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Attention! All INVITED to Jenay’s Book Signing on Thursday June 13, 6pm… @ Grand Cru Food & Wine @ Lumina Station WB, NC. Come to the beach, bring friends, hang out with me & a glass of velvety vino & catch your very own signed copy!

 

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Wanna read the book? Here’s the Intro

 

 

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Warning: Beware my dear faint of heart, with this book, I thee wed… the deal. It may carry a sizeable offense factor. If you live in a glass house on Thin Skin Lane, put—the—book—down, you might shrivel up into a million tiny quivering pieces & pop! The following pages are my views only, & do not reflect the views of the company I keep. That’s up to them to decide. If you’re game, then proceed accordingly! Cheers! #Be-A-closer

 

“All men are intrinsical rascals, & I am only sorry that, not a dog, I can’t bite them.

—Lord Byron

“I think we all need to go out into an empty field & just scream for about an hour.” —Wititudes

 

Introduction

 

“Everything heals. Your body heals. Your heart heals. The mind heals. Wounds heal. Your soul repairs itself. Your happiness is always going to come back. Bad times don’t last.”

Christiana Rutkowski

Let me start by saying… EVERYTHING HEALS. Thank God for small favors. Life, the Earth & her inhabitants & we the people here, are all self-cleaning mechanisms, wherefore we can drain the living shit out of all our resources & fashion a fateful folly land of flawed humanhood… for decades upon centuries… & with enough of the right kind of TLC, anything will eventually bounce back. Miracles are not as uncommon as one might think. Yes, everything heals, mends, regenerates, realigns, rebalances, recovers & restores, despite odds. That said, knowing all is not lost… I give you my razor-sharp analysis of the current state of affairs, with no holds barred, through an unrefined lens. Enjoy!

No doubt, our species has indeed gone rogue. The Earth is riddled with bizarre behavior, criminal conduct, & unruly, unkempt, uncouth, unraveling citizens. It’s no secret. It’s evident everywhere you turn. I’d like to believe in the inherent goodness inside of people, but the harsh truth of widespread subpar mediocrity remains. Our innate goodness is like a ball of rising sun… it is at first dim & as it rises to its greatness, it will either shine brightly, high in the sky, for all to see, bestowing light & nourishment or get clouded by fog behind a curtain of clouds & darken the whole damn party with a dull damp haze.

We may all have inherent goodness, but not all people let it shine. At our human core, we are a species of predators & prey & no sugar-coated theory about how we are saints & saviors will convince me otherwise. Sorry, but I’m not sorry. Folks everywhere have this lackluster laissez-faire attitude where they just roll with the punches until they get knocked out for the count, & just give up getting up. We are born creators… not pawns along for some ride on some gameboard of a dictator God monster with a pointy staff & a naughty & nice list. A rather large portion of the population does not seem to get that, though. Our species is suffering here. The universal omnipotent force of eternal Divine energy (God) is neutral & unbiased. It co-creates with us according to our freedom of will via our choices. If we do not exercise our free will, someone else, government, religion or some man-made machine will exercise it for you. And at that point, there are no guarantees it will be the best choice for all involved.

God damn it, we are in control of what we choose to think, feel, perceive, believe & focus on. This is the seat of the “freedom of will.” Remember people: what we focus on, we expand, & then thus experience. What we resist, persists, because we are thus focusing on it via disdain. It’s not rocket science. If a person wants to keep harping on the same thing over & over & over & over & over, they will continuously get the same results… disdain, disappointment, dysfunction, dis-ease. This disdain is essentially proving over & over & over again, their focused crappy theory, & thus the belief, being insidiously endorsed. Stop that! It’s YOUR brain… no one else’s. CHOOSE to see things another more improved way! Things will then thus change. It’s law. How we perceive things, people & circumstances is ALWAYS our choice. It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you handle it, perceive it, respond to it, comply with it. Here’s a bright idea>>> sway it all in your favor! Imagine>> (think, feel, visualize) the best outcome, the most beneficial dynamic, harmony, synergy, advantageous coincidence! Why? BECAUSE YOU CAN! #Boss

Last weekend a young man asked me how I remain so positive. “It seems all the negativity in the world doesn’t affect you,” he said. I had no more than a minute with the young man so I offered this: It’s all about where you choose to put your attention, and I choose to be happy.”

