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Tom Sheepandgoats Harley
Upstate New York
This is me in my best blue harness. My wife is looking at me with admiration. Who wouldn't? As for that grinning dope on my right, I have no idea who that is.Our marriage made waves, not so much in her family - they appreciate diversity, as in mine. "You want to marry a human?" my mom gasped. "Don't come crying to me when she buys a ton of furniture and you have to carry it on your back! Tell him, Fuzzy, " she said to my dad, "tell him not to do it." but all Dad could do was spit. But with the passage of time, they have come to love her as I do. she gives me three bags of feed each day and scratches behind my ears. Our family gatherings are quite pleasant, though some of her people get uptight when my relatives dump on the floor.
Interests: current events, religion, humor, creative writing, jehovah's witnesses
Recent Activity
I know several need-greaters in Myanmar, both past and present. For weeks after the February coup, the US Embassy said they were monitoring the situation but there was no immediate danger to American citizens. As things deteriorated, they began advising... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Sheep and Goats
Weekend Meeting: Bob gives the public talk today, his theme: “What marks the Bible as authentic.” He opens with items that you might test to see whether they are authentic, a photo of a diamond and a 20 dollar bill….1/2... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Sheep and Goats
It is a shocking report, “Russia’s Campaign Against Jehovah’s Witnesses,” the latest in a long line of shocking reports. Throw it on the stack. I did, and then wrote up the following response to it: Sergey Lavrov, one of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
Weekend Meeting Another lightning fast Watchtower—no paragraphs read—streamed convention coming up afterwards. “Will You Stumble Because of Jesus?” May 2021 Wt, Theme scripture: “Happy is the one who finds no cause for stumbling in me.”​—MATT. 11:6. Raised my hand for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
Jehovah’s Witnesses plainly don’t fit the traditional definition of cult that we all grew up with. Time was, if you fell under the spell of a charismatic leader, withdrew from society, and began doing strange things, you just might be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
Weekend Meeting: Only the Watchtower today, and an abbreviated one at that, since the streamed Friday AM session of the Regional Convention follows, available online on the website. The study article is from the April 2021 Wt: STUDY ARTICLE 17,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
For [the] vision is yet for the appointed time, and it keeps panting on to the end, and it will not tell a lie. Even if it should delay, keep in expectation of it; for it will without fail come... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
Weekend Meeting: Before meeting begins with the #publictalk, “What God’s Kingdom is Doing For Us?” there is Zoom chitchat about air conditioning. Abnormally hot lately with the northern US warmer than the southern US—even Miami, which is saying something. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
If someone starts giving me a hard time over Adam and Eve in the ministry, I tell them its okay to treat it as a metaphor, and on that basis, see what can they draw from it. I am even... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
Weekend Meeting The visiting #publictalk speaker is from the South Rome (no, not THAT Rome) congregation, the chum since 5th grade of the former COBE, says the former COBE: “Gaining Comfort in all Our Tribulations” the theme of the talk.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
Weekend Meeting: The Public talk today is entitled “Follow the way to life,” the visiting speaker from Texas, via Zoom. (Will he talk with a Texas twang?) So God said ‘control your temper’—a calm heart is better for you health,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
The foes duke it out with the acronyms of a Bond movie, CENSUR vs FECRIS, whilst the ordinary people sleep on, blissfully unaware of threats to their well-being. At stake is the free expression of ideas, be they be from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
One might think of Introvigne, the fellow who runs CENSUR and does battle with FECRIS (among others), as though in a great Bond movie, as a modern-day Voltaire. Voltaire (many will know) is from the 17th century, and is considered... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
Weekend Meeting: The speaker today is subbing for the one scheduled. He is the bro that, when he & I worked with the fledgling Vietnamese group long ago , would approach me speaking with the same cadence of one native-born.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
Be it proactively or in response to a summons, the reason you legally defend the good news in court is in order to give a witness. You do it to keep the path open for witnessing, as with Paul’s “defending... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
Weekend Meeting: Public Talk: The public speaker’s theme is “Rescue from World Distress.” Though he doesn’t stay on the topic, the first thing he mentions is Covid and the chaos it was wrought. Just prior to the meeting I was... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
Weekend Meeting: Whose values do you cherish? Is the title of the public talk, the speaker from North Carolina—only possible via Zoom. He says the talk will focus not on things like ‘will we pay for what we buy at... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
“Authorities are urging the Jehovah's Witnesses to contact them to get the ball rolling on the religious group's decision to join the national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors. “The organisation says it will sign up because of new... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
Weekend Meeting: “Where can you get help in times of distress?” Is the theme of the public talk. That shut-in sister of ill health who hasn’t been around for awhile is onZoomline today. Neat. Also, the one who has been... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
“There’s no straightforward archaeological evidence” for the Exodus account, says Egyptologist Bob Brier in his Great Courses lecture series, and from that one might conclude that he will trash it. But he doesn’t. There is internal evidence for it and... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
For 200 years Egypt was ruled by Libyans. That’s not a long period of time but its nearly as long as the history of the United States. Head north on the Nile and turn left, Bob* gives the directions, and... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
Weekend Meeting: The speaker today is one who served where the work is banned. If you asked him about conditions there, he would reply only with Bible verses, such as Matthew 24:14, or Hebrews 10:24 Some talk prior to the... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
For continuity, start with Part 1. Now—what about Hannah Fry’s TV presentation—“Magic Numbers?” Are they really magic? Or are they like when my gushing business typing teacher from high school days said, “Today we are going to learn how to... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
Sitting in on Bob Brier’s Egyptology lecture series for Great Courses, you learn that nations don’t war on their neighbors. They don’t conquer them. They “beat up on them.” If he said it once, he said it a hundred times.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2021 at Sheep and Goats
Great Courses, Bob Brier, tweets composed and sent while dog-walking. AI screwups corrected in brackets For continuity, start with Part 1: Lecture 27: What mummies tell us “A mummy is a mummy is a mummy” to most people, Bob Brier... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2021 at Sheep and Goats