cell phone spy for pc iphone schutz vor spyware phone tracking t mobile track someone by cell phone number iphone app to spy on kids android apps spy other phones cell phone spy 1 7 10 android spy screen recorder cell phone spying app obituaries spy apps samsung galaxy cell phone listening software overclocking mobile phone spy products cell phone monitoring reviews cell phone spying on you android spy apps zune best spy software iphone how can i find a cell phone location android app spy another phone whatsapp spy 1 5 android spy apps 2 dwss corp disney form forms whatsapp spy xda developers i spy on text messages top phone spy app
The Nutmeg Cookery in Hartford, Connecticut
Mar03

The Nutmeg Cookery in Hartford, Connecticut

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Hartford for Voices for Animals Day at the State Capitol Building, organized by the ASPCA. Connecticut citizens gathered to speak with their individual legislators in support of prohibiting the sale of puppy-mill puppies in new pet stores (and phasing out sales in the sixteen pet stores that still have them). The day started with a welcoming breakfast and — wow — what scrumptious vegan goodies The Nutmeg Cookery had put together for us. A perfect start to the day while people mingled before the press conference and presentation. If you’re in the Hartford area, I hope you’ll keep in mind The Nutmeg Cookery if you’re looking to bring a little extra special vegan love into your home or office. Jenny and her husband mostly work as personal chefs but, as you can see, they are a dynamic duo for events, too. Voices for Animals Day and other “Lobby Day” Events If you have yet to participate in a Lobby Day event at your state capital, I highly encourage you to do so.  They are so uplifting — how inspiring and empowering when kids and adults come together for a few hours to lend their voices on behalf of the voiceless. For kids and adults alike, it also can be both fun and educational. Most of all, it’s incredibly rewarding to meet with your local representatives or their staff members in person. So how do you know when events like these are happening in your own community? Here’s one easy way: sign up for the ASPCA’s Advocacy Brigade. And, if you’re in New York, you can count on seeing me in Albany in...

Read More
Dog Days of Summer in the Hamptons
Aug19

Dog Days of Summer in the Hamptons

Our companion animals Otis and Galileo deserve a respite from the city as much as we do. Lucky for us, c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton offers the perfect family getaway for all of us. This boutique hotel’s rooms are named after various Swedish authors and artists, and come with a nice supply of bath and body products by Malin + Goetz.  The Maidstone makes every aspect of one’s stay relaxing and dog-friendly, including suggestions about where to enjoy some beach time with the pups or places to explore in East Hampton and the neighboring towns with them. Late afternoons, it’s time for “Yappy Hour” in the cozy lounge or on the patio; sip one of Leandro’s amazing Strawberry Mojitos while the pups enjoy something off the Woof Menu. And, in the evening, the four-legged guests are invited to dine along with you in The Living Room Restaurant. The Living Room embraces the slow-food philosophy and is vegan-friendly, with plenty of fresh, local produce at work in the kitchen. Beach time! In the mornings and early evenings, we enjoyed long family walks on Main Beach, just three minutes from the hotel. (During summer season, dogs are allowed on the beach before 9am and after 6pm.) Other great spots for some beach time with the pups: the area surrounding Montauk Lighthouse, undeveloped coastline with pretty views into the horizon, and Maidstone Park Beach, secluded and serene. The Faves List The Hamptons has so much to offer when it comes to dining, wining, and relaxing. Here are some of my favorites — from the upscale dining experience to the super-casual neighborhood coffee joint. Nick & Toni’s (East Hampton) The fine dining experience you won’t want to miss. Great atmosphere, food, and wine. Reservation is a must during the summer season. Seth and I ordered the same thing: Seared Herb Polenta served over an array of roasted vegetables. To start, try the Watermelon Salad: a beautiful combination of melon, spearmint, red onion, and Kalamata olives (hold the pecorino romano cheese!) Babette’s (East Hampton) Babette’s is hugely popular for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s a great place to dine outside and people watch, too. You can go for something simple and classic like Bucatini Pomodoro with shitake mushrooms and basil (add pan-crisped tofu); or, get adventurous like I did and order the Creole Casserole. Definitely a culinary experience outside of my usual focus on whole foods, this dish is an insane (indulgent, gooey, delicious) combination: garlic mashed potato, layered with kale, succotash, roasted garlic pecan, bbq tofu, salsa, and baked-on soy cheddar. On a healthier note, my usual pick would be the Pistachio-crusted...

