The Beginning of the End

Countdown for ‘the last week’ created at 69 weeks.

  • יוֹם תְּרוּעָה September 18, 2020 — 1,260 days
  • הַתָּמִיד֙ May 26, 2021 = 1,260 + 1,290 – 2,300 = 250 days total lunar eclipse
  • אַשְׁרֵ֥י March 1-4, 2024 = 1,260 + 3.5 days = start of 1,335 days*
  • פֶּסַח March 25, 2024 passover eclipse
  • יום כיפור September 11-12, 2027 = 1,260 + 1,290 days
  • חג האסיף September 16-23, 2027 = harvest ingathering
  • לְקֵ֥ץ October 31, 2027 — * 3.5 days + 1,335 = new moon

Happy!—to await, to come to the 1,335 days!*

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The Grey Bus to Heaven

The Great Divorce—Falsehoods tricked out as truths assail her in vain: she sees through the lie as if it were glass.

The Great Divorce, Sarah & the Tragedian (Chapters 12 & 13) by C.S. Lewis

Hell will not be allowed to hold Heaven hostage.
Joy will not be eternally subject to misery—
Hell cannot hold heaven hostage.

THE REASON why I asked if there were another river was this. All down one long aisle of the forest the under-sides of the leafy branches had begun to tremble with dancing light; and on earth I knew nothing so likely to produce this appearance as the reflected lights cast upward by moving water. A few moments later I realized my mistake. Some kind of procession was approaching us, and the light came from the persons who composed it.

First came bright Spirits, not the Spirits of men, who danced and scattered flowers—soundlessly falling, lightly drifting flowers, though by the standards of the ghost-world each petal would have weighed a hundred-weight and their fall would have been like the crashing of boulders. Then, on the left and right, at each side of the forest avenue, came youthful shapes, boys upon one hand, and girls upon the other. If I could remember their singing and write down the notes, no man who read that score would ever grow sick or old. Between them went musicians: and after these a lady in whose honour all this was being done.

I cannot now remember whether she was naked or clothed. If she were naked, then it must have been the almost visible penumbra of her courtesy and joy which produces in my memory the illusion of a great and shining train that followed her across the happy grass. If she were clothed, then the illusion of nakedness is doubtless due to the clarity with which her inmost spirit shone through the clothes. For clothes in that country are not a disguise: the spiritual body lives along each thread and turns them into living organs. A robe or a crown is there as much one of the wearer’s features as a lip or an eye.

But I have forgotten. And only partly do I remember the unbearable beauty of her face.

“Is it? … is it?” I whispered to my guide.

“Not at all,” said he. “It’s someone ye’ll never have heard of. Her name on earth was Sarah Smith and she lived at Golders Green.”

“She seems to be … well, a person of particular importance?”

“Aye. She is one of the great ones. Ye have heard that fame in this country and fame on Earth are two quite different things.”

“And who are these gigantic people . . . look! They’re like emeralds . . . who are dancing and throwing flowers before her?”

Haven’t ye read your Milton? A thousand livened angels lackey her,”

So dear to heav’n is saintly chastity,
That when a soul is found sincerely so,
A thousand liveried angels lackey her,
Driving far off each thing of sin and guilt,
And in clear dream and solemn vision
Tell her of things that no gross ear can hear,
Till oft converse with heav’nly habitants
Begin to cast a beam on th’ outward shape.

Comus, John Milton, Line 453

“And who are all these young men and women on each side?”

They are her sons and daughters.” “She must have had a very large family, Sir.” “Every young man or boy that met her became her son—even if it was only the boy that brought the meat to her back door. Every girl that met her was her daughter.”

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Hear ye, Hear ye

Bang the drum!

I declare a day of peace, happiness, and harmony in your environment while I dedicate my self to writing. But first, narrating a video via text for a blind friend, finding a new place for a cappuccino, and the ocean waves.

Peace is before War, remember please. Enjoy the lives of those still living around you, bring pleasure to people. Be the little joy in someone’s day. Lift a fellow up. In short, love.

Bring sunshine into all that you do. Be happy!

Live like you’re a Muppet, life now is but a mere movie in your dream’s first night of dreaming.

You can change the world, you know. Life is like a video game, where you start each anew with the knowledge you’ve gained from the day prior.

I never emailed Gidget to tell her my logic on no longer running for President, did I?

