Interview with God

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Every single journalist and writer on the planet dreams of landing that one special interview for their newspaper or magazine article, or for that novel they’ve been working on for years but haven’t quite finished it.  It was tough getting mine, but I was finally granted a few minutes by the Big Guy Himself to ask Him some questions that have been laying heavily on my mind and my heart lately.  Even though He is extremely busy, He was kind enough to slow down for a bit and listen to my concerns and answer a few of the questions that have been nagging me for a while now.  I hope you enjoy the outcome as much as I enjoyed interviewing Him.

Me:  Thank you, God, for spending a few minutes with me.

God:  My pleasure, Glenda.  It’s always an honor to spend time with one of my children.

Me:  I know you’re busy, so I won’t take up a whole lot of your time, just enough of it to ask you a few questions.

God:  Go ahead and ask.

Me:  You’re aware of everything that’s going on down here on earth, right?

God:  Of course, I am.

Me:  About the pandemic?

God:  I’m aware.

Me:  Why haven’t you stopped the virus from spreading and killing so many innocent people?  Surely, you’ve heard the cries of your children pleading for your intercession.

God:  I know this might not be the answer you’re looking for, but what I’m about to say is accurate.  I allow people to be put into positions of authority to handle situations such as a pandemic, but if those same people fail to do what’s expected of them and act accordingly to do whatever they can to protect my children, that’s not really my fault, is it?  Afterall, I trusted them to do the right thing.  Yet when they didn’t, sadly enough, everyone is quick to lay the blame at my feet.  And let’s face it, the majority of the population failed to do their own part to help with the dire situation, yet they all wish I would or could just glide in and clean up the mess that they made.  You think I don’t hear and see the bickering about rules, guidelines and regulations that were put in place by those in charge who knew what they were doing and how to handle a situation like this?  Even the tiniest of things to ask, like wearing a face mask, seems to be a hardship or an inconvenience for them, or as I keep hearing them say, an intrusion on their rights.  And here I am thinking that the mask was a sign of caring about their fellow man.  Silly me, right!

Me:  Can we talk about the subject of authority for a second?

God:  Sure.  What would you like to know?

Me:  Your word tells us that we should subject ourselves and respect governing authorities because no one is placed into those positions without your approval.

God:  That is correct.

Me:  Does that mean we should respect and obey those governing bodies even when we know they’re wrong, or corrupt, or acting with criminal behavior or against the American people?

God:  Glenda, my suggestion to you is that you refer to your Bible and reread that passage over and over again until it sinks down deep into your heart because I honestly believe that a lot of my children are misunderstanding it at this point in time.  Because I also said, “but if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain.”  My word is my word, and there is no changing that.

Me:  I don’t understand.  Are you saying that we shouldn’t respect and obey?

God:  That’s not what I’m saying at all.  Of course, I don’t expect you or anyone else to love or respect abhorrent, criminal, corrupt, or questionable leadership, regardless of who the person is in charge.  But you do need to obey and follow the laws of the land and always do what is right, no matter how hard it may be.  I’ll take care of the rest.  That isn’t for you to worry about.

Me:  But, Father, I just get so angry over everything that’s happening right now.  I’m frustrated, confused, and scared over all the injustice I’m seeing, all the fighting and harsh words between friends and families, all the severing of friendships and relationships, all in the name of politics.  It’s all so heartbreaking.

God:  It’s okay to feel all of those things in a time of uncertainty and turmoil, Glenda.  Afterall, you’re human and I instilled those emotions in you when I created you.  What matters is how you handle those feelings and what you do with them.  It’s best to never let them get out of control or get the best of you, because if you do, then you’re no better than the others who can’t, or won’t, cage their own demons.  Now, let’s talk about you.

Me:  Me?

God:  Yes, you.  You know I see everything you post on Facebook, right?

Me: (feeling somewhat embarrassed) You do?

God:  I do.

Me:  And?  Is it wrong?

God:  I love it when you share the pictures and videos of animals because I know how much you love them.  And some of the jokes are really corny, yet funny.  But the unpleasant stuff, the posts that you know might anger or inflame another, not so much.

Me:  Everybody else is doing it, too.

God:  And you think that gives you a free pass?  If everyone else climbed the Empire State Building and jumped off, would you follow them and jump off as well?

Me:  No, of course not.

God:  Tell me, Glenda, why do you do it?  I know you and you’re so much better than that.

Me:  To make my voice and feelings heard.

God:  Why does that matter to you?

Me:  Because I want people to know where I stand and how I feel.

God:  I’ll ask again.  Why does that matter to you?

Me:  I have a point to make.

God:  What is that point?  That you don’t like Donald Trump?  That you don’t want him to be reelected?  I feel confident that anyone who knows you, they already know that by now; therefore, you shouldn’t keep posting negative things.  Focus on the good, the uplifting, messages of hope and love.  Those are the important things, especially during a time like the present.  The only stance you need to be worrying about is where you stand with me.  You don’t need to publicly continue to display your dislike for him.  You’ve said it, you’ve been heard, and frankly, Glenda, enough is enough.  Sharing a news article is one thing because it can be informative to those who may not be aware of a certain situation, but sharing posts that are degrading or demeaning, that’s not at all like you, and it’s unbecoming for a child of mine.  You’re much too kind to be doing stuff like that, and to be quite frank, I’m a little disappointed in you.

Me:  Are you politely telling me to knock it off?

God:  You read my mind.  Listen, Glenda, I know you’re frustrated and sad and unhappy, with a whole bunch of other emotions thrown in the mix, and that’s okay because you’re not alone, and experiencing those emotions only tell me that you truly do care.  But what difference does it make to publicly repeat over and over how you feel and where you stand?  That’s your business and it should stay that way.  If you truly want to make a difference and work towards making a change, there is one thing you can do for sure and it’s much, much more important than sharing Facebook posts.

Me:  What is that?

God:  Vote!  That’s where you make your voice heard and your choices known.  The system is in place to allow people like you to choose who they want to run their country.  Not by saying so on Facebook, or Twitter, or any other social media platform.  So, continue playing your games, read your news, and mind your own business.  Don’t worry about what others are posting, or who they’re supporting, or what they’re saying.  They’re responsible for their own actions, and you are responsible for yours.  To coin your phrase…you do know how to use the scroll button, don’t you?

Me: (Laughing) Yes, I do.

God:  This is a time when all of my children should band together and lift each other up, not tear each other down.  This is not a time to differentiate between being a Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative or anything else in between.  It isn’t about the color of one’s skin, or their sexual orientation or anything else that makes them different from others.  It’s about loving and caring about one another in spite of their differences.  Lift your voices in prayer and be heard, because I am listening, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.  Those who proclaim to be my children yet participate in hateful, judgmental posts and/or exchanges of words, tearing others’ down or making fun of them, are horribly misguided, and are acting in a way that tells me they’re not really my children.  Words are cheap, actions speak.  My children revel in bringing peace and love to the earth and to their fellow man, and that’s what I want you to focus on from this point forward.  No matter how angry or upset you get, no matter how badly you want to share that questionable article or meme – refrain from doing it.  Trust me, you’ll be much happier in the end knowing that you did the right thing.  You can keep sharing those animal pictures though.  They’re adorable and I look forward to seeing more of them.

Me:  I feel like I just got a lesson in self.

God:  I prefer the term, awakening.  Continue to stand strong and pray without ceasing.  It’s okay to mourn for your country and her inhabitants, but I promise you, it will get better in time.  Keep your chin up and don’t forget whose kid you are.  Spread passion, not hate.  Show love and compassion, not disdain.  Be understanding regardless of how hard it may be and always be mindful of the feelings of others.  Use your tongue, and your words, wisely.  By following these few simple rules, you’ll never go wrong, and you’ll be a better person for doing so.  And most importantly of all, remember that I love you – always and forever.

I guess you can say—–I got schooled!

Until next time…

Take care and God Bless!

Glenda

Are You Proud?

