And an appreciation for the little joys of life

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

As the years passed, and my isolation from the world outside the cult commune intensified, the doctrines became stranger, then frankly, horrendous. But by then, my sense of normal had morphed to only include what occurred within the cult as led by the words of our prophet, Moses, rather, David Berg.

Only Jesus is…

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

Leaving the Children of God came with an enormous jolt of horror. I had wasted years of my life. I had raised my children in a toxic environment. My belief system was shattered. I had lived a lie. My mind filled with a mist of shock and confusion. …

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

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, and the list goes on. As part of a group, we naturally look at others as either a member of our group or not, and we react more favorably to those we deem to be our fellow group members, finding immediate common ground. We view the world through the lens…

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 wonder some alarmists liken the US to “a war zone.”

Social media, with its tendency to create echo-chambers, amplifies those worries. …

Cadaver selling, medical studies, and drug trials

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William Burke, and his partner in crime, William Hare, were Resurrectionists. These were people whose chosen work entailed digging up graves and exhuming freshly buried corpses to be sold for dissection during anatomy lectures at medical colleges. In the early 1800s, Edinburg, Scotland, was one of the leading centers of anatomy research, and that study required a…

As the people of the world become more educated, with better access to birth control and healhcare, they will have fewer children. This has been the trend, and there is no reason for it not to continue. The birth rate has already leveled off, but old people are living a lot longer than they did 100 years ago, so the population coninues to rise. Data shows that world population will likely hit 9 billion before it begins declining. The number of people living in extreme poverty today is 1/2 of what it was 20 years ago. …

Sweet article!

"What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?" Jean Jacques Rousseau

Life is not fair. Bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. I no longer believe in the concept of a "just world" where there is tit for tat karma, as I believed during my years in the Children of God.

All we can do is our best, and be kind to those we meet along our life's way. I feel a deep sense gratitude for each day of life, peace, and health, and I cannot take this for granted.

Like Hippocrates said so many years ago, "Walking is man's best medicine." And a more recent finding, "Simply walking, at a good pace, stimulates the growth of new neurons." Norman Doidge, PhD. There are plenty of good reasons to walk.

How we can fail to see the obvious

We were across the world in South-East Asia, far from our families. We were both members of the cult, The Children of God, where we had our own set of morals. Although free-sex was in, homosexuality was considered a serious sin and an excommunicable offense. It was unthinkable that a gay man would be in the group.

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I had never met his family, and I knew little of his background. Our lives revolved around our dedication to what we…

Mary Mahoney

Endlessly curious, a voracious reader and student of psychology, neurology, and behavior, Mary Mahoney is the author of Abnormal Normal

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