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Lebanese Toum Garlic Sauce

Toum, Lebanese Garlic Sauce

This recipe works best with an immersion blender, and do not use olive oil as it ruins the flavor. I use safflower oil, but any neutral oil will do.

The secret to perfect toum (literally, garlic) sauce is introducing very little oil in the beginning, ensuring emulsification, then continuing to increase the oil as you go.

Don’t try to do it all at once or you’ll end up with oiled garlic, not sauce.

Another hint—to peel a head of garlic just smash the bulb on the counter to loosen and toss the cloves into a metal bowl, top with another bowl creating a dome, and shake for 20 seconds.

You can also use pre-peeled garlic in bags, but not prepared garlic in jars.

  • 1 cup peeled garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Himalayan or kosher sea salt (or less, to taste)
  • 2 cups neutral oil, safflower or other
  1. Remove the germ and brown base from garlic cloves.
  2. Put cloves in a quart sized jar if using an immersion blender.
  3. Mince garlic for about a minute or so.
  4. Add salt.
  5. Introduce a dribble of oil, one to two teaspoons at most.
  6. Continue, with breaks, introducing oil until done.
  7. Add lemon juice last.
  8. Cover with a paper towel and refrigerate overnight.
  9. Close jar with lid and store in refrigerator for up to a month.

Goes great with Lebanese shish tawook chicken kabobs or other grilled meats, baked with sliced potatoes, or as a dressing for salads and veggies.

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Husbands, Wives

A study of man (andras) / men (andres) and woman (gynaika) / women (gynaikes), husbands (aner) and wives (gyne, gynaiki).

Ephesians 5

Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ also loved us… Walk as children of light—for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth—discerning what is well-pleasing to the Lord. Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to each other in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks at all times for all things in the name our Lord Jesus Christ to the God and Father.

Ephesians 5:1,9,10,18-20

Be submitting yourselves to one another in reverence of Christ: wives, to your husbands as to the Lord; for the husband is head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the congregation, he himself savior of the body. But even as the congregation submits to Christ, so also wives to your husbands in everything.

Husbands, love the wives just as Christ also loved the congregation and gave himself up for her, so that her he might sanctify, having cleansed her by the washing of water by the word, so that he might present to himself in glory the congregation, not having spot or wrinkle or any of these such things, but that it would be holy and blameless.

So ought also husbands to love their wives as themselves, as their bodies. The one loving his wife, loves himself. For no one at any time hated his flesh, but he nourishes and cherishes it just as also Christ does the congregation—for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and his bones.

“Because of this, a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This mystery is great; and I speak as to Christ and as to the congregation.

However, you also, every one, let each so love his wife as himself, and the wife, that she may respect the husband.

So the letter to the congregation addresses husband’s role—instructions of what he should be, and not be—so that the wife may respect him, the husband.

Colossians 3

As the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on hearts of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with each other and forgiving each other. If anyone should have a complaint against another, even as also the Lord has forgiven you, so also you. And beyond all these, put on love, which is the bond of perfect unity. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing each other in all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with grace in your hearts to God. And all, whatever you might do in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Wives submit to their husbands, as is fit in the Lord.

submit: present imperative passive; “The form of the verb (hypotassesthe, middle voice) shows that the submission is to be voluntary. The wife’s submission is never to be forced on her by a demanding husband; it is the deference that a loving wife, conscious that her home (just as any other institution) must have a head, gladly shows.” (Vaughan) as is fit: this is not the extent nor limit but motive, as a Christian.

Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh toward them.

love (agape): present imperative active; “Agapao does not denote affection or romantic attachment; it rather denotes caring love, a deliberate attitude of mind that concerns itself with the well-being of the one loved.” (Vaughan) a sacrificial, giving, absorbing, love. The word has little to do with emotion; it has much to do with self-denial for the sake of another, e.g. “Husband, continually practice self-denial for the sake of your wife.”

Whatever you might do, work from the soul, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that you will receive from the Lord the reward of the inheritance. You serve the Lord Christ! For the one doing wrong will be repaid for what he has done wrong; and there is no partiality.

Having a Christian home—as defined by these scriptures—women submit, as it is fitting. Husbands are required to love, in doing so their wives ‘submit’.

