My debut on stage at The Evening Muse, NoDa, Charlotte:
It was something like a honky tonk rodeo clown trying to sing.
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“Sing, barren, you who didn’t give birth;Isaiah 54:1
break out into singing, and cry aloud,
you who didn’t travail with child:
for more are the children of the desolate
than the children of the married wife,”
says Yehowah יהוה.”
LAURA SULLIVAN, host: Ready for a pop quiz? Which of these influential leaders was mentally ill?Continue reading
of Huskies, Pens, Pants, and Panties…
“I now don’t think we should pressure people who have chosen not to vote, as a signal in its own right.”Buster benson
Buster Benson: I’ve been talking to a few people who chose not to vote in the recent midterms and I feel like they each made a good case for why they made that decision. As a result, unexpectedly, I think my own position on the matter has changed a bit too. I feel we have a moral obligation to give as many people the ability to vote as we can, and to make it as low friction as possible to vote in an informed, thoughtful way. But I now don’t think we should pressure people who have chosen not to vote, as a signal in its own right. It lines up with my other “empower people to make informed, healthy choices” beliefs around reproduction rights, end-of-life privileges, and use of mind-altering chemicals. Just sharing here because we rarely document when our beliefs change, and maybe if we shared things like this more we’d normalize it and encourage growth instead of fixed mindsets in our public positioning.
I have a hard time with this. I see it as a responsibility.facbeook
I liken it to sex.Angela Glass
Many men agree with you—
sex is their wive’s duty,
it’s not rape and it’s not a choice.
Angela Glass I don’t think I can have a serious dialogue with someone that likens voting to rape.Facebook Commenter
The man declares, I am weary, O God;“Unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal”
I am weary, O God, and worn out.
Spencer, John. “The Mental Health of Jehovah’s Witnesses.” British Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 126, no. 6, 1975, pp. 556–559., doi:10.1192/bjp.126.6.556.
The function of religion in human society is complex. The part played by religion in psychiatric disorders is even more obscure. Previous literature and theories are divided into two groups: one school believes that intense religiosity is a symptom-complex indicative of psychiatric disorder, while the opposing view is that religious belief in some way acts as a defence mechanism protecting the individual and his psyche.
The present study of 50 Jehovah’s Witnesses admitted to the Mental Health Service facilities of Western Australia suggests that members of this section of the community are more likely to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital than the general population. Furthermore, followers of the sect are three times more likely to be diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia and nearly four times more likely from paranoid schizophrenia than the rest of the population at risk.
These findings suggest that being a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses faith may be a risk factor predisposing to a schizophrenic illness. Further studies would be interesting in investigating whether pre-psychotic people are more likely to join the sect than normal people and what part (if any) membership has in bringing about such a breakdown.Continue reading
You’d have thought I was going to be late to pick him up… last night he messaged to ensure I knew he’d be on his way in the morning, and ultimately while he made the flight, I’m glad he slept and overslept but awoke to make it.
Apparently he almost missed the connecting flight too, owing to some gyro he picked up along the way near the gate as they were boarding…
Mary asked for a ride to San Clemente to the DMV, and I said yes.
By the time we left Laguna Coffee for San Clemente we were running behind… there was a snafu with Q at Brooks, but then on my way with 20 minutes savings thanks to the tollroad.
I made it to the airport before Jacob’s bag made it off the conveyor belt.
Maddox S. Ritch, 6, of Mooresville, NC passed away on Sept. 27, 2018.
A visitation will be held from 7:00 – 9:00 PM on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, Huntersville, NC.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 in the chapel at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home.
Burial will be private.
The Ritch family is under the care of Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home.
Full obituary can be read at www.raymerfh.com:
Maddox Scott Ritch, 6, of Mooresville, NC passed away on September 27, 2018.
Maddox was born in Mecklenburg County on August 14, 2012 to Ian Scott Ritch and Carrie Irene Ritch.
He is preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Vee Paccione; cousin, Grace Ella Lindley; and great-grandmother, Shirley Watson.
Maddox is survived by his loving parents, Carrie and Ian Ritch; grandparents, Lynn Ritch and Freddie, Elaine and Joseph Paccione; and several Aunts, Uncles, and extended family.
Maddox was a sweet and loving little boy who was full of laughter. He loved Paw Patrol, his Teddy, playing with his bouncy balls, but above all he loved his mom and dad the most.
A visitation will be held from 7:00 – 9:00 pm on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home in Huntersville, NC
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, October 5, 2018 in the chapel at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home in Huntersville, NC.
The burial will be held private.
Donations to help the family during this difficult time may be made at: https://www.gofundme.com/support-maddox-ritch039s-family .
