Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid Meteor Shower- August 11th-13th

Get ready for the most spectacular celestial show starting this weekend-The Perseid Meteor Shower! This year, the meteor shower’s peak will be visible both the nights of Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 12-13. With a blanketing night sky as a backdrop, you can witness the streaks of luminous meteors skipping across the infinite veil. If you acclimate your eyes long enough (at least 20 mins) you may be able to see around 50 or MORE per hour depending on your location/light pollution. The key is- find a low light pollution spot, get comfy & be dedicated!

What is “The Perseid Meteor Shower”?

The Perseid Meteor shower is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. As it orbits the Sun, this big “dirty snowball” sheds tiny grains of rock and dust. Over time, the particles spread out along the comet’s orbital path. Earth flies through this path every August, sweeping up some of the dust grains. They plunge into our atmosphere at more than 100,000 miles per hour, vaporizing as the streaks of light known as meteors.

The Perseid’s are famous for producing a large number of these bright meteors. The shower peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. The thin crescent moon will be no match for the bright Perseids this year so be prepared for a great show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after about 2 a.m. local time, (when the constellation Perseus is high in the sky). Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

With all the light pollution we are surrounded by in this day and age, it’s a shame that fewer and fewer people have actually been able to see the wonders of a pitch black night-sky. Take this time to witness one of nature’s most remarkable night shows- the Perseid meteor shower! You can visit your local park, or any area that is not tainted by artificial lighting. Grab a pair of binoculars, or just look up into the sky, and enjoy the show!MeteorShowerSouthamptonBeach

This visualization below (see link) shows these meteoroid streams orbiting the Sun, some stretching to the outer regions of the solar system. Select the meteor shower in the menu to see the corresponding meteoroid stream in space. Their meteoroid orbits are based on those measured by NASA’s CAMS video camera surveillance network, and were calculated by meteor astronomer Peter Jenniskens of the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center.

https://www.meteorshowers.org/view/iau-7

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Backwards

Sitting back thinking back of how we’ve gone backwards.

Instead of practicing Christ’s love, we’ve got the Westboro Baptists.

More information available, yet- more ignorant captives.

Corrupt inhaling clean air, whilst innocent breath in acid.

More Bowies, Princes & Ali’s lining in caskets.

More vegans and yet,

the world’s breeding a new violence.

More beautiful live music, but all I’m hearing is dead silence.

Arnt, you feeling this hot climate?

Try and explain to our young,

how we killed the Earths Lungs,

the Great Barrier Reef,

The largest organism on Earth dangling, by the skin of our teeth.

Scrolling through the endless spectrum of tragedy on my feed.

I know there is unequivocally more hiding, of unheard frequently beams.

Why not choose, to lift your vibrations to the cosmos above?

Start LIVING with the universe within, practicing LOVE.

Thinking one man was above any, was the true original sin.

Get rid of your SELF and see a family of KIN.

Lets march forward as beings of ONE.

Embracing each other until the Earth one day embraces the sun.

LOVE is the LIGHT.

💙💚💛💜🌞✊🌌

 

-Spoken word by Julie Catona

Vampire Vegan Pizza with Bewitched Halloween Salad

Don’t let the corny title fool you- this recipe is for the grown & ghoulish. It’s a classy concoction that’s sure to resurrect your spirit to a higher dimension.

Well, it is Pizza…..Healthy Pizza…you don’t need to be a Wizard to create this magic.

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I can’t guarantee transcendency- but I’m pretty damn confident this combination comes close. I had a bit of an epiphany this afternoon while forging around the caldron- what better way to experience fall, then to feast your eyes and feed your tummy a visually vibrant Autumn meal. Mysterious oranges, mossy greens and earthy browns is what you need. This recipe will work great for a Haunted House party -so if you’re not already in the mood for Halloween, best get cookin’ witches!
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For the Bewitched Salad

  • 8 ounces whole baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 bundle of organic Tuscan Kale
  • 10 oz of colorful sweet potatoes- cut in small cubes (I recommend the brand Stahlbush Island Farms from WF)
  • Fresh thyme
  • 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp. siracha sauce
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Himalaya salt (to taste)
  • cracked mixed peppercorns (to taste)
  • 1 avocado

Begin by preheating your oven to 475degrees. Chop the kale and avocado and add it to a big bowl with your Siracha, salt, pepper and the juice from half a lemon. Mix with your hands! Get in there and start massaging the kale and blending the avocado until all is incorporated. Add the nutritional yeast and put the bowl aside.