I Peter 3

Be in subjection … likewise wives, be subject to your husbands so that, even if any are disobedient to the word, they will be won over without word by the conduct of the wives, having witnessed your respectful, pure conduct… For this is how the holy women of the past —hoping in God— adorned themselves being subject to their husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, of whom you have become children, doing good, when you are not shaken with any fear.

Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as a delicate vessel, and with honor as joint-heirs also of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.

Now the end: All be single-minded, sympathetic, loving as brothers, tender-hearted, humble, not repaying evil for evil or insult for insult; but on the contrary blessing, because to this you were called, so that you should inherit blessing. For,

“The one desiring to love life,
and to see good days,

let him keep the tongue from evil,
and lips not to speak deceit.
Also let him turn away from evil, and let him do good.
Let him seek peace and let him pursue it.
Because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears toward their prayer.

But the face of the Lord is against those doing evil.”

And who is he who will harm you, if you should be zealous for that which is good?

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My Messenger, My Angel

מַלְאָכִי (Mal’akhi) meaning “my messenger” or “my angel”.

The Book of Malachi foretells the coming of Christ.

This is an oracle, the word of יְהוָה to Israel through Malachi:

“I have loved you,” says יְהוָה.

And now this decree is for you, O priests:

“By your blood you purchased for God those from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them into a kingdom, priests to serve our God, and they will reign upon the earth.”

Revelation 5:9,10

“If you do not listen, and if you do not take it to heart to honor my name,” says יְהוָה of Hosts, “I will send a curse among you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already begun to curse them, because you are not taking it to heart.

“You take away my blessing from their children forever.”

Micah 2:9

“Behold, I will rebuke your descendants, and I will spread shit on your faces, the waste from your feasts, and you will be carried off with it.”

“Holy shit you’re beautiful.”

Proverbs 11:9
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"Unsane" 2018 (Director: Steven Soderbergh) Claire Foy, Jay Pharoah.

Unsane Intake

Unsane, “Refusing to Cooperate”

A button behind the receptionist’s desk controlled the lock to the front door of the facility.

“If someone came in voluntarily, I wasn’t allowed to let them out of the door.”

Lauren Singer, who worked for six months at the front desk of Colorado’s Highlands Behavioral

Patients seeking assessments cannot leave until hospital staff have deemed them safe.

“This may involve restricting their ability to leave the facility.”

Kathleen McCann, head of quality and regulatory affairs, National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems

Lock them in. Bill their insurer. Kick them out. How scores of employees and patients say America’s largest psychiatric chain turns patients into profits.

What The Fuck Just Happened?” Rosalind Adams (2016)
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News & Journalism v. Marketing, Advertising, & Public Relations

While the quote is oft attributed to George Orwell, the earliest matching quote was published in 1918 in a New York periodical called “The Fourth Estate: A Newspaper for the Makers of Newspapersaccording to Quote Investigator.

“Whatever a patron desires to get published is advertising; whatever he wants to keep out of the paper is news.”

It seems likely that media magnate William Randolph Hearst is the origin of the quote found on the editor’s desk.

“News is something somebody doesn’t want printed; all else is advertising.”

William Randolph Hearst

Regardless of who said it, the sentiment applies.

“Whatever a patron desires to get published is advertising;

whatever he wants to keep out of the paper is news.”

little framed placard on the desk of L. E. Edwardson, day city editor of the Chicago Herald and Examiner (Google)
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Prophecy

The Last Week

The Last Week of Daniel's Prophecy, and Revelation (by Angela Glass, 2019)
The Last Week of Daniel’s Prophecy, and Revelation (by Angela Glass, 2019)

I am sharing a spreadsheet that I created using TorahCalendar.com for the Day of Trumpets dates, then adding the days as detailed by Daniel & Revelation, to seek a match for the ending “appointed time” of The Day of Atonement.

While 2017-2024 matches I believe we haven’t seen any of the dramatic events of the apocalypse from Revelation which seem to be immediately apparent to observers at that time…

I believe 2020-2027 to be the match all are looking for, as it also aligns to the prophecy that “this generation will not have passed away until all these things shall have taken place” (Matt 24:28) with “the length of our days is seventy years—or eighty if we are strong”. (Psalms 90:10)

Those born in 1948 would turn 80 years old in 2028, after the end of this seven year period ending September 2027.

Reasoning—Israel became a sovereign nation on 14 May 1948, given this as the opening event of literal prophetic fulfillment, we count from here forward to the end of 80 years where within this time period we would expect fulfillment.