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While reading posts on one of my social media platforms a couple of weeks ago, I came across a post that stuck in my craw, and for some reason, I can’t seem to get it out of my head.  I was shocked, stunned, and mystified while reading the words, shaking my head the entire time.
The content of the post was about how this person was happy that she had a president that she could be proud of, who was all about the American people, how patriotic he was and how much he loved this country.  I had to read the post twice just to make sure I wasn’t reading a satirical piece, which then got me to thinking about a bunch of questions I’d like to ask not only her, but every single Trump supporter in the good old U.S. of A.  Therefore, I compiled a list of the ones I’d most like to have answers to.
So, tell me….
ARE YOU PROUD that he’s a serial adulterer, a self-proclaimed man-whore who has had hundreds of illicit affairs and cheated on all three of his wives, including sex with porn stars and playboy bunnies?  And that he also has/had a penchant for “younger girls?”  And by younger, I mean in their teens.
ARE YOU PROUD that he peddles that he’s “pro-life” and pushes the conspiracy that “Democrats” are all okay with late term abortions? (Which, by the way, rates a big fat 10 on the “Pants on Fire” scale!!!) Yet have you bothered to ask yourself how many abortions he’s paid for to “take care of the problem” after impregnating several of his mistresses? Let me remind you that he told Marla Maples to abort Tiffany, and the article I read put the abortions he’s paid for at right around 13!!!  Additionally, according to Jane Doe/Katie Johnson in the interview she gave to Vox, after he raped her and she asked him “what if you got me pregnant?”, he throws a couple of hundred bucks at her and tells her “to abort it.”  I am of the opinion that the majority of “pro-lifers” are actually only “pro-pregnancy and birth.”  Because once that baby is born, say, to a young working mother that can barely make ends meet while trying to care for her child and then becomes a recipient of “government handouts,” because she needs assistance, she will become the pariah that so many seem to be against and will accuse her of being a welfare momma who’s living off the system because she doesn’t want to work, when in fact, she simply can’t pay rent, utilities, feed her child AND afford daycare or a babysitter.  I should know.  I’ve walked heavily in those shoes! Which is why I am pro-choice. While abortion is certainly not something I’d do, it is also NONE of my business what another woman chooses to do with or to her own body. Whatever decisions she makes, she’s the one that has to live with them. Not you. Not me. My philosophy is, you stay out of my uterus and vagina, and I’ll stay out of yours.
ARE YOU PROUD that his wife is not only an immigrant who can barely speak English, but who brought her parents to the USA via chain migration, (you know, one of those issues that Trump railed on and on about and how against it he was), who is a former nude model depicted in multiple lesbian scenes and also a prior high-priced call girl?  And you call her classy, yet a majority of Republicans were ready to lynch Michelle Obama for wearing a sleeveless dress and scorned her for showing her bare skin and disrespecting the title she held? Some have even proclaimed that she’s classier than Jackie O…ummmmm, NOT!!
ARE YOU PROUD that, at one time, he was best friends with Jeffery Epstein and, along with his wife, attended multitudes of Epstein’s parties? Surely, you don’t think they were going for the cheese and wine, do you?
ARE YOU PROUD that he’s accused of raping a 13-year old girl when he was in his 50’s, while attending one of Epstein’s parties.  For the record, the affidavit can be found online by Googling Jane Doe VS Donald J. Trump and Jeffery Epstein. This same girl also alleged in her lawsuit that Epstein “showed her off” to Trump before assaulting her. The name she goes by now is Katie Johnson and she recorded an interview that’s about 30 minutes long detailing vividly what Donald Trump did to her before and after raping her.
ARE YOU PROUD that 20+ women have accused him of sexual assault and that he has called every single one of them a liar? If you genuinely believe that they’re ALL lying and only HE is telling you the truth, you might want to do some research into his past, starting with the Access Hollywood tape where he brags about “grabbing them by the pussy!” or “moving on her like a bitch!” or “I just start kissing on them.  I don’t even ask.”  Listen to some of his old interviews and see for yourself. Or watch a documentary about him.  There’s an excellent one on Netflix called “Trump: The American Dream.” These are all words right out of his mouth.
ARE YOU PROUD that he’s accused of raping E. Jean Carroll in a department store dressing room, leaving his DNA behind on a coat that she still owns and has gotten the court’s permission to go forward with her case, but he refuses to offer a DNA sample?  Come on, seriously?  The one thing that could actually exonerate him of the charge and he refuses to comply?  Do you honestly think an innocent man would do that?  When the allegation against him was made by Ms. Carroll, he replied, “she’s not my type,” and proceeded to slander her.  ARE YOU PROUD that the DOJ has intervened in this case to represent Trump against the libel suit filed by Ms. Carroll.  I don’t know about you, but I am NOT okay with my tax dollars paying for his defense to protect him against a crime that HE committed!!!  Why should any tax-paying American foot the bill for that?
ARE YOU PROUD that he is an obnoxious, mouthy bully who has promoted violence on multiple occasions at his rallies?  IE…knock the crap out of him, back in the day he would have been taken out on a stretcher, I’d like to punch him in the face, et.al.  Supporters will defend this by saying that he only says what he means.  No, the truth of the matter is that he is a self-centered, egotistical, hateful, and soulless person who has been a bully his entire life, including to his own siblings.  Read a book about him, for crying out loud, or watch one of the documentaries I mentioned.  Learn who the REAL Donald Trump is!!!
ARE YOU PROUD that he’s a professional conman who has cheated multitudes of people out of money by not paying his bills and refusing to pay back money to banks that he borrowed from? Let’s not forget the thousands of students he bilked out of their money with his fake university!  When contractors have sued him for the money he owes them, he filed countersuits claiming they’d done shoddy jobs, yet never had their work redone.  He has done this to multitudes of contractors.  Look up Barbara Res and see what she has to say about working with and for him, and how he handles his business deals.  Read Michael Cohen’s book and learn how he cheated a widow out of her property and her son out of his inheritance; or how he cheated Benjamin Moore out of hundreds of gallons of paint for a mistake that HE made when renovating the Doral Club in Miami.
ARE YOU PROUD that the only bank that will deal with him is Deutsche Bank, notorious for Russian money laundering and not following banking regulations?  And now they’re under investigation for their business dealings with the Trumps!
ARE YOU PROUD that both of his sons openly admitted that they don’t need to borrow money from American banks because “they get all the funding they need from Russia?”
ARE YOU PROUD that he campaigned on the promise that if elected, he’d release his taxes and his business records, yet has taken his refusal all the way to the Supreme Court to prevent either from being made public?  What is he hiding? UPDATE: On Friday, August 21, 2020, the federal appeals judge denied a stay filed with the courts and ordered Trump to turn over his taxes.
ARE YOU PROUD that he claims to be “a very stable genius” yet blocked his transcripts from ever being made public?  He’s not stable, and he’s certainly no genius.  In fact, I find him to be quite a moron with a disgusting, filthy mouth that continually projects his own shortcomings onto others because he can NEVER admit that’s he’s wrong – even when he is.
ARE YOU PROUD that he’s a failed businessman with more than 25 businesses that folded for various financial reasons, in his portfolio, including casinos, and 6 bankruptcies under his belt?  For those of you who quipped, “he’ll run the USA just like he did his businesses!”  Well, congratulations, he did exactly that…he ran it into the ground and is destroying this country a little bit more every single day.
ARE YOU PROUD of him when he belittles others, calls them names, and makes fun of them by referencing their looks and/or their weight?
ARE YOU PROUD that he has mocked a handicapped reporter with Cerebral Palsy and laughed about it, as did his hordes of supporters? Having a grandson and nephew with disabilities, I took that personally.
ARE YOU PROUD that in the Mueller Investigation, it is documented that him and his campaign had in excess of 140 contacts with Russians, Russian Oligarchs and Russian officials before, during and after his bid for office, and that there are 10 counts of Obstruction of Justice clearly laid out in the report, complete with documented verification and statute numbers? UPDATE: On Thursday, August 20, 2020, the Senate Intel Committee released their final report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and concluded that Russia did, without a doubt, interfere to assist Trump in winning. If this isn’t collusion, then what is? In case you don’t understand what this means, let me lay it out for you. The SENATE consists of REPUBLICANS…. you know, the party of Trump and his die-hard supporters.  His followers didn’t believe Mueller, who is a Republican; they didn’t believe the Democrats, and if they don’t believe this latest report, I guess it’s safe to say that they don’t believe it at all, even when the proof is laid out right in front of them.
ARE YOU PROUD that he has violated the Emoluments Clause repeatedly? He may not know what it is, (“there’s this thing called the Emoluments Clause…whoever heard of that?”).  His words not mine, but it IS in the Constitution. Look it up!
ARE YOU PROUD that he uses the office of the Presidency to line his own pockets and enrich himself, as do Jared and Ivanka?  Golfing at his own resorts, which are the only ones he goes to, generates profits for the Trump Foundation (paying Secret Service, extra security such as the U.S. Coast Guard, room rentals for the Secret Service during overnight stays of which the cost of the rooms have been doubled and tripled for these rentals).  Who did you think the profits went to? Your tax dollars are literally paying him to play golf while he makes money doing it!!!  Yes, Obama played too, although not nearly as much and definitely NOT at his own properties!  Even Jimmy Carter sold his peanut plantation to avoid a conflict of interest.
ARE YOU PROUD that he regularly has private telephone conversations with Vladimir Putin and that during these phone calls, no translators or note takers are allowed to attend?  How will we ever know what was discussed between the two or what they planned? UPDATE: Included in the Senate Intel Committee Report were copies of two letters written to Putin by Trump, both praising him, telling him what a huge fan he was of him, and inviting him to attend the Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow.
ARE YOU PROUD that he stood at a podium and declared that “he had no dealings with Russia,” yet, even during his campaign, he was actively seeking to build that Trump Tower Moscow that he’s been trying to build since the late 80’s? 
ARE YOU PROUD that he “fell in love” with murderous dictator Kim Jong Un and bragged about the “beautiful love letters” he received from him? Kim Jong Un has issued execution orders on his own family members!! Nice guy, hunh?