In another bowl, throw your baby bellas, diced colorful sweets, fresh thyme & seasonings. Spread all the mixings out on a baking pan and chuck it in the oven.

Vampire Vegan Pizza

  • 1-8 inch round frozen vegan pizza
  • 4 oz sliced baby bellas
  • chopped red onion (just enough to sprinkle over)
  • 1/4 cup of Field Roast’s Sausage- diced into small pieces
  • 1/2 avocado
  • balsamic glaze

Take the frozen pizza, and add the fixin’s- in the order you see above. Place in the oven along with the roasting veggies for a total of 25mins or until the edges are bubbling golden brown.

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Add an incantation for good measure.

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Serve the kale salad in a spooky bowl then add the warm mushroom & potato hash on top.

Pizza can be sliced on rustic cutting board- add drops of balsamic glaze for an even more crimson/blood stained effect. Enjoy!!

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Transcend- A Poem by Julie Catona

Good morning all my friends-

whether we’ve met within our circle, virtual or kin.

A good morning if you’re reading this then,

your apart of the percent of class who could move mountains if ask-

yet believing you can’t.

We can agree you have the means to amend-

“but what do you mean there’s a need to transcend?”

My friend, there are mad-men that we must apprehend.

Not just one,

there is an army of them-

a farming of sense-

whose charming defense

has disarmed our senses without the slightest offense.

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Delicious Shepherd’s Pie (VEGAN)!!

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Comfort Food. We’ve all been there- it’s that guilty pleasure, that feeling of home, that “I’ll work out 2 times tomorrow” food. They call it “Comfort” Food for a reason folks. Let’s face it- there are few sacred moments in this life that can be compared to a hott plate of momma’s cookin’. But time’s have changed and I wont even get into the zillion reasons why comfort food has gotten a bad rep. I’m here to change that! This Vegan Shepherd’s Pie recipe is so good, so comforting, so damn delicious that I’ve been hesitant in even sharing it….Seriously…..

It’s my Go-To whenever I know we’re having guests over (I don’t even tell them it’s Vegan until after- love seeing their faces!) Don’t ask me how many people this recipe can serve, as my fiance’ and I have been known to clear quite a few plates of this pie in just one sitting…

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So let’s get comfortable with what  you’ll need 😉

  • 11×7 Glass baking dish
  • Pastry bag & pipe tip (optional)
  • A BIG appetite;)

Mashed Taters:

First rule: Don’t use the waxy, red potatoes for your mash. They just won’t break down enough nor do they absorb the liquid very well. Stick with Russets and Yukon Golds. Of the two, the Russet will give you the creamiest mash, but many people prefer the flavor and golden color of Yukon Golds.

  • 5 pound bag of Yukon Gold Potatoes OR Russets (I usually leave out around 3-4 potatoes from the bag)
  • Vegan Butter (I use Earth Balance, about 3 tbs., just add to taste)
  • Himalaya Salt- (to taste)
  • Crushed Mixed peppercorns (I love the pink and green)
  • Splash of Almond milk/Cashew Milk

Pie Filling:

