In what accidentally turned out to be our first two-parter, the boys reveal that the true Messiah has returned to the Earth in the form of Lord RayEl. Also on the docket for today's show is a coronavirus update, a discussion of what organic material can go in your compost pile, and Willy's difficult quest … Continue reading #3: International Congregation of Lord RayEl, Part I
On episode number the deuce, Zach tells Willy all about the Freedomites, a Russian-Canadian religious sect that was known for burning money, nude protests, and frighteningly strong women. Meanwhile, Willy shares his controversial thoughts on Chilis and Helen Keller.
In the pilot episode of Hot Tub Cult Machine, Zach and Willy discuss a Taiwanese UFO cult that believes God will come down from space and rescue the faithful from the coming tribulation. Well, at least in theory that's what they discuss.
Recently, I started seeing my own therapist, and she diagnosed me with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as a result of the many intense situations I’ve found myself in while raising a child with extreme behaviors as a result of his trauma history. This was a tough pill for me to swallow. If I’m being honest, … Continue reading Why I See My Own Therapist, and Why You Should Too
Somewhere in our county there is a massive old limestone bridge over which a railroad company had once run its trains. Today, having found myself in the area and with a bit of time on my hands, I set out to find it. However, all I knew was that it was somewhat southeast of an … Continue reading How to Keep Going When Love is Not a Victory March
Have you seen that episode of I Love Lucy with the freezer? I certainly hope you have, but if not, allow me to give you a brief synopsis. Lucy and Ethel decide to buy a large, industrial freezer without their husbands knowing it because they figure buying meat in bulk and storing it in the … Continue reading Considering Foster Care? Then Bust Down the Door
From the back cover: Many of us enter parenthood with a perfect vision of what our family will be. But along the way we discover that the children we've been blessed with are real human beings, with their own minds, ideals, and views of the world. Our influence only goes so far, and when those … Continue reading Book Review: Winning the Heart of Your Child by Mike Berry
I have a Facebook friend who excitedly counted down the days until spring break when she could finally spend a bunch of quality time with her kids. That’s beautiful and amazing and inspiring and foreign to me. You see, for me, the looming inevitability of spring break was foreboding, a feeling I’m sure (or at … Continue reading All He Wants is to Feel Safe and Loved
Today I sat down to write for The Foster Dads, fully knowing that recently I’ve been far less consistent than I should be if I want to maintain a steady readership. As I scrolled through my list of potential article topics, I realized that I couldn’t write about any of them. It’s not that I … Continue reading Exhausted. Worn Down. Bitter.
In the early- to mid-2000s, there was a delightful fantasy adventure show on Nickelodeon called Avatar: The Last Airbender. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s the story of a boy named Aang, the Avatar, who is basically the chosen one to save the world from the conquering Fire Nation. While the show is technically for kids, it … Continue reading Uncle Iroh’s Lessons for Foster Parents