The medical kidnapping of Amen Ra

The same social worker who investigated and dismissed a family without ever seeing the child victim- who turned out to be dead in the mother’s freezer, is responsible for holding another baby who has never been abused hostage to her own whims because the mother preferred a vitamin to a shot, and will not ‘admit’ she was wrong. Syesha and her husband did nothing wrong or neglectful of their son’s care.

If Syesha and her husband are bullied into a false admission, that subjects them to further oversight and abuse from this criminally irresponsible bully and the system that protects her.

This not about protecting AmEN Ra. It’s about the ego of this social worker.

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Pour vs Spill

A liquid measuring cup has but one key job in the world to do. That is to pour liquid. To pour it straight and true, not to dribbling it willnilly down the side of the cup and onto the floor, the counter, and one’s clothes. But not in one in ten actually does this job. How hard can it be to get it right? Don’t they product test? Don’t they care?

Clearly, no. They do not care.

If you need me, I’ll be wiping up the milk and egg mixture off the floor and putting my clothes in the washer.

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August, 2017

Davao City, Philippines

Language Learning: This week I’ve just been tired and frustrated and discouraged by a lot of things. They are all mostly little things, things I can’t fix, things that don’t matter, and it’s probably really about a lack of sleep or something I ate. They are also largely things that have nothing to do with living in the Philippines (except the heat. The heat is really sapping because I have to be out walking in it at around 11 every morning with the Cherub, and I am sure she is trying to shove me into the path of oncoming traffic).

So, along with that stuff,, I’m feeling particularly kind of frustrated with where I am with my language learning. I was more optimistic the first month. I am sad about my lack of progress. On the one hand, we’ve now been here seven months and I feel like I should be a lot closer to fluent than I am, and what I am is not even managing some kind of understandable pidgeon version of the language most of the time. I’ll struggle and struggle to get out the words that will make my point understood, even in broken Visaya but cannot think of the word I want, and then five minutes after I no longer need them, they all come flooding back.

I tried to say something to the taxi driver who drove a recent houseguest and I to the airport last week, and he started laughing and couldn’t stop. I was not offended- I laughed, too. It didn’t hurt my feelings *at all*. I don’t think there was anything wrong with him laughing. I thought it was kind of funny, too and I just joined in laughing with him and we had a very friendly five minutes just laughing, which is not a bad thing.

My language teacher assures me he was just happy and surprised that I was speaking Visaya (or trying)- and I will say that a lot of the time, most of the time, almost all the time, that’s probably true. But I honestly think in this case he really could not make heads or tails out of what I was saying or I had accidentallymade a hilarious error.  I not only don’t mind the laughter, it’s a good ice breaker and I don’t take myself that seriously, but this time….. it was a tiny bit frustrating just because I really, really thought I’d be more consistent and capable at this point, and on that point I am frustrated with myself.

On the other hand, I have had several episodes in church where I am listening very intently, pen in hand, writing notes of words I recognize and it will suddenly dawn on me that I just totally understand every single word of an entire sentence, which is very exciting. I’d love to jump up and fist bump somebody but that would be distracting.=)

And then, of course,  in the aftermath of my quiet and personal excitement I realize I have stopped listening and it’s two paragraphs later and the preacher is mentioning a Bible reference, but I missed the book and only know I’m supposed to turn to chapter 1 and verse 4 of one of the 66 books of the Bible, because, y’all, I am pretty awesome with numbers. O can understand them as is,, standing on my head,, writing notes at the same time.  That’s because they are mostly Spanish and I learned to count in Spanish before I was ten and I have used a lot of Spanish in my life, but never mind. We take the successes we have and with Spanish numbers I am good.


I do not understand the entire sermon, but I usually can tell what it’s about and follow the readings.  I understand a lot of words and every week I get a few complete sentences and that’s really encouraging.

But then again…. Even when I know the Visaya word and I get it right, sometimes I cannot make myself understood. I think it’s largely my accent (which is only,  like, everything. Vocabulary does you no good if you sound like a mush mouthed toddler speaking a secret language with a speech impediment).

I negotiated a ride with a Trike driver recently. I said several of the right words- Eskwelahan, Sunod nga kanto, diha lang, duol, wala sa kanto… dili turquoise nga dalan (school, next corner, just there, near, left at corner, not Turquoise street) and the driver and his friend talked about it together, agreed, and then cheerfully let me in and then tried to turn the wrong way and were surprised when I insisted I really did mean him to turn right instead of toward the school gate on Turquoise street, a different direction- and when we arrived two minutes later at my destination light dawned on him and the driver pretty much repeated every single thing I had said, while laughing and nodding in an “Oh, I get it now!” fashion.

I know it’s my accent. My language teacher kindly tells me it’s not only that, because for most of what I want to say she says my accent isn’t bad at all, but, she says, it’s that so few Amerikanas speak Visaya that they don’t really believe that I am trying to do that.

Yeah, I’m laughing, because she is trying to be so kind, but I feel like if I were really good at this, they would realize what I am saying.

We get this on the way home a lot- we’ll tell a driver “E. M. P. Village,” and they don’t know so we direct them, and when we get there, they go, “Ohhhhhh, E. M. P. Village!” and I say, “O-O! E.M. P. Village!” and they laugh and say, “E. M. P. Village,” and then gesture for me to repeat, and I can’t tell any difference between what I am saying and what they are saying but apparently there is one and it matters.