— Jason Mraz

OWN YOUR POWER Card

by: Indie Goes Software App via Self Love Oracle Cards

{Changing the world is easier after one has learned to change oneself. Be the change you wish to see, & your world will shift.

We play victim whenever we want to deny the steps we can take to change the situations around us. This is not to say that we are never at the mercy of circumstances outside of ourselves. But this card reminds you that there is always something you can do, even if it’s to change your attitude and responses, and to start making different choices.

Everything we face in our lives is a consequence of past personal and collective choices that we’ve made. It is sometimes too easy to throw up our hands and claim that there’s nothing else that we can do. Well, whatever we say is so, becomes so.

We need to become aware that we always have power over our choices. If we feel that we are forced into certain decisions because of circumstances, we may actually be shutting our doors and denying our responsibility of searching for alternate solutions or making a stand against coercion.

This card is a strong invitation to start looking at what you can do, not what you cannot. Take responsibility for where you are and look at all of your options, including those that you may not have considered before. You can then reclaim your power to determine where you’re going.}

That said, I know there are those of us who have harnessed & are working towards or have already thus mastered the Law of Attraction, the power of positivity, of laughter, of snapping back quickly. Kudos to those of us who keep our eyes on the prize & behave accordingly, seeking mindful living, health & wellness, gratitude, & a depth of greater understanding. Furthermore, I believe very strongly that men & women can behave graciously toward each other when prompted. There are most definitely good people in the world. We can be courageous instruments of peace when called. When the situation heralds a heroic deed, hero or heroes incarnate, humans will drum up & gather in the name of justice & salvation.

We will rescue & restore our fellow man to safety & security til the cows come home & then some. But that is instinct. Our powerful capabilities lie deep within us to save each other, gain triumph & victory over apparent “evil forces” outside ourselves.  But what about the inherent evil that has been cultivated, bred & spread within our hearts, minds & bodies for centuries on end? We are enemies of ourselves most of all, victimizers & victims to the max. And THIS, my friends… is what this book is about.

At worst, humanoids are creatures of lust & hate, dreamers with dark hearts that have secret penchants for a spectrum of poisonous indulgences. A fast food drive thru can be found almost around every single corner in most towns & cities worldwide. I heard a guy say once, that in certain parts of Florida, there are more “Pain Clinics” than McDonalds’. America has multiple chains of smoke shops & vape stores. {More than 3.6 million CHILDREN used E-Cigs in 2018. 1 in 5 high school students use E-Cigs}

TODAY, as I write these words, the Surgeon General sounded an ALARM on Vaping. The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, issued a WARNING, calling it an “epidemic” & a massive threat to public health. “Our youth & teens are in serious jeopardy,” he stated. The carcinogens & mind-altering nicotine in these pens & pipes are harmful to the developing brain, lungs, throat & overall health. It might not be LSD, bong hits, E pills, or kegger parties these days, but kids today sure do know how to inhale that almighty nic fit saturated vaper cloud. (guilty!)

We have multiple chains of liquor stores, hookah lounges, kava & kratom bars, weed bars, wine bars, breweries, vineyards, sex shops, strip clubs, brothels, casinos, addictive gaming & gambling outlets, pharmacy after pharmacy, kill stations we call farms that mass produce animals for all the products we lavishly require daily.

We consume sugar, soda, meat, dairy & high fructose corn syrup way past any reasonable limit. Our bodies fight & kick & scream daily. Our bodies work so hard to keep us healthy, toxin free, energetic, disease free, limber, flexible, strong & restorative. But we challenge it constantly. We abuse our bodies, poison our minds, sting our hearts with anger, fear, frustration, stress, resentment, jealousy & self-loathing. The human being is a bittersweet specimen. While compassionate & kind, we are reckless & irrational. While grateful & generous we are blamers & thieves. We all live on the same block.

Not to mention, regarding the “hate” part, our jails, prisons, penitentiaries, work release programs & juvenile detention centers are all overflowing, over crowded, backed up & more populated with inmates than ever before in human history.

