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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


The Smell of Death – 7 February 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

This morning, in a market where we do some of our food shopping, the cashier, noticing that all our purchases were vegan, mentioned to us that years ago she had become vegetarian when she had worked in a restaurant where the odor of meat cooking made her sick.

After hearing this, I began to think of a news story I had read about rescue workers who were retrieving the bodies of tsunami victims. The smell of death had turned many of those workers vegetarian, which made their job easier. Most likely they associated the smell of death with that of meat in the markets, just as we have. One of the survivors of this tragedy had also mentioned that, after smelling death, she had lost her taste for meat.

Maybe one of the reasons I’m so fond of winter is because I don’t have to smell the outdoor carnivorous cooking that warm weather ushers in!

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