By Brittany Balcom
If the sky was green, and the grass was blue
Would fire be cold, and volcanoes too?
If everything was different it would be strange
Could you imagine such a change?
In this weird world, fish would fly,
a bird would be found swimming nearby
Rocks would feel soft, and clouds would look hard
Dogs live in the house, and people in the yard
In such a place, Winter would be warm
And we would all sunbathe during a storm
Imagine if the rain tasted sweet
Maybe umbrellas would be obsolete
Can you picture how great it would be
To see a beautiful rainbow tree?
It’s leaves would be colorful and very bright
Shimmering and glowing in the night
When I sleep, I dream of this world
With crazy animals, and flowers curled
I like to let my thoughts run wild
This is the best part of being a child
I typically don’t post personal opinions on my art website, but I needed a place to share my thoughts on this topic!
I became vegetarian around age 9, and about 4 months ago decided to go vegan. I had been toying with the idea of going vegan for a long time, but everyone I talked to told me I shouldn't, they said it was too extreme. Another reason I did not do it sooner is because didn't want to be a inconvenience to others. I was also concerned about my health, since I was already not eating meat, cutting out eggs and dairy made me nervous since those were some major sources of protein for me.
After learning some awful facts about the dairy industry, I decided that my New Year's resolution was to just try being vegan for a month. During that month I did a ton of research and basically learned how it is actually way better for your health ( if you do it right).
Here is the reason I am writing about it:
I am so passionate about animal rights, and I want to cause the least amount of harm possible to other beings. I care about my health, and I care about everyone’s health! I am worried about our earth, and feel if we keep living the way we are, it is only going to get worse. So, before you dismiss the idea of being vegan I have compiled a list of just a few of the arguments and questions that I have encountered, and I have added answers to each of them.
I also suggest that everyone watches “Earthlings” if you want to get a sense of the cruelty caused by animal agriculture, clothing, and entertainment. If you want to know more about the health aspect, check out “What the Health” and “Forks over Knives”, if you want to know how this all affects our planet, “Cowspiracy” is a great one.
Try it for a month at least, you’ll be surprised how easy it is, and how great you feel... physically and mentally, knowing you are not contributing to the harm of animals.
Responding to arguments/questions:
Where do you get your protein?
OMG how do you live without Cheese??
How do you get enough Iron?
You need to eat meat to get b12
How do you get Omega -3s
Where do you get calcium?
What if they killed the animals humanely?
We are built to be omnivores.
I respect your diet if you can respect mine. It’s a personal choice. I have nothing against vegans, just don’t push your beliefs on others.
The world is never going to change, so what is the point?
Do it for the Animals, our Earth, and your Health
I have started a business called Happy Artists! I have been wanting to do this for a while, and it is finally happening, thanks to the help and support of my boyfriend Peter.
Happy Artists offers painting classes where I give step by step instruction on how to create a specific painting. We currently can host up to 20 people, and while most of our classes will be held at bars and restaurants, we also provide private painting parties, where we bring everything to your home, or location of choice. Here is a link to the website, where you can find more information
Here is a picture of Peter and I holding the painting I will be teaching on Valentines Day.
Photo courtesy of the Beach Reporter, full article can be found Here
The first painting was done my Sophomore year in College using acrylic paint. My painting skills have improved, but I would like to experiment with those trippy shapes again! The second painting was done recently, and I used oil paint.