If Everyone Cared…

We just want to send a note today and say we love you.

We’re not selling anything, not promoting anything, just sending love to our Ahersa family and hoping you are safe and spending time loving and appreciating the people closest to you.

We’re left wondering how we can all work together to stop terrible things from happening. It makes sense to us that if we all raise compassionate and caring children, we will start building a generation that will wipe out atrocities.

Kids are born knowing how to love while hate is learned over time. We can all work together to keep the love alive as kids grow into adults who can’t even fathom the concept of hating, or hurting, others.

If you ever want to chat, we’re here.

Lots of love,
Cindy and Travis


Let’s Not Be Vegan Anymore


What do people think of when they hear the word?

Extremists in front of zoos with megaphones.

Red paint being thrown on people wearing fur coats.

Images of nude celebrities pitching vegan advocacy groups.

Being vegan is rarely met with positivity, unless the other party is vegan too. Assuming, of course, both vegans are the right kind of vegans. Ethical vegans can’t hang with health vegans because they aren’t “vegan enough.” The stereotype of self-righteousness is alive and well, and vegans even judge other vegans by their potential use of GMOs and/or processed vegan food. Things can get nasty.

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So What Do You Do, Anyway?

This is a question that comes up as we meet new people and interact with groups around the country.

If you haven’t seen the Goals section of our website, please check it out. We’re still new, but already have our hands in a number of major projects. Here are some of them:

  1. Create a publishing company and publish a children’s book to promote compassion in the youngest generation. View the project here! The Peace Series will be available this summer.
  2. Help an electric car manufacturer produce a vegan vehicle for the mass market.
  3. Work with schools to implement Meatless Mondays and compassionate curriculum.

We’re involved in a number of other projects, including a sponsorship of DC Vegfest happening this September, but, as you can imagine, the three projects above are taking the majority of our time right now. Continue reading >>>


How Compassion Can Save the World

Compassion Over Killing is changing the world.

The Washington D.C.-based non-profit has successfully advocated against factory farming, fought for animal rights, and promoted the vegan lifestyle.

The organization has been instrumental in revealing the conditions in which animals raised for food live… and die. COK has shown the world the realities of the animal industry and continues to inspire plant-based living in people around the world.

Compassion is a virtue most Americans might say they possess, but the vast majority of people seem to forget that having compassion for living things also means not funding their torture. Continue reading >>>


Let’s Invest in a Compassionate Seattle


Let’s make Seattle one of the top cities for vegans in the world.

We already have great restaurants. We have options for coffee, donuts, Thai food, breakfast, and so much more. Most of all, we have people here who want to make this city even better. People who dream of starting vegan schools, of expanding vegan grocery stores, of providing vegan clothing, gloves, and accessories.

New developments are constantly going up and entrepreneurs are needed to make sure there are a wide variety vegan restaurants, stores, schools, personal trainers, and more to serve the growing population. Continue reading >>>


Do They Just Not Get It, Or Just Not Care?


Tonight we watched Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change documentary, “Before the Flood.” The film is an epic look into the causes of climate change and what can be done to reverse it.

The harm that humans have done to our Earth over the last hundred years is profound. In the name of money we have scorched, poisoned, melted, tortured, and exploited our planet, its resources, and many of its living beings. If we continue this path, the third panel of Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights becomes more than just a piece of art, it becomes a profound look into our not-so-distant future.  Continue reading >>>


Why You Need to Question Everything


When you’re on a crowded bus and someone needs to get by, why does he or she quietly ask, “Can I sneak by?”

There’s clearly no sneaking going on.

When someone wants to convey that he or she has no interest in a certain subject matter, why does that person say, “I could care less,” when clearly that’s not the case?

Then there’s the girl writing names on dressing room doors who asks, “And your name was?”

Is she asking for a maiden name? Perhaps a former alias? She probably means your current first name, but asks in a way that suggests that she’s not thinking before she’s speaking because, in all likelihood, your name still is whatever it has always been.

All of those examples are simple scenarios that illustrate people doing things, or saying things, simply because that’s the way they always have. Continue reading >>>


Introducing the Ahersa Lifestyle


We met someone at our daily workout club and noticed something that signified that this woman might be a fellow Ahersa human.

She was eating a dairy free yogurt.

Of course, a person’s yogurt of choice doesn’t necessarily define that person’s humanity. Our 9-year-old daughter, though, was determined to ask if this new friend was vegan like us.

And so… we asked.

Her answer came hesitantly, but in the affirmative. We had met another vegan and excitedly discussed recipes and the progression to becoming meat-free.

The encounter raised an interesting point and defines the reason we created Ahersa. Continue reading >>>