Memorial contributions may also be sent to Kindermourn at 1320 Harding Place, Charlotte, NC 28204.
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I live on planet earth, third rock from the sun.
I looked up “radical”.
Yes, I would say I am “someone who advocates thorough or complete social reform”.
But, no I wasn’t there—I was in California—but I would be happy if my step-daughter, a brown skinned young woman at UNC, was there.
That’s called a Non Sequitur. Because I live on planet earth, and sound like a radical in North Carolina it doesn’t follow I’d want to exterminate all white men.
Why do you feel people want to exterminate you like you are a cockroach, ant, or other pest?
My race? I’m part of the human race. I’m on of mankind. I’m a man too. I believe all men are created equal, and I believe that includes men of all genders… for example, I am a human, of mankind, a female, a woman. A black woman is also a man of humankind, the human race.
Did you know that “race” used to refer to people not by color but by who lined up at the line together and circulated the world through history?
“A race is a grouping of humans based on shared physical or social qualities into categories generally viewed as distinct by society. First used to refer to speakers of a common language and then to denote national affiliations, by the 17th century the term race began to refer to physical (phenotypical) traits.” — Wikipedia
So only in recent history would you say that Ronnie and you are white men of one race, while you’d refer to his brother-in-law as another race.
Before you’d be in the race together… like a team. Ronnie and his brother-in-law at least. You might belong to another race or society of social qualities. For example, Ronnie and all the people in his family and all their children would be one clan. You’d be another. And, as case-in-point, Ronnie’s white, and his brother-in-law is black, but back then they’d be considered the same race.
I love the human race. I’d never refer to “exterminating” people.
What you’re (you + are means you need an apostrophe) suggesting is genocide of all white men? I didn’t know you all were feeling that guilty.
Genocide is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.
No, I wouldn’t kill all white men, and I don’t plan to.
Why are you afraid?
Putting up a monument isn’t history.
What is history is the dedication speech—bragging about chasing down and beating a black woman because you feel like your ‘race’ is threatened.
The University of North Carolina is the first public institution in the nation.
Did it not occur to you that the boys that left UNC to fight in the war fought on both sides? Continue reading
The Watchtower has settled multiple lawsuits filed by former members across the country, many of whom claimed that they were sexually abused as children — and that their abusers were protected by elders who enforced the religion’s rules, like one that requires sexual assault victims to find two eyewitnesses to support their allegations.
A video recording of Bartlett’s talk was leaked online by an anonymous person early 2018.
“We know that the scene of this world is changing, and we know Satan’s coming after us, and he’s going to go for us legally.”
“We can see by the way things are shaping up. So the organization has said, ‘We’ve run into difficulties in the past because of the records we have.'”Shawn Bartlett, the Witnesses’ record management overseer, explained that handwritten notes and drafts of internal documents needed to be destroyed because of the potential legal harm they posed to the organization, which has eight million followers worldwide. — Philly.com, July 9, 2018
Wait. @instagram strategically *withholds* "likes" from users that they believe might disengage hoping they'll be disappointed and recheck the app?! Harvesting painful insecurities. This is so messed up. https://t.co/tXs9R1T1zK pic.twitter.com/Yba9qfovnf
— Andy Coravos (@AndreaCoravos) January 12, 2018
GUY G. NIBLICK, 61, passed away on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Vicky Niblick; three sons, Jacob Niblick, Josh Niblick and Justin Niblick; three stepdaughters, 12 brothers, three sisters, and lots of nieces and nephews.
His deeds are carried in memory of his family. Continue reading
Allen died a year ago, tonight.
Wanda reported he died around 11:50pm, she thinks — and she was in Virginia at around 2am maybe when she got the call. She knows nothing of the details
I told her 6 “or 7 steps” and left it at that. No Halloween or kids that night. Married, as Jessica Marié. Aunt Wanda agrees. Wanda is also on the hunt for a new man for her “custard stand”.
10/19/2016 12:02 pm ET via @HuffingtonPost
Jamie, you would have turned 23 yesterday. I had shots of tequila on my mind the night before, thinking of you and your daddy. He went down to the beach last night to spend time alone with you.
I don’t know my daddy’s birthday and thus is just once a year I mourn.
I think about how different everything would be. You know she wanted to split you kids up leaving you to your daddy, and they divorced after your baby sister was born eventually anyway. I think they’d divorced if you’d lived too, but I fear you’d have both the burden of us if they were your fault, splitting kids not to be as obvious.
Oh Jamie. What I do think is that I heard there will be 144,000 men who were chaste virgins reign as kings with Christ for a grand thousand years before you’d return daddy’s princess.
