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Dear Angela Tollersons, I am On to You!

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I recently received the following email from a woman calling herself Angela Tollersons:

Hi!

First, thank you for all you do to spread God’s love and wisdom!

My faith has always been an important part of every aspect of my life. As a child, I learned the importance of treating classmates the way I wanted to be treated. In my career, I strived never to judge, and to be patient and accepting (even when it was difficult). And now, my husband and I strive to be good Christians and set a strong foundation for our children.

I’m on a personal mission today to spread God’s word and share information on the wonderful ways He shows His love for us. I hope you’ll share the articles that follow with your readers (perhaps here: http://brucegerencser.net/tag/home-schooling/?) — I believe they will find them inspiring and helpful!

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How to Have Confidence in Prayer

7 Ways to Teach Your Toddler About Jesus

God Bless The Christian Nurse

Making Career Decisions Within God’s Will for Your Life

Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities Within the Church

Have a blessed day!

Warm regards,
Angela

Angela Tollersons
a_tollersons@forfamilyhealth.net ǀ forfamilyhealth.net
500 Westover Dr. #9372 ǀ Sanford, NC ǀ 27330

P.S. Please email me if you don’t want me to contact you again.

According to Tollersons website, she is a:

 49-year-old, full-time mom. I live in North Carolina with my husband and James, our youngest son. We live in a quiet suburban neighborhood, and I couldn’t be happier with our lives. I have owned a successful business and spoken for the advancement of families’ health rights. I volunteer regularly for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and the Parents Helping Parents program, and I frequently blog about health and wellness. I blog specifically about nutrition, physical fitness, mental health, and just how rewarding life can be when all of those factors are in balance! I truly believe that every child, parent and family are special. And my family, like yours, is unique in its own way. James was diagnosed as a high-functioning autistic child at the age of six. As parents, our first concerns were James’ future and well-being. And then I realized, don’t all parents have these fears, no matter who their child is? Don’t we all worry that there is more that we can be doing to make our children the happiest people they can possibly be? Of course we do! My husband and I wanted caring, concerned parents like us to always have a place they could go for information, ideas and inspiration. That was our motivation for creating ForFamilyHealth.net. I hope this site proves to be a place of hope and opportunity for you and your family.

Tollersons website says she lives in North Carolina, but she was in California when she accessed this site. I found it interesting that she went directly to the contact page, a sure sign that someone is using a spambot.

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This got me to thinking…

Tollersons listed her address in the aforementioned email — 500 Westover Dr. #9372,  Sanford, NC  27330. I typed this address into a Google search box, hit ENTER, and low and behold, here’s what I found associated with this address:

  • Caroline Hampton at openeducators.org providing a list of science-based lesson plans.
  • Angela Tollersons, using a different email address angelaT@forfamilyhealth.net, and giving advice about winter safety.
  • Caroline Hampton giving advice about internet safety. More internet safety tips here, using a different email address.
  • Stacy, who describes herself as “a cheerleader for math (and, really, education as a whole) for as long as I can remember (in fact – that’s ultimately why I started my own site!). Over the last several years, I’ve tutored 100s of students to make math more attainable and fun.”  Stacy uses mathcamps123@gmail.com for her email address. Stacy Maxton owns mathcamps.org.
  • Angela Tollersons, using a different email address tollersonsangela@gmail.com, giving living advice to seniors. Tollersons gives more senior advice here.
  • Stacy providing a list of links to help students with their scholarship needs.

I also found  several guest posts written by Angela Tollersons and Stacy Maxton: Bereavement Support, Four Tips for Coping with the Loss of a Loved One, Swimming Safety for Kids with Autism, List of Senior health links for The Geranium Farm, How To Make A Holiday Road Trip Fun For A Child With Special Needs, Seven Important Winter Swimming Safety Tips, How to Avoid Costly Home Repairs, Let’s Bring Learning to Life at Home and in the Classroom

All of these articles have been published in the last six months.

At least one other person has caught on to Angela Tollersons/Caroline Hampton/Stacy Maxton. After Stacy Maxton posted a list of links on the Creek Don’t Rise forum, the site owner replied:

Whoever you are (because there is no Stacy Maxton in North Carolina),

I DO have suggestions for your site, but this is a family web page so I can’t share them. Please use your imagination. I also notice that mathcamps.org does not exist, really, except as a lame and unethical attempt to capitalize oh the good name of a legitimate organization (mathcamp.org). I am not even interested in what kind of scam you are trying to perpetrate by pretending to be a math nut so enamored of telecommunications topics that you spam web owners with this bizarre tale. Of course, you’re not doing this yourself at