Did someone say: “Prison Industrial Complex?”

That said, adding to the greed machine we call government, there is basically a bounty on each & every one of those heads, to keep them locked up, or caught in the system. Our so called “fair” judicial system conveniently referred to as the “Dept of Justice,” was designed with all kinds of deliberate pitfalls so to be a revolving door for the sake of business.

To validate this even further, Prisons have now become privatized. Prisons have owners, investors & people that buy stock in them. When they are built or expanded, it is a new space that needs inventory. So, from a business standpoint, these jail houses must then secure & proliferate product which will generate profit. Bodies are their most valuable product, convicted criminals their pay dirt, recidivism their Ace in the hole. The Court system, the prisons & local politicians are all in bed with each other, for a buck. Keeping the supply high, with arrests & convictions that never end. Keeping everybody’s belly full & pockets fat. It’s the name of the game.

{According to the Vera Institute of Justice, incarceration costs an average of more than $31,000 per inmate, per year, nationwide. In some states, it’s as much as $60,000. Taxpayers foot the bill for feeding, housing and securing people in state and federal penitentiaries. May 19, 2017}

Our prisons are chock full of men & women alike who repeatedly commit crimes against their neighbor as a lifestyle. Whether it is due to low income, poor education, ghetto demographics, OR NOT, there is a metropolis of all types of people turned criminals who are hemmed up in the system for all types of reasons. Crime doesn’t discriminate. Humans are prone. Black, white, blue, red, rich or poor. From dirty cops, to the “shooter,” to the Ponzi scheme frauds, the backyard gun slingers, dope smugglers, petty thieves, aggravated assaulters, prostitutes, johns, drunks, rapists, molesters, killers, drug addicts, sex traders, terrorists, bullies, bank robbers. And what’s worse? Rehabilitation for these folks is scant. Prisons more likely produce droves of people in & out of that revolving door that are better criminals than when they got there.

When they are released, most of these people barely have “reintegration” programs, “anger management” classes, therapy, counselling, job placement assistance, support groups… especially for men. Rather, they have Parole Officers who are waiting to violate them. These guys have children & families they must learn how to reengage with. Most convicts have poor coping skills for real world living. Everything is provided for them in the “three hots & a cot” realm of robot lock up. Not to mention, they have built walls behind those walls, to likely protect themselves. Hearts have been hardened. Nothing good ever came from a cold, or closed, broken, barrier laden, armored heart.

Incarceration in the United States is one of the main forms of punishment and rehabilitation for committing felony and other offenses. We have the largest prison population in the world, and the highest per-capita incarceration rate. In 2016 in the US, according to stats floating around online, there were 655 people incarcerated per 100,000 population. This is the US incarceration rate for adults or people tried as adults.

Do you really know who your neighbors are? Many people just pass time. They just sit around & wonder why they are nowhere with nothing, while they binge watch another endless paradoxical drama likely saturated with distorted realities. Instead of striving to be better, more enhanced versions of themselves, they breed mixed feelings, laziness, lack, limitation, loss, worry, fear, & bad genes of dysfunctional stories, bad habits & conflicted programs. They continue the unsavory trends of delusion.

People seem to have this diluted sense of self. They grovel at the foot of a dictator God called “He” & then run around town with a false sense of sovereignty. This counterfeit sovereignty eventually fails them because they have forfeited personal responsibility, as if some great deity in the sky is in autonomous control. Then they blame God when something bad happens. Religion is a big toilet that needs to be flushed. Spirituality is what’s real. Spirituality is being true to the Divinity in oneself. Religion is a business. Religion is a busted bicycle that has a wobbly tire & only one set of brakes that half ass work. Spirituality is an internal quiet commitment to honor the God in yourself & everyone else equally. Hence the meaning of the word: Namaste.

Amen, means: Yes! In this case, Yes! to the lies. Yes! to a corpse hanging from a tree that came to save us all from our sinner selves. Jesus Christ is a historic figurehead whom with which likely lived on this Earth with a sincere sacred mission to make an instrumental mark on humanity. And YES! He did learn & develop via the Eastern teachings of Eastern religion, the Kabbalah & the Great Ancient & wise nomads that fasted & meditated, practiced Yoga & Tantra & Zen life & essentially are responsible for the Zen culture trends that we have today. Unlike what the Bible reveals, this Jesus savior dude studied at the University of Buddha.

