Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Blast from the past

<----Even at 11 years old, i loved the animals, carrots & lotsa colour. Never mind showing my navel way before it was "in" to do so.

I won that bunny in a colouring contest sponsored by one of the Chicagoland supermarkets where my mom shopped called "Dominick's." I'm pretty sure every kid who entered won something...

I'm back from vacation, will try to visit blogs soon. I have missed everyone!

I hope to post some photos of the trip my pal Peter & i took to Humboldt County very soon...

The following link will take you to what i feel is an interesting read via a magazine called The Age from Australia -- i would surely love to see your comments if you have time:

http://www.theage.com.au/news/epicure/hard-to-swallow/2006/08/21/1156012441384.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap4

Wishing all of you & your loved ones a bright and beautiful week!

22 comments:

Urban Vegan said...

Fun to see the 11 year old Kleo [and friend].

Welcome back! Missed you.

Emmy said...

Love the cute pic of you when you were 11!!!!

I'm glad your back from vacation. I hope you had a fabulous time and I look forward to seeing some of your vacation pics. You were missed while you were away :)

orangina said...

Welcome back, animal lover! Can't wait to see Humboldt pics :)

Harmonia said...

Welcome back! You've been missed...not only in my blog comments but at Veggin Out!!!

Geraldine said...

Wow Kleo....you look just the same!!! Not that you are old by any means but you are NOT AGING at all!!! What a lovely photo of you, so cute.

Thanks for the comments on Veggies...very kind. :)

You've been missed.

Huggs, G

Pure Zuke said...

Welcome back Kleo! What a cute picture!!!!

Cherie Anderson said...

That's cute! Look forward to more posts by you.

Shananigans said...

Absolutely adorable! Can’t wait for stories and pictures from your adventure up north.

meesh said...

Well, aren't you just the little cutie! :) Love the pink bunny, by the way.
Wow, I just finished reading the article you linked to. Very well written and informative. It raises a lot of important questions that I wish more people would consider before they throw that pork chop into their "trolly". The more I consider where my food comes from, the more I wish I had a garden of my own.

Amy O'Neill Houck said...

Love the Halter top too!!!

Cindy said...

I am so glad to see you back. I hope you had a great vacation. Everyone needs some R and R sometimes.
I read that article. It was really interesting. Food ethics definitely go beyond just being vegan. Many animals and people suffer for the typical diet in industrialized nations. I try my best to buy as ethically as possible, it can be difficult at times. I don't think it actually costs me anymore (and maybe a little less) than it used to cost me. We just changed what we buy. I know buy way more beans and rice and make those the staples of most of my meals and then try to use what I have in the garden as much as possible. Then I turn to higher priced organics and local fruits and vegetables. Everything else makes up a small percentage of what I buy. Thanks for the post. It definitely helps me realize where I can improve.

Sonya said...

Welcome Back!!! We missed you lots.

You're smile is just as contagious when you were 11, as it is right now.:-) You're gorgeous!

Candi said...

Welcome back, Kleo! Can't wait to see your photos!

You are So cute at 11, and you really do still look the same!! (in a good way!) I wonder how you do not age! I laughed at the bunny in the photo because I had one at about 11 too, and I LOVED that bunny!! My sister had a blue one and I think we bopped each other with them endlessly!

Thanks for the article. It was very interesting. It makes me really wish I could be sulf-sufficient with my produce, at least. I buy organic and fair-trade when I can and we shop at Co-ops and more natural stores, when possible. Ultimately, we can all do better and all we can do is be aware, research, and learn. I would hate for large corporations to "latching on to organics and making it an industrial process, albeit with fewer chemicals." It would be like factory farming and full of lies and marketing tricks!

I completely disagree with this statement from the article, "So unless you stick with free-range or organic bacon, you can never be sure just how much suffering your breakfast experienced before it died." It makes me angry that people think that pigs and other animals did not suffer because they have an organic (or free range) stamp on their label. That is a marketing lie and if people looked up the requirements it takes to gain that stamp on your package, they'd stop feeling so good about these purchases!

Overall though, the article is a nice reminder to stop and think about more than price and convenience. It takes you out of your comfort zone and makes you be aware of personal responsibility. I like that.

Thanks for sharing it!

tara said...

Welcome back! Hope you had a great time. Look forward to seeing pics. :)

You were an adorable kid. I wouldn't dare post a picture in a public place of myself at 11 years old. :0 ;)

Midwest Vegan said...

Welcome back - hope you had a great vacation!

Interesting article, definitely makes you think.

funwithyourfood said...

I have family in Humbolt. what I remember best about up there is black berries and BIG trees :)

can't wait to hear more about it

Teddy

Vivacious Vegan said...

Lovin the blast form the past! You have an infectious smile. Missed you like crazy but so glad you were able to have a nice vacation with Peter. Can't wait to hear all about it (and see pics too).

Read the article and it is a good reminder for us to "Think Globally, Act Locally." Unfortunately, it's not just about what we buy from the grocery store. The Five Ethical Principals apply to almost everything we buy from sneakers to automobiles.

A couple of months ago, I read an article about how Wal-Mart is going to start offering organic items alongside non-organics and they expect the cost to only be about 20% higher. Unfortunately, instead of Wal-Mart doing the resonsible thing and obtaining their organic produce from local farmers near each of the towns they have stores, they're going to get it from overseas. It's such an oxymoron. Organics have the potential to help save the environment yet the fuel and resources used to ship the organic produce to Wal-Mart's in the US will negate any environmental benefit. I wonder what the real motive is behind Wal-Mart chosing to sale organics...

Jackie said...

Welcome back. Cute photo of you at 11 :)

Good article. I have seen some excellent films lately on the source of food people eat. Now if we can just get the general public to watch them !!

Ferocious Killer Kat said...

welcome back kleo!!!

Dori said...

Food ethics definitely go beyond just being vegan -
I agree with what cindy said here.

I read the article and I agree totally. These issues has been factor of my husband and my decision making in many areas (family, place to live, career and lifestyle choice). We were not always gardeners, organic small town mom and pop business. When we found out our son had a serious developmental disorder, often thought to be caused in part by environmental factors in combination of other things... worsened by family structure and educational choices as well as looked seriously at our "happy american" family lifestyle at the time (the typical divorce kind). We did some very serious evaluating and decided it was worth everything we were risking. Here I am seven years later realizing that our choices have been hard, hard, hard in many ways.... but I feel alive and right on the inside.

I am glad you put that article out there asking for others to read it.

Also, love your McD sign above. These are quite the rage right now among blogs I read.

Vicki said...

you were a hipster even back in the day! i love seeing photos of friends when they were kids. :o)
i missed you...glad you're back.

speedvegan said...

how adorable. thanks for sharing this cute picture with us !