Being a vegan is about having compassion — compassion for Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.
Yet we know plenty of people who aren’t vegan but are compassionate, which got us thinking: Are they actually vegan on the inside, and have they just not let their true selves emerge?
NOW YOU CAN ANSWER THE BURNING QUESTION, “AM I A VEGAN?” BY CONSIDERING THESE QUESTIONS:
🌺1. Do you close your eyes or sob during certain Disney movie scenes?
🌾2. Do you know SeaWorld sucks?
🌱3. Do you boycott plastic straws and keep a reusable one in your purse, car, etc.?
♥️If you’ve stopped using plastic straws to save fish, the next step is definitely refusing to eat fish to save them.
🌿4. Are there certain animal body parts that you refuse to eat?
We have this friend – let’s call her Sheila. We attended a wedding once at which the buffet included, among other things, BBQ ribs. As we filled our plates, Sheila turned and said something like, “I can’t eat ribs — it freaks me out that it’s, like, a ribcage.”
🐩5. Would you stop whatever you’re doing to help a stray dog?
🎀6. Do you buy cruelty-free cosmetics?
⭐7. Do you only buy faux fur?
🐈8. Would you sometimes rather hang out with animals than with people?
🌏9. Do you use reusable shopping bags?
🌏10. Do you support oppressed communities and recognize that supremacist viewpoints are whack?
🦊11. Do you freak out when almost hitting an animal while driving a car?
Remember: Good defensive driving techniques can help save more than just human lives!
✨12. Did you try “The Daniel Plan” for Lent?
😢13. Do you feel bad for animals in zoos?
😊14. Do you consider yourself an “animal lover”?
😊15. Do you like Beyond Burgers?
😢16. Do you think bullfighting is a disgrace?
🍦17. Do you buy vegan ice cream at the grocery store?
🚗18. Do you move snails to a safe place before pulling your car out of the driveway?
😢. Do you know that tiger selfies harm animals?
👼. Would you help a dog left in a hot car?
👼. Do you refuse to buy tickets to circuses that use animals?
😢. Does your heart break when you see live lobsters in grocery store tanks?
⭐. Do you do your part to reduce food waste?
🦁. Did your childhood BFFs include your stuffed animals?
🚗 Do you drive a hybrid or electric vehicle?
🌏. Do you recycle?
🐀. Do you choose humane rodent control over lethal methods?
♥️. Are you a feminist?
🐝. Do you refuse to buy honey in order to help save bees?
🌱. Do you feel guilty eating animal-derived foods in front of your vegan friends?
🎀. Do you catch bugs in your house and release them outdoors?
😫. Do you think raw meat looks gross?
😪. Do you refuse to hit “play” on any PETA videos marked “graphic”?
👼. Would you rather go naked than wear fur?
😫. Do you think trophy hunters have something seriously wrong with them?
😫. Would you refuse to eat your dog?
♥️. Do you have a favorite animal?
🍦. Do you choose almond, soy, coconut, oat, or other vegan milk over cow’s milk?
✨. Have you stopped eating “red meat”?
🐟. Are you a pescatarian?
🌽. Are you a vegetarian?
🐇. Does seeing fish, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, chinchillas, reptiles, birds, or other small animals at pet stores make you tear up?
If you answered yes to any of these, we’ve got news for you:
You’re a vegan!
OK, so maybe you’re not quite vegan yet … but clearly, there’s some compassion inside you that’s dying to be unleashed!
So let your inner vegan take hold. Ditching meat during Lent or eating animal-free when you’re with your vegan friends is great, but if you really want to help animals, going fully vegan is the way to go!!
REMEMBERING MY TOWN OF SPENCER
By Rosalie Tirella
So much of the town living in poverty!
No services for its poor – dental, medical, psychological …
Town Hall poobas (except for Lisa and Monica at Board of Health – my ex-landlord tried to get Lisa fired for doing her job!) don’t care a bit about the struggle.
