Change is scary

Posted in Buddhism, Events, Life in general, On writing at 2:54 pm by Marion

Hello FD readers!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. OK, well, it’s been more than a month. I’ve nearly finished the short story, and been teaching English to international students. And, I completed my 12th marathon.

At the same time I’ve been trying to take chances on new activities, new choices, and new patterns. It’s incredibly difficult, but you already knew that.

While FD centers on writing, many people know I am vegan, in addition to being a writer. My veganism comes from the awakening I had five years ago, that my actions directly caused animal suffering.

Nevertheless, I still eat processed foods from time to time – and while that kind of “food” may be vegan, it’s bad for me. So I have adopted the new guideline to avoid processed foods. That means any food that has stuff added to it, after it’s been cut or mashed or whatever.

Can I tell you how fantastic it feels leaving all that processed junk behind? Well it does!

But it is terrifying for me to think, “Will I ever eat another Oreo? What about hummus? Crackers?”

The thing is, change keeps us alive; every breath is change. And if we resist change, if we push back, we are still changing – but instead of growing, maybe we change into something stagnant.

Oh, and speaking of change: Enjoy FD’s new look!


  1. Gene-o said,

    March 25, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Oh, dear. Was I eating tortilla chips while reading this? Noooo ….!

    But wait: Is hummus “processed” food? Isn’t all food “processed”? Apples have to be sent along conveyor belts and stamped and rinsed off … that’s processing, of a kind. Hmmm …

    Love the fresh FD look!

  2. Marion said,

    March 25, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    I love this comment! My guidelines for what is processed food are these:
    1) Is it cut/smashed/manipulated
    2) Does it have something added to it

    If it meets those requirements, it’s processed! So the apple you describe, is not by my definition processed. Hummus, however, is processed.

    Tortilla chips? Most def processed!

  3. Gene-o said,

    March 26, 2019 at 10:36 am

    An apple is manipulated on the conveyor belt that brings it into the plant for sorting and “processing.” And it has a tiny, sticky, hard-to-remove label added to it, usually with a four- or five-digit price code the cashier has to punch in to ring up your order. So, apples are off limits! 😉

    More to the point of your post: When will we see the short story you have been working on?

  4. Gene-o said,

    March 26, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Wait a minute: What about Cheez-Its? Can we make an exception for Cheez-Its? I don’t think they are a very highly processed food product.