The Missing Piece Meets the Big O

LOVE LOVE LOVing this for three reasons:

  1. Shel Silverstein is super cool and all of his work is wonderful. I love songs/movies/books that you can draw a different meaning from each time you experience them and I definitely get that from his work.
  2. Children’s books that teach lessons which can be more relevant to adults than children rock.
  3. I love when people read to me and watching this was like having that : )

I think it means that you need to complete yourself. There is a quote “Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” And sometimes someone can complete you by allowing you to complete yourself. I think.

Review: The 100 Mile Diet

I recently read The 100 Mile Diet, a book about a year of local eating. I was disappointed with this book. It made local eating sound very difficulty (nearly impossible) and depressing. Also most of the recipes they featured were not vegan which is a problem for me. The biggest draw of this book is not the writing itself (which I found to be voiced in an ancient and at times out of touch way), but the movement it has inspired.

Reading this book has forced me to think much more about eating locally and consumption in general. When the concept of eating locally was first brought to my attention (Buy Local or Die anyone?) I thought it would be impossible in the Vancouver area. Sure, it is easy for someone who lives in a tropical avocado paradise to eat locally but what about those of us who live in a place where the closest thing grown locally to a pineapple is a pine cone? The book greatly surprised me with the abundance of local food available here in BC. This book has really been revolutionary in changing the local marketplace as well. Just today I read an e-mail proclaiming that the local SFU Pocket Farmer’s Market will now carry local flour (something the authors searched far and wide for). As the demand for local food grows so does the marketplace, it’s amazing. The more I learn about local foods the more enticing they become.

Go visit a farmer’s market. Make a trip to a U Pick this summer. Cook at home. Make things. Blog about them.

You might even want to live on a farm for a while. I’m certainly considering it. Check out World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.

PS: Did you know they grow Stevia in BC? COOL!

Review: Vegan Freak

The last book read was Vegan Freak by Bob Torres and Jenna Torres (yes they are a couple and yes I think it’s adorable). I love the cover and carrying the book around was a great conversation starter (I was sad to return it to the library). As someone who has been vegan for a while (a little over a year now) most of the information was not new to me. After a while you get used to dealing with common questions and you learn how to find things you can eat. I expected the book would deal more with social ethics, something I am struggling with. For example, what to do when someone gives you a non-vegan gift and similar situations. I also disagreed with some of their advice. I do not think you should get rid of all your non-vegan things. I still have shoes with leather and will wear them until they wear out. Waste is a huge problem in North America and throwing things out only contributes to this. Also, when you give things away to people it tells people that it’s okay for them to continue to be non-vegan. I am a huge advocate for up-cycling and reuse. I would love for the world to stop abusing animals but I don’t think we should waste all the animal products currently in existence.

For new vegans this book may be very helpful and I enjoyed the comical and entertaining voice they write with. Read this book with a grain of (sea?) salt and form your own opinions. Reading vegan books if a great way to open dialogue (skytrain conversation anyone?) and promote the cause.

Review: No Impact Man + Promises

This is from a while ago. I am just finishing it now… Enjoy!

No Impact Man Book CoverI had a somewhat sleepless night last night. I think I was up past 4:30AM, however because of my restlessness I was able to finish reading Colin Beavan’s book “No Impact Man”. Coincidentally (or magically? : P) he responded to the e-mail I wrote him yesterday as well with a simple “Thanks Jenni!”. I found the book to be much better than the movie but they compliment each-other well. The book explains some of the things that were unclear in the film. I’d like to share a short selection from my favorite passage:

“…the question isn’t wether or not I make a difference. The question is wether I want to be the type of person who tries. We can all make a difference. We all have the responsibility to make a difference.”

This mentality kinda relates back to a thought i’ve been having lately. I think, in general, in is better to break promises than not make them at all. Of course, if you can keep your promises that is even better but by making a promise you show that you care. Let’s look at a few examples. When I was little my Dad promised to take me to Disneyland. I am 18 now and have never been to Disneyland with my Dad. It’s too bad that we haven’t been able to make this trip together but by him making the promise it showed me that we wanted to take me and that the desire/thought was there. For another example, I was talking with this boy a while back (ooo scandalous aren’t I hehe). I remember him saying to me “I’m not making any promises but…” and I remember thinking that I don’t really want to spend a great deal of time with anyone who doesn’t care enough to make me a promise. Someone who doesn’t care enough to try, or doesn’t have the desire to, isn’t the best choice of friend. But enough about promises, back to No Impact Man.

The book was really well written, which is probably why I finished it so quickly. It was very funny and entertaining while still communicating the information. My only criticism would be it was a little vague at times. For example, he never really talks about what they used instead of toilet paper. While I understand his need for privacy, specific information about parts of the project would have been helpful to me, as I would like to implement portions of it in my own life.

They’ve started a site where people can take part in a “No Impact Week” Challenge. I don’t know that i’ll be able to take part in this until my show is done but this summer I PROMISE I am going to have a no impact week. And i’ll be sure to blog about it : )

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson Book Cover

I finished reading John Green’s new collaboration with David Levithan, “Will Grayson, Will Grayson”. What an excellent book. It was really an entertainment novel and by that I mean that It reads much like a movie or TV show. I found myself laughing out loud (actually) several times. In fact, I think the David Levithan bits were a bit funnier than the John Green bits. I’ll have to check out his other books. I laughed and got teary eyed a little at times, it was very well done. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending… I think I was expecting some sort of closure (an epilogue maybe?).

“it’s like, you know how sometimes you see a really sexy baby? wait…”

If you like musical theatre, emo kids, or relationships i’m sure you will enjoy this book!

Endnote: This guy reminds me the slightest bit of Tiny Cooper. Just putting that out there.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Last week I finished reading Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”.

I think this is my favorite book (probably because i read it most recently hehe). The first half was really funny, so many good lines and funny moments.

“It was so delicious, it almost scared me.”

I think people out of high school with some life experience will especially appreciate some of the scenarios and the humor. It was like looking back and going yup been there. The author really captures that phase of life.

“Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.”

The end was very touching and it taught me some valuable lessons. I won’t ruin it for you but basically in order to really love someone you need to show them you love them through actions. Love isn’t something imaginary in your head, it is proven. Wise words Charlie. SuperForest introduced me to tis video and I think it helps illustrate what I mean.

You see, saying those things and talking about them (though beautiful) doesn’t mean anything. Neither does thinking them. To really love someone you need to do those things and share the experiences with the person. It can’t be in your head, because that’s not love, that’s just a crush. I shared this with a friend and they said it would be good on stage… I think i’m writing a monologue : )