24 years ago I was blessed with having a white Persian tiptoe into my life and change it forever. She taught me to be kind, loving and calm. She taught me to watch outside for animals that needed food and love. And now our rescue is in her name. She is the reason why we rescue those that others throw away. She left us 3 years ago today to go to the Rainbow Bridge to be with her mate JohnJohn and their kittens Baby and Sweetye. I miss that family but I miss the wise MimmyJoe.
Three years ago today we lost a beautiful dirty faced Princess with a heart of gold. The Rainbow Bridge gained an Angel.
If you’ve read my second book then you know this quote.
God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. James M Barrie
My 9th grade English teacher Mr. Taylor would write different quotes on the blackboard each day and we had to write a paragraph about what they meant to us. This is the only quote that I ever remembered. Now that I’m older it sticks with me because genetically there is Alzheimer’s disease in my biological family and I’ve watched people with that disease lose their short term memory but retain their long-term memory. So maybe those memories are really their roses.
This is honestly a subject I have no real feelings on. I know it exists, I know why it exists. But until parenting methods change, until people stop being so selfish, until we learn to start loving strangers and helping strangers, it’s not going to change.
Ageism will exist until we learn to talk to each other with respect. Respect isn’t taught anymore. It’s not earned anymore, it’s rarely given anymore. My generation has no respect for the generation it raised because we totally screwed it up. The generation we raised has no respect for our generation or the older one because we didn’t teach them to respect themselves.
Can it be stopped? Sure, but it’s going to take a lot more than a blog entry. And honestly, there are bigger problems facing our world right now.
THIS IS NOT LOCKER ROOM BANTER:
Trump: Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.
These comments were directed towards Arianne Zucker. Who Trump was going to be co-starring with on Days of Our Lives, a long running soap opera on NBC. One I’ve watched since I was a small child.
Trump: . And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.
Bush: Whatever you want.
Trump: Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.
Bush: Uh, yeah, those legs, all I can see is the legs.
Trump: Oh, it looks good.
Bush: Come on shorty.
Trump: Ooh, nice legs, huh?
Bush: Oof, get out of the way, honey. Oh, that’s good legs. Go ahead.
Yes, Arianne Zucker is beautiful, yes, she has very nice legs, but does she deserve to be talked about like she’s a piece of meat? And the first part of the conversation on the bus, the married woman that Trump was making the moves on Nancy O’Dell.
This is a man that is running for the highest political office in America. Is this a man we want in charge of laws affecting our children? Not just our daughters, but our sons too. What he is talking about in that conversation is the very definition of sexual assault. It is against the law. PERIOD. It’s not something that an apology can cover up. But we are living in a country where you can rape a woman behind a dumpster and only get six months in jail but only have to serve three months. We are clearly living in a country where if old white men have their way, women and girls will NOT matter. And it’s been this way for a very long time.
How do I know this, because I am a fifty-three year old woman who was groped by an old man when I was 11. My mother told me to be nice to him and let him, he gave her money. He also gave me money. I didn’t know it was wrong. I was a child. I was repulsed by it but compared to the other things that had happened in my life, this old man groping me and giving me money was the least of my worries. And I knew that if I didn’t let it happen, my mother would beat the hell out of me. Sex didn’t happen, but the old man did grope my boobs and my pussy. This was over forty years ago. Nothing has changed. Men are still doing it.
And what about the sexual assault case that is pending against Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein? Raping and threatening a 13 year old child? Really? Epstein has already spent time in jail for sex with a minor. He’s known as the “Billionaire Pedophile” and he’s a friend of Trumps.
Is this really a man that we want running a country….ANY COUNTRY? Hell this isn’t even a man I would want running a business. He talks about how Hillary belongs in jail, he belongs UNDER the jail. He is a vile human being.
He believes that woman who have legal abortions should be punished, he believes that people who have been cleared of crimes by DNA are guilty and he loves to deny what he says moments after he says it.
Wake up and smell the coffee. This is one coke addict we don’t need.
