Take a Smile Break
This is Sobe and Johann, whom some of you might recognize from PCRM's photo contest for the image that will appear in Jonathan Balcombe's picture book, Exultant Ark. An adorable Wanda Embar photo of two piglets won, but I voted for a photo of NYC vegan Rina Deych's photo of Sobe and Johann (and above is not the photo entered in the contest, but I just adore it). I'm partial to images people wouldn't expect, and I think that's what this represents: it's surprising because of our prejudice, our expectations . . . what we were indoctrinated to believe. It's challenging.
I've had a couple of miserable days of bad news and yesterday even tweeted a plea for good news (and debiguity was kind enough to respond with news of 90 hens rescued from a cockfighting operation!). I was going to write about in vitro meat today (I've been dreading it, but I feel like I have to), but my heart just sang at the photos of Sobe and Johann. When you click on a photo you get a whole new page of photos of them, and one is sweeter than the next.
With all of the bad news and misery and cold (record cold here, down into the 20s this week–don't laugh) and disappointment in humanity and of course the global financial crisis . . . and let's not forget vegans who promote animal products, it can be difficult sometimes to even smile.
Take a minute or two and click through the Sobe and Johann pages. And even the Johann and Dori pages, which are also delightful. Take a couple of deep breaths, and smile.