  • 1 pound bag of Mixed Medley Frozen Vegetables (365 Brand from Whole Foods)
  • 1 bag of Beyond Beef- Feisty Crumble 
  • 1 Can Vegan Chili
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 tbs. of vegan Worcester sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of Just Mayo
  • 2 tbs. your favorite BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tbs. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. Cumin  
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Start by putting the potatoes in a pot and fill with enough water to cover. Sprinkle a bit of salt in there to speed up the boiling. Bring to a boil and cook for about 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are fork-tender. Drain the potatoes and mash (blending works too) with the salt, pepper, almond milk and Earth Balance. Taste and add more seasonings or EB if needed. Make sure the potatoes stay firm (especially if you want to use a frosting bag, and pipe the potatoes- very pretty)
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, prepare your filling ingredients and preheat the oven to 400°F.
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onions with a pinch of salt, and cook for 3-4 minutes, until they become glazed and clear.
  4. Add the package of frozen mixed veggies
  5. Add the Beyond Meat crumbles and stir until defrosted and they begin to blend with the veggies. Add the can of chili, Just Mayo, Nutritional yeast, BBQ sauce and the rest of your dry spices. (Because this is a vegan recipe, you can taste as you go!)
  6. Pour the filling mixture into an 11×7 glass baking dish. I love to pipe out my mashed taters in little swirls OR you can use a rubber spatula, dolloping the potatoes over the top of the filling. Carefully spread the potatoes out over the filling, making sure to form a seal all around the edge of the baking dish to prevent the filling from bubbling over. Bake on the middle oven rack for 25 minutes, until the potatoes begin to turn golden brown. Let the pie cool for about 10-15 minutes before serving.
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NEW Tee’s! Vegan for the Animals

Hey guys, I wanted to share with you some new designs that are up in my shop! 

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All T-Shirts are printed on American Apparel Fine Jersey T-shirts that are made with 100% fine jersey cotton combed for softness and comfort.

Also there’s tons of other goodies- pillows, shower curtains, totes & prints available!

Check out society6.com/futureillustrations to order yours today:)

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The Mighty Mangosteen Bowl

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There are so many trends going on in the health world right now, and Acai bowls are becoming more popular than ever before. Basically every smoothie/juice joint has at least a few acai bowls on the menu, and rightfully so. The acai berries’ flavor is one of a dark-berry-chocolaty-goodness that packs an array of health benefits. But today, I want to share with you my favorite super food that has yet reached “Acai Bowl” status- the Mangosteen.

Mangosteen is often referred to as the “Queen” of tropical fruits, particularly in the South-East Asian regions. And if you’ve ever had a fresh mangosteen, you’ll know just why it’s called the QUEEN.

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Meatless Mondays- Changing America’s Diet

Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year by humans. More than 3,000 animals die every second in slaughterhouses around the world.

                                 Click Here to see the animal kill counter

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Good news is that 400 Million fewer animals were killed for food last year vs. 2007 because people are eating less meat. In fact, meat consumption has been steadily declining in the U.S- by 10% per capita since 2007. Paul Shapiro, Vice President of the Farm Animal Protection for the Humane Society of the United States explains that

 “Compared to 2007, last year almost half a billion fewer animals were subjected to the torment of factory farming and industrial slaughter plants–and that’s despite the increase in the U.S. population.”

Rising awareness of vegetarianism & veganism , veg-friendly marketing campaigns, delicious meat and dairy replacements and the acclivitous rise in awareness that cutting back on animal products can directly improve health, have all contributed to the decline of meat consumption.

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Social Conditioning: Fact VS Fiction

From birth, most of us humans are promoted into a lifestyle- pruned and nurtured – molded and formed, in a modus vivendi that we ultimately (and unknowingly) carry into our adult lives. It might seem self-evident and rather egregious, that we are socially conditioned. Yes, you and me, we are individuals- but we are social beings- conditioned ones!

We are conditioned by our teachers, relatives, peers, religion, and of course, by technology and media. We grow up first loving all animals, a requited agape love. But slowly, the curtains close- and new doctrine takes center stage. The precept now dictates that animals are in fact divided, that most (predestined) animals are simply a “food” source, without intelligence, feelings, emotions, and certainly without a soul.

Social conditioning – as it applies to an individual is a concept that goes beyond just our biological characteristics- it is our social nature. It’s our participation with the world and other humans. And how we participate and function, well, that all stems from how we are socially conditioned.
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