Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I've been following the Duggar molestation story. This family has always seemed creepy to me. I've never seen the reality show that the family stars in (I don't have fancy cable). But I've read about the family's treatment of women as vaginas, the anti LGBT crap the parents and their son Josh have spouted. These have suggested to me that there wasn't something quite right with them.

If you had asked me I would have thought it would be the father that sexually abused the daughters. It would not have occurred to me that the brother would be doing it, but then I am naive about these sort of things. Josh Duggar had been a rising star among the fundamentalists, working for the Family Research Council, speaking at the March 2015 anti-gay marriage rally in Washington, D.C.  Of course, now the fundies are all scrubbing their websites of mentions of him and the rest of his family (although the NOM website still mentions the family five times).

What is really weird is to see the fundamentalist Christian response to the sexual molestation. On the family's Facebook page and the TLC network Facebook page, there are literally hundreds of people demanding that the reality show be put back on. Josh has confessed and repented, so the show should be on the air again. The molested girls? They are either ignored or it is claimed that they forgave their brother, therefore the show should be aired again.

Some sample comments:

Julie Anna Allen: I dont understand why the devil attacks those who are on God's road but he attacking your family hard right now. Praying for you guys.

Beverly Hope Ruttschaw: It makes sense that the only wholesome family on TV would be under attack by satan.

Joan Barto: Full support and prayers for your family!! No-one is immune.to scandal ...we all make mistakes!! Unfortunately you have people who want to.see you fail....I remain a dedicated Duggar fan and look forward to the joy you all bring to my life with your show. 

Debbi Utter Howard: I support your family. My heart especially goes out to Josh & Anna right now. I wish he hadn't resigned his position with FRC. Josh was a kid. He made mistakes like many kids and confessed, sought help, turned to God and has had a productive adult life. 

Kayla Willemkens: Praying for your family. I love the show and hope it doesn't get cancelled over this. I praise Josh for coming forward about it after it happened and for the family for getting him help. True Christ believers will forgive and unfortunately there are many who will believe everything that comes out about this regardless if it's truth or not. I continue to support this family and their show.

It is becoming clearer to me why there is so much physical and sexual abuse in Christian households. All the perpetrators have to do is "repent," and their victims have to shut the hell up, because their God has told them to.

It will be interesting to see what happens next.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Craft night. 

 My friend Mike came over and we went to Rosa's for supper. Then we returned to my estate and made decorated sugar cookies.

First I had him pick out cookie cutters. Then I showed Mike how to roll out the dough and we filled three trays with cookies. The third tray was half-burnt when I took them out, but we still had about two dozen cookies to decorate.


While the cookies were baking and cooling, we made a simple frosting with powdered sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. Then we colored six batches (along with an uncolored white batch), and put the frosting in plastic baggies to squeeze out. 


Mike said it had been years since he had made sugar cookies.


We had a good time and were quite creative.

Mike made the "Bacon" pig cookie.

I like my zebra and turtle cookies.

Afterward I helped Mike with his family tree. Discovered that Italians can be difficult to trace. It was a fun night. I need to have more craft nights.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What have I been up to? A lot and not a lot.

Have a dig starting next week. In my spare time I have been rebagging artifacts from a field school from the 1970s. Lots of nails, tin cans, and olive green bottle fragments. An occasional cool artifact. The volunteers I am working with are plugging away and we should be done soon.

I became president of a non-profit and I find it is a thankless task. Perhaps I am not made out to be a president. At this point in my life I do not need the stress.

I made one-pot caprese spaghetti tonight for supper. Last night I made eggplant parmagiana (using mozzarella cheese instead). I ate too much and tonight my shorts feel too tight.

I watch 1960s and 1970s TV shows while rebagging artifacts. The writing for shows like Wonder Woman, Bionic Woman, and the Lucy Show were so bad. How did we not notice this at the time?

I'm planning a road trip to Las Vegas to see Jim, George, Mark, and Ted; to Lake Tahoe to see Kevin, and then to rural California to see Matt. This will take place in July, perhaps for two weeks.

And so on.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

My boss found a little abandoned puppy in the parking lot of his non-profit. The puppy is so cute.

Unnamed at the moment.

He likes to give little kisses and then he wants to chew on you. I hope Buddy isn't mad because I let Puppy sit on my lap.

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