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The Viva Vine: vol #5, no #1: January / February 1996

G . R . A . P . E . V . I . N . E


Cure for rusty brains

Dear VivaVegie Society: I'm planning on recording some of the reasons in your 101 Reasons on my answering machine. People will get the message--well, they'll at least hear something to get their rusty brains thinking! --Sincerely, Rita Graham, Cedar, MN

Xeroxed beyond all recognition

Dear VivaVegie: I found a flyer in my bookstore today that was entitled 101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian. There were several copies left there for people to take and I have no idea who put them there but I found the information amazing. It had obviously been Xeroxed many times because some of it was a bit hard to read.

Please send a fresh copy if it's still in print. Thanks. --John Bamburoski, Denver, CO

My tummy, not a casket

I am meeting more and more people who are eating a nonviolent diet. It is interesting to note that many are young people, mostly teenagers. Have you noticed this back East? ... Too bad a VivaVegie Society does not exist out here in California, especially down in Sacramento, the state capital. Daily, there are crusades and protest taking place in front of the capital building. ... Your most recent edition of The VivaVine was powerful and dynamic. How wonderful to have Henry Spira. ... Animals are my friends, and I don't eat my friends! My tummy is not a casket for dead animals! --Jane McAvinew-Manges Cameron Park, CA

Future ex-cons made ready for veggie food service

I am writing to request that you please send me your 101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian. As you can see by my return address, I am the instructor of a cooking course and, in this capacity, I am preparing men at this prison for a career in food service when they obtain their release.

In order for them to be truly knowledgeable in their field, it is important that they are taught the various eating habits of all segments of society. Such information is not readily available because, quite often, the standard course material presents only the viewpoint of corporate food interests. --Chef Kevelin Brown, Food Tech. Inst., Ryan Regional Correctional Facility

Pamela's prisoner friend seeks veggie pen pals

Danny Procopio, # 92A6529 P.O. Box 2000, Pine City, NY 14871

[Ed. note: Danny sends me the latest news of official policy regarding vegetarian options on the prisoner menu. The last facility he was at had an alternative menu, he wrote:] It's cool. The meals are very popular; but the state is cheating--using boiled eggs and cheese as alternatives--but, all in all, it's a success. --Yours in the pumpkin patch, Danny

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