ARE YOU PROUD that because of his failure to act on the Coronavirus pandemic there are now more than 190,000 dead Americans?  For the first 3 months after learning about the virus, he denied it was a real threat, called it the next Democratic hoax, said it was 1 person coming in from China, said it was only 15 cases that would soon be down to 1, he said that it would magically disappear, he continues to say that children are immune and that is not only a lie – it is a very dangerous lie.  Not only are children and young adults NOT immune, several have died!  Were you aware that a Pandemic Response Team was in place to deal with a pandemic exactly like COVID-19 but because Obama is the one that instituted it, Trump dismantled it and also removed American scientists from a lab in China that did nothing but track and document virus outbreaks?  The outgoing Obama Administration literally conducted a mock drill with the incoming Trump Administration on how to deal with a pandemic exactly like COVID-19, but Trump’s deep hatred for Obama resulted in the plans for handling a pandemic getting tossed in the garbage.  Trump went from saying “how could we have seen this coming?” to “I knew it was a pandemic all along,” all the while continuing to deny that it even existed.  Did you know that he slashed the budget for the CDC and withdrew the USA from the WHO?  He believes his “GUT” more than he trusts qualified and lifelong scientists and doctors and we all know what that has gotten us.  Trump has, and continues to, claim that he and his administration have done a profound job of responding to the virus, although there are new cases and deaths reported every single day, millions of Americans are on unemployment, some have lost their jobs entirely, and the wearing of face masks and other protective equipment has been politicized to the point that many of his supporters and followers continue to believe the virus is a hoax, released intentionally for no other purpose than to bring down Trump!  Do you know how insanely ridiculous that sounds?  Do you honestly believe that the ENTIRE world would allow their citizens to die from a deadly virus, all in the name of American politics?
ARE YOU PROUD that he knew in February how deadly the virus was, yet did absolutely NOTHING to prevent the spread?  Since the release of Bob Woodward’s new book, “Rage,” we’re learning a lot of things that we didn’t know before.  Donald Trump participated in 18 conversations with Bob Woodward and there are more than 9 hours of audio recordings from those tapes.  Donald Trump himself told Mr. Woodward that “it is deadly, it is the plague,” all while lying to the American public about the severity of the disease, proceeding to tell Mr. Woodward that “he played it down, he always played it down.”  When the tapes began going public, his excuse was “I didn’t want to cause a panic.”  Are you freaking kidding me???  His entire reelection campaign is based on fear and panic.  Let’s not forget the “destruction of the suburbs,” “caravans of migrants,” “the Democrats are coming to take your guns,” “Mexicans are rapists and murderers,” “the hype he caused over MS-13,” and a plethora of other scare/fear tactics.  Does he really believe the American public is that dumb?  Actually, the answer to that question is yes, and he’s depending and counting on people being ignorant or numb to it.  You can say or feel whatever you want, but the truth of the matter is this:  Donald Trump, because of his lies, lack of concern and caring, downplaying a deadly virus, HE is personally responsible for all for all of these deaths of Americans.  Had he acted accordingly, there’s no telling how many of those lost lives could have been saved.  To this very day, he continues to downplay it, has his administration altering reports from the CDC to hide facts and to coincide with HIS rhetoric instead of facts from medical experts, and is holding indoor rallies where masks aren’t required (unless you’re seated right behind him and can smile for the camera!), and there is no social distancing in place.  Yet he makes fun of Joe Biden for wearing a mask and following guidelines set in place by the CDC.  I am of the opinion that the 25th Amendment needs to be invoked, Donald Trump needs to be removed from office and charged with Crimes Against Humanity.  What he has done with this deadly virus is an extreme dereliction of duty, and I thoroughly believe that it is only a matter of time before lawsuits begin against him and his administration for wrongful deaths.
ARE YOU PROUD to know that you support an impeached President?  Although the Senate chose not to remove him from office, he remains impeached – FOREVER!!  And the ones who testified against him?  Colonel Alexander Vindman retired from the Military because he’d been blackballed and saw no future for him for fear that Trump would block any promotion offered to him.  Gordon Sondland was fired from his position as Ambassador to the European Union.  Marie Yovanovitch, a 30-year veteran public servant and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, was suddenly pulled from her position and under emergency precautions, was flown back to the USA because of threats made against her, threats that involved Rudy Giuliani; and during her testimony, Trump tweeted an intimidating message to her and it was read aloud to her during the trial.   And all the others?  Well, they’re all liars because only he tells the truth.  Par for the course.  But do you see the pattern here?  Those who speak the truth are punished while those who cover for him and lie for him are rewarded greatly for their LOYALTY!!!
ARE YOU PROUD that he continues to spew hateful vitriol about being “spied” on by the Obama Administration, although that theory has been debunked and disproven several times.  If you don’t think the FBI had a reason to open Crossfire Hurricane, then I highly suggest you do some research, including on Carter Page and Paul Manafort and take a look at how deeply involved in Russian activity they both were.
ARE YOU PROUD that he has absolutely no problem destroying the reputations of highly respected and qualified medical health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci because Dr. Fauci contradicted him multiple times about the false information he was feeding to the public about COVID-19? Dr. Fauci’s focus was keeping Americans safe, while Trump, being the malignant narcissist that he is, was only concerned about being right and about his public image. His behavior only incited his base, who in turn began spreading false accusations, conspiracies, and lies about Dr. Fauci, resulting in Dr. Fauci having to be assigned special security because he and his family began receiving death threats.
ARE YOU PROUD that his suggestion for treating the virus was a possible injection of disinfectants and UV rays into the human body?  Yes, he said it, on live TV, during a briefing, and said it directly to Dr. Deborah Birx.  I, along with millions of other Americans, heard him say it. He has repeatedly tried to sell to the public that hydroxychloroquine and the Z-pack are “the answer” to treating the virus although health experts, including renowned virologists and infectious disease experts said the opposite. With his most recent spokesperson, he may tell you to take 2 Oleandrine tablets, sleep on a MyPillow, and call him in the morning!  It’s really pathetic when the makers of Clorox and Lysol have to issue public statements warning that the ingestion of their products could result in death, yet several people did exactly that.
ARE YOU PROUD that he admires and cozies up to murderous dictators but has alienated every single ally the USA has and that our country has become the laughingstock of the world and they no longer see us as the strong country that we were once considered to be?  In fact, in one of the Woodward tapes, he states that, “the meaner and tougher they are, the better I get along with them.”
ARE YOU PROUD that, during a TV appearance, he said, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find those 30,000 missing emails,” and less than 24 hours later, Hilary Clinton’s and John Podesta’s emails were hacked and made public?  How many times has he ranted about Hilary’s use of a private email server and that she should be imprisoned for it, but when his daughter, Ivanka, and his wife, Melania, did the exact same thing, it was swept under the rug?  No big deal, right?
ARE YOU PROUD that he stood on the stage in Helsinki next to Vladimir Putin and threw his own intelligence community under the bus by taking Putin’s word about election interference over his own American intelligence experts?  How embarrassing to even see that clip!  It’s also extremely shameful.  He looked like a whipped puppy when he walked out of that room with Putin.  But Putin was smiling – BIGLY!!
ARE YOU PROUD that he had peacefully protesting Americans gassed in Lafayette Square outside of St. John’s Episcopal Church just for a photo-op in front of the church holding a Bible (upside down) that he can’t recite one book or one verse out of?  Unless, of course, you include TWO Corinthians!  Let me tell you how he feels about God and Christianity.  At a prayer meeting inside the White House with Paula White and many others in attendance, they gathered around him and prayed for him with a laying-on of hands.  Later, he laughed about it and stated, “Can you believe that shit?  Can you believe that people really believe in that shit?”  He also uses the G.D. word quite a bit and was actually called out about it by a Christian group when he used it during a speech.
ARE YOU PROUD that he is/was associated with the New York Mafia and took that mob mentality into the White House with him? Where do you think he met Roy Cohn, who was the most notorious mob attorney in New York before his death?
ARE YOU PROUD that several members of his Administration have been incarcerated for committing crimes WHILE working for him? No? Allow me to name them for you: Carter Page, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, George Papadapolous, and most recently, Steve Bannon. And let’s not forget about Michael Cohen. Although not a member of the Trump administration, he WAS Trump’s “thug, personal attorney and fixer,” (his words, not mine), for more than 10 years. You honestly think this man doesn’t know “where the bodies are buried????”
ARE YOU PROUD that a huge percentage of the COVID relief package went to his family and friends to bail them out instead of assisting small businesses to prevent them from going bankrupt?  By the way, several of them DID and many businesses had to shut their doors permanently! This is the reason why he wanted full control over the purse strings with no accountability for expenditures.
ARE YOU PROUD that he’s doing everything he can to STEAL the 2020 election by appointing Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General, a man who has no experience at all, but who is a mega donor to Trump?  DeJoy has proceeded to cut all overtime, remove mail sorting machines from post offices, and mailboxes off the streets.  Surely, you don’t believe this to be coincidental? In addition to voter suppression, he is also claiming that “the only way he can lose the next election is if it’s rigged.” He is literally spreading a LIE that the Democrats are actively trying to rig the election, all while HE’S the one guilty of this!!  The move to sabotage the postal service was done so with tunnel vision, the only concern in sight being mail-in votes. What WASN’T considered was the amount of medications, checks and bills that rely on the USPS every single day and have resulted in elderly veteran’s not receiving their meds in a timely manner, some of them being life dependent drugs. News reports have broken recently about thousands of baby chicks dying because of the mail delay, chicks ordered by farmers that never made it there. Food rotting in packages. Mail lying around on tables and floors in bundles. Is this acceptable to you?  Oh yeah, that’s right, but Obama…while it’s true that somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,000-14,000 mailboxes were removed during the Obama presidency, they were NOT removed only months before a major election.  In fact, of all the research I did on this subject, not one article alluded to the fact that it was done for political reasons.  Don’t believe me?  Then do your own research!
ARE YOU PROUD that he rails against allowing American citizens voting by mail during a worldwide pandemic yet does the exact same thing himself?  He, his family, and his entire administration votes by mail.  Go ahead and tell the Military that they can no longer vote.  For some reason, he believes that mail in votes and absentee ballots are different things, but they’re NOT! It’s good enough for him and his, but not for the average American citizen? And contrary to what he is feeding his base, photo I.D. is required for both, as are signature comparisons.
ARE YOU PROUD that he constantly rants about certain news channels and newspapers being “the enemy of the people,” because their stories don’t always paint him in such a good light, but because Fox News panders to him, they’re simply the best!  His rhetoric has resulted in violence against some reporters, including the deaths of some. 