WWJD? This slogan is viral because Jesus was a perfect example of what a person should look like, when living out a righteous life path here, in this earthly 3-dimensional reality. Why does religion feel this compelling need to keep spinning this died, buried & rose from the dead tale? Why is this crucifixion story at the center of every single service & sermon? Christian radio stations beat a dead horse over & over & over with this hanging on a cross story. It’s nauseating & exhausting. He died for your sins? Took away the sin of the world? God gave his only son… to save us from ourselves? Great… let’s be done with it then. Give it a rest. Let’s move on.

This is my daily affirmation: (Say it along with me!)

“The Sovereign sword of my conscious awareness cuts through the mire of disdain and disorder and dysfunction and disconnection and disillusion and disaster, disappointment, & discontent. I free unhealthy attachments, obsessions & what no longer serves me here. I release all expectations & live in the now fully. I am seated within perfect love & illumined by the God Force, empowered by peace. Wellness is my eternal state. Warm vibrations clothe me. I trust the processes of life. I know the blessed Universe is my sole provider. The Universe is my unlimited source. Abundant prosperity is a constant flow even within the ides of polarity. My soul is bright, glowing & on fire with a passion for expanding love, light & prosperous gain. I am rich, rewarded & worthy of recognition. I am a channel for ascension on Gaia & an intermediary transmitting the promise of peace to all warrior souls. I am cleansed, purified & sanctified within the moment of now. All is forgiven. All is Grace. Resentments fade. I am free!”

Life is all about belief. It’s all that matters. It’s from where all else stems. It is packed with all the nooks and crannies that compose & comprise a life of experiences. The region of us where thoughts roam & frolic is the brain. Picture a big giant grassy backyard where a bunch of different kinds of kids & dogs are at play just jumping & frolicking about, splishy splashy through the sprinkler or tossing a ball. These thoughts that roam & frolic are the individual threads that weave the fabric of our beliefs. What we then thus believe, we live out & experience thereof.

Some of these beliefs are buried. Ingrained so deep into the depths of our subconsciousness that we are totally unaware that they are undermining our good or sabotaging our greatness in the present. Consequently, we are baffled. We may blame others or circumstances for our undesirable experiences, totally disregarding that whatever occurs in our personal landscape is due solely to our beliefs, whether visible to the rational mind or not.

The consciousness of our minds is a tricky animal. It is invisible & intangible & so many times a challenge to see, grasp or hold into place. It could thereof be rather easy to dismiss or not take responsibility for. But be advised… the multifaceted & layered dimensions of our consciousness are very important for us to unveil, garden, tidy up, spring clean, weed, prune, groom, thus maintain, preserve, protect & praise. Our beliefs are seated in that backyard. Those beliefs are the culprits to all that we experience & express, create & manifest. It’s very crucial to know what kinds of beliefs they are. So rationally, we may rewire as needed. Realigning ourselves to what is true, right, useful & practical & positively progressive from all the wrong concepts we may have been taught, trained or brainwashed to believe from past programs & patterns & people’s flawed projections & shoddy or shady influences.

I really do believe that I have more goodness in my pinky finger than many choice folks have in their whole body. By no means, does this imply I’m a flawless little Angel. It just means this: murderers & rapists may love their mothers & pets, have gardens & know how to whip up a good bowl of pasta but, that doesn’t mean they are good people. Redeeming qualities in a psychopath don’t make him any less of a savage force of reckless behavior. I am a firm believer in the inherent goodness in people, but not all people tap into it. They basically run around their whole lives with screaming potentials (literally) dying to be fulfilled. Dr. Wayne Dyer talks about having music left in you, never getting your song out. Droves of folks live & die without ever tuning in.

Or, people run around, rather, nourishing the darkness within them instead of the light & their inherent goodness lies dormant until their soul is set free at physical death. Then, they get yet another go of it via reincarnation, or they meld into some ethereal energy abyss where they can just be miserable the whole live long day in some false ether world miscreated on the astral plane somewhere. Don’t quote me on that, but you know what I mean.

