Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Positively Green + Email Subscribe!

Greetings beautiful peoples.

Midterms are kicking my butt. In fact, I should be studying this very instant, but I really just don't want to and I'm sure because of this unwise decision (not studying), I will be cramming later. I just want to talk about something that I care about instead. Study guides are getting old.

So, let me tell you about Positively Green Cards--since we are getting closer to the Holiday season...

Positively Green Cards are greeting cards that are: "printed on 100% post consumer recycled fiber at an EnviroStar printer utilizing green power. The paper is certified by Green Seal and by SmartWood in accordance with the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council which promote environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests."

This is what loveliness is on the back of each card! Not to mention, 10% of their profits are donated to organizations that protect our environment and fight global warming :)

AND: each card has a GREEN TIP on the back of it.

AND: the cards are beautiful.

So, this consumer-frenzied holiday season, think about maybe switching to these.

You can purchase them online HERE.

are now on this blog! That means every time we write a blog, you get an email! Now isn't that cute? Go click it. Top Right.

Love. Love. Love.



My Positively Green Card Tip is:

"Wash your car at a commercial car wash instead of at home. A modern car wash reuses water and prevents oil and road grime from entering drainage systems."

Thursday, October 15, 2009

What do gay-rehab and the United Way have in common?

I must like being outraged. It’s the only explanation I have for spending 30 minutes of my time looking around the right-wing, assbackwards, fundamentalist christian organization which aims to cure people of the homosexual “lifestyle”. They call themselves day seven ministries.

Now these types of homosexual “rehabilitation” counseling programs always give me that weird feeling you get when you know people are spewing judgment and hate disguised as the “love of God”. This bothers me for a number of reasons: One, I feel bad for gay people who are already struggling in a society that does not fully accept them and who are now being conditioned to believe their form of love is wrong. And two, this place gives Christians a bad name.

I could go on and on about the reasons why these kind of places suck, but I think that is pretty self explanatory. The other aspect that I am more conflicted about is why Day Seven Ministries appears in the human services reference guide by the United Way of Lancaster .

You may have heard of the United Way, it funds many progressive organizations nation wide and in Lancaster county. Its aim is to work to resolve pressing community issues. Why is this "gay-rehab" listed as the only “human services” organization addressing issues of homosexuality (as cited by their index).

To clarify, just because they’re listed in their resource guide does not mean they are a United Way funded organization. But I still find it fishy that they are the only place listed. Now people using the guide to look for help are lead into the trappings of conservative evangelicals posing as counselors. This is propaganda posed as counseling. And the American Psychological Association would agree: (

So I researched the United Way. I found that there is another controversy: they fund the Boy Scouts, an organization criticized for firing gay troop leaders and being overall homophobic ( When confronted with this issue, the National United Way stated that their anti-discrimination policy opposes only illegal acts of discrimination (unfortunately firing someone for being gay is legal in the United States, if you're mad click here:

Despite their national stance that anything legal (albeit immoral) is peachy, many local United Way organizations have stopped funding the Boy Scouts. The United Way of Lancaster is not one of these chapters and still holds the Boy Scouts as one of their partner organizations.

The United Way funds awesome organizations, such as The Red Cross and The Urban League of Lancaster.

The United Way pledges to “bring our community together and focus resources on the most critical health and human service needs in the county”.

The United Way doesn’t like gay people?

I’m not sure if this is an oversight on their part, or if their reference to anti-gay organizations has anything to do with their indirect support of the Boy Scouts’ discrimination policy. What do you all think: United Way: Friend or Foe?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Hotdogs, HRC, and the Story of Stuff.

I am a bad girl.

Kathryn and I were babysitting my 4 year old brother this week and he wanted hotdogs and mac and cheese. Pretty normal, right?

I must confess that as I was cutting up the hotdog, I ate a couple pieces. I didn't even mean to! It was just this instinctual reaction. I forgot. I forgot I was a vegetarian.

I also accidentally ate a bite (or two) of a ham and cheese sub at work on Saturday. Wow. Well, I have to say I feel better to have that off my back. Phew.