By the time your heart loves honor will be.
Jamie, how I worry for your little sister.
On a happy note — how I love my husband.
He lays bare butt and beautiful. I can’t seem to stop looking at him, and I love him for so much more.
As America's Most Wanted #pedophile it is "estimated he molested over 30 children" while one young #sandiego sister reported he molested her OVER 100 times! JOIN #theHunt FIND #JW #FrederickMclean hiding in a new #KingdomHall, maybe near you? Spread the word #jworg! Tweet tips to @mcleantips $25,000 award https://t.co/ZFZwuUvQZE
— CNN Original Series (@CNNOriginals) August 11, 2014
Had Darryl not added me to his insurance they would likely have released me and secondly there would be no bill.
Darryl had to leave early this morning for the airport — travel on Sunday, and six weeks straight of travel all week. We’ll miss the memorial together.
We’re being swamped by medical bills from them 5150-5250’ing me. I need to get it all sorted, scanned, and posted.
Might as well mime a fight. I feared the thought of showing up at Paradise Valley to protest the out of network 5150 bill, but to find myself taken in again.
Nearly through the month. One more day. If only catching up here meant filling in a few days
No. This is the diary to begin the end.
January brought 2 5150’s. Sarah, the canadian neighbor with her darling Stella said she felt threatened. I had been at the ocean and left to walk back up the street to go to the burger joint, The Promiscuous Fork, and tell Darryl to meet me there. He was almost home, returning from Los Angeles, and though I didn’t know, he actually had stopped just up the street at El Pescador to bring home dinner.
From across the street the cops see me and come detain me. I’m 5150’ed without being identified and taken away.
I was taken to Scripp’s Mercy where I was drugged an spent the week.
In the course of waiting I became friends with two female patients. My roommate who slept all day and stayed up all night keeping from sleep all week. That I sleep wasn’t their priority so I was left waiting all night long in the hallway so as not to disturb her. Where is fair in that?
I was finally released to spend the weekend with Darryl. As usual we had a fight before even leaving the parking lot. Cops left me a free woman.
That Sunday I wanted to go to Cracker Barrel on the border for breakfast (practically speaking it’d be brunch). Darryl drove but took me to Paradise Valley instead saying “if I don’t someone is going to call the police”. Molly.com
My instincts told me not to go in. From the parking lot I tried quickly & casually to reason with Darryl. I called Aunt Kristina, Sister La’el, and she understood but gave me the courage to make the choice to go in. Inside we made it from the ER room into the back to be seen. They had me in a corner room, had me undress, but waiting to be seen.
At Scripp’s a man, a known sexual predator, twice sexually assaulted my friend. He had been harassing me, but unlike her I was adept at dodging his physicality.
I didn’t want to sit waiting.
I redressed and went to leave. Walking through the lobby again and striding to the doors, I said “Don’t shoot me in the back.” pointing over my shoulder at the point.
They drugged me.
I no longer remember the names of the women.
I can’t report the assault.
I was released February 16th.
From Paradise Valley I was held in the ICU where they finally could verify insurance and put me into their system.
Had Darryl not added me to his insurance they would likely have released me and secondly there would be no bill.
As it is Paradise Valley was out of network. It’s $25,000+ later, out of pocket.
They kicked me from PV to API, Alvarado Parkway Institute because the hospital guy said it was too expensive.
I begged him to leave me at Paradise Valley for the ONE MORE NIGHT. I was to be RELEASED the next day.
They moved me that night where despite still being without sleep I was kept up waiting for a bed.
It was two weeks later I was released.
At API I was first held in the area for violent patients where I was sexually assaulted by another patient.
I was in a room with two other girls and it was freezing. I feared sleeping for having been assaulted already.
I was moved again, this time to a small area for the elderly.
Then I was moved to a different ward, the one for geriatric care though most of the people were a mix of ages.
Cesar Benitez, the doctor assigned to me was, as usual, evil. He took no time with me, and pursued the 5250 as well as the Reis to drug me against my will.
Twice my mother flew out to defend me but I lost the court’s cases and somehow knew that would be that would go. God’s will be done.
Last night I met with Phil Ohme a UX’er from Intuit and learned his two sons are both autistic. I hold him about cannabis for kids and autism. It brought me to the conclusion: cannabis is like wine. Where it is to be used for pleasure like the way wine brings happiness to ones heart. I was influenced by two glasses of Malbec to find the clarity. You wouldn’t drink red wine on waking or working, would you?
April 30, 2016
Today I have the aspiration that life begins anew ahead. To work and enjoy life like I did when I was younger.
Darryl, and with the help of my mom’s supplements, have brought me back to me.
