Since we are God's creation, we have come from God and we are returning to God; God has great confidence in His own grace. He has great confidence that his love for us can change us. He knows that we can make progress and be restored to spiritual and moral health. Do you have confidence in God? Do you trust God? Always desiring to restore you, once again, to happiness and interior peace. Advent is a time to be restored. Primarily, the church is asking us to be restored through the sacramental life. Advent is a time to come back to Church; come back to the Mass; come back to the celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation, where God is confidently waiting for you, knowing that you can make progress and be restored to spiritual health. And to taste, once again, His happiness that He shares with you. The post AR#7 – Confidence in God – Advent Reflections with Deacon James Keating Ph.D. – Discerning Hearts Podcast appeared first on Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts.
The founder of what would later be called Methodism, John Wesley worked for renewal within the Church of England for decades. Primarily a preacher to preachers, he challenged pastors to have a personal experience of knowing Christ. He considered the whole world his pulpit and his legacy has lasted for centuries. Thanks to TOT's own Meredith Mills for stopping in to share her Wesleyan knowledge!
What Therapists Should Know About Sexual Health, Monkey Pox, and the Echoes of the AIDS Epidemic: An Interview with Mallory Garrett, LMFT Curt and Katie interview Mallory Garrett about sexual health as well as the current concerns related to Monkey Pox. We discuss what therapists usually get wrong when working with sexual health, what therapists need to know about STIs, as well as Monkey Pox. We talk about the relevant history of the HIV/AIDs epidemic and the community responses to Monkey Pox. We also look at how therapists can be most helpful to clients within our scope of practice. Resources to stay up to date with Monkey Pox and sexual health are also included in the show notes. Transcripts for this episode will be available at mtsgpodcast.com! An Interview with Mallory Garrett, LMFT Mallory Garrett is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and New York. She graduated with a BA in Comparative Literature from UCLA and an MS in Counseling from CSU-Northridge. She began working in the social services sector as a Resident Services Intern with a low-income housing corporation for people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic health conditions. She continued working in this field during her traineeship and internships as she worked towards licensure. She loves speaking to therapists about destigmatizing HIV/AIDS and STIs and has co-facilitated a workshop through Simple Practice Learning. When not working she enjoys going to the theater and traveling. In this podcast episode, we talk about sexual health and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) We talk about sexual health broadly as well as the recent concerns about Monkey Pox and the historical context of HIV/AIDs. What do therapists get wrong when working with sexual health? “When you're working with someone who is in a mismatched libido relationship, oftentimes we look at it and say, well, the long-term relationship is not about sex, it shouldn't be about sex. It's about other things. It's about, you know, companionship, and friendship and mutual respect for your partner. And those are definitely important. And those are the cornerstones of our relationship. But sex is also a cornerstone of a relationship.” – Mallory Garrett, LMFT Lack of education, or education that solely focuses on reproduction Fear about scope of practice when addressing folks who are being treated medically Lack of understanding and exploration of libido mismatches Downplaying the importance of sex in our clients' lives The moralistic or puritanical nature of how many people approach sex What do therapists need to know about sexual health, STIs, and Monkey Pox? Monkey Pox is not technically a STI, but is primarily transmitted sexually in the US The stigma and concerns of being ignored, especially from those who lived through the HIV/AIDS epidemic Gay Rights and Sexual Liberation has relevance to these diseases The extreme societal bias toward the gay community during that time, medical neglect The emergence of Monkey Pox brought back the fears, stigma, and neglect How can therapists help therapists have discussions related to Monkey Pox or STIs? Approaching sexually transmitted infections with a harm reduction lens Empowering clients to make decisions Referring folks to their local public health department for information on vaccination What is Monkey Pox? Monkey Pox does not seem to be spread asymptomatically The lesions are very painful and are the primary reason for hospitalization Primarily being spread through close intimate contact by men who have sex with men Monkey Pox is typically not fatal, but there are two different strains with different fatality rates How do therapists support folks who have Monkey Pox? Push back against judgment and shame, checking own bias Meeting clients where they are Decreasing isolation through virtual sessions Understanding the pain related to the lesions, as well as the potential disfigurement How can therapists stay up to date on sexual health issues, including Monkey Pox? Follow CDC and WHO online Follow AIDS activists who are following Monkey Pox Scroll down for links from Mallory Why is it important for therapists to step into advocacy for our patients? “More than an expert, I would describe myself as an advocate, because it is one of those things where it's so hard sometimes to stay up to date with all the science and the details. And ultimately, like as therapists especially, we don't need to know the science and the details. We need to know the gist, but not the specifics. I don't need to know what viral strain, etc., to have empathy and understanding for my clients.” – Mallory Garrett, LMFT Providing empathy and compassion regardless of our medical understanding Doctors and other medical providers are not perfect, so it is important for clients to have good questions and feel empowered Encouraging folks with lived experiences to sit at the table when policy decisions are being made Our Generous Sponsor for this episode of the Modern Therapist's Survival Guide: Thrizer Thrizer is a new modern billing platform for therapists that was built on the belief that therapy should be accessible AND clinicians should earn what they are worth. Their platform automatically gets clients reimbursed by their insurance after every session. Just by billing your clients through Thrizer, you can potentially save them hundreds every month, with no extra work on your end. Every time you bill a client through Thrizer, an insurance claim is automatically generated and sent directly to the client's insurance. From there, Thrizer provides concierge support to ensure clients get their reimbursement quickly, directly into their bank account. By eliminating reimbursement by check, confusion around benefits, and obscurity with reimbursement status, they allow your clients to focus on what actually matters rather than worrying about their money. It is very quick to get set up and it works great in completement with EHR systems. Their team is super helpful and responsive, and the founder is actually a long-time therapy client who grew frustrated with his reimbursement times The best part is you don't need to give up your rate. They charge a standard 3% payment processing fee! Thrizer lets you become more accessible while remaining in complete control of your practice. A better experience for your clients during therapy means higher retention. Money won't be the reason they quit on therapy. Sign up using bit.ly/moderntherapists if you want to test Thrizer completely risk free! Sign up for Thrizer with code 'moderntherapists' for 1 month of no credit card fees or payment processing fees! That's right - you will get one month of no payment processing fees, meaning you earn 100% of your cash rate during that time. Resources for Modern Therapists mentioned in this Podcast Episode: We've pulled together resources mentioned in this episode and put together some handy-dandy links. Please note that some of the links below may be affiliate links, so if you purchase after clicking below, we may get a little bit of cash in our pockets. We thank you in advance! Mallory's website: www.mallorygarrett.com Mallory's twitter: https://twitter.com/nomad_therapist Mallory's course on SimplePractice: HIV & AIDS Awareness for Mental Health Providers Mallory's recommendations for staying up to date on sexual health issues: https://twitter.com/dr_demetre https://twitter.com/CDCgov https://twitter.com/benryanwriter https://twitter.com/WHO https://twitter.com/peterstaley https://youtube.com/c/MamaDoctorJones Relevant Episodes of MTSG Podcast: Understanding Polyamory: An interview with Dana McNeil, LMFT Sex and Shame: An interview with Eliza Boquin, LMFT Let's Talk About Sex: An interview with Liz Dube, LMFT Managing Chronic Pain and Illness: An interview with Daniela Paolone, LMFT Who we are: Curt Widhalm, LMFT Curt Widhalm is in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He is the cofounder of the Therapy Reimagined conference, an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University and CSUN, a former Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, former CFO of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and a loving husband and father. He is 1/2 great person, 1/2 provocateur, and 1/2 geek, in that order. He dabbles in the dark art of making "dad jokes" and usually has a half-empty cup of coffee somewhere nearby. Learn more at: www.curtwidhalm.com Katie Vernoy, LMFT Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, coach, and consultant supporting leaders, visionaries, executives, and helping professionals to create sustainable careers. Katie, with Curt, has developed workshops and a conference, Therapy Reimagined, to support therapists navigating through the modern challenges of this profession. Katie is also a former President of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. In her spare time, Katie is secretly siphoning off Curt's youthful energy, so that she can take over the world. Learn more at: www.katievernoy.com A Quick Note: Our opinions are our own. We are only speaking for ourselves – except when we speak for each other, or over each other. We're working on it. Our guests are also only speaking for themselves and have their own opinions. We aren't trying to take their voice, and no one speaks for us either. Mostly because they don't want to, but hey. 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Clark Neighbors with BIS Commodities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, talks with Chris about a number of market conditions and strategies to consider during the month of December and into 2023. Primarily the conversation revolves around managing basis, however, they expand to discuss a number of other topics, including the short crop in certain areas of the US, interest rates, and South America. They finish up the discussion on crop rotation decisions, and the need for the corn and soybean ratio to improve if we are going to see people willing to plant many soybeans versus corn from a profitability standpoint.
Episode 268: The Stock Sniper founders, twin brothers Mike and Nick join the podcast to talk about their journey into trading and starting up The Stock Snipers group. The two discuss some previous memorable trades and some of the concepts of their strategies with OTC stocks. Social MediaThe Stock SnipersInstagram: stocksnipersProfitly: stock sniperswww.thestocksnipers.com
Women are less fertile today in their 20's than their grandmothers were at 35! Why do we have such a fertility crisis? Why are more and more women struggling to get pregnant? This episode is sponsored by VivaRays - code YOGI to save 15% https://vivarays.com/carnivoreyogi This episode is sponsored by Optimal Carnivore “CarnivoreY” to receive 10% off all products- Brain Nourish - https://amzn.to/3liaNFN Grassfed Organ Meat Complex https://amzn.to/3Dp1R9e Grassfed Beef liver https://amzn.to/3clgONz This episode is sponsored by Upgraded Formulas - code YOGI12 or YOGI to save on anything from Upgraded Formulas - https://www.upgradedformulas.com/?rfsn=4637317.2071db5&utm_source=refersion&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=4637317.2071db5 Check out all my courses to understand how to improve your mitochondrial health & experience long lasting health! https://sarah-kleiner.mykajabi.com/store Use code PODCAST to save 10% off on all my courses at anytime! Your free fertility checklist from Dr. Cleopatra: https://Fertilitypregnancy.org/checklist Get a free consult with Dr. Cleopatra's team: https://Fertilitypregnancy.org/consult Waitlist for Sarah & Carrie's fertility course https://sarah-kleiner.mykajabi.com/pl/2147617359 TIMESTAMPS: 0:00 Beginning 3:02 Introductions 3:40 Sarah's struggles with fertility & finding Dr. Cleopatra 6:06 only 3% of people are ACTUALLY infertile & the fertility crisis 7:47 Women today's in her 20s is less fertile than her grandma at 35. 8:44 sperm count dropped by more than 50%. Primarily men in developed countries. 10:36 The "normal" curve of fertility is wrong 14:01 WHAT IS REALLY happening with infertility? 12:28 our mission is to eradicate infertility. 16:34 Shifting the identity of “infertile” 21:32 Why having support is SO important for women who want to get pregnant. 26:04 How society conditions our beliefs around our health 28:47 When does aging REALLY begin? 31:54 Mitochondrial health and fertility 33:48 Why some people need fertility support from modern medicine 36:08 "why don't you try IVF?" - common approach to infertility. 41:57 Our genetics do NOT predetermine everything. 43:46 The importance of the 28 day cycle for fertility and overall health 49:15 Fertility challenges are even more common in secondary cases. 51:29 Explanation of primester 54:33 The biggest factors that influence our fertility 1:00:16 How our thoughts and mindset effect fertility 1:03:00 Shame social comparison, fear, trauma and fertility 1:05:00 Melatonin and fertility - should we supplement? 1:06:46 Supplements and fertility 1:08:48 Success pregnancy stories in Dr Cleopatras program. 1:12:17 Low AMH levels and fertility outcomes 1:16:11 Relationships and fertility challenges 1:19:51 Details on how can people find Dr Cleopatras program
Higher education is recognizing the importance and value of diversity and inclusivity in our institutions, our classes, our majors, and in the workforce. Along with this recognition are efforts to increase the success and graduation rates of all students with particular attention to our historically excluded, minoritized, marginalized, and first generation students. Many approach this work from a perspective of deficits: students aren't succeeding because of what they are missing. An alternative perspective is anti-deficit: recognizing what students are doing to succeed. For example: Instead of the deficit perspective: “Why don't certain groups of students persist?” One might reframe the question and ask “How do certain groups of students manage to persist and earn degrees despite any number of negative forces that are working against them?“. Dr. Julie Stanton, Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at University of Georgia in Athens Georgia talks about her Participatory Action Research project that informs us about strategies that black students use to succeed at a primarily white institution. Please listen for an engaging and fascinating discussion of community cultural wealth.
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In this episode, Matt & Jenn offer advice about giving and receiving sexy gifts. Consider starting a sexy Christmas tradition. This is a great time to gift your sexual relationship by exchanging sexy presents and/or by making time for a Christmas Eve quickie.If you are a sexual pursuer, be sure that you are primarily considering what is best for encouraging sexual connection for your spouse.Sexual responders should consider how to get in the Christmas spirit by giving their beloved a generous sexual gift.Primarily, this season should be an opportunity to find connection amid the chaos. Seek each other first.Please support these companies that support Intimate Covenant:Married Dance — https://marrieddance.com/?aff=29 Shop from this link and part of your purchase will support Intimate Covenant. Coconu — http://www.coconu.com Coupon Code: intimateconvenant for 15% off your purchaseAdventure Challenge — https://www.theadventurechallenge.com Use coupon code: intimatecovenant for 10% off your purchase. To send your comments, questions and suggestions, go to our website: www.intimatecovenant.com/podcast and click on the button: “Contact the Podcast” for an ANONYMOUS submission form. Or, send an email: email@example.com Thanks for sharing, rating, reviewing and subscribing! Cherishing, Matt & JennPS — If you have been blessed by the message of this podcast, we would deeply appreciate your support by donating to our mission of spreading God's plan for intimate marriage and holy sexuality: www.intimatecovenant.com/donate www.intimatecovenant.com Intimate Covenant | Matt & Jenn Schmidt
Brandon and Abby Join the podcast to chat about their motor swap suburban adventure. Brandon is a Mechanic in Minneapolis MN and works Primarily on Vintage and Modern Road/Track Porsches. You can find his social media on instagram. @kustomizingkid Abby is a Vehicle Systems Engineer at NASCAR R&D. Abby is smart and stays off social media.
Ben has officially begun shipping off his 2022 Portfolio Box Sets, which brings up the topic of deadlines and how we deal with them on an individual basis. Primarily, we discuss whether we place more value on extrinsic deadlines, over intrinsic ones. This leads to a discussion about eBooks, once again, along with a bit of a tease regarding one I am currently working toward. Our conversation takes a turn toward the seasons we find to be most difficult, as well as our valuing of images which whisper, rather than shout. We end the discussion with a topic suggestion sent in by Roger on our discord, which regards movement. LINKS Ben's Box Sets On Landscape Magazine Sarah Marino's Free eBooks Matt Payne's October Release Alex Noriega Roger Hyam SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Our Patreon Join The Discussion Save 10% on your Nature Photographers Network membership Use offer code CODY10 at https://www.naturephotographers.network/?ref=codyschultz CONNECT WITH BEN Website: https://www.benhorne.com Twitter: @benhorne Instagram: @benhorne YouTube: Ben Horne CONNECT WITH CODY Website: https://codyschultz.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org MUSIC The Introvert by Michael Kobrin (licensed through Pixabay) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- This post may contain affiliate links. If you use these links to buy something, I may earn a commission. Thanks.
Nutrition, Rather Than Genes, Primarily Control Cancer Development T. Colin Campbell, PhD• https://nutritionstudies.org/• Book - China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long Term Health #TColinCampbell#ChinaStudy #PlantBased #WoleFoodDiet T. Colin Campbell, PhD has been dedicated to the science of human health for more than 60 years. His primary focus is on the association between diet and disease, particularly cancer. Although largely known for the China Study — one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted, and recognized by The New York Times as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” — Dr. Campbell's profound impact also includes extensive involvement in education, public policy, and laboratory research.Dr. Campbell grew up on a dairy farm and was the first in his family to go to college, where he studied pre-veterinary medicine at Pennsylvania State University. After obtaining his bachelor's degree, and while completing his first year at the University of Georgia veterinary school, he received a telegram from a well known professor at Cornell University, offering a scholarship and research opportunity too good to turn down. And so he completed his education at Cornell University (M.S., Ph.D.) and MIT (Research Associate) in nutrition, biochemistry and toxicology. He then spent 10 years on the faculty of Virginia Tech's Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition before returning to Cornell in 1975 where he presently holds his Endowed Chair as the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry in the Division of Nutritional Sciences.Dr. Campbell's research experience includes both laboratory experiments and large-scale human studies. He has received over 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding (mostly with NIH), served on grant review panels of multiple funding agencies, actively participated in the development of national and international nutrition policy, and authored over 300 research papers. Throughout his career, he has confronted a great deal of confusion surrounding nutrition and its effects. It is precisely this confusion that he has focused so much on, in recent years.In order to synthesize the findings of his long and rewarding career, and to give back to the public whose lives are threatened by rampant misinformation and special interests, Dr. Campbell co-wrote The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health, which has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He is also the author of the The New York Times bestseller Whole, and The Low-Carb Fraud. Several documentary films feature Dr. Campbell and his research, including Forks Over Knives, Eating You Alive, Food Matters, and PlantPure Nation. He continues to share evidence-based information on health and nutrition whenever given the opportunity. He has delivered hundreds of lectures around the world and he is the founder of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate in partnership with eCornell.To Contact Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. go to nutritionstudies.org Disclaimer:Medical and Health information changes constantly. Therefore, the information provided in this podcast should not be considered current, complete, or exhaustive. Reliance on any information provided in this podcast is solely at your own risk. The Real Truth About Health does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, products, procedures, or opinions referenced in the following podcasts, nor does it exercise any authority or editorial control over that material. The Real Truth About Health provides a forum for discussion of public health issues. The views and opinions of our panelists do not necessarily reflect those of The Real Truth About Health and are provided by those panelists in their individual capacities. The Real Truth About Health has not reviewed or evaluated those statements or claims.
