Roichen Bites the Dust

It was good for a while….Roichen ceramic pans. I bought two and reviewed them here and then later, here. But then the coating started to rub off. And then things just kept sticking, requiring more scrubbing, which took more ceramic coating off. Until it was just plain frustrating to use. Actually, my Dad threw one away when he visited recently. So…Roichen…isn’t so good afterall. Sorry guys.

Next pan I’m trying is one of those carbon/graphite coated ones. And so far, THAT has been amazing. I can get a good sear with meat. Eggs cook great. I don’t have to fuss over finding the perfect temperature. Will see how this goes!

Meat oh Meat, Why Must I Love Thee?

I recently watched Cowspiracy, a documentary by Kip Andersen whose most recent cut is directed by Leonardo DiCaprio. It blew me away. The case against animal protein has been around for a while. While I’d acknowledge the merits to what they were saying, I’d rationalize and find other justifications to keep eating meat. I know the benefits of eating vegetables over meat…and I don’t consider myself a heavy meat eater anyways. I try to keep to serving sizes as recommended by Health Canada even though I know the recommendations by WHO is actually lower. I also acknowledge there are some awfully inhumane animal processing practices out there, because how else are you going to produce so much meat so cheaply and quickly? So I try to by organic or free range or grass fed where possible (read: convenient). I generally don’t have moral issues with eating animal products. I feel that domestic animals are for human use and consumption, so long as we treat the animal with respect and not take it for granted. Kind of like in Avatar where they thank the animal for giving its life for their food. Plus I’m Cantonese and we take pride in our diversity of food and flavors and ability to use the whole animal whether it is from above ground, on the ground, below ground or in the sea. There is very little wasted. 

But this documentary…wow. Scientists predict fishless oceans by 2048…that’s in my lifetime. I do not want that kind of world for us or Nessness. The numbers behind how much agribusiness negatively and devastatingly impacts our planet just astounds me. It’s not as though you could fudge the numbers and round up and sway the argument in its favor. And it IS very curious that none of our local champions of environment care organizations mentions how eating animal products have a direct impact on our environment. Could it really be that the massive and enormously wealthy animal lobbyist groups have bought everyone out? 

Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life. – Cowspiracy

If enough of us change from our meat-centered life-styles, these are some real numbers that can actually help the health of the planet more than recycling or conserving water and electricity in your home. But going from meat lover to vegan? Or to vegetarian? Or even in just cutting red meat? I’m struggling. Why didn’t I watch this AFTER I made some ox-tail stew or osso buco or rack of lamb or prime rib roast??? 

I’m working it out…struggling. I might not even be “that bad” in meat consumption (much less than 9oz a day which is the American daily average.) But one thing is certain, I have to change. Question is how? Follow our journey as we try to figure this out.

Dumb quote of the day

"Recognize that you are the truth."

“Recognize that you are the truth.”

This quote was on my tea bag and I had to respond. We, whose hearts are full of deceit and lies and agendas and hidden intentions, are far from being the truth.

Believing we are the truth?

This is the problem with the world.

It doesn’t recognize what Truth is anymore. It has changed the definition of the Truth to something much less than it is. Truth is pure and undiscerning of people’s feelings or political correctness or circumstance. Truth is unchanging. We are not. We are tossed by waves and whims and feelings and tides and storms and opinions. We are not the truth.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Question : What is the best Bible translation to read?

(Image not mine)

I did some reading from the Christian Research Institute (this organization is respected, credible, and has been around for a long time) regarding Bible translations and found two articles that shed a lot of insight into this topic which you can read here and here.

Basically there are two goals in Bible translation…literal accuracy (word for word) and meaning accuracy (meaning for meaning) . Most mainstream and widely accepted versions of the Bible are within a range between the two. Generally speaking, if the translations committee is comprised of God-fearing, various denominational, Hebrew or Greek or Aramaic experts, then the translation should be “good”. Watch out for translations done by one person or one denomination or committees who don’t even believe in God because the resulting translation will be skewed towards the interpretation they want to convey. These types of translations are “bad” or “ugly” and the articles above will explain further.

Here is a list of translations from most literal to least:

The KJV is one of the most word-for-word literal translations from when it was translated into English in 1611. The problem with very literal translations is that the meaning behind the words could get confusing or lost considering the day and age of the current reader. Plus an English word from 400 years ago probably has a different context & connotation now. The NIV is more meaning-for-meaning focused but still follows the Greek/Hebrew form. The Message version isn’t a true translation but is one person’s paraphrase of the meaning of the original text…so it’s not included in the list. The problem with paraphrase versions is that it becomes one person’s interpretation which contains bias.

At the end of the day anyone claiming one version to be the “best” is not very credible or has an agenda. Many versions are good but have a slightly different focus when translating. The NIV version is probably middle of the road between literal and interpreted translation and more widely used. Most people prefer or are more comfortable or are more familiar using one particular version over another.

It is recommended that in Bible study you use Bible translations across the spectrum, from most literal focused to more meaning focused, in order to have a richer understanding of the scriptures.

Your kids are supposed to leave you…

…your spouse isn’t.

What’s more common though are parents putting all the attention and energy and focus and devotion on the kids to the neglect of their spouse. And usually there are also some unresolved issues buried in there that made taking care of the kids an excuse to not deal with the issues.

As I caught up with various friends and the topic of family comes up, I realized I’ve heard and witnessed this in the parents of my friends and even in family. It wasn’t apparent before. Maybe because we were young, self absorbed, looking forward to our own shiny, promising future. Even if they fought we probably just rolled out eyes, plug in the ear buds, or close the door in our room. But now that we’ve left the nest or see that the nest is nearly empty, we can see that Mom and Dad seem like strangers to each other. The only conversation, actually I can’t even call it that…the only interaction is in verbal reminders of pick up/drop off schedules or instructions for some task. Or passive criticism. Or outright complaints.

Not exactly the model of marriage we kids get excited about when we consider marriage for ourselves. My parents have been through rough valleys but thankfully they’ve worked it out. They can argue like an old married couple while making a pot of soup for me but they hold hands when they walk, or even when they drive together. And thirty-six years of marriage later, they still giggle. That makes me excited about marriage.

Maybe what’s also helped my generation identify common marriage issues is the plethora of resources available to help couples identify and work through destructive habits or reactions in their relationship. As well as how build each other up or how to show love & appreciation in ways your spouse will receive as meaningful.

I read this somewhere, and I paraphrase, that if you focus on being a great parent, you’re likely a bad spouse. Being a bad spouse means your marriage suffers, which means your children suffer. But focusing on being a good spouse first will build a good marriage. A good marriage enables you to be a good parent.

This idea has stuck in my head such that I tell Nessness “Daddy’s my first priority” even if it’s only to remind myself.

Anyone else relate or have another perspective?