And an appreciation for the little joys of life

At age 16, I became enamored with the loving group of hippies that was The Children of God. They welcomed me into their community and made me feel a part of something bigger than myself. I believed I had found my life’s vocation of serving God.

In 1973, the Children of God were a welcoming group of hippies.

As the years passed…


I hurt those I love and wasted years. What next?

In my youth, I naïvely joined what looked to be an innocent Christian group, the Children of God. It soon devolved into one of the more notorious cults to come out of the 1970s. It took 31 long years for me to break free.

Leaving the Children of God came…


Is it even possible to have a respectful discussion on political topics with those on the other side?

What is causing the division in our society, the polarization of left and right, of Democrats and Republicans?

Evolution and Brain Chemicals

We humans evolved to be part of a group, starting with family, our loyalties grew to encompass our tribe. Groups can be defined by nationality, race, religious beliefs, political affiliations, sport teams…


How bad is the world, really?

US nears 300,000 deaths from Covid-19 after record day

Amid rising violent crime, city divided over additional outside police help

Teen booked with murder in double homicide

“Our country is divided,” US Representative worries over future

Toddler’s blunt force trauma death ruled a homicide

With news like that, it’s no…


Cadaver selling, medical studies, and drug trials

From the body snatchers of the early 19th century and the innovative William Burke, to the illicit cadaver trade of today’s “body brokers,” the corpses of the poor continue to be the mainstay used in autopsies for medical training. This has caused problems.

Photo by Lucas van Oort on Unsplash

Resurrectionists

William Burke, and his partner in crime…


As the Nobel winning economist, Daniel Kahneman wrote, "A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth."

That was certainly true in my life!


The unseen danger of appeasement

I was taught to be a good girl — to obey my elders without question, to be seen and not heard, to be polite and submissive. I was to consider the needs of others first and not to think of myself.

Unfortunately, this transferred to subservience to another type of…


The first step is kindness

Speaking of her experience during the Cultural Revolution in the late 1960s in China, author Jung Chang writes in her bestselling book, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, “I was not forced to join the Red Guards [Mao’s teenage revolutionaries]. …


There was a lot of humiliation involved

In the Children of God, having a regular job was considered a waste of time. True believers needed to dedicate all of their time to doing “the Lord’s work,” not working for money. The Bible says, “You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24) “Mammon” means wealth or money. …


And why I used to accept them

In my 31 years in the now-notorious cult known as the Children of God, I believed all manner of nonsense. The cult’s beliefs were presented in the supremely important, regular missives of its founder, David Berg, aka Moses David. These were called Mo Letters, and they were, indeed, very strange.

A man is scaling a sheer rock-face, an eagle is flying beneath him illustrating how high he is from the ground.
This early Mo Letter exhorted us to give up everything we had to follow Jesus, which meant to join the Children of God. “Mountain Men,” David Berg, 1969

Mary Mahoney

Endlessly curious, a voracious reader and student of psychology, neurology, and behavior, Mary Mahoney is the author of Abnormal Normal https://amzn.to/3ciFmHO.

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