Christian Insights From the Q Tree

I just read an interesting discussion on the Q Tree that I wanted to retain & share on Special Connections…this is a link to the original discussion & so much more!!!

From within the main post:

The link won’t work in the tweet image. Try these links. FIRST, a variety of translations of Matthew 10:16.

Next, a useful exposition on it.

Now from within the Comments to the above post:


  1. Sidebar (just for reflection or consideration, not derail or change the direction of discussion)

    “This brings me to a final point. The disarming of modern Christianity…”


    This raises a fundamental question.

    Without a written record (e.g., the New Testament), how would anyone know how the Author of Christianity intended for Christianity to be followed and practiced?

    This leads to a follow up question:

    Has the New Testament — which contains the examples, commandments and pattern for Christianity — changed since it was written down? Yes there are minor discrepancies due to translation and other anomalies, but to my knowledge not even scholars who are critics claim any of those anomalies result in any conflict of doctrine, practice or belief.

    If the New Testament has not changed since it was completed in the 1st century AD, and the New Testament contains the examples, commandments and pattern for Christianity — then what difference could there be, between 1st century Christianity and ‘modern’ Christianity?

    Or to ask it another way, WHAT practice or doctrine or belief found in the New Testament and practiced by Christians in the 1st century is not also applicable today?

    And if we do anything today that was not practiced in the 1st century and recorded in the New Testament, then by what AUTHORITY do we do that thing?

    By the power and decree of Toby?

    Was it Toby’s idea?

    Is Toby in charge?

    Are we going to be judged by the word of Toby?

    Or by the Word of God?

    Has the Word of God changed since it was written down?

    Has God indicated that He has changed His mind about anything, or added anything, or subtracted anything, since the New Testament was completed?

    If the answer to that question is ‘No’, then how can ‘modern’ Christianity be even the slightest bit different than 1st century Christianity?


    [The reason the question is relevant to this discussion is because the closer we adhere to what the Scriptures actually say / authorize / approve by command / example / necessary inference, the LESS likely we are to be deceived or led astray into false doctrines by wolves in sheep’s clothing.]

    This is profound.

    1. A. This is a great point.

      B. This is why we are constantly “going back to the beginning” to try to re-understand Christianity in today’s context.

      C. This is why it’s useful to think of Christianity in its origin as a school of Jewish thought, just like the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, Baptists (John’s movement), Samaritans, etc.

      D. This is why I sometimes describe my outlook as proto-Christian (I prefer to go back all the way – to when Christ was WALKING and TEACHING and JEWS but more and more GENTILES were his audience.

      Now, this gets into a BIG DEAL where I see the arguments of all sides having some validity.

      On the one hand, you have the “red-letter Christians” who say we should only REALLY pay attention to Christ’s own words and directly paraphrased parables, as recorded in the Gospels, with the other, apostolic works (which are mostly Paul) being treated as essentially the Talmud of Christ.

      But at the same time, we realize that Christ understood that a CHURCH would arise AFTER he was gone, and he left explicit instructions for GROWTH.

      That is why your idea of TIMING of “First Century” is probably about right, IMO. I tend to agree that everything after that may be fundamental to the CHURCH, but it is still FLOORBOARDS that can be ripped up if need be, for example after MAJOR FLOODING or FIRE. But such serious renovation cannot really take place without a LOT of discussion within the ENTIRE congregation. Major renovation has its risks, too. Sky-garden “Church of Gaia” plans for Notre Dame come to mind!!! o_O LOL!!! NO THANKS!!! But making things look OLD AGAIN (Retro-Christianity?) has some appeal!

  2. “Next, a useful exposition on it. ”


    It is amazing that you found and linked that website.

    More than 10 years ago, when I was searching to find if there was any church today that practiced New Testament Christianity simply as it is written and authorized in Scripture — not more, and not less — that is the first Christian website I found, in which I could not find anything to trip them up, or anything which was taught, that was not according to what the Scriptures actually say and teach.

    And it took a long time to find it. There are THOUSANDS of websites which self-identify as Christian. Probably tens of thousands. It was like searching for a needle in a haystack. A BIG haystack.

