Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22nd. The day offers us a chance to reflect on our relationship with the planet. It’s a joyful day, but also a sobering one that leads us to ask important questions.Read More >
I recently finished The Sixth Extinction, a Pulitzer-Prize winning book by Elizabeth Kolbert. Over the last half-billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Kolbert posits that we are currently experiencing the planet’s sixth extinction. This time around, however, the cataclysm is not an asteroid or a natural event—but us. For the last thousands of years, at an accelerating pace, human existence has drastically been altering the environment.Read More >
My January blog about wild birds touched a chord among readers. Two websites reposted it on their platforms, spreading the word further. If you missed it, take a look here at the true story about an emerald bird called Emi.
I was honored to be featured in a short documentary called BEEF made by a fourteen-year-old, Sevy Lortie. An inspiring young man, he says: “I’d like to grow up into a kind and peaceful world. I hope to help make the world more green, and work to raise awareness and take action around climate change.” Watch the 16-minute film here.Read More >
I am thrilled to announce that Project Animal Farm was selected as the runner-up for the New England Book Festival Award! What an honor.Read More >
I have the story of a lifetime—a story from the very jungles of Costa Rica.
My husband Aamer and I were driving from an ecolodge to a biological reserve in Costa Rica and decided to stop for a break. We sat in a restaurant and looked out the window to find a cat meowing as it stared up a tree. A green bird perched on a branch, her eyes closed, her feathers fuzzy.
We learned from a Swedish couple in the restaurant that she’d hit her head by flying against the glass windows, and now could no longer fly properly. The cat was waiting to eat her. In fact, cats kill billions of wild birds and mammals each year in the United States alone, posing an immense threat to wildlife.Read More >
My husband Aamer Hasham and I visited Costa Rica in January 2017 and found it to be a beautiful country of misty forests, waterfalls, and sandy beaches. It has also taken important conservation steps such as protecting around a quarter of its land as national park and banning sport hunting. That said, deforestation poses a major threat to the country’s biodiversity, much of it due to cattle ranching and animal agriculture. In the photos below, ranging from the stunning to the strange, you’ll learn how tiny bats survive and why trees in Costa Rica show, but don’t tell, their age.
At a charming ecolodge and wildlife refuge where we stayed, Arenal Oasis, the large and small among the feathered kind dropped by for fruit. Their favorites were banana and papaya.Read More >
I am excited to announce that Project Animal Farm has been selected as Kindle Deal of the Month in December!
This means that the e-book is only two dollars. Two dollars? For a book that.
- “Will change the lives of everyone who reads it” (John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution)
- Is “Impossible to forget and impossible to ignore” (John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods)
- Is “an engaging account” about the food industry (J.M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize winner)
As I look back at 2016, here are 25 of my favorite notes from readers of Project Animal Farm during the year. I am deeply humbled by all the support.
- “Sonia – I have to say, ‘Thank you for writing Project Animal Farm.’ When I retired a year ago, I made it my goal to read every day…and I have…Your [book] is at the top of my ‘Best Ever Read” list.’” – Steve
- “I was repeatedly blown away and humbled by the insightfulness of your writing.” – Lucas
As I wrote in a piece for Huffington Post two years ago, “The roots of Thanksgiving lie in expressing gratitude for harvests of crops. That’s right—Thanksgiving is actually a harvest festival.” Here are some delicious recipes to try:
- Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Almond-Herb Sauce
- Carrot, Parsnip and Potato Soup
- Risotto with Winter Squash
I had the pleasure of meeting with Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo on October 28, 2016 during his trip to Toronto for the International Festival of Authors. I interviewed him about his writing career, which has spanned three decades from the publication of his first book Mohawk in 1986 to the publication of his most recent book Everybody’s Fool in May 2016. The book is a sequel to Nobody’s Fool, published in 1993 and made into a feature film.
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