February 14, 2020

The Green and Orange Heart

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The time had finally arrived. I had made it! My dream of six years had at last come true. First grade!  What could be more awesome? The year wore on without a hitch. Everything was perfect. After all, I was on top of the pile. I was accepted by my peers as one of the “neat kids”. And why shouldn’t I be? I was top of class. I was the smallest little squiggle on the
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February 3, 2020

Chivalry Is Dead?

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In the old days, they always said, “Ladies before Gentlemen.” These days…well…times have changed. Is it Ladies before Gentlemen, or is it Dudes before Broads? Which should it be? It depends on who you ask. A couple years ago when I first started solo truck driving, one day I pulled into a Receiver and parked by another female trucker. “Hey! Another Lady Trucker,” I said cheerily. Uh oh. Shift. Reverse. My friendly greeting was perceived
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January 19, 2020

They Have Prepared the Gallows

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I am in the habit of studying history and human nature. The most interesting creatures on earth are humans. Some of them are like beasts of prey, watching for every opportunity to pounce upon the small and unsuspecting minority. Some people are like birds, whom God has endowed with wings to swiftly carry them to safety beyond the reach of the carnivore’s teeth and lolling tongue that thirsts for blood. Over a number of years
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December 27, 2019

The F Word

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Life is Beautiful! Life is horrible? It all depends on your perspective. Is your glass half full or half empty? Is your holiday butter rum cake half gone, or do you still have half left over? Chances are our butter rum cake is ALL gone and we have chunkier cheeks than we did last week, us little fatties. All jesting aside, I ask this question? Do we have the power within ourselves to encourage ourselves?
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December 23, 2019

The Lovely of You

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I wrote this love song for my children and many more lovelies I call my own.   https://teachertailortrucker.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/The-Lovely-of-You-MIX-12.8.19-_1.mp3          
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December 12, 2019

What Will Dilly Do?

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I just published a BRAND NEW book in my SquarePeg Storybooks series. This story is about a girl who doesn’t fit in. Try as she might, she’s just not like everyone else. Nobody wants to hire her because her image is a bit…off. But no matter how others behave, she keeps her chin up and won’t give up. What does she do? She goes truckin’! https://www.amazon.com/What-Will-Dilly-Do-Storybooks-ebook/dp/B082BCWMVC I had loads of fun writing this book and
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November 28, 2019

For the Gift

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Today is Turkey Day, the day that tradition and marketing say I must be thankful. If I am a good little Mainstreamer, I show my gratitude by wishing everyone a merry Thanksgiving and by purchasing orange and gold paraphernalia to fancy up my truck. Since I am out trucking a long ways from home, I can benefit from the holiday by stopping at Petro or TA somewhere on the Ten to inhale a turkey dinner.
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November 17, 2019

Men Are Brainwashed

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I wonder…Do men wash their hair with battery acid? I suspect it soaks through and eats up the brain. Recently I parked my semi-truck at a Walmart shopping center somewhere in New Mexico and bee bopped inside to stock up on groceries. My lucky day. I didn’t know Walmart had a theater. Yep. Right there in the beef jerky aisle. Drama, and I mean drama. It was like deeper than deep. Deeper than the Marianas
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November 10, 2019

Introducing Dilly

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This is the second installment in my new children’s book series SquarePeg Storybooks soon to publish on Amazon. What Will Dilly Do? is a tale of pluck told in rhyme. I had fun writing it, had fun imagining the characters, and had great fun working with my awesome illustrator Filipa in making the story come to life in drawings. Though the characters are fictitious, this is actually a true story.
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November 3, 2019

The Suicide Paradox

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Seriously? You want to know what I think. Are you sure? I was recently contacted by a Utah journalist for a comment on the subject of suicide among FLDS and ex-FLDS. I expect my contribution was solicited in order to provide a small splash of alternate opinion to give the illusion of opposition to the overwhelming majority, about as effective as one drop of hydrogen peroxide added to an entire ocean of despair. As I
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October 27, 2019

Who Am I?

