Friday, April 8, 2011

RGBP Friday Five: Towards Resurrection!

Over at RevGals, Dorcas offers us a hopeful Friday Five, based on the journey from Lent to Easter, Darkness to Light.  She writes:
".... today I am askig for your thoughts on that movement from darkness to light.  Tell us five ways in which you are anticiping, or your life is moving towards light, joy, hope--new things:  new ideas,  new hobbies, new people...and so on."

So, here are my thoughts.....

1.   I am a five day old VEGAN.   I have been thinking of making the switch from vegetarian to vegan for quite some time, but couldn't imagine life without cheese--and I do love eggs once in a while.   However,  my love for living creatures was creating a disconnect--there is so much cruelty and non-accountability in the business of corporate chicken farming, and let's not talk about the standards in traditional dairy farming.    If I had the time and energy to consistently seek out a small farm where I could buy eggs from little chickens running around, I would.  And certainly, at the farmer's market, where I might meet someone selling her beautiful goat cheese that she made from her herd of 20 goats, I wouldn't be able to open my wallet fast enough.    
      So, for me, a daily practise of eating vegan is a better way to go---with the occasional foray into humane dairy eating.   The wonderful thing is that I feel really, really good.   I think I might have been clogging up my body with all the mozarella from my three day a week pizza parties.  ;-)

2.   My beloved and I have started a practise of exercising together at 5 in the morning.  Our schedules are so opposite, and one of the things, in the past, we would always do is exercise together.  Neither of us have anything scheduled at 5 in the morning. so off to the gym we have been three times this week.  
Yay for us.  If we can get in 3 or 4 weekdays at the gym, I would be very happy.  

3.  My ministry is opening up in many ways.   I realize how much I have been "managing up" the past four spite of transition, I am feeling very positive.    Last night we had our Women's Spirituality Gathering, and it was so very lovely and special.  At the end, one of the women slipped a small tissue wrapped square in my hand.   She had been helping her mother pack up her house to move to a sr. living facility, and while they were going through things, she found a small stained glass ornament.    Sixty years ago, our church burned down, and nothing really remained except the rubble and shards of the beautiful stained glass windows.  The members collected what they could to recycle--and the stained glass windows became a fundraiser by turning them into ornaments!   There aren't many around...and when N. found this, she said she thought of me immediately, and wanted me to have it. 
It was so touching.  Good, good things moving towards the Light. 

4. I'm fostering two kittens right now.  They are full of light. 

5.  The hints of warm weather.   I hate socks...and no-sock days are on the horizon---hooray!


  1. You make me smile. I'd be hunting down a farmer's market quick. We go most every Saturday when it's no-sock weather. I love that you are feeling the difference--I'd have to give it all up on Sundays for pizza.

    Women's spirituality is unheard of in sw virginia. At least we are sneaking more women clergy into the area. What a beautiful story about the ornament--a bittersweet piece of glass.

  2. What sweetness in the ornament and connections. Good for you with the exercise and eating vegan. Love that you are following the intentions!

  3. oh vegan...have you watch Ellen Degeneres? She endorses a vegan diet and has had vegan chefs on her show...there's some good food out there, although I am neither a vegetarian nor a vegan...

    Also, holding you in prayer as life unfolds and direction becomes clear...

  4. My husband would love to have chickens, and though I don't object, I know that the tending of them would fall to me. Not there yet! I foster puppies, which I adore, and wish I could do more to foster older dogs that need more room. Maybe eventually, we just can't make that happen right now.

    So many great things in your post. Love the ornament story.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. You can see the first two cross stitch projects on yesterday's post--birth records for my two grandsons. I need to finish up my current project to deliver to my son and daughter-in-law, who we will see next!

  5. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I enjoyed reading yours, especially about your new vegan life. I'm trying to practice mindful eating along with the gluten free plan that is making me feel better. You inspire me!

  6. I by chace found your blog while actually looking for mine. Wierd huh? Anyways, I became a vegan 2 months ago. I really did it to see if it would improve my health. It has drastically made a difference in me not getting migraines. It has probably reduced them by 75%. What a blessing.
    Keep up the good work.
    karla mangan