Vegas Vive

Dear Readers,

My current apartment is about the same size as the first apartment I ever rented by myself when I was working my way through college, a one-bedroom apartment. 

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It still looks the same, even though the roof was leaking into my third-floor apartment back then, thirty years ago.

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Nowadays, I am not accepted as an applicant on my own, even though I have an excellent credit score and way more money, accomplishments, and knowledge than I had three decades ago.  My ex-husband, bless his heart, signed the lease so I could live here.  I, along with so many other PhD-level scientists, have been long-term unemployed and shamed about it as if it is our fault that greed and corruption took over.  Meanwhile, everyone thinks I am privileged because I am white and I look good.  But I do not look good enough to rent an apartment, even though I have the money.  “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” they say, but people do anyway. 

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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12 KJV).

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I have lived in Canada (where I was born), New Mexico, Colorado, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Switzerland, and Minnesota.  I have visited even more places.  Now I am moving to Nevada.  In Las Vegas, more than anywhere else I have lived, I could go from tourist to local in one day, like a fish taking to water, only harsh, scorching hot desert.  It is a doctor’s dream come true, there is so much opportunity to help people here.  Why, one can even save lives. 

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Divine providence of the Lord prepared a place for me in the wilderness, indeed.  It is where I am most comfortable, with the oppressed, the impoverished, the desperate, the pariahs.  I see them and they see me.  I am home.  I finally sleep.  The excessive heat leaves me no other choice anyway. 

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I avoid the most sizzling of the sun’s rays like a vampire.  I wear sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses, and I drink lots of water.  I condition my hair much more than shampoo it.  I moisturize my skin with organic jojoba oil, actually a wax, that is most like the oils naturally produced by our skin. 

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Making money and having money are two different things.  I never got any handouts or assistance; I earned everything that I have despite violent opposition.  I saved money by always living below my means, even during the times when I made a lot of money.  I work hard and smart.  I do not waste money.  I hardly got any retirement income during my career.  I always made less than the men.

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I occupy the same size space that I did thirty years ago, but my collection of stuff is infinitely more refined and complicated in reflection of my work and abilities.  I did not have children of my own, which allowed me to be always generous towards others.  I have most of the one bedroom empty so I can do yoga and dance there.  My bed is in the living room.  When I arrived in Vegas, all my bank accounts were put on hold.  I had to straighten it all out.

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Most importantly, I can finally preach the truth, free from any conflict of interest.  And since I know what the truth is, that makes me simultaneously the most powerful and endangered woman on earth. 

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Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it (Mark 8:34-35 KJV). 

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In the last neighborhood I lived in, gentrification removed the cock.  But not here, thankfully.  My neighbor is a real cock. 

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Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5 KJV).

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