Masked Bandit Visits


Photo by Suzanne

Last night my cat was going wild knocking at the blinds in the middle of the night. I got up to find two very healthy and beautiful Raccoons on our front deck. Note: we live in a condo so they climbed up from the ground level up the roof. Perhaps a natural predator like a coyote chased them up they to higher ground as we have nothing on our deck for them. Anyhow they left the front deck and then turned up on our back deck. I found them busy cleaning and preening themselves. This is a photo I captured at 3am of one saying goodbye as they slipped away. So cute!


Guest Blogger: Saving the world one bite at a time – Cruelty-Free Beauty for Boys and Girls

Guest Blogger: Saving the world one bite at a time – Cruelty-Free Beauty for Boys and Girls.–515-chemicals-women-bodies-day.html



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Celebrating Veganism by EVOLVE! Campaigns

November is World Vegan Month and at the end of this the first week I thought I would share this kind soft message about being Vegan as a reminder for those of us thinking about the lifestyle perhaps considering to move from Vegetarian to Vegan and for those us either just starting out a reminder to keep going, the rewards are extensive, and for those long term even lifetime Vegans to thank them for paving the path for the rest of us.

How a Hong Kong alley rat changed a young couple’s life

Meet the lovable Mr. Tiffany (Mr. T for short): pen thief, beer drinker, and all-around lovable rodent.

“He was a street rat, no more than a few days old. His life had begun in the grimy alley beside our apartment in Hong Kong, and to most people, he would have embodied filth and disease. But we saw instead a fragile, unknowable life, and in the three years that followed, we came to see him as no average soul.” Read more via link below ….

In between the hype from last nights US Election I saw the headline “How a Hong Kong alley rat changed a young couple’s life” and read it. It reminded me how the labels we give animals separates from what is “good” animal to what is “not good” animal.  The innocence of this story reminds us that all animals have a place that such as this story can be life changing. What this couple did was an enormous gift of giving to what society would label “awful creature that must be killed” – many others would have passed by Mr. T in repulsion yet this couple picked it up and discovered more about themselves through Mr. T than perhaps any amount of soul searching book reading lectures of offerings of human wisdom would have offered.  Hence Mr. T’s story reminds me why I became a Vegan which at first was about health which eventually turned to my life long love for animals now labeled by society into categories of what is a pet for us what is food for us and what we should be scared of.

Thanks so much for the inspiring story.

Phillip’s Natural World – My Heart – A Blog Share about the challenges Vegetarians and Vegans face

I found this blog post below from Phillip’s Natural World recently and thought it was a good one to share as he points out several interesting pieces about being vegan with the challenges faced including the difficulty of finding appropriate food along with other people who challenge you for eating this way with eye-rolling and the difficulties of being in hospital after heart surgery and getting the food for his lifestyle.

Phillip’s Natural World

“I started going vegetarian even before I knew I had heart disease. I couldn’t rationalize my love of animals and the environment with the meat-eating lifestyle in which I’d been indoctrinated. I’d seen enough documentaries about the industrialized animal production industry to know that it was a horrible business that I could not support.” See more at his blog which is below.