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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
There are 3 billion base pairs in human DNA. Each is a rung on the latter of the double helix structure. But it is not as though each rung is a gene. Instead, a collection of them will define a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Sheep and Goats
Working in the ministry with a 75-year old who just became a Witness, he makes a better impression than me (who can be accused of having been around so long as to know every spiel.) But not him. With him,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
Could you liken disfellowshipping to time in the penalty box? It depends on your criteria. It is time spent out of the game. It is also not forever. After a stint of cooling one’s heels, you get readmitted to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
The modern-day anti-cult obsession is that religious teachings are used (and even designed) to “control” people. They see it where they want to see it and overlook it where they don’t. What of the Pink Floyd song, the one with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
It’s a bit of a cheap shot—but on account of that Babylon the Great scripture we Witnesses are known to take such shots*—John Barr, the GB member until he died, related an amazing feat: a candidate who was rejected as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
I’m starting to play with the notion, for an upcoming talk, that if you wanted the policies of one party to prevail, would you vote for the other party? So it is that Jesus demonstrates control over the elements (fed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
Make God’s law our concern “all day long” and become “wiser than [our] enemies,” “more insight[ful] than all [our] teachers,” and “with more understanding than older men.” (Psalm 119:97-100) Or at least they’ll stop mopping the floor with us. Those... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
I didn’t want to run the above title and ignore question of interest to most people: Who killed JFK? But now that I have discharged that responsibility with Part 1, I can focus on just what caught my attention in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
If you’ve been around for awhile, as I have, you’re on the lookout for something,to make you prick up your ears. Most things don’t. Most things are reminders, reinforcements, applications, etc, of what you already know. So here featured in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
In 1992 was passed a law (The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act) that all documents relating to Kennedy’s 1963 assassination be released in 2017. The year came and went. ‘Only’ 56,604 documents were released. Is it only... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
Was Diagoras the world’s first atheist? He is credited that way. Read up on him and you will find that he is remembered as Diagoras the Atheist. Isn’t he the fellow who used a wooden statue of Hercules as fuel... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
Leonardo da Vinci’s biographer draws lessons from his life, summarized in the final chapter: “Take notes on paper: five hundred years later, Leonardo’s notebooks are around to astonish and inspire us, Fifty years from now, our own notebooks, if we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
What to do with this psalm of David? “Rescue me from my enemies, O my God; Protect me from those rising up against me.” (Ps 59:1) Again? “Rescue me from those who act wickedly, And save me from violent men.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
Another observation, this time within the Exercise Patience convention, on how so many hate to read. Such references are frequent. Here, the speaker tries to sell the apparently reluctant brothers on the notion that reading just five minutes a day... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
Can a crocodile play basketball? AI’s answer in this age of ChatGPT, 3 different applications: One: That’s an interesting question. Crocodiles are amazing animals that have been around for millions of years. They are very good at swimming, hunting, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
“You know, my wedding best man, a mechanic named Bud, used to love Budweiser beer. He’d say “a glass a day makes Bud wiser.” He died a few years ago. I can’t wait to tell him in the resurrection what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
The internet is not exactly new, but social media in its present form is less than 20 years old. It’s like when some new invention comes along and the young latch right on to it. The oldsters say, “I lived... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
An early 2023 Watchtower Study dealt with those who say ill things about Jehovah’s Witnesses in general and responsible brothers in particular. Quite a few articles do that these days. One sis commented on how, after the meeting, many of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
The new book is now out. Available in print and digital at Amazon. Soon to follow is Apple, Barnes and Noble, others. From the book’s metadata: “Those of the Enlightenment laud the “human experiment” that is democracy, Jehovah’s Witnesses laud... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
Here’s my tentative suggestions: … “Jehovah’s Witnesses have a low retention rate relative to other U.S. religious groups. This is true, however it is offset by the high participation rate Witnesses enjoy. After all, in the Methodist Church (for example—no... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
So here I am just minding my own business, calling myself a seed-picker’ same as Paul’s derisive Greek critics said of him—he picks up a seed here and poops it out there, thus giving only the facade of wisdom, not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
“The wicked go astray from birth; They are wayward, liars from the time they are born.” (Psalm 58:3) Maybe the psalmist was having a bad day. “Their venom is like the venom of serpents; They are deaf like the cobra... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
“God said to Samuel, "Anoint me a son" Sam say, [after reviewing Jesse’s seven and coming to skinny David] "Man, you must be puttin' me on" God say, "No, " Sam say, "What?" God say, "You can do what you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
The trick is not to sanitize the present. It is to desanitize the past. ‘Think Witnesses are unintellectual now?’ was the point made to someone who thought they were. Go back to the first century to find they were every... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2023 at Sheep and Goats
Then there was that service meeting part of which almost nobody got the point, the one about informal witnessing. ‘Let the conversation run,’ was the theme. It’s okay if it doesn’t lead to a witness. It’s not a defeat when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2023 at Sheep and Goats