Monday November 21, 2022 - The inflation Reduction Act of 2022 provided $80 Billion to the IRS primarily to increase collection efforts and improve information technology. That $80 Billion could fund 87,000 new IRS Employees. Or so says report released by the Treasury Department. The IRS currently has 78,000 employees. This doubling of the IRS has caused much concern to business owners across the country. Remember, not one Republican voted for the Inflation Reduction Act – it was passed on a purely partisan vote. Now that the GOP will control the house, the incoming Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, and other GOP leaders are promising to reverse that spending Plan. “On day one, in this House, we will repeal 87,000 IRS agents,” said the incoming speaker. “We will use the power of the purse – the size of our debt has to stop.” Attorney Steven A. Leahy looks over the GOP plan on Today's Tax Talk. https://www.fa-mag.com/news/house-republicans-vow-to-immediately-repeal-funding-for-87-000-irs-agents-70697.html https://www.bostonherald.com/2022/11/21/elizabeth-warren-jeanne-shaheen-urge-irs-to-investigate-turbotax/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/steven-leahy1/message
Former Green Beret Nate Boyer returns this week to the podcast with a specific purpose: to discuss the film that he wrote, directed and starred in titled "MVP." Boyer co-founded his non-profit MVP (Merging Vets & Players) with Jay Glazer of FOX Sports to bring together combat veterans and former professional athletes as they both share a bond of the tough transition when the uniform comes off. The movie takes us through the story of how Merging Vets & Players got started and is based on factual events. The most poignant part of the film are the emotions that many vets are struggling with when it comes to mental health and PTSD. Boyer and his team really do a great job bringing those feelings to life and making them real for the audience. "MVP" is now available on most streaming platforms including Amazon Prime and Hulu. Nate Boyer has lived anything but an ordinary life. Primarily because he's a man who knows how to set goals and achieve them. Not just any goals either; we're talking big goals. In early 2005, after working as a volunteer at refugee camps in Africa, he came back to the US and joined the Army, becoming a Green Beret in 2006. After serving in combat as a Green Beret, he decided to work toward achieving another dream of his: playing professional football. An unlikely candidate, Nate made the University of Texas Longhorn football team as a walk-on safety. Following graduation, he then went on to join the Seattle Seahawks as a long snapper. Nate Boyer knows what it means to follow your dreams, even if that means swimming against the current. He knows what it means to rise up to a challenge and ultimately succeed. And now, he's using his own experiences to help other dreamers do the same! https://vetsandplayers.org/ Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors Shop Amazon! As an Amazon Associate We Earn From Qualifying Purchases...You Know The Deal! (Paid Link) Help grow the show! Spread the word, tell a friend!! Subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts! Episode Intro Music: “Prelude” by “Silence & Light” (www.silenceandlightmusic.com) Photo Credit: Nate Boyer
It's time for a crash course in the legal history of religious liberty! Can a "Satanic abortion ritual" trump pro-life legislation? How does religious liberty impact efforts to protect life in the womb? Kelsey Hazzard, founder of Secular Pro-Life, provides a valuable introduction to a new frontier in abortion litigation. Below are the legal opinions cited in the presentation. Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990) Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah, 508 U.S. 250 (1993) Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 573 U.S. 682 (2014) Prince v. Massachusetts, 321 U.S. 158 (1944) Jehovah's Witnesses in the State of Washington v. King County Hospital Unit No. 1 (Harborview), 278 F.Supp. 488 (W.D. Wash. 1967) In re Clark, 185 N.E.2d 128 (Ohio Ct. of C.P. 1962) Hoener v. Bertinato, 67 N.J.Super. 517 (1961) Learn more about Secular Pro-Life at secularprolife.org. Transcript: Kelsey Hazzard: Hello everyone and welcome to Religious Liberty Justifications for Violence: a Legal Analysis. For those of you who don't know me, my name is Kelsey Hazard. I am the founder and president of Secular Pro-Life. SPL is an atheist led organization advancing secular arguments against abortion and uniting people of every faith and none to protect prenatal human beings. I'm really excited about this presentation. Although I am an atheist, I have always taken a strong academic interest in religion. My undergraduate majors were religious studies and psychology, and then I went to law school where I just devoured all things First Amendment. So I wanna thank Rehumanize International for giving me this wonderful opportunity to, to geek out with an audience. You have probably seen headlines about satanist groups and pro-abortion Jewish synagogues filing lawsuits against pro-life legislation planning that it violates their religious freedom. And maybe you've thought, well, that's ridiculous. You can't just kill somebody and say, Oh, but it's my religion. And if that was your reaction, Your intuition is correct. I am going to conclude that these lawsuits, these lawsuits ought to fail. But to discuss this issue intelligently beyond just our intuitive reactions requires understanding some key concepts of religious liberty law. So, this session is your crash course. I have five housekeeping matters before I begin. One, I have a lot of citations. You can find all of them in the most recent post at secular pro-life dot org slash blog. I've also dropped it in the chat, and if you're watching the later recording, there should be a link in the description. Two. A disclaimer. I am a attorney. I am not your attorney. This presentation is for general educational purposes only. It is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should contact a lawyer who's licensed in your jurisdiction to give you advice that's tailored to your situation. Number three, I realized that this conference attracts attendees. From around the world. In fact, I think I saw a poll earlier that about a quarter of you are from outside of the United States of America. I am focused here. This presentation is specifically about US law. Number four. If you have questions or comments, please put them in the Q and A tab. I'll circle back to them at the end if we have time. If you put them in the general chat tab, I might miss them. So please use that Q and A tab. Finally, number five. This session is going to touch on quite a few beliefs. Satanism Judaism, Native American Spirituality, Santeria, Evangelical Christianity, Jehovah's Witnesses. In the Immortal words of Stefan from Saturday Night Live, this club has everything. If you happen to belong to any of the religious communities I just mentioned, I apologize in advance for how cursory and surface level my comments are going. You could devote a lifetime of study to any one of the religions I mentioned, and many people have. We have 45 minutes. It is what it is. And I'm sorry. So all of those housekeeping matters are done. Let us dive in with a Native American church and the case of Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon versus Smith. That's mouthful. We usually just say employment division versus Smith. Mr. Smith ingested peyote for sacramental purposes during a Native American ceremony. Somehow his employer, a drug rehab center, found out about that and fired him. He applied for state unemployment benefits and he was denied. Oregon's position was using hallucinogens is illegal in our state. You used them. There is no religious exception, so it's your own damn fault you lost your job. We're not paying you unemployment. Mr. Smith argued that this violated his first amendment right to free exercise of religion. The case went all the way to the us Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court ruled against him. The court supported Oregon's position. Their reasoning, and I'm paraphrasing here, Was, what are you nuts? We can't start making religious exceptions to drug laws. Every heroin addict in the country is going to take advantage of that. Laws would mean absolutely nothing. It would be chaos . So he lost, he lost his case. And the legal standard that was announced in Smith was that if a generally applicable, incidentally burdens religious exercise that is not a First Amendment violation. The law will be upheld and the state does not have to create an exception or an accommodation for that religious person. So what does the Supreme Court mean by generally applicable law? The best way to illustrate that is with a counter. Let's talk about Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye versus city of Hialeah. I love this case, not just because it's fun to say, although it it definitely is Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye. I also just find it super interesting and my favorite law professor Douglas Laycock, happens to represent the church. So, first some background. This is where Santeria makes an appearance. And if your only familiarity with Santeria is the Sublime song, you have excellent musical taste. Don't practice Santeria ain't got no crystal ball — just don't pop a cap in Sancho, this is a consistent life ethic conference. By the way, I have no way of knowing if my stupid jokes are landing. So please, please be gentle. Santeria is most commonly practiced in Cuba. It arose from the interaction of African religions brought by enslaved people, and Catholicism brought by colonizers. When Cuban American refugees settled in South Florida, they brought Santeria with them. Santeria worship sometimes involves ritual animal sacrifice, which makes it a very foreign and objectionable, scenario to a white American audience. When a Santeria priest announced that he was opening the Church of the Lukumi Babalu in Hialeah, a Santeria congregation, it did not go over well. As the Supreme Court put it in its opinion, the prospect of a Santeria church in their midst was distressing to many members of the Hialeah community. And the announcement of the plans to open a santaria church in Hialeah prompted the city council to hold an emergency public session on June 9, 1987. That session and some later ones produced numerous resolutions and ordinances, which taken together prohibited the Santeria animal sacrifices. So this went up to the US Supreme Court. And the, the justice said the justices had no trouble figuring out that this was not a generally applicable law. It was a unanimous decision. The city argued, Hey, they we're just promoting animal welfare, and we have legitimate public health concerns as far as the animal remains go. But that was unconvincing because the ordinance. Were just riddled with exceptions for commercial meat production, for hunting, for pest control, and even for kosher slaughter. The court called it a religious gerrymander. I'll quote again from the opinion. The net result of the gerrymander is that few, if any, killings of animals are prohibited other than Santeria's s. Which is prescribed because it occurs during a ritual or ceremony, and its primary purpose is to make an offering to the Orishas, not food consumption. Indeed, careful drafting insured that although Santeria sacrifice is prohibited, killings that are no more necessary or humane in almost all other circumstances are unpunished. In other words, this law was discriminatory. And since the law was not generally applicable, The Smith's standard did not apply. Instead, the court used a much tougher standard, what we call strict scrutiny. There must be a compelling interest in support of the law, and the law must be narrowly tailored to advance that interest with the least religious burden possible. Remember that test: compelling interest, narrowly tailored. That's strict scrutiny. And there's a saying in the legal community: strict in theory, fatal in fact. Meaning hardly anything is going to pass the strict scrutiny test. Hialeah's anti sacrifice — anti sacrifice law, certainly did not, and the church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye emerged victorious. So at this point you might be wondering how this is relevant to anti-abortion laws. After all, we aren't targeting a particular religion. We didn't convene an emergency city — city council session to ban the satanic abortion ritual. We aren't trying to save only the babies conceived by mothers of a particular faith group. We wanna save as many babies as humanly possible. That's how pro-life laws are written. They're broad. They're generally applicable. Yes. Yes. That, that is right. However, The American public really did not like the outcome in Employment Division versus Smith. A lot of people on both sides of the aisle felt that Smith should have won that case, and it's not hard to see why. Right? He's a very sympathetic plaintiff. He wasn't hurting anybody. Native American use of peyote is thousands of years older than the United States itself. The war on drugs really has run a muck here. Why couldn't have Org — why couldn't Oregon have just made an exception for him? Don't we have freedom of religion in this country? And that was bipartisan sentiment at the time. So Congress passed a law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. And what RFRA did was take that compelling interest, strict scrutiny test that was used in Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye and say that's going to be the test for all religious freedom claims, including claims for an exception to a generally applicable law. Now, the federal RFRA only applies to federal laws, but almost half of the states enacted their own state level RFRA. That includes much of the south and also some deep blue New England states. The end result is that whether you are going to take more of a Smith approach or more of a church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye approach depends on where you live. I told you that RFRA was a bipartisan sentiment at the time. Not so much now. Over the years, increasingly high profile RFRA claims involve L G B T issues. For instance, conservative Christian florists seeking exceptions from anti-discrimination laws so that they can refuse to serve same sex weddings. RFRA itself didn't change, but it acquired this anti-gay connotation that left a lot of liberals with a sour taste in their mouths. And like so many other issues, opinions about RFRA grew more and more partisan, more and more polarized. And then the Supreme Court decided Burwell versus Hobby Lobby. This was a huge RFRA case. It was only eight years ago. It got a ton of press and I'm sure many of you already know all about it. But I'm gonna summarize it. So as part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, whatever you wanna call it, I don't care. Employers of a certain size were required to provide contraceptives — coverage for various contraceptives with no copay. Hobby lobby did not object to most of the contraceptive methods on the list, but it identified four that it said weren't really contraceptives, that that was a misnomer. These were really abortifacients. They weren't preventing conception, they were preventing a newly conceived embryo from implanting. Hobby Lobby considered that to be an early abortion, and the company owners' Evangelical Christian faith would not allow them to be complicit in funding their employees abortions. Hobby Lobby brought a case under RFRA. The Supreme Court used that two part strict scrutiny test. Remember: compelling interest and narrowly tailored. The court assumed that the government does have a compelling interest in ensuring access to contraception. It was that second part of the test whether the law is narrowly tailored to advance the compelling interests by the least restrictive means, which is where the contraceptive mandate failed. And that was largely because a religious exception already exists. The Department of Health and Human Services, HHS had created an exception, had had given accommodations to churches and religious non-profits that had a problem with funding contraceptives. In those cases, the government covered the cost without the employer's involvement, thus advancing the compelling interest in contraceptive access without a religious burden. So the accommodation was obviously possible. It was being done. It's just that HHS would not extend that accommodation to Hobby Lobby on the ground that Hobby Lobby was a for profit company. A slim majority of the justices, five to four, said that under RFRA, that doesn't matter. For-profit or nonprofit status doesn't matter. So Hobby Lobby got its exception from the contraceptive mandate. The mandate itself was not struck down, by the way. It's still in effect, albeit with greater, broader, religious exceptions than HHS wanted. Women are still getting their pills. Sky didn't fall, but plenty of people were convinced that the sky was falling and RFRA took another hit in the court of public opinion. So the religious liberty challenges to pro-life laws that we're seeing today are largely RFRA lawsuits. When you read the press about them, the narrative is basically, Ha ha ha, conservatives we're using your religion law against you. Like it's some kind of Gotcha. Hopefully by virtue of this presentation, you understand why that take is ahistorical. But forget the press. Let's take a fair look at the lawsuits themselves, starting with the Satanists. First of all, to correct a myth, Satanists, do not literally worship Satan or even believe in the existence of Satan. Satanism is a naturalistic system, but you do not necessarily need a deity to qualify as a religion under the First Amendment. Sincerely held Moral beliefs will suffice. For purposes of today, satanism is a religion, and Satanists provide a useful public service, in my view, keeping local governments in compliance with the establishment clause. I see you've, put up a 10 Commandments monument. Where do we apply to erect our statue to Baphomet? It's those, it's those guys. You, you've seen the satanists. One of the better known Satanist communities is the Satanic Temple, which follows seven tenets. The first tenet is one should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with roots, in accordance with reason. Unfortunately, that noble tenant goes straight out the window when it comes to abortion. In that case, they emphasize the third tenet: one's body is inviolable, subject to one's own will alone. Classic sovereign zone. The Satanic abortion ritual involves reciting and contemplating that third tenet while getting an abortion. For the purpose of casting off guilt, shame, and mental discomfort that the satanist may be experiencing about the abortion. So the argument is not that abortion is a required part of Satanic practice. It's not like making a hodge. They're not sacrificing babies to earn points. That's not what's going on here. The argument is just that if a satanist is going to have abortion, this is the ritual that goes along with it. And by restricting abortion, you're also restricting the ritual. The Jewish lawsuits, by