Work Stuff

The Flu “Epidemic” is Reaching Epidemic Proportions

A fellow co-worker directed me to a company Intranet article about “getting the flu vaccine or else” article (though the company likes to call it a “choice,” it’s anything but a choice considering you either get the vaccine or be suspended), and I was amazed at the comments. For you see, in order to comment on these articles, you have to leave your first AND last name AND it’s your REAL first and last name. There is no anonymity on the Intranet – Big Brother is watching and Big Brother knows exactly who you are.

People are furious. ENRAGED is actually more accurate. It’s sort of comforting to see I’m not the only “crazy” person out there refusing to succumb to what I now like to affectionately call, “a syringe full of poison.”

Anyway. The comments? Are pretty freaking awesome. Nearly every comment touches on a point I’ve made here at one point or another. I thought a nurse had an excellent suggestion – why not just make the people who opt out of the vaccine wear a mask during the duration of the “epidemic.” (Remember, I use that term VERY loosely because I’m not convinced, at all, that there IS an epidemic).

Why indeed? I’d totally wear a mask if it meant I could keep working every day. And that makes sense to me. I’m not getting the vaccine, I’m potentially carrying this year’s flu strain and could potentially give it to someone else (that’s a lot of potentially, don’t you think?) so yeah. I’m more than happy to protect others from my non-vaccinated germs. (*snort*).

Another person brought up this point: the hospital is all about the patients – as it should be. It’s all about protecting the patients – as it should be. How, exactly, is it in the patients’ best interest to suspend a bunch of healthy people, making those left behind to work twice as hard and twice as long to cover the gaps left behind by the suspension?

An excellent point, I’d say.

I didn’t have time to really read through all of the comments (and there were a quite a few), but the ones I read? Were pretty spot on and I agreed with about 94% of them.

I was beginning to wonder if I was the only “crazy” person out there. I was comforted to see that I am not.

I just can’t get this image out of my head of us humans, all lined up, like cattle, being herded into a shed somewhere and being mindlessly vaccinated for some mysterious “virus” of something that changes every year and then coming out the other side, glassy eyed and dazed and all mumbling the same inane phrase because we’ve all become so used to being brain washed into doing what the group is doing that none of us has an independent brain cell left in our heads to say, “Wait a minute. WHY are we doing this again??”

Hi. My name is Karen and I’m a non-conformist. Give me a sound, logical reason why you want to me to go along with the pack and I’ll do it, otherwise …?

BITE ME.

Work Stuff

Haven’t You Heard? Apparently, We Have a Flu Epidemic in Missouri

So they’ve implemented the procedure that will start the ball rolling to suspend those of us who opted to thumb our nose up at the system and refuse to be vaccinated with poison – I.E. the flu vaccine.


(The same government agency that declared a pandemic of the H1N1 just a few years back. *snort* Pardon my skepticism).

My boss called me into her office today to ask me, once and for all, if I still wanted to refuse having the vaccine.

I said YES. (I mean, how many times do I have to refuse this sucker??)

So now … more waiting. (Don’t you love navigating red tape? JUST MAKE A FREAKIN’ DECISION ALREADY!!!!!!)

Please note that I am not making this decision lightly. I KNOW it’s going to cause a hardship to the people I work with. I KNOW they are going to be short handed because of me. I honest to God feel awful about doing that to them … but folks. I simply can not make myself go through with this.

My boss defended the company – the hospital is trying to protect itself. They don’t want one of their associates inadvertently giving one of their more sick patients the flu. I GET IT. But it’s a crap shoot. Let’s be real. Okay. So the associate doesn’t give the patient that strain of flu. That is no guarantee that that same associate, the same one who got the flu shot, won’t give that same patient something else – like a really bad cold or another strain of flu … it just doesn’t make sense to me.

I think having the flu shot should be purely voluntary. I think if associates opt out of the flu shot and then get sick, they should have to stay home for 3/4 days WITHOUT pay until they are well enough to return to work. I DON’T think the hospital should suspend a handful of perfectly healthy people simply because they refused to be bullied into getting an armful of poison.