2022-2029 just two short years later would be outside “this generation” (that saw Israel become a nation again) as they would be 81 years old (beyond the definition of Psalms 90:10).

To me, it appears based on all the pieces of scripture that the Day of Atonement would begin sundown September 11th, 2027 and that it all begins next fall.

It seems timely, as Trump pushes his “deal of a century” having his son-in-law Kushner attempt to broker “Peace in the Middle East” following this April’s election in Israel, and before the United States elections of November 3, 2020.

I’ve included additional reasoning below the spreadsheet, and I’m interested in any input, feedback, or correction.

Cross References

Dates Calculator http://www.spunkygidget.com/chronology/calculator/

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Impossible

I was writing a blog post titled The Incredibles for my campaign regarding what feels like the impossible—becoming President of the United States of America… and just kept running into what felt like God cheering me on:

The verse of the day, “For men this is impossible…”
— Matthew 19:26, International Children’s Bible

First it was the verse of the day reminding me that with God all things are possible. I took a screenshot and shared it with my husband with an, “Oh yeah!”

Then I got home and found “God of the Impossible” waiting for me as the Encountering Peace post from yesterday…

Here’s to the possible impossible and the incredible odds!

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Neon Genesis Evangelion

Netflix is streaming Neon Genesis Evangelion Spring 2019.

Evangelion is an apocalyptic anime in the mecha genre. It focuses on a teenage boy recruited by a paramilitary organization named NERV to control a giant cyborg called an Evangelion to fight monstrous beings known as Angels. The show takes place largely in a futuristic Tokyo years after a worldwide catastrophe. It also centers on other Evangelion pilots and members of NERV as they try to prevent another catastrophe.

In 2000, the first disastrous contact with the mysterious beings known as Angels resulted in the global cataclysm referred to as the Second Impact, which wiped out half of the human race. To defend humanity against future Angel attacks, the United Nations established the NERV organization in Tokyo-3 to develop giant bio-mechanical mecha known as Evangelions. 15 years later in 2015, the Angels have finally returned, and the untested Evangelions can only be piloted by specially selected 14-year-olds…

Wikipedia

Can’t wait until spring? Come over. We’ve got a digital copy of the series.

Be sure to check out The right way to watch Neon Genesis Evangelion: A guide to prepare you for the anime classic’s Netflix debut (Polygon)

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The CogSci of Sexual Harassment & PTSD

When discrimination or harassment causes PTSD, damages awarded in a lawsuit will depend on how quickly the agency rectified the relevant conduct and how long the complainant suffered.

“Sometimes sexual harassment registers as a trauma, and it’s difficult for the [patient] to deal with it, so what literally happens is the body starts to become overwhelmed,” says Dr. Nekeshia Hammond, a licensed psychologist. “We call it somatizing: the mental health becomes so overwhelming one can’t process it to the point of saying ‘I have been traumatized’ or ‘I am depressed.’ Essentially, it’s a kind of denial that when experienced for a long state can turn into physical symptoms.”

These physical symptoms can run the gamut, manifesting as muscle aches, headaches, or even chronic physical health problems such as high blood pressure and problems with blood sugar.

“In the long term, it could lead to heart issues,” says Hammond.

One needn’t be in shock or denial to experience these physical effects. Hammond adds that even patients who have confronted issues with full awareness and recognize that they are anxious or depressed can experience these problems. This is because the brain and body are inextricably linked, as Dr. Wilson explains.

“The part of our brain that processes emotions, including stress, are among the earliest to develop, and is right next to the brain stem, which deals with involuntary functions such as heart rate and breathing,” says Wilson. “When we’re stressed resources go there, which can impact cardiovascular functioning, autoimmune diseases, metabolic function, [and so on],” says Wilson. “Sometimes people think stress is in our head, but our brains are an organ like any other. It’s all very connected. Neurotransmitters found in our brains are also found in our gut. It’s a real thing: this is why we tend to get sick when we get stressed, and over time, if we’re in constant stress or if it’s too much to handle, then there are physiological consequences.”

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Dr. King — The world is in dire need of a society of the creative maladjusted.

