As I began writing this post, I started humming the Bing Crosby tune from the movie Holiday Inn (one of my favorites): I've got plenty to be thankful for I haven't got a great big yacht to sail from shore to shore Still I've got plenty to be thankful for... It goes on and on, … Continue reading I’ve got plenty to be thankful for.
Freedom from Overwhelm? Hardly.
Sorry I haven't written in a while. I've been pretty overwhelmed lately. I've been in the process of liquidating a store. More than a store, it's been like a second home to me for the past four years. It's where I learned what a real leader is and how to become humane again. It's where … Continue reading Freedom from Overwhelm? Hardly.
Birthdays, Then vs. Now
Every October 23rd, I take a few moments to reflect on the past year of my life and the twists and turns I've taken. Each year I feel more grateful than the last, but this October 23rd I feel particularly grateful. Last year I decided it was time to take the leap into a copywriting … Continue reading Birthdays, Then vs. Now
What “Being Happy” Means to this Particular Ex-cult Member
When people see me, they often think I'm a pretty happy person. And they're right. For the most part, I'd say I'm fairly happy. Well, maybe "content" is a better word. I remember when I was first out of Scientology and living in the "real world" (whatever that means). I was elated, as you can … Continue reading What “Being Happy” Means to this Particular Ex-cult Member
The secret to thriving after scientology: LOVE.
I've been thinking a lot about love lately. Mostly, I've been thinking that I wouldn't be where I am now if it weren't for love. Not the "love bombing" I got in the cult, but real, actual, glorious LOVE. Twelve years ago I felt trapped and hopeless. I didn't know what my future would hold. … Continue reading The secret to thriving after scientology: LOVE.
From Victim to Perpetrator: Life as a Scientology Staff Member
This may be a bit controversial, because I'm going to write about being on staff in a scientology organization and all the shady things I did to get people in the front door. I'm also going to talk about how, from the minute I started in scientology, I never thought of myself as a victim … Continue reading From Victim to Perpetrator: Life as a Scientology Staff Member
My First Months on Staff: Attack of the Love Bombs!!!
Hey there, lovely reader! Today I'm writing about my first few months on staff at the Mountain View mission. It was a complete love fest, I'll tell you. The more I read about "love bombing" by cults, the more I see how well it worked on me. My first "post" (job) at the mission would … Continue reading My First Months on Staff: Attack of the Love Bombs!!!
Presto Change-o! From public scientologist to staff member in the blink of an eye!
Hi all. After a short hiatus I'm back to it. This is going to be a good one, dirty tricks and all. I've decided that from now on, I'm not going to capitalize the words scientology, scientologist, l. ron hubbard, or david miscavige—or really any scientology terms—because there's nothing proper about those nouns. Today, I'll … Continue reading Presto Change-o! From public scientologist to staff member in the blink of an eye!
PTSD? No, not me. Except…
We interrupt our regularly scheduled blog post for a special report. That's because I was in Clearwater for the past 24 hours, and it FREAKED ME OUT. I mean, it shouldn't have, right? Tom and I were just driving over to Clearwater from Lakeland, to attend the wedding of our dear friends Beverly and Matt … Continue reading PTSD? No, not me. Except…
How I got “Purified”. Hint: It involved a lot of sweating.
The next step in my Scientology indoctrination involved spending five hours a day, every day, for weeks, in a sauna. Sounds fun, right? It's the actual first step on The Bridge to Total Freedom (i.e. The Abyss of Total Mind Control): The Purification Rundown, or "Purif" as they call it. Its purpose is supposedly to … Continue reading How I got “Purified”. Hint: It involved a lot of sweating.