In the past couple of years, I've seen far more cute, sweet animals than I have people. Unable to socialize in any real way due to the pandemic, my friends outside home in Washington, DC have been the squirrels and the birds. Here in San Juan, it has been the birds and the small, peaceful fish who live in the lagoon a couple miles from my apartment. I've also found myself making friends, in my heart, with the innumerable cows, chickens, turkeys and other animals that our society cruelly raises for slaughter. Perhaps it is because of this emerging sense of camaraderie that I became vegan about a year ago. It's been a fun, creative, multicultural journey, but more on that later. For now, I'd just like to direct your attention to a new single, "Sweetheart" (available for now at If we recognized how much we care for the loving, caring animals that we abuse every day, and if we confronted our sadness at the state of things, could a radical revolution occur? Could we all become vegan, as an act of love for the Earth, for our nonhuman friends, and really, for ourselves? Seeing as I only recently made the full transition to veganism, I would wholeheartedly say yes, we can! And when we do, we find a capacity for heart and for community within ourselves that perhaps we didn't believe possible.