I am not in the business of hurting people, shaming people, condemning or criticizing, I am in the business rather, of justice & truth, plain & simple. That said, multiple individuals in the natural proprietary blend of the world population are oppressive, unloving, cruel, misguided, greedy, self-absorbed, self-centered, & self-serving. Like an antiquated black & white horror movie eerily flickering in the corner of a creepy dark room, the people of the world have been hypnotized like zombies, strung up like slaves, & utterly brainwashed, in a most ghastly tormented way. We have built & bred a culture & civilization of suffering, sickness, disease, pain, fear, heartache, anger, violence, injustice, backwards beliefs, unnecessary sacrifice, blindness, numbness, limit, lack, self-loathing & self-pity that weakens our spirit, drains our bodies, corrupts the files of our minds & sucks our souls right out like a villainous vacuum cleaner.

Who are the ringleaders? Who is the captain? Who is the sheriff of Shitshowtown? Well, anyone who exercises, & enforces leadership & authority with fear & control, deprivation, intimidation, manipulation, tyranny, dichotomy, bureaucracy, fascism, racism, sexism, terrorism, war, destructive division, & harmful competition. The insidious implementation of these morally bankrupt things/thugs has turned our world into a breeding ground of humans that are significantly subpar & devoid of honest principles & authentic intentions.

The planet has now been decorated with a bunch of misunderstood mutants holding on to each other for dear life. We live in a land of crawlers instead of walkers. The planet is strewn with people who believe their own lies & concede to produce & perpetuate whole generations of pissants & Pinocchios. The sludge is beginning to float to the top. It is time to call it like it is. Don’t mind if I do.

Some might say I need sensitivity training, but I say:

GFY.

(Acronym for: Go-Fuck-Yourself).

Yep, I really just said that.

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Who She is.

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About the Author

My name is Jenay (JZapp), I was born in the hurricane season circa 1974, which makes perfect sense, because I certainly do like ta shake shit up. I am a writer. I write & write & write, that’s what I do. I came out of the womb with a fat lip from fighting off the earthlings tryin’ to pull me out onto this godforsaken land. No doubt I was snapping gum (if a toothless baby could snap gum), sporting a green sun visor, brandishing a pen & white legal pad, making lists & taking notes. It was September 18th, which was the five year anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix, bell-bottoms were en vogue, Eric Clapton’s cover of “I Shot the Sheriff” just hit the Billboard top 100, & it was fondly the era of the sexual revolution, better known as “Free Love.”

I knew how to write before I could talk or walk if that makes any sense. If writing was a faucet of running gold…. I would be the Queen of England, Egypt, and 12 other great empires. I would live in a golden castle with a golden cat & eat golden cucumbers. Diamond chips would be shooting out of my fingertips. Writing is what I do best. It’s how I live. It’s what I know. It’s timeless. It’s healing. It’s cathartic. It releases unwanted emotions. It exonerates. It liberates. It validates. It vindicates. It provides resolutions, answers, clues, closure, knowledge, information, wisdom, comic relief & enlightenment. I NOW HAVE THREE published books available on Amazon.com.

I am most definitely a wordsmith. Frankly, I have way too much fun with words, I can’t resist. I have some serious spunk & there’s no denyin’ my audacious attitude. I am my own brand of freelance writer & reporter of current, relevant, buzzworthy topics. I write colorful articles, create moods, stir things up, am brutally honest & have no apologies, & if ya don’t like me, oh well.

I’d like to think that my writing style is a blended firestorm of bursting color, & a healthy trail mix of Saturday Night Live, Sarah Silverman, Marisa Peer, Esther Hicks, Bob Marley, Bono, Kathy Lee & Hoda, Jimmy Fallon & a tiny sweet little dash of the Royal Renegade of radio… Dr. Michael Savage. I am a melting pot of many influential people. You don’t have to agree with me. I don’t have to always be right. I will say it how I see it, anyway.
I am a poet. I claim poetic license to the max, in or out of rhyme. I am an Artist of Word Art. What I write is deliberate. The English language is a “living” language that is still evolving. It’s not Latin. “Proper” grammar or sentence structure, etcetera, etcetera… may or may not apply here, thereof. So those of you who either may be nitpickers or English majors, put on some sunglasses, put your feet up, & flip on some tunes, cause nobody’s countin’ commas at this party.