There are so many misconceptions about being bipolar, clinical, seasonal, situational and emotional depression. The causes of depression may all be different by the symptoms are similar. And there is no easy fix. I hear “Go to the doctor” all the time, the doctor isn’t a magic cure. There is no magic pill that instantly makes it better. Let me repeat that. THERE IS NO MAGIC PILL THAT MAKES IT INSTANTLY MAKES IT BETTER. Yes, the doctor can write out a script for pills but they take a while to get into your system and that’s after you decide to go to the doctor. In reality we are talking about dealing with depression for at least 6 weeks before someone starts to feel better with medical help. What are you supposed to do in those six weeks?
As a person who is dealing with depression right now at this very moment I can tell you it’s hell. I wake up every morning exhausted and the first thing I want to do is cry. Why do I want to cry? Here’s a list:
- I woke up
- The sun is shining
- I’m alone
- There are people in the house
- There are cats in the house
- Pumpkin is not on my bed
- Pumpkin is on my bed
- The tv is on
- The tv is not on or its on the wrong channel.
- It’s cloudy
- The phone is ringing
- I slept too late
- I woke up too early
As you can see, NONE of these reasons make sense. No sense at all. But they are reasons that make me cry every morning. So what do I do about it? First you should know that I’ve very anti drug for my bipolar. I have so many health problems that I take pills for that I don’t want to take any more pills. So over 30 years I have tried to manage this illness on my own. Is that the smartest thing? No, I’ve ended up in the hospital a couple of times.
I know the signs of depression. The first thing to go when I’m getting depressed is my creativity. I don’t want to take pictures, I don’t want to draw, to write, to build, to sew, to cook or to do anything. I don’t want to shower. I don’t want to eat. But I have certain responsibilities that I have to attend to and they become chores, some of them are no longer done out of love, it’s simply done because I have to do them. Like cooking. I have to cook for the kids. If I don’t cook for them they get frozen pizzas or tv dinners. Of course, I won’t lie, sometimes when I do cook for them they get those same things. But if I don’t cook for them they don’t get veggies. I will say that even though it’s a chore to take care of the cats, It’s still done with love. LOTS OF LOVE. Because I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that they love me back. I know that they appreciate the food that I give them and the care that I take with them. So if I had to pick something that got me out of bed every day it would be taking care of the cats. I’m a crazy cat lady because they are the reason I get out of bed in the morning and the reason I haven’t killed myself.
So what’s the point of this blog post? If you know someone in your life that has depression, if they are just “social media” friends and you look up one day and you haven’t heard from them in a couple of weeks, reach out. Find out why. They are probably suffering in silence. If you look at your social media friends profile and see nothing, there’s a problem. You can’t fix it, but you can offer a shoulder, an ear, do something to cheer them up. Let them know that someone is thinking about them. Send them a card in the mail, Send them a message on facebook, send them an email, pick up the phone and listen to them. Don’t let them suffer in silence because honestly it may get to a point where all you ever get from them again is silence.
No matter what form of depression a person has there is no quick fix. But if you love them or care for them, you can help them by being a lifeline. Throw it to them, don’t expect someone else to do it, don’t wait for someone else to do it.
I have reached out to EVERY AT&T person I can find. Last night on Facebook it was a joke. A pure joke. I will post the screen grabs but here’s the deal. Someone else posted on my thread. They were talking about about it took them several hours and several calls to be able to cancel. This I can understand because you say “cancel” and they transfer you to a department who’s job it is to save your business. Back in the day we called it “Saves” I’m sure by now they have given it some fancy name like “The department of client retention” or some such nonsense. It’s where all really angry customers go when they want to “Ditch the T”. But I digress. So you have two angry people on one thread. One is a customer who just cancelled and one is a current customer. You can’t do anything to save the customer who cancelled. So that’s the one you help first right? The one who didn’t start the thread, the one that was wish the upset customer luck, right? I’m that makes sense right? That’s what the reps at AT&T did. They totally ignored my complained and zeroed in on the other person. They were falling all over themselves to help her.
Only when I mentioned how they mattered because they cancelled and were lost money and I didn’t matter because I was still money in the bank monthly did they even acknowledge that I was on the thread and offer to help me. And then when I did message them the issue and the ticket number I was informed that it could take 96 business hours before it could be resolved. Yes, your read that right NINETY SIX BUSINESS HOURS. That’s OVER two weeks. To fix an email issue.
