Things have been very busy here at AAWA Technical Headquarters since mid-December. We’ve all been trying desperately to keep up with AAWA projects, our own websites and personal activities, and still find some time to enjoy the holidays with our families. It’s too bad that there are not 48 hours in a day, but then we’d all be so tired we’d sleep half of it away from sheer exhaustion.
AAWAke! for January
Our Newsletter team released the January 2014 issue of AAWAke! just prior to the New Year. It’s been available here at AAWA.co since New Year’s Eve, but due to my emergency backlog of other projects, I had to push the actual announcement out just a bit. Please accept my apologies.
This newsletter is another great issue. Steph Le Gardener penned the introductory article about current and planned projects by the Writing and Newsletter teams. She’s urging any of our readers who would like to volunteer to please do so – as we have projects coming up that will need a range of skills and mental energy.
Isabella Botticelli provides a well-written essay on how former Jehovah’s Witnesses have handled the “blood doctrine” in their own lives after leaving. She reports that many ex-Witnesses have admitted that deciding to donate blood was a critical step for them. For some became a major turning point in their new lives.
Jeni Lundblum-Valdez wrote an informative bio about AAWA supporter Brenda Lee, author of Out of the Cocoon. Many of us know her amazing story, but this article provides more insight about Brenda and her goals. Ms. Lee and her book “pioneered” the publication of memoirs that deftly uncover many negative qualities of Watchtower practices and policies.
The January AAWAke! also includes a parody article by Keith Walker about the Watchtower’s necktie policies. You’ll also find a poem by “Toledo Squad” that very adeptly describes in just twelve verses most of the mental and personal issues that someone who has left the JWs might have looking back at their relationship with the Watchtower. I’m sure you’ll enjoy both well-written bits of amazing creativity.
And there is more…