It feels good to confess.

Are any of you 13 little followers vegetarian? Am I the only one who "accidentally" eats hotdogs and meat-filled subs?


On a totally different note:

President Obama gave a nice speech to the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday. Got me a little teary eyed. He is only the SECOND president to EVER speak to the HRC. Let me know what'chall think.

Here tis:

Obama HRC Speech

Also, just is another REALLY NEATO video about all the shit we collect called The Story of Stuff

You guys are nice. Sorry for the delay in posts--18 credits are kickin' my butt.



Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Today Lancaster moves to the left

A couple of cool things are happening in lancaster today that make me think this place may be becoming a little more progressive. (insert jumps for joy)

First of all, tonight at 7pm in Rochester Performing Art Center, Franklin and Marshal College will be hosting a talk called “Intergenerational Feminism: A Dialogue”, it is a discussion about how far-and how not far- women’s rights have progressed in the last fifty years. The two speakers are renowned poet, novelist and journalist Robin Morgan and Ariel Levy writer for The New Yorker and author. If the topic and the bios of these awesome women are any indication, I think this should be a worthwhile event. And it’s free!

Douhle Kudos to Franklin and Marshall, they are also hosting a speech tonight by Chris Matthews. Chris Matthews is a news anchor and political commentator; you might know him from hardball. He has also been a long-time supporter of the democratic party. Tickets are available (for free!) in the Rochester center at f & m until 6pm today.
Tonight Matthews will address health care reform, the economy and President Obama’s ratings. If it’s not too late to get tickets, you should go! It starts at 8:30, so you can conveniently make both events.

But there’s more! Millersville, not to be excluded from the awesomeness today, is doing “Walk a mile in her shoes” event, where men and women get together, throw on some high heels, and walk a mile to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. I don’t know if its just me, but this sounds fun (if you don’t believe me, look at the pictures).

Good job Lancaster for hosting three important events tonight. I don’t know if this is a sign that things are changing around here, but either way I’m happy.

If anyone gets the chance to participate in any of these, let us know what you thought!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Being Veggie 101


Sorry I've been missing recently from quarterlifechange. I was nursing a headache, sinusey, blogey cold for the past couple of days so I have been slacking in most areas of my life. -if anyone has any cure all cold remedies, please share!

As you know, Fen and I are living the veggie life, meaning that we have not been eating meat. Hopefully some of you are trying the "30 day challange with us (come on it's really not that long!), our goal is that after 30 days we will be more apt to limit our meat eating to fewer times a week.

If for no other reason, I just found that according to The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, the meat industry generates nearly a fifth of the human-made greenhouse gas emmisions, which is more than transportation negatively effects our climate! insane.

That being said I wanted to address one of the most common questions to get thrown at vegetarians:

"How do you get your protein?????"

This is an important question, so i wanted to give all the new veggies some information, so that we can respond to the negative naysayers and also stay healthy and energized.

So here are my tenets of protein:
1. Most experts say that we need about .4 grams of protein per pund of body weight. Therefore a woman weighing 130lbs needs around 52 grams per day. If you are very active you need more, the average adult who execises regularly needs about 70g.
2. You need to get all your essential amino acids every day, we will call this complete proteins.
3. Animal Products contain complete proteins (all essential amino acids), therefore if you are not vegan, you can eat cheese, milk, yogurt, eggs etc. for complete proteins.
4. You can also get your complete proteins from vegetables and plant products by being more creative and mixing together a variety of nuts, corns, vegetables, and grains. Some examples of complete food combinations:
-rice and beans
-peanut butter sandwhich
-tofu and rice
-hummus and pita
5. You don't have to get your complete proteins in one meal, you can eat a variety of foods throghout the day and still be healthy. For example: bean soup for lunch and rice with dinner.
6. Basically variety is key. if you eat lots of differnet kinds of non-meat foods, instead of just potato chips and bagels all day, you should be ok.

ok that's my tutorial on protein, here's some websites for more info:

So, what are the chances I can convince Fen to be vegan next month???

If cher, i mean alicia silverstone can do it, then why can't we? anyone in?