A Meat-Eater’s View of Plant-based Meals

I’m a meat eater. My uncles and cousins raised hogs for as long as I can remember. My parents bought their meat from local butchers with livestock direct from the farms. Meat and potato meals were the staple of our diet. I know and understand the climate impacts of producing meat, but it is a tradition tied to generations of my family’s livelihood. I’m no stranger to plant-based meals. Vegetarian and vegan options are often available at many large conferences and events, and these menu choices can be found on a wide variety of local restaurant menus. I think these … Read more

Bipolar Disorder Wellness Challenge

Working with bipolar disorder can be an overwhelming challenge. Imagine the greatest depression…. triple it… and find yourself only working at 40% of what your potential. This can lead to detrimental impacts on your wellness and work-life balance. Recovering from such deep depression can seem an impossible feat; lacking the energy to just stay current, and not having enough to charge through the setbacks that come your way (and there will be plenty). It’s hard to be optimistic during these times, so the best one can hope for is a lack of pessimism.

Coming of the Climate Age

When I was in college, I was a stage manager for a theatre production with a guest director from the Guthrie Lab. This presented a challenging semester as I balanced a regular class schedule with a busy rehearsal and performance schedule. The director had called a special rehearsal one time that conflicted with my class schedule. I had a decision to make as to which obligation to attend, and I chose to go to my regular class schedule. The director was upset and raised the issue with my stage manager professor. I remained diligent in the discussing priorities, and insisted … Read more