Are we clear yet on my position on this issue?!?!?

I hate to keep harping on this, but hell’s bells, this whole thing just flabbergasts me. It’s so idiotic. And I’m a fair-minded person. I understand where the hospital is coming from, but when looking at the issue logically, there are WAY more cons than there are pros and there are WAY more efficient ways of dealing with this issue than “DO IT MY WAY OR BE SUSPENDED” scenario.

OMG, I’m so sick of thinking about this. I told my boss today that I wasn’t sure I wanted the stress of dealing with this situation every single freaking year. It’s just not worth the stress. It’s not fair to my co-workers. And it’s certainly not worth the small amount of money I’m being paid.

I told my boss that maybe this wasn’t the job for me. I didn’t tell her that to scare her or threaten her, but I wanted to be honest with her; this may not be the job for me. I’m a non-conformist (in case you haven’t picked up on that little fact). And if I perceive a situation as being unfair, or illogical, or just downright stupid, I won’t succumb. Just because everyone else chooses to get on that bandwagon doesn’t mean I will. It’s my choice and BY GOD, don’t take that away from me.

This company is bullying me into succumbing to their policy and I simply won’t do it. One, because I don’t think it’s necessary given all the reasons I’ve harped on these past weeks and two, the more someone pushes me into something, the more I dig my heels in and say, “screw it.”

Just ask my folks. I’m stubborn like that.

So … dilemma time. I love my job. I love my co-workers. I can honestly say that this is the best bunch of people I’ve worked with in a very long time. They’re awesome. The work is challenging and I was told today that I’m quite good at it, (especially for someone who doesn’t come from any medical background). I don’t want to leave it. But by golly … is it worth sticking around and having to put up with this crap every year? Granted, the “odds” of there being a flu epidemic are small, but still, it happens. (I still don’t understand why we haven’t been scared to death by this “epidemic” on the news. WHERE IS THE MEDIA HYSTERIA!?!)

*sigh* I hate to keep bringing this up, but it’s like a black cloud hanging over my head – I can’t seem to shake it. In the meantime, I see job offerings from other industries that I’m probably more suited to and would likely have a good chance of landing if I really applied myself.

But I’m not a quitter. I HATE letting people down. I HATE giving up on something, especially so early in the game.

I HATE being in limbo and right now? I’m dangling from a rope right before your eyes, and I resent the hell out of it.

Chicago, Work Stuff

Back From Chicago … and Planning Another Trip

We got back home about an hour ago.

Actually, we got back into town about 7:00 p.m. But we stopped to eat at Taco Bell, went over to my in-laws to eat cookie cake and sing happy birthday to Jazz, THEN we came home.

And this was AFTER riding the Amtrak train from Chicago to St. Louis for five hours and driving another 3 1/2 hours from St. Louis to Springfield.

So yeah, I’M BRAIN DEAD.

I simply can’t write anymore tonight. But I’ll write about our adventures and share some pictures very soon.

Now? I’m collapsing into my own bed and (hopefully) getting a full, uninterrupted, seven hours of sleep.

And then it’s back to work tomorrow … unless they suspend me. My boss left me a voice mail Thursday, but honest to God, I forgot to call her back so, who knows if I HAVE a job to go back to. Her message didn’t say NOT to, but it was rather a question as to whether I had gotten the shot (no), or if I planned to (no). So. I figured if I was suspended, surely she would have called back and told me not to come in on Monday, right?

RIGHT?!?

At any rate, I’m going to work tomorrow and we’ll see what happens. If I get suspended, then I’ll come home and blog about Chicago.

I know you’re rooting for me to get suspended so you can hear more about Chicago – don’t lie! (*grin*)

And don’t jinx me. Cause I really do love my job and I really don’t want to get suspended.

UGH. I can’t do this “am I going to be suspended this year or not” every single year thing. It’s exhausting. (To live and to write about).

