When it rains, it pours. We have had so many incredible articles submitted to us these past few days! #PRIVATE#The editing team over here at OHH — me, Mariann, and Cassandra — are knee-deep in reviews, columns, and feature articles for the coming weeks. Y’all are going to get to read pieces about art and animal activism, a social worker’s take on trauma and compassion, the concept of being a “perfect vegan,” what it’s like to be raised by a butcher and then grow up to embrace a life as a vegan, the lessons we can glean from healing from our own pain while consciously remembering the suffering of animals, and how to insert the importance of veganism into the Climate Change discussion. There’s a lot happening over here at OHH HQ, to say the least!
And we have some incredible upcoming podcast guests, too. This weekend, we feature Father Frank Mann — a Roman Catholic priest from Queens, New York who will tell about his recent epiphany about animals. He will also share his insights about the role of animals in Catholicism. Then, we’ll chat with Laura George, the founder of Coming Home Sanctuary, who will tell us about the horror of Kapparot, and the beauty of chickens – one in particular, actually; a very special guy who will steal your heart. In the coming weeks, you’ll hear T. Colin Campbell (we just interviewed him yesterday, and he blew our minds with all of his incredible information), Sherry Colb (author of Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger?), Israeli activist Yossi Wolfson, photographer and musician Derek Goodwin, the Executive Director of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, Dr. Theodora Capaldo, and some other super special surprises. I wish we could publish a new episode every day! (I marvel at how Citizen Radio can do that!)
By the way, have any of you heard every single Our Hen House podcast episode? Do you listen to all of them at once? Do you listen in order? Now that we’re creeping up, slowly but surely, to our 200th episode (egad!), I’m curious about how and when people listen!
And speaking of the podcast, the interviews from the past two weeks blew it out of the water! First, Steve-O sort of threw us for a loop when he apologized to the animal rights community for exploiting animals in his past. I must admit, when we got the go-ahead to interview the star of Jackass, none of us saw that bomb coming. He really is such a kind, surprisingly gentle, and admirably forthright guy. Then, “Bones” star Emily Deschanel made us gasp for air when she joined us this past weekend on Episode 189. It felt like talking to an old friend, and yet, WE WERE TALKING TO TEMPERANCE BRENNAN! She is true blue, the real deal — an honest-to-dog long-time celebrity vegan. She is incredible. We loved everything about her interview. The lovely article that Ecorazzi published summarizing the episode was spot on, if you’re interested.
It’s been a surreal few weeks.
I want to remind you that you should seriously consider dedicating a podcast episode to someone you love! It’s a perfect way of celebrating your veganversary, or perhaps surprising an OHH podcast junkie with an on-air dedication. We love reading these on the air. They are so touching and sweet! I swear, our listeners are the smartest group out there. No wonder the industry is full of unrelenting “rising anxieties.”
What else . . . Well, personally speaking, Mariann and I went to the Hamptons last weekend to visit Mariann’s sister. As we’ll squawk about on this week’s episode, we were blown away by the way the vegan scene there has changed since we last visited two years ago. There are so many more options! We even got to visit Babette’s, which has a huge amount of vegan options, and just happens to be one of Bill Clinton’s favorite restaurants! (We got to go the beach, too. That’s neither here nor there; I just wanted you to be envious.)
And you’re the very first to know that I joined a tap dance ensemble! You already know that I love to tap (and I love “Taptivism“), so when this opportunity presented itself, I thought, why not? Last night in class, when my teacher said, “You’ve been practicing!,” I was irrationally excited. It’s funny how some things never change. I would have had that exact same reaction twenty years ago when my teacher noticed I had studied. Ah, ego . . .
Anyway, it’s a gloomy, sleepy Thursday evening, as I write this. Our suitcases from our trip last weekend remain unpacked in the middle of the floor of our living room, with our laundry bag beside it (the laundry is clean at least — even if it’s not put away). My legs are burning hot from the heat of my laptop, and Mariann is taking a snooze in the bedroom (we were up working late for the past few nights and it finally caught up to her). Outside, the kids in the public pool downstairs are screaming “Marco!” and “Polo!” so loud that my ears are ringing, and I wonder if they have any idea who Marco Polo actually was? Perhaps it should be a requirement to know who he is before annoying the neighbors with your loud, boisterous proclamations. At least they’re owning it, I guess. It’s the end of summer, so I should stop being so jaded and actually embrace the cuteness of their (relentless) swimming pool game.
Wait — the end of summer? Really? I’m thoroughly perplexed. I don’t understand time — I only know that I don’t have enough of it. But I’m eternally grateful to you, dear flock, for supporting vegan indie media so that we can continue to use the time we do have to change the world for animals. Speaking of time — and in honor of my Grandma’s sage advice that when we consider what to do with our life, we should first and foremost “live it” — let’s seize the moment, work hard, and then play a little, too.
With that, I’m going to walk the dog.