Happiness as Personality 😊

Happy woman

Recently, I listened to the audiobook Why You Are Who You Are by Mark Leary with my girlfriend. It’s a lecture series about the roots of human personality, covering things like personality differences between people, where the differences come from (spoiler: it’s the usual mix of nature and nurture), and how they alter our lives.… Continue reading Happiness as Personality 😊

God’s Pet Peeves 🦐

Shrimp angel

I recently re-read the Bible's Leviticus chapter 11, with its variety of walking, crawling, slithering, swimming, and flapping abominations. There were some highlights I thought I'd share: We aren’t actually supposed to be eating ostriches. I was a bit surprised by that because I didn't realize ostriches were bountiful enough in Hebrew lands to put… Continue reading God’s Pet Peeves 🦐

A Day at the Creation Museum πŸ¦–

Adam in the Garden of Eden, at the Creation Museum

Recently I visited the Creation Museum (not far from Cincinnati), which I’ve always wanted to see for funsies. In the past, I’ve gone deep on both sides of the evolution vs creation debate, since learning about the science of evolution was one of the earlier steps for me in moving away from the wacky religious… Continue reading A Day at the Creation Museum πŸ¦–

Seven Weeks on an American Road Trip πŸš—

Between March and May of this year, I spent seven weeks on one of the most American things I can think of: a road trip across the USA. The last time I’d done something like this I was nine years old. Back then, my sisters and I liked to pass the endless hours in the… Continue reading Seven Weeks on an American Road Trip πŸš—

Every Book Ever Written About the Children of God Cult πŸ“š

Children of God book covers

Following is a list of every book about the Children of God cult, also known as the Family. Since I was raised in this cult, I've been compiling this list for years now. Here they all are, for anyone who's interested to find their next great read or wants to dig into the whole lot.… Continue reading Every Book Ever Written About the Children of God Cult πŸ“š

Karen Zerby Leak: Unmasking a Cult Leader Who’d Remained Faceless for Nearly 30 Years πŸ•΅πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Zaren Kerby drawing: eyes

It was 2005, and cult leader Karen Zerby was in hiding, as she had been for decades. Zerby was the head of the Family International (also known as the Children of God), a Christan cult that was paranoid in general, but leaders took secrecy to another level. No one knew where Zerby lived, and her… Continue reading Karen Zerby Leak: Unmasking a Cult Leader Who’d Remained Faceless for Nearly 30 Years πŸ•΅πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