    I saved it / bookmarked it (that particular website is in Canada), and kept searching. About a month later, I stumbled across another website (this one is in America) which is completely different, but which taught the same things, on every subject that was covered by both websites:

    It turns out that both websites are owned/managed by members of the same worldwide church, which is not to say they are related by any human governing body, but autonomous, independent congregations without any umbrella Authority organization, just as the congregations at Corinth, Ephesus, Loadicea, Thessalonica, etc.

    Each congregation’s sole Authority is the Scripture, and there are independent or autonomous congregations of this church all over the world, in fellowship with one another, but with no congregation having any authority over any other. Decentralized, organized according to Scriptural example, with the governing power and authority being God’s Word, and only God’s Word, for each congregation.

    It is the second website link above which I eventually contacted, and who in turn put me in contact with a faithful congregation near where I lived, which is where I was later baptized and have been a member since.

    If anyone has a Bible question and is looking for a Bible answer, I would recommend either of those two websites. 👍

    1. I should probably mention that I have not spent a lot of time on either website in recent years, as once I identified the church itself I could easily find lots of other websites managed by members of other mostly small, autonomous congregations of the same worldwide church.

      I have no reason to think either of them are not still faithfully teaching and practicing according to Scripture, but as they would say and encourage themselves, check everything they might say against God’s Word to see for yourself whether those things are so (cf. Acts 17:11). And they make it easy to do so, providing the Scripture references, and often the verses themselves.

      It may be hard to internalize or remember at first, but try to bear in mind that these websites are run by individuals, there really is no ‘synod’ or ‘board’ or ‘president’ or governing Authority behind these websites or over the congregations of the members who are responsible for these websites, and this is in stark contrast to most churches.

      The men who run these websites don’t speak ‘for the church’ because that’s not how it works, any more than I speak for the Lord’s church when I discuss Christian subjects. God’s Word speaks for the church. God’s Word is the Authority. As such, each website will somewhat reflect the personality of the man who maintains it, but the teaching should be the same, whenever it comes to doctrine, practice or belief. What these men are doing is pointing out what God’s Word says about different subjects, with extensive Scripture references to back it up.

      Where they might be different is, as I recall, the website Wolf linked goes more into history, and pointing out conflicts between various churches (denominational, Protestant, Roman Catholic, non-denominational, etc.) and reflects that particular member’s views on various subjects, which is certainly his right, and I may agree or disagree with some of his views — but what is Authoritative is the Scriptures, which he references extensively.

      The history is also fascinating, but I remember that he is very blunt in his assessments, which may be off-putting to some. That’s his style, and everyone has their own style, and the style of the man who manages the second website is maybe a little less aggressive, which may be preferable to some, but where it comes to actual doctrine or practice, they should both be teaching the same and referencing largely the same Scriptures.

      I could post links to many other independent congregations of this same church, and each one reflects the style of the individual who runs the website, they are all going by the same Authority and teaching the same doctrines and practices, all cross-referenced to the same Scriptures.

      I hope that makes sense. It’s not complicated, and I might be making it more complicated than it is.


Please ignore any strange numbering or margins above as they occurred when I removed some of the intervening comments to keep my post focused on what I perceive to be the meat of the Q Tree discussion….Blessings to All!!!

China, Inc. ~ The Largest Financial Crime of the Last 25 Years, and It’s Not Over.

“We have to understand how China’s fraud has grown and become galactic. We need to know how and why Americans assisted in the corruption. We need to stop China.

We may have to do several articles on this because it’s more complicated than we ever imagined and it’s impossible to land in the middle of the storm without reference. Let’s start small and quickly work our way up. Stay with me, please.”

via China, Inc. ~ The Largest Financial Crime of the Last 25 Years, and It’s Not Over.

This is an extremely important look at the financial fraud perpetuated on the US by the Chinese Commies.  There will be further articles but please read this compelling post on Wolfmoon’s Q TreeHouse for details…here’s a further taste…

“Dan and the others were convinced they were onto something bigger. He began to investigate company after company. The “filings” in China were mostly accurate, but enormously inflated earnings were represented in the USA. Dan couldn’t find Chinese auditors who were honest, because, as Dan said, “We can’t find auditors in China that will help us, because let me tell you something, if we do…..find those people…….. the government of China will kill ’em. I mean, they will take their a** out and shoot them in the f***ing head.”

