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From: Anne ( -
Subject: Hello everyone - another newbie here!
Date: September 6, 2008 at 9:24 am PST

Good morning all,

I am thrilled to have found the Elders Tent and am enjoying reading your posts. I will be 50 next January and have been an ethical vegetarian for 20 years and vegan for most of that time.

I live just outside Santa Fe, New Mexico with my partner of 3 years (he's a non-red-meat-eating omnivore but a vegan at home, since I do most of the cooking). We have no children and share our home with a feisty 8-year-old feline.

Although Santa Fe is very progressive politically, I have met very few true vegans here. Many people like to say they're vegetarian, because it's trendy - but they aren't ethically committed to their choice, so I have a hard time relating to them. I had a few vegan friends here but they have moved to other areas of the country, so there's no one to talk to about the issues that are really important to me. My partner tries to be understanding but like most non-vegetarians, he doesn't "get" my lifeview. Luckily we do have a Whole Foods Market and a Wild Oats, as well as an excellent member-owned co-op and farmers' market, so there are plenty of good places to shop. However, I miss the social connection with other vegans. I am so glad I found the Elders Tent and hope to visit here regularly!

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend.


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