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From: Tamara ( -
Subject: Dating non-vegan men
Date: August 31, 2008 at 6:27 pm PST

I would appreciate some input. My husband died suddenly two and a half years ago. The only reason I moved to this part of the country was because of my husband. It is my home now and a perfect place for my work with endangered species so I have no plans on moving. In the last few months, I have received invitations to go out to dinner. All the invitations have come from men who are not vegan. I don’t choose to go out with non-vegan men. The whole idea of socializing is to have an enjoyable time. As you all know, the vegan lifestyle encompasses so much more than food that I can’t see myself having a pleasant time with a man who is anticipating the coming hunting season. I am not by nature a rude person but I find myself getting a bit steamed after an encounter where someone has pressured me to except and invitation by telling me I need to “pull out of it and get on with life”. I sought grief counseling after my husband’s death. I had a pretty bad year but think I am doing well and I resent being told that I am somehow unwell because I won’t date men who feel a need to kill living beings and then eat their flesh. It felt good to write that last sentence. Thank you for letting me vent. I appreciate any advice you care to share. Tamara

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