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I am a very ecumenical Christian who seeks to love everyone. Before becoming a Christian, for several years I was an agnostic. I respect persons of all religious beliefs.
I enjoy discussing current events with persons of all views. Personally, I am pro-life, basically pacifistic, and I am registered as an independent voter. Generally I am a conservative on moral and fiscal issues, while I am a liberal on most environmental and social issues.
I am a bivocational freelance writer. Though my writing pays me little in dollars, it blesses me immeasurably in other ways. My second job keeps the bills paid!
Among other things, in my spare time I enjoy reading, attending seminars and lectures, discussing current events, taking nature hikes, bicycling, and visiting museums.
As a child I enjoyed playing board games and card games and still do when time permits. I am not an avid sports fan, but I do follow college basketball, which some say is almost a religion here in Kentucky.
Though I hold an MBA and two other college degrees, I am not a very materialistic person. Acquiring a lot of money and material wealth is not a big priority for me.
In college my undergraduate electives included several English courses. In graduate school I took some Communications courses.
For a few years I've been seeking to follow a vegan diet, trying to avoid eating meat and dairy products. I'm confident a well-balanced, nutritious, vegan diet is healthier for humans -- as well as being better for the health of the animals that would otherwise be on the menu!
I am happy being single. If God leads me to the right person, at the right time, in the right way, I desire to be receptive to the possibility of marriage. But I do not want to rush into it. Singleness seems to be God's will for me at least for the present, and maybe for my entire life.
I believe persons are happier and healthier if we seek to "be good and do good" to quote/paraphrase English translations of words credited to Buddha centuries ago. I think this includes being friendly to everyone.
I am confident I can learn something from anyone, and through the grace of God maybe I can teach anyone something, though I know I could not do anything were it not for God and others.
I consider everyone a friend or a potential friend. However, my closest friendships are probably with persons with whom I share common interests, beliefs, morals, etc. This may be preferable to letting emotional attractions lead me into a too close relationship with a person who is different in many respects. But I often learn the most from those who differ from me in numerous ways!
I am an optimist who enjoys the simple pleasures of life and likes meeting a variety of people.
I live in Lexington, Kentucky.
Enjoy God's blessings!
Sincerely, James Edwin Gibson (Newsvine user jameseg)
P.S. The photo of me was taken by myself on December 26, 2010 using a digital camera's time-delay setting.