Sunday, June 29, 2014

'Outlaw Prophet'

Watched the movie 'Outlaw Prophet' last night.  This Lifetime channel movie is about Warren Jeffs, the so-called prophet of the FLDS church in the area referred to as Short Creek in Arizona, as well as, in Eldorado, TX.  As I watched, it occurred to me active slavery is alive and well right here in the United States of America. 

There are those, I'm certain, who sincerely believe in polygamy as being ordained by God.  But I have an absolute conviction there are women in these and other FLDS communities around the world who have been so brainwashed they go along with this practice, albeit unwillingly, simply to retain their place in heaven.  In addition, the girls and women who do want out cannot always leave because of threats to their lives.  Young girls are being raped and impregnated each and every day--in the name of religion--by men old enough to be their father or even grandfather.

Also, numerous young men are frequently cast out of the cult by their own fathers in order to lessen the pool of males seeking mates.  After all, the more men there are, the fewer available girls and women to go around in these neighborhoods of men who wish to take plural wives.  These boys, who for the most part have very little education or skills, are driven out of the compounds and let out in the middle of nowhere to find their own way to get to civilization.  Imagine being thrust from the only life you've ever known and left all alone--with no money and just the clothes on your back--to survive in an outside world of which you have heard only horrible things.

This nation was founded on, among other precepts, religious freedom.  However, in my humble opinion, the FLDS adherents take this principle to the extreme and capitalize on it in order to escape the law.   We, as a people, decry terrorism and tend to place blame on other religions for whatever horrible acts their breakaway sects perform; yet, the FLDS continues its reign of intimidation and violence towards its own and we stay silent and let it happen.  Even the mainstream Mormon Church cannot seem to use its might to control this situation.

Why?

Friday, May 30, 2014

My...How Time Flies!

I simply cannot believe it has been nearly a year since I have posted on this blog...and what an eventful year it has been!

Since my last post much has changed in my life, both for good and for ill.  In August, 2013 my husband and I were unceremoniously booted from both our job and our home (our living quarters were tied in to our job as resident managers of a storage facility.)  Fortunately for us we had--just two weeks prior--purchased a fifth wheel, so at least we had a place to stay.

So here we are, back on the road as we were from early 2004 until May, 2007.  We have traveled from out west to St. Louis, MO to Cincinnati, OH to Orlando and then Largo, FL.  During that time we worked part-time at a campground and I was hired in Largo to work on a filling/packing line.  However, two days before my start date, in an attempt to learn to drive a 150cc scooter in order to use it (rather than our Ford F-250 diesel) to go back and forth to work, I fell and suffered an non-displaced fracture of my left ankle!  So now I am waiting to heal and then build up the ankle before we leave for Campbellsville, KY to work for Amazon at the fulfillment center there during the upcoming holiday season.  This will be an adventure in itself as we have never tried to live in an RV during the winter.  We are collecting tips and tricks to winterize the RV as best we can in order to make it as cold-proof as possible.

There have been times when I think it would have made more financial sense to never have RV'd at all, but then I remember all the adventures we have had, all the places we have seen and the things we have done, and I thank God for our adventurous spirit.  Being in such close quarters 24/7 has had its moments where--I'm certain--we have each wanted to throttle the other; however the vast majority of the time we have nurtured one another and grown closer.

There will come a day where we will have to discontinue our travels and settle down, but until then we will continue to collect memories as some folks collect shells or pieces of pottery or other such items.  And our collection will never be lost or broken or misplaced.

Still having fun on the road,

Sandy, Larry, Smokey and JR