Ellen Jaffe Jones, vegan author and speaker

In an unusual edition of “Talking Animals,” Ellen Jaffe Jones—the running coach, speaker and author of such books as the bestselling “Eat Vegan on $4 A Day” and “Kitchen Divided: Vegan Dishes For Semi-Vegan Households”—discusses her own kitchen divided and the ensuing unraveling of her marriage, chiefly tied to growing philosophical differences around her husband being a meat eater while Jones is a vegan, with those differences widening as she shifted from being vegan for health reasons to animal rights reasons.jonesJones recounts the medical scare and family history of disease that first prompted51scIHALGlL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_ her to drastically change her diet 30-plus years ago, and the response in her immediate family to her second stint when she embraced veganism. She describes the growing tension and diminishing respect that developed around this issue between Jones’ husband and herself, particularly after she was exuding a more dedicated and high-profile commitment through steps like serving as a media consultant for the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM), teaching vegan cooking classes, writing her books, and becoming a busy and popular cover1veg-oriented speaker. Against this backdrop, Jones explains, a pivotal chapter in the 12548949_824403084335093_7889714716001419053_nsaga of this dwindling marriage arrived when her husband suffered a heart attack, then underwent bypass surgery. All in all, it’s a conversation that involves deconstructing how a marriage came to the end, a hefty load of soul-searching, a good deal of hindsight (some foresight, too), and as one might imagine, more than a little regret and sadness. The conversation may also carry some broader implications, and provide a cautionary tale or two. (www.vegcoach.com)

ALSO: I spoke briefly with Twila Cole, director of development at the Humane Society of Pinellas, about their Pet Festival 2016, taking place Jan. 30 in Saint Petersburg. (www.humanesocietyofpinellas.org/events)

COMEDY CORNER: Maria Bamford’s “Raccoon & Horseback Riding” [excerpts from her set on “Colbert” Jan. 15] (www.mariabamford.com)

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” Consolidated’s “The Sexual Politics of Meat,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: The Beatles’ “Octopus’s Garden”

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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