Back on Track

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“But there never seems to be enough time, to do the things you want to do, once you find them,” sang Jim Croce in Time in a Bottle.

I’m not sure what derailed my writing. I definitely have too many projects and not enough time. My wife occasionally calls me “Crazy Old Maurice” (absent-minded inventor from Beauty and the Beast) probably because I’m so scatter-brained and I’m constantly mumbling or humming to myself while frequently losing my glasses, tools, bicycle and so on. One time I even lost my car for a week.

But anyhow, as I get back on the blog track, I want to thank the people who have encouraged me to continue my writing. It means the world to me.

Although I haven’t been posting much, I have been researching and preparing for future blog-related activities. I even purchased some video-editing software and a used camera to enable me to add what I hope will be entertaining and enlightening video clips.

Speaking of cameras, I marvel at how much they’ve changed since I was a contributing photographer for the Washington Times back in the 1980s. Admittedly, I had to run back home and grab my old camera to take photos at Wheatland’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting because I couldn’t figure out how to turn on my new camera’s flash. (In my defense, the reason the young man gave for selling me his camera was, “It’s too complicated”.)

Another project I’ve been working on is a new website that will be taking a satirical and humorous look at the people and groups who support “deprogramming”. I’ve already written several blog posts on this topic and staged a couple of protests against TED Talks for their promotion of faith breaking. People have asked me why I bother, and I have often asked myself the same question.

My source of inspiration.
My source of inspiration.

Admittedly, it’s easy to get discouraged in my David-versus-Goliath confrontation with a popular and well-funded a group like TED. However, whenever I feel like giving up, I turn to such inspirational books as Let our Children Go in which retired deprogrammer, Ted Patrick, claims that Unification Church members practice sinister things like on-the-spot hypnosis; or to Diane (“I didn’t know I was with the Moonies”) Benscoter’s “Poor Me” memoir In the Shoes of a Servant where she outlandishly says we believe in talking snakes, Reverend Moon is God and his children are perfect. Such distortions of our beliefs, and who we are, really get my blood boiling. If I don’t do something to expose these libels, who will?

Recently, I took a short drive into the countryside in search of a photo I could use as the background image for my new website. The scene I found of the sun beaming behind magnificent cloud formations while Canadian geese gathered by a rice field nearly took my breath away. Maybe God was trying to tell me something.

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As 2015 comes to an end, I sincerely hope that at this time next year we can look back and know that our hearts have grown and we have come to love and appreciate those who are different from ourselves. As a wise woman from the East once said:

As we stand before God, we are not evaluated by our title or the name of our religion, but by the quality of our hearts.” Hak Ja Han Moon.

In closing, I would like to especially thank my wife for her editing, drawing and continued support. Speaking of her, where is she anyway? Oh no! She’s still down at that rice field. I forgot she got out of the car to go pick some flowers and I must’ve driven off without her. Boy, am I in trouble!

 

10 thoughts on “Back on Track”

  1. Happy New Year Bob, Glad to see you are turning into the absent minded professor!! You have a lot on the ball mentally and I am glad to see you do so many things. Infusing humor in your writings is an invaluable tool. I see on E bay you have an impeccably good reputation also. Today I am going to see some of my wife’s relatives. One is Jehovah’s witness, another a dyed in the wool Catholic (more Catholic than the Pope: my 99 year old mother in law, another says she is a recovering Catholic and does not believe in “sin” and that it is all a learning experience , and our family who are Unificationists. Your quote from Mother Moon’s words about the quality of our hearts are our real evaluation was my inspiration to prepare for our diverse get together today. It is so painful to adopt the etiquette of not discussing religion in this group. And if that weren’t challenging enough 4 children from that group are gay. One girl had a gay wedding recently and quickly got an in vitro pregnancy to fulfill their fem-butch relationship. I tell ya, 2016 already is starting off with a bang! I hope good health and prosperity is your for you, Marie and the girls this year!!

  2. Hi Bob,
    I do enjoy your posts. Since you are such a fine writer and joined in Seattle I wanted to let you know that this year our congregation will vote whether or not to file for official landmark status for our mansion. Turns out it is arguably Seattle’s most historically important house. Along with potential annual grants of up to $30,000 the city will archive documents about the building (meaning your testimony) plus the church is creating our own archives. Please consider writing some testimony of that time and send it to us.

    Additionally while you take on TED and Benscoter this year my effort is to take on Asian Access in LA and especially TEAM in Chicago. TEAM was directly involved in kidnapping Japanese Unificationists. If you would like more detail email me. Keep on writing and tell your wife long walks are good for her.

    1. Thank you for the heads up regarding TEAM and Asian Access and for your encouragement. I re-read the story about your work on the Loch Keldon House in Seattle. Great story. I’ll be emailing you shortly.

  3. Great to have your blog back in action, Bob — I’ve missed reading it. Thanks for your continued efforts to get the word out about the Unification Movement and the values we stand for.

    1. Thank you for the encouragement Bento. I’m also inspired by your work to educate couples in improving their relationship skills.

  4. Thanks, Bob — you and I each have our oars (personal talents) in the water on the same boat paddling upstream toward creating a better world. Paddle on, brother! 🙂

  5. I like your stories a lot. Glad you are busy. I used to try to do one thing at a time and realised I have to many interests for that and am learning how to entertain them all. It’s better that way. Take care keep going and keep writing, thanks.

    1. Thank you for reading my blog and your comments Walter. Make sure you look me up if you’re in Northern California. Although I might put you to work.

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