Hi 4elise, I miss arguing with you ----just kidding.. No seriously I do miss the climate change thread though, just wish I could find more of your posts on CAF. I do enjoy hearing your view on things... Anyways, I hope you are doing well and have a Merry Christmas.
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Also, please follow me on Twitter - EducOrlando- for updates on the butterflies growing in space [at the International Space Station].
This is a very happy week for my family, first my 80th birthday, and then Thanksgiving Day with all of us. Even our pinochle group gave me a card and a party too. We have many things to be thankful. I'm thankful for this group on Catholic Answers too.
I forgot to ask, did you go vegan all at once, from eating meat, or was there a non-vegan vegetarian phase in there?
I've been slowly learning more about the effects of huge factory-farms of all types on the earth and the people and animals who are associated with them - it really is terrible. I spent a year (years ago) working in a small, conventional dairy and was horrified by the way "my" cows were treated.
Pax et bonum
I love the connections you make!
I'm not a vegan - except during the Fasts - or even really a vegetarian, though we rarely eat meat, but the only reason I do eat any animal products at all is because I can find local, (truly) free-range, small-farm raised products. It's more expensive, but the idea of associating with factory-farming in any way is honestly too repulsive for words. I feel like this is an acceptable way of dealing with the issues around animal consumption. There is a sort of spiritual loveliness (I'm not sure exactly how to describe it) about veganism though, I love Lent and Advent, and the sharper focus I have when I'm eating only green, live things.
Thanks so much for your reply! It's really refreshing to meet up with some people who obviously care about their faith - above and beyond the token "Catholic concerns" we too often limit ourselves to! I really appreciated your reviving the Walmart thread as well - in time to encourage everyone to re-think Christmas shopping. Thanks, and many blessings!