Sister Vegetarian Speaking Appearances!!!

Purchase Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days Book at these locations:
Ask your local book store to order it for you or carry the book!

National Magazines, Radio Shows and Speaking Engagements:

My book Sister Vegetarian’s 31 Days of Drama-Free Living: Exercises and Recipes for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit (Lantern Books) made Veg News Annual top 12 book list for 2012.

Thank you everyone for your support of making my book within Veg News top 12 book list for 2012. Thank you also for helping to keep the healthy revolution alive, moving, and touching many lives going forward :) Link here at Veg News for reviews of the top 12 books :) Thank you :)

I am in Veg News Magazine's March/April 2012 Issue on Page 90!!!! A wonderful review is given of my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living! To find out where and when you can purchase your Veg News March/April issue, Link here to the international and award winning vegan magazine which is available in 38 countries!

May 27, 2012 - Speaker at the New York City Veggie Pride Parade. Link below for my Victory Speech to inspire and empower you on your plant-based journey.
Link here or link below for my speech at the May 27, 2012 Veggie Pride Parade where I speak on healthy eating and its affect on ourselves,world hunger, and the environment.

Link here for my 2/29/12 Progressive Radio Interview
on the station's show "It's All About Food" with the show's host Caryn Hartglass.

I spoke at the 10/9/11 Baltimore, MD/DC Area 1st Annual VegFest sponsored by Open The Cage Alliance (click here for official VegFest Website of speakers and entertainment). My "Victory" speech can be viewed on You Tube (click here for speech video)

Other speaking engagements included the Oct 27-29 DC event for Farm Sanctuary's National Conference to End Factory Farming where I will spoke on Day 3 (Oct 29) at on the Plant Based Living Panel:Diet As A Tool For Change. I was joined on the panel by NY Times best- selling author and nutritional researcher Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Here is the video link :

Sister's Vegetarian's Book Information

* More Sister Vegetarian Book News!

September 24, 2011 Article for Black Girls Run on Being Black and Vegan: Link here to be inspired


Lantern Books has come up with a new e-book entitled "Recipes for the Vegan Table: A Lantern Sampler." One of the recipes from my book Sister Vegetarian is listed along with a recipe from vegetarian Sir Paul know him as a Beatles member :-)

Here's the information about the book and the link to download the book and recipes:

" Recipes for the Vegan Table: A Lantern Sampler by Carol J.... Adams, Donna Beaudoin, Patti Breitman, Kate Jacoby, Brian McCarthy, Paul McCartney, Kumuda Reddy .....

With so many cookbooks out there, what's a vegan—or aspiring vegan—to do? Lantern Books has the ideal menu: Start with a flavorful appetizer from famously longtime vegetarian Sir Paul McCartney, continue with a mouthwatering entrĂ©e from The Sexual Politics of Meat author Carol J. Adams or "Sister Vegetarian" Donna Beaudoin, add a scrumptious side from Chef Brian P. McCarthy or Ayurvedic practitioner Dr. Kumuda Reddy, and finish up with a delectab...le dessert from Kate Jacoby, co-owner and pastry chef of the cutting-edge Philadelphia restaurant Vedge. All of the recipes in this sampler are healthy, tasty, and easy to make, ensuring that your meal will be both cruelty-free and delicious. So draw a chair up to the table and find out what the joy of vegan cooking is really about!(less)"

Purchase at Amazon:

Black Expressions Book Club
made Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living their alternate book selection in March 2012!

What a joy to know that I have become a part of your family through this book which acts as your daily guide, daily inspirational and motivational tool. To conquer challenges in all aspects of your life. To encourage you to be encouraged that the sun shines even when the clouds are gray, and that joy always comes in the morning if you should falter and trip along your vegetarian or vegan journey! It's okay to be you. Be yourself, and you shall not fail in this beautiful life-long vegetarian or vegan journey. Remember, it's a lifestyle, not a temporary diet or a temporary solution. It is a part of you as you heal yourself, heal the environment, and save animals. Do you ask yourself, what have you done for me lately when you are always helping others and forget about your well-being? Then, pick up a copy of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living today, and let your mind be blown to the endless possibilities of what a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can do for you! ~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Disclaimer: Sister Vegetarian is a blog based on my vegetarian and vegan experiences and journey as well as others' experiences. I am not a medical, nutritionist, or exercise specialist; so, please consult your physician before starting any vegetarian and vegan lifestyle and exercise program.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Compassion: There Is Something Bigger Going On

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~Mohammed Ali

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Ghandi

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead

As Vegetarians and Vegans, we think compassion when purchasing food and products, and preparing our meals. We try to ensure that most or all of the time the food we eat comes from a company, farm, or farming practices that respect the environment and laborers; the products we purchase are not tested on animals; and, we are leaving a small or no footprint upon the earth when making eco-conscious decisions and purchases. We join protests in support of humane treatment of animals; and, preach to the carnivore choir against the diseases associated with eating meal and the inhumane treatment of animals for the soul purpose of a carnivore eating that next burger, fried chicken, 16oz t-bone steak, or any food made of animal meat and parts. We are so compassionate in our call for humane treatment of farm animals; and, maintaining an environmentally conscious lifestyle locally and world-wide that we forget one thing: We forget to be compassionate, and environmentally conscious to our neighbors. I am not only speaking of the neighbors who live next to us, but I am speaking of our immediate community.

