An Underrated Gem: Atlantis:  the Lost Empire


I think this is by far the most underrated Disney film,  and the best of the “forgotten pantheon” (Treasure Planet,  Hercules,  the Black Cauldron,  etc.) by far. 

It had a diverse cast of memorable characters,  all well-acted, great visuals,  good music, an original storyline, and a visual style unlike anything else I’ve seen from Disney. 

The voice cast included Michael J. Fox, Cree Summer,  Claudia Christian, James Garner,  Jim Varney, and Leonard Nimoy! You can’t go wrong with that kind off talent. 

Seriously,  check it out. It’s on Netflix and YouTube.

Here are some more snippets,  just to whet your appetite: 

Disney Trip Reflections

Just a few things I noticed about taking a week long Disney vacation: 

Either stay at a place with a microwave or commit to spending big for every meal (big by Mississippi standards, at least). 

Disney table service restaurants that take reservations are worth it, especially for vegans. They’re more money, but the food is really good, many have characters for your kids to meet, and they’ll take care of any allergies or restrictions. 

The quick service places are less money,  but the vegan options are often quite meh., and small to boot. If I’m eating a shredded cabbage and edamame sandwich, which had very few calories, doesn’t it stand to reason that I’ll at least need a decent-sized sandwich?

Pack less.

Always bring a portable charger for your cell phones. We used this Moko charger, and it was great. It does passthrough charging and can charge two devices at once. 

Bring good shoes. It won’t be enough to keep the pain away, but it will make it manageable. 

Take a day off in the middle. Swim at the hotel’s pool.  Take in a movie. Sleep late. Heal. This is the one thing we should have file,  but didn’t. 

I’ll write more about this later, I’m sure,  but that’s enough for now. 

Eating Vegan on the Road:  Moe’s Southwest 

Burrito joints like Qdoba or Izzo’s are usually a good bet for vegans seeking big, filling meals on the road. 

But Sunday, I  got to eat at the king of them all (so far): Moe’s.

Most of the places just have beans as a protein option.  Moe’s also has tofu. Also, both kinds of beans are vegan, and you can get tofu and beans on the same burrito! 

Moe’s offers several different kinds and heat levels of homemade salsa, and they were all great. 

And, to top it off,  they’re very generous with their chips, their guac is good, and they have a wonderful proprietary peach vanilla soda. 

Just what I needed for a long drive home from Florida. 

Meat-Free Monday: Will Somebody Please Make Size 16 Office/Formal “Vegan” Shoes?

Okay,  this could be a tweet,  because the title sums it up.  I’m still wearing leather shoes because the “vegan” shoes that look acceptable for professional office spaces don’t come in giant sizes. 

If any readers know a good option that I’ve missed for big and tall vegans,  please comment and let new know. 

I’d much prefer to move away from wearing animal products, but I can’t wear neon green sandals to work. 

Meat Free Lagniappe: Panera Bread

Three words: Autumn Squash Soup

It’s vegan.  It has pumpkin seeds on top.   It comes with a toasted baguette (also vegan). It’s AMAZING.

I also had the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich, Anne it was great.  The soup outshone it, but it was still really good. 

They always have several different seasonal iced tea flavors,  like ginger plum hibiscus, and lots of yummy bagels. 

Theory Thursday: Creeds and Beliefs

 I’m talking about my beliefs, my creed, so to speak. In the “re-boot” post, I talked about how my theological beliefs had settled down a bit since the last period of blog activity (2012-2013), but I didn’t go into much detail, and may have been a bit a bit vague or confusing.

First, let me get the question of orthodoxy out of the way. I affirm the Apostle’s Creed every Sunday in church, and I mean every word.

I believe that Jesus was so much more than just an example for us … but that we cannot ignore his example. And in many ways, I spent most of my life ignoring his example.

Jesus taught peace, yet I found a way to justify every single war the U.S. had ever gotten into. 

Jesus crossed social boundaries and embraced the poor, the outcasts of society, and those believed to be sinners, yet I found a way to stay safe in my own middle-class moral superiority. I let myself believe that we’d somehow all started from the same place.

Jesus always spoke up to the powerful for the sake of those who were weaker, poorer, considered sinners, or socially ‘underneath.’

Yet time and again, I’d side with the powerful, the privileged,  because I’m one of them … white,  male,  heterosexual, cisgender, able-bodied Christian.

America wss quite literally made for my kind. 

And I know I won’t ever understand how it is to be black or gay or trans or  female … But at least I can be aware of that. At least I can listen. 

At least I can try to follow the Jesus of the Gospels.