Is that who you want to buy Nike T-Shirts and Northface gear from? No, we’re definitely NOT in Kansas anymore.”

& some hints & gems from the post’s comments section:

Legislation and Lobbyists…

Melissa Hodgman, Peter Strzok’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Melissa Hodgman, Peter Strzok’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

(may need to attempt Wayback Machine/Internet Archive reconstituting of some links)…

  1. Wow. Great article, Daughn.

    I knew the financial things were bad between us and China, but not that bad.

    Politicians/regulators/police over here who are compromised (i.e. totally corrupt) on this financial stuff are thereby also compromised on the even much more dangerous national security stuff. That explains a lot.

    It works the other way, too. Money they rip off of us with this con artist stuff goes to their government to fund building their nuclear missiles, their nuclear submarines, their aircraft carriers, their EMP weapons, their anti-ship missiles, their amphibious fleet to conquer Taiwan, their fleet of F-35 fighter jet clones whose design and technology they ripped off of us, their space program, their anti-satellite weapons, their Belt and Road initiative, their street cameras with AI facial recognition, their cyberwarfare against our IT infrastructure… It just never ends.

    And every time they threaten us with the big war stuff, kill us all with EMP, or nuke Los Angeles, or get their Mini-Me North Korea to do their dirty work, so we retaliate against the Norks, not them, then that just gives our politicians and generals whose hands are dirty with this Chinese money scam some cover to kick the can down the road on cleaning up the scam.

    “Uhh, well… Uhh, we couldn’t exactly risk getting them angry by asking them to clean up their dirty accounting practices, at a crucial juncture in international diplomacy, when their general was threatening to bomb one of our mainland cities, now could we??!! Uhh…”

    This really explains A LOT.


(there is an interesting interval about ISO 9000 & 9001 in the comments section too; hint “Among other things, Dalgleish contends that ISO 9000 misdirects resources to an overabundance of paperwork that does almost nothing to make products better, while fostering complacency among top management and quality professionals alike. The recent conversion to the 2000 version of the standard has only made things worse, he says. While ISO 9000:2000 has almost no effect on how good companies operate, it requires huge amounts of time for document revision that could better be spent on real quality improvement, he believes…”)

  1. For the layperson WHY the complaint about ISO?

    Because BEFORE ISO the quality department would INSPECT AND TEST INCOMMING MATERIALS instead of RELYING on the certificate from the vendor.

    After ISO we were told NOT TO INSPECT!!!

    I had major fights over this as a QC Engineer. In one case I was told I had a ‘supecious nature’ and NO we would not spend the $68 dollars a year to test a critical chemical. KARMA hit shortly there after and the chemical did not ‘met spec’ The entire contiuous process line FROZE and the clean up cost millions.

    Now add in what Daughn said about the unreliability of foreign companies, esp CHINESE Companies and you see the major hurt we are in.

    Lets take planes:

    The heads of bolts are marked to indicate the strengh of the bolt. A bolt with 6 marks will sell for a LOT MORE than a bolt with none.

    The Chinese figured this out.

    One of the QC Engineers I met at a national ASQ meeting told the same story I just mentioned. Upper Mgment said NO TESTING trust the Certificate. Well QC Engineers are suspecious by nature so this guy grabbed a high grade bolt and put it in his instron tensile testing machine. The darm thing was pot metal and fell apart at the slightest pull.

    Where did he work? AT AN AIR CRAFT MANUFACTURER!!! That pot metal bolt was SUPPOSED to hold together the wing of a new aircraft!!!

    We should thank that QC engineer for the 100 to thousands of lives he probably saved.



