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How Oakland Got Animals Out of Ringling (TWICE)

Oakland has a history of compassion for animals, as the recent closing of Ringling circus demonstrates.

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Animals In Our Bones

A number of terms for our anatomy have animals hiding within. Coccyx, cornea, cochlea: these and many more animal-related words reflect how deeply rooted animals are in o ..

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Piggyback: Animal Words with No Animal Origins

Piggyback: Animal Words with No Animal Origins

"Piggyback" has nothing to do with pigs! Listen to the back story of it, as well as monkey wrench, round robin, and spelling bee!

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Can you be a perfect vegan?

There is no such thing as a licensed, certified vegan. Compassion is the goal. Not veganism.

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My name is Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, bestselling author, podcaster, international speaker, and passionista for compassion. I guess that makes me a compassionista.

My mission is simple: to empower people to reflect their deepest values in their everyday choices. I believe people want to make a change but they struggle with how to do it. Emphasizing the fact that being vegan is a means to an end rather than an end in itself, I address all aspects of living healthfully and compassionately, including food, cooking, nutrition, ethics, animals, family dynamics, food politics, and social psychology. I also draw upon my love of language, etymology, literature, history, film, and culture. Welcome to the journey.

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