Bonus Hero: Sam Simon … (09/06/14)

Bonus Hero: Sam Simon … “Simon [co-creator of the TV hit “The Simpsons”] has set up a food bank in Los Angeles that serves only cruelty-free vegan food, and turned his Malibu mansion into dog rescue where animals who are about to be put down by local shelters are taken, cared for, and then trained […]

Hero #78: Brad Pitt … (09/02/14)

Hero #78: Brad Pitt … Born in December of 1963, Brad Pitt is an outstanding American actor — starring in, among other films, “A River Runs Through It”, “Legends of the Fall”, “Seven”, “12 Monkeys”, “Seven Years in Tibet”, “Fight Club”, “Spy Game”, “Babel”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “Moneyball”, and “The Tree of […]

Bonus Hero: Donald Watson … (09/02/14)

Happy Birthday, Donald Watson (the “Founding Father of Veganism”) … Thank you so much for gracing this Earth with your presence while you were here; and thank you so much for the legacy of Love for the animals that you have left behind — a legacy that will indeed continue to grow & expand, until […]

Hero #77: Vegans … (08/23/14)

Hero #77: Vegans … First coined in November of 1944 by Donald Watson when he co-founded the Vegan Society in England, “vegan” at first meant “non-dairy vegetarian”, and later was amended by Watson to refer to “the doctrine that mankind should live without exploiting animals”. Millions of the Earth’s human residents are already vegans these […]

Hero #76: Jesus Christ … (08/12/14)

Hero #76: Jesus of Nazareth … Born in all probability sometime in or around 5 B.C., Jesus of Nazareth (originally “Yeshua” in Aramaic — commonly known these days as “Jesus Christ”), is regarded by the Christian church and its adherents as the only Son of God. Of course, while anyone with even an ounce of […]

Hero #73: Thomas Merton … (08/11/14)

Hero #73: Thomas Merton … Born in 1915, Thomas Merton was was an American Trappist monk, writer, mystic, poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. He wrote more than 70 books (including his bestselling autobiography Seven Story Mountain, published in 1948) over the course of his life, mostly on spirituality, social justice and a […]

Hero #74: Dikembe Mutombo … (08/11/14)

Hero #74: Dikembe Mutombo … Born June of 1966, Mutombo is a Congolese American retired NBA professional basketball player. Now retired from professional sports, he has become even more well known for his humanitarian work. As a 7 ft 2 in, 260-pound center, Dikembe was one of the greatest shot blockers and defensive players of […]

Hero #75: Fred Lansford … (08/11/14)

Hero #75: Fred Lansford … Born in July of 1926, Fred moved with his parents to the Chattanooga (Tennessee) area in 1937, and lived there until his peaceful passing in October of 2013. I can personally attest that Fred truly excelled at life. He became an Eagle Scout by age 13, served in the U.S. […]

Hero #71: Christopher Hitchens … (08/10/14)

Hero #71: Christopher Hitchens … Born in 1949, Christopher Eric Hitchens was a British-American author, debater, and journalist. Hitchens contributed articles & commentaries to a number of esteemed publications, including New Statesman, The Nation, The Atlantic, The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and Vanity Fair. He was also the author, co-author, editor […]

Hero #72: George Bernhard Shaw … (08/10/14)

Hero #72: George Bernhard Shaw … Born in 1856, Shaw was an Irish playwright, essayist, novelist and short story writer. Nearly all his works & writings address prevailing social problems, doing so most often with a vein of comedy which made their stark themes a bit easier to contemplate. Among the issues upon which Shaw […]

Hero #69: Leo Tolstoy … (08/09/14)

Hero #69: Leo Tolstoy … Born in 1828, Tolstoy was a Russian writer, philosopher and political protagonist. Tolstoy was a master of realistic fiction and is widely considered one of the world’s greatest novelists. He is best known for two long novels, “War and Peace” (1869) and “Anna Karenina” (1877). Tolstoy is equally known for […]