This last week has been thick with headlines and dense with important dates and events. I suppose they all are, really, but 2020 has been the year of current events for me. No longer is it possible to exist in a cozy little bubble, ignoring what is happening outside my normal realm. It is dangerous to do so. I always joked about having my head in the sand and defensively brushed over most news because the negativity really messed with my vibe. 

The pandemic changed that. I still do not watch news (I haven’t had cable in over 10 years) but I start my day with a New York Times briefing that I receive in my email, which more than occasionally I follow into the rabbit hole of breaking news. Then I check Facebook where my diverse and large friend group posts news obsessively. I read headlines which vary from doomsday fear mongering, unbelievers of the lockdown, naysayers about mask wearing being a freedom breach, about civil rights and protest, police brutality and about Black history. What I do not read are incendiary, overtly racist or even subtle micro aggressive headlines because I have purged those posters from my friend list. I take most of the really crazy headlines with a grain of salt, checking on which publications they are coming from before believing them as fact. When I find an occasional gem of a positive headline I rejoice. Headlines about the virus waning or effective treatments give me life!

A lot of things are changing. I am loving how health, racism and discrimination have finally come to the forefront of people’s awareness.  I am loving what most people are doing to stay healthy and support the recovery of our society’s health by finally acknowledging the disparities and injustice towards BIPOC that have been the norm for centuries and taking the steps towards real change. We are supporting our Black family by buying from their businesses, elevating Black authors and artists and by ridding our country of the archaic relics that were a reminder each day of the inequality and transgressions of the past. For the first time most American’s were aware of Juneteenth this year, not only Black Americans, a day that is as important to all of us as July 4th and as worthy of public celebration. Legislative changes are finally being made and the ball is finally rolling.  This is all cause to rejoice.

June has always been my favorite month. My birthday is on the 24th, it is Gay Pride month and it also houses Father’s Day and Summer Solstice. It is always rife with self-reflection for me and this year has been no different in that respect. I still missed my Dads (I had two-a Biological and a Step) and my Grandfathers who have all passed from this world. I still examine my life, my parenting and my future with a magnifying glass.  I choose hope for the future.

There is no stronger symbol of hope than a rainbow. I choose to eat the rainbow every day and be filled with hope.

 

MAPLE DIJON CITRUS VINAIGRETTE RECIPE

Prep time: 2 mins
Yield: 3-4 salads

Ingredients

1 tsp dijon mustard 

2 Tbsp Olive oil

2 Tbsp citrus infused vinegar or lemon juice

1 Tbsp maple

salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl add: 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1T pure maple, 2T olive oil, 2T citrus infused vinegar, pinch salt and a few grinds black pepper.
  2. Whisk vigorously with a fork or if you’re making a larger batch you may blend in a blender.
  3. A little goes a long way with this intensely flavorful dressing. It works really well with fruity salads and is intended for tossing rather than drizzling.

Enjoy! If you make this recipe please share with Sara and VeganZine on Instagram with #VeganZineBoston.


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