Animal love

Some lovely pictures that feature bonds between and amongst animals and humans, that show the sentience of both.

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100 vegan-owned and vegan businesses

This post features vegan-owned business around the world.  The entries for Canada seem rather limited. I’ve added the following Canadian companies that I know of to supplement this list.

Just the Goods: I don’t know if Milena, the owner of this wonderful company, is vegan, but all her products are.  I buy a number of goods from this company.  Milena makes her own products, and her customer service is outstanding. Based in Winnipeg.

Meat free athlete.  Owner is vegan and sells vegan products. Based in Toronto.

Nice Shoes: Vegan-owned company in Vancouver that sells only vegan products. I’ve purchased shoes from this company and have been very pleased.

Truth Belts: Vegan belts, cuffs, and dog leashes.

Upaya Naturals:  Toronto-based company that sells raw vegan food, supplements, etc.

Vegan Cuts: Ottawa-based store that sells vegan foods, body care, fashion, etc.

Truly Organic Foods: Raw, vegan foods, and vegan personal care products. Based in Saint Catherine’s, Ontario.

Panacea: Toronto-based store that sells only vegan products.

The Vegan Artisan: Vegan foods, including frozen prepared meals. Mississauga, Ontario.

 

 

In honour of Kirk Douglas

Since yesterday was Kirk Douglas’ birthday, I thought I’d reflect on some of my favourites of his works. Kirk Douglas has been an acquired taste for me, as I normally prefer actors with a more subtle touch, a quality I do not easily associate with him. Douglas excelled at playing tortured, driven characters and was associated with many significant films.  I certainly admire his passion for life and films, both of which were very evident in his book I am Spartacus, which chronicles all the work he put into ensuring that this film was made, and his insistence on using the blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Douglas had an intense presence on the screen; it’s impossible to take your eyes off him. He was unabashedly larger than life.  To commemorate his 97th birthday, Douglas listed his birthday wishes:

  • A world where weapons, big and small, are symbols of weakness, not strength
  • A world where religion informs values, not governments
  • A world where the air is breathable, the water drinkable and the food is healthy and plentiful
  • A world where poor people are the smallest percentage of the population
  • A world where education and health care are available to everyone
  • A world where prejudice based on race, religion and nationality is non-existent
  • A world where smoking tobacco is considered a ridiculous practice from a bygone era
  • A world where all diseases are curable and physical pain is no longer a part of life
  • A world where we control technology, not the other way around
  • A world where greed is never considered good

Not a shabby list at all, Mr. Douglas.  Below is a list of my favourite Douglas films:

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Warner Brothers gangster films

Turner Classic Movies is featuring a variety of gangster films today.  I am a big fan of gangster films, which is the main reason why Warner Brothers is my favourite of the classic film studios.  In the 1930s and 1940s, Warner Brothers established a reputation for producing gritty, hard-edged films that featured streetwise and hard-bitten characters, who often met grisly ends. These Warner Brothers films embraced reality, rather than escaped from it.  Below is a list of my favourite Warner Brothers gangster films, many of which feature James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson.  As a child, I didn’t like either Cagney or Robinson; I was drawn to the tall elegance of actors like Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, and Cary Grant.  It was not until much later in life that I learned to appreciate the artistry of Cagney and Robinson, and their innate ability to dominate every scene.

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