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Who am I? What do I stand for? These days if you want to see sparks fly and get punched in the noggin’, you talk about religion or politics. Most people have pretty strong opinions about God and Donald Trump, not to mention a gazillion more subjects. People tend to react strongly if you say anything black, or white, or sometimes gray. And talk about the rainbow? Oh, my. Folks see red and you get
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October 20, 2019

I Am a Better Person

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We should be able to say that because of our association with one another, “I am a better person having known you.” Years ago I heard this story which found a permanent spot in my memory. A Spanish girl named Elizabeth told the story about a sweet and unusual friendship between her mother and an old native Indian woman from Central America who came to their home often. With each visit, the Indian woman gave
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October 14, 2019

My New Books

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Holy bovine! It’s official. I actually have a real live, cuter-than-a-bug children’s book published in eBook, paperback, and hardback available on both Amazon and Ingram Spark outlets. The CAT MEOW EBook ISBN:  .‍978-1-7340024-3-0 Paperback ISBN:  .‍978-1-7340024-0-9 Hardback IBN: .‍978-1-7340024-4-7 https://smile.amazon.com/Cat-Meow-nobody-myself-Storybooks/dp/1734002409   I also published my memoir WHERE MUCH IS GIVEN. My perspective is from the other side of the mountain of opinions. Personally, I think it’s a beautiful story. Not popular, but if I was
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September 29, 2019

Example and Precept

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My father had lots of fun ways to teach lessons. One day he put a bowl of candy on his desk. Sure enough pieces of candy began to disappear throughout the next several days. One night he came home for prayer time and brought the bowl of candy with him. He pointed out that several pieces of candy were gone. “Did I offer anyone a piece of candy?” he asked. We all looked around the
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September 14, 2019

Ahead and Behind?

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Last week I was trucking near Tucson and saw an IN-N-Out Burger joint. It is particularly dangerous for me to be hungry while driving a semi-truck and come upon In-N-Out. Something about those freshly cooked French fries with the pink pickle sauce has me hitting the brakes and looking for a place to park. Give me forty acres and I’ll turn this rig around, right? Not sure if they mean my truck or my backside.
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September 8, 2019

WHERE MUCH IS GIVEN

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  This is the second publication in a series on Amazon called FLDS Lady. This book is Part One of three which will complete my personal memoirs. Still tweaking my book cover. Soon to publish… This account is from the “opposite side of the mountain”. All stories currently being told about the FLDS are negative, even extremely derogatory. Although my story may be far less sensational and indeed, less popular, it is still my truth.
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September 1, 2019

The Cat Meow

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Yaaaay! Finally, almost ready to publish my first children’s book. THE CAT MEOW is the first in a children’s book series called Square Peg Storybooks Written by Maggie Jessop Illustrated by Filipa Losada Published by Highroad North Coming soon on Amazon! A story about being yourself. Way back when I was a kitten, all kinds of personalities lived on our farm. Everybody tried to be somebody else. The mule thought he was John Wayne, and
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August 26, 2019

Energizer Bunnies

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I learned early on that the human heart has the capacity to love many people. I have often heard the mainstream argument that too many children means there is not enough love and attention to go around. Not so in my family. If anybody felt left out, it was only because they wouldn’t get their lazy carcass out of bed in time to get in on all the fun. For some reason, most of us
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August 18, 2019

Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn

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My childhood felt free as a bird. Sometimes we may have been a little too free and were prone to mass participation in mud fights, water fights, and clod fights as opportunity permitted. Jessop kids seemed to know no fear. Our dare-devil escapades on bikes, in swings, on roofs, in trees, on mountains, and in water holes would probably have given our parents a few heart attacks if they had seen it all. It seemed
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August 11, 2019

Short Creek Tourists

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From Maggie’s forthcoming book “WHERE MUCH IS GIVEN” It was typical for my sisters and I clad in ruffles and lace to be found skipping down Main Street holding hands on our way to school singing songs in three part harmony at the top of our lungs. Once in a while, Father joined us in our skipping jubilees. We all competed to see who could skip the fastest and highest. Because Father was never embarrassed
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