Joanna Slodownik

Online Marketer for Change

Book Author of Fiction and Non-Fiction for Kids and Adults

Green Smoothie Addict, Vegan for the Animals

GreenReset.com, WorldGoesVegan.com, My books on Amazon

Autorka Książek, Blogerka, Weganka, Marketerka

Joannaslodownik.com/pl

If not us, then who? If not now, then when?

Are You an Activist? Start Building an Email List TODAY!

You may be wondering: “Why do I need an email list? I’m just an activist. I'm already on social media; I’m constantly interacting with my followers. I don’t want to be doing email newsletters and stuff!” I hear you. I don’t like email marketing that much either. But here is the thing. All these social pages you’ve spent so much time setting up and updating? They are not yours. They may disappear from the face of the Internet any time – and you won’t be able to do anything about it – not even...

The World Needs YOU!

The world needs YOU. You have ideas that the world needs to hear about. You know things that others are ignorant about. You notice things that others are unaware of. You care about things that others think are unimportant, or simply they are too lazy or too busy or too … whatever to take the time to explore. You see things the way no one else sees them – understanding things the way only you can understand them, feeling them the way only you can, with your unique combination of strengths, and...

On Becoming a Changemaker: Why Being a Change Is Not Enough

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead Changemaker (n) – A term coined by the social entrepreneurship organization, Ashoka, meaning one who desires change in the world and by gathering knowledge and resources, makes that change happen. ---Being a Change versus Leading the Change Do you want to see a change in the world? Probably, yes, as most of us do; but if so, are you working...

Where do writers get their inspiration?

9 Things to that Inspired Eat, Love, Vegan, Recipes for Love and Life. Where do writers get their inspiration? I don’t know, as I can’t speak for all the writers. But I can tell you that mine usually comes from my own life, as well as from my desire to make the world a better place. It is my deep belief that by changing the stories we tell ourselves, we can start changing our thoughts, beliefs and ultimately our actions, and the books I write reflect that. Some may accuse me of being preachy...

The Silent Cry

"The Silent Cry” by Joanna Slodownik, inspired by “The Great Silence” by Ted Chiang Christmas has its share of outlandish legends and traditions, such as gravity-defying reindeer, Santa Claus sneaking through chimneys to deliver presents to those who were good, or the belief that at midnight on Christmas Eve, animals gain the power of speech. That last legend — common in Eastern and Central Europe where I come from — refers to farm animals and household pets alike and stems from the belief...

Are You an Activist? Start Building an Email List TODAY!

You may be wondering: “Why do I need an email list? I’m just an activist. I'm already on social media; I’m constantly interacting with my followers. I don’t want to be doing email newsletters and stuff!” I hear you. I don’t like email marketing that much either. But here is the thing. All these...

The World Needs YOU!

The world needs YOU. You have ideas that the world needs to hear about. You know things that others are ignorant about. You notice things that others are unaware of. You care about things that others think are unimportant, or simply they are too lazy or too busy or too … whatever to take the time...

Where do writers get their inspiration?

9 Things to that Inspired Eat, Love, Vegan, Recipes for Love and Life. Where do writers get their inspiration? I don’t know, as I can’t speak for all the writers. But I can tell you that mine usually comes from my own life, as well as from my desire to make the world a better place. It is my deep...

The Silent Cry

"The Silent Cry” by Joanna Slodownik, inspired by “The Great Silence” by Ted Chiang Christmas has its share of outlandish legends and traditions, such as gravity-defying reindeer, Santa Claus sneaking through chimneys to deliver presents to those who were good, or the belief that at midnight on...

A Taste of Love: Eat, Love, Vegan

*It was supposed to be a MAKEOVER of her family RESTAURANT, not her LIFE.* Check out my book, A Taste of Love: Eat, Love, Vegan (Recipes for Love and Life) - A clean romantic comedy with a touch of romance plus some delicious vegan recipes. When Alexandra agrees to take care of the family...

National Turkey Pardon – As a New Thanksgiving Tradition?

National Turkey Pardon – As a New Thanksgiving Tradition?

Traditions can and should – no, they simply MUST be changed. Just as our society evolves, so should our traditions – to reflect our deepest values of compassion and justice, as well as our increased awareness of what it means to be truly human — and humane.

Hint: to determine whether something is humane think if you’d like it done to you. Or your dog. If we look at it from that perspective – I think we could all agree that enslaving and killing another being, no matter how gently we do it, is NOT humane. Moreover, humans have also evolved past the point where our intellect outweighs our primal instincts to hunt and kill.

So, back to Thanksgiving and turkey.
There is much discussion about what was on the table and what wasn’t on that first Thanksgiving. But ultimately, it really doesn’t matter. I don’t care what as on the table of the first feast, and neither should you, because we are not interested in the exact replica of the first Thanksgiving. We want to share traditions and rituals, so that we feel connected to something bigger and older than ourselves.

If we look at it from that perspective, it’s just as traditional not to have a dead turkey on the table, as it is to have dead turkey on the table.

Besides, people are not so much attached to the turkey itself, as to having a centerpiece on a table, a focus on the plate, and this can be accomplished in many different ways, including this one. In more compassionate ways, and more healthful ways too.
We shape our traditions out of our ideals. And as our ethics evolve, as we extend the circle of compassion to include other living beings besides humans, our traditions must evolve too.

Why not establish new tradition this Thanksgiving: to pardon the turkey you were going to put in the oven, and have a beautiful stuffed pumpkin as a stunning and compassionate (as well as healthful) centerpiece instead?