April 27, 2014
Sign the TRACE Graduation Card!

 
I work with young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities / autism at The Arc of Luzerne County - who are graduating a 2 year work readiness program at Luzerne County Community College. Would you please take a moment to sign their graduation card? Your support will mean so much to them! — It just takes a second, then please pass it on TYVM!

October 1, 2013

My partners and I at NEPA BlogCon got together to talk about our blogs before the big day October 5 and Michelle edited it all together for us. What strikes me most is how very different we all are, and that reflects how blogging is for absolutely anyone… 

September 29, 2013

September 23, 2013
darlingstewie:

I just got a sneak peek at a most fabulous picture of me and @karla_porter for promotional fun and frivolity for @nepablogcon #OMG

This is awesome! ~Karla

darlingstewie:

I just got a sneak peek at a most fabulous picture of me and @karla_porter for promotional fun and frivolity for @nepablogcon #OMG

This is awesome! ~Karla

September 2, 2013
Beating the heat in the city - Washington Square NYC

Beating the heat in the city - Washington Square NYC

September 2, 2013
Wonderful treat in Washington Square NYC yesterday after walking around Art in the Village

Wonderful treat in Washington Square NYC yesterday after walking around Art in the Village

August 19, 2013
Ixnay on Veggie Burgers at McDonald’s

Last week I blogged about the odd circumstances that motivated me to contact McDonald’s, a $5 Klout Arch card - hoping they might throw a veggie burger my way. If you didn’t catch it, just scroll down a post or click here.

Well… I received an answer back from Sara at the McDonald’s Customer Response Center. It was timely, arriving the following day. I just didn’t have time until now to post it:

Hello Karla:


Thank you for your interest in McDonald’s and for taking the time to write regarding our menu.

At McDonald’s, we’re sensitive to the special dietary requests of our customers. We’re always reviewing our menu, developing new products and searching for ways to satisfy the many tastes of the nearly 50 million customers we serve each day. Ultimately, however, it’s our customers who choose what’s on our menu. And, we’ll continue to offer those products that are most popular with a majority of our customers.

Please know that we have tested several veggieburgers and other vegetarian menu options in different parts of the United States and, at this time, have chosen not to offer them on our national menu. We will, however, continue to look at these products and make decisions that make sense from a customer interest and sales perspective.

Lastly, it’s important to know, we gladly accommodate customer requests to custom-order items without meat (i.e., without beef, chicken or fish). As one example, customers may order the Caesar Salad without chicken and topped with Newman’s Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette. This combination contains 130 calories, 7 grams of fat, 10 mg of cholesterol and 3 grams of fiber. In addition, the salad provides two servings of vegetables and is an excellent source of vitamins A and C.

Again, thank you for contacting McDonald’s. We look forward to serving you for many years to come.

Sara
McDonald’s Customer Response Center
ref#:10272222

 

It’s a polite and oh so caring response. Having worked many years in a contact center, I also know it’s a copy paste job from a script. It’s not Sara’s fault - it’s what they pay her to do. If her name is even really Sara. I am aware I can order a salad sans the animal flesh TYVM Sara. The thing is I don’t want a cold salad, I want a hot filling compassionate veggie burger from a convenient burger joint - since they are liberally sprinkled throughout most towns and it just makes sense. 

 

#fail 

 

August 12, 2013
darlingstewie:

The squirrel girls and networking about @nepablogcon #nepa #nepa570 #nepablogcon

darlingstewie:

The squirrel girls and networking about @nepablogcon #nepa #nepa570 #nepablogcon

August 12, 2013
Today I wrote to McDonald’s

Today I submitted the following to the McDonald’s contact us page on their website after receiving a Klout perk of a $5 Arch card. I couldn’t figure out what I would eat there and figure I will use it for coffee or give it away, so I went to the site to see if they have anything I could use $5 on. The answer was beverages, a salad, apple slices and a plain bagel. So I decided to write a request. You may not agree with my suggestions and simply avoid eating at a place like this all together - as I do. But, there’s always hope that a call for animal-friendly alternatives will result in something good. ~Karla

Please consider partnering with the the manufacturer of some vegan/vegetarian items so you can put a veggie burger and maybe a wrap on the menu. I received a Klout perk of a $5 Arch card for being a social media influencer and the menu choices beyond beverages, apple slices, a bagel and a side salad are quite limited. I would like to be able to have a meal. I am not the only one. 

As individuals become more health conscious and or compassionate and aware where their food comes from, alternatives are important. I recognize the mega success of McDonald’s but the competition has warmed to alternatives -  Non-meat options are increasingly popular at chain restaurants. Burger King has a veggie burger; Johnny Rockets has a vegan one. So do Denny’s, Baker’s, Fatburger and a slew of other major companies. From Boca to Gardein the options are quite plentiful. Please also consider removing the beef flavoring from the french fries and hash browns so people who abstain from consuming animal flesh could eat them. 

"In the National Restaurant Association’s "What’s Hot in 2011" survey of more than 1,500 professional chefs, over half rated meatless/vegetarian entrées and vegan entrées as a "hot trend." http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/market.htm#market

Your consideration is greatly appreciated, and let’s face it - it would be a smart business move.

May 7, 2013
Words at odds

This past January I was engaged in a conversation on Twitter, some private and some public. It turned to mentions of activity of an extremist Christian organization (that I do not support) and eventually a civil exchange with a representative of that group. 

I have no wish to involve the names of other people in this post, or provide links or screenshots, since I don’t know anyone who would want to be mentioned alongside that particular organization, so if this seems vague just mosey along or continue to read, as you wish - there must be a lesson here somewhere.

It has come to my attention that some people view my Twitter exchange that day with a representative of the sect asking if they had plans to attend an upcoming event - as a provocative action on my part, interpreting it as though I was inciting a protest by alerting them to something they could easily research on their own had they interest whatsoever, or could simply follow via the hashtag conversation on Twitter itself.

It isn’t a ‘secret’ event - there is a website, social media, etc., and if one does not know of the event it would be only due to the lack of a good PR job by event promoters and or lack of interest in the subject matter. To the contrary, I find they have done a diligent job of promoting the event. To be clear, I have no interest in or wish for this group to protest the event. The attendees, the respected organization behind the event, and the presenters don’t need protest drama, and I wouldn’t cast an evil spell like that on the venue even if I could. 

While I find it intriguing that it appears to some I had the power to do just that, let me state for the record, I have no such power at all. Actually - no one does, at least to my knowledge. 

In any event, the result is that 5 months later, very strong criticism of my Twitter exchange that day has surfaced. I find it unfortunate that the very individuals at odds with my comments are working hard to give them double duty, wide spread mention today along with a real SEO workout on some blogs. It doesn’t make sense to me that they would so freshly and widely promote information they wish to keep under the radar from this group. But alas, that is exactly the case.

I acknowledge that I have heard the words of those concerned, admire their passion and will take their point of view into consideration in the future. At the same time, I do not buy into fear-mongering or cave from it. I am in no way responsible for anyone showing up anywhere except for myself

In the same vein, I encourage others to not fear criticism, to remain calm in the face of controversy, to refute peer pressure, to not assume charismatic or popular individuals are always thought leaders to be followed like sheep, and to be the architect of their own thoughts and opinions.

The best of success to you, and above all - think freely.