ARE YOU PROUD that, according to his first wife, Ivana, he kept a copy of Mein Kampf on his bedside table and read from it every single night? A dictator in the making even then, he has advanced over time. And if you think this man doesn’t want to be a dictator, consider the things he does and says….hinting at being President for life, discrediting every single institution within our government and causing his followers to no longer trust or believe in them, has his base convinced that there is a “deep state” that’s out to get him, claiming that all journalistic outlets are “the enemy of the people,” inciting and promoting violence. He desperately desires to be exactly like his idols Putin and Kim.  I guess you could say that he’s learning from the best.  Let me tell you something, people.  Authoritarianism doesn’t happen overnight.  You don’t just blink, and poof, it’s there!  No.  It occurs over a period of time by testing the norms and seeing what one can get away with, and if that is successful, they move on to the next step.  Before you know it, people accept what is happening as normal and go with the flow, never speaking up or speaking out.  THAT, my friends, is how autocracy develops.  That is why I will NEVER stay silent.
ARE YOU PROUD that he refers to Senators and certain news personalities by derogatory names?  I.E. Pocahontas, Crazy Nancy, Sleepy Joe Biden, Sleepy Chuck Todd, Ditzy Mika, et.al.  It’s both immature and childish, yet typical bully behavior.
ARE YOU PROUD that, without an ounce of evidence or proof, he accuses others of committing crimes and constantly harps that they should be locked up, all while dismissing the multitudes of crimes that he and his family have committed?  By the way, this is called projection and is usually prevalent with malignant narcissists because they can NEVER accept responsibility or admit that they’re ever wrong. Remember how his supporters chanted at rallies to, “lock her up?” Seems to me that the only ones that got locked up were all part of the Trump Administration!
ARE YOU PROUD that the moment he’s no longer in office and becomes a regular citizen, the Southern District of New York has more than 15 warrants waiting to be served on him?  Which is why he’ll do whatever it takes, including lying, cheating, and stealing, to win reelection because he knows that, as a private citizen, he’ll no longer have protection and will likely go to prison. It is my prediction that if/when he’s no longer POTUS and has inflicted as much damage upon our country as he possibly can, he will DEFECT to Russia, where I believe he already has a deal with Putin to remain protected, and will possibly sell top government secrets in exchange for that protection, because Russia does not have an extradition treaty with the USA and thus, he will never serve a day in prison for the multitudes of crimes that he’s committed.  And trust me when I tell you that he’s a lifelong criminal.  He’s just never been caught!
ARE YOU PROUD that he is a pathological and compulsive liar and currently has more than 20,000 documented lies or mistruths in just 14 months.  He lies about the simplest of things when telling the truth would be so much easier.  He just says whatever pops into his head, regardless of whether it’s true or not.  In actuality, he lives in an alternate reality where he totally believes that everything he says IS the truth – even when it isn’t.
ARE YOU PROUD that he approved payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal prior to the election to keep them quiet about the affairs he had with them? UPDATE: On Saturday, August 22, 2020, a California judge ordered Trump to pay all legal fees for Stephanie Clifford AKA Stormy Daniels regarding her non-disclosure agreement. Let me give you a little lesson on the law. There is NO judge on the face of this planet who would have ordered such without bona fide proof that an affair occurred, i.e. photos, videos, audio recordings.
ARE YOU PROUD that he finally got his “Roy Cohn” when he hired William Barr as the Attorney General?  In that position, whoever is appointed is there to work for the American people, NOT the POTUS.  Somewhere along the way, Barr got his priorities skewed. One example is his willingness to involve himself in the case involving Roger Stone, which is now under investigation for the sentencing involved. It is also being reported in a new book that he personally spoke to Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News, and instructed him to “muzzle” Judge Napolitano because he was critical of Trump.  Again, silencing the truth.
ARE YOU PROUD that he fought to keep Roger Stone out of prison and then pardoned him for the atrocious crimes that he committed, including being a liaison between Trump and WikiLeaks, and helping to coordinate and release Hilary Clinton’s hacked emails.  Stone recently suggested to Trump that if he should lose reelection, he should, “invoke martial law and take back control.”  How’s that for democracy?
ARE YOU PROUD that he fights for and applauds those who speak up for, defend, and praise him, yet the ones who speak out against him are basically thrown into a woodchipper?  For example, take a look at the difference between the way Michael Cohen was treated compared to Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn.  You honestly think for one second that a man who was Trump’s thug, personal attorney and fixer for more than 10 years doesn’t know anything about him, how he operates and/or runs his businesses, or that anything negative he has to say about Trump is just retaliation?  Could his knowledge possibly have anything to do with the Trump Administration doing everything within their power to silence him?  This is a man who, at one time, stated that he would take a bullet for Mr. Trump, but when he needed Trump to help him, he hung him out to dry instead!
ARE YOU PROUD that he bragged about acing a cognitive test and was so proud of himself for being able to repeat 5 words?  Person. Man. Woman. TV. Camera.  Some may laugh at this but it’s no laughing matter that he doesn’t realize that a cognitive test is given to people who are suspected of experiencing symptoms of dementia or the early onset of Alzheimer’s. On multiple occasions, I personally have witnessed this man lose his train of thought while talking, jerk uncontrollably, slur his words, and mispronounce words, even easy ones. If this were my father displaying this type of behavior, he would have already been taken in for neurological testing!!!  But by all means, let’s keep talking about Joe Biden having dementia and being unable to speak a coherent sentence!
ARE YOU PROUD that he is openly and blatantly a racist?  Take a look at his past and the way he conducted his rental business, marking applications of those with dark colored skin to prevent them from being able to rent from him.  We’re not going to forget his birtherism conspiracy against Barack Obama, are we?  He’s doing it again with Kamala Harris, an American born citizen, and Joe Biden by proclaiming that he wasn’t born in Pennsylvania simply because he left there when he was 8 years old!!!  Newsflash – that doesn’t change the fact that he was born there!  And the last time I checked, Oakland was in California and California IS part of the United States. Then again, Trump has shown more than once that he isn’t geographically-inclined (asking if Finland was part of Russia, referring to “their” president when speaking about Puerto Rico). What about the Central Park 5? He took out a full page ad in the New York Times about the crime, basically calling for their lynching. Even when the five gentlemen were cleared of the charges with DNA evidence, Trump STILL proclaimed that they were guilty because he “FELT” it. Screw the science, trust that gut! Are you proud that the decision to take immigrant children from their parents was decided by “a show of hands vote,” led by Stephen Miller, who proceeded to tell the attendees that if they didn’t vote for the policy, the country they were familiar with would no longer exist. To this day, there are still children separated from their parents and in cages, likely to never see them again since there was no tracking system in place.  Multiple reports have been filed alleging sexual abuse against them by ICE and Border Patrol agents. Welcome to Trump’s Hateful, White America!!!  A report was released on September 15, 2020 from a whistle blower alleging that multiple women and young girls in a Georgia immigration center had been given hysterectomies without knowing it was going to happen.  Also included in the complaint was the fact that they’re not being tested for the virus nor receiving the medical care they need.  This is so inhumane that it is disgusting!
ARE YOU PROUD that American taxpayers have paid in excess of $140,000,000 alone for nothing other than his golfing trips?  Can YOU afford to take a vacation that costs that much?  Therefore, he SHOULD donate his salary because by my calculations, he’s spent several years’ worth of salaries for his own personal pleasure.  Keep in mind that your tax dollars have also paid for pleasure trips for his children.  Don, Jr., and Kimberly Guilfoyle recently took a trip to Paris, paid for by YOUR tax dollars.  Let’s not forget those hunting trips for Jr. and Eric to go on safaris and shoot exotic animals because they’re proud trophy hunters.  If you don’t have a problem with that, you should!
ARE YOU PROUD that since Donald Trump took office, America’s national debt has increased by $6.6 TRILLION?
ARE YOU PROUD that Trump has invited Vladimir Putin to the White House and wants the meeting to take place prior to the November election?  That action gets a big fat WHY from me!!
ARE YOU PROUD that unidentified secret police were sent into cities and were reported to be abducting protesters off the streets and taking them to undisclosed locations?  This is something done in communist countries, NOT in the USA!!!
ARE YOU PROUD that he nor a single member of his family have ever served one day in the military, and that he got 5 deferments to avoid being drafted, citing bone spurs, but when asked by a reporter at a briefing which foot it was, he couldn’t even remember? And a quick reminder that “his own personal Viet Nam was ensuring that he didn’t contract a venereal disease.”  He may verbally tell you that he respects the military but calling them “losers” and “suckers” is NOT my idea of respect.  Several members of my family served in the military and not a single one of them is either of these vile names.  And if you think for one second that he didn’t say this, you might want to think back on the times he has called people losers.  He even calls his own son, Jr., a loser and dumb.  No one will ever convince me that he DIDN’T say it!
ARE YOU PROUD that several members of his administration were appointed their jobs based on how much money they donated to him and how well they kiss his butt and NOT because of experience?  Anyone who defies him or speaks against him can certainly count on NOT having their jobs for long afterwards, because NO ONE contradicts Donald Trump and gets away with it!
ARE YOU PROUD of the multiple “Friday Night Massacres” this Administration has partaken in?  Firing Attorneys General for no other reason than because they were involved one way or another in investigations against HIM.
ARE YOU PROUD that he has absolutely no respect whatsoever for women, especially smart and powerful ones, and has referred to a majority of them as NASTY but wished Ghislaine Maxwell (Epstein’s girlfriend and recruiter of young girls for his sexual pleasure) well after her arrest.  Next time you see him deboarding Air Force One, tell me if he’s escorting Melania down the stairs or if he leaves her behind – or if SHE slaps his hand away when he tries to hold it. While you’re at it, go ahead and tell me how many pictures you’ve ever seen of him with his kids, except for the extremely uncomfortable ones of him and Ivanka, which brings me to the things he’s said about her. “Look at the body on her,” “the thing we have in common is sex,” “if she weren’t my daughter, I’d probably be dating her.” What the hell kind of father says things like that about his OWN daughter????
ARE YOU PROUD that he looked up at the sky, raised his arms, and proclaimed, “I am the chosen one?”  As a Christian woman, I find that statement and action to be quite blasphemous, as it should be to everyone else proclaiming to be one.
