How I Became A Vegan

I remember the day like it was yesterday. My daughter, Mahriyanna, was having a traumatic time where she was living with friends in Oceanside, California. I was living in San Diego. We decided to meet at the Presidio Park mass transit station. When I saw her, I was overjoyed because we had been apart for weeks. “Let’s go to Comi-Con,” I said. We didn’t have anything we had to do–and why not visit this very famous conference where lots of things would be happening outside and for free.

When we got to the crowded festival, we wandered around and noticed the sign in the picture below. A friendly woman called out, “We’ll pay you a dollar to watch a four minute video.” Having no idea what we were in for, we took the risk.

I was actually happy to see that this was a video promoting animal rights and trying to persuade people to go vegan. The blinders were taken off my vegetarian eyes. I had been a vegetarian for the past 40 years. About one year before this viewing, I saw a video that exposed how bad dairy and eggs were, but I was in denial. I loved my pizza and my omelets.

When I watched the video, I finally allowed myself to realize that animal raised for dairy and egg industry suffered even more than those raised for meat consumption. I wept.

After watching, a friendly young man asked me what I thought about the video and if I would commit to being a vegan for a certain number of days a week. I said, “I hated it. and I am going to be a vegan for 7 days a week.”

I’ve been vegan ever since.

Here is the video I was shown:



The Community Center: A Yome

At this point the only usable structure on our land is a Yome which is pictured above. Although it is only 300 square feet, there will be minimal furniture and thus room for a circle of about 20 people. There is a wood stove, so it can be heated in the winter. A small outdoor kitchen could be utilized on the deck.

This can also be used for a co-working space. We could have folding tables which serve as temporary desks.

Having a common house where community members can gather is one of the essentials of starting a healthy community.  People could sleep in tents, or vehicles, or other simple structures.

The people who come first will be hardy pioneers who enjoy being outside most of the time. There will be lots to do to help make the land into a permaculture paradise.

But we can also work on the first business that I can see as being profitable–a team organizing business where we go into impossible situations and help people downsize and de-clutter. I also am working on creating an online organizing course so there can be online income.