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Maya Gottfried
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Maya Gottfried is the author of books, essays, and articles for children and adults. She has previously written on her experience with cancer for crazysexylife.com. Her autobiographical essay “Untitled” appeared in the book Half/Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes. Maya’s third book for children, Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary, is about the real-life residents of national farm animal protection organization Farm Sanctuary. Read her blog on Red Room.

Blog Entries by Maya Gottfried

Dating as a Vegan: Honesty Is the Best Policy

(59) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 11:17 AM

Not long ago, one of my friends and I sat in a cute, small bar on Manhattan's Lower East Side, exchanging stories and tips about dating in New York City. It was a true girls' night out, complete with concert tickets to see one of my favorite musicians, Kristin Hersh,...

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Giving Gifts Of Joy: Animal Sponsorships As Holiday Presents

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 6:02 PM

Although giving a live animal as a holiday gift is never a good idea, a number of organizations that rescue and care for abused and neglected animals offer the opportunity to "adopt" their shelter residents in name only, without the responsibilities that accompany "real life" adoptions. These sponsorships can be...

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Great Makeup For The Holidays, Minus The Cruelty

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 10:33 AM

With the holidays come events -- lots of them. From small family gatherings to office shindigs, to all out glitzy and glamorous New Year's Eve bashes. All of the above present great opportunities to flaunt fabulous makeup, and I can't wait to dive into my stash. Being vegan, I avoid...

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How To Be A Vegan On Thanksgiving

(7) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 4:53 PM

Thanksgiving was a date I dreaded when newly vegan. Though fully committed to not consuming animals, and confidant I was doing the right thing, I felt some self-pity at the thought of the holiday meal. I imagined sitting at the table in front of a plate full of cookbook described...

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'I Am An Imperfect Vegan'

(315) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 8:32 AM

I went vegan for compassionate reasons. I didn't want to cause harm to animals -- sentient beings whom I respected and cared for. Donald Watson, founder of the British Vegan Society, invented the word "vegan" in 1944. At first the term only applied to food, but the Society extended the...

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Taking The Cruelty Out Of The Fall's Hottest Makeup Trends

(3) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 4:51 PM

Shortly before I committed to a vegan lifestyle, I was surprised to learn how many makeup products not only tested on animals but also contained animal products. Many cosmetics' ingredients include beeswax, especially lipsticks, as well as lanolin (a derivative of sheep's wool), and carmine, which is produced from the...

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Learning to Navigate My Vegan Social Life

(5) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 11:42 AM

I recently read a book where the author believed the rudeness of refusing a food (such as parmesan cheese) in a host's home was reason enough to break with one's commitment to veganism. For the author it was more important to eat the cheese, sparing the feelings of the person...

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My Vegan Life: How Going Cruelty-Free Freed Me

(212) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 8:41 AM

I aspired to be a vegan for a while before I took the plunge, convinced that the lifestyle would be too difficult for me to achieve. The fear of failure was similar to the one I maintained before quitting smoking cigarettes, about nine years ago. In the end, switching to...

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A Vegan Diet Was My Path To Good Health

(113) Comments | Posted July 4, 2011 | 4:27 PM

I was already vegan for ethical reasons when I read a book titled, "The China Study," (BenBella) by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. and Thomas M. Campbell II. I was going through chemotherapy at the time for colorectal cancer, and though I believed that by making this lifestyle change I was...

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How An Integrative Approach Helped Me Through Cancer

(13) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 8:35 AM

Lying there in the hospital, recovering from my colonoscopy, I didn't feel how I'd imagine I would after being told that I had cancer. I felt focused and peaceful. I had turned 36 exactly one week before, and until recently didn't even know where my colon was. Maybe I was...

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