There is something bigger than you know going on here.
- Iyanla Vanzant

As I view the news which is so full of sadness, I hear so many times neighbors having died in their homes undiscovered for a week or more. The neighbors on the news tend to say the same thing on the lines of, "I thought I did not see her/him venture out for a week. I normally do see them outside daily and they speak to me." Does a light bulb come on if you do not see your neighbor whom you speak to often for days, and you know they are not on vacation or away on business? Call your neighbor. Ring the doorbell. Are we that far removed from compassion from each other that we cannot check on our neighbors when we know something is out of the ordinary? If my husband and I do not see our neighbors that we normally engage in frequent conversation with or wave to frequently, my husband and I call or walk over to make sure that everything is okay.

One of our neighbors down the street mows the law for one neighbor whose 85 years old. When it's summer grass cutting time, if either neighbors to us are busy or we are busy for weeks and the grass is getting overgrown, we try to trim each other's lawn as a courtesy. Compassion for the community. This is what being a vegetarian and vegan is about. It is not just centered on eating humanely or compassionately. This lifestyle is so far above us focusing on the "me," that we must remember that being a vegetarian and vegan is about the compassion for all life in all aspects.

One neighbor is in the hospital after surgery two days ago. We called our neighbor's family to check on his status when we did not see his family around to ask in person.Then there is another neighbor that fosters stray dogs. He has a total of 6 dogs that he fosters, and is trying to find homes for through his affiliation with the local Second Chance Society. One of his dogs got loose and decided to roam the adjacent neighborhood a mile away. 12 of us neighbors were up 8 AM driving around and walking the adjacent neighborhood after the neighbor that fosters dogs called us and a few neighbors for help. The other neighbors joined in because of word of mouth, calls, outside commotion, or door knocking from other neighbors. Compassion. Vegetarian and Veganism is bigger than we are.

I see drivers cut others off frequently on the highway, and local road. Where is the compassion, and thoughtfulness of thinking about how that affects someone else? Compassion. This is bigger than we are.

What about the homeless. Don't just walk by someone homeless if you see that this is more than a person on the street begging. My husband and I came out of our local grocery store, and a pregnant woman was on the side of the store crying with her husband comforting her. We stopped our journey to our car with groceries in tow, and asked if there was something wrong. From their dirty clothes and suitcase in tow with their only belongings so no one takes it from the shelter, you immediately could see that they were homeless. The wife looked 7 - 8 months or more pregnant. He explained that he recently loss his job, and they were living in a one room shelter type apartment where they could at least cook if they had money. I am one to be cautious of scams; but, wisdom and knowledge from growing up in a family of a dad and two brothers in law enforcement, I knew this story was true. Although they did have a shelter to go to, his pregnant wife was hungry. They only had enough money which they begged for to take the bus to try to acquire extra food. Instead of giving them money, we purchased a Food Lion grocery card that they could redeem anytime they wanted for food. Food Lion was in all neighborhoods, so wherever they resided at a nearby shelter for the night, they could always be near a Food Lion. My husband and I are not rich nor good spare that extra $25 on the Food Lion Gift Card; but, we knew there was something bigger than ourselves going on here. Thoughtfulness and compassion for our fellow man and woman whom are also our neighbors in this community called a city, state, nation. Compassion. This is bigger than we are.

What about compassion for those who tirelessly rescue animals? Sure they need the monetary donations, but every so often we will walk into the pet store and purchase dog food, treats, and other items that foster parents need. Having a dog, we frequent the pet store often; and, the rescue dogs and cats are outside the store every Saturday via the local areas Second Chance Pet Adoption Agencies. Thoughtfulness and compassion for those working tirelessly for our fellow dogs and cats who need homes. There is something bigger going that is above us.

Today, I found a lost dog. I gave her water, dog treats, and dog food from my home; and, sat outside and played with her (to my own dog's dismay who wondered if this was a new sister for her). It was not my neighbors' dog, but somehow she ended up in my driveway. She ended up being from the community in back of us. Compassion. There is something bigger going on.

I leave you with some inspirational thoughts to ponder as love, peace, and compassion become a part of our daily existence as Vegetarians and Vegans. If we cannot take action to also change the world by starting in our community, then who? We do make a difference. That is what I love about being in this community of Vegetarians and Vegans: we think beyond ourselves and know it is not about "me," but about you. This is bigger than us.

In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action. ~ Aristotle

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain. ~Helen Keller

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. ~Helen Keller

~ Peace & Love, Donna "Sister Vegetarian"

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