When I’d visit Spencer town hall to say: YOUR KIDS, ELDERLY, RENTERS NEED SERVICES, the guy in planning dept would say: “Rose, we can’t be proactive”!!
So Spencer rots …
So the Spencer Public Schools are half empty…
… no one eats at its restaurants on Main Street on a Saturday night…
… the majority of incoming Spencer Kindergartners aren’t ready for Kindergarten…
Spencer = Worcester County’s Appalachia!
THE PEOPLE NEED HELP AND SERVICES …
So we are fighting the good fight! We are making the calls to politicians, advocating for the good Spencer people we have not forgotten…but are too shy to speak up.
Congressman Jim McGovern (Spencer is part of his district) will step up!
He will hold Spencer OFFICE HOURS/A RESIDENT/small biz LISTENING SESSION! It’s BEING PLANNED as I type …
PLEASE! SPENCER FOLKS! Attend this session and TALK WITH JIM, A GREAT PUBLIC SERVANT … TELL HIM:
YOU NEED A FOOD HUB
YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY TO NOT BE CLOSED FOR ALMOST HALF THE WEEK! MORE HOURS!
ENRICHMENT FOR YOUR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS!
A COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC
A COMMUNITY DENTAL CLINIC
Spencer TOWN CLERK LAURA AND THE SPENCER SELECTMEN AND TOWN MANAGER KNOW THIS! It’s the equivalent of voter suppression – only ONE place to vote in SPENCER?! – a geographically big, spread out, town! CRAZY! That’s why there are only 25+ people at your annual town meeting – when important civic decisions are made!
I voted last winter in Spencer, on a cold, wet, snowy night. As I drove up to Spencer Town Hall, I saw dozens of poor people from my old Elm Street neighborhood and from the apartment buildings on Main Street WALKING IN THIS WRETCHED SLEET/SNOW TO VOTE! SOME FOLKS USED CANES, SOME WERE IN THEIR ELECTRIC WHEEL CHAIRS!
A trail of tears!
Yet, true to Spencer form, no one complained … the disenfranchised quietly accepted their fate.
In my old Spencer Maple Street/Chestnut Street ‘hood there is a public housing complex – as well as a bunch of run down apartment buildings. Why not make the public housing complex’s Community Room a voting place?
Why not the same – add a voting site – to one of the town’s senior citizens housing complexes – for the old people without cars?!! In their community room?
Why the shady voting history in Spencer? Why not invite ALL TO VOTE?! MAKE IT POSSIBLE for the poor, the crippled, the old without cars!
So clubby club town clerk Laura, selectmen, Spencer state reps and state senators can stay in power – run the town their way. Make $$.
So the disenfranchised stay disenfranchised – and ignorant. And unhealthy and undereducated.
THIS IS HALF THE TOWN!!! – Spencer only works for its old corrupt $$ guard!
Spencer is out of touch with the rest of up and coming Worcester/Worcester County. Lagging big time!
We fondly remember so many of our nice, poor Spencer neighbors – carrying or walking their little dogs up Elm, always ready with a smile, always polite – nothing like our landlord, Spencer former-saloon owner, Spencer-property owner Charlene Stavros and her daughter Brydi Richard – they stole my $500 security deposit! and kept 20 or so pretty window rods that I had planned to donate to Abby’s House. Crooked and violent, through and through – that clan.
Spencer money people …oppress the entire town! Give it its bad name!
So WE ARE CALLING GOBI AND CO AND BRINGING UP THE POVERTY PROBLEM IN SPENCER, AND how there are no services for its poor, children, old. And how the town needs 2 NEW VOTING SITES – IN A SPENCER SENIOR CITIZEN COMPLEX AND IN MY OLD ‘HOOD. Spencer’s physically handicapped and poor/carless residents shouldn’t be locked out of voting come election time – unable to easily exercise their franchise because Spencer town leaders want to stay in power – the new, the youth, children, students, old, handicapped people be damned!
Attention must be paid!