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Tonya Kay

Tonya Kay photo courtesy Tonya KayTonya Kay is an actress, TV personality, professional dancer and danger artist living in Los Angeles. A vegetarian of 28 years, vegan for 18 of those and raw vegan for the last 11, Tonya Kay pioneers the green health movement with appearances, publications and green media (available at KayosMarket). Watch Tonya Kay's self-produced web series The Eco Tourist on EcoHearth's Eco Tube. You may have also seen her recently on TV's My Ride Rules, The Tonight Show, Criminal Minds, Glee, House MD, Secret Girlfriend and American Idol with Rhianna. She has performed live in STOMP, De La Guarda, with Panic At The Disco, Kenny Rogers and in countless music videos and commercials. Look for Tonya Kay in the new Muppets Movie, starring in MTV Network's Video Game Reunion, playing a lead in the scripted animal-activist feature film, Bold Native, performing the voice of Green Girl in the raw vegan superhero animated film Rawman and Green Girl and performing burlesque live in Hollywood, California, almost any weekend. In 2012, Tonya Kay will star in the films Off World and Within The Darkness. For more on Tonya Kay, visit her website.

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Now Is the Future
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

New Year's Sunrise photo by Bryan ElkusI get to celebrate the new year twice each year.

What I love about living in the United States is the diversity. Of course, I am always pushing for more open-mindedness, but that will likely be my eternal quest. Still, everywhere around me I value the wide variety of religious beliefs, racial profiles, sexual orientations and personal convictions. The downside to extreme diversity is that sometimes I have no clue as to what holiday to celebrate… if one views that as a downside. I choose to think of it as a cultural gift. After all, every year I get to celebrate the turn of the year twice.

I celebrate the year's turn with the sunrise following the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year. The sun is reborn and a new solar year begins astronomically. This literal new year's beginning I honor with ritual and other conscious acts that mean something to me personally.

I also get to celebrate the year's turn on January 1st, the Gregorian calendar date chosen to signify the new year's beginning. I observe this in the way my culture does, with countdowns, “Auld Lang Syne” and passionate kisses. Part of me wishes I had a calendar of the entire world's holidays to celebrate alongside nature’s cyclical holidays. Surely, somewhere, every day is a holiday. And I, likely the world, can always use another reason to rejoice.

This year, as in many a year, I marked the sun's rebirth by watching it rise the morning after the Winter Solstice. I like to be awake and aware as the new year begins. This ritual provides an important opportunity for reflection and projection, and is just as meaningful if I am alone, but I also deeply appreciate the participation of loved ones.

I also celebrated with the conscious act of a holiday in Napa Valley, where I vacationed with a lover, explored the misty valley paradise of northern California, sipped fermented libations and indulged my senses to their deepest receptivity. And of course, because I am an environmentalist and raw vegan as well as a wine enthusiast, I consciously sought out certified organic, biodynamic and sustainable vineyards. Oh, the education my taste buds and eco-mind have accumulated since my passion for certified wines began. And oh, how I look forward to sharing that knowledge and experience with you in my upcoming writing.

So while the Christmas holiday has seemed to lose its values socially, causing me distress and confusion during the late-December season (see my Christmas Is Trying to Kill Me piece), I have found a successful way to celebrate the turning of the year—twice every year—in my world with rituals and conscious acts that matter to me and to my culture, in all its diversity.

Now it is 2010 and I am not the only person I've heard say this, but “it's the future.” I mean, how many sci-fi films were set in years before this date? This is the time that was supposed to be different. This is the time that everything was going to change. What was the future supposed to mean anyway? What does it actually mean now that we're here? Please let your fellow readers know what you think by commenting below.

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Written by Tonya Kay , January 05, 2011
Everything is changing in accelerated mode, isn't it?
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Written by irenic bedlamite , January 04, 2011
A new decade, and one in which many in the west are having some doubts about the efficacy of capitalism, which may be a good thing. It may create more interest in alternative, small scale communities.
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Written by Tonya Kay , January 06, 2010
What a beautiful thing to say. What a beautiful thing to feel. I am honored.
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Written by Jeremy Trumble , January 05, 2010
At 33 years of age, this is my third war that i have fought in. It's very refreshing to hear someone like Tonya have such a positive view of love and diversity. In most of my travels you do not see very much if any at all for the love of diversity, cultural, and religious tolerances.

Our homeland of the United States is one of those very few spots on this tiny planet that is such a place. To sleep well at night, cause i will guard it with my life.

J Trumble
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Written by Joy Langtry , January 05, 2010
To me, the future we are manifesting focuses on love and unity. We humans are changing, and our growing consciousness is taking over... I think that this is the time for arrival. You're already (t)here, Tonya!
I am so grateful to be alive during this time. It's wonderful to hear voices such as yours, leading the way!

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