ARE YOU PROUD that you think or believe that Trump is a Christian or a man of God, yet he has stated that he has never asked for God’s forgiveness because he doesn’t think it’s necessary.  Gee, that’s not what I’ve always been taught.
ARE YOU PROUD that, even after learning that Russia had put bounties on the heads of American soldiers, he still refuses to confront Putin over it and called it “fake news?”  His favorite go-to phrase. We’ve recently learned that Iran did the exact same thing, yet, he remains silent.
ARE YOU PROUD that he proclaims to be a man of law and order but has violated the law more times than I can count? Think about how many were subpoenaed to testify during the impeachment trial and defied them, refusing to comply with a legal document. Think about how many others were told to ignore theirs. You think a subpoena isn’t important? Next time you receive a summons to report for jury duty, wad it up and throw it in the trash and refuse to go. Let me know how long it takes for a bench warrant to be issued on you and how many days of jail time you’re sentenced to.  If he truly were a man of law and order, he’d show his support for the FBI, CIA, and all other government institutions instead of constantly bashing them and their employees.  Additionally, a member of his administration, Michael Caputo, recently made a statement encouraging Trump supporters to be ready for a “call to arms,” and purchase ammunition now because come election time, there won’t be any left.  Sounds to me as if he’s inciting civil unrest and encouraging violence against non-Trump supporters.  How’s that for law and order?
ARE YOU PROUD that he’s suggesting permanently doing away with the payroll tax deductions if reelected?  Do you have any idea what that means?  Payroll tax deductions are what funds Social Security and Medicare, and if it’s eliminated, so will your benefits be, and it won’t take long for the funds that are there now to be completely depleted (roughly between 2021-2023).  This may not sound like a big deal to those of you who are young, still able to work, and won’t be looking at retirement for many years to come, but if this tax is taken away, you can kiss your retirement goodbye and be ready to work for the remainder of your natural life.  It also means that those who are now on Social Security, Disability or receive Medicare, and this is your only means of income, you won’t have it long because there won’t be any money left to fund it.  I, like many other Americans, do rely on my Social Security and it is my only means of income.  It is NOT a handout or an entitlement.  I worked my whole dang life donating to that fund.  Are you seriously okay with this?
These are just some of the issues I find extremely repulsive and UN-Presidential-like.  I could write page after page because there’s so much more. Additionally, none of these are my opinions…they’re all facts, easily verifiable by using your Google machine and conducting some research of your own.  That is, of course, only if you want to know the truth.  I’ve learned over the past 4 years that most of his supporters don’t want to know.
I know that a lot of people who read my posts and my blogs think that I hate Donald Trump, but that isn’t true.  I don’t hate anyone.  I never have.  In fact, I don’t even know what it feels like to hate someone because I’ve never experienced that feeling.  I do, however, hate the things he does and says and that will never change.  There isn’t a day of my life that goes by that I’m not stunned or stumped or confused as to how anyone with an ounce of integrity, scruples, or morals can continue to stand by and support this man in light of everything he’s done and said.  I know that it’s likely impossible to ever change the minds of Trump supporters and make them see the man for what he truly is, no more than they’ll ever change my mind and make me like or support him.  But even that won’t stop me from stating how I feel and what I think.  If I hurt feelings or step on some toes along the way, it isn’t intentional.  I’ve lost friends because of my stance, gotten into my share of cyber disagreements, even so, I refuse to remain silent.  I have a voice and the right to use it.  And I will.
As a lifelong Republican myself, I feel comfortable in making the following statement:  how pathetically sad it is for Republicans to hate Democrats and the Democratic Party so much that they’re willing to accept someone of Donald Trump’s character, or lack thereof, a man who has no sympathy, empathy, compassion, understanding, heart, warmness, kindness, willingness to accept or admit that he makes mistakes or that he was wrong about a particular subject – and proclaim that he’s the best president this country has ever had.  No, he isn’t.  He is NOT a good president and he’s an even worse human being!  A good and decent president would address the issues at hand – foreign interference in our elections, uniting our country and her people, not threaten to cut off funding for “blue” states and only help the “red” ones.  He/she would address the seriousness of the pandemic and would implement proper safety procedures and encourage Americans to wear their masks and practice social distancing.  They wouldn’t lie and incite distrust in our voting system and spread untruthful propaganda about a rigged election.  But Donald Trump is doing NONE of that and that is because he is simply a horrible, horrible person.  I would NEVER associate with someone like him in my personal life, nor would I EVER respect someone like him, regardless of their political party.  I have no use for hatefulness, liars, fear mongers, or hypocrisy.  Not in him nor anyone else.  If you can’t speak the truth to me the first time around, then keep your mouth shut.
Are any or all of these things mentioned above okay with you as you faithfully stand by Trump and the Republican party?  Do you not have a problem with his behavior, his attitude, his rhetoric, his actions? Okay, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt by saying it’s possible that you didn’t know much about him prior to voting for him, except maybe knowing that he was on The Apprentice. But in the nearly four years he’s been in office, surely you’ve come to learn all of this, possibly even more, unless you’re simply not paying attention or don’t want to know the truth about him. If that’s so, do you remain a staunch supporter of this man and plan on voting for him again?  The difference between us at this point is that I’ve known who he was since the late 80’s, and from the very first time I heard him speak in an interview, my first thought was, “what a pompous, arrogant ass!”  Remember, I’m a native Floridian and Trump spent a LOT of time in Florida at Mar-A-Lago.  There was a time when he kept the headlines hot at the Palm Beach Post and other local papers, so I was quite familiar with who and what he was.  It didn’t affect me then because he was just someone I read about in the papers and saw on television.  That’s all different now.  Everything he does and says affects me – and it affects you as well.
But if you ARE okay with any or all of it, if you were aware of the type of person he was before throwing your support behind him and voting for him and are planning on continuing to stand by him because he’s a Republican and you hate Democrats more, then don’t you EVER question my patriotism again, or call me a liberal, or a snowflake, or Un-American, or a libtard, or a Trump hater, or any other hateful name that you can come up with because I refuse to support someone of his caliber. This man represents everything that I stand against. The Republican Party that exists now is NOT the party that I belonged to and it has become one that I’m extremely ashamed of.  It is now the Party of Trump and is extremely cult-like in nature. By that, I mean that in the eyes of his supporters, he is the ONLY one that speaks the truth to them and everyone else are just misinformed liars who are trying to bring him down. I suppose it’s a tough job to be on a mission to save the children from blood sucking, Hollywood celebrity cannibals who met in the basement of PizzaGate while packaging children in Wayfair cabinets and getting them ready to be shipped out to pedophiles!!!!!  Just remember this one thing.  Donald Trump was a DEMOCRAT for many years before switching parties to get on the Republican ticket to run for the Presidency.  Apparently, at one time, he didn’t think the Democrats were so bad!
I think the ones that bother me the most are Christians, or those who proclaim to be one but yet have no problem with anything this man does or says and get upset with those who do have the nerve to call him out and speak the truth.  I’ve always thought that Christians were representatives of what’s good and kind, honest and loving.  I never thought I’d see so many support such abhorrent behavior all in the name of a political party.  Let me tell you something.  It wouldn’t matter to me WHO this was, male or female, black or white, Republican or Democrat, disgusting behavior is the same no matter who’s exhibiting it, and as the President of the United States, it is UNACCEPTABLE!!!! 
To me, being patriotic means standing beside your country, NOT your party or your President, especially when that President is extremely unpresidential, and that’s exactly how I see him.
Two important things that I value most about myself are my integrity and my morals, and I’m not willing to sacrifice either for anyone or anything, no matter what, and I will fight to the death to defend and protect what I believe in.
I love my country with all of my heart, and I am extremely saddened by what we have become.  I have never seen divisiveness on such a grand scale as I do every day currently.  Friends ending years’ long friendships, children refusing to speak to their parents, siblings wanting nothing to do with each other, couples separating and/or divorcing – all because they’re on opposite sides of the political spectrum.  When did that become okay?  When did we lose our sense of humanity?  When did it become okay to treat each other like garbage?
We are a nation divided, a country in excruciating pain, begging, and screaming out for healing.  Families need to be reunited.  Relationships need to be mended.  Love, not hate, needs to be spread around in large doses because a lot of hearts, homes and relationships need it.
Do I dislike others because they support Trump?  Of course not!  I’m much more mature than that.  But I’d be a liar if I didn’t say that I don’t understand how, in light of everything he has done and said, they can still continue to trust, support, and believe in him.  Here’s a little tidbit of information you may or may not know…it’s okay to be a Republican and NOT support the one holding office, even if he/she is also a Republican.  It doesn’t make you any less patriotic, it doesn’t mean you’re changing or are disloyal to your party or supporting the opposite party.  It just means that you disagree or have a problem with the way in which the office holder conducts him/herself, whether it be the way he/she talks, the things he/she says, or the way he/she treats our allies.  On the other hand of this topic, I have had friends that I’ve known for years tell me that they just couldn’t be friends with me anymore because I didn’t support Trump and/or didn’t see things their way.  These were people who knew me personally, have been inside my home, eaten at my table, but suddenly, I’m “just not who they thought I was?”  Seriously?  I mean, it’s one thing if a Facebook friend says or does it because they don’t know me as a person, only what they see and read on social media.  But when someone that has been close to you does something like this, the cut is deep and extremely painful.
I would like to be able to say that none of this really matters to me, but it does, because I care.  Not just about my country, but for her inhabitants, no matter the color of their skin, their religion, their sexual preferences, or anything else that makes them different from me.
And until and unless we can regain our human decency and compassion, we are bound to implode and self-destruct.
I will always choose love over hate, kind words over debasement, encouragement over criticism, but I also will continue to stand up for what I believe in, defend my morals and integrity, and go to bat for the little guy.  And that, my friends, is why I cannot, and will not, EVER support the likes of a person like Donald Trump.  It’s just that simple.
That’s who I am.  And I’m proud to be me.
Glenda
 