Trike: (it’s a motorcycle with a little side seat and two back seats built all around it, and it’s pretty cheap transportation and handy for getting the Cherub and I to the school every day- the walk is not that far, but a small portion of it is on a really busy road with a section that has no sidewalk, and, as I said, I feel certain she’s trying to shove me into traffic. She leans, heavily, on me as we walk that patch. And also, it’s hot, have I mentioned that? I arrive at school drenched in sweat from a fifteen to twenty minute walk, sometimes just from a five minute walk to the point where I catch the bike).

A lot of times I feel like I am treading water and not getting anywhere, but then I look at what I know now that I didn’t know in December, and I feel a bit better. I can do this because I kept a notebook in December of all the new words I was trying to learn, and I came across it recently and I actually know all of those words quite easily. It’s a whole slew of new ones that I’m struggling with (pronouns are killing me).*

So, this week I was frustrated with myself and my slow progress and I was feeling glum and wondering if I should keep spending money and time to learn this dialect that I will probably never hear again when I go back to the states, and then I decided as long as we can afford it, I’ll keep doing this because:
-I can understand more of the Bible lessons at church now than I could before.
-Again and again I have found that when I do try, even when I cannot be understood, it is an ice breaker. People relax and will try to talk to me more, and will offer their own pointers on pronunciation or word order. Or, they just laugh, but they are having fun and that’s okay.

-My errors encourage others to give their English a go.

This has happened a few times with somebody I did not think knew any English at all because they have never tried it with me. I offer up my pride and botched pronunciations of Visaya, and they laugh and laugh- but then they feel a bit more comfortable trying out their English with me.


After all, I guess, if I don’t mind taking the risk of humiliating myself by telling a driver ‘just believe’ when I mean ‘just turn right’ (a difference of a faintly stressed accent, but I cannot even hear the difference.  It is okay if I mean to tell somebody to have a pleasant or good day, but instead wish them a happy or good Japanese (again with the faint difference in stress on the wrong syllable).  When I mess up, then they don’t mind risking similar mistakes in English.

Or else my attempts are just that bad that they realize their English will be far less painful for both of us.
And that works, too.

So we’ll keep trying, and we’ll make some progress, and even if it isn’t the progress I’d like to see, it will be better than giving up or not trying at all.

  • Sige ba?


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Pray for Afghanistan

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Things to pray about

pray, follow the stories, contact people who can do something- and should. Donate. I don’t know what every person ought to be doing, but it sure feels like just feeling sick over it is useless.

For full information, see the reports filed by Gentlerespectful parenting.  They are thorough and very well done.

Syesha Mercado,  Tyron Deener, and their two children, who have been legally kidnapped by Florida social workers and police, all of whom should either go to jail or quit their jobs.   I honestly tried hard not to see this story. I am so tired, so emotionally drained and stretched, and fragile from my husband’s garbage and gaslighting.  But I just can’t keep my fingers in my ears and the firewall around heart.  This is horrendous.

Six months ago Syesha took her baby to the hospital to get help with his hydration and nutrition because her milk supply had dropped due to pregnancy and the baby didn’t want to take in enough other fluids beside breast milk. She was proactive, on top of it, seeing help.  Instead she was destroyed. Because the family are vegan and outside the box in so many ways, a doctor with a history of overreacting and calling neglect when there is none agreed that the child needed to be removed. The supposed reason was Syesha had refused a B-12 shot for the baby.  She had not refused – and this is not a pick a side who seems most credible. Syesha has the conversation recorded.  What she asked is that they wait for the baby’s father to be there so it could be explained to both of them together. This was not a dangerous situation.  The child was not going to be medically threatened if the shot was delayed a few days, let alone a few hours, but the authories lied with apparent impunity and the baby was removed.

He is still in foster care.  Last week they removed her ten day old breastfed newborn for the crime of not informing the people who kidnapped her baby that she had another baby.  This is also recorded, and it’s evil.  Pure evil.  Not one person involved in this would still be doing that job if they had an active conscience.   They appear to have massive egos in place of hearts.  It is long past time for Amen ‘Ra to be home.

Taken from the IG of Jenny Taylor- please share, pray, donate if you can, and definitely contact the people involved.

“You will be able to find the whole 4 part series as it releases on my IG @gentlerespectfulparenting and my YouTube Channel Jenny Taylor. I’ve worked with Tyron and @syesha to tell their story and it should make the timeline of the events clear.

2. Please email the following people. You can use this call to action text written by @operationstopcps
“We demand an Investigation, from a third-party, into the illegal removal of Amen’Ra Sba. Further, we demand that the petition be dismissed and Amen’Ra be returned home safely to his parents immediately.”

[email protected]
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You can include a link to this video in your email.

3. Donate to the family’s legal fund. I’ve spoken to an attorney suing the same hospital for false allegations and after their child is returned going up against these giants for justice will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Follow @syesha for all the updates about her children!

#BringRaHome #MedicalKidnapping #SyeshaMercado #Holisticliving #Consciousparenting #Homeschooling #medicalfreedom


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