“Be not conformed…

Originally titled, “Mental and Spiritual Slavery” the sermon was became the Transformed Nonconformist:

King realized that to solve the problems of human life, especially the deepest problems—like racism, poverty, and war—we have to become, in a sense, abnormal. We have to stop going along; we have to stop accepting what everyone else believes. We have to become maladjusted if we are at all to become creative, and find that insoluble dilemmas often are the masks for other previously unrecognized problems with simple solutions.

Martin Luther King: Depressed and Creatively Maladjusted, Psychology Today

“Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it will include everybody. Not a few men who cherish lofty and noble ideals hide them under a bushel for fear of being called different.”

“The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.”

“The world is in dire need of a society of the creative maladjusted. It may well be that the salvation of our world lies in the hands of such a creative minority. We need men today as maladjusted as the prophet Amos, who in the midst of the injustices of his day could cry out in words that echo across the centuries: “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

Originally titled “Mental and Spiritual Slavery,” this sermon was composed during King’s early years assisting his father at Ebenezer.1He later revised the sermon and gave it this title.2 King maintains that the church’s sanction of social evils such as race discrimination and economic exploitation demonstrates that it has “more often conformed to the authority of the world than to the authority of God.” He chastises the church’s tendency to retreat “behind the isolated security of stained glass windows” and rebukes ministers who have “joined the enticing cult of conformity.” In contrast, King praises “The early Christians” as “nonconformists in the truest sense” but warns that “nonconformity is always costly” and “may mean losing a job. It may mean having to answer to your six-year old daughter when she asks, ‘Daddy, why do you have to go to jail so much.’”

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

Works Cited

“‘Transformed Nonconformist.’” Birmingham Campaign | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, 1 Nov. 1954, kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/transformed-nonconformist.

“Draft of Chapter II, ‘Transformed Nonconformist.’” Birmingham Campaign | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, 1 July 1962, kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/draft-chapter-ii-transformed-nonconformist.

“Martin Luther King: Depressed and Creatively Maladjusted.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mood-swings/201201/martin-luther-king-depressed-and-creatively-maladjusted.

Miller, Keith D. Voice of Deliverance: the Language of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Its Sources. University of Georgia Press, 1998.

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Disney Dick Pics via Selfie Stick
Ethics

Dick Pics

Post dated to the date/time stamp of his sharing the Facebook album.
Disney Dick Pics
Dairenn’s Disney Dick Pics in my Facebook Feed

Dude. I don’t need my co-worker’s dick pics in my Facebook feed!

Uncensored Christmas in Miami, 2018 NSFW beach vacation photos.

“NSFW” but shared with female co-workers photo album (Facebook)

He has the audacity to request that you don’t share without permission.

Where was my opportunity to deny his permission to share with me?!

Honestly, I never want to see him again now. How can you take a co-worker who takes and posts dick pics with a selfie stick seriously?!

P.S. I reported him to work since I didn’t know him except for work, and because other female coworkers he’s added to the uncensored album are uncomfortable with dealing with HR and don’t know how to face a man after he’s violated her right to not know.

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בְעוּלָ֖ה

Strong’s Hebrew: 1166. בָּעַל (baal) — to marry, rule over – Bible Hub

“Sing, barren, you who didn’t give birth;
       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.”

Isaiah 54:1
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of Voting, Rape, Sex, and Choice… or the tale of three pebbles.

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.
Many men agree with you—
sex is their wive’s duty,
it’s not rape and it’s not a choice.

Angela Glass

Angela Glass I don’t think I can have a serious dialogue with someone that likens voting to rape.

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Prophecy, Scriptures

I am weary, God, but I can prevail. — Proverbs 30

The earth trembles
under
three 
it cannot bear up
under
four:

  1. a servant when he becomes king,
  2. a fool when he is stuffed with food,
  3. an unloved woman when she marries,
  4. and a servant girl when she ousts her queen

The man declares, I am weary, O God;
I am weary, O God, and worn out.

“Unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal”
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Wife Demonstrates How to Leave Husband in 2018 Watchtower of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide Summer Convention video
Psychology, Religion

The Mental Health of Jehovah’s Witnesses

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.

#braindamage

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.