contrast, Argue that Jewish law actually requires abortion, at least in some circumstances. For instance, the complaint brought against Florida's 15 week ban, which is still pending. That complaint asserts that late term abortion is required under Jewish law, if necessary, to promote the woman's mental wellbeing, which obviously goes far beyond Florida's normal health of the mother exception. To be abundantly clear, that is not a universal interpretation of Jewish law. Those plaintiffs do not speak for all Jews. There are pro-life jews, and Jews are welcome at this conference. Let's assume that we are in a RFRA jurisdiction. If a state wants its pro-life laws to apply universally without granting an exception to anyone who claims a religious freedom to abort, remember what the state has to. One, the law is supported by a compelling interest. And two, the law is narrowly tailored to advance that compelling interest with the least possible burden to religious exercise. We all know what the compelling interest is. It's human life. The plaintiffs will say, Not to our religion, it's not. And I say, Bring on that debate. The science of life at fertilization is settled. And when you read the Dobbs opinion, I don't think you can escape the conclusion that the government now has a legally compelling interest in preventing abortions. Is there any way to promote that compelling interest without creating a religious clash? Not that I see. One day with the development of artificial, artificial wombs? Maybe. That, that would be great. But with current technology, no. So I believe that anti-abortion laws should survive a RFRA challenge. They survive strict scrutiny. The lawsuits will fail. But Kelsey, someone asks, What about strict in theory, fatal in fact? Thank you, person who has been paying attention. You should be skeptical. Can I point to any specific legal precedent that a state's interest in, in protecting human life, and in particular young human life, and preventing human death, can trump a religiously motivated medical decision? Well, folks, I promised you Jehovah's Witnesses, and I'm a woman of my word. Several bible verses prohibit eating blood and instruct Israelites to remove blood from their meat. Jehovah's Witnesses interpret those versions to prohibit not only eating blood through the mouth and digestion, but any consumption of blood, including taking blood intravenously. They oppose blood transfusions on that religious ground. This belief is very sincerely held. Many Jehovah's Witnesses would rather die than accept a blood transfusion. Many have proved it. Normally, we trust parents to make medical decisions for their children, but when Jehovah's Witness parents refuse to allow life saving blood transfusions for their kids, authorities often intervene. And when that happens, the parents go to court demanding vindication of their religious liberty. There's whole line of cases about this going back decades. And most of them cite this powerful quote from the Supreme Court case of Prince versus Massachusetts. Parents may be free to become martyrs themselves, but it does not follow that they are free in identical circumstances to make martyrs of their children. Oddly enough, Prince didn't involve blood transfusion or any other life or death issue. Prince was about a Jehovah's Witness who had her daughter, selling religious pamphlets late at night in violation of a child labor law. But the Supreme Court's rhetorical flourish about making martyrs of your children made it clear how it would come down in a blood transfusion case. And courts across the country took that unsubtle hint. For example, a Washington Court rejected a Jehovah's Witness blood transfusion lawsuit on the compelling authority of Prince. An Ohio Court wrote, no longer can parents virtually exercise the power of life or death over their children. Nor may they abandon him, deny him proper parental care, neglect or refuse to provide him with proper and necessary subsistence education, medical or surgical care, or other care necessary for his health, morals, or wellbeing. And while they may, under certain circumstances, deprive him of his liberty or his property, under no circumstances, with or without due process, with or without religious sanction, are they free to deprive him of his life. That same court went on to say the parents in this case have a perfect right to worship as they please and believe what they please. They enjoy complete freedom of religion, but this right of theirs ends where somebody else's right begins. Their child is a human being in his own right with a soul and body of his own. He has rights of his own. The right to live and grow up without disfigurement. Okay. You're thinking those were all born children. Okay. Allow me to introduce you to the New Jersey case of Hoener versus Bertinato. Mr. And Mrs. Bertinato were Jehovah's Witnesses. Mrs. Bertinato was pregnant with her fourth child. This was an issue of RH incompatibility. I am not qualified to explain that in any detail, so I'll just quote the court. Her first child was born without the necessity of blood transfusions and is a normal child. This accords with the medical testimony at the hearing that the mother's RH blood condition adversely affects the second and subsequent children, but rarely is harmful for the harmful to the first born. Second child needed a blood transfusion immediately. The parents refused and the baby's doctors filed an emergency petition. The court briefly placed that baby in state custody just long enough to accomplish the blood transfusion. The child survived, and the child was returned to the parents. I'll quote again. Gloria Bertinato's third pregnancy resulted in a baby who also — excuse me. Gloria Bertinato's third pregnancy resulted in a baby who admittedly also needed a blood transfusion to save its life, but defendants again refused to permit this on religious grounds. No legal proceedings were instituted to compel the transfusion. The infant died. For baby number four, the county would not allow that tragedy to be repeated. They were ready. Officials filed their lawsuit before the child was born, to ensure that a blood transfusion could occur. The lawsuit, quote, charges that the defendants, by their refusal to authorize the transfusions, are endangering the life of the unborn child, and are therefore neglecting to provide it with proper protection, in violation of New Jersey law. The court acknowledged that the parents' religious objections were sincere. But the parents' constitutional freedom of religion, although accorded the greatest possible respect, must bend to the paramount interest of the state to act in order to preserve the welfare of a child and its right to survive. The court cited Prince and various other Jehovah's Witnesses blood transfusion cases, and then it asked, should the outcome be any different because this child is still in the womb? And the answer was a resounding no. This was pre-roe. So the court embraced the science and stated medical authority recognizes that an unborn child is a distinct biological entity from the time of conception, and many branches of the law afford the unborn child protection throughout the period of gestation. Of course, in the Dobbs era, that protection is finally being restored. A pro-abortion American is free to embrace a religious belief that human life does not begin at fertilization, but she is not free to make a martyr of her child. That concludes my prepared remarks. I appreciate your time, and I look forward to answering your questions. Um, Elizabeth asked, what was the name of this case? I don't know which case you're referring to. All of the cases are in that citation, that link I gave at the beginning. And you should be able to, hold on. Are you talking about the most recent case I was talked? The, the last case I mentioned, Hoener, H O E N E R, versus Bertinato was the case with the, the unborn child of Jehovah's Witness. Love all the jokes in geek. Thank you, . I, I know that we, we cover some dark topics at the Rehumanize Conference. I'm a big believer in, trying to lighten the mood. I don't see much in Q and A tab, so I'm just gonna scroll back through the chat tab. Let me see if there's anything here. , As a fellow lawyer, I feel that caveat to my core. Yes. Thank you, Leah. Um, Oh my God. . Sorry. The poor, poor dog. Okay. Jews have been pro-life for millennia, so Yeah. I, I agree. Joey. Thank you, joey, for rick rolling us . Okay. Um. Ben says, these seem like really strong precedents, especially because some of them are arguably about letting die rather than killing and are thus even stronger than what you'd need in the abortion case. Excellent point, Ben. Yes, I, I certainly, hope that the courts see it the same way. The, the downside to the Jehovahs Witness precedence is that they are older and they are not Supreme Court precedents. But as I mentioned, the, the Supreme Court precedent in Prince, although not about blood transfusions, has, has largely been, taken up in that line of cases. And I think it would, still function in the same way in the unlikely event that one of these religious freedom abortion cases makes its way all the way to our highest court. How would you summarize this to say 240 characters? Like to tweet at Catholics for Choice? You might need a thread , or you can just, link to the eventual video of this presentation. I believe Rehumanize is going to make this footage available, and then we'll get the closed captions going and put it up on YouTube, hopefully within the next few weeks. But yeah, more, more generally, I think, the, I don't know, maybe I should start tweeting at Catholics for Choice about this. What are you seeing in the legal field regarding RFRA changing its function post Roe? I don't know that it's really changing its function necessarily. So some of the plaintiffs, and particularly the satanist plaintiffs, I think are bringing these lawsuits, not solely because they're pro-abortion, although they are — I think they would also, as a, as a strategic matter, like to push on RFRA. I think I, and I think that's why we're seeing the press around it that we're seeing. This is like — even if they were to lose and they, they have to know that they're likely to lose, this is, this is a press thing and this is a, a matter of, trying to, get, get some more public opposition to RFRA. So. I, I don't, I haven't seen a whole lot of traction on that front. I haven't seen any legislatures, taking RFRA off their books, but you never know. . David asks, How long, how do you do your legal prep? Sorry, I'm struggling to read this because other things keep popping up. How do you do your legal research and how long does it take? Did you know most of these cases offhand or did you have to look them up? So I knew some of the big ones offhand. I knew. Employment Division v Smith. I knew Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye. I knew Prince vs. Massachusetts. I knew Hobby Lobby. You know, like I, I refreshed my memory by rereading those opinions, but I knew that that was where I needed to start. And then I did have to do some additional research, when it came to the, the pen — the pending lawsuits, and also the Jehovah's Witness line of cases. I, I, because I am a practicing attorney, I have access to Westlaw, which is the, legal database. That was very helpful. And, you know, also just, I, you know, I started by just doing a general search for law review articles about Jehovah's Witness of blood transfusion that compiled some of the cases. And that was, that was a good start. And I, was definitely working on this presentation as late as last night. So , I'm glad it came together. I am a better procrastinator. But that's, yeah, that's how it all happened. Let's see. Ben asks, Apart from law, what do you think about the ethical argument from religious freedom or religious pluralism, that being pro-life depends on controversial slash contested views about the grounds of personal identity and dignity. And so no one view should be legislated for by a pluralist society. The problem is that your, your law is going to pick a line. That's what laws do. If. That, that that argument, that poor pluralism argument treats birth like it's a neutral line. It's not. The, the law is gonna pick a line and every line is gonna offend somebody . That, that's just, that's just life in a democracy. So I don't, I don't find that argument particularly, persuasive from our loyal opposition. My, I would go a step farther and say that the only neutral way to go about this is to say that, you know, human rights begin when human life begins. And that that has to be defined in a scientific way, rather than a philosophical way because, there, there's, you know, you all of these, different guideposts that are being posed. Bear a lot of resemblance to ensoulment, which would be an establishment of religion. I hope that makes sense. , Given your rationale, how would any abortion be legal without demonstrating an exceptional need such as life of the mother? I, I do oppose abortion other than for the life of the mother. Mother, excuse me. Under Dobbs, the state, it, it is still a state by state thing. I'm getting into — the 14th Amendment argument is definitely beyond the scope of what I can do in the next nine minutes. But the, so, the idea is that you're, you know, the people of a state, through their legislatures, demonstrate what the interests of the state are. Right? So Florida or, you know, let's, you know, take, take like Alabama, right? Alabama has, an active, pretty, pretty strong anti-abortion legislation post Dobbs. That is an indication that the state of Alabama has a compelling interest in preventing abortion and protecting human life. California obviously does not think that it has that compelling interest, so that — I, I don't know if I'm answering your question. But I, I hope, I hope that helps. How can interested people get involved with Secular Pro-life and what are your current needs? Yeah, definitely you can get involved in Secular Pro-life. We are always in need of volunteers. We, look for people to write guest pieces on our blog. We look for translators. We wanna get our message out in languages other than English. You can email me, email@example.com, or you can email our executive director Monica at Monica, secularprolife.org and, get connected to some volunteer opportunities that way. And you can also donate, via our website or our Facebook page. In Canada not long ago, an immigrant couple were convicted of the honor killing of their daughter. The couple sincerely believed that it was their moral duty to kill their daughter, but the majority in Canada, fortunately in the case of that issue, and unfortunately perhaps some other issues imposed their views on the minority. Sometimes it is good to impose views — not a question, a comment supporting something you said. I, yeah, that, that's an excellent example. I would stick with the Jehovah's witness example, just because it's a little less inflammatory. . I, I'm not in the habit of, comparing pro-choice people to supporters of honor killings if I don't have to. I think the Jehovah's Witness comparison is, more diplomatic and civil. But on principle, yes, you are correct. The the same reasons that, you shouldn't be able to, claim a religious exemption to commit an honor killing are, are the same reasons that you shouldn't be able to claim a religious exemption to have abortion. Um, Yeah, neutrality just seems impossible here. No neutrality when lives are on the line. Oh. Maria wrote, We will be publishing a handful of the session recordings on our YouTube in the coming weeks, but all attendees should have immediate access to all the recordings for rewatch and hopin on Monday, and that access will last for a full year. All right. Thank you. Maria. I don't. I'm, I'm guessing that's only for people who bought a ticket, though. I don't think Catholics for Choice bought a ticket. It's their loss. It's their loss. Okay, we've got about five more minutes together and I think I went through everybody's questions we might end earlier, which is, a secular miracle for a conference like this. I see Leah is on Team Westlaw. Yes, Westlaw all the way. I don't use Lexus. Never have. Um, oh. And Herb says, Thank you. All right. Herb, did you wanna come into the presentation and say anything? I was gonna do that, and then I just realized I'm in the same room as Kane who is on a panel right now, so nevermind. I'm leaving Yes, Secular Miracle would be a great band name, absolutely Ray. Hmm. Can you maybe conscience rights for physicians? Oh, can I comment on that? It's a big problem here in Canada. I unfortunately don't know much at all about Canadian law. I don't, to my knowledge, Canada doesn't have something like RFRA. So I am unfortunately not the person to ask. But, yeah, RFRA certainly can be used, for conscience protections in, in some situations. That wasn't within the scope of what I was researching, for this presentation, but I have seen that anecdotally. Um, the danger there, of course is that, you're treating, objection to abortion as inherently religious, which it isn't , but, Okay. Anything else? Always heard Canada is pretty bad for conference rights. Yeah. Yeah. That, that's what I've heard also. Oh, something in the Q and A. Thank you. What do you think of efforts to argue for pro-life conclusions within religions on specifically religious grounds? Eg. Do you think Catholic should be arguing against Catholic for Choice? Primarily just using general moral argument. To avoid creating the impression that it's really a religious issue, or do you think there's a role for intra religious debates to be more well religious? I, I think that if you are part of a religious community, and members of your community are out doing stupid things or unethical things, you should go get your guy. That's, I, I have no problem with you using a religious argument with someone that you know to be religious. Now if you're in a public Twitter argument with Catholics for Choice, then maybe consider that you're not so much trying to persuade them. You're trying to persuade the audience. So in that case you might take a more ve route, but yeah, individually, like in a one on one or small group setting, if you are speaking with co-religionists, I don't have a problem with you, using a religious argument. That's your business. I'm, I'm an atheist. That's, that's not my realm at all. So something came up in chat. Con — that's the problem we're having. Conscience is always being framed as religious, but conscience is not itself exclusive to religion. Yeah. And so that kind of gets back to my point earlier about, satanism being considered a religion. And you, you can see that also in, consci— conscientious objector rules for military, you do not have to be, religious to, to claim, an interest in pacifism. I read about a pastor who has a ministry flying women from places where abortion is illegal to get abortions legally. That's just gross. Okay. I think we are done. Thank you all so much for your time. I am going to maybe hang out a little bit at the Secular Pro-Life Expo booth if anybody wants to continue this conversation. And, yeah. Thank, thank you so much for, for dropping in. I really, and, and for, for asking such thoughtful questions.
