While I was running around Colorado last week, I learned of Sylvia Browne’s passing on 20 November, eleven days ago.
Sylvia Browne lived a life to be celebrated. Cynics and skeptics were never her issue. While crowds of haters picked out every false prediction Sylvia made, she was writing amazing books about her experiences and opinions as a Medium – and starting a church.
Regardless of how anyone feels about the nature of her work, Sylvia Browne moved people, educated students and changed people’s lives for better. No inhabitant of Earth is perfect, it’s literally impossible. So I don’t really understand why the woman was verbally assaulted by so many non-believers. Each to their own, I suppose.
Francine and Sylvia are both on the other side doing very well, so I hear. (more…)
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our U.S. cult affiliates. I hopped on an airplane a few days ago, and now I’m in Colorado!
This year I am giving thanks for lots of things. I am thankful for being in Colorado with my best friend who I’ve known for 30 years. I am immensely thankful that it is not this time last year, because last year around now was extraordinarily sucky.
Naturally, I am most thankful for Peanut and Fronkles. (more…)
Fronkles has mange, I believe it’s sarcoptic mange, and it’s the worst thing ever! (more…)
Namaste blog tribe
My current position involves reading financial statements, which are complicated. If you’ve never tried to read one, I encourage you to do so.
I think a lot of humans around the world are so jaded by how global economies consumed the planet years back, they choose to turn a cheek to such information. I know I did for a minute there. Alas, now that I am back in New York City, it suddenly consumes me every day.
It’s unfortunate how utterly complex financial institutions and the associated legislation have become. The word “un-evolution” should be invented just to describe this. Over regulation is just another way to make it harder to find buried corruption. The international trend is to call everything transparent and hope that if you use that word enough times, someone will believe you.
I’m pretty amazed by what I’ve learned over the past 20 months. Before that, I never looked at a financial statement in my life. Besides an ATM receipt reminding me I’m broke or an insanely long docket for buying a pack of chewy.
Sometimes I think I’ll run for office. Once I rule the world and how children are educated, I will have financial statement reading taught in every mathematics program in the land. I realize it’s not everyone’s gig. But most people pay a tax of some sort. Federal taxes are particularly interesting to review. Also, I plan to take advantage of this knowledge when I try to reason with Zipcar during their next earnings call. (more…)
Well blog family, I heard something back after my rant RE: Zipcar ripping me off for no reason. They reached out via Twitter:
I have since come to learn that Zipcar’s idea of “someone being in touch about your concerns ‘shortly’” = an innocent employee cold-dialing me 19 hours later because s/he heard that, “You wanted to talk about something…”
Me: “Ummm… not really?”
S/he: “Oh. Ok.”
Me: “Well, yeah. I guess that since I didn’t lock my rental before it was stolen.” (because, why would I in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE) that you’re going to make me pay. So… whatever. Thanks.
As a senior manager myself, with budgets of my own, the dollar sign price of a reputation is what my Zipcar rant is really all about. Zipcar would rather that I loudly declare for the rest of my life how unjust they are (which I’ll totally do because I’ve got a bad habit of grudge holding) instead of let me off the hook. So let’s get a little deeper into why Zipcar (aka Avis) is making an innocent victim like me pay them $3500 after I was robbed. (more…)