Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Human trafficking has stubbornly remained in current news, with reports of overwhelming numbers of victims worldwide.  Obviously, a belief that freedom is a gift from God that should be considered an inalienable right, is not shared in much of earth's society.

Religious hierarchies and their clergies' default starting position is to assume that there's a natural right to demand obedience.  That a human's own preferences and decisions are to be considered last and least, if at all.  That a human has no obligation to the care and improvement of self whatsoever, but a complete obligation to sacrifice that self to the survival and promotion of whatever brand of God's bullies he may find himself.

An example of this is seen in most schools or kindergartens (here in the U.S.) that I have experience with.  A child refusing to share a toy that another child is demanding to play with, is told by his parent or teacher that he must share the toy, even if it's an object that the child was given and considers his own property.  His ownership is invalidated, and he's taught in effect, that he may not own or control property - that anyone can appear and demand he surrender what he considered his own, and that he has no right to refuse.

A person who abuses a child in any way, has this mindset and attitude - that the child does not have a right or a say in what is going to be done to him.  An abuser does not consider that a child has any more right than a dog or cat to control his body.

A child who is taught that people have no rights or sovereignty over their body, grows into an adult who sees nothing wrong with ignoring boundaries of another human being.

This disrespect is blatant in the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society organization [cult], (of which my family and I were members for many years), and of course, all religions that claim that God wants them to translate and administrate his word. The control they insist on retaining, denies a person the right to consider his own self as belonging to himself. They use unrelenting mind-control programs with the intent of instilling self-doubt, so that the victim is ever dependent and therefore OWNED.

I personally went into this cult with no inkling of what awaited me as far as destruction of my own will. I experienced frequent cognitive dissonance which I suppressed any time that independent thinking was referred to as "bad and sinful." The training is apparent and heavy-handed for a woman, when repeatedly hearing that she has no right before Jehovah (God) to refuse to submit.  Being submissive of her time and work for the organization, being submissive to her husband in every aspect of life including sexually, is the only way to receive acceptance and recognition. She only becomes something by becoming nothing.

In 2015 the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began investigating the WT and found incontrovertible evidence of further damage caused to victims by the WT's own policies.  Child sexual abuse allegations as well as confessed abuse were kept secret and went unreported to police:  jwsurvey.org/child-abuse

In March of 2017, the WT was revisited by the Royal Commission, to determine the level of change and improvement of their policies concerning child sexual abuse and protection of children from predators within their organization.

These sessions were recorded and can be viewed on youtube.com - start with
Royal Commission hearing, Day 1 Part 1 - well worth the time and effort to get a look at what the administration of a world-wide secretive cult actually perpetrated the last 100-plus years.  Their official line is to deny that their policies have harmed anyone, and that the evidence of their bungling is all a lie from Satan.

But now we can see the truth with our own eyes - no "faith" needed - the facts and the perpetrators are exposed, thanks to the Australians' Royal Commission.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Take Away the Duvet

It's a culture on its own - just like the green ceramic egg for grilling meats; or the insane preoccupation with Volkswagens - it's a down comforter, the DUVET.  Pronounced dooVAY.  So warm, so light.  Like sleeping under a cloud, so unbelievably comfortable.

Each thing you get needs more things to go with it.  The accessories make it better and more fun so you get more out of it.

Don't worry about the pristine snow white fabric - we can buy a duvet cover and then you don't have to clean the duvet.  It's a blanket for the blanket! Just throw the duvet cover into the washer.

Well we didn't know enough about how to wrestle that huge blanket into its envelope, so it was quite a tussle.  Once it was spread into the cover and the edges all matched up, there was no way to keep the comforter from sliding around in there.

There was a lot more cover than there was duvet and the excess bunched up.  It was more difficult to make the bed than ever.  And every morning the entire business was covering more of the floor than the bed.

We now have a duvet cover to donate and a comforter to drop off at the dry cleaner.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Freakin' STRESS Fix

A vivid memory I have, is a meeting where the point of the talk was stress relief. "Many people think they should attend fewer meetings to lessen the stress they are coping with. But it's not the MEETINGS causing stress, it's all the other things in your life you are trying to get done! Just let all those things go and the stress will be alleviated."
Things like paying your bills so you can have AC and electricity and your kids can go to the orthodontist and have food on the table?
"Oh sister, you are lacking faith in Jehovah!"
Really? That's funny, because I just can't remember the last time Jehovah paid my electric bill.
How about eliminating meetings so I can work more hours every week and earn more money and still have twice the energy left at the end of the day - because of NO MEETINGS.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

MLM Is Not For MLP

So...multi level marketing. "This product is too good to sell in stores the normal retail way."

What they mean is, the customers also do the marketing FOR the distributor. Plus, typically these products cost 3 times more than they should. WHY, when they are spending nothing to bring this great stuff to market?

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - MLM's!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Grammaw World

Well, i don't write very often.  Usually things run pretty much the same around here.  Time passes so fast, by the time dinner's over and the dishes washed, it's time to get to bed.  Just like everyone, I suppose.

Air conditioning is miraculous, i'm so glad i don't have to live without it.  This summer has been one of the hot ones.  We have several fans going throughout the house to keep even cooler.

The political scene being so boring has helped me get away from watching TV at all.  In fact i gave my television away and reduced the number of channels that we pay for.  Nowadays i just get my news from the radio and whatever i see on visits to facebook. 

A few things we accomplished this summer, include finding a qualified bass teacher for our granddaughter Zoë, who is studying double bass.  She already is a fantastic musician.  This year she's a junior.  Her 17th birthday is in October, I can't believe it.  She has escaped the terrible brooding, sullen type of teenage-hood and retained her sweet authentic personality in spite of all the unpleasant things she has had to endure in her life.

Granddaughter has many friends and opportunities to enjoy these days, but she never neglects homework and study.  She has so much self-discipline and constantly reviews her goals and challenges herself.

We all have taken up the coloring book craze and everyone has their own.  We share the really good coloring pencils from Prismacolor and it is so fun to sit around the table coloring while we talk.

I've been downsizing just to make it easier to clean house.  We gave away two rustic wooden porch chairs and an area rug tonight.  Printers and dishes, bric-a-brac and lamps, drapes and clothes.  We're never going to have time to sit out on the porch anymore, why keep porch furniture!  The table and umbrella are going tomorrow.

Our 39th anniversary is next week.  Another chance to appreciate the good life we have built together.

Christmas plans begin during Labor Day weekend.  First we get the address list updated for sending cards.  By the end of September we'll have them stamped and ready to mail in early December.

I know what I'm getting for Christmas - Zoë promised to learn touch typing and stop doing the hunt and peck.  She's been resisting for years but we found a good program and she's putting in 10 minutes a day.  I don't understand why they're not offering typing or keyboarding in school, especially since they want to drop cursive handwriting instruction and driver's ed!  Those are the main things people need to know.

Well that's what's really going on in my corner of Earth right now.