Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Birth Certificate is a LIE !

I think that I have figured out why my passport application was not accepted.  Now I have to figure out what to do about it.

I was born September 10, 1951 in the little hospital on the hill in Willits, Mendocino County, California.  

True.  So far, so good.  But! That’s not the problem   (I think.  Despite what the letter from the Passport Center says) 

My parents were Louise Marie McGinness (maiden name) and Rolf Siegfried Mijjares.

Subsequently, my parents were divorced.  My mother remarried and I was adopted by her new husband Harold Reed.   Harry and mother also divorced.  My mother later married Gordon Dale Owes who also adopted me.  They later divorced, but by the time my mother married her 4th husband I was married and had a child of my own, so Don did not adopt me.  We hardly ever even saw each other.  

My legal maiden name is Barbara Louise Owes and I believe that is what is on my birth certificate.  I really need to get another copy!!  (Working on it.)  I wonder what it says about place of birth and how I can get this cleared up.  

“Birth certificates” do not show the record of birth, they show the now fictionalized account as the latest legal couple and government entity choose to portray it.  

Which can get pretty interesting as the various parties were all living active lives before they got together that really do not mesh.  Multiple children can be “born” to the same couple in impossible time frames and geographic locations.  

Do birth records exist for me as Barbara Louise Mijares and if so, how do I prove that is me? or using my legal birth certificate, how do I prove that I was born a citizen?

Wandering wonders -   What do the birth certificates of children adopted by both parents say?  If the “birth certificate” shows the legal parents, is there any actual birth record?? What if the child was adopted from another country? Or, If a person was born a US citizen, but adopted by non-US citizens, would (s)he lose his/her citizenship?  How would (s)he prove citizenship if the birth certificate showed non-citizens who were living somewhere else at the time of birth?

My Birth Certificate is a LIE ! and so are a lot of others apparently.  What good is that?

I no longer trust birth certificates.

I still have to figure out how to get a passport. I am going to get a new certified copy of my legal birth certificate.  I am going to try to contact the hospital and see what records they have and will give me.  I called the Passport Center who said someone from some department will probably call me sometime on one of the numbers I gave them.  If  they do not get hold of me, they will probably not leave a message and they will probably not call back.  Nice. Our tax dollars working to serve the US citizen. So, if I don't hear from them in a week or two, I can try again.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Temple Ben

A week ago today, my youngest, Benjamin, went to the temple for the first time.  My oldest, Sariah, came down from Washington.  His endowed siblings came, too.  Although attending the temple is a very personal thing, there is something special about attending with loved ones.  It is especially joyous to quietly greet each other in the Celestial Room at the end of the endowment session.

Sariah has been doing a lot of family history work and brought several family names to have their proxy work done.  We believe that certain sacred ordinances are necessary for exaltation.  Very few people have had the opportunity to receive these ordinances in this life.  When we visit the temple, we do the work for those who have died without the work being done.  They are free to accept or reject these ordinances.  We do not believe they are bound by our actions.  Some people are upset that we do this work as if we were forcing Mormonism on poor innocent dead people.  1) If the gospel as taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is not true and we do not have authority from God, it really doesn't matter what we do or think we are doing because we don't have the power.  2) If it is true and we are doing God's work, we are doing people a great service.  and 3) Each individual has the right to choose for themselves whether to accept of reject this work.

Doing temple work not only serves those who have gone before, but allows us to review and reflect on the covenants we have made.  I think our dead are doing us a big favor!

After going through the 10 am session - Benjamin for himself, and the rest of us as proxy for dead relatives, we had a quick bite in the parking lot and many of us went back in. 

There are actually several ordinances that are performed in the temple for those who have gone before - baptism, confirmation, anointing, the endowment, and sealing to family members.  Several of us did baptisms.  Four of us each held on to one relative's name and took it all the way through from baptism to family sealings.  Some ordinances, like baptism, we can do several one after another in a short time.  The endowment, however takes over an hour to do for one person.  So while we did several ordinances for several deceased relatives, we each held on to one person that we did everything for.  This was the first time that I have gone all the way through "with" one person and it was a very special feeling. Also, there were times during various ordinances when I had the distinct impression that someone was very glad that their work was being done. 

It was a glorious day.

Benjamin really has the spirit of the temple and has been back to the temple every day this week (except Sunday and Monday when it is closed)  He has gone with our Bishop, me, his brother David and sister-in-law Teresa, alone, and with a friend.  He is determined to enjoy the blessings of the temple and learn as much as he can before he goes.  When he is in Korea, he will not have many opportunities to attend the temple.  The closest temple is in Seoul, which is not part of his Mission. 

What do I have in common with Barack Obama?

What do I have in common with Barack Obama?

There seems to be some question of my birth and citizenship.

My passport application was not accepted.  They say I was a non-institutional birth.  

I think Benjamin still has my birth certificate from the day we applied.  I need to look at it again. 
Benjamin went to work before 6 this morning and is not home yet. 3:30 pm  Still at work or with his friends??
oh! Here he is, but he says they kept the birth certificates with our applications.  I thought they had looked at the originals and kept copies,but not so.  I am so frustrated!!!

 They gave me two long forms to fill out and said I need to come up with "a combination of early public documents created at the time of your birth."  "All documents submitted to our office must be original or certified."  If they do not have the information within 90 days of May 23 2012, my application will be denied and they will return my evidence AND KEEP MY MONEY. 

My understanding was that I was born in the little hospital on the hill by the highway going through Willits, Mendocino County, CA.  What does the birth certificate say anyway??!  -

They let Barack be President and travel out of the country.  Does he has a passport?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

a bit of hope

My heart is so much lighter!  I found a shop that will look at Sophie.  In Sacramento within biking distance and open until 8 and on Saturdays.  I cannot go tonight as I am donating my life’s platelets at BloodSource late this afternoon (and bringing “We Bought a Zoo” to watch).  Maybe tomorrow if Benjamin has the car and I cannot go to the temple.  Soon I will find out if Sophie can be brought out of her coma!  I miss my computer!

Benjamin worked 10 hours for doing door-to-door for the pest control company.  All he got was a bit of a sunburn.  He is thinking that this might not be for him.  Tonight he works the 10pm - 6am shift at Raley Field.  But at least it is a real job with pay. After this door thing, he appreciates the clean up crew even more.  5 or 6 of them worked all day without a bite.  maybe one nibble.

Andrew will be riding his bike to Elk Grove today (probably has by now) to try his hand at this door-to-door gig.  I admire their willingness to try.

I think Andrew should look into food server jobs.  I actually think he would enjoy serving and I hear that is one of the areas where there may actually be jobs. 

Joseph and Andrew are beginning to consider Accounting as a bread and butter line of work.  I am encouraging it.   Andrew wants to be a writer.  Joseph doesn't really know what he wants to do.  Until then, Accounting is a pretty good area to get work and is  portable.  

Glad to have a job.  Sad breaks are so short!  I hope Sophie gets fixed.