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Roxie & Bill Hodges (ESPN)
Are You There God? It's Me, Gidget, Correspondence,

an adorable snow white princess dancing and skipping around the magic kingdom

hello cutie

disney abc? i always thought you were an adorable snow white princess dancing and skipping around the magic kingdom 🙂 or maybe minnie mouse. i once moved wisps of hair away from your eyes while you were chattering and discovered small ears. i guess that leaves miss mouse out.

after three major newspapers, i edited an abc project for a year (cd-roms on college football). then national columnist for fansonly/ocsn, espn, cbs and back to espn. of course, disney is tied to espn. to me, espn was heaven. i’m finally now retired. 

i kept my distance as always, but wanted to hug and hold you after your dog was killed. i would see you outside crying and i would go inside to cry, too. you are a very special person with incredible depth and feelings … there is so much hidden and undiscovered in that little head. 

very surprised you even remember me, but happy that you sent a note. assume you reached out to others you knew far better. you are the first person from the complex that i have had contact with. i stood across the street as a crane took one swipe to destroy the apartment i lived in for 20 years. so much for memories. i traveled for work often and never had close friends there.

i see you are happily married and still want to become president. do you and your husband miss north carolina? loved your wedding dress and perfect for you. i also read “apostate” by your daughter-in-law melissa. 

i now live two blocks from the beach and still build sand castles while looking for disney characters in clouds every day. or spunky gidgets 🙂

Bill Hodges via email
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Maddox Scott Ritch (August 14, 2012 - September 27, 2018)

Maddox Scott Ritch 2012-2018

Search for Maddox Scott Ritch

Maddox S. Ritch, 6, of Mooresville, NC passed away on Sept. 27, 2018.

Maddox Ritch FBI Poster via WCCB Charlotte.

A visitation will be held from 7:00 – 9:00 PM on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, Huntersville, NC.

“Body believed to be missing 6-year-old Maddox Ritch found in NC…”

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 in the chapel at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home.

FOX 46 Charlotte’s Tweet – “It’s torture”.
“Father of Maddox Ritch pleads for answers as search enters day 5” on Trendsmap.

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:

Mother of Maddox Ritch pleads for public help in finding her child.

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.

Carrie Ritch (left) pleads for the life of her son Maddox (right).

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 Scott Ritch
Maddox Scott Ritch

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 .

Ian Ritch, father of Maddox
Ian & Maddox Ritch

Memorial contributions may also be sent to Kindermourn at 1320 Harding Place, Charlotte, NC 28204.

See Guest Book

“Dream” regarding Maddox Ritch arrest, 23 September 2018.

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Ancestry

Civil War in 2018 of the White Privileged

Angela, what planet do you live on???

 

I live on planet earth, third rock from the sun.

 

You sound like one of those radicals

 

I looked up “radical”.

Yes, I would say I am “someone who advocates thorough or complete social reform”.

 

that was there pulling down a piece bronze statue…..

 

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.

 

what are you plans next to exterminate all white men???

 

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?

 

Do you hate your race that much???

 

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.[1] 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?

 

You can spew out all the stuff you want because it doesn’t justify tearing down a piece of history…..

 

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

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The Reformer

Your Enneagram personality type is the Reformer. You are deeply driven by the pursuit of perfection. Whether in your personal life or your professional pursuits, you know that you’re capable of the best and you’re unwilling to settle for any less. You resent corruption, inefficiency and imbalance. Your drive for perfection can often come as arrogance or hypocrisy, but your desire to shake things up is sincere. When balanced you have the remarkable ability to change things for the better. Be patient, trust yourself, and work towards making life as perfect as you know it can be!

Reformers are conscientious and ethical, with a strong sense of right and wrong. They are teachers, crusaders, and advocates for change: always striving to improve things, but afraid of making a mistake. Well-organized, orderly, and fastidious, they try to maintain high standards, but can slip into being critical and perfectionistic. They typically have problems with resentment and impatience. 

At their Best: wise, discerning, realistic, and noble. Can be morally heroic.

  • Basic Fear: Of being corrupt/evil, defective
  • Basic Desire: To be good, to have integrity, to be balanced
  • Enneagram One with a Nine-Wing: “The Idealist”
  • Enneagram One with a Two-Wing: “The Advocate”

Key Motivations: Want to be right, to strive higher and improve everything, to be consistent with their ideals, to justify themselves, to be beyond criticism so as not to be condemned by anyone.

When moving in their Direction of Disintegration (stress), methodical Reformers suddenly become moody and irrational at Four. However, when moving in their Direction of Integration (growth), angry, critical Reformers become more spontaneous and joyful, like healthy Sevens.