And the real kicker? I FINALLY got a decent tech on the phone today. Not one of these young kids who has no clue how to dig into a problem but a REAL tech. He looked at ALL of our account, and realized that we have been paying for BROKEN service. He ran line tests, looked at historical data and scheduled a tech. But while working with him. Do you know what we found out? That someone at AT&T suspended the missing email address and never bothered letting anyone know. And even though the email address is back on our account, I don’t have access to it on att.net because it’s still suspended.
Oh dear, I forgot the screen grabs! LOL
May 2012, Uverse came out our neighborhood. Digital everything. AT&T was the first one to offer it in our rural area. I JUMPED on the bandwagon dancing because I had lived in big cities I knew the joy of digital everything. The install of UVerse is where my joy ended.
The install itself was a total nightmare. The tech ripped me off $50 because he refused to do his job right. (Oh yes, he got fired, a police report was filed.) It took them TWO MONTHS to get it installed in our home. And then a thunderstorm hit. lightning hit the NON GROUNDED AT&T box, the electrical charge ran into the house. It fried 3 televisions, 2 computers and 2 XBox 360’s. After fighting with them on that I ended up with a check for $2000 to replace my electronics and 9 months free service.
Fast forward to sticker shock after the free service ran out. To keep everything we were used to having, with 5 boxes, we were looking at over $300 a month for TV, slower than promised internet and telephone. So I did what any sane person would do, I shopped around. I found out that Comcast was now in the area offering a much cheaper deal. I called AT&T and told them that I was not going to pay them $300+ a month and I was changing to Comcast. To which they said “Well, hold on Lori, let’s see how we can help you.” So they magically got my bill down to $200. The same amount that it would be if I went to Comcast. (This was sometime in 2013, now we play the “I’m going to cancel” game and they magically lower the bill to $200.
Fast forward to this year. Sometime around April 10, I get a call “Hi Lori, this is xxx from AT&T and we just want to know how your service is working.?” My response was that it was working fine. I had come to accept crappy service and slow internet speeds. I did mention the slow internet speeds and she of course offered the faster speed and then realized that I couldn’t have the faster speed because I lived too far away. And then of course, I did my yearly complain about the bill. And there was nothing they could do. So I said “Well that’s okay, Comcast can give me a better deal. And I’m really tired of paying for all the new customers price breaks.” Oh that got the ball rolling and suddenly I could get a better price!
And then to pay for my asking for a better price, my service really started to stink. I mean it really started to stink. Packet loss on ALL services, phone, internet and television. The time and date was wrong on the DVR, it was refusing to record, pause, or anything else. And my service was going down DAILY. So I hit chat. Big mistake. They didn’t understand the problems at all. And no matter how many times I had told them that I had done the level 1 troubleshooting, I had to do it again. This nightmare took over a month to fix. Three techs came out to the house and one manager. The gateway was replaced twice. The dvr replaced once. At one point in time a tech decided that even though all tests were showing that the line was having problems BEFORE it came into our house, the problem was with my wiring and my equipment. You know, my patch panel and all my internal house wiring. End result, the problem was in the local hub, they had to switch pairs.
And then yesterday we discovered an email address is missing from our account. Of course, I discovered this because I did all the level 1 troubleshooting. I tried to log into the account, no go. I hit forgot password, logged into our AT&T account and the subaccount was GONE. So I hit chat. What the hell was I thinking. Here is THAT conversation::
AT&T : Hello! How may I help you today?
AT&T : Thank you for contacting AT&T, my name is Everett. How can I help you today?
Me : Hi there, I’ve just noticed that one of my subaccounts is missing. I can’t add it back. I need it back. I don’t know how long it’s been gone. But that explains why I’ve been missing email.
AT&T : You have reached the right team. I can help you with that.
Me : Account: xxxxxxxxx xxxx is the security code
Me : The email that is missing is email@example.com
AT&T : Please allow me a couple of minutes.
********THIS WAIT WAS FIVE MINUTES************
AT&T : Your account has been authenticated. Thank you.
AT&T : I would like to confirm the cell number we have on your account. Will you please provide me with a contact number so that we may reach you via phone or text with information about your AT&T services?
