Monday, June 30, 2008

ALA Book Cart Drill Team Championship

I enjoyed the book cart drill team championship at the
ALA convention. One group presented an adorable routine to the song "I want to be a librarian."
What a great song.

Here is a link to a you tube video interpretation to accompany the song. What fun!
I hope you enjoy it too.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Vegetarian Summerfest in Johnstown, PA

My sister, Carol, and I attended Vegetarian Summerfest in Johnstown PA this year. I had been wanting to go for many years, and this was my first experience with it. What a remarkable event it was! How wonderful it was to hear the superb speakers talk on a variety of topics. Many of the speakers are authors and they had fine credentials as well.

My most life changing experience at the summerfest was the informative and persuasive session given by Jeff Novick ( This dietitian advocates adding no extra oil to your diet, as all vegetables have some oil in them already. He also proved to the audience that olive oil was not as good for you as we all believe.

And to think that I always thought slathering on the olive oil was a good thing!

Anyway, because of the summerfest, I have chosen to eat not only vegan, but low fat vegan - not an easy task, to be sure, especially when on the road.

Another terrific program was given by Victoria Moran, who spoke on staying youthful. Here is her website: Her book is called "Younger by the Day," and she not only spoke eloquently about the topic, but she is a stunning example of a beautiful vegan. In fact, after seeing many of the people at the event, it keeps me on the path in even a more dedicated way.

I would love to hear from any of you who are transitioning to becoming a vegan. Take care, Bonnie

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Ithaca trip

We enjoyed a lovely trip to Ithaca last weekend, including a trip (two days in a row!) to the fantastic Ithaca Farmer's Market. What a joy it was - so summery and relaxed! I love the organic vegetarian foods, (especially eating lunch), the impromptu music, the lake, the pottery and art, and the beautiful lotus pond. All the summery things to enjoy, in my opinion!

Ithaca is such a great place for vegetarians! I want to go back and back!

Until next time, Bonnie

Thursday, June 5, 2008

a meeting with nothing substantial to eat

I went to a meeting today, and for lunch they had a lot of wraps with meat and cheese, but for a vegan there was a banana, strawberries and a cabbage salad. They also had chips, which I did not take.

Then later, in the car, I was so hungry that I ate a sweet snack bar that had way too much sugar in it.

I really have to learn to pack my lunch, because it gets a little ridiculous when I go to meetings arranged by meat eaters.

Boo, hoo, I am feeling sorry for myself today.

So I made up for it by going to a Mexican restaurant this evening with my daughter in law and having a yummy bean burrito and a margarita!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

First day of the blog

Hi! I was a vegetarian for 8 years but now, for the last three months, I have decided to become a vegan. I don't know anyone my age who is a vegan, so I decided to create a blog for the purpose of encouraging other baby boomers to become a vegan or to relate to other older adults (kind of hate that term) who are already vegans.

Why become a vegan? Oh, there are so many reasons. Have you read the book "The China Study?" Or have you read the book "Diet for a New America?" The former will convince you to become a vegan for health reasons, and the latter will convince you to become a vegan for reasons of the cute little critters.

I love being a vegan! I am so excited about it!

However, sometimes it is a drag -- like when I was traveling the PA turnpike the other day and at two rest stops there is nothing for a vegan to eat except for a wilted salad! Sometimes in PA people don't know vegans exist -- but that is only my opinion! Of course it is my experience too.

Thank goodness for Taco Bell and Subway!

Well, enough for now. I am tired from a long trip doing a workshop on library programs in Clarion. Talk to you soon!

Best wishes to becoming a vegan! Let me know how it goes for you. Youngbon