Examples: Confucius, Plato, Salahuddin Ayyubi, Joan of Arc, Sir Thomas More, Mahatma Gandhi, Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Prince Charles, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Jimmy Carter, Michelle Obama, Al Gore, Hilary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, Elliot Spitzer, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Osama bin Laden, George Bernard Shaw, Thoreau, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Anita Roddick (The Body Shop), Martha Stewart, Chef Thomas Keller, Michio Kushi (macrobiotics), George Harrison, Joan Baez, Celine Dion, Ralph Nader, Noam Chomsky, Bill Moyers, George F. Will, William F. Buckley, Keith Olbermann, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, Tina Fey, Katherine Hepburn, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, Julie Andrews, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford, Helen Hunt, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, “Mary Poppins,” “Mr. Spock,” SNL’s “The Church Lady”

The Enneagram of Personality, or simply the Enneagram, is a model of the human psyche which is principally understood and taught as a typology of nine interconnected personality types.

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Jehovah’s Witness leader urges elders to destroy child sex abuse records

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
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Ethics

Kicked Out of the Bible Study

Mike Brisk told me one day about a bible study group at lunch over on the studio lot.

I had always wondered if they would have welcomed my same-sex attracted Christian coworkers?

Dean Escen runs the group, and when I first attended he proudly told me that his was the longest running Disney bible study group. (See Christian Fellowship Clubs in Hollywood, if you’re interested in more info.)

But today I was kicked out because I don’t believe in the Trinity.

They literally told me that I was going to hell, and kicked me out.

For the record, I believe in love, and unity—not trinity.

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Grace Hopper 2017

Of all the guys at Grace Hopper, it had to be you?

“Across the country this week, people turned toward their screens. They checked their phones and huddled around their TVs to get the latest on the testimony of a woman who came forward to accuse a Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault — the latest development in the #MeToo movement — and to watch that nominee defend himself.

But at the Grace Hopper Celebration, a conference for women in computing, attendees maintained focus on the event and its mission: doing the nitty-gritty work that eventually shifts a culture toward equality, while staying optimistic in the face of adversity.”

Grace Hopper confab offers optimism amid #MeToo, Supreme Court hearings” via CNET

I was practically speechless when my boss told me on our studio walk n’ talk that he was sending me to Grace Hopper 2017. By practically speechless, I mean it was one of those rare moments where I simply couldn’t think of anything to say and don’t even remember what I said.

So it is that we launched DisneyNow on September 28th, and the next day I’m on my way to Disney World!… and Grace Hopper 2017.

I felt so lucky to get to meet up with Ingrid Hong who had just finished interning for our design team, and was happy to have another designer friend and her boyfriend as our guests as happy hoppers—get it? get it?— We were the Grace Hopper park hoppers, hehe.

Grace Hopper was overwhelmingly amazing.

I ran into Melinda Gates, who didn’t recognize me, in the hallway, as I was surrounded by 20,000 more women in computing…

But then there’s #metoo…

… and then I ran into David Horn. In our booth, recruiting, like me.

Lifetracking panelists
David Horn (left) used to date my girl friend Lisa Brewster (right) whom I met through Brynn Evans (center) when I first moved to San Diego in 2009.

Day after day I tried my best to stay out view of him, given our history:

It was only days after Darryl and I got married that I attended YxYY 2013 where David decided to press his tiny hard penis into my butt as I danced on the dance floor with my girl friends. As if!

I hadn’t realized where he worked.

Of all the guys to recruit women at Grace Hopper, it had to be you?

I interviewed many women and met hundreds more—but I regret that I remember his presence at Grace Hopper, the premier conference for women in technology, more than all those amazing women.

It doesn’t seem fair that a man can just do that and get away with it.

Update September 2018:

I’m forever grateful for meeting such a beautiful person like you. You believed in me and because of you I am where I am today! You were my little angel (or Angela ☺️)! Thank you for everythinggg ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Natalia Ximena Pulido, whom I recruited and placed with ESPN

Update January 2019: David has moved from Disney to Twitch. Makes me wish JDoe.io (an I app I consulted for in 2015) was for more than just anonymously reporting rape… I guess that’s just the job for #AngieAndMeToo, huh?

#MeToo #GraceHopper

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Ancestry, Are You There God? It's Me, Gidget

My Cousin Didn’t Commit Suicide

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”.

Suicide in your Sleep, oh What Dreams May Come
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