Financial Core of the Transnational Corporate Class

from the immediately above link:

“…In this study, we decided to identify in detail the people on the boards of directors of the top ten asset management firms and the top ten most centralized corporations in the world. Because of overlaps, there is a total of thirteen firms, which collectively have 161 directors on their boards. We think that this group of 161 individuals represents the financial core of the world’s transnational capitalist class. They collectively manage $23.91 trillion in funds and operate in nearly every country in the world. They are the center of the financial capital that powers the global economic system. Western governments and international policy bodies work in the interests of this financial core to protect the free flow of capital investment anywhere in the world.”

More from the commenter Gail Combs:

“A few other bits of interesting of information:
In 1976 A typical American CEO earned 36 times as much as the average worker. By 2008 the average CEO pay increased to 369 times that of the average worker.

Clinton was President from 1993 to 2001. Statistics showed in 1990, before WTO was ratified by Clinton, Foreign ownership of U.S. assets amounted to 33% of U.S. GDP. By 2002, just after he left office this had increased to over 70% of U.S. GDP.

Originally, according to the 1913 Federal Reserve Act, banks were supposed hold anywhere between 12 and 18% of their deposits in “reserve”. That is where the words “fractional reserve” comes in. Gradually the Fed has lowered the amount of “reserve” required until now the banks are operating on no reserve just the 3% cash on hand.

97% of the US ‘money supply’ is therefore created out of nothing. This fairy dust money is now owed to bankers/financiers plus interest and we pay them back with our labor.


***please note that I have not reviewed all the links shared above; they are provided fyi (& if you check the comments section of the original wqth post you’ll gain clarity via context)–Blessings!!!

Democrats ARE the Communists Now

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One commenter shared a link to where the goals of the Communist Party were read into the Congressional Record, which you can find here:
Here are the goals as articulated at the directly above link:

Congressional Record–Appendix, pp. A34-A35

January 10, 1963

Current Communist Goals

Thursday, January 10, 1963

Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.

At Mrs. Nordman’s request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following “Current Communist Goals,” which she identifies as an excerpt from “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen:

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.
8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.
9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)
12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.
14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.
21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”
23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”
24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.
43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.
45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court

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Items 15-42 practically sound like a road-map to what’s been happening within American culture since at least the Clinton years.  What’s sad is that many Democrats could read this list & use it as talking points for their political speeches.  It should be shocking to us all that our society has been so degraded & internalized these Communist goals, which are ultimately & very Anti-American, to the point that they closely resemble the Democrat Party Platform Planks…


I was hoping to find an easy to compare document of the party planks, but most are for 2016 as apparently the 2020 party platforms haven’t been finalized yet.  So just some general comments based on my opinions…

Contrast item 19 w/ Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Occupy, March for Our Lives, etc.

Items 20 & 21 try to find Conservatives in media apart from Radio, Online, & in Independent Films–the left has practically cornered the market & tries to silence voices from the Right in pretty much every domain…

Items 22-25 on cultural degradation one can find examples virtually everywhere…

Item 26 add Transgenderism & “gender identity” to homosexual & consider all the pushes to “normalize” sexual perversion in virtually any form…

Items 27 & 28 consider “liberation theology” & social justice & how they’ve infiltrated the churches…

Items 29-31 sound like formulas for many of Obama’s & other leftist’s speeches…

When this list was published there wasn’t yet the push for global climate change alarmism, they don’t discuss the push to dismantle the 2nd Amendment to disarm the American public, & they also don’t directly articulate the Democrats Santa Claus promises of more & more free stuff for everyone based on their confiscatory tax rates leading to modern forms of slavery on the Democrat Plantation..

The image below appears to be based on the 2016 Democrat convention, from

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Here are further insights from another contributor at the original post cited above:

Norman Mattoon Thomas – Socialist Candidate for President numerous times – predicted the Democrat Party would adopt the socialist agenda – in 1944 speech – and look what has happened – hook, line, and sinker!!!

Norman Mattoon Thomas: Socialism and the DNC.
A leading American socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential
candidate for the Socialist Party of America.

The Socialist Party candidate for President of the U.S.,
Norman Thomas, said this in a 1944 speech:

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation,
without knowing how it happened.”
He went on to say: “I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate
for the Socialist Party.
The Democrat Party has adopted our platform.”

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually
run out of other people’s money.”

