‘don’t drown puppies’, or maybe ‘don’t drown kittens’? Might we even suggest they find a different method to kill puppies and kittens; or do it in a different place? Might we campaign for better regulations to deal with how puppies and kittens should be killed?

OR

Would we say, ‘Stop this! There is no need for you to drown puppies and kittens. In fact there is no need for you to harm any other individuals because they are exactly like us in every way that matters. Stop because it makes them…

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Why don’t vegans accept your choice not to be?

Why would vegans respect a choice to inflict violence? We became vegan to take a stand, so we are hardly likely to say nothing to those who are still having animals murdered, are we?

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I didn’t write this, I share this post from a fellow blogger, who really nails the issue of why someone taking a stand for all animals (not merely a select few) cannot respect a choice to harm them.

Source: Why don’t vegans accept your choice not to be?

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On human privilege and the difficulty of being the “voice of the voiceless”

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junction-2156349_1280Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw is one of the first researcher to have coined the term “Intersectionality” to describe how various discriminations are all connected with each other and not separate. Of course, she was mostly using the term to talk about racism and white privilege.

French feminist author Christine Delphy explains that sexism is first and foremost a women’s struggle as racism is first and foremost the affair of “racialized” people. Men who address sexism must first re-examine their male privilege and white people should reexamine their white privilege. In other words, it’s mostly the victims of either who are best able to obviously talk about their experience and fight for their rights.

The problem with non-human animals is that we have taken the stance of being their voice. In all matters of human privilege over non-human animals, it is us, the privileged, who act on their…

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What will happen to the animals when the world goes vegan?

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Some of the family at Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary
Image by Ula Boyle

What will happen to all the animals if the world goes vegan?
You do realise that they’ll become extinct?
Will the planet be overrun with animals?
Who will pay for looking after the animals if it becomes illegal to eat them?
Where will the animals live while they re-adapt?
What industries will absorb the workers suddenly left without jobs?

Variations on these questions appear so often. This essay started out as a single paragraph for a cut-and-pasteable FAQ I plan to compile and I’ll no doubt condense the key points for the ‘in a nutshell’ series, but it turned out I had more to say than I realised.   As it happens, it’s been an interesting topic to consider, so apologies in advance for the length.

You do realise they’ll become extinct?

Humans first domesticated other species about 12,000 years ago…

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