Thanks my friend -- busy - busy - busy!! Both work and home - have taken on the role of executive director of our sister program - and we are doing infrastructure upgrades as well - so could move into work and never be caught up! On the home front all well - hubby back to work after the dislocated shoulder (bankort lesion (sp?) - fell at work, and was off work for 9 weeks! All well with kids - granddaughters - so can't complain - just have to be sure to take care so as to be here!! Hope you and yours are well and your persistence in your studies is rewarded!
Thanks - your prayers are needed. It is tough; but I will keep going. I was very much surprised by my mother today. I have been trying to encourage her to go on a plant based diet, but to no avail. Today she asked me what area in nursing I would like to concentrate on. I told her "I don't know yet" in order to avoid the topic of health and veganism (although I have been targeting the areas of diabetes and heart health). To my surprise, she encouraged me to go into diabetes education and then began to tell me how she is trying to eliminate meat from her diet. Lesson learned: Keep quiet, live the lifestyle and keep praying...
THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT!
Just been going nuts with classes - but doing okay. It was inspiring to see the new members and the activity. My ethics professor is seemingly proveg but doesn't know how to go about it. He hasn't asked about it, so I am not going to force the issue. He loathes animal abuse and made us all write a paper on an environmental hero. I wrote one on John Muir, the founder of the Sierra club. Please pray for wisdom. I am pressing on for nursing, but I have doubts. I am pro-nutrition, but dietitians have tough times with jobs/pay and many veg dietitians end up in jobs going against their beliefs. As a nurse, I will end up pushing drugs, even when I know my patients may do better on a plant based diet. I am pressing on, but your prayers are appreciated. It will be a long road, I am still working on prerequisites.
I am thinking about changing my name and just starting over. I came up with creationlover years ago just on a whim. It does describe me, but I know people probably look at me as Creationworshipper... Thoughts? I do very little posting, but it may help people not to look at me in suspicion. Out of sarcasm, I thought about treehugger, but that is not charitable... I don't know... Perhaps I am being oversensitive?
Thank you - yes many things change in how they are interpreted over time / in one culture or another - I had only known it as a sign for 'peace' and this is how I intend it to be understood, but I do appreciate your honesty in letting me know your reaction. I believe this is the best way to move forward - be honest in all our dealings, be direct as we can without hurting each other, don't be concerned about labeling yourself - all of us are doing the best we can. I agree the issue of things tested on fetal cells is one that needs to come to the forefront so people can make informed decisions that reflect their faith. To me the easiest thing is to strive to be simple, grateful, and honest. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zl9puhwiyw - a Benedictine Brother who, I believe clarifies what we should do in our lives - all things flow from gratitude. How we respond, what we do with our lives, how we react to others, if we are truly grateful many things come into balance.
I checked out more information, rather than what I first read that was negative. I guess I learned that it's a symbol - a lot of meanings, and I suppose it's the purpose that counts. I even saw something in a magazine that was about missionaries and how they painted a wall. The wall had Catholic symbols. There was also a peace sign painted.
Since what I first read of it was really bad, and how I reacted to it really bad, I suppose I'm still kind of scrupulous about the symbol.
I just thought I'd let you know.
God guide you and bless you in your efforts of discovering more