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10.19-11.23 Introduction to the Tarot with April Wagner Join April for an adventure through the Tar-ot, a flexible and accessible tool for divina-tion, self-exploration, brain storming and fun! Learn to read for yourself and others and ap-ply Tarot’s rich symbolism to your life. 7-9pm. Life Force Arts Center, 3148 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. 773.327.7224. lifeforcearts.org. 10.22-10.23 Equilibrium’s Fourth Birthday Party Celebration includes refreshments, free gifts, sample mini-therapies (3 for $10), merchandise discounts, and more! 10am-3:30pm each day. Equilibrium Energy + Education, 47 W. Polk St., Ste. M5, Chicago. 312.786.1882. equilibrium-e3.com. 10.28 Bid for HOPE Silent and Live Auction Join us for gourmet offerings, drinks, and live and silent auctions. Your support will benefit services to those that are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. 6-11pm. The Stonegate Conference & Ban-quet Centre, 2401 W. Higgins Rd., Hoffman Estates, Ill. padstohope.org. 10.21-10.22 Healing Foods and Gut Health This hands-on lecture seminar prepares stu-dents with the knowledge, skills, and tools to make wholesome food and lifestyle choices for themselves, their families, friends and cli-ents. 6:30–5pm. Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage, 537 Custer Ave., Ste. 5, Evan-ston, Ill. 847.440.7525. thaimassageschool.net. 10.27 MindfuLive! Presents 9000 Needles Join Mindful Metropolis for the inspirational film “9000 Needles.” The evening includes a wellness fair with local schools and practitio-ners that specialize in Eastern and integrative medicine. A panel discussion of local experts will talk about the challenges and benefits of incorporating integrative medicine in our health care system. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. 5:30pm-10:00pm Unity in Chicago, 1925 W. Thome, Chicago. 312.281.5199 x7010. mindfulmetropolis.com/9000Needles. 10.29 Create 2012: Personal Practices for Global Enlightenment As 2012 approaches, a profound evolutionary shift is already underway on the planet. Join us for an engaging, experiential workshop. Learn practices to support this upward spiral and bring more enlightenment to yourself and the world. Be inspired by experienced speak-ers. Deepen your meditation practice. Awaken your intuitive power. Create conscious commu-nications. Transform anger into peace. Browse the Global Enlightenment Fair. 9am-4:30pm. Jean Marie Ryan Center: Misericordia Campus, 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago. 773.259.2565. newmomentumforhumanunity.org. 10.22 Go Go Green 5K Run/Walk Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s fourth annual 5k Run/Walk. Come together to turn Lake Shore Drive into a sea of green and celebrate living fit and eco-friendly. 7am. Di-versey Harbor, Chicago. Naturemuseum.org. 10.28 Cutting Healthcare Costs Through Prevention Hear 5 top experts discuss ways to reduce healthcare costs through nutrition and sup-plementation. 1-6pm. Marriott Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, 1551 N. Thoreau Dr., Schaumburg, Ill. 708.246.663. AmericanNutritionAssociation.org. 10.29 Blinded by the Light with Father Peter Bowes “It all depends on how you look at it.” When you look at things with light, your thoughts, concerns and fears, melt away and you sus-tain a sense of peace. This seminar will give you the tools and the understanding of why it is so important to clear your sight so you see straight. 10am-2pm. Center of Light Chi-cago, 3617 W. Belle Plaine Ave., Chicago. 312.623.4418. chicago.centersoflight.org. do you have an event that would be of interest to the community? Click on the “calendar” tab at mindfulmetropolis.com, and “submit your event.” Greenheart Events WORKSHOP: The Power of Integral Transformative Practice Saturday, Oct. 29: 11am-4pm Sunday, Oct. 30: 11am-2pm Yoga Now , 742 N. LaSalle Dr., Chicago, IL $140 for complete workshop $95 for Saturday; $65 for Sunday ITP is a pioneering program for transforming body, mind, heart and soul created by human potential pioneers, George Leonard and Michael Murphy (Co-Founder of Esalen Institute). 10.28 Globalfest: Latin America Join our annual celebration of the growth of fair trade in Chicago, highlighting our part-ners in Latin America. Appretizers, fair trade wine and spirits, silent auction and Day of the Dead exhibit. Emcee Tsi-Tsi-Ki Felix, Telemundo. 6-9:30pm. National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago. 312.212.1760. chicagofairtrade.org. LECTURE BY EMANUEL KUNTZELMAN: The Second Coming of Consciousness: Why the Global Good Trumps the Separate Self Thursday, Nov. 17: 6-8pm Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum , 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago, IL FREE ADMISSION! How can we make the world a better place? By exploring the struggles of the individual search for meaning through various philosophies, we can discover the energy and creativity we all share within the quantum field. holy molé Visit EmanuelKuntzelman.com 34 october 2011

