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Control Is An Illusion

Today’s episode “Control Is An Illusion” is on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Hello 2020! SO much to…uh…unpack in today’s episode! Yes. Yes, we just said “unpack.” But it’s kind of true. We are bringing 2020 in like spiritual giants today! None of this namby pamby “I want to lose 10 pounds” or “I’m going to quit yelling at people in traffic!” resolution nonsense to start off the new year and new decade. (For the record, Kris already tried the second one and it’s just NOT happening folks. As for the first…we’re both working on it.) Nope. We get straight into beastmode as we go over two very deep topics: Letting Go and Signs of Maturity.

Tee hee. Don’t mind us. We’re just over here on top of the mountain, sitting cross-legged and sh*t talking to butterflies with our minds. Just kidding. We’re probably sitting at our desks drinking coffee cussing someone out under our breath and immediately feeling guilty for it. Because not mature, for sure.

Moving on.

Today’s episode is inspired by an amazing 12-step program called Al-Anon. If you aren’t aware of what Al-Anon is, it’s an offshoot from the 12-step program Alcoholics Anonymous. It was co-founded by Lois Wilson, wife of Bill Wilson who co-founded AA. As the wife of an alcoholic, Lois needed her own support group, and thus was formed Al-Anon…a group where family and friends affected by loved one’s drinking (or drugging, or any addictive self-destructive behavior, frankly) can find fellowship, guidance, serenity, and sanity.

Two readings we reference today are “Letting Go” (just google “letting go checklist Al-Anon” and you’ll see images pop up…mostly in Pinterest), and “A Checklist for Evaluating Our Maturity” (same, except, here’s a link to a blog which has it written out). There are some real gems in helping us realize just how much the idea of control is an illusion, actually, and that true serenity comes from “going with the flow.” As for that maturity thing…tsk…sigh…ugh…well, as much as Kris thinks she’s got a long way to go, it’s safe to say we’re both actually doing ok in the adulting department. Some would argue otherwise. Those some can kiss our butts. NYAHpffffffffffffffttt!

They’re GOALS….we never said we accomplished them all. TSK.

Now before we get into the fact checking and the links to topics we mentioned in the episode today, it’s very important for us to take a moment to get a bit serious and encourage anyone who has a friend or family member in the throes of alcoholism and/or addiction of any kind to contact Al-Anon as a starting point to help YOU get YOUR life back into the land of the living. It’s a scary thing, watching friends or family suffer from addiction, but on the sideline you don’t realize you, too, are suffering from the effects of the disease. If you need help to cope, you can start here. Give it a go…there is hope.

Alright. Now let’s get down to correcting ourselves. Six minutes into the episode and there’s already SO MUCH to fix. Sigh.

  • Is it realllllllly a new decade? If you’re like Kris’ dad, Kym’s former co-worker, and this article, you’ll be on the “NOPE WE AIN’T” side. If you’re like us, you DGAF. BUHbye moving on, there’s more important things to worry about, like Australia (pray for more rain. Right now. If you’re reading right now, stop and just read this out loud: “Dear God please rain water down on Australia”. Don’t care if you don’t believe in God. You can be an atheist. Just do it this one time…don’t even need to say the “G” word, just say, “HEY YOU UP THERE RAIN ON AUSTRALIA.” Thanks. And thanks skydaddy!)
  • Ok. Geography lesson. The mountains we refer to as Saddleback Mountains are actually the Santa Ana Mountains; the mountains we refer to as “north of us where Mt. Baldy and Big Bear are”….well, Mt. Baldy (also known as Mt. San Antonio) is in the San Gabriel Mountains which were spectacularly covered (and still are) in snow last week. Big Bear, however, is in the San Bernardino Mountains. We’ve lived here all our lives and yet we still can only dopity-dope over the purty snow on the hills off yonder without knowing what the heck we’re actually looking at. Whatever. Now we ALL know. Class dismissed.
  • Mr. Geography: Excuse me, Kris, please hang back a mo. Kris: But Mr. Geography, the rest of the class is leav… Mr. Geography: Mt. Whitney is in Sequoia National Park which is nowhere near where you live. No. Where. Near. Hundreds of miles away. Still in California, yes. But you can’t see it. Because…Far. Away. Not. Near. You. Kris dismissed.
  • CFL…ohKriskriskriskris. You talk so much. So fast. You make so many mistakes. #eyeroll. It’s CSF. Cerebrospinal Fluid. Sniff.
  • Morf = Mike Morford, whom we interviewed last season, is producer of Scene of the Crime podcast, cohost on Criminology and Three Men and a Mystery podcasts, and host of The Murder in My Family podcast. Thank you Morf for your shoutout on Twitter. We’re still gobsmacked you listen to our show.
  • Naptime Nancy: Another kickass podcaster whose episodes can be and should be listened to immediately. Go here to do so.
  • Morning news items. Time to change the lock screen settings on the ol’ iPad to something more relaxing. Not like this creepy crap: We killed an Iraqi General and have maybe started WWIII; why you shouldn’t ever write “20” for the year 2020 on checks and documents (always write 2020); and those nutty mysterious drones over Colorado.
  • Anjelah Johnson. Kym was mostly right. It’s Anjelah NICOLE Johnson. OHMYGAWD if you don’t know the nail salon sketch, you need to edumacate yourself now.
Photo by Evie Shaffer on Pexels.com

