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Earth Week Wrap Up & World Book Day


Thank you to each and every one of you who checked in during Earth Week, shared your steps towards saving our planet and how you stay inspired to make Earth Day every day. From reusing and repurposing clothing, reducing or removing plastics from our lives, and adding aspects of veganism to every day we are making a difference. Stay tuned this coming week as I dive into veganism and the why behind it.



World Book Day

For world book day, I thought I would mention a couple of books on veganism but also tell you about one of my favorite novels of all time.


Some suggested reading on veganism (there will be more in my series next week)

  • Animal Liberation - Peter Singer

  • Farm Sanctuary - Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food. Living the Farm Sanctuary Life - both by Gene Baur

  • Why we love dogs, eat pigs, and wear cows - Melanie Joy

These should get you started, look for more in upcoming blogs


My favorite novel


My favorite novel is Demian by Hermann Hesse. I first read this book in my High School Senior English class. It's a coming of age story filled with life lessons, of course, and philosophy. Including references to the Collective Unconscious and Jung's archetypes to Nietzsche, to Dante's Divine Comedy. We learn to see life as a continuum, as we find teachers we realize they are us. As a teen and in my 20's, I would turn to this book any time life felt hard, when I didn't know what to do next. Now, well beyond my 20's, I re-read this book when I'm looking for insight, I learn something new about the world and myself every time I read this book.


I'm going to pick it up again this week, I'm excited to see what I'll learn this time around.


Do you have a book that has impacted your life? Tell me about it in the comments.


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Guest
Apr 27, 2022

I think the only book I read by Hesse was Siddhartha. I am adding Damien to my list of books to read now. And thanks for your Earth Week posts. they were certainly eye-openers - vidya

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Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Apr 27, 2022
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Thank you, Vidya! Siddhartha is a good one too!

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Guest
Apr 24, 2022

Kimberly, I read some Hesse in the past, but it was so long ago that I can't remember which I read and which I thought strongly about reading. :-) You may be surprised, but other than the Bible, the most influential book (not the movie) in my life would be Cheaper by the Dozen. The father of 12 was an efficiency expert who invented a unit of effort, the therblig. And effort had to result in...results. He has saved me countless hours of wasted tasks and relationships. :-)

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Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Apr 24, 2022
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Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll check it out

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