A Simple and Unique Case for Veganism

Examining why eating a plant-based diet so special and powerful

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As I head into my fourth year of being vegan, my conviction surrounding it being an important part of my life grows only stronger. I’ve been ruminating on why that is, and I think I’ve found an answer.

No other way of eating is rooted in love and compassion.

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Reading Log: Buddhism for Beginners

An approachable intro to Buddhism using a question and answer format

I’ve been interested in Buddhism since around the time I started meditating last year. I’ve watched some videos and done some reading. I understand the core tenants, but it’s all still quite new to me. A few months ago at the local hippie bookstore in Portland I saw the book Buddhism for Beginners by Thubten Chodron and decided to pick it up. It sat on my bookshelf unread until last week.

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Frugality for Beginners

Getting started with spending less

Frugality gets a bad reputation. Like any practice, it can be taken to a comical extreme. But I think there is a lot of merit to trying to live a more frugal life.

The first handful of synonyms in the thesaurus for frugality are: thrifty, economical, careful, cautious, prudent, provident, unwasteful. That last one in particular stands out to me. Not wasting. That’s a very noble quality. Not wasting money or food or resources in general.

So let’s shift our perspective on frugality. Let’s run with it being an admirable way to approach living a healthy and balanced life. How does one even be frugal, particularly in respect to finances?

It’s simple: buy less stuff you don’t need.

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Lessons Learned from an Expensive Vacation

Why we’re rethinking our approach to personal travel

My wife and I got back to Portland, OR from a trip to the island of Kauai in Hawaii. We spent seven nights there and had a nice time. It was great to spend a full week together, get away from our work, see somewhere new, and soak up the sun. But that all came with a price tag. While we enjoyed the trip, we realized after reflecting on it together that we’d like to approach our travels a bit different in the future.

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Reading Log: Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

I finished reading Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier a couple of weeks ago, and it was a fantastic read. The intended outcome of reading the book is probably obvious based on the title, but all of the arguments are convincing and logical.

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