P.S. Kevin and I are thinking about going back to Chicago in June – just me and him. OH YES WE ARE!

Abundant Life

Teaching: Are There Lost / Missing Books of the Bible?

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

If you would like to read my views on religion and how we got started with the ministry, you can read this.

Let’s get started:

Another fairly common misconception about the Bible is that it is in some way incomplete, i.e., that it has books missing. The 66 books that compose the modern Bible are known as the “canon,” a theological word that means, “the books of the Bible officially accepted as Holy Scripture.” Some doubters of the Bible think church councils constructed the Bible by arbitrarily choosing the books they thought should be included. Furthermore, these people often assert there are many other books that should be in the Bible. These are sometimes referred to as the “lost books” of the Bible.

Before addressing the issue of whether or not any God-breathed books were left out of the Bible, I would like to make a personal observation. In my years in the ministry I have had the opportunity to personally speak with perhaps twenty people who subscribe to the theory that there are lost books of the Bible, and I have noticed something interesting: those who criticize the Bible by claiming it is incomplete do not conduct their lives according to the books that are included in the Bible. This is hypocritical because if the Bible is missing books, then the parts we do have become even more valuable. If pirates have most of a treasure map, they do not throw it out because it is missing a piece. Instead, the part they have becomes even more valuable, and they study it with great intensity. Critics of the canon do not live by the books that are included in Scripture. Almost without exception they use the theory of the “missing books” to ignore the Bible altogether. It is clear to me they are not trying to restore a faulty document. Instead, they are looking for an excuse to ignore the Bible, and they find that excuse by questioning the canon.

The Church did not “create” the canon as the critics assert; rather, they recognized it. From the time God first spoke His Word to people and told them to write it down, there have been other writings that were not “God-breathed.” There were enough books circulating in the ancient world that Ecclesiastes, which was written more than 900 years before Christ, says, “…Of making many books there is no end…” (Eccles. 12:12). Some of the books existing in biblical times contained material substantiating Scripture. A few of these are mentioned in the Bible, including, “…the book of the annals of Solomon” (1 Kings 11:41b), “…the annotations of the prophet Iddo” (2 Chron. 13:22b), and “…the annals of Jehu…” (2 Chron. 20:34b). Even though these books are mentioned in the Bible, and supported it, they are still not “God-breathed,” and are left out of the canon. They are lost to us today precisely because the people of the time knew they were not “God-breathed,” so they did not carefully preserve them and pass them down from generation to generation as they did with what they recognized to be the God-breathed Word.

Before “books” were invented, Scripture was kept on scrolls, pieces of rolled up parchment or leather. Scrolls existed centuries before what we today call a “book,” which is a number of pages bound together on one side. Book format came into common use around the time of the writing of the New Testament. Since the pages could be written on both sides, paper was conserved, and books were easier to read from and carry than scrolls. Before the book format, the larger writings, or “books,” of the Bible (such as Genesis, Joshua, Jeremiah, etc.) were usually kept on individual scrolls, and it was customary to write several of the smaller books (such as Joel, Amos, Obadiah, etc.) on one scroll.

The fact that Scripture existed on scrolls has been used by people who criticize the canon. They try to make it seem as if all the scrolls of the Bible, as well as dozens of others, were just “floating around the Christian world” until some Church committee, hundreds of years after Christ, decided to put some of them together and make one official book. That is not what happened. By the time the individual books of the Bible were bound together as one book, they had been read, revered, loved, preserved, and recognized by generations of believers as truly being “the words of God.” In contrast, the non-canonical books were recognized in the community of believers as not being from the mouth of God.

God had the whole Bible in mind when He first told Moses to write His words on a scroll, translated “book” in most versions (Exod. 17:14). The writings of Moses were known as “…the Book of the Law of Moses…” (Josh. 8:31). The fact that the Law of Moses was recognized to be “the words of God” throughout Israel’s history, including the time of Christ, shows that the books recognized by the people were carefully preserved and handed down, not just as history or nice prose, but as the Word of God. The same was true for the psalms of David, the proverbs of Solomon, the prophecies of Isaiah and Jeremiah, etc. By the time Church councils undertook the task of compiling all the loose books into a single volume, those considered as “the Word of God” were well known and loved in the Christian community.

