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  • Birthday 11/08/1956

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  1. Well, I'll be!!! Neil, if Jehovah "causes to become", would that be the same as "he causes to be"? Indicating his creation can be considered "beings"?
  2. The problem with language though, is that word meaning can evolve. For various reasons Words change meaning and based on perception of those speaking and hearing it can offend or confuse people. Like the word "terrific!", used to mean something terrible. Now people understand it to mean something great or excellent. So we have to consider how our audience understands it.
  3. Also...."missing" can denote that the whereabouts of a person or thing is unknown. "a child is missing", "my keys are missing", etc... Like looking for something that you don't know what happen to it. Jehovah is well aware of what happens to these stars when they "die" sort of speak. Just as he knows when one of his servants die. They're not missing in the sense of being "lost" or their whereabouts unknown. None is missing in that sense.
  4. Luezette, thought you might find this interesting. It (below) was written by a Native American woman who speaks the language. It seems the word Squaw has gotten lost in translation and twisted from a good word to a bad word to many English speakers. Personally I've always understood it to mean just an Indian woman. Squaw means the totality of being female Squaw is NOT an English word. It IS a phoenetic rendering of an Algonkian word that does NOT translate to "a woman's private parts." The word "squaw" - as "esqua," "squa," "skwa," "skwe" and other variants - traditionally means the totality of being female, not just the female anatomy. The word has been interpreted by modern activists as a slanderous assault against Native American women. But traditional Algonkian speakers, in both Indian and English, still say words like "nidobaskwa" = a female friend, "manigebeskwa" = woman of the woods, or "Squaw Sachem" = female chief. When Abenaki people sing the Birth Song, they address "nuncksquassis" = "little woman baby." During the contact period, northeastern American Indian people taught the colonists the word "squaw," and whites incorporated it into their speech. English observers described women's medicinal plants such as "squaw vine" and "squaw root," among many others. There are rumors about the word's usage as an insult by French fur traders among western tribes who were not Algonkian speakers. But the insult was in the usage, not in the original word. Any word can hurt when used as a weapon. Banning the word will not erase the past, and will only give the oppressors power to define our language. What words will be next? Pappoose? Sachem? Pow Wow? If we accept the slander, and internalize the insult, we discredit our female ancestors who felt no shame at hearing the word spoken. To ban indigenous words discriminates against Native people and their languages. Are we to be condemned to speaking only the "King's English?" What about all the words from other Native American languages? Let me tell you a story. A good friend, a revered New England Algonkian elder, gave her granddaughter a traditional name that ended in "-skwa" meaning "powerful little woman." That poor girl came home from school in tears one day, asking, "Why did you name me such a horrible name? All my teachers told me it's a dirty word." When our languages are perceived as dirty words, we and our grandchildren are in grave danger of losing our self-respect. That school is now being taught that squaw is NOT a dirty word, but an indigenous term that has been misused and misunderstood, and that it is an appropriate, traditional, and honorable part of this girl's name. Some American Indian activists have written to me saying, "well, YOU can use the word if you want, but WE consider it obscene." This labeling of my indigenous language as obscene is a racist statement. It makes no sense for Native people to cling to and accept a wrong translation. We must stop now and educate, rather than tolerate the loss of our language due to ignorance.
  5. Sure cuz, the checks in the mail.
  6. Many of us here no doubt share some of those 2,000,000 grandparents. We're all distant cousins!
  7. I can't even keep track of my keys.
  8. "We are stardust, we are goldenWe are billion year old carbonAnd we got to get ourselves back to the garden." could the old song be right?
  9. Tim, I kind of thought you were as straight as an arrow. Do you wear Arrow shirts? Speaking of dna test....I had one too, and found out I was quite a bit Irish.....along with English and French but that's a no brainer being from the Boston area. One thing I've always known is that my father was half French and half drunk.
  10. Jack I would think his mother or joseph would have at least explained the circumstances of his miraculous birth and what the angel told Mary. No doubt this is a good reason for him to have such an interest in the scriptures. At his baptism he may have just recalled his pre-existence in detail but not just found out about his purpose. That's just my take on it.
  11. Can't show you scripturally.. I could come up with a number of reasons here, but this is a family show.
  12. It's just common sense. How could we carry our cell phones?
  13. They wouldn't physically, would they? I guess I haven't thought too hard about these things before. Maybe there have been some, and they just decided not to tell anyone.
  14. Ok, now I get it. I'm a little slow. Good question. Actually I would imagine that question could be answered now....I just don't know the answer. Don't know if it's happened that a tranny ever got married then came into the truth....but it seems I've heard of a brother that was a cross-dresser (like to wear women's clothes) and very effeminate. The brothers had to teach him to walk and talk like a man. If someone were to have the surgery and get married and start studying etc... The elders would probably have to get on the hotline to NY to get some advice and they'd have to make a decision. Years ago I can imagine them saying you have to revert back to your birth status. Nowadays, I'm not so sure if they would insist on that or not, because of our understanding of the psychological aspect of it.
  15. I guess I've always lumped transgender and homosexuals together as an unnatural use of the their birth body. So your question is if surgery from one gender to another is acceptable to Jehovah? ???