Dream Weavers

My 6th novel entitled Dream Weavers, is now available exclusively through Amazon.

In September, 1957, Philomena Borloff, along with her two children, Anastasia and Silas, disappeared from Borloff Manor without a trace and were never seen or heard from again. Citizens of Castleton, Kentucky believed her husband, Josef, murdered his family and disposed of their bodies; however, after an investigation into their disappearance produced no evidence of wrongdoing against Josef, he was never charged with a crime and continued to live alone in the home until his death sixty years later.When newcomer to Castleton, Joan Buchanan, purchases and moves into the house four years after Borloff’s death with her two children, Pietra and Chandler, and his Border Collie, Conroy, she is oblivious to any of the bleak rumors or dark history associated with it.It doesn’t take her long, however, to realize that something mysterious and baffling is taking place inside her new home. Missing and misplaced personal belongings, insect and rodent infestations, mysterious noises coming from the basement, and prophetic and hallucinogenic dreams are only the beginning of the horrors about to befall the Buchanan family. Little do they know that they’re residing in what is rumored to be the most egregiously haunted house in the state of Kentucky, and they’re about to learn the true meaning of evil and torment.

You might want to read with the lights on!!!

Glenda

Confessions Of A Covid-19 Victim

*****This is a work of fiction…..or is it?*****

Department-based intensive care unit improves patient survival rates

When I first learned of the novel corona virus that was dubbed COVID-19, I brushed it off, thinking, “why should I worry about something that’s halfway around the world? What does that have to do with me?” Afterall, there were several viruses before this one, none of which affected me personally, so why would this one be any different?

Even though I felt horrible about the high number of deaths that resulted in China, I still didn’t give much thought to it. Because, again, it was thousands of miles away from me and the chances of it making it to the United States were slim to none. I was led to believe that China had done an excellent job containing the outbreak and that no other countries were in danger of seeing any cases in their regions, let alone uncontrollable outbreaks and multitudes of deaths.

Then came Italy with their thousands of deaths, and I still wasn’t overly concerned. Italy, too, was too many miles away to allow me to worry about it. Sure, I was saddened to hear about the number of folks that were succumbing to this disease, but it remained in Europe and America was safe from the threat.

It wasn’t until news stations began reporting that the virus had spread to multiple countries that my concern rose somewhat, but not enough to cause alarm. The virus seemed to have a liking for Europe, so hopefully, it would remain there and not cross the Atlantic and into my country.

But it did, due to international travelers from all over the world who boarded airplanes not knowing that they were carrying the virus, ultimately exposing every single person that they were in contact with, then those who deplaned went home to wherever they lived, unknowingly continuing the spread. Thus began the onset of a global pandemic of a virus that was so new that even medical experts such as virologists and epidemiologists couldn’t explain it, much less know how to deal with it. But I felt confident that they would. They’re experts in their fields and had dealt with prior diseases and outbreaks, so they’d know what to do and what steps to take to contain the spread and prevent people from dying.

Every day that I listened to the news, more and more cases were being reported. Numbers of positive cases, numbers of deaths associated with this new virus. I began to feel concerned, but not to the point that it prevented me from going outside, conducting routine errors like buying groceries, picking up prescriptions. I’ve always been anal about washing my hands and using hand sanitizer anyway, so that was not a new practice for me.

Finally, it got to the point that I didn’t know what, or who, to believe about the virus statistics, who was at risk, or the probability of contracting it. CDC issued guidelines and updated information on a daily basis, as did WHO and the NIH, yet politicians, including city and state governments, were saying something different, not seeming to be worried about it at all. If we can’t trust those who are in charge, then who can we trust?

