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Medical Transcription Word of the Day: sicca syndrome (Sjogren's syndrome); also, porphyria cutanea tarda

Work: Work went pretty well, today. I typed 21 progress notes and was considerably faster in tracking down the spellings of drug names and getting definitions of terms I was unfamiliar with. I also believe my accuracy rate was a lot better; I understood most of what I was hearing, today. Maybe I can do this job well enough for them to keep me on once the OJT ends. *keeping fingers devoutly crossed*

Nanowrimo: I am now planning for Nanowrimo, which will mean the cessation during November of any fannish activity until/unless I get in my daily quota or more. This year, I am working more on a piece of mine called Vendetta, though I currently have The Curse of Avriet listed as my work for this year. I need to go to the Nano site and change it.

Mailing Lists: I need to turn off my Monster.com emails, since I am no longer looking for a job. Or maybe I should keep my listing current, in case I don't get hired by the Lighthouse after the OJT. At the very least, I will get rid of some of my job hunt automatic mailings.

I also need to unsubscribe from the Pern mailing lists I'm on, since I'm not actively involved in Pern fandom anymore. I should probably leave Nova Roma, to; I just don't have time to participate the way I'd like to.

Role-Playing:I'm feeling somewhat depressed about SPH, because one of my favorite players (and one of the few remaining ones) has just quit. *sigh*

I am desperately trying to restrain myself from going to pbem.com to look for an active RP to join. I keep having to remind myself of Nanowrimo and the fact that I am now working full-time. Must not commit to an RP until after November. Must NOT committ...

baghdaelf hasn't come on tonight, and chipperazzi appears to have left her computer for a while. I guess I'll go write, but keep YM connected, in case either of them pop in to chat.

Damn. I want to mope, not write.

Current Mood: blahblah

Nipped from cavaticat:

I just visited the Evolve Fish website, because they have a very cool evolution emblem--ancient Christian fish design with the word 'ichthys' written in Greek letters, with a similarly-shaped fish that has four limbs, whose body says 'Evolution' in it. I love, love, love this!

But I have to say, their atheist attitude doesn't appeal to me. They make it very clear that they have no use for the divine, with a 'no God' t-shirt and merchandise that seems to poke fun at parochial school education.

I'm not sure what their beef is against religion. Just because a person is religious doesn't mean that he has stopped questioning the world around him or that he should stop questioning what happens in the world. People who appear to blanket-equate faith with willful ignorance piss me off. Narrowmindedness is not what religion is about, at all. Religion is about loving your neighbor and about having faith that there is a force in the universe more powerful than oneself.

When I was in high school, I reasoned that there was really no technical need for a god. But now that I'm older, I believe that a belief in the divine is vital. A belief in the love of the divine can allow us all to become the greatest in ourselves that we can be, to do the best for others that it is in our capacity to do.

I can't even imagine a life without reverence for the divine, anymore. That is how strongly it has affected me.

I suppose, if I told these people that religion can do wonderful things in a person's life, they would simply point to white supremacists, rabid creationists, the Crusades, Islamofascism, and the Spanish Inquisition. But those are twisted things which humans have made, using religion as their excuse to do evil. They are not the true beauty.

It's all in The Cloud of Unknowing. Everything you need to know is right there, in simple, elegant, beautiful language. It's all in the Prayer of St. Francis.

I never considered myself an evangelist; in fact, I cringe from that word. But I really, really believe that true devotion to a religion is important. It will keep you afloat when you think you're going to drown.

Side Note: For some reason, I can copy graphics in Netscape, again! I'm wondering if some of the spyware we got rid of Monday night might have been affecting Netscape somehow.

Current Mood: passionate
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