Me : 678-755-xxxx
AT&T : Thank you
********THIS WAIT WAS FIVE MINUTES************
Me : So are you fixing the issue?
AT&T : I am working on it.
AT&T : Thank you for your patience.
AT&T : I would like to inform you that the email ID “firstname.lastname@example.org” is not registered with Uverse account.
Me : *sigh* scroll up please and read what I typed at the very beginning of our conversation.
Me : Me: Hi there, I’ve just noticed that one of my subaccounts is missing. I can’t add it back. I need it back. I don’t know how long it’s been gone. But that explains why I’ve been missing email.
AT&T : I would like to inform you that I am from Uverse Technical Support. I can assist you with Uverse services.
Me : When we first got Uverse it was registered to our account. And it was forwarded to my wife’s gmail account. However, I’m guessing when there was a problem a while back with outlook and AT&T that it was removed and not returned. My wife spoke with someone in the US Uverse technical support and they worked on the problem for HOURS before the issue was fixed. And she was able to use outlook to check her bellsouth email
Me : During that time the tech deleted and readded both my alternate email (email@example.com) and her alternate email (firstname.lastname@example.org) however now, for some reason. MINE is missing.
Me : We noticed this because my health care information comes to email@example.com and we were waiting on paperwork today. It never showed up.
Me : SO I attempted to log into webmail and it wouldn’t let me
AT&T : I would let you connect to the dedicated team.
Me : So I logged into my AT&T account and the sub account firstname.lastname@example.org is MISSING.
AT&T : My Manager will call you and connect you to the concern team.
Me : But thank you for taking 10 minutes to tell me what I knew.
AT&T : The concern team will assist you and resolve your issue.
AT&T : I apologize, I was searching the details.
Me : They will speak to my wife since the cell phone number you have is hers and she is the technical one
AT&T : I am so sorry for the delay.
AT&T : I was trying to assist you.
AT&T : Is 678-755-xxxx the best number to call you back?
Me : yes
AT&T : I have arranged a call back for you.
Me : as I said, you will be speaking with my wife Lori, she is the technical one
AT&T : My Manager will call you with 10-15 mins and connect you to the dedicated team
Me : thank you.
AT&T : Alright
AT&T : You are welcome
AT&T : Once again, I am sorry for the delay
AT&T : I appreciate your cooperation and patience.
And then he closed the chat on me. The phone rang once, it was AT&T, they hung up. It rang again and they hung up again. So I called them. Again, HUGE mistake. The first 10 minutes of the call was taken up with level 1 troubleshooting. Then he got someone else involved and we did level 1 troubleshooting again. 25 minutes into the call I was told that the email account was deleted because it was a free account and it wasn’t being used. That’s when I lost it. That’s when the yelling and screaming started. That’s when I told him that it was NOT a free account, we got it when we got DSL with AT&T and it was switched over the UVerse account along with my account. And it was being used because the last email I got was 4/10/2015. I demanded to speak to a manager. He told me that he would transfer me to a manager and after leaving me on silent hold where he could hear everything I was saying and I could not hear anything he was saying. I told my hubby EVERYTHING that was going on and let my hubby know exactly what I thought of AT&T’s crappy technical support and how they lie to their customers if they can’t figure out the problem. Finally he put me on the phone with a “manager”.
The “manager” listened to me tell him what the problem was and he explained that he didn’t have the tools to fix the problem. So he messaged someone else to help. After nearly an hour on the phone, the guy in chat couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t add it back and why he couldn’t add it back. So they opened a ticket.
But at no point should a paying customer have to SCREAM at an employee to actually get help.
AT&T has the WORST customer service EVER. They have the worst SERVICES ever, the worst internet speed, the worst television package. Bottom line if you can avoid AT&T RUN as fast as you can from them. Old customers pay for new customers price breaks and NEVER get offered anything for loyalty. We have been customers of AT&T for phone then DSL & phone and then Uverse in this location for 14 years and are rewarded with crap service and crap products at an extremely insane price.
I’ve gotten a ton of messages and emails about my take personally on the whole Duggar situation, how it’s been handled, the parents, the victims and of course the offender. It’s been a really tough story for me to handle on many different levels as you can imagine. Let me see if I can tackle how I’m feeling in words for you.
