into the popular culture is a good thing (I think). Here are
descriptions of three recent cartoons/comic strips about vegetarianism.
New Yorker, a cartoon showed two women lunching.
One said to the other that her original reason for
becoming vegetarian was health, followed by concern
for the animals and the environment, but now "I do it
just to annoy people." Dilbert ran a few strips featuring "Vegan
Mike." In one, Mike accompanies his office
mates to lunch and we see him tell the waiter that, no
he can't eat any of those fifty selections, what else
recently, Dagwood entered a pet store to buy a new leash for his
dog. The proprietor tells him that they are no longer called leashes,
but now, "a partner's walking aid." Dagwood leaves the store wondering
what's next. Don't we all?
major media entertainment cover some of "our" issues
can be a good thing. For people to find something funny in a
piece they need to have a basic understanding of the underlying issues.
I believe that it is important also for those of us who believe strongly
in the vegetarian lifestyle to be able to laugh at ourselves.
issue of the Poughkeepsie Journal came to my home in a plastic
bag that also contained a card from Dunkin' Donuts offering a free
breakfast sandwich with "ham, egg and cheese." Remembering TV's
Doublemint Twins, I wanted to paraphrase them with this one, "Yes,
three, three, three ways in one. Three ways to raise your cholesterol at
that issue of the newspaper was an article by the head of the
Dutchess County Health Department headlined "Get 5 a day in a rainbow of
healthy colors." It began "It's harvest time. What a wonderful, colorful
time of year!" It went on to explain the why and how of eating
vegetables and fruit each day. And, it did not mention the eating of any
animal products. I was expecting the usual low fat dairy and lean flesh
advice, but was pleased to see that it was absent.
easy to become discouraged when we see the all too frequent
articles about obesity ? especially among children, the rise in
diabetes, and on the ongoing cruelty to animals and degradation of the
environment. One of the best things we can do is help others become
vegetarian. We have starter kits for individuals, and guides for
restaurants at our office.
you have been taking advantage of the Fall harvest by buying
produce from local farms and visiting farmers' markets in the area. Many
of these markets continue through November. Health food stores also
carry organic produce, as do the major supermarket chains.
well through the fall can make a real difference in staying well
during the winter. Please read about our events and plan to join us. I
look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Nick's on Oct 25
and Thanksgiving on November 27.