https://www.alexvenezia.com Alex Venezia b.1993 Virginia Beach, Virginia; currently lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina. Primarily a self taught painter, Alex Venezia, first became aware of the transcendent power of art during a high-school art lesson on chiaroscuro while examining the works of Caravaggio. This class marked a unique turning point for the young student as he began to consider a vocation in the arts. Searching for new art experiences he frequented the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia where he was able to fill his eyes with the works of the Masters and make copies. Venezia has sought out and studied classical technique with many of todays top representational painters including: Odd Nerdrum, Colleen Barry, Daniel Sprick, Michael Klein, and Jeff Hein. "In his words, Inspiration comes in many forms, and usually far from the easel, but there's nothing like seeing the work of an artist that you hold in high regard in person. It has a way of putting me in my place and motivating me to become a better painter." And so it has. Most recently Venezia took home the 2017 first place prize in the Still Life Competition at the prestigious Grand Central Atelier in New York. Alex Venezia has been a featured artist in Southwest Art Magazine, 21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2016 and BuzzFeed article 5 Artistic Prodigies 21 And Under. He is the recipient of numerous awards and has participated in many group shows throughout the United Sates. He currently lives and maintains a studio w/ painters Michael Klein and Louis Carr in Raleigh, North Carolina. Alison Collins Director, Collins Galleries. Orleans, Massachusetts, USA
https://www.alexvenezia.com Alex Venezia b.1993 Virginia Beach, Virginia; currently lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina. Primarily a self taught painter, Alex Venezia, first became aware of the transcendent power of art during a high-school art lesson on chiaroscuro while examining the works of Caravaggio. This class marked a unique turning point for the young student as he began to consider a vocation in the arts. Searching for new art experiences he frequented the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia where he was able to fill his eyes with the works of the Masters and make copies. Venezia has sought out and studied classical technique with many of todays top representational painters including: Odd Nerdrum, Colleen Barry, Daniel Sprick, Michael Klein, and Jeff Hein. "In his words, Inspiration comes in many forms, and usually far from the easel, but there's nothing like seeing the work of an artist that you hold in high regard in person. It has a way of putting me in my place and motivating me to become a better painter." And so it has. Most recently Venezia took home the 2017 first place prize in the Still Life Competition at the prestigious Grand Central Atelier in New York. Alex Venezia has been a featured artist in Southwest Art Magazine, 21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2016 and BuzzFeed article 5 Artistic Prodigies 21 And Under. He is the recipient of numerous awards and has participated in many group shows throughout the United Sates. He currently lives and maintains a studio w/ painters Michael Klein and Louis Carr in Raleigh, North Carolina. Alison Collins Director, Collins Galleries. Orleans, Massachusetts, USA
End-of-year planning has officially begun. My days are filled with questions about tax loss harvesting, end-of-year retirement contributions, and a plethora of inquiries about Roth conversions. It's always been my preference here on Thoughts On Money to tackle the “softer side” of financial planning, and I typically veer away from the more technical or nuanced topics. Primarily because these topics can be a bit of a snooze for the average reader, and my hope is that you would collaborate with your advisor/CPA/attorney for that type of personalized technical planning. My real aspiration as a personal finance writer is to teach you how to think. With that said, I'd like to talk about a more technical topic today – Roth conversions. I will keep us more focused on the why as opposed to the how, and we will dive into some of the considerations that I think are often forgotten or glazed over. Let's start simple – what is a Roth conversion? Under the current tax code, an investor can elect to convert a portion or all of their traditional IRA (pre-tax monies) to a Roth IRA. Each dollar converted is considered taxable income, and the benefit is that the Roth account will then grow tax-free. Links mentioned in this episode: http://thoughtsonmoney.com http://thebahnsengroup.com
Link to bioRxiv paper: http://biorxiv.org/cgi/content/short/2022.11.18.517108v1?rss=1 Authors: Friedenberger, Z., Naud, R. Abstract: A neuron's input-output function is commonly understood in terms of the fluctuation-driven and mean-driven regimes. Here we investigate how active dendrites falling in either regime shape the input-output function and find that dendritic input primarily controls interspike interval dispersion, a prediction that is validated with dual patch clamp recordings. This phenomenon can be understood by considering that neurons display not two, but three fundamental operating regimes, depending on whether dendritic spikes or the somatic input reach threshold. Copy rights belong to original authors. Visit the link for more info Podcast created by Paper Player, LLC
THIS WEEK on the GWA Podcast, we interview Dr Dorothy Price on one of the most acclaimed artists ever to live, the great German Expressionist, KATHE KOLLWITZ! Dorothy Price is an indefatigable pioneer. Not only has she been instrumental as a specialist in German Expressionism, Weimar Culture and Black British Art, with a specific focus on women artists, but she has authored numerous books and articles in both areas. But today we are meeting because her latest exhibition, Making Modernism, opens at the Royal Academy of Arts, London this month, focussing on a group of women artists all of whom were active in Germany in the first few decades of the twentieth century. The exhibition seeks to look again at histories of modernism through the eyes of its female practitioners and is the first group exhibition of women artists at the Royal Academy for over 20 years: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/making-modernism So today we are going to be discussing one of these artists: Kathe Kollwitz, the pioneering German Expressionist who documented, through a socially conscious lens, the working classes and unemployed, and was a master at capturing the emotive intensity of her subjects, their vulnerabilities and hardship. Primarily a printmaker, Kollwitz took psychological intensity to new heights with her often stark portrayals of the grief-stricken and oppressed. Depicting mothers and children wrenched apart by death; individuals filled with anguish and in mourning; poverty, love, hatred and war ‒ Kollwitz's compassionate images reveal the grim rawness of reality observed through a deeply sensitive lens. Socially conscious and created with acute feeling (she once wrote, ‘I agree with my art serving a purpose'), her work still speaks truth to the world we live in today. Born in Eastern Prussia, Kollwitz, having witnessed the physical and emotional effects of industrialisation, used printmaking to record the bleakness and inequalities of life. Immediate, accessible and at times cheap, printmaking enables an artist to produce both intricately detailed images and bold graphic forms. Follow us: Katy Hessel: @thegreatwomenartists / @katy.hessel Research assistant: Viva Ruggi Sound editing by Nada Smiljanic Artwork by @thisisaliceskinner Music by Ben Wetherfield https://www.thegreatwomenartists.com/ -- Making Modernism:Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin at the RA: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/making-modernism https://www.kollwitz.de/en/biography https://www.kaethe-kollwitz.berlin/en/kaethe-kollwitz/biography/ https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/term/BIOG34072 Print cycle: A Weaver's Revolt (1892-97): https://www.kollwitz.de/en/cycle-weavers-revolt-overview -- Head of a Child in its Mother's Hands (Study of the Down Trodden) (1900): https://www.germanexpressionismleicester.org/leicesters-collection/artists-and-artworks/kaethe-kollwitz/head-of-a-child-in-its-mothers-hands-(study-of-the-down-trodden)/ https://www.kollwitz.de/en/cycle-peasants-war-overview https://www.kollwitz.de/en/woman-with-dead-child-kn-81 https://www.kollwitz.de/en/pair-of-lovers-sculpture-en-bronze Print cycle: War (completed 1921-1922) https://www.kollwitz.de/en/series-war-overview -- THIS EPISODE IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY CHRISTIES: www.christies.com
It's cold and flu season! Be careful out there. Practice caution. But if you happen to catch a case, Margaux and Carly join us to talk about what to do about it. Primarily we want you to do what you can as you recover. Don't stress about macros, don't stress about eating right. Just get rest and hydrate. That's the main takeaway.
We grew up hearing about and watching the Haynes sisters from afar, so to have them as guests on the show is a bit of a "pinch me" moment. If you are looking for some inspiring kick-ass, female empowered stories...you've come to the right place.The Haynes sisters need no introduction if you are from the Kingston area. However, for those of you who are not local, here is a little glimpse into who/what they are all about. After a beautiful afternoon of enjoying charcuterie and quality time together, we sit down with Heather and Whitney who share their respective journeys from dream to manifested success.Heather Haynes began her artistic career in 1995 after studying Visual Arts at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. In 2005, she entered the gallery circuit and since then has had the opportunity to show work in galleries and exhibits throughout North America. A fierce vexation in gender inequality took Haynes to one of the world's most despairing places, The Democratic Republic of Congo. There, she witnessed the impact of unspeakable cruelty and systemic injustices at every turn. She vowed to help in whatever way she could, intent on finding an accessible avenue. Haynes continues creating social justice art, as her current work tackles issues of gender inequality. She believes that the most certain way for our world to recover environmentally, economically and socially, is to support, empower, and educate young girls; and yet females continue to face inequality, violence and fear, especially in developing countries.Whitney Haynes was a jewelry designer and silversmith based out of Kingston, Ontario. Primarily self-taught, Haynes pursued her interest in becoming a maker while simultaneously working as a consumer product developer and buyer in Toronto. With a large leap of faith she, and her husband, moved their family to Kingston where she began to focus on her jewelry making full-time. Whitney is now retired and lives in Gananoque with her husband. She focuses her efforts in growing Heather's founded charity, The Art Of Courage.Although both of their paths were different; Heather always choosing to follow her calling and Whitney choosing the safer corporate route before finding her joy in jewellery, they both did answer the call and are beautiful examples of what happens when you believe in yourself and pursue your passion.Press play to hear both of these women's incredible stories. You will not be disappointed.And to you Heather and Whitney, thank you for honouring OMJ with your presence. It was a dream come true and we feel so blessed to share your profound journey with our audience. As always, we wish you a life filled with joy and abundance, Sam & Micki--DATES CHANGED for Our 3 Day Live Online Event: Becoming a Conscious Manifester Course!!DOORS ARE NOW OPEN!November 23rd-25th 2022 at 11am EST - *Classes will be recorded for future viewingDM us on instagram if you have any questions.__Did this conversation resonate with you? Be sure to share it on Instagram or with someone you know!Let's continue the conversation! Join the OMJ Facebook Community Check out our FREE Getting Aligned Playbook!!Want a channeled message from Micki? Apply
We had the opportunity to sit down with a little known gem of the predator fly fishing community from Minnesota. August West is a pike fly angler from the land of 10,000 lakes. August likes to tie big flies and go after a variety of fish species around Minnesota. Primarily a stillwater angler, his favorite predator species is the pike, but he also enjoys panfish and bass in the fly as well. Check out August on IG @augustonthefly , there you will find a link to his Etsy store where you can purchase his brush buster flies he uses to target pike. And as always, please check out our awesome sponsors and let them know that you heard about them from us! Angry Rooster Fly Company Apply 10% off to Tying Tools with the promo code "WCFTOOLS10". Apply 15% off to Necks and Capes with the promo code "WCFHACKLE15". Apply 15% off to All Hooks with the promo code "WCFHOOKS15". Lid Rig “WCF15” Maxxon Outfitters “working15” Troutlander Nets “WorkingClass10” in order notes
We start this week's episode sharing our grief as it relates to the passing of Kevin Conroy and Leo Anthony Gallagher Jr. Then to lift our spirits we shift our focus to the video games we have been playing lately. Primarily it's a lot of talk about Vampire Survivors now that it has been officially released but we find the time to sprinkle in some talk about Sonic Frontiers, God of War: Ragnarok, and the current stage of console gaming. We finish with an almost painfully spoiler free review of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” as both of your Say Reporters are still processing their experience with it.
Welcome to The Nonlinear Library, where we use Text-to-Speech software to convert the best writing from the Rationalist and EA communities into audio. This is: Noting an unsubstantiated belief about the FTX disaster, published by Yitz on November 13, 2022 on The Effective Altruism Forum. There is a narrative about the FTX collapse that I have noticed emerging as a commonly-held belief, despite little concrete evidence for or against it. The belief goes something like this: Sam Bankman Fried did what he did primarily for the sake of "Effective Altruism," as he understood it. Even though from a purely utilitarian perspective his actions were negative in expectation, he justified the fraud to himself because it was "for the greater good." As such, poor messaging on our part may be partially at fault for his downfall. This take may be more or less plausible, but it is also unsubstantiated. As Astrid Wilde noted on Twitter, there is a distinct possibility that the causality of the situation may have run the other way, with SBF as a conman taking advantage of the EA community's high-trust environment to boost himself. Alternatively (or additionally), it also seems quite plausible to me that the downfall of FTX had something to do with the social dynamics of the company, much as Enron's downfall can be traced back to [insert your favorite theory for why Enron collapsed here]. We do not, and to some degree cannot, know what SBF's internal monologue has been, and if we are to update our actions responsibly in order to avoid future mistakes of this magnitude (which we absolutely should do), we must deal with the facts as they most likely are, not as we would like or fear them to be. All of this said, I strongly suspect that in ten years from now, conventional wisdom will hold the above belief as being basically cannon, regardless of further evidence in either direction. This is because it presents an intrinsically interesting, almost Hollywood villain-esque narrative, one that will surely evoke endless "hot takes" which journalists, bloggers, etc. will have a hard time passing over. Expect this to become the default understanding of what happened (from outsiders at least), and prepare accordingly. At the same time, be cautious when updating your internal beliefs so as not to assume automatically that this story must be the truth of the matter. We need to carefully examine where our focus in self-improvement should lie moving forward, and it may not be the case that a revamping of our internal messaging is necessary (though it may very well be in the end; I certainly do not feel qualified to make that final call, only to point out what I recognize from experience as a temptingly powerful story beat which may influence it). Primarily on the Effective Altruism forum, but also on Twitter. See e.g. "pro fanaticism" messaging from some community factions, though it should be noted that this has always been a minority position. With roughly 80% confidence, conditional on 1.) No obviously true alternative story coming out about FTX that totally accounts for all their misdeeds somehow, and 2.) This post (or one containing the same observation), not becoming widely cited (since feedback loops can get complex and I don't want to bother accounting for that). Thanks for listening. To help us out with The Nonlinear Library or to learn more, please visit nonlinear.org.
Retired Major Mark Volker (USMC) shares his path with yoga and how the practice has helped him develop the mind-body connection, learn to make better choices off the mat and be a teacher and leader for others in need. He's a certified yoga and meditation teacher, Warriors at Ease graduate and Level 1 instructor. Mark is also a team lead at Semper Fi Odyssey where he works with injured and combat-wounded U.S. Marines and other service members through their transition back to a life out of uniform but continued service to the country. SFO is a six-day, holistic transition-assistance program that provides injured and critically ill active-duty military service members and veterans an opportunity to not only gain valuable employment resources, but also life planning skills to assist with their re-entry into the civilian sector. Primarily focused on their career advancement, SFO also reinforces the significance of mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, and social well-being, to ensure long-term success for these individuals. https://www.outdoorodyssey.org/veteran-active-duty-programs.
Speaker 1 (00:00): Hello, and thanks for joining the podcast. My guest today is Dr. Sarah Skinner. She's the owner of Classic City Gourmet Mushrooms. And with Veterans Day on Friday, it just seemed appropriate to share her journey to becoming a mushroom farmer because it's directly connected the time that she spent in the Army. And she may have left the Army 12 years ago, but she's never really stopped advocating for veterans. She's now a professor of social work at the University of Georgia. She's even designed courses that help other clinicians working with veterans and military families. And as you're about to hear, while she has no desire to be the mushroom queen, farming itself has really become an important part of her healing process because of the hope that's found in growing things and investing in the future. Speaker 1 (00:46): Welcome to More Than a Mile, a local food podcast from Market Wagon focused on connecting you to local food through farmer stories from across America. I'm Nick Carter, your host, a farmer and CEO and co-founder of Market Wagon. We are your online farmer's market with a mission to enable food producers to thrive in their local and regional markets. Food is so much more than just nutrients and calories. It's actually the fabric that holds us together. Thanks for joining me for this episode of More Than a Mile, and thank you for buying local food. It's one critical step in making an investment in food for future generations. Well, my guest today is Sarah. Sarah, thanks for joining us. Speaker 2 (01:28): Yeah, no Speaker 1 (01:29): Problem. Yeah, I love your story. You know, as time of recording, we are coming up on Veterans Day. So it's a time of year. Everybody acknowledges, you know, the sacrifices of veterans have made throughout the generations in our country. Seems like every day's Veteran's Day for you though, right? This is a, a lived reality. Speaker 2 (01:48): That is true. Speaker 1 (01:49): So we're gonna talk about your service and how that's brought us around to growing mushrooms. But I just wanna start at the beginning and first of all, say thank you for serving our, our country to you and your husband. Speaker 2 (02:02): Thank you for your support. Speaker 1 (02:04): Of course. How did you get, you know, today you're a mushroom farmer. You started in the Army. How did you get, how did you decide to join the army Right outta high school? Speaker 2 (02:14): . So I didn't actually, So I grew up as a military brat. My dad was a lifelong army soldier. And so kind of growing up I was very adamant of like, I'm never gonna go in the army. No way. And then after high school, I did one semester in college and it didn't go very great . And so I was like, Hm, Army's not looking so bad now. So, so yeah, after I did one semester of college and then I joined the Army mostly to kind of help me get back to college, but it turns out I loved it. And I really had a wonderful experience. Yeah, Speaker 1 (02:55): That is I really love that because I grew up son of a farmer and swore I'm never gonna be a farmer. And then I dropped out of college and now I farm. So we had a lot of things in common except I didn't join the military. So you grew up in military family. You, you met your husband in the military, right? Speaker 2 (03:15): That's correct, Yeah. Speaker 1 (03:17): At West Point. Speaker 2 (03:18): That's right. Yeah. So after I was in the Army for a couple years, so I enlisted originally, and so I was enlisted for a couple of years. And then I was given the opportunity to apply to West Point and I was accepted. Yeah. And so while I was there, I did my husband. Yeah, yeah, yeah. And we've been married for 20 years now. We just did our 20th reunion this past weekend. Speaker 1 (03:44): Congratulations. Speaker 2 (03:45): Yeah. Speaker 1 (03:46): And your husband also was in the Army? Speaker 2 (03:48): Yep. Yep. It's a requirement after graduating. So we both graduated and our senior year was when nine 11 happened. Oh. So our senior year of college was you know, 2001, two, we graduated two and pretty much we were both, you know, immediately deployed to Iraq. Speaker 1 (04:08): So your newlyweds on deployment Yep. Speaker 2 (04:11): Is that Speaker 1 (04:12): Hard? Speaker 2 (04:14): The hard part was most, most of the time we were separated. Yeah. But there was a brief point where we were both deployed to Baghdad at the same time. So I was on one side of the river, he was on the other side of the river. And so there were a few times we were able to actually visit at this distinct memory of like, you know, sitting on top of a security point with my husband at night watching the tracers, , you know, in the sky overhead. And, and it's something that we kind of go back to in our marriage, you know, when things are going rough or the kids were crazy or whatever, we say, Well, nobody's shooting at us. We're okay. Speaker 1 (04:53): Yeah. It could be worse. Could be worse. A lot of people say that and you guys really have lived it. Speaker 2 (04:58): Yeah, yeah. Like literally nobody's shooting at us. We're okay. Speaker 1 (05:02): Yeah. Wow. So I want to talk about how the, this military journey brings you into providing food for your local community. So speaking of things being difficult, you, you also gardened while in the Army? Speaker 2 (05:19): Yes. Speaker 1 (05:21): Now I have family in the Army. And you even talked about being a military brat, which indicates, you know, you, you moved around a lot. Mm-Hmm. gardens are usually like, literally putting down roots. Is is that hard to do? Speaker 2 (05:35): Yes. Yeah. But it was, I mean, it was kind of, it was a, it was a very important part of sort of my upbringing. So yes, I was a military brat. I grew up moving around. But even so both sets of my grandparents