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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.


Letting Businesses Know Our Opinions – 5 December 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

I’ve been putting off answering a questionnaire from an area supermarket where we shop – until this morning. I decided it was time to politely let our opinions be known after getting a printed request – “Your opinion matters to us” (with a free package of macaroni and cheese offered as an incentive!) – at the checkout counter of yet another store yesterday; and then receiving an ad in the mail from a car dealership offering a “free ham” (color photo included in the ad) to anyone coming in!!!

I emailed the store that offered the macaroni and cheese, and politely and briefly explained that this product is not appropriate for strict vegetarians and people allergic to dairy. I ended my message with “Thank you for your attention to this matter.”

Then I answered the mail-in “customer comment card” from the supermarket. After their request for “overall comments,” I wrote: “As strict vegetarians (vegans) we shop around for products that do not contain animal-derived ingredients. (We read the labels.)” In answer to their last question, “What would improve your overall shopping experience?” I wrote: “The availability of a wider selection of products that do not contain animal-derived ingredients and lots of good quality produce.”

Well, at least I feel better letting them know that there really are some people around here who don’t eat animal products!

Go on to: “A New Heart and a New Spirit!” – 6 December 2007
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