Read More
Accessorizing with Freckled Sage
May14

Accessorizing with Freckled Sage

It was while wandering around Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia that I discovered the local design company Freckled Sage, which specializes in items made from oilcloth. This “retro fabric” that was popular during the 1950s is made from a combination of linseed oil and canvas. It’s durable, waterproof, fade-resistant, easy to clean… and no animals are used in its production. This fun fabric is perfect for so many items, especially as summertime is approaching. I love the big tote bags — ideal for trips to the pool or beach. And the tablecloths that come in vibrant, bold designs would brighten up any patio dining or picnic table. Other products include cosmetics/travel bags and aprons. There are even some items for companion animals available: I love the food mats for cats (shaped like a fish) and dogs (shaped like a...

Read More
Beagle Freedom Project
Apr05

Beagle Freedom Project

When I adopted my beagle Pushkin, during one of our initial meetings with the veterinarian at the Bideawee center, a nurse casually asked me: “Is that one of the beagles they rescued from the lab in Pennsylvania?” I never did confirm this possible backstory, but it stuck with me; eventually, having a beagle as a family member and the thought of other beagles in laboratories was what prompted me to oust all animal-tested products from my home. The sad reality is that beagles are the most popular breed for lab use, specifically because of their gentle and forgiving nature. Beagle Freedom Project was founded by Los Angeles attorney and animal advocate Shannon Keith. Its mission is rescuing and finding homes for beagles that have been used in laboratory research. And, just so you don’t confuse BFP with more radical groups — visions of laboratory break-ins dancing in your head — BFP works directly with laboratories, who often attempt to find homes for adoptable, healthy beagles once they’re no longer needed for research. Here’s a video of BFP’s most recent rescued beagles, from a lab in the Midwest: [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1Dc2Wy9bo4&w=600]   Meeting Frederick & Douglass, Two Very Special Beagles During our most recent trip to Los Angeles, my husband and I had tons of fun catching up with friends Kezia Jauron and Gary Smith — otherwise known as the power couple behind the public relations agency Evolotus. Kezia and Gary have been amazing in helping us spread the word about Letters To Pushkin; business aside, they’re just two great people doing incredible things on behalf of animals. Among their many efforts, they are huge supporters of Beagle Freedom Project. Having dinner at their home, we had a chance to enjoy great food and drinks… and the company of Frederick and Douglass, two beagles rescued by BFP from a lab in Spain that have become part of the family. LOVE!   Support Beagle Freedom Project If you’re interested in fostering or adopting a lab beagle, please contact Beagle Freedom Project. Another easy way to support BFP is by purchasing the 2013 Beagle Freedom Project calendar, which features one adorable picture after the next of the rescued pups. Or shop at BFP’s online store for other merchandise, such as t-shirts, posters, and totes — great ways to give this organization a few dollars and spread awareness. Update 11/19/13: The 2014 Calendar is now available! Today I say Happy Birthday, Douglass, and also want to let you know that the new Beagle Freedom Project Calendar for 2014 is now available. Beagle Puppies! Click HERE for more info and to...

Read More
Galileo’s Freckles (and birthday cupcakes!)
Mar29

Galileo’s Freckles (and birthday cupcakes!)