If you read through my blog (Tap FOLLOW!)… you will find that I am a bit of a diplomat, pleasantly patriotic and am quite an ambassador for female empowerment and principles. I’m also a tried & true Culinary Grad, a foodie for sure, & recently embarked upon a Vegan lifestyle, so I feature plenty of nutrient-rich intel. As a “recovered addict,” reformed Catholic, abuse & rape survivor, I am a significant advocate for addicts, those in recovery, victims of abuse, animal rights, anyone ready to embrace their power & improve the quality of their life. I wear a hero helmet most days that reads: “power to the people” on the front, and “justice” on the back. I believe in equality, respect, unity, peace, & the eternal Divine force of Universal Law.

Furthermore, I am an Empath. This means I have the gift of clairsentience which loosely translated, means: “clear sensing.” And thus, I have a supersonic capacity to feel, sense energy & experience everything in detailed technicolor. Empathic souls absorb more than non-empathic people. We typically have a deeper understanding of life… & not by choice. We are born sensitives. I literally feel the pain of a wine-soaked drowning fruit fly. It gets even more amplified when I’m high… lol. Look out! She’s a philosopher!

This hyper-developed sensory perception has given me the ability to channel intel from higher dimensions, & over years of continued contact, I have become fluent in these transmissions via writing. In addition, empaths are the arch nemesis of narcissists… which is probably why I tend to have a bone to pick (more like 5 or 10) with any kind of controlling, egocentric, self- serving, dictatorial non-diplomacy.

What I stand for is non-denominational, non-affiliated, nonpartisan & all-inclusive. I am an amplifier of goodness & Light. It could be said that I am a proactive agent for the greater good. I espouse positive thinking. I consider myself a leader in the Conscious Revolution, a Light Guide/Life Coach/Spiritual advisor all rolled into the cool girl next door. Thanx for reading!
Namaste🙏

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Say your prayers people… She’s coming for ya. Rock the bullet proof vest, yer comfy pants, let the Buddha grin settle in. Pop the corn, rock the Raisinets & get your butt in the recliner. Prepare to be entertained to the utmost degree. You are about to witness the baddest bitch slapping of the century. Pro boxing ain’t got sh** on this stack of pages.

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Rules of Edible Engagement

LqZP1EMN“Eat Food, not too much, mostly plants” is what our species has done for hundreds of thousands of years. It’s good universal advice that is timeless & has been proven effective.

Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. Eat food that comes from a plant, not made in one. Food that doesn’t need a label is what nature intended. Pluck it off the vine, off the tree, up from the dirt if ya can.

If you are gonna choose to eat meat, treat it like a treat, eat it once a week. Consider dairy alternatives. Purchase only local organic humanely farm raised fare. Regard seafood as sacred. Behave accordingly.

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Eat deliberately to enjoy & savor texture, flavor & the moment to moment experience. Eat s-l-o-w-e-r. Take your time. Try to spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it. Appreciate your bites. Chew mindfully. Pick out a smaller plate, bowl or cup. Eat in smaller portions. Stop before your full.

Enjoy food in good company. Eating is a celebration with others, a tribute to your health. Recognize in the moment how food is serving your nutritional needs. Praise the beauty of its nourishment. There is pleasure in eating. Sit, cherish, relax & chew cheerfully.

Be in bright spirits with merry thoughts. Cultivating a relaxed, non-punitive attitude toward food is essential to the dissemination of nutrients & the assimilation of their benefits. Being anxious about eating is not the ideal. Make your everyday default practice, one that is nurturing.

“All things in moderation, including moderation” —Oscar Wilde.

That said…break the rules once in a while. Go ahead & share dessert with guiltless zest!

Eat many colors. Propose a toast. Say grace. Always tip your server generously & always hug the Chef! Bon appetit! Cheers!