And with that, we’ll say, “welcome 2020, you’re doing your best to test us mere mortals first week in, but guess what. You’re not in control. We choose zen.” And coffee. We always choose coffee. Clink!

Thank you for joining us. Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Control Is An Illusion” on  iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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Second Harvest Food Bank and Patriotic Service Dog Foundation

Today’s episode “Second Harvest Food Bank and Patriotic Service Dog Foundation” is on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Today’s episode of The Mugly Truth Podcast is an extra special one. We talk about our favorite foundations and encourage all our readers and listeners to check them out. Kym highlights the Second Harvest Food Bank and Kris talks about Patriotic Service Dog Foundation.

The Second Harvest Food Bank

The Second Harvest Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, which was started as St. Mary’s Food Bank by John van Hengel in Phoenix, AZ in the 1960’s. By the 1970s, 18 cities across the country soon had food banks. In 1979 Hengel created a national food bank which he called America’s Second Harvest the Nation’s Food Bank Network. In 2008 the name changed to Feeding America. The Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County is the chapter local to us personally, located in Irvine, CA. Their website, feedoc.org, is a wealth of information about the hunger statistics not only locally, but nationwide, as well as how to donate both money and time. For more information about a food bank in your hometown, please visit feedingamerica.org

The Facebook page for Patriotic Service Dog Foundation

Patriotic Service Dog Foundation is a group out of Murrieta, CA, dedicated to the training of service dogs for men and women suffering from PTSD after serving in the military, emergency response, and public safety. Recently they participated in a documentary, called To Be of Service (on Netflix), about how service dogs have helped improve the lives of these men and women. Currently Veteran’s Affairs does not pay for service dogs to be provided to veteran’s. Therefore all training costs are funded by private donations. We highly recommend viewing the documentary, and then visiting Patriotic Service Dog Foundation’s website and Facebook page.

Screenshot of the video with Chris, Jenn, and Emmy Thomas on Patriotic Service Dog Foundation’s Facebook page.

We also encourage you to watch the short video about Kris’ co-worker, Chris Thomas, and his wife Jenn, and how their lives have been changed by Emmy, Chris’ service dog from Patriotic Service Dog Foundation. In the podcast episode, Kris couldn’t remember the details of Chris’ service, or the battalion he served with, how it tied in with the Naval Base Guam’s war dog memorial, and Emmy’s name origin. Jenn was kind enough to text the details:

It was 23 years active duty with 18 months of active combat time, that time was split between Iraq and Afghanistan deployments, multiple times for each country. Chris served with the Magnificent Bastards which is an infantry battalion. That is also the same battalion that 25 war dogs gave their lives serving and protecting marines in WWII. The memorial is in Guam and that is where the dog’s names are listed, Emmy being one of them.

– Jenn Thomas
The memorial – called “Always Faithful” – to the 25 Marine War Dogs killed during WWII. Naval Base Guam .

When we say the Universe likes to show off sometimes, this is a pretty good example of exactly what we mean.

For more links, please check out the following:

  • Tackett Service Dogs Tom Tackett started Patriotic Service Dog Foundations, and is renowned for training dogs for competition, service, and obedience.
  • Jon Bon Jovi became involved with the documentary To Be of Service, writing the score and a single, called Unbroken, which you can view on YouTube.
  • For more information about the history of the dogs who served alongside Marines in the Pacific during WWII, check out k9history.org
  • For more details about the Naval Base Guam memorial, Always Faithful, by sculptor Susan Bahary, and the efforts of William Putney to create the memorial, please read more about the National War Dog Cemetery.

Check out “Second Harvest Food Bank and Patriotic Service Dog Foundation“ episode on  iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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Featured Photo of Chris and Emmy courtesy of Kristen Core. All rights reserved.