There are reliable tests that have been used to determine whether or not a book is a part of the canon, such as:

Was the book originally written by a confirmed prophet of God?
Does the message contain the truth of God?
Does it have in it the power of God to change a person’s life?
Was it accepted by the people of God? Those alive at the time the book was written were the best qualified to know and preserve it and pass it down.

There is a very good reason why Christians do not include the “lost books” in the Bible—they are not Holy Scripture. The people who wrote them were not accepted as “holy men of God” in their own generations, as were Moses, Samuel, and other biblical writers. Furthermore, reading and studying the non-canonical books shows they are not “God-breathed.” They were not accepted as the Word of God at the time they were written. They are full of historical inaccuracies, fanciful stories, outright falsehoods, and contradictions with the rest of the canon. Since the average Christian has probably heard of the “lost books” of the Bible, but more than likely has never read any selections from them, inserting a section here from one of the more popular apocryphal writings is appropriate. The following is an excerpt from the Infancy Gospel of Thomas:

1. I, Thomas the Israelite, tell and make known to you all, brethren from among the Gentiles, all the works of the childhood of our Lord Jesus Christ and his mighty deeds, which he did when he was born in our land. The beginning is as follows.

2. 1. When this boy Jesus was five years old he was playing at the ford of a brook, and he gathered together into pools the water that flowed by, and made it at once clean, and commanded it by his word alone. 2. He made soft clay and fashioned from it twelve sparrows. And it was the Sabbath when he did this. And there were also many other children playing with him. 3. Now when a certain Jew saw what Jesus was doing in his play on the Sabbath, he at once went and told his father Joseph: “See, your child is at the brook, and he has taken clay and fashioned twelve birds and has profaned the Sabbath.” 4. And when Joseph came to the place and saw (it), he cried out to him, saying: “Why do you do on the Sabbath what ought not to be done?” But Jesus clapped his hands and cried to the sparrows: “Off with you!” And the sparrows took flight and went away chirping. 5. The Jews were amazed when they saw this, and went away and told their elders what they had seen Jesus do.

3. 1. But the son of Annas the scribe was standing there with Joseph; and he took a branch of a willow and (with it) dispersed the water which Jesus had gathered together. 2. When Jesus saw what he had done he was enraged and said to him: “You insolent godless dunderhead, what harm did the pools and the water do to you? See, now you also shall wither like a tree and shall bear neither leaves nor root nor fruit.” 3. And immediately that lad withered up completely; and Jesus departed and went into Joseph’s house. But the parents of him that was withered took him away, bewailing his youth, and brought him to Joseph and reproached him: “What a child you have, who does such things.”

4. 1. After this again he went through the village, and a lad ran and knocked against his shoulder. Jesus was exasperated and said to him: “You shall not go further on your way,” and the child immediately fell down and died. But some, who saw what took place, said: “From where does this child spring, since his every word is an accomplished deed?” 2. And the parents of the dead child came to Joseph and blamed him and said: “Since you have such a child, you cannot dwell with us in the village; or else teach him to bless and not to curse. For he is slaying our children.”

5. 1. And Joseph called the child aside and admonished him saying: “Why do you do such things that these people (must) suffer and hate us and persecute us?” But Jesus replied: “I know that these words are not yours; nevertheless for your sake I will be silent. But they shall bear their punishment.” And immediately those who had accursed him became blind. [13]

Anyone familiar with the Four Gospels and the character of Jesus will realize immediately that the above “gospel” is not a part of the God-breathed Word, and certainly does not represent the love or wonderful heart of the Savior, Jesus Christ. That Jesus, even as a child, would kill another child who insulted him is completely out of character for Jesus, and that he would kill a second child who merely bumped into his shoulder is totally preposterous.