“Who should I listen to?” I thought. “Licensed doctors who have dealt with situations such as this for most of their adult lives, whose only interest was my safety and the safety of every American citizen? Or to my state Governor, or the POTUS, who had already informed the public that it was all “the next Democratic hoax,” that it was “only one person coming in from China,” and that “there were only 15 cases, soon to be down to zero?” I desperately wanted to believe that. Didn’t everyone? I don’t think there’s one single person on Planet Earth who wished for this pandemic to sweep across the world and claim hundreds of thousands of lives in its wake. What kind of humanitarians would that make us if we did?

Then came the recommendation for the wearing of the face mask to prevent the spread, and I thought, “this can’t be too bad. I’ve got this!” But whenever I’d go to the store for my weekly run while wearing my mask, looking around I’d see hardly anyone wearing one, which made me wonder why I was. If everyone else chose not to wear one, and they all seemed to be okay, and by that I mean not sick, then I won’t wear one either. With a mild rebel streak in me that didn’t want to be seen as a “sheep” or one who was buying into the government control rhetoric that I’d read so much about, I gave up my mask and went au naturel’, telling myself that if I did happen to get sick as a result, it wouldn’t be too bad because I’d heard and read over and over that this virus really wasn’t much more than a flu, and since I get my flu shot every year, I should be safe, knowing that I was strong enough to handle a mild cough, slight fever and no appetite for a few days. Once the virus passed and I recovered, I’d be back to normal.

When the sore throat started, I thought, “Okay, here we go. I’m gonna get through this with flying colors and in a few days I’ll be myself again.” Instead of improving, my symptoms worsened, and before I knew it, trying to take a deep breath was like holding my breath underwater while my lungs screamed to surface and breathe in. My fever reached 105 degrees, and along with that came the body aches, chills and fatigue. I had chosen to stay home and fight it on my own for as long as I could, but I reached the point where I could no longer do that; therefore, I was rushed to the emergency room where medical personnel swarmed over me, hooking up machine after machine. Lines and cords criss-crossed over my body like lines on a road map. Breathing treatments were useless because I had neither the strength or stamina to take a breath deep enough to inhale the medicine.

I won’t be leaving the emergency room, possibly not even the hospital. I have been placed in the Intensive Care Unit, in isolation, and the only contact I have with anyone is by looking through the glass window.

I am not allowed visitors.

I am alone…so utterly alone.

All I want is to feel arms embracing me so that I can enjoy one final hug. I want to feel the warmth of a hand in mine, comforting me and telling me that I’m going to be okay. I want to talk face to face with my family and friends, but I’m afraid that has become a thing of the past, never to occur again.

I have already been informed that I will be put into a medically induced coma and placed on a ventilator, and that my chances of survival are extremely low.

I’m going to die alone and lonely, with no one by my side, no familiar faces to say goodbye to, no one to pray over me or for me. This is it. This is how it ends.

The I.V. needle is in my arm now and I can feel the drowsiness overtaking me. As it does, my final thought is, “why didn’t I listen?”

Until next time….

Take care and God Bless!

Glenda

List and Description of My Novels

I am proud and elated to inform all of my readers and supporters that all of my novels are now available through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Google Play and KOBO.

All novels have been updated in content, reformatted and are available in hard back and E-book at Barnes & Noble, and paperback and E-Book at Amazon, Google and KOBO.

If you haven’t read any of them yet and are wondering if you want to, I’ll tell you a little about each one of them, because we all know that sometimes that synopsis we see on jackets don’t always tell us what we really want to know. I’ll begin with my first novel.

If you like horror novels and a good scare, you might enjoy this one. Animus is a story about the resurrection of a dead man, Bradley Cavanaugh, who is brought back to life by someone who wants to exact revenge on the man she sees as the person who destroyed her life. However, his reanimation doesn’t go quite the way she’d planned. When he escapes her basement and makes his way home to the wife that he blames for his death, things REALLY spiral out of control.

Seeing is my second novel. If you’re from or ever lived in Pahokee, Florida, you should enjoy all the locale references made in this novel. Many people who have read this book told me that it took them on a trip down memory lane as they recalled the days of their youth and that they could literally envision the halls of Pahokee High School. The novel centers around 14-year-old (she turns 15 in the book) Diedre “DeeDee” Olsen, a typical, teenage tomboy whose life is turned upside down when she acquires the ability to see ghosts after suffering a traumatic head injury while playing softball. This novel contains humor and serious situations as it follows the life of an adolescent girl trying to cope with abilities she doesn’t know how to handle, eventually using them for good and to comfort the grieving.

Hurricane is my third novel and is about a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Phillipe, that is barreling towards the southeast coast of Florida, threatening to destroy the coastline and the Herbert Hoover dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee. The main characters are Kayla Woodbridge and Boone Chadwick, who meet at the beach during vacation. Kayla, a native Floridian and survivor of Hurricane Andrew, knows to take the threat of the approaching hurricane seriously and leaves the beach before it makes landfall. Boone, on the other hand, has never experienced a hurricane and chooses to stay longer, or until the hurricane becomes a real threat. When island goers are forced to evacuate, they get stranded on the island after the causeway bridge collapses leaving them with no route of escape and forcing them to ride out the storm in beachfront hotels. For anyone who has ever been in a hurricane and had to hunker down while it passed through, knows that the beach is the LAST place one wants to be when that happens!!! What could possibly go wrong??

The Punishment Room is my fourth novel, and one that was difficult to write because it deals with sexual abuse of a minor, and while writing some of the scenes, I cried. The main character is Joey Sheffield, now an adult, who makes a return trip home at the request of her sister, Rosemary, to attend the funeral of the father that she despised because of the abuse. What Joey doesn’t realize until it’s too late is that she was summoned home under false pretenses – not for a funeral, but so that a mother more wicked than the father can exact her revenge on the one she blames for staining the Sheffield name.

The Other Me is my fifth novel and a sequel to Seeing. Dr. Diedre “DeeDee” Olsen Blanchard is now an adult and a Child Psychologist. Led deep into the bowels of the Florida Everglades as she attempts to track down information about the dead twin brother of her 7-year-old patient, a brother he never knew existed and who is haunting him, DeeDee encounters Earl and Maylene Tibbetts. Uneducated, unruly and abusive to the children in their care, the husband and wife team hide many dark secrets on their farm – and in the surrounding woods. Because of her ability to see the dead, DeeDee knows what secrets are buried in the woods, but will she be able to expose their heinous crimes to the authorities before the remaining children on the farm become the Tibbetts’ next victims?

All can be purchased online or at a Barnes and Noble store near you. If unavailable in the store, you can request to order a copy.

Still not sure if you want to read any of them? Check out all the reviews on each at Amazon!!

To all my readers and encouragers…..thank you so much for sticking by me, believing in me, encouraging me to continue, and supporting me, either with kind words or good book reviews.

There are no words to completely express my gratitude.

GNP

Who Do YOU Do It For?

“I’m not wearing a mask!”

“Don’t let the government control you!”

“My body, my choice!”

“It’s no more serious than the flu!”

“It’s an experiment in terror…aka…scare tactic to see if folks will comply.”

“It’s a hoax, and definitely not as serious as the media is making it out to be!”

Do any of these sound familiar? Know anyone who has said these words, or something similar?

On any given day, I can log onto any social media platform and see page after page flooded with comments such as these.

I stand amazed every single day at the amount of carelessness, inconsideration and plain out coldness displayed by the human race for their fellow citizens.

A majority of citizens seem to want to do nothing but complain about their current situation, while not giving a second thought to another who may be worse off than they are. If everyone truly wants to see an end to this virus, then comply with recommendations or be willing to face an indeterminate future, because until this virus is gotten under control (and the only way to do that is for EVERYONE to cooperate), then expect it to stick around for the long haul, infecting innocent bystanders, taking the lives of loved ones, and resulting in hospitalizations where the cost of treatment runs well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

I choose to wear a mask whenever I’m in public. I detest wearing it because it’s difficult to breathe, cloth particles are constantly getting into my nose and mouth, and every time i breathe, it fogs up my glasses. But it isn’t me that I’m thinking about when I’m wearing it. Do you want to know who IS on my mind and why I choose to wear one?

I think about people such as my sister, Linda, who recently had a double mastectomy and whose immune system isn’t quite up to par at the moment, which makes her extremely susceptible.

I think about my newborn great-grandson whose immune system hasn’t fully developed yet and exposure to the virus could possibly be disastrous for him.

I don’t have any living grandparents, but I think about YOURS! We all know that this deadly virus has an extreme liking for the elderly, vulnerable and immunosuppressed, so why take a chance? How selfish is that?

I think about those who may be exposed to the virus by someone who refuses to wear a mask who in turn takes the virus home to their loved ones, then they take it out into the world and spread it to God only knows how many people.

