Living Cruelty Free

You don’t need to be a vegan or vegetarian to help animals. Okay, so now if there are any hardcore vegans reading, they’re probably about to start getting hateful. But listen: I’m not here to trash vegans. It’s a perfectly valid lifestyle that does, in fact, help the planet and our fellow earth-dwelling creatures. It’s my opinion though that there’s no such thing as a “perfect vegan.” As human beings and the way that our […] Read More

Weekly Roundup!

This weekend, beginning with this very post, I’m launching a brand new feature to Almost Epic. I’m calling it, very creatively mind you, the Weekly Roundup! What is it all about, you ask? In an effort to try and keep myself constantly posting original content to this here blog, I’m taking at least five (maybe more!) really cool, really interesting, or maybe even really provocative things here along with my opinion or thoughts on them. I’m essentially […] Read More

Water for Elephants

I’ve been very busy this weekend. You might notice this website has a little bit of a different look, a different comment system (which, by the way, some comments from the old system you may have left might have disappeared in transition due to a technical glitch — sorry!), and most importantly, a brand spankin’ new logo! Try to remember it. You’re going to be seeing a lot more of it soon! In addition to […] Read More

How to Save a Life

You might recall that last summer, I made the decision to go vegetarian. Even if you’re someone who doesn’t regularly share meals with me, you’ve probably heard a great deal about it. You’ve seen me preach and post photos of meat-free meals on Facebook and Instagram. Maybe you read my story on Medium about coming to my decision that I wrote a few months later. No matter how you heard about it, you know I’ve […] Read More

Christmas at the Zoo

My mother and grandmother were both huge fans of Christmas. Since the two of them have been long gone though, my family struggles a bit to get into the spirit. Last year I tried making up for it by putting up the first tree in years. I bought presents and hung stockings. There were even indoor twinkle lights and tinsel. It was really nice. But I don’t think it did much to boost the feeling of […] Read More

My Thanksgiving Top Ten!

Ahhh… Thanksgiving. One of my favorite holidays (if not my absolute favorite holiday) is fast approaching. Can you really blame me? I’m one of those people who firmly believes that getting to enjoy good food is one of the best experiences life has to offer! Anyone could probably tell just by taking one look at me! And Thanksgiving is a day that totally encourages Americans around the country to indulge. Take the time off from work, […] Read More

Big Cat Act

Less than a month ago, we lost my little Oliver to a severe and very sudden virus that sounded a lot like feline leukemia that violently attacked his healthy blood cells and bone marrow. Feline leukemia isn’t always a death sentence for cats, but Oliver was only a couple months old at the time and still just a baby. Beyond treating it aggressively with blood transfusions and bone marrow transplants and potentially just making him hurt even […] Read More

Harambe the Gorilla

The Death of Harambe and How to Prevent It From Happening Again

The death of Harambe the Gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo this past weekend seems to have taken public interest by storm. News footage and articles have covered it relentlessly, social media posts have flooded our Facebook and Twitter feeds, bloggers like us have offered their take on the events, and we’re already nearing that point during a major current event where some folks are bemoaning or cracking jokes about how often they are having to hear about […] Read More

Why Our World Would End if Our Pets Disappeared

If you ask anyone who knew me at the time, nearly all of them would tell you that the latter half of September 2013 was when I lost my mind. That was when I went to a local animal shelter in search of a new canine companion for the family and wound up adopting one of the feline variety instead. It was a decision that I think surprised my friends and especially my family. We had always […] Read More