Happy 7th Birthday, Galileo! Our darling “fluffer nutter” Galileo has peanut butter-colored freckles as plentiful as the stars of the constellations, but early on I decided on this story: Once upon a time, in heaven, a bunch of angels were huddled together. The angel Galileo approached them to find out what all the buzz was about. Someone explained: “There’s a family down there for one of us. One of us is going to show up for them as a puppy.” Of course, this meant that whatever angel took on the job would have to leave behind his wings for a while. Galileo thought about it. He took a look at this family of four: he’d have a mom, dad, and two canine brothers. Galileo volunteered. He was so excited, he started flying around in circles over and over again, just as he runs around and around today (always to the right). With great ceremony, Galileo’s angel friends helped him remove his shimmery wings and hang them in the closet, where they wait for him. Then he became a puppy, covered in marshmallow-soft white fur; there’s an iridescence to the fur — in the sunlight, you can see a rainbow of colors — that’s a lot like his glorious wings. Then, to say “farewell for now” and wish Galileo well, all the angels gathered around him and showered him with kisses. And they each left their mark – each of the hundreds of freckles, the kiss of an angel. As we say in our home: another day, another gift. Today — every day — we celebrate Galileo and what a blessing it is to have him as part of our family. Thank you to Tucson’s Foundation for Animals in Risk (FAIR), the foster/adoption organization that brought us together. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * “Fluffer Nutter” Birthday Cupcakes We nicknamed Galileo after the combination of marshmallow and peanut butter. So, today my six year-old nephew Nicky and I made vegan “Fluffer Nutter” cupcakes in honor of our birthday boy: Yellow Cake Mix by Cherrybrook Kitchen (I use Earth Balance vegan sticks instead of butter) Suzanne’s Ricemellow Creme (“fluff” frosting) Earth Balance Peanut Butter Large Baking Cups by If You Care I wanted to use peanut-butter chips to more closely resemble his freckles, but there aren’t any vegan ones available on the market yet. I found a simple recipe that combines peanut butter and vegan white chocolate chips (melt, pour into tray, cool, and cut). Maybe next year I’ll give it a try. As for tonight’s birthday...

Read More
Forty-Seven Letters?
Mar15

Forty-Seven Letters?

“What’s your book about?” I’m not surprised when I often see the friendly curiosity in a stranger’s face change to puzzlement. Although many people have opened up to me about their own losses – and not just over companion animals, but humans, too – I realize that a collection of forty-seven letters to a beagle may seem, at best, a bit maudlin and, at worst, rather obsessive. True, when I was writing the a daily letter to Pushkin during the season of Lent, which began just a few weeks after his passing, I didn’t intend to share them – there was no intention for a “story” to emerge as the days went by. I read somewhere recently that people who are grieving naturally will lean on ritual to help them through it. Especially in the beginning, when the grief is at its greatest intensity. Writing a letter each day was just one of several routines that I instantly set up to give myself structure, to buttress myself against the quicksand of grief that could so easily swallow up a person. I was willing to let myself have the feelings, but I also was determined not to get stuck in them. Again, a person may ask, “Over a beagle?” First, I will unapologetically answer that a companion animal is a family member, just like a human member. Even though we know the lifespan of a beagle is 12-15 years — that he will not outlive us as a human child would — the heart cannot be constrained by what the mind knows to be true. Anyone with a companion animal knows that, in exchange for the incredible bond we will have with our four-legged friends and fur children for as long as we are entrusted with them, we are setting ourselves up for a devastating loss. The ever-growing collection of letters that others have written to their own companion animals on the Letters To Pushkin web site is a testament to the role companion animals play in our families and their lasting presence in our lives. Beyond expressing this connection with animals, however, my own collection of letters became something else. As my first experience ever with the loss of a loved one, the loss of Pushkin became the impetus for a deeply personal story that does, in fact, emerge from the handwritten pages. I was well-educated and well-traveled by the time Pushkin became seriously ill. I’d lived my life up to that point in such a way that I’d been exposed to many different approaches to life and diverse belief systems. I had my own ideas about life and...

Read More
Page 2 of 912345...Last »