were farmers in Michigan. And so every summer I would go and stay with them and help them on the farm, you know, hoing beans or whatever else, you know, we had to do. And and so my, my mother, when we were growing up, wherever we were stationed, she would always make sure she had a garden. And so I'd help her plant. And so I, I kind of just, it was a natural thing wherever I was, if it was a house plant was all I could manage. I would do that if I, you know, if I had some space I would, you know, plant some flowers or some tomatoes or whatever. So I've, I've been doing that forever wherever I went. Speaker 1 (06:25): So on, on bases all across the US there's a, a garden in the backyard of, of some housing unit there that you started. Do you think people kept it up after you left Speaker 2 (06:36): Germany? I don't wanna know. . Speaker 1 (06:39): You don't wanna know. Speaker 2 (06:40): That's the one thing about moving. I've, I've gone back before, you know, to a place I lived and, and seen that the, you know, the new tenants of, you know, raised my garden and it makes me very sad. So I'd rather just not know and believe that they're enjoying you know, what I left. But yeah. Yeah. So not just the United States. Also in Germany I even on my first appointment, my mom sent me flower seeds while I was in Iraq. And they didn't take, and that was probably a good thing, . Speaker 1 (07:12): Yeah, there's, yeah, Speaker 2 (07:13): There's Speaker 1 (07:14): A large body of literature about not sending seeds across the different continents. . Speaker 2 (07:18): Yeah. That was probably not a good idea, but it was just such a natural thing for her to do. Oh, sure. Yeah. So appreciated the thought, Speaker 1 (07:27): . So when did you decide to leave the Army and, and how did how did that take place? Speaker 2 (07:33): So I left the Army in 2007. And it was actually, I, I did two deployments to Iraq. I was injured on my second deployment, so we made a decision as a family after that to get out of the military. Speaker 1 (07:50): So in 2007, you make the decision as a family to get outta the military. Did you have kids at that, did you say as a family? So did you have kids? Speaker 2 (07:58): Yes. Yeah. So I just had my oldest son he was eight months old when we got out, so he was a baby. And my husband and I made a decision at that point because, you know, like I said, I did two deployments. He did two, two deployments. And so our first five years of marriage, we had only been together in the same place for four months consecutively. And Speaker 1 (08:25): Wait, cumulatively, no, consecutive Speaker 2 (08:28): Like four months Speaker 1 (08:28): Consecutive. The longest consecutive time together Speaker 2 (08:31): Exactly was four months. And so so we, you know, we knew that if we stayed in, we were gonna be separated again. And, and now we had a baby in the mix. So we, you know, just kind of decided on top of everything else that, that we were gonna try our hand at civilian life. Speaker 1 (08:48): Okay. So you said your first semester at college didn't go all that well, then you became a West Point graduate mm-hmm. . And now is it Dr. Sarah Skinner? Speaker 2 (08:58): It is Dr. Sarah Skinner. Yeah. Speaker 1 (09:00): So tell me about your, your doctorate work, how you, you went back for a PhD. Speaker 2 (09:04): Yeah. Well, so after I got out of the Army in 2007, I was doing a lot of volunteer work for an organization called Iraq and Afghanistan, Veterans of America. And it was through that work that I learned that there was a a shortage of mental health workers kinda nationwide. Cause that was one of the things we were advocating for is more mental health services for veterans. And so at that point I was like, Well, why not me? So I decided to go back and get my master in social work. So I did that in nine. Got that. And then after a couple of years I decided to get my PhD. And so I came to University of Georgia here in Athens. Speaker 1 (09:53): And does a lot of the social work that you focus on InCorp, is it focused on military, military veterans? Speaker 2 (10:01): It is. So that is something that, that I've enjoyed researching and, and also sort of a program that I brought to University of Georgia. I developed a course on military social work for the University of Georgia. And it's a graduate and undergraduate level. And I also put together a military social work certificate program that we're hopefully gonna be implementing soon in order to certify mental health workers in the state of Georgia to work more competently with the military population. Speaker 1 (10:35): Yeah. That's awesome. And does gardening and, and growing food intersect with that work? Speaker 2 (10:42): Maybe not that particularly, but it, I will say that it was a very important part of my sort of healing after serving in Iraq and after, you know, getting outta the military, I have this distinct memory of when I was flying out of the desert for the last time and I was flying into Germany, looking out the window of the airplane, and I could just see the, the deep rich, like browns and greens of, you know, Germany in contrast to having been in the desert. And it, it just kind of sticks in my mind of, you know, all that life that's in, you know, vegetation, the soil as being kind of, you know, being home and being kind of surrounded by like living and nurturing myself. So I have kind of thrown, I threw myself into really gardening and growing things. And it was very meaningful for me, very healing. And I know the same is true for a lot of veterans there. I mean, there are a lot of programs nationwide that combine kinda veterans in agriculture because it turns out it's actually a really good fit for a lot of veterans working in agriculture, Speaker 1 (12:04): Not only professionally. I mean, they probably have the experience of hard work, they can do what it takes to, to run a farm. But it sounds like at a little bit more of a, a deeper level it's meaningful and impactful work. Speaker 2 (12:19): Yes, exactly. I mean, yes, we know that that farming is hard work, right? And there's a lot of uncertainty. And so veterans are kind of uniquely able to handle sort of the, the stress of it. But yeah, it's actually, I, I feel like there's hope inherent in the act of planting something, right. So it's kinda a, a bet on the future every time you put a seed in the ground or in my case, you know, inoculate some, you know, wood with mushroom MyUM. It's a same kind of thing that you're, you're besting in the future Speaker 1 (12:54): Yeah. And able to bring about creation and flourishing and not disruption. Exactly. Speaker 2 (13:00): Exactly. Yeah. Speaker 1 (13:01): Yeah. Wow. So let's talk about mushrooms then. Speaker 2 (13:05): Yeah, so I, like I said, I've always kind of gardened and brew food and that sort of thing. And then when we moved into not where I'm living right now, but one of my former, I was putting together my garden and there was parts of my yard or, you know, land where it was very shady mm-hmm. . And, you know, I, I kind of used up every like square foot of sunlight that there was available. And so I was like, Well, what can I do now? So then I started kind of investigating mushrooms. So I started growing mushrooms probably around 13 years ago, I think now. Wow. and I started with the way a lot of people do, like inoculating logs and that sort of thing. And, and it was, it was fun and I enjoyed it and there were some mushrooms for my family. But really once the pandemic hit, you know, and I, I found myself with all this time, that's when I kind of really got serious about it. I did a lot more investigating into like indoor mushroom cultivation. And so it turns out I just really loved it because it is so quick compared to traditional gardening, You know, I can inoculate with oyster mushroom illium and you know, from the time of inoculation to the time of harvesting can be, you know, four to six weeks. Really? Yeah. Which is really fast. Speaker 1 (14:30): And does it, so in in produce gardening, we have this term called cut and come back. A lot of lettuces are cut and come back. Is, are mushrooms the same way where you can harvest and then it'll regrow just like lettuce will regrow its own leave? Speaker 2 (14:43): Yes, to a certain extent. They will, they will regrow until they consume basically all the nutrients that are in whatever substrate they're growing in. So I can usually get, you know, two or three flushes from, you know, one of my blocks. Now if I'm talking about logs, you know, those can produce for years. Speaker 1 (15:04): Got it. What, what are the nutrients that these mushrooms need? Cause I'm, I'm thinking entirely in terms of you know, I, I I raise produce. Yeah. you probably don't need a lot of nitrogen, right? Speaker 2 (15:17): No, no. A little bit is good, but it's mostly carbon based and carbon and lignin and I feel like I need to go get out one of my mushrooms so that I'm really accurate. But yeah, I mean mostly if you think of like out the, the woods or whatever, you know, mushrooms are for the most part it's de course, right? So they're growing on debt or decaying things. They're part of the process of breaking down. Speaker 1 (15:46): Yeah. They're a primary decomposer material. Speaker 2 (15:48): Exactly. There you go. So yeah, that's basically what they need is, is something to grow on. And it's usually, you know, sawdust wood almost everything I grow grows on hardwood of subtype Speaker 1 (16:03): And they don't require the same sunlight requirements that, you know, I need in order to get a produce crop so you can grow 'em in a shade. They actually prefer that, Speaker 2 (16:11): Yes, but not total shade. And I think that's a misunderstanding a lot of folks have. There are some mushrooms that can grow or, or prefer like, you know, a darkness. And I think most of the kind of grocery store mushrooms that you think of, theus, those, you know, do grow best in, in a shade, total shade. But most of the mushrooms that I grow, lions main oysters, those are mushrooms that you would find growing in the forest. So you think, you know, dappled sunlight yeah. And, and so that's basically what all I need. Not as much as you would need like in a greenhouse or, or whatever, but yeah, I do have to have light for, you know, eight to 12 hours a day. Speaker 1 (16:52): But nothing that you're selling is foraged, right? This is all cultivated mushrooms. Speaker 2 (16:57): Yes. I don't do any foraging. So I'm not sure about other places, but in Georgia you have to have a foraging license. Indiana Speaker 1 (17:05): Is the same. And, and we have a mushroom here. I don't know if it grows in Georgia, the morels. Speaker 2 (17:10): Oh yes. Yeah. I get, Speaker 1 (17:12): Yeah. Yeah. Do you, do you, do you actually forage some that you don't that for your own enjoyment? Speaker 2 (17:18): I try. Okay. Yeah. So I, I do try to forage. So every time I'm out on a hike, I'm constantly looking Yeah. For mushrooms and drive my family crazy. Cause they're like, you know, could you speed up? I'm like trying to look at, you know, under logs and everything. But I'm not, I'm not really great at foraging. And so and I tell that to my customers all the time. Speaker 1 (17:43): It's, and side note for our listeners don't eat in just any mushroom that you happen to find in the forest. I think most people know that, that, but I, I really don't want to get sued as the host of more than a mile here, . Thank Speaker 2 (17:53): You. Well then you can cut this out, but I always say you know, you can try any mushroom at least once. Speaker 1 (17:59): , we can say that as long as everyone knows it's a punchline, you may not be able to try anything after you've tried that mushroom. Speaker 2 (18:06): Yeah. But that's an advantage for me of growing my mushrooms cuz I know exactly what I'm growing and what I'm getting. And also I don't have to fight with the bugs, you know, Cause I'm, I get to harvest them exactly when they're ready. So I don't have to worry about, you know, them being past, you know, crime or any of that. Speaker 1 (18:23): Of course. So you grow, do you grow any indoors or is it all outdoors? Speaker 2 (18:28): No, actually most of the stuff I grow is indoors. So my lions made and my oyster mushrooms are all grown indoors. Most of my shataki though I do have some shataki outside. I, I only have a couple types of mushrooms that I have outdoor beds for, and that is ra mushrooms. Okay. So I like to grow those ones outside and they do well here in Georgia cause it's hot. And I also do mine caps, which is a garden. It's also known as garden giant or the garden wander. It's a wonderful mushroom that likes to grow in mulch. So and my talkies is another one that I'm kind of experimenting with out in the car. Speaker 1 (19:13): Okay. Yeah. Which one's easier growing indoors or outdoors Speaker 2 (19:18): For indoors? Absolutely. Cause I can control the humidity levels. I can control the, the temperature. I love growing outdoors, but it's sometimes it's a surprise, you Speaker 1 (19:29): Know, way that you're the, the mercy of mother nature. Right. Speaker 2 (19:32): A hundred percent. So if you get a dry spell, you're just, you know. Yeah. Speaker 1 (19:37): What should we picture? Everybody has an idea of what a garden looks like and maybe even what a greenhouse looks like for indoor growing, but can you help our listeners understand what does it look like? Is it a, a plank of wood that you've, you keep wet all the time? Or, or what, what's it gonna look like if we saw your indoor growing? Speaker 2 (19:54): So no, it's actually, it looks like a, it's a, I have a couple grow rooms and those are just rooms that I have shelves in those. And on the shelves are bags and the bags contained sawdust and the mushroom mye. And so the mushrooms actually grow out of those bags. And so, yeah. Speaker 1 (20:19): So you use sawdust instead of logs Primarily? Speaker 2 (20:22): Yes. Primarily I use sawdust. I, like I said, some of my outdoor stuff, I definitely use logs, but the indoor stuff is all grown on sawdust and I enriched the sawdust with a little wheat brand or like shredded bee holes beat pulp. Speaker 1 (20:39): Got it. Yeah. What's your favorite? Speaker 2 (20:41): It changes with the seasons, So I'll say in the warm weather I really, really love golden oysters. They're, they're kind of sweet a little nutty but like after the long summer that we've had in Georgia, I'm kind of like over the golden oysters. And so I'm starting to get some of the cold weather mushrooms. And so this time of year I love black pearl oysters. It's a hybrid mushroom. It's combination of like a oyster and a a king trumpet. Okay. And it's really meaty, very dense. And it's got kind of a peppery smokey flavor. It's just amazing time of year. Speaker 1 (21:21): That's really I, now I'm hungry for fried mushrooms. Do you fry it? Yeah, Speaker 2 (21:25): I, yes. If you name it, that's, I will make mushrooms that way. But I mean, I always tell everybody if they don't know what to do with the mushroom, then just go ahead and saute it, right? Mm-Hmm. . So that's the best way to kinda try. Speaker 1 (21:37): You can't go wrong with maybe a little bit of breading and fried and butter. I don't think you can do anything wrong that way. Speaker 2 (21:43): That's true. For just about anything. That's Speaker 1 (21:45): True. For anything that's edible. Right? Speaker 2 (21:47): Yeah. How Speaker 1 (21:47): Do I cook these Pop Tarts? Well, listen, just fry and butter, you're gonna be Speaker 2 (21:51): Fine. There you go. Speaker 1 (21:52): . So you started growing mushrooms just last year, 2001, or sorry, 2021. Skipped a couple of decades ago. Speaker 2 (22:00): Well, I, I started growing mushrooms. I, like I said, it's been probably about 13 or 14 years, but I started classic city gourmet mushrooms a little over a year ago. Speaker 1 (22:10): So. So you turned this passion into a business? Yes. A little over a year ago I started classic city gor Speaker 2 (22:15): Mushrooms. That's correct. Yeah. Speaker 1 (22:17): Okay. What, where do you go when you, when you wanna sell mushrooms, you say, I'm gonna grow a large volume of mushrooms. How do you find a market for that? Is it, is it a lot of chefs? Was it farmer's markets? What did that look like? Speaker 2 (22:31): Well I started with farmer's markets, so I, I've sold at a couple farmers markets locally, so we're fortunate. In our area. We have a lot of large and small farmers markets and and so that was a great way to kind of get a feel for, you know, the demand. And fortunately the demand was really good. People love mushrooms and they're, you know, wanted lots of it. I have sold to a couple restaurants locally a couple farm stores. And then of course I sell through a market wagon, which is my favorite online farmer's market. Speaker 1 (23:10): Thank you. That's great. We love to know that there's a vibrant market for what people produce. We know that market wagon is one way that consumers get food delivered to their door. But farmers' markets are fantastic. They're, they're a fantastic experience. Great way to, to meet customers face to face and then to know that there's some chefs and restaurants that support is really important. Yeah. where do you wanna see this going in the future? Speaker 2 (23:37): I, I do feel like I, I will be expanding within the next few years. But I really desire to keep it very local. I think that's sort of where my heart is. Speaker 1 (23:49): You don't wanna be the mushroom queen of America. Speaker 2 (23:51): No, I definitely don't. I have zero desire to do that. But I really love the, the community that I get by, you know, being a farmer and being part of a farming community in my area. So when I'm at the farmer's markets, it's it really does feel like being part of a community cuz I, I know my other vendors I know my customers, I see them face to face. You know, I have regulars who come every week. Same on market wagon. I have regulars who subscribe to my mushrooms and yeah, you know, they communicate with me regularly about what they're doing with them. And so that feels really nice. It feels good to have those kind of relationships. So I think that's very important to me. I love living here in Athens and in this part of Georgia. And so yeah. I'm, I'm very much embedded here. Speaker 1 (24:46): What about your boys? Are they involved in the mushroom growing? Speaker 2 (24:49): Yes. Whether they like it or not. ? No, they're, they're wonderful. They've, they've learned kind of every part of the mushroom growing operation. And they've been really helpful at the markets, so they love the opportunity to earn a little bit of extra money. And they're just, you know, they're really helpful at setting up and taking down and, and they know all about the mushrooms and can talk about 'em with customers too, So, so yeah, it's a family operation. Speaker 1 (25:17): That's really neat. That's really neat. If our listeners wanted to connect with you more, follow you online where are they gonna find you? Speaker 2 (25:24): Well, I mean, we're on Facebook and Instagram and you could of course check out my website, which is just classic city gourmet mushroom.com. Speaker 1 (25:33): Well, Dr. Sarah Skinner, it has been awesome hearing your story. Speaker 2 (25:36): Awesome. It was good to meet you, Speaker 1 (25:38): Nick. You as well. Thanks for joining us. Thanks for listening to this episode of More Than a Mile. Be sure to sign up for Market firstname.lastname@example.org or after downloading the Market Wagon app for iOS or Android. 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Bride Rewarded; Factious and Apostates Judged (13) (Audio) David Eells - 11/6/22 3 out of 4 Will Fall Away Claire Pienaar - 10/26/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed I was watching three different people in bathroom stalls. (As we will see, these three individuals represent the three out of four in the parable of the sower that fell away. Claire represents a corporate body of the one out of the four that bore fruit 30, 60, and 100 fold. Mat. 13:8 and others fell upon the good ground, and yielded fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Jesus' interpretation: 23 And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; who verily beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.) These stalls were adjacent to a communal dining hall where there was a large wooden table and wooden chairs. (The bathroom stalls represent each believer's call to get rid of the waste of the old man. The communal dining hall with large wooden table represents the Body of Christ coming together to feast on the Word, by resting on the works of the Cross). (Riaan: The bathroom stalls not only represent a place where you are supposed to get rid of all fleshly waste, but they can also represent cubicles of self-works, like working in an office). (Gal. 5:4 Ye are severed from Christ, ye who would be justified by the law; ye are fallen away from grace.) This area looked like a rehab center. (The rehab center represents the rehabilitation process of the washing of water with the Word which delivers us from our fleshly idols and sinful addictions.) It appeared to me that these people were in different stages of “sanctification” or rehab. (There are many stages of sanctification after our initial salvation experience, but if we don't endure in our trials until the end we won't keep our salvation. Mat. 10:22 ...he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.) It looked like the first one (Ella) had overcome the initial addiction or sins and replaced it with something else. (The flesh is always looking for something to hang onto so that it can live. Many times we get rid of one fleshly vice only to find something else to entertain our flesh and allow it to keep on controlling us. Mat. 13:3-4, ...Behold, the sower went forth to sow; 4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them. Jesus' interpretation: Mat. 13:18-19 ...When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the evil one , and snatcheth away that which hath been sown in his heart. This is he that was sown by the way side. ) The second one (Daniel) was still struggling with his initial addictions or sins. (These are the people with the “once saved always saved" false doctrine. They don't ever receive the power to overcome their initial sins because they only believe that your are perfected when you die and go to heaven. Mat. 13:5-6,20-21 and others fell upon the rocky places, where they had not much earth: and straightway they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 and when the sun was risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away… Jesus' interpretation: 20 And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that heareth the word, and straightway with joy receiveth it; 21 yet hath he not root in himself, but endureth for a while; and when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway he stumbleth. ) The last one (Linda) was completely given over to many other sins because she failed to recognize them as sin in the first place. Mat. 13:7 And others fell upon the thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked them. Jesus' interpretation: 22 And he that was sown among the thorns, this is he that heareth the word; and the care of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.) The first person's name was Ella (In Hebrew this name means “goddess”, and in German it means “Other” or “Foreign”). (These worship a false Jesus and receive false seed that bears fruit that doesn't look like the Father. Hos. 5:7 They have dealt treacherously against Jehovah; for they have borne strange children: now shall the new moon devour them with their fields.) Ella was preoccupied with her nails. She used to be an addict, but now she was addicted to doing her nails. (Riaan: [Keratin is dead cells that make up the fibrous structural protein of our nails.] Being pre-occupied with nails represent dwelling on the works of dead flesh.) I had flash visions of her doing her nails everywhere: In the car, with her mom, in the shower, at work. She wasn't trying to cut off her nails and keep them short and neat. She had a preoccupation with false nails, and making her nails appear more beautiful than is naturally or humanly possible. (This represents the vain works of the flesh that make people look good outwardly to others.) When I went into her stall, I showed her my own bare nails and said, “Look, it really doesn't look that bad”. She smiled weakly but could not commit to changing her habits. (1Co. 1:18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God.) I walked into the next stall and the person's name was Daniel. (This name means “God is my judge”). (John 8:15-16,23-24 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. 