I personally feel sorry for ALL of the Duggar girls. Not just the ones that were molested, but all of them. And the boys too. None of them have had a say in their childhood at all. None of them have had a normal childhood. Because of their parents desire to produce a small army, they don’t know what it’s like to really have parents that know everything about them without having to consult a play book. For the littlest ones, the older ones are substitute parents. We aren’t talking “The Waltons” here for anyone that remembers that show or that family. No, that was three generations under one roof. Here we are talking about parents that refuse to use birth control and just kept having kids. They admit to using the “buddy system” to parent the children. If you aren’t familiar with the “buddy system” it’s where an older child is assigned an younger child to take care of, help with their school work, pick out their clothes, etc. You know, do the things a parent would do.
To top that off, because of their parents refusing to use birth control and their religious ideas, they caught the attention of Discovery Networks. That big beautiful house they live in? Mom and Dad Duggar bought the land and the frame, the Discovery Networks finished the house and sponsors provided a stocked pantry, art for the walls, furniture and everything else. All because Michelle and Jim Bob liked to have sex and pop out babies. Not a bad gig if you don’t give a rats butt about your kids. Each kid was another year on the television. The kids didn’t a choice. They didn’t get to say “Excuse me, Mom, Dad, I don’t want to be a part of the circus! I don’t want to be on TV. I want to go to a NORMAL school. I don’t want to be a part of the *buddy system*. ”
It’s easy to see the control that Jim Bob and Michelle have over their kids. Don’t get me wrong, the kids seem to love their parents too. But none of those kids express free will. Oh wait, Josh did by abusing his sisters. While his father was running around the state proclaiming that anyone who commits incest needs to be put to death.
And while we are talking about the parents insanity, who can forget about Michelle Duggar’s robocall last year about transgender rights? You know the one where she claimed that they were sexual predators? If you haven’t heard it, you can find it here.
So wait a minute. Jim Bob says that if you commit incest you should be put to death. And Michelle says that gays and transgender folks are child predators. So does that mean that Josh is gay or transgender and that he will be put to death? No, not in their world. Because they prayed and he is forgiven. I’m not sure how that works, why he’s so special.
Now, lets discuss his victims. America is a country that will not name a victim of rape or molestation if they are under 18. That means that for the average person, like me, our stories while they may hit the press they don’t have our names and pictures plastered with them unless we say it’s okay. I happen to be a grown woman with 30 years of therapy under my belt, so I’m okay with people knowing my story and having a picture to put with it. I’m okay talking about it because I’ve had that therapy. However, I remember before I had therapy how I felt. I didn’t want to talk about it, I didn’t want the public knowing, I didn’t want my friends knowing. I had tried to tell people to get help and help never came. I can’t imagine how these girls are feeling. We already know that their brother didn’t get any real help, he went away for three months, read the bible and built a barn. When he came home, there was more “tame” time. I guess that means he was kept away from the girls more? But the girls, they were told to forgive and forget. How can they forget? And why do they HAVE to forgive? So let’s recap this, they were molested by their brother, their lives have been splashed all over tv for the past 15 years (including the time when they were being molested), they haven’t received any therapy or help and now the whole world knows which girls were molested, even the one under 18. And they have no choice or say in ANY of it. The sheer fact that they haven’t all fallen apart is amazing. But then again, behind closed doors and away from the camera, maybe they are are falling apart. I don’t know.
We need to place the blame for this nightmare where it belongs, with the parents. They weren’t there for the kids, they placed the responsibility for raising the little ones on the older ones. They sheltered the kids and gave them no one to talk to really. Sure they could talk to members of the church, but how does that work when your Dad is pretty high up in the church? How long before we find out more dirt in the Duggar closet?
On the subject of Josh….he needs to be punished. He needs to make amends. He needs therapy. He wasn’t a “kid” when he committed the crime. There are “kids” that are parents at that age. According to the bible, he was already past the age of accountability. He needs to be held accountable.
I get asked a lot the best way to order hard copies of my books about my life. The best way is directly from the printer. They are a division of Amazon and if you order them directly from CreateSpace, you just cut out the middle man. And Amazon doesn’t make twice the money.
So here are the links.
Thanks for your interest.