The “lost books” are also known for containing accounts of miracles that have no godly purpose or redeeming value, such as we saw above with Jesus and the sparrows. The “Gospel of Thomas,” and all the other non-canonical books have “fatal flaws” that reveal they are not the Word of God. As stated previously, there is a reason the “lost books” are not included in the canon of Scripture: generations of Christians and Christian scholars have read them and realized they did not come from God.

Another way God has kept His Word pure is by intertwining and cross-referencing the books of the Bible and the biblical characters. With the exception of the book of Esther, every single book of the Old Testament is either quoted or referred to in the New Testament. The phrase “It is written,” followed by a quotation or reference to the Old Testament occurs more than 60 times in the New Testament, and there are many other quotations that are not so specifically referenced. Also, in both the Old Testament and the New Testament many of the writers knew of each other and even referred to each other. Daniel and Ezra both mention Jeremiah; Ezra refers to Haggai and Zechariah; Nehemiah wrote about Ezra; Kings and Chronicles mention many of the prophets; Moses, Joshua, and Samuel are mentioned in many of the books; Job is mentioned in Ezekiel and James; Noah is mentioned in ten books besides Genesis; Peter wrote about Paul; Paul mentions Peter, Mark, and Luke; the book of Acts (written by Luke) mentions the apostles and Paul, and on and on. In contrast to this extensive cross-referencing system showing that the people of God knew of, loved, and respected each other, the non-canonical books are not crossed referenced in this way.

It is easy for the critic to say the Bible is an arbitrary collection of books. However, anyone who actually reads and studies the canon of Scripture will be able to conclude what thousands of scholars who are concerned about the purity of the Bible and the validity of the canon have discovered and rediscovered: the canon found in the modern protestant versions of the Bible, with 66 books from Genesis to Revelation, can be confidently trusted as “the Word of God.”

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Friday Craft: Knit Wits

Knit Wits

Turn gloves into palm-size pals.

Materials

Knit glove
Needle
Thread
Yarn
Scissors
Rubber ball
Buttons
Mini pom-pom
Rice

Instructions

Tuck the ring finger of the glove into the palm and stitch the hole closed.

Fill the glove (all but the cuff) with rice and tie it off tightly with a piece of yarn.

For the doll’s head, fit a small rubber ball (or a Ping-Pong ball) into the cuff. Then, sew the glove closed to hold the ball in.

Make a wig by loosely wrapping yarn around your hand about fifty times to create a think hank.

Tie the strands together at one end of the hank, then cut the loop opposite the tie.

Stitch the tied portion to the top of the doll’s head.

Finish up by stitching on button eyes and a tiny pom-pom nose.

Abundant Life

Audio Teaching: Who is Jesus Christ?

by John Schoenheit
It has been stated that no single person has had more effect on history than Jesus Christ. But now, just as when he lived, there are a lot of different opinions about him, ranging from a deceiver to the Son of God.

In this teaching John Schoenheit opens the Word of God to see what it reveals about who Jesus is. Taking a biographical approach, John examines different records in the Four Gospels to show that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, but he is also our hero and role model. Scripture says that Jesus was tempted just like we are. If so, how could he live a sinless life? Scripture reveals that Jesus got hungry, tired, and had family problems just as we do, yet he singularly focused on God and lived and loved like no other person before or since. This look at the life of Jesus reveals a person who needs to be better known, and knowing him inspires us to live a more focused and holy life.

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LIVE Spirit & Truth Teaching TONIGHT

Hey ya’ll … I just found out about this right this minute …!!

You know all of those videos and audio teachings I post every Sunday and Wednesday? Well, they’re getting ready to have a LIVE teaching at this URL: http://www.truthortradition.com/emails/livestream-2012-4/index.html at 8:00 Eastern Time.

Come watch and be blessed by an awesome teaching!

(They’re also opening the floor up to questions afterwards … it’s worth checking out!!)