16 Yea and if I judge, my judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me… 23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he , ye shall die in your sins.) He was a recovering drug addict, like Ella. (These “drug addictions” represent, “the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches.”) He had showered, and was now praying, and he was dressed in a big grey bathrobe. (As we will see, he had been washed by the water of the Word but was still clothed in death because of his unbelief.) He was saying that he knows God can take it away from him and was pleading with God. I told him that it had already been taken care of at the cross 2000 years ago. It was finished. (He likely represents those who lack faith in the completed works of the cross). (The condition of salvation is that you must believe. Rom. 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth...) He asked me if I had ever dealt with addiction and I said “yes” because I've dealt with sin, and that is the same thing. Daniel then put the gown on me, wanting me to join him in this dark comfortable misery, but I said, “Oh no thank you!” and put the gown back on him and walked out of his stall. (Misery loves company and we can not allow others to drag us down with their evil hearts of unbelief.) (Riaan: This one was washed clean initially, accepting the cleansing power of God but then went back to what is “comfortable” for the flesh and covered the “cleanness” with darkness.) The third stall belonged to a person named Linda. (Her name means beautiful serpent.) Linda was not in the stall, but was, instead, walking between the dining table and a cupboard, packing things in a bag. (Packing things in a bag represents carrying a lot of “baggage from the past” i.e. bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness and guilt.) She used angry and biting tones in response to all my questions about her addiction: First denying, then blaming, then getting angry. I asked her, “Why are you so hurt? Who hurt you?” And she replied, “His name is Davis, and he really hurt me." (Davis means “son of David”). (Riaan: She represents faction [and anger towards God].)... I did what I knew was wrong to please him, and now he's left me. I can't understand it” (This represents a misunderstanding of what is pleasing to God because of ignorance of His Word. God's presence leaves us when we grieve His Holy Spirit.) ... I wanted to hug her, as I knew she needed much love. She used profanity out of sheer frustration at her own weakness and lack of good character. She was remorseful but did not know how to be freed from this sin. (Again this third one represents those in Mat. 13:22 And he that was sown among the thorns, this is he that heareth the word; and the care of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.) Then I woke up. I asked the Lord for a verse by faith at random for this dream, and I received John 1:1, (in context 1,4-5) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ...4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not. I asked the Lord for another word by faith at random to help understand this dream. I received Isaiah 5:3, (in context 1-6) ... My wellbeloved had a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: 2 and he digged it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also hewed out a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. 3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. 4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? 5 And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; I will break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: 6 and I will lay it waste; it shall not be pruned nor hoed; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. Very Few Will Climb Mt. Zion Samuel Fire - 10/25/22 (David's notes in red) I saw Tiannah and I as little children running on this hiking trail. We ran casually and gracefully on this trail. It went through this big forest and ended at the top of a mountain. (This trail represents the straight and narrow path that leads up to the top of Mt. Zion, the New Jerusalem Bride.) While on the track we ran through forests and crossed rivers by jumping on rocks. (The rocks represent our Rock of salvation, Jesus, on whom we stand to keep us from being swept away by the current of the curse represented by the river waters.) There were difficult areas to get through but some were easier. We were acting very playful and joyful, with no fear or worry, like simple-minded, young children. (Rom. 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I rejoice therefore over you: but I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple unto that which is evil.) On this trail, we came across all different types of other people, on all different sections of the trail. We were kind to all of them, but they didn't want to go any further up on the trail. (These people are similar to the different people in Claire's dream above. They are all on the "salvation trail" but at some point in their walk they find a comfortable spot and decide that they don't want to go any further, since this leads to “death to self.") Some of the people kept trying to get us to stay with them but we didn't want to. (As in Claire's dream above, misery and complacency loves company and these people will try to derail your journey of sanctification and pull you down with them. Gal. 5:7 Ye were running well; who hindered you that ye should not obey the truth?) We just wanted to keep running along the trail, climbing up the mountain. (1Co 9:24 Know ye not that they that run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run; that ye may attain.) We came to this open park area where I saw a group of people... They were all stopped and chatting with each other; having a picnic. They were acting very comfortable and relaxed, as if they thought that was the end of the trail and that they don't need to go any further. We just ... kept running on the trail, and in the distance behind us, we heard them telling us to ‘Stop running', ‘That's crazy', ‘That's dangerous' ‘Whoa! I wouldn't do that!' etc. (This represents apostate Christians who are in dead religion and they don't see a need for perpetual sanctification. They think the Bride is a fanatic and excessive like in Sos 5:9 What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? What is thy beloved more than another beloved, That thou dost so adjure us?) At one spot there was another couple... They told us that we are crazy for wanting to keep climbing up the mountain and that it is too dangerous for us to keep running on the trail. We just wanted to keep running and we said to them “Come with us!” but they didn't want to come, they were comfortable where they were. (Continuing in sanctification is uncomfortable to the “old man”.) So, we kept on going and eventually got to the top of the mountain, where there was this beautiful waterfall. (The Bride has rivers of living water flowing out from her. John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, from within him shall flow rivers of living water.) While at the top, we went to one side of a cliff and looked down. We saw from far away the last couple that we had met. We yelled out to them, “Come up here!” But they didn't say anything, they only shook their heads to say ‘no'. (Rom. 10:21 ...All the day long did I spread out my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.) Then the scene changed and Tiannah, our son David, and I were much older than we are in real life. (Representing that we and our fruit, of Christ in us, has matured through the sanctification process.) All 3 of us were now muscular, more mature and were equipped with everything we needed: a backpack, food, water and tools. We had everything needed to survive in a wilderness. We were still on top of the mountain but were equipped to walk back down the trail again that we had walked as children. (The Bride has gone through her trials and is now strong, mature, prepared, and equipped with the Word that she has put down into her heart to minister to others during the Tribulation.) We went again to the cliff and looked down and saw that the last couple were still standing there; not having moved at all. We set up a zip line and swung down to where they were. (The zip line represents the supernatural anointing that the Man-child will receive to bring the good news of the gospel to those in tribulation. But as we will see, just as in Jesus' day, many will not have eyes to recognize the Man-child or their reformation in the Tribulation.) We were encouraging them to come up the mountain, [of sanctification] and speaking to them with pure love, mercy and grace to encourage them to take the next step. We gave them some bread. We spoke with scripture so simply and gently. They took a few more steps but they didn't want to go any further than that. We gave them everything that they would accept, but when they didn't want to take any more steps, we kept walking back down the trail to find others. We found more people that we had previously seen on the trail, some still in the same spot where we last saw them and some had walked a little further up the trail but others were further back than before. (Mark 4:24-25 ...Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete it shall be measured unto you; and more shall be given unto you. 25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath.) We gave one of the groups of people we saw some food and water and spoke about The Lord with them and lead them across a river until they didn't want to walk any further. Some other people followed us for a while, others only moved a little bit further and some didn't want to move at all. After we spoke to everyone that we found we went back up the mountain to the top. (The old saying is so true, "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink.” Psa. 32:9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding; Whose trappings must be bit and bridle to hold them in, Else they will not come near unto thee.) Apostates are Climbing the Wrong Mountain Claire Pienaar - 10/26/22 (David's notes in red) I had a quick vision of a couple named Eddie and Andie. (Eddie means “wealthy friend”. He likely represents those who are strong in the world. James 4:4 Ye adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore would be a friend of the world maketh himself an enemy of God. (Mat. 19:23 And Jesus said unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, It is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.) (Andie means “man-like” and represents the Jezebel daughters of the Harlot, as we will see.) They were climbing a very rocky, desolate mountain. It had broken branches, dead tree stumps and many rocky and craggy places. Nothing green grew on this mountain. (This could represent the wilderness tribulation [that many apostate Christians will have to go through].) (Riaan: This particular mountain represents works of the flesh [which separate us from Christ as in Gal. 5:4.].) (John 15:1-2,5-6 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh it away: … 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. Primarily, we abide in Him by faith that we were crucified with Christ and He now lives in us. This faith entitles us to power from God to bear fruit.) They were dressed in what looked like the exact same wedding attire Riaan and I wore for our wedding, except Andie's dress was not pure white, as mine had been, but an 'off white' color. (Claire represents the Bride because her name means “brilliant” and the Bride's garments are bright and pure as is spoken of in Rev. 19:8 And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen, bright and pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. This 'off white' wedding dress represents those who have yet to attain to a 'leukos' garment like in Rev. 19:14 And the armies which are in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and pure. Both of these groups have a lesser garment than the Bride.) (Sometimes those walking in the flesh look more pious than they really are. 1Sa. 16:7, ... Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature... for Jehovah seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but Jehovah looketh on the heart.) She was holding a small bouquet. (This represents branches being cut off. It makes a nice bouquet initially, but we want to be attached to the “vine”, otherwise we will wither and die. John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.) They looked dishevelled, and dirty from climbing. Ed was slightly further along, but he was not waiting for his bride and he had a scowl on his face. Andie looked very fearful of falling and they both looked laser focused on not falling. Andie's wedding dress was torn at the bottom. I looked down at her feet and saw she had the finest, black, fancy shoes on, with little diamond gems. The soles were red though, and I heard the words, “Trampling the blood of the saints.” (Ed represents those distracted with worldly riches and Andie represents the “manly” Jezebel spirit who is a daughter of the Harlot. These types are leavened to the Body and they are climbing the wrong mountain that produces no fruit.) Rev 17:5 and upon her forehead a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of the Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I wondered with a great wonder.). I asked the Lord for a word by faith at random for this dream, and received John 5:37, (in context 37-40) And the Father that sent me, he hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form. 38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he sent, him ye believe not. 39 Ye search the scriptures, because ye think that in them ye have eternal life; and these are they which bear witness of me; 40 and ye will not come to me, that ye may have life. Moving to the New House with the David's Claire Pienaar 11/2/22 (David's notes in red) I had two dreams that followed one another and seem to be connected. Dream #1: I dreamed that I was asleep and dreaming that David Eells was packing up his house and moving, but my family was not there yet. I was distraught as I needed to be where he was. In the dream I woke up and scheduled a call with him, and we chatted. David was very excited. Then I was transported through Zoom to David's house. He told me that a factious man had sold the house that UBM was in, and they needed to be out by Wednesday morning. (The factious man represents the house of faction. This means their time of oppressing and slandering us is almost up and their judgment comes.) (This was a sly, underhanded move it seems, from David's reaction of excitement and quick movements in the dream, initially. (It's good for us to be out of the faction's influence and we are excited that our testing is over.) But finding a new home was no challenge for David and his friends.) I received by faith at random Zec 14:14 (In context, 10-14) And it shall come to pass in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem. ...11 And men shall dwell therein, and there shall be no more curse; but Jerusalem shall dwell safely. ... 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from Jehovah shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor. (God will turn our factious enemies against each other as with Gideon and Jehoshaphat. And they will no more harass us as in the dream.) 14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the nations round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. (We will plunder the factious in Church and State and will have our new houses.) In the dream, it was Monday afternoon. (From Monday to Wednesday is very quick. We will be “out by Wednesday”). David had many sweet people living with him: A few that I remember were: An old lady with a Greek name that I cannot remember, as well as Michael and Eve. (David represents the David Man-child reformers whom "the Bride" represented by Eve and those "who are like God" represented by Michael, dwell with.) Eve, as a type of the Bride, lived in a separate loft, and she had some people she was helping to move, although they were moving to a different place. These people were still in the world, but she was acting in faith and being patient with them, and it seemed they were maturing right before my eyes. Their place would be somewhere between the old house and the new house. (Meaning, they will not yet be escaping tribulations.) It was amazing to watch how efficiently these people got rid of stuff (baggage) and how the house they were in cleared out supernaturally. It wasn't cluttered to begin with, but by the time I walked to Eve's portion of the house and back to where David was, everything had been cleared or taken away. (Representing that God will do a quick work.) The Greek lady, especially, seemed very helpful and cheerful (I think she represents the "Good News" that David preaches and teaches, since it was written in the Greek). David was saying that the new home was smaller but nicer and “all white”. (This new spiritual house has been delivered from the factious apostates and the unity and peace is greater.) The new home could not have as many people in the house as the old house did, but these good people could rent or purchase homes very close to David. (These new personal homes are built together in unity as in Eph. 2:21 in whom each several building, fitly framed together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord.) All those homes were white too. He was telling me how it had worked out perfectly. It was a 3-hr drive to the new home, and David said the house was “perfectly white”. (Notice: We arrive at the third hour!! Mar 15:25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. Act 2:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose; seeing it is but the third hour of the day. [filled with the Holy Spirit]) I had a vision of this house then, and it was picture perfect. Not flashy, but more like a large cottage. It was perfect. It seemed closer than a 3-hr trip to me. (It is very close) I told David I am relying on God solely for us to come over there. Then he said, “You can buy the house next to me”. And I said, “David, I have no money. Even if I did, God would have to multiply everything so I could live there”. David laughed and said, “And He will”. I laughed too, in agreement. (Amen!! Father will be our provider!) I asked the Lord for a verse by faith at random for this portion of the dream, and by faith at random I received 2Ti. 1:13: Hold the pattern of sound words which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. (i.e. Confess your needs are received. “Hold fast the confession of your hope that it waver not, for He is faithful that promised.”) We Must Fix Our Vehicles First Claire Pienaar - 11/2/22 (David's notes in red) Dream #2: I woke up out of the previous dream and immediately dreamed I was with Riaan in our house, although this house looked different to the current one we live in. He needed to get the van's axle fixed and we took it in to mechanics that were a 3-hr drive away. (The same third hour of crucifixion and filling with the Spirit will fix the Van.) Before we left for the mechanic, I had lamb shanks cooking in my slow cooker. (Eating the legs represents partaking of the walk of the Passover Lamb, Jesus. This was the last meal before the Tribulation wilderness.) This was going to be the last meal in our old home with our children. All the boxes were packed to go. So we drove to the mechanic's shop. When we got there, they said, “Nah mate, it's all good. She'll be ‘right'!” (Aussie slang for “there's no problem here”). (As we will see, the mechanics represent preachers who lower the bar so that everybody is okay.) On the way in the car to the mechanic, Riaan said to me, “I left the pot on, don't tell my sister”. I was so upset, not because of fear, but because he thought it was funny. I said that we need to get home as it could cause a fire, as the pot could not be on for so long. (This is flawed thinking in my dream because my slow cooker can be on for longer than 6 hours and everything would be a-ok). (The Lamb can be on the fire for as long as it takes for us to come to crucifixion and resurrection.) I only had his mother on my phone to call, but she was at a beach holiday and could not go help. (The apostate mother is resting in the world and will be no help to anyone to arrive at Crucifixion and Anointing.) When we got home, the lamb shanks were all slushy, but I was happy our home and kids were safe. (We must be crucified until our legs are “slushy” and Christ's walk in us is strong.) Then, in the dream, I went to bed and during the night Riaan tossed and turned and got up. I eventually woke up and went to where he was. He had been wringing his eyes and was wearing his orange mine clothing (Representing a warning). He was so frazzled about the van. It seemed he had received a revelation about the van not being right while sleeping. He said, I could roll this car on the way to the airport and kill us all. It is so unstable”. (He seemed gravely concerned about doing anything that could harm us). (Our mode of operation must be stable so that we can make it to the airport representing mounting up to heavenly places in Christ.) He was really upset with the Australian mechanics and that they'd lied to him, because the van was not right at all. However, the fault was truly with the van, and he knew that. ...I said to him soothingly, “We can drive in it until we get to the airport. (It wont be necessary when you rise into heavenly places.) But let's trade it in or scrap it and we don't care what we drive in afterwards.”