Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tacoma



Courthouse Hill, I believe, 1906 (top) and 1904 (b0ttom).

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Snow! Westwood, Lassen County, California - about 1930


Pixie Warrior is set in Westwood. Much of the action takes place in the winter. At one point my main characters have to dig themselves out of a snowed in cabin. This is the reality behind that bit of my novel.

Walla Walla, Washington - About 1950 I Think.


Thoughts ...

When Bruce and I started writing Nelson Barbour: The Millennium’s Forgotten Prophet, I did not suppose that it would be a controversial book. I am surprised at the reactions we’ve gotten. I’ve been pleased by very positive comments from readers with differing points of view.

There are two comments out there at leave me puzzled. One person says he already knew everything in our book. This is patently nonsense. Some of the source material is derived from sources he could not possibly access. They exist as single copies, and we were the first to gain access to it. One person was upset because our book didn’t expose Russell for the charlatan he imagines him to be. Anger at a sect distorts this person’s view of history. We do not write to expose anyone. We wrote to present the simple, straightforward and verifiable history of the Barbourite movement. We have no ax to grind. If book two actually makes it to publication, we will follow the same process of critical review of the sources and honest presentation of the facts.

I am disturbed that a certain high-expectation sect feels compelled to monitor our activity on the internet. How paranoid do you have to be to follow a short, scrawny writer around the internet? There is very little difference between the discourse stifling censorship the Church of Scientology tries to impose and the information collecting this sect pursues. If you are that curious about me, drop me a line. My email address is attached to this blog. Spying does not become you or the religion you represent.

I’m sure they find me a puzzle. I share their theology, but I write fantasy fiction. Fantasy fiction is evil in their view. I’ve never been subject to their whim. They can write all the letters to their elders they wish, but they will not get a reply that satisfies them.

This is a one-time invitation to them. Write me an email. Ask your questions to me directly. I have not harmed you or our religion. I keep my personal feelings out of what I write. Bruce and I present the facts. If they make you uncomfortable, you really ought to ask yourself why.

You had your visits to my blog. Okay, fine. It’s a public blog. Now, go away and do not come back. Consider yourself not part of my fellowship. If you want accurate history, read our book. If you want to protect a myth that you’ve crafted for the last 130 years, don’t read it. Continue to live with a mythology. It rather than truth seems to make you comfortable.

I would like an explanation of the dichotomy that seems to exist among your adherents. Some seek an accurate presentation of the facts. This is honorable and fits with the personality of a religion that has for 150 years sought to be in “present truth.” Those who are in authority within your religion are afraid of an accurate presentation of your own history. Why? Certainly it is no more flawed than that of the first century Christians or the Israelites of old.

There is a disturbing mentality at work here. The desire to maintain a pure religion has slid into a controlling Phariseeism. Shame on you.

Monday, February 22, 2010

A review of the history book I co-wrote

Update:

Apparently this post generated interest from several people. One sent out a link to it in an email. Two of you have visited as a result of the link. Normally I love new visitors, but I suggest that the visitor from Brooklyn and the vistor from Hubertus, Wisconsin, have motives that make them less than welcome. I address the resons why in another post. Feel free to read it.

If you have a genuine interest in our research, then you can visit my co-writer's blog. If you're here for the 'usual' reasons, please do not return. If I have misjudged your motives, I am sorry. Feel free to tell me so in a blog post.

I am frankly tired of the harassment that has come from writing a well documented history that has disturbed your self and world view. You cannot change the facts. If you fault our research, point to a mistake. If you hate what we wrote because you find it disturbing, you should examine your beliefs and religious expectations.

From one of the topix religion boards:

… Nelson Barbour: The Millennium’s Forgotten Prophet (is) extremely well researched, contributing a significant amount to our understanding of the roots of Watchtower history. It contains material never before presented. It’s well documented and thorough. I recommend it to everyone.…

Mr. Schulz and Miss deVienne have done a remarkable job. They write with verve and a bit of tongue in cheek humour. Their book … is a … professional quality history with proper footnotes. You can follow their research trail.

It’s not a polemic. ... Because it is well researched history, the false speculations fall away. And they’re even handed in that. They brand bits of Watchtower research as unfounded. They expose false quotations on the part of anti-Watchtower writers. This is good.I think what appeals to me the most is that they do not hold up anyone as divinely inspired, saintly, or demonic. They present the facts and let them speak for themselves.

... It’s a straight forward presentation of the facts as revealed by original sources. …. I think it’s telling that criticism of it comes from both sides. A pro-watchtower writer hates it because it seems to show merely human origins to “the truth.” Anti-Watchtower people who’ve posted negative comments seem to hate it because it’s not an expose`. Good. This means the writers did something right.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

A Poem by a friend ... haunting

More on the skip

More stations to add to the list of AM radio I can recieve at night.

780 KOH - Reno, Nevada
790 KOOR - Clovis (Fresno), California
960 KMA - Shenandoah, Iowa.
1110 KBND - Bend, Oregon.
1680 -KTFH - Seattle - Hispanic Station (new to the list)

I picked up a station at 1050 AM different from the one listed earlier, but cannot identify it by call letters. This one is an American station with a mid-west accent. A web search didn't narrow it down.