Happy Vernal Equinox to all! I’m a shutterbug more than ever with the changing season.
1) Cheating a little, here’s a photo from Pi Day. I enjoyed blueberry pie with some delightful vanilla rooibos tea. The roundest thing in this pic is my iron tea-pot!
2) Shadows, splatters and afternoon walks.
3) This violet mountain laurel, commonly known as the Texas mountain laurel, is nestled by a bee. Did you know that despite their sweet fragrance, mountain laurels are incredibly toxic to most mammals, but not this bee? They’re blooming all over now in this part of the world, so keep your nose out and eyes open and you may see lovely bundles of flowers, merry bees, and the scent of grape soda.
5) These lentils hit the spot.
6) Iris in white, blooming all over.
To what purpose, April, do you return again?Beauty is not enough.You can no longer quiet me with the rednessOf little leaves opening stickily.I know what I know.The sun is hot on my neck as I observeThe spikes of the crocus.The smell of the earth is good.It is apparent that there is no death.But what does that signify?Not only under ground are the brains of menEaten by maggots.An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs.It is not enough that yearly, down this hill,AprilComes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.
Meatout Day & SFC Market Opening & Vernal Equinox
I would like to briefly discuss the importance of today on a few levels.
First, today is Great American Meatout Day, which is held on March 20th every year. (Look to their site for details of events in your area.) You might be asking yourself “What the hizzle is Meatout Day? Should I eat MORE meat?”. Well my friends, the answer is, no. Today is in fact a day of recognizing, supporting and promoting what it means to live cruelty-free and follow a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Cultivating a strong support system for your friends and loved ones is a perfect place to start emphasizing this important message. Something that truly inspired me to write this blog–because I know there are many blogs out there to read about being vegan–is that I want help spread positivity and encouragement to not only those individuals who’ve already chosen to live a cruelty-free life, but I want to reach out to those who still aren’t sure this lifestyle is for them. Nurturing those around you, while humbly educating is the perfect way to send a truthful message. Today should be more about empathizing and understanding, not pushing beliefs. If you can open up to others, they will listen and perhaps come to understand how important abstaining from consuming animal products truly is.
Here are just a few resources:
Second, to couple with the fantastic celebration of today, if you’re in the Austin area, note that today is the GRAND OPENING of the Sustainable Food Center’s Farmer’s Market East. This is the 4th market to be held in the Austin area. What a wonderful way to introduce a friend, peer or co-worker to a whole foods based diet! Take them on a stroll in your neighborhood Farmer’s Market and show them the beauty and growth of buying locally. For more details on the opening click here.
Third, today is the Vernal Equinox also known as the First Day of Spring in the northern hemisphere! New life, rejuvenation, and agriculture renewed are all themes present when one thinks of Spring, also rain! Hee.
Three unifying ways to define a day. I typically like nothing better than to have something be defined, but if ambiguity is your thing, just think of today as another moment for new beginnings. Soon to come, food prep ideas and yummy recipes.
And remember, bite responsibly.