... We got the children ready and prayed over the car that it would be safe until we got to the airport. ... And then I woke up. A House Fitly Framed Together Gabby Dibble - 10/30/22 (David's notes in red) I had this dream where there was a giant honeycomb in the sky. I was at my parents home (familiar place) with a sister Egzona and other disciples. I walked outside to look at the sky, knowing something was there. As I looked I saw an open honeycomb. The honeycomb then zoomed in and I could see there were people standing in each cell (the different sections). (A honeycomb could represent many houses joined together into one as a holy temple in the Lord as Ephesians speaks of: Eph 2:20-22 being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief corner stone; 21 in whom each several building, fitly framed together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God in the Spirit. We just had a dream from Claire that we were moving to small houses in a tight group all next to one another.) There was one person per cell and there was motion. They continued to move to different cells. When I first saw the honeycomb about 60% of the honeycomb was filled, then there were less people (Representing the faction removing themselves), then more people were added (Representing the revival bringing those who received the crowns that the faction lost.) and soon within a few moments it was completely filled. I then saw a man and a women underneath the honeycomb, holding hands with someone inside to stay connected. (The faction will have someone inside as a spy. It could be someone spying on our emails.) They were preventing more people from coming in, kicking them down yet they had a smile plastered on their face. (Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them that are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which ye learned: and turn away from them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly; and by their smooth and fair speech they beguile the hearts of the innocent. As I was seeing this in my dream I was wondering if this represented the true body of Christ or something else. (Those in the honeycomb are the true body of Christ but the traitors who leave are the Judas', sons of perdition, betraying the true Body. They have tried to turn many away from the Gospel.) My vision then flashes to something else: I see men going to war in water with Jesus symbols around them (don't remember what they looked like whether it was crosses or something else. (Imposters playing Christians.) This was showing two types of people. They looked like tribes as the men fighting had old weapons such as sticks or something related and were only wearing a loin cloth. Many of the men in charge were visibly older (grey hair, bit of a belly, etc.). (The leftists have already done false flags impersonating Christians in a negative light for the leftist news media like on Jan 6th.) I'm now back in the house and I'm standing in front of a tv with others. The government and civilians were going downhill. I'm not political anymore but on the news it showed the effects of having the democrats rule, only they were in charge at this point. Several (maybe 3 or 4) negative effects were being shown on the news. (The declass is beginning to come out on all the destruction the democrats have brought to our country and the world. At this point they appear to be in charge but it is not so.) One example I remember is the news reporter was standing with a mic in his hand dumbfounded because there was a fire going on for several days (3 or 4) that they couldn't put out. (The fire is the chaos, anarchy and destruction they are going to bring when they hear the Supreme Court decision to annul the 2020 vote is released. I believe they will come against the Christians too.) I then switched to a scene where I was heading to a disciple school with a ministry. I went to my room and Egzona, my sister in Christ came for the LONG ride. (Egzona means, joy and contentment. She went to disciple school with joy and contentment.) It took hours to get to this school and it was a ride with many things that were scary along the ride as it seemed dangerous but we kept going. (Riots and Martial Law is coming.) I remember my mom and sister were in the car (neither of which are born again). I remember seeing my sister in the passenger seat up front with my white pair of sneakers on that were too tight for her. (Gabbys walk of purity is too restrictive for her because of too much flesh. She must be born from above.) I wasn't the one driving and neither was Egzona, must've been my mom. When we arrived at the discipleship house I was trying to convince Egzona to stay because it seemed to be what the Lord was leading, I reminded her of desires she's had and shared with me about life. Joel's Army and Gideon's Army A vision given to Robert I. Holmes (David's notes in red) (In late October 1996 I had a startling vision. (Remember, this vision was in 1996 and things have progressed since that time.) I was looking down from a high place and I saw a mighty army. It was marching in a long line, like a great column snaking through the jungle. It looked for all the world like a serpent. At its head was a banner, which read “Joel's army”. Behind them they left a swath of destruction, a road of sorts cut through the jungle. I was made aware that this army was ‘now marching' or had already mobilized. (Joel's army was the Assyrian army that conquered the apostate Northern tribes of Israel and apostate Judah, which they are in the process of doing with their vaccine plagues and others. These tribes represent apostate Christianity, both non-Spirit filled and "Spirit filled”, who have no faith in God to heal or to deliver from their curses. When they are finished with them, they will attempt to attack Jerusalem, the Bride, and God will destroy them.) I also saw off to one side, hidden in dense undergrowth, a battalion. This group stood quietly, waiting in the jungle. They were assembled in a square, and they were awaiting instructions. At the head of this smaller group was a banner which read "Gideon's army”. (Gideon represents the Man-child head of the Bride who will bring the Beast down.) Then I looked and saw a single platoon, off to the side of the battalion. It stood divided. I looked carefully at this group, feeling at first that it represented the local body of believers I belonged to at the time. They were standing in mud, in two ranks facing each other. The Spirit expressly said, "Many have passed through their ranks” and I began to realize they were (are) the prophets. These troops were stuck in the mud, and had not moved on for some time. (The prophetic voices are scrambled. The apostate are false prophetic. the true prophetic Spirit-filled are in the minority.) Joel's Army Joel's army has been promoted widely as being a good army, an army of the church. Many songs, sung in Pentecostal and mainline Evangelical churches even quote the warrior Scriptures as relating to the church. However I do not hold to that understanding. To me, Joel's army is one of terrible locusts, "a great and powerful army... before them is like Eden, after them is desolate" (Joel 2:2,3). This is similar to the picture I had. Joel says they are "a powerful army, drawn up for battle, before them the nations are in anguish" (5,6). Why are the nations terrified of this army? Because they are an instrument of judgement. [against the apostate people of God.] Note that the Scripture does not say, "God's enemies are in anguish before them." Nor does it imply that the devil is afraid of them. It is the nations who are afraid. This army is made up of "the cutting locust... the swarming locust... the hopping locust... the destroying locust" (Joel 1:4). This is not a picture of the Bride of Christ. Evidently the army first destroys or bring judgement against God's own people because later in the book of Joel, God consoles His people saying, "I will repay YOU for the years the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer and the cutter, that great army I sent against you" (Joel 2:25). This is clearly God's instrument of judgement against both his church and the nations (peoples), not a great or good army in the church! The passages relating to Joel's army confuse some, because it is said that the Lord is at the head of HIS army. He is in control of them. But that no more makes them the church than it made Babylon or Assyria the church! Jeremiah depicts Babylon as God's own instrument, his servant (Jer 25:9), just as Isaiah depicts Assyria as being a weapon in God's hand (Isa 7:20). God used them, as He uses the army depicted by Joel, to berate and scold an unrepentant Israel. In the same way, Joel's army is marching in the end times, to scold and rebuke, to consume and devour the unregenerate church. (Amen! This is the Assyrian army who first conquered all of Israel and Judah and in Joel 2 was approaching Jerusalem whom John was told is the Bride. As they called on the Lord, He smote 185,000 of their best warriors and the rest fled. Today this beast is conquering the apostate people of God but will be destroyed before Zion, the Bride, as the Man-child groom and Bride are revealed for the first time.) Gideon's Army The second army I saw however, portrays an altogether different picture. Here is an army fully prepared, awaiting instruction. It is not yet mobile. The battalion (in military terms about 10,000 men) was labelled Gideon's army. It represents the refined, the chosen, the remnant church. This second army is not yet marching. They are stable, focused, balanced and awaiting instruction. They have NOT been given their marching orders! (That was in 1996. Gideon's army has been conquering the enemy; bringing down the DS faction and the Church faction by spiritual warfare.) Gideon and his men were exhorted: "Go in this might of yours and deliver Israel... I will be with you and you shall strike down the Midianites" (Judg 6:14,15). Note there is an explicit command to strike down the enemies of Israel, or for the church, the devil and his powers- not the church! (It is the Man-child and Bride Bodies that strike down the Assyrian empire, representing the Beast of our day. Many apostates believe it is man who is bringing down the Beast empire but Jesus said, “What you bind on earth is bound in heaven” and “I give you authority over all the power of the enemy.") As I read through the account of Gideon in Judges 6-8 several things strike me about them. If this army is a picture of the remnant, then it will help to see what they had, and what they did. Firstly, they were twice refined. At first a great number of men gathered to fight (32,000 in all). During the first purging the Lord removed those who had the fear of man. This took their number down to 10,000. In my vision I saw the battalion (10,000 men) labelled as Gideon's army. This seems to indicate that the assembling battalion has already been refined of the fear of man. The second purging Gideon's army underwent was to remove those who trusted in their own strength. This took their number down to 300 which is the present Gideon's army; the one of my vision. (Many expect this second purging next. This purging and refining is finished and they are in the process of spiritual warfare to bring down this Beast who is attempting to destroy the Bride.) The next thing we notice about Gideon's army (and from now on these things are to come to the Gideon army gathered today) is that they were fewer in number than would be expected. Their number was so few in fact, that the move of God could not be blamed on them! The glory could only go to God and Israel would not be able to boast about the strength of her right arm. This fits well with my vision, as the assembled crowd represented only one battalion, not a whole army. The mighty triumphs and victories destined for this group can only be laid at the feet of Jesus. In their first battle, Gideon moved only according to God's command. It was at God's initiative, at His request, and by His plan only. It was interesting that as an army, they carried no swords! How could they possibly win the battle without weapons? Their battle cry was “a sword for the Lord and Gideon" (7:20) and the enemy "feared the sword of Gideon"(7:13). Yet in actual fact their hands were full. They went into battle with a shofar in one hand... and fire in jars in the other. The shofar symbolizes the prophetic clarion or the watchmen, used to sound the alarm and awaken the city. (The shofar represented turning breath or spirit, same word in Hebrew, into what can be heard. It represents the prophetic commands against the enemy and not warning the city. They did not want the help of the city.) The fire in jars may well speak of this very great treasure we have within us, this precious truth about Christ which shall demonstrate his very great power: "we have this treasure in clay jars", so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us." (2 Co. 4:7). Likewise the secret to our warfare is also that the weapons of our battle are not merely carnal, they are divine to the tearing down of strongholds (2 Co. 10:4). (The earthen vessels represent the carnal man, which has to be broken so that the fire of the Spirit can go forth through the spiritual man who has been given authority over the enemies.) The Sons of Ephraim After winning an amazing victory in their first battle, Gideon's army pressed the defeated enemy far into the Northern region. They passed through into the land of Ephraim, toward Penuel. The inhabitants of this region - the sons of Ephraim, were accomplished soldiers. Over the years they had managed successive enlargements of their territory, and were powerful enough by Isaiah's time for him to even call them the Northern Kingdom! (Isa 7:28,29). They had defeated the princes of Midian, Oreb, and Zeeb (Jud 8:3) and were furious that Gideon had left them out of the battle! Gideon must have considered taking such fine fighting men along to route the enemy, yet we read that he proceeded on without them (v 4). Whilst Gideon acknowledges their superior strength in battle (Judg 8:2), he in fact uses this as a way of diplomatically declining their implied offer of help. He proceeds without the prestigious fighters. It would have been tempting to take them along in his battle. There were, and are many good reasons to bring along people who seem to have a fruitful ministry (the name Ephraim means "fruitful place” in Hebrew). (It was said to represent the fullness of nations.) They may have prestige, they may have power, they may be experienced in battle and spiritual warfare, they may have ruled in the previous moves of God yet we, like Gideon, should deny their aide. Gideon did not choose their help at all. They do indeed have a special place in God's heart and plan, but not in His present plan for the army of Gideon. They are to route the enemy with the help of Jehovah alone! In conclusion, my vision, lastly, is a warning that we must clean up, and move on. We must not pretend we are clean when in fact we are dirty. The call of the hour for those who call themselves prophetic is ‘holiness unto the Lord'. Holy so that we may prepare and join the gathering, training, waiting army of Gideon in battle. (The battle represented spiritual warfare. If it was only physical warfare, Ephraim would have been valuable but God's power is made perfect through our weakness.) This reminds me of Eve's revelation about Gideon's 300: UBM is at the Red Sea Now Eve Brast - 9/2/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed that all of local and larger UBM who had obeyed Father's commands for the 8 day fast and the angel's command for the “last century Book of Acts Church" were gathered at the edge of the Red Sea. Those who had forsaken all the ways of Egypt and had completely come out into the wilderness were gathered there. No one had anything with them except their clothes. Everyone was dressed like Israelites of old in clothing that was in different shades of blue. (The shades of blue represent being dressed up in heavenly works.) (I only saw men in the dream because my view of the people didn't extend beyond those that were closest to the rock that David and I were standing on. I didn't see women or children in the dream.) (The David Man-child reformers and Eve representing the Bride are typed here.) Their numbers weren't in the thousands but only a few hundred. (I asked the Lord what the few hundred (or 300) that were next to the Red Sea represented and I heard, “The Sword of the Lord and of Gideon.” I believe they represent those who aren't fearful to engage in the battle and also those that the Lord has tried by the Water, representing the Word. (Each man is tested by the Word as to their obedience.) These are the over-comers who have obeyed the Lord and not their flesh. Jud. 7:2-14) (This could be the men of leadership under the Man-child David's who are prepared for the wilderness tribulation before the Church arrives. Gideon was a type of the Man-child and his 300 tested men who blew the shofars and broke the pitchers were a type of the Bride, the disciples/apostles. These went out to conquer the enemies for God's people. "The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!" was a powerful and exciting announcement of the beginning of the battle to divide and scatter the demonic enemies of UBM and the David ministries. This announcement signaled the breaking of the clay pitcher, representing the flesh, so the torch, as the light of God's life and Word, could shine out. This made it possible for the shofar, symbolizing the "breath", which in Hebrew is the same word for "Spirit", to be audible in the physical realm. This is the true prophetic Word of God which is spoken to bring every victory. This is the "Sword of the Lord and of Gideon" to scatter the demonic enemy.) The waters of the Red Sea were calm at the moment and it was dark out but, I could see everything by the bright light of the moon. I was standing on top of a large rock that was near the water's edge observing the whole scene and I was dressed in some type of sheer material that was flowing and full of wind although everything else around was still. I saw David, representing the David Man-child reformers, on the same rock further down, closer to the people. He was speaking with some of the men who were closest to the rock's edge. David was dressed in modern blue jeans and a light blue colored, short sleeved, Polo shirt. (What? No suit! Lol.) Egypt was behind us, at our backs. There was no danger from enemies or fear that they were going to trap us there in the dream. Everyone was at peace and waiting on the Lord. (I suppose they were waiting for the rest of the Church to show up so we could all cross the Red Sea together and see their enemies decimated in time for the Tribulation.) Then the voice of God spoke out of heaven to David and all the people from the direction that was between us and Egypt. He said, “These are My people who have obeyed all of My commands and have left Egypt behind to follow Me into the wilderness. I will provide for your every need from now on. I have scattered and defeated your enemies and they are no longer any threat to you. (This is true of the first fruits Man-child and Bride but not yet true of the remaining Church.) Do NOT look back towards Egypt. Do not heed the voice of man or pay attention to their leavened speech. Do not look to their ways or consider their lies and their deceptions. You will hearken unto My voice alone and be led by My Spirit alone.” Then I woke up. Father continued to speak to me after I woke up, "No other information or direction of man pertains to you. My ways are above their ways and My sons hear and consider My voice alone. Continue to put away the devices of Egypt that bring distraction and separation from Me and My Spirit. Cast down and reject all the voices of vanity, deception, and the reasonings of men that cause you to err in your minds and dull your hearing and your understanding. What I Am doing with My Bride and for My people has nothing to do with the vain plans or ways of men. Only My purposes will succeed. Only My plans will stand. I will cause you to walk above this earth in My heavenly places. You are not on their timeline, nor are you subject to the things of this world or the wicked plans of men who don't consider Me or call upon Me. I will be your All in All; your only source and provision in My wilderness, for the wilderness and everything in it belongs to Me and not to wicked men. Refrain from looking backward and going backward only to meet with the same destruction as Lot's wife, for you ARE in the days of Lot. Destruction is coming quickly to Sodom and Gomorrah. This is it. Only those who completely divorce themselves from Egypt and climb the mountain to remain continually in My presence will be hidden. The rest will fall in this wilderness tribulation due to the wavering of their faith, a lack of obedience and succumbing to their enemies. You will no longer be as the Israelites of old who refused to climb the mountain with Moses, to come into My presence and hear My Words for fear of death. Everyone will climb the mountain and enter into My presence and hear My voice and My Spirit. Ask of Me all things that pertain to your lives and godliness and I will give it to you in abundance. I Am for you and I wish that none of you perish. Hold fast to My promises and don't be slack to perform all that I have commanded you through My messengers. My peace will rest upon you and great success will be yours, in your obedience, as you continue to seek My face and draw close to Me.” Be Careful What Water You're Swimming In Claire Pienaar - 10/15/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed I was with my parents and my little family on vacation. (This represents resting from our works). My parents did not like this vacation. (This shows that the apostates don't know how to rest in the promises of the Gospel, [it makes them uncomfortable]). We wanted to swim and be in the water the entire time. They made continuous excuses and rejected us at every turn about everything we suggested during this vacation. (The apostates are of a different spirit than true believers and they reject the good news of the Gospel and the continual Sabbath rest because they believe they are justified by their works.) However, we were undeterred. My son, especially, was in the water like a fish the entire time. (Riaan: The ones that have come out of the apostate mother church only want to rest in the water of the Word while the apostate mother church makes excuses to not get “into the Word”). We walked along a beach and we saw a kelp forest peeking out from the surface of the ocean. My son told me, “Mommy… there will be many predators in the water there. We won't go in there. We'll stick to clear water”. (We must exercise discernment). (There are many predators in the murky waters which represent a mixture of the Word which the predators use.) I agreed, but the strange thing was that NOW my folks wanted to swim. They did everything to manipulate, control and coerce us into that murky ocean water with the kelp. (The murky waters invariably allow the flesh to live. It is trash doctrines.) We did not go into the murky water, even after they displayed anger towards us for not going. (Riaan: They only know the polluted water with false doctrine and that's where the enemy hides.) My son, Daniel, took my hand and led me back to the fresh clear water of a large pool. Then I woke up. (Riaan: Follow the Man-child, Jesus, and He will lead you to still, clear waters.) 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On today's episode, Cidnya and Jake look at the strange world of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure! The pair talk about the saga of the Joestar family as they battle the lingering evil of Dio Brando and the relics that resulted in his rise to power. Primarily dealing with the first six JoJos of the franchise and briefly touching on the seventh and eighth protagonists of the series. Beginning in England they talk about the start of the feud as Jonathan Joestar learns of villainous intents of his foster brother Dio Brando that leads the former to the power of Hamon to battle the latter's newfound vampirism! After discussing the body-snatching shenanigans, the two talk about the pulpy adventure of wild misogynistic trickster Joseph Joestar as he takes of the beings behind vampirism, the mighty Pillar Men! With the nazi cyborg and the power of Hamon firmly behind them, Cid and Jake kinda talk about how the most popular part, “Stardust Crusaders” is far from the best but introduces elements to set it apart as Joseph introduces his grandson Jotaro Kujo to the concept of a Stand as they fight and defeat Dio, himself, once and for all. But while our hosts did not care too much for the crusaders, they both agree that Joseph's illegitimate son Josuke Higashikata and “Diamond is Unbreakable” as he and his friends live a semi-normal life while also investigating a serial killer and an ancient stand-giving arrow once owned by Dio! Breaking from Japan, our hosts found themselves in Italy discussing Giorno Giovanna, the son of Dio (well his head on Jonathan's body) as he rises through the ranks of the Italian underworld learning more about the properties of the arrow! Lastly the main JoJo our episode covers is Jolyne Cujoh, daughter of Jotaro, as she battles Father Pucci, Dio's disciple and priest at the Green Dolphin State Prison, in the final installment of the original JoJo universe! Jake briefly talks about his excitement for the reboot universe and to see Johnny Joestar collect the body parts of Jesus Christ. Also Jake investigates what happened to his brother after the events of GateSlashers 2, in the laziest way possible. For more of Jake talking about JoJo click here for his review of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R, and for the context of the opening of GateSlashers 2 click here!