#FrenchParadox

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Inspired by:

In Defense of Food PBS Documentary Film by: Michael Pollan

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Vegan Wild Child: A Day in the Life

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I eat Root veggies for grounding & connection to Mother Earth. I eat raw Ginger, & local raw honey for a zing & a zang. I eat orange & lemon for a quik pop of C. I eat lovely leafy shades of GREEN for protein & overall nutrition. Berries are brain food. Garden veggies are the energy of the golden sun. Bananas are not just for monkeys. A swig of apple cider vin for PH balance. A probiotic is a “smooth move.” lol. Turmeric is a wonder drug-spice. All fresh herbs are living antioxidants. Chia seeds expand with exceptional essential benefits….so I add them to calcium-fortified almond milk & shake it up! Happy hummus is my spreadlicious best friend. Olive oil, & avocado keep my skin radiant… not to mention they are packed with Omega 3s, good fat & well over 20 nutrients in that great guac ya just made 🙂 Grainy toast is my guilty pleasure, with a touch of melty creamy coconut oil & a sprinkle of sunflower seeds. And, oh Romeo, oh Romeo where for art thou… with my delicate squares of sexy sea salted Twilight Cacao…? I wish to pair them so perfectly with a dark inky plum red Zin-tabulous vino with that fruit forward flash, my love!

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The Last Meal

The Last Meal> BFF: Bacon & Eggz

Back in Culinary school, we were asked to name the “Last Meal” we would choose to have if we were gonna pass on in a few hours. If we were given the option to enjoy one last delicious Hoo- Ra before we sail off into the sunset to meet the Big man in the sky….just… what would it be?

ronswanson4Ya know what my answer was every time someone ever asked me that? Bacon & over easy eggs on buttered toast. Hands down.

“Dippy eggs” we used to call them as a term of endearment for the poor little unhatched chic sweet peas. Then we have the slathered melty, buttery, good ole polka dotted wonder white, nutrient-free, bleached fake fortified bread product…lol. And at last… we have thee most elite guilty pleasure of all to ever to hit the palate or plate stage…

Thee RockStar of every kitchen across the globe: BACON.

I am its #1 fan, believe me. Just like the fat kid that loves cake I love bacon, just as much as the next guy. Crispity, greas-pity, crumble in your mouth-watering; lick your lips sizzling; mini orgasm in a pan frying: BACON. Geez, it’s even fun & satisfying to muse about.

october-1997-he-looked-good-seven-years-tibet-laBecoming Vegan & giving up bacon, is just like dating a super model or Matthew McConaughey (for the ladies) & then… breaking up forever…to never again partake in the fantastic pleasure of their acquaintance ever… ever…. again. All that’s left is a dreamy memory, a fantasy of what was, & pretty much… a skeleton in the wind. Then the usual forward motion protocol… is typically to compare every next person to the god or goddess template, who will essentially never really truly compare. We’ve all had that template person at one point, I’m sure.supermodel-perfection-1419587607

Well, in this case, BACON is that template person, & it’s not the easiest break-up to shake. We as a society…revere it. We put bacon on a pedestal, & have praised its greasy glory for many moons. We definitely are a peculiar brand of people, I must say.images-1315baconfestwinner

.mw-bv926_breakf_mg_20140304230342This photo is fondly named: “Breakfast in America.” Wow, right?

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But, look how simple… Look how beautiful…

Eggs, butter, bacon & cheese are RockStars in my book. As a Culinary Artist, moving forward, I find it depressing to not be able to utilize these essential ingredients to every Chefs forte. But….oh well. I will suck it up, I guess. It is a small sacrifice for a morally worthwhile very significant cause. Saving God’s creatures is King. On the ethically-correct scale…preserving Mother Nature & respecting all life is Top Dog. I’m not a jellyfish with no backbone who can’t sit up straight or practice a little healthy self-discipline for the sake of the greater good. I don’t just talk a good game cause I can. I talk it, cause I honor the unspoken code of loyalty to mankind & integrity of personhood. My money is where my mouth is. Is yours?

I am a bonified 100% American Chef trained foodie who loves & appreciates ALL cuisines, & If I am willing to go Vegan for the sake of: service to the Planet…..then….so can you, my friend…so-can-YOU.