Life, Etc

Deborah Niemann

CoNVERSIoN oF A Vegetarian<br /> <br /> It had been 21 years since I'd eaten meat in a restaurant, but this was not an average restaurant, and it was not just any turkey. It was the Firefly Grill in Effingham, Illinois, and a local farmer raised the heritage turkey.<br /> <br /> We became vegetarians in February 1989 after I read an article about factory farming in Vegetarian Times. Like most Americans, I had assumed that meat animals lived happy lives on pasture. We became vegetarians for ethical reasons, but it was easy to find plenty of health reasons to maintain that diet. After navigating the basics of a meat-free diet, it makes little sense to eat something that will increase the risk of heart disease, cancer and E. coli.<br /> <br /> For 14 years, my husband and I maintained a vegetarian diet along with our three children. In 2002, we moved to the country to grow our own food organically. In addition to the requisite garden and fruit trees, we acquired chickens for eggs and goats for milk and dairy products. We had no intention of eating chicken, but we were in for a surprise. When hens become broody, they hide their eggs and sit on them until they hatch. Half of those chicks are roosters. What happens in a flock of 40 hens and 24 roosters? The roosters start to fight over the hens.<br /> <br /> One day, I found a rooster with an eye pecked out. I explained to my husband that we should put him out of his misery. With only one eye, he would be easy prey for a coyote. By the time I convinced my husband that putting him down was the humane thing to do, the rooster had died. Realizing that this was organic, free-range chicken meat, and that my husband and I used to enjoy chicken 16 years earlier, we agreed it would be a waste to bury it.<br /> <br /> I found instructions for butchering a chicken and read aloud while my husband did most of the work. After the third time we butchered a rooster that had been killed or nearly killed, we realized the roosters were seeking a more favorable ratio. We called Central Illinois Poultry Processing and made an appointment to have all the roosters processed except two, and balance to the barnyard was restored.<br /> <br /> With 20 chickens in the freezer and knowing that there would be more in the future, I began reading about the difference between factory-farmed meat and free-range meat. Everything written about the advantages of a vegetarian diet were written based upon the assumption that the reader was going to consume factory-farmed meat. Confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are an environmental, medical and ethical nightmare.<br /> <br /> But when hens can run around outside, they do not attempt to kill each other, so cutting off their beaks, standard practice in an egg-production CAFO, is not necessary. When cattle eat grass rather than corn, they do not contribute to climate change or high cholesterol. Animals that live outside do not need daily doses of antibiotics. I could find no evidence that any of the meat-eating diseases occurred in populations that ate freerange, organic meats in moderation.<br /> <br /> In addition to chicken, we now raise our own turkey, duck, goose, lamb, pork and beef. And I am more committed than ever not to eat factory-farmed meat. I drive past feedlots where steers stand knee-deep in their own waste products.<br /> <br /> By deboraH nieMann I've learned that local and small do not mean the same thing as sustainable or organic. But farmers are passionate about the way they grow things, and they are honest about it. Most farmers around us think we are nuts, because we grow things organically, keep our animals on pasture and raise heritage breeds. The majority of farmers define modern as the gold standard. Last summer, I heard a woman at a farmer's market tell a customer that they do not grow heirloom tomatoes because the yield is too low to be profitable. I have to believe that if only she had grown heirloom tomatoes, she would realize the inaccuracy of her statement.<br /> <br /> Drug, seed, and chemical companies have convinced most farmers that their products are best, so unfortunately it will be a while before farmers realize they've been duped by advertising. However, if we ask questions at the farmer's market or the restaurant, farmers and chefs will realize it makes a difference.<br /> <br /> Some of my friends expressed shock when they heard I ate a turkey pot pie in a restaurant, but I explained that it did not represent an abandonment of my ideals. In fact, I felt an obligation to have the turkey after the server told me about its history.<br /> <br /> It is a crazy dream, but maybe someday I can walk into any restaurant and know that all the meat on the menu was raised humanely and sustainably. In the meantime, we will continue to grow our own.

Holy Molé

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