Soon we shall see, so exciting to once again look ahead in excitement.
The brink! Just on the brink!
Since getting out this past series I’ve come to grasp the strangeness of having self-diagnosed the MTHFR gene mutation — or at least its assumed mom passed hers on to us — in me. It was 2011 when I posted about it, much like the hyperthymia.
Now I finally really have begun to use this knowledge to effect: I’ve been taking L-5-MTHf, methylated folate, to find a serene sense of well being this week.
“To answer your question, the call came in late the evening of the 3rd, 1-2:00 am, he stopped breathing 6-7:00 am on the fourth.”
News reports claim that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, the official name for the organization that governs the Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, has been engaged in covering up child abuse within the religion on a massive scale.
But are these reports justified? Is this a case of an innocent religion being unfairly maligned because of the actions of one or two bad apples in their ranks? How many victims are there? Do the Governing Body know about these issues? What’s really going in the multiple courtroom cases that Watchtower has been fighting across the world?
Jehovah’s Witnesses and Child Abuse—Is there a problem? is a painstakingly researched documentary that draws together evidence from sources spanning the past twenty five years…
I left my McDreamy in bed as I’d had a horrid nights sleep myself. We had watch “Spy Hard” and my active brain is in the mode of being the God daughter, as it were.
I once toyed with the idea of Darryl as God on earth but he rejected the notion. One day He’ll live here and I just imagine what he’ll be like. He’d be a lot like my husband.
Trying desperately to play it cool like some school girl knowing she’s got the night of her dreams planned ahead of the last day of Jacob’s last flare.
Dear God, she begins as sincerely as she is clear…
11:36 am 3 days later, yeah, I’m still here…………..
February 26, 2016 Moving day 2016 II
Govi — Garden of Eden J’ovi Jamié
Legacy Podcast XV #74 Playing.
“There is always hope.” — Banksy 🏹🎈💔
Dear Daisy, your dream guy is getting out of the drone business. For this he seems less de-pressed. I pressed him again about his fit n’ readiness —fore!— love. He is ready. Connect.
Don’t shoot the messenger. Let them do the walkin’ through the yellow pagers — Goldfinchers Harley Grey of …. Hillcrest. 2.26.16
“Now you know all my secrets. You’ve got me.”
And now I know
Spanish Harlem are not just pretty words to say
I thought I knew
But now I know that rose trees never grow
In New York City
Until you’ve seen this trash can dream come true
You stand at the edge while people run you through
And I thank the Lord
There’s people out there like you
I thank the Lord there’s people out there like you
While Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Sons of bankers, sons of lawyers
Turn around and say good morning to the night
For unless they see the sky
But they can’t and that is why
They know not if it’s dark outside or light
This Broadway’s got
It’s got a lot of songs to sing
If I knew the tunes I might join in
I’ll go my way alone
Grow my own, my own seeds shall be sown, in New York City
Subway’s no way for a good man to go down
Rich man can ride and the hobo he can drown
And I thank the Lord for the people I have found
I thank the Lord for the people I have found…
All right, you chipmunks. Ready to sing your song? - I’ll say we are! - Let's sing it now... You wanna be Atticus Finch. Good. - I like him. - Why? - He's honest. - Yes. - He stands up for the right thing. - Yes. - And he's a good father. - He is. - Did it all by himself. - Did what all by himself? - Raised his kids. - He didn't raise them by himself!. Who was the woman that came to their house every day? - Calpurnia. - Calpurnia. He remembered. - And what about Boo? - What about Boo? Boo Radley is the most interesting character in To Kill a Mockingbird. Boo Radley is the most interesting character in To Kill a Mockingbird. Mom, tell me more about Livia.
“Toxins cause leukemia, at least according to Mr. Rob0t,” Angela warns the volunteers working for ‘the Society’ at their new headquarters in upstate New York. Concerns are that while the Watchtower Society may be able to protect their vested interests in the property and it’s financial value, they cannot protect their volunteers from exposure to the toxic chemicals.
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society began as simple American religion financed by William Henry Conley (11 June 1840 – 25 July 1897). William was trained by his uncle in the printing business for ten years, and was a Pittsburgh philanthropist and industrialist. He was married to Sarah Shaffer (1841–1908). Together, they provided organizational and financial support to religious institutions in the United States.
The Watchtower recently began acquiring even more property when they began converting their “Kingdom Halls” over from private properties owned by the individual congregations into corporate property owned by ‘the Society‘.
The Watchtower is leaving Brooklyn, last property lists for $400 million = $ One #Billion two hundred two Million four hundred fifty thousand.
That’s more dollars than … Jehovah’s Witnesses.
But who’s counting?