I think about the multitudes of Americans currently out of work and not having the type of job that allows them to work from home, who might be facing losing their houses, their cars, unable to buy groceries to feed their families, who are looking at losing that income when the benefits run out.

I think about those who may be contemplating suicide, (or those who already have), because they see no way out of the mess they’re currently in and all they see are dark days ahead, concluding that taking their own lives is the best thing to do in a horrible, bleak situation.

I think about all of the kids who have missed school and are eager to get back to their educations and their friends, to social gatherings and school activities, the Seniors who missed their graduations, school dances, the prom. Do we really want to see kids out of school for another year?

COVID-19 is NOT the flu, although many have compared the two in an attempt to make their statements, and their cases, believable. But in truth, they’re quite different – in genome makeup and in the way they affect individuals sickened by it. COVID-19 literally shreds the lining of the lungs, making breathing excruciatingly painful and difficult, leading them to be placed on ventilators, which does the breathing for them. Fevers of 105 degrees have been reported, as well as a multitude of accompanying symptoms. I’ve had the flu once in my life, and if I never get it again, that’s okay by me. Flu usually subsides within 3-5 days, but COVID-19 hangs on for weeks, even months, and causes permanent damage. While the flu will definitely make one feel pretty crappy during the time they’re sick with it, once it’s gone, so are the symptoms. Not so much with this corona-virus!

“Do you know how astronomical my chances of getting that virus are?” Chances of contracting the virus are much greater if you’re exposed to someone carrying it, and it will likely be someone who is pre-symptomatic or A-symtomatic, unaware that they’re even infected because they won’t exhibit any symptoms. The incubation period is 2-14 days. Now imagine how many potential victims there could be within that time frame! Not just you, but everyone you’re around, everyone they’re around, and so on and so on. It’s a never ending cycle.

I don’t understand the mentality of certain individuals who see this Global Pandemic as not serious when there are currently 2.98 million confirmed cases and more than 132,000 deaths in the USA alone, and the numbers are growing exponentially every single day. The numbers are even higher globally.

While masks may not be the solution to completely ending the spread, they most certainly help, and everyone should do their part to help get this horrible disease under control.

Why do you not care enough about humanity to prevent a death if you’re able to? Why has the issue of wearing a protective mask been turned into a political one when politics have absolutely nothing to do with exercising preventative measures? Why are doctors, nurses and other medical personnel required to wear them if they’re useless?

You may not care enough about your own friends and family to take measures to prevent them from getting sick and possibly dying, but you certainly do NOT have the right to endanger my loved ones because of your selfishness and refusal to comply with recommendations set forth by medical experts, including the CDC and NIH!!!!

If you really and truly want to see this pandemic come to an end, the solution is simple….

DO YOUR PART AND MASK UP!!!!!

Medical masks can be scary for children. This is a cute and fun ...

Take care and be safe!!

Glenda

List and Description of My Novels

I am proud and elated to inform all of my readers and supporters that all of my novels are now available through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Google Play and KOBO.

All novels have been updated in content, reformatted and are available in hard back and E-book at Barnes & Noble, and paperback and E-Book at Amazon, Google and KOBO.

If you haven’t read any of them yet and are wondering if you want to, I’ll tell you a little about each one of them, because we all know that sometimes that synopsis we see on jackets don’t always tell us what we really want to know. I’ll begin with my first novel.

If you like horror novels and a good scare, you might enjoy this one. Animus is a story about the resurrection of a dead man, Bradley Cavanaugh, who is brought back to life by someone who wants to exact revenge on the man she sees as the person who destroyed her life. However, his reanimation doesn’t go quite the way she’d planned. When he escapes her basement and makes his way home to the wife that he blames for his death, things REALLY spiral out of control.

Seeing is my second novel. If you’re from or ever lived in Pahokee, Florida, you should enjoy all the locale references made in this novel. Many people who have read this book told me that it took them on a trip down memory lane as they recalled the days of their youth and that they could literally envision the halls of Pahokee High School. The novel centers around 14-year-old (she turns 15 in the book) Diedre “DeeDee” Olsen, a typical, teenage tomboy whose life is turned upside down when she acquires the ability to see ghosts after suffering a traumatic head injury while playing softball. This novel contains humor and serious situations as it follows the life of an adolescent girl trying to cope with abilities she doesn’t know how to handle, eventually using them for good and to comfort the grieving.

Hurricane is my third novel and is about a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Phillipe, that is barreling towards the southeast coast of Florida, threatening to destroy the coastline and the Herbert Hoover dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee. The main characters are Kayla Woodbridge and Boone Chadwick, who meet at the beach during vacation. Kayla, a native Floridian and survivor of Hurricane Andrew, knows to take the threat of the approaching hurricane seriously and leaves the beach before it makes landfall. Boone, on the other hand, has never experienced a hurricane and chooses to stay longer, or until the hurricane becomes a real threat. When island goers are forced to evacuate, they get stranded on the island after the causeway bridge collapses leaving them with no route of escape and forcing them to ride out the storm in beachfront hotels. For anyone who has ever been in a hurricane and had to hunker down while it passed through, knows that the beach is the LAST place one wants to be when that happens!!! What could possibly go wrong??

The Punishment Room is my fourth novel, and one that was difficult to write because it deals with sexual abuse of a minor, and while writing some of the scenes, I cried. The main character is Joey Sheffield, now an adult, who makes a return trip home at the request of her sister, Rosemary, to attend the funeral of the father that she despised because of the abuse. What Joey doesn’t realize until it’s too late is that she was summoned home under false pretenses – not for a funeral, but so that a mother more wicked than the father can exact her revenge on the one she blames for staining the Sheffield name.

The Other Me is my fifth novel and a sequel to Seeing. Dr. Diedre “DeeDee” Olsen Blanchard is now an adult and a Child Psychologist. Led deep into the bowels of the Florida Everglades as she attempts to track down information about the dead twin brother of her 7-year-old patient, a brother he never knew existed and who is haunting him, DeeDee encounters Earl and Maylene Tibbetts. Uneducated, unruly and abusive to the children in their care, the husband and wife team hide many dark secrets on their farm – and in the surrounding woods. Because of her ability to see the dead, DeeDee knows what secrets are buried in the woods, but will she be able to expose their heinous crimes to the authorities before the remaining children on the farm become the Tibbetts’ next victims?

All can be purchased online or at a Barnes and Noble store near you. If unavailable in the store, you can request to order a copy.

Still not sure if you want to read any of them? Check out all the reviews on each at Amazon!!

To all my readers and encouragers…..thank you so much for sticking by me, believing in me, encouraging me to continue, and supporting me, either with kind words or good book reviews.

There are no words to completely express my gratitude.

GNP

The Other Me – New Novel Now Available

My fifth novel entitled The Other Me is now available on Amazon in paperback and E-book. This novel is a sequel to Seeing.

In this follow-up, DeeDee is an adult, telling her story about her involvement in exposing and bringing down serial child abductors and murderers.

When 7-year-old Ethan Portman is brought to her by his mother seeking treatment for visual and audio hallucinations, Dr. Deidre Olsen Blanchard instantly identifies the root of the change in Ethan’s behavior – he is being haunted by the dead identical twin brother he never knew existed. In a quest to retrieve vital information on the dead twin that will save the life of her patient, DeeDee is led deep into the Florida Everglades by the deceased boy’s ghost, bringing her to an unfortunate confrontation with Earl and Maylene Tibbetts, the last known caregivers for Nathan Banks.

When DeeDee and her husband, David, make a late-night, unauthorized visit back to the Tibbetts’ farm, what they discover inside the barn is beyond their wildest imaginations, the carnage almost too cruel to believe.

DeeDee must act fast to rescue the remaining children on the farm before they become the next victims of the Tibbett’s murderous gluttony.

The link to the book is:

As always, thank you for your continued support…and happy reading!!!

Glenda

How To Win A Copy of My Newest Novel

How would you like to win a copy of my newest novel entitled The Other Me? This book is a sequel to my novel Seeing.

Here’s how it works: Answer all 10 of the following questions correctly. You can either enter your answers in the comments section of this post or shoot me an email at glendakaypetz@outlook.com. From the correct answers submitted, I will choose ONE person as the winner by putting names in a bowl, typed on a folded piece of paper and drawn randomly. The winner will be announced on my website and on my Facebook page.

Entries expire on Monday, May 11, 2020.

What is the main character’s name in the book “Seeing?”

What is the name of her home town?

What special abilities does she possess and how did she come to acquire them?

What is the name of her friend and mentor and his role in “Seeing?”

What specific crimes did she help to solve?

What is the name of the bully that tormented her in high school?

What is the first name of her best friend?

What was the name of the nightclub that resulted in the deaths of 100 patrons during a fire?

What was the name of her high school?

What career path did she choose?

Good luck to you all.

Glenda