Hello, lovelies! Welcome to the Earth Day Celebration Tour hosted by Stephanie Lisa Tara and put together by CBB Book Promotions. I’m very happy to be a part of the tour and share my thoughts on something very important to me!
I’ve been a vegetarian for 3 years now. It was a very easy decision for me to make back then and I’ve never looked back since. You may be thinking: Lori, what does being a vegetarian have to do with Earth Day? Well, lots! When I initially started to consider a meat free lifestyle it was 100% about reducing my impact on animal cruelty. Then when I started to do a little more research I was shocked at what I found.
Do you know what a factory farm is? It’s BIG business ‘farms’. I won’t even get into the things that go on in those places, but this is where most of Americans are getting their meat and eggs. Unless you are buying straight from a farmer, a farmer’s market, or some sort of certified organic cruelty free seller then your meat is probably coming from a factory farm. Here’s how that connects to Earth Day, factory farming is the number one cause of climate change. Surprising, huh? Here are just a couple of facts I learned when I read Eating Animals by Johnathon Safran Foer:
- Animal agriculture makes a 40% greater contribution to global warming than all transportation in the world combined; it is the number one cause of climate change.
- If every American would remove 1(just ONE)serving of meat from their diet every week it would be the equivalent of taking 5 MILLION cars off the road.
How crazy is that? That was one of the many, many reasons I made this huge choice. You can read more about that here. But I just really wanted to spread the awareness. You can also check out Stephanie Lisa Tara’s books and site for even more info about preserving this amazing planet. Here’s all the info on that…and an amazing giveaway opportunity.
I’ve always believed that magic hides in special places. As a child, people would often stare at my bright red hair, which was very, very bright indeed.
Unfortunately, I developed a bad habit of making up rhymes about all of them, and they soon became funny characters. I didn’t have much time to think about being different; fanciful lyricisms danced in my head, and no one was safe!
Since then, I’ve come to believe that storytelling has the power to inspire a deep love of language and learning. Words tripping off the tongue in somersaults that stick to your thoughts like taffy– those are the things that stay forever in the mind.
I’ve lived in many special places: on a farm, in a city skyscraper, on a tropical beach, and in the beautiful country of France. Now I live in northern California, between the redwood forests and the sea. Even though I’m an adult, I’m still as silly as ever.
Many nice words have been used to describe my books, such as fun, engaging, delightful, and whimsical. Some folks say that I deliver timeless messages of love for kids and parents to share again and again; this makes me very happy. I hope that you’ll enjoy my stories, too. Captivating children with language is something that I believe in, and I strive to live my life with this always.
–Stephanie Lisa Tara