~Margaret Thatcher~

The democracy will cease to exist when you take from those
who are willing to work and give to those who are not.

~Thomas Jefferson~

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Well there could be much more to say here but hopefully this whets your appetite to dig a little deeper into what’s happening…Regards!

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6th Anniversary of My Son’s Liver Transplant

I woke up today & realized that today marks the 6th anniversary of my son Josiah’s Liver Transplant.  We are so thankful that he continues to do well & that he has overcome so many obstacles & challenges in his young life.  Through it all he continues to glorify the Lord in his own unique way.  We are truly blessed!  Thank you Jesus!!!

Michael Curren's son.

Josiah, 2015

The last couple years when this anniversary rolled around I was compelled to write a pretty comprehensive post about our journey,  so I’ll share those links with you below.  This year I’m trying to take it easy & just be thankful & even restful in how far we have come from those difficult, painful, & challenging days.  By the way Josiah is doing very well post-transplant & has had virtually no issues with his new liver & life!

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Here are some posts where I deal pretty directly with his transplant:

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Here are some blogs dealing with transplant…& beyond…

I archived our transplant journey here:

We archived Josiah’s transplant journey here & he continues to post periodically:

I archived a friend’s transplant journey here:

Josiah shares his perspective here too:

I share updates about Josiah (& the family to a lesser extent) here:

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You can find Josiah on Facebook, occasionally at prayer request pages, & also on Twitter:

Thanks for dropping by.  God Bless YOU!

Greatest Presidency Since George Washington…..

“No words were necessary in this incredible video. It brought tears to me eyes to watch it and witness it. Our President is the first sitting President to step foot in North Korea.”  There are not sufficient words for how amazing these developments are.

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Dear Lord, please continue to bless, direct, & protect President Donald Trump, his family, his Cabinet & all people of goodwill who support his Making America (& now the world too) Great Again perspective & actions.  May Your People continue to lift up the leaders of this land & those other leaders & lands who seek peace & pursue it.  We continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem & for All of Your People of every tribe & tongue who love You.  Thank you Lord for your many blessings poured out upon us!  In Jesus’ Name!!!

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via News Roundup! We Are Living During the Greatest Presidency Since George Washington…..

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The President’s Tax Return and $467 of Italian Bolillos.

This is a great & practical read about President Trump’s tax returns using the author’s background & IRS audit experience for insight! Check it out…

The Q Tree

There’s no way in hell the President should release his tax returns.

tax return

Background: I was an accountant. I worked for Fortune 50 Banks, Investment Houses, and Insurance Companies, ending as a partner in a small brokerage firm out of Miami. Because I was the designated test taker in the office, I had every license offered from the SEC, Series 6, then 7, Series 22 for REIT’s, and I could even sell commodities, 4X, and gold. I was a CFP, a ChFC, a CLU, and RHU, and an LUTCF. Most of the work was for small to medium sized businesses, and estate work for clients from Manhattan to Chile. Throughout my corp career, I represented over 300 clients and their families in front of the IRS for final disposition of assets. I’ve testified as an expert, and back in the day, I was one heckuva forensic accountant.

For the President’s tax…

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Whistle While We Work? Nah. Sing and Dance!

This is a beautiful post revealing some deep truths through the art of storytelling. I will be revisiting it to do some grief work of my own on my personal journey toward some degree of healing & lessening of burdens too long weighing me down.

Please check out the original post & be blessed!

The Q Tree

This one is in honor of Nebraska Filly and ZooNTexas. Please, let me slip my arm around your shoulder and give you a tight squeeze. Grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and let me tell you a story.

One bereaved or angry person can ruin the spirit in a room or a group. Most often, it has nothing, whatsoever, to do with us. We’re merely in the line of direct fire. Often, we quickly ascertain something is wrong, and we shun that person. We stay away from conflict. No – wrong. Don’t take offense. Run to the conflict. Be the firefighter or LEO to a friend. Figure out what it is. Dig deep. Let them rail at the stars and get it out. Free them.

For example, if you and your spouse are arguing, fiercely, about whether to have chicken or salmon for dinner, I guarantee, you’re not arguing…

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