Billy Strings is one of the best instrumentalists of our time. Hands down. But what can you learn from Billy Strings? Even if you're picking up a guitar for the first time? From drone strings to using chromatics, there's something every guitarist can learn from Billy Strings. Primarily a flatpicking guitarist, Billy Strings is also a talented finger picker, electric guitarist, and banjo player. Billy's life experience, emersion in the musical world, and consistency has led him to being one of the best instrumentalists of our time. A master of tension-building and even melodic phrasing, Billy Strings is a guitarist who deserves close attention. So what is this video going to do for you? And, more importantly, what won't it do? Well, I'm hoping to inspire you with some quick lessons on important techniques or philosophical lessons. What I won't do is teach you a specific song. With that in mind, I want you to be open to learning some new techniques that borrow heavily from Billy Strings' playing. Whether you've been playing for years or you've just picked up guitar, there's a lesson for you. Submit your guitarsenal at the link below! https://airtable.com/shrpAVAi9HUGVUW8b Also featured in this episode… Bryan Sutton AustinCityLimitsTV Tommy Emmanuel The Art Of Listening Luca Stricagnoli
In this interview, Cory and Brian interview Tim Garrett. Tim is a KC Underground missionary but is also on staff with Frontiers, a mission organization taking the gospel to the nations. Primarily, Tim works with disciple-making movement leaders in East Africa. Tim joins the podcast this week to discuss how dreams and visions are often a part of gospel movement and poses the question, "Are we desperate for God to move in this way?" "When you get desperate, then you start crying out to God, 'Please, come!'" Next steps with the Underground: Subscribe to our newsletter Connect with us for Coaching Support the Underground
linktr.ee/CatchingUpOnCinema Happy Halloween from all of us here at Catching Up On Cinema! In this, the first of a new series of bonus episodes that Kyle has proudly dubbed, “My Brother Pissed On Me,” Kyle and his brother Nik reminisce about the 90's phenomenon that was R.L. Stine's, Goosebumps. Primarily focusing their discussion around the book series and the late-90's TV adaptations of The Werewolf of Fever Swamp and A Night in Terror Tower, the 2 brothers nevertheless find plenty of opportunities to verbally piss on one another throughout. Happy Halloween! Follow us on Instagram @catchinguponcinema Follow us on Twitter @CatchingCinema Like, share, subscribe, and we'll catch you next time!
Everyone is coming back to the nest this week, and it did not disappoint! Primarily the conversation surrounds the juiciest of reunions: Shanae and Logan, and Victoria and Johnny. Shanae is clearly a hypocrite but we couldn't help but take her side, Logan is flaky, and Kate is SUS. Victoria is in the right, Johnny is showing his clear immaturity. Plus, what in the world will fill these next few weeks?Support the show
Randy was a military brat, so he lived all over the world. He lived in the Philippines, Italy, Spain, Portugal, California, and Hawaii where his late father was from. Which means he had exposure to different countries and cultures all his life.When they were living in Italy, Randy's father went to culinary school and became a pastry chef. He worked independently and we continued to travel around the world.After high school, he had no interest in cooking, so he went to college which led him to a career in Clinical Psychology. He tried working in the clinical field but hated it. So he went into a staff position in HR and created programs for learning/development and diversity programs until I retired in 2002.Circa 1980's he decided to go to SF Culinary school as a hobby during my down times. It was in his DNA. When he retired in 2002, he ran a cooking club that included cooking demos as well as bringing in other "cooks" and local Chefs to share family recipes and/or provide cooking demos. He helped Chefs develop menus, took part in wine and food pairing events, wrote restaurant reviews, assisted in test kitchens creating recipes, and even catered a few weddings—all short-lived endeavors. His husband and he have been together 45 years and made it a point to travel at minimum once a year. Their philosophy was to travel to places while still young and able-bodied. So they went to places like Antarctica, walked safaris through Africa, and hiked the jungles of Indonesia and New Guinea. But living part-time in Paris gives them an excellent opportunity to make short hops to Barcelona for the week-end, or Switzerland. In fact, they just returned from London, Barcelona, and Deauville. In the past month alone. When they retired in 2002, they found themselves living a routine life and decided in 2008 to move to Paris, part-time. Primarily so his husband can experience what I had and also learn another language. And, he turned my food knowledge into writing reviews of restaurants in Paris for people visiting. He has his own blog www.parismissive.blogspot.com He makes no money from it, I just do it as a hobby. They have been splitting their time between Paris and CA going on for 15 years. He loves his lifestyle and is thankful every day. He would guess in about 10 years they'll settle down, but for now, they'll continue doing what we do best. Paris, France's capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy, and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Area: 40.7 mi²Elevation: 115If you enjoy these podcasts, please make a donation by clicking the coffee cup on any page of our website www.wheredogaysretire.com. Each cup of coffee costs $5 and goes towards bringing you these podcasts in the future.
Guests featured in this episode:Lenny Benardo, Executive Vice President of the Open Society Foundations, and the founding director of the Open Society Fellowship Program. Lenny also sits on the boards of Bard College, the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan, the European Humanities University in Lithuania, and my very own institution, CEU. He has published numerous articles in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the International Herald Tribune, Bookforum, American Prospect, and Prospect magazines. Having worked in Russia, the Baltics, Poland, and Hungary earlier in his career with the Open Society Foundations, he has witnessed first hand the exhilarating atmosphere of the democratic transition in eastern Europe. GLOSSARYWhat are the Open Society Foundations?(00:35 or p.1 in the transcript)The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations, starting in 1984, to help countries make the transition from communism. Their activities have grown to encompass the United States and more than 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Each foundation relies on the expertise of boards composed of eminent citizens who determine individual agendas based on local priorities: source What are the Revolutions of 1989?(04:48 or p.2 in the transcript)Revolutions of 1989: collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe, the end of the period of the Cold War and the removal of the Iron Curtain between Eastern and Western Europe. Primarily, it was the disavowal of Communism by all of the Eastern European states that were in the Soviet sphere of influence after World War II.The seeds of the revolution were present from the very beginning, and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia were pre-cursors to the Revolutions of 1989, which were the final cataclysm that ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union itself just two years later.The revolution began in Poland with the creation of Solidarity, the worker's movement that challenged the Communist government (the supposed representatives of the "workers' paradise) for authority. This was the first movement in the Eastern bloc that had not been brutally suppressed. This de-legitimized the Communist claim as representatives of the people's will. It continued when the Hungarian authorities decided to no longer interdict those seeking to leave the state by crossing the boundary between Hungary and Austria. This led to a flood of refugees from Eastern Europe streaming into Hungary to escape to the West. The defining event was then the collapse of the Berlin Wall in East Germany. With the exception of Romania, the revolutions were largely peaceful as the governments put up only token resistant to the clear will of the people for the end of Communist rule and democratic reform: source What is the Black Lives Matter?(16:28 or p.4 in the transcript)Black Lives Matter (BLM): international social movement, formed in the United States in 2013, dedicated to fighting racism and anti-Black violence, especially in the form of police brutality. The name Black Lives Matter signals condemnation of the unjust killings of Black people by police (Black people are far more likely to be killed by police in the United States than white people) and the demand that society value the lives and humanity of Black people as much as it values the lives and humanity of white people.BLM activists have held large and influential protests in cities across the United States as well as internationally. A decentralized grassroots movement, Black Lives Matter is led by activists in local chapters who organize their own campaigns and programs. The chapters are affiliated with the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, a nonprofit civil rights organization that is active in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom: source What is the Occupy movement?(16:32 or p.4 in the transcript)TheOccupy protests: a series of international demonstrations primarily directed against capitalism and economic inequality, sparked in particular by what are now referred to as austerity measures, official action taken by governments in order to reduce spending in the face of economic problems. Kicking off in Wall Street in New York, the Occupy protests had then spread right across the world, including such prominent locations as Frankfurt, Rome, Sydney, Hong Kong, London and various cities in the United Kingdom. As well as marches involving as many as 10,000 protesters, the demonstrations involved large numbers of people 'camping out', or occupying, key venues in cities across the world. One notable example was around the entrances to St Paul's Cathedral in central London, where over 200 tents formed a ramshackle campsite. This subsequently caused officials to close the cathedral due to health and safety concerns, the first time its doors have been closed to the public since the Second World War Blitz: source What is the Arab Spring?(16:34 or p.4 in the transcript)Arab Spring, wave of pro-democracy protests and uprisings that took place in the Middle East and North Africa beginning in 2010 and 2011, challenging some of the region's entrenched authoritarian regimes. The wave began when protests in Tunisia and Egypt toppled their regimes in quick succession, inspiring similar attempts in other Arab countries. Not every country saw success in the protest movement, however, and demonstrators expressing their political and economic grievances were often met with violent crackdowns by their countries' security forces: source Democracy in Question? is brought to you by:• Central European University: CEU• The Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy in Geneva: AHCD• The Podcast Company: Novel Follow us on social media!• Central European University: @CEU• Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy in Geneva: @AHDCentreSubscribe to the show. If you enjoyed what you listened to, you can support us by leaving a review and sharing our podcast in your networks!
Neville Stein, 61 trades as ‘Neville Stein Horticultural Business Consultant'. Primarily working in the ‘land based' sector Neville has become recognized as an expert business consultant amongst SMEs and family enterprises and has worked with a wide range of organizations both in the UK and internationally including Ireland, Israel, Eastern Europe and China. Beginning his career in the UK nursery industry in 1977 Neville completed a Diploma in Nursery practices at Pershore College of Horticulture, UK. After leaving college he had a variety of positions in the nursery stock industry before becoming a sales manager for Notcutts Nurseries who were, at the time of Neville's employment, the UK's largest plant production nursery. Neville left employment in 1995 to establish a unique and specialist business consultancy practice working with nurseries, garden centers and landscapers. Whilst establishing this business he also graduated with an MBA. Today, Neville is still operating full time in the sector but principally spends his time educating the horticultural managers of the future and his educational portfolio includes assessing on the prestigious master of Horticulture for the Royal Horticultural Society, The Kew Diploma and the Institute of Leadership and Management. When not involved in education he still provides consultancy to selected clients in addition to writing for many of the UK's leading trade publications
EU Regulatory & Trade Update The overall aflatoxin rejections for California almonds in Europe have trended down, from 32 in 2017-18 to 2 so far this year. However, the industry continues to face other challenges associated with aflatoxin rejections, namely, denial of goods returned to origin for rejected shipments in some EU countries such as Spain and Denmark. This is an issue ABC has been actively working with EU regulators to harmonize across all member states so shippers can opt to bring rejected shipments back if they choose to do so. The ongoing discussions on revising Articles 66 and 67 import control procedures promise to harmonize the handling of rejected goods across EU member states. ABC will keep the industry updated on any developments in this regard. In other EU regulatory news, the implementation of some of the Farm-to-Fork-related regulatory proposals has slowed down, but not completely paused, as the EU grapples with the fallout from the Ukraine-Russia war. ABC has responded to stakeholder consultations and shared industry viewpoints on important issues such as the possibility of applying EU environmental and health regulations to imported products and creating a mutually acceptable sustainability framework. ABC has received inquiries from industry members regarding European Commission Recommendation 553/2022 related to monitoring alternaria toxin levels in foods, including tenuazonic acid (TeA) for tree nuts. According to Dr. Jim Adaskaveg, Professor of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at the University of California, Riverside, there is very low concern about Alternaria on almond-producing inoculum levels to reach detectable mycotoxin levels. Primarily, the almond tree may be affected with “Alternaria leaf spot” disease but there is rarely any evidence of hull infections. In general, the kernels are well protected by the shell and hull and spore contamination would have to be extremely high to detect mycotoxins. ABC has initiated testing of infected samples to generate baseline data. ABC has invited our EU regulatory affairs consultant, Prospero, to provide updates on the current EU status in implementing its Green Deal strategies during an international trade panel at the Annual Conference coming up in December. For more information, contact email@example.com. USDA Tree Nut Annual Reports - Highlights for India and the EU USDA recently published its annual Tree Nuts Reports for the EU and India. The EU imported more than $1.4 billion of almonds from the U.S. in MY 21/22 (93% market share) and only $82 million from Australia, its second-largest supplier. USDA forecasts predict that the EU's two largest almond producers, Spain and Italy, will see significant decreases in production in MY 2022/23. For India, USDA forecasts a slight decrease in Indian almond imports to 148,000 metric tons (MT) for MY 2022/23. The U.S. is the largest almond supplier to India with 84% market share, followed by Australia at 8%. Domestic production is predicted to decrease by 4% to 4,000 MT. USTR Chief Ag Negotiator On Hold Last month we reported that Doug McKalip's nomination for chief agricultural negotiator at USTR was moving along smoothly, but since then citing transparency concerns, a Democratic Senator placed a hold on his nomination. This hold may delay McKalip's confirmation. However, Alexis Taylor's Senate Ag confirmation hearing held on Sept 22 went very well. Ms.Taylor is the current Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture and was nominated to be the USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Affairs. There is optimism that she will be confirmed soon after Congress returns after the November elections.