ADDED: It looks like they’re going to do this again next Wednesday, most likely at the same time. Mark your calendars and join the conversation! I’ll be signing up for an account so I can chat and maybe ask a question or two. I’ll let you know my username if you want to say hi!

Life, Parenting

Someone in My Family is Now An Organ Donor

I was sitting here, watching “Grey’s Anatomy,” (I’m embarrassed to admit that I watch A LOT of TV since starting this job – who has the mental energy to read a book nowadays?? Not me!!) and something from the show reminded me of something I wanted to blog about …

Someone in my family is now an organ donor.

And it’s not Kevin.

Nor me.

Who does that leave?

I KNOW!

Since I’ve been working, I haven’t spent that much time with my boys. On the surface, this sounds like a bad thing, however, it’s actually not. Because you see, I’ve mother-henned my kids TO DEATH. So much so, that if I didn’t do something, they would grow up to be pansy-ass excuses for men.

Let’s be honest.

And I’ll admit, that was a big deciding factor to my GETTING a job, quite frankly. Because I figured if I wasn’t around then the boys would be FORCED to grow up.

I have to admit, I’m beginning to think that theory is paying off.

*Side note: I also got a job because A. I was bored staying home. B. I wanted to start financially contributing to the family again. And C. Kevin didn’t think I’d really do it. He said the same thing when I got my job at Wal-Mart, too. Silly husband. Don’t EVER doubt me when I have my “serious” face on. I’d link to my serious face, but it’s just too scary to share, actually.

My working has been especially good for Dude. He’s had to do a lot, by himself, without mommy holding his hand. He opened up a checking account. He is taking care of my Amazon book store. He taxis his little brother all over town. He’s going to college three times a week.

And he got his driver’s license renewed – ALL BY HIMSELF.

I gave him a brief overview of what to expect and said, “you have until March 25th to get it done. Bye.”

I wondered if he would do it. I suggested that maybe Kevin needed to take him and “just show him what to do the first time.”

But Dude refused Kevin’s help. He picked out a day that Kevin and I were busy and he got it done. By himself.

And I saw the renewed license to prove it.

He even paid for it with his own money.

I know this may not sound like a big deal to most of you, but we’re talking about the son who is afraid of his own shadow. The son who would rather crawl under a rock than talk to you. The son who would duck into a dark alley to avoid making eye contact you. He’s timid, shy and very, very interoverted, though I’m not so sure about that last part anymore. He really seems to be growing up and it took removing me from the equation for that to happen.

I’ll try and not take offense to that.

But honestly, I was so proud of him!! And I told him, in a very understated, “cool mom” sort of way. But inside I was screaming with excitement! Maybe now, NOW, finally, my son would finally grow up.

He was proud to show me his new license. He was also proud to show me that he’s now an organ donor.

And that part shocked the hell out of me. This is the son who nearly barfs when he finds a hair in his food.

And he’s going to donate his organs?!?

I was immediately proud and ashamed at the same time. I was proud of him for doing something so GROWN UP. And kind. And generous. And GIVING.

And I was ashamed of myself because I am not an organ donor. And neither is Kevin. Though we’ve both talked about it several times – we’ve just never done anything about it.

My oldest son taught me something – it’s time to put my convictions where my mouth is. I’ve been standing up to this flu shot fiasco, it’s time to sign on the dotted line and be an organ donor.

I wish I could relay to you how HUGE this organ donor thing is to Dude. I never, in my wildest dreams, thought the boy, excuse me, THE MAN, would be capable of making that decision. This is the son who is deathly afraid of heights, of flying and roller coasters.

And has voluntarily become an organ donor.

But you want to know a secret? Though I’m surprised he’s taken this first step toward adulthood, I was sort of expecting it. Because even though I gave birth to this boy, raised him, drilled him so hard on spelling words that he cried and begged me to stop his entire second and third grade of school, and for all the talk of “knowing him,” I’m not sure I do. Not really.

I have a feeling my first born is just getting started and I can’t WAIT to see what else he’s capable of.