Not sayin’ it’s gonna be a walk in the park or a sail down the waterslide….but it’ll be an adventure worth every mini attitude adjustment made. The cleaned up karma alone, is one valuable long-term benefit to look forward to. With regard to a spiritual standpoint…due to the elevation of vibrational frequency via the consumption of vibrant plant-based foods, both personal & planetary karma will be reversed naturally.

All in the scheme of things, like a series of events that follow one after the other in sequence, the significant behavioral changes that take place due to a newly launched or practiced Vegan lifestyle…result in a new set of circumstances. “Cause & effect” is altered when the new invisible energetic trends fall like dominoes through the portals of planetary improvement. Thus… a new found freedom transpires. Freedom from the ball & chain of outdated toxic programs & patterns. Wonderbread be gone!

Breakin’ the unbreakable chain is a worthwhile feat… for the advent of a New World order is at hand, & the dawn of a better day is upon us. Essentially, the toilet is getting flushed of all the substandard practices of a formerly morally corrupt human society.

Keeping in mind that the decision to embark upon a Vegan lifestyle can be a gradual change for those going at their own pace… progress, not perfection would be appropriate to insert here. ANY small change is contributing to the welfare of mankind. The greater good surely appreciates all effort & steps toward positive change. Going Vegan cold turkey (lol) very well may be a challenge in such ways. However, effort & small adjustments do indeed add up to bigger ones eventually, for sure. Mini changes are changes too. Adjusting one’s self, life, daily habits & patterns may take some time & concerted effort. Prioritizing accordingly might indeed be called for…a Re-Eval as they say. Even a certain death may seem to take place. Grieving the loss of not only cherished edible delights but also the fond memories that go with them.

All the lavish warm holidays spent gathered around a juicy browned turkey by candle lite with all the tidings & trimmings of a meat & dairy infused love fest. The Sunday dinners at Mama Lucia’s house with a big lush bowl of spagetts & meat-a-ballz-a. I for one… grew up in an off the boat Italian family that did not take no for an answer! lol. One did not sit at the table with my grandfather at the helm &….not partake of all the hard work & effort of my Mom-Mom Zapparelli & her kitchen entourage. That would be disrespectful! The cold hard stare could make you cry… lol. So yes, many of us will have to make certain calls at certain times…understandable. Life certainly is not black & white. It looks to me like life actually has a pretty extravagant full-color 3-dimensional scheme like OZ. So yea, use your best judgment. People matter too…

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But, oh will I miss….that endearing paper thin prosciutto puffed up upon the slate plate, the creamy decadence of French Brie, the tart crumble of ripe herb rolled Chevre, Spanish Manchego aged to perfection, the smoky or nutty caramelly flavor profiles of  gratifying Gouda & the sharp & lovely bite of champagne & cheddar together. Not to mention, the superior smothering skills of magnificent Mozzarella!!

What else will be missed? The Antipasti spread charming the pants off a good gathering of precious pairings of people, wine, brew & spirits off the deck or by the pool & bonfire. The backyard grill-outs that coined dogs & brats & burgers king of the food chain. Who doesn’t love love love wings & football? The New Years Eve after party bacon & eggs at 3am, that fantastic smoker out back by the barn, KFC, Taco Bell Grande, Micky-D’s, Mc-Everything!

Cook-OUT, Pizza Pizza Pizza! Mom’s homemade meatloaf, Prime Rib at the club or convention. Succulent sauced low n slow cooked baby-backs with coleslaw, mac salad, or potato salad. Biscuits, sausage & gravy,  or (S.O.S.) creamed chipped beef. Southern fried genius, corned beef & cabbage, pulled pork, beef brisket, jerky, BBQ & stew. Quiche, Crepes, souffle, creme brulee, mid-rare grass fed filet. Cheesy mac, cheesy fries, cheese steak, cheese sauce, cheese curls, cheese balls, a loaded baked potat-a, a chicken Pot-Pie. Baked ziti, lasagna, ravioli, parmesan encrusted everything. French toast, French Crullers, buttercream frosting, pudding, sundaes, yogurt, m&m’s……. WTF???

Not fair. I get it. lol.

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