Archive for June, 2011

Enter the Ghosts


If you follow my Cow Jones Facebook page, then you know that my latest obsession is The Ghosts in Our Machine – described as “A film & web narrative in development about the individual animals used within the machine of our modern world”. I can’t properly put into words why I am so taken with this project. I have been a vegan for 22 years now but have not watched the films that so many people consider to be game-changers (like Earthlings, Food Inc., Forks Over Knives, etc). I do know that my journey began wth an image – an image of a cow on the back of a Peta newsletter (almost 23 years ago), with the caption – “Good intentions are not enough – stop eating meat”. I can still see that image and remember the stirrings of awareness that followed. When I first saw one of the trailers for The Ghosts, I had those feelings again and I thought – this is really going to be a game changer for so many people.

  I’m not going to write too much here about this project because there are so many excellent interviews and articles related to this project out there already. I suggest you check out the following:

 Interview with Liz Marshall  from the wonderful ladies at Our Hen House.

Interview with Liz Marshall from A Dog’s Eye View

This project is currently in the second half of  a fund raising stage. Anybody who donates $20 or more during this time is eligible to win some wonderful goodies – a bundle from The Roots of Compassion and a fantastic photo from We Animals and signed by Jo-Anne McArthur. The first contest ended on 6/22. The winner received an English Retreads handbag that was donated by us.

I had also promised on my Facebook page, that if the half-point goal of the project was met by 6/22, I would have a special sale on my website to celebrate. So here it is!! From now (June 27’th) until July 3’rd, if you enter the code “Ghosts25” in the special instructions/codes field at check-out time, anything that you order that is not already marked down, will be discounted by 25%. I don’t have a website that handles codes the ‘normal’ way, so you won’t see the discount reflected in the price at check-out but I don’t apply charges until I am ready to ship – and if I see this code, I will apply the 25% discount – and send you an e-mail with info about what the true cost is. It sounds cumbersome and requires some faith on your part – but it does work!

Check out this link if you would like to learn more about the fundraising campaign.

The dog in the picture was our beloved Betty. She was a rescued dog and we were really fortunate to share our lives with her for 2 years. She died last August and it is still difficult to even say her name. All animals are beautiful and wondrous and when we open our hearts and minds to them, we are the recipients of love without limits.


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Mission statements – if you have a business, lead an organization or are simply applying for a job, you need to have a mission statement. I have agonized over this – even the “About Us’ page of my website presents me with a problem. Every time that I read something that I have written about what my shop is all about or what I’m trying to do, I cringe. It usually sounds too lofty, too much blah blah blah, too trite – or worse yet – too pretentious.

 Really, I think that my mission statement is simply – “I’m just trying to do something good”. Does that sound silly?

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As I was getting dressed this morning, I thought about  the clothes that I was wearing. A pair of black pants that I’ve had for 8 years now,  a Vaute Couture message tee and my beloved popomomo cape. And I thought, “I’m dressing in memories”. I remembered buying these pants at a women’s clothing store down the block from me and thinking at the time that they were expensive – but I knew that I would wear them all the time. Eight years later, that has certainly been proven to be true. The Vaute Couture tee is especially cherished by me.  I remembered when I first heard about this brand, my first conversation with Leanne, the first time that I met her – lovely memories. So each time that I wear it, it’s like having Leanne with me. The popomomo cape is special to me because – 1) I just absolutely love the style 2) I met the designer Lizz  at Rendezvous back  in the fall of 2010 3) Abigail Doan of ecco*eco bought the same cape when she visited my shop last fall, and so every time I wear it, it’s like having her with me.


The above photo was taken of me by Abigail when she visited me – on that day, I was wearing the same tee and cape as today. I wear the clothes that I love constantly.

Every time that we wear something, it absorbs more memories. Maybe that’s one of the reasons that we have such a hard time cleaning out our closets – it’s hard to part with the dress that you were wearing when you met someone who became a special part of your life. What do you do with items that no longer fit but you really cherish?

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