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Maggie Mae


It's spring. I can smell it. Other clues include the snow melting and my driveway being a lake, my cat wanting to be outside sunbathing instead of inside attached to me, people smiling instead of being grumpy gus-es , and the seagulls returning to terrorize the neighborhood. 

It seems like everyone is getting married and having babies and going on amazing vacations. Of course I go on amazing vacations too, but Facebook makes me think that other people's vacations are way better. Speaking of Facebook - according to a thread on reddit and other anecdotal evidence, Facebook is for old people. Great. I finally got around to using mine and now I find out it's not cool? I gave up twitter in 2009, I don't feel interesting enough for instagram, and snapchat make me feel stupid. 

Work is fine, if both boring and busy. I hear I'm supposed to job hop more to get the real money. Still regretting not going into computer science because it wasn't cool in 2001. Maybe I should have titled this post "regrets." 


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  • Posts

    • Does anybody have any clue about the "depravity" that supposedly tainted her personal life? Did she and her husband get it on while he was married to someone else? She's laying it on a tad bit thick here.

    • Anonymousguest


      I wonder if they requested Karen to leave.

    • 7 hours ago, [email protected] said:

      I read that the parents were, shall we say, upset during the court hearing today because the announcement in court that the new scans were disheartening and sad was the first that they had heard of this news. If this is true then that's appalling. Common courtesy should dictate that the parents are given the test results before a public announcement surely?

      I wondered about that too. If the relations between the doctors treating Charlie and the parents have broken down so badly that they are not getting test results then that is a major problem. I don't know what you do if the parents are basically refusing to talk with you though - find a neutral medical professional and get them to go through the results in a room with their lawyer?

      Even then I don't think the parents will accept anything they don't want to hear. 

      9 hours ago, EmainMacha said:


      Death threats and abuse directed at GOSH staff and impacting other patients and their families. This is just insane. 


      Insane is an understatement. Who the hell harrasses families of children who are undergoing treatment because they disagree with decisions made by the hospital about another unrelated child? Who the hell harrasses staff at a very large children's hospital to begin with? The likelihood that the staff being harrassed are treating Charlie is pretty low given how many staff and departments are there. I don't get some people.


    • Independent Spirit


      2 hours ago, lomo6 said:

      @Independent Spirit - Were any of these programs considered to be rehab of sorts for wayward teens? That's always how ALERT is referred to here, but not sure where that interpretation originated. 

      I didn't ever have the impression that ALERT was for wayward "fellas" (as Gothard called them.) Rather, it was more like a pseudo-military training program--perhaps a Gothard-approved alternative to the real military, which was outside of his control and sphere of influence. It was more like Gothard's attempt to have a program for everything, so that ATI members never had to live in the real world. There were several  other ATI programs that were known for being intended for troubled youth, though (either ATI students or not.) Pretty much all of the programs required hefty fees and lots of free labor on the part of participants. Such programs included Refine (for girls who needed to develop a "servant's heart" via lots of homemaker-type labor at one of the training centers,) Life Focus (for ATI boys,) and the Log Cabin program (for troubled youth outside ATI families.) There is more information about these programs on the blog Recovering Grace, which was very helpful to me as I recovered from  the toxic teachings of ATI.

      Anyway, Journey to the Heart wasn't necessarily targeted at wayward teens, but it seemed to me that its goal was to provoke confessions from people who had spent about ten days under intense peer pressure and emotional manipulation (when everyone around you is confessing sins such as a prideful heart or an independent spirit,  for example, it looks suspicious when you don't dig up something terrible from your own heart.) I was never required to go, but I could see why others might have been. If a parent sniffed out a whiff of an undesirable attitude, there might be a "heart problem" to be addressed.

    • LovelyLuna

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      My mom (62) is left handed but was hit with a ruler in primary school until she wrote with her right hand.  She now does a mix of both depending on the activity.  I thought this practice was phased out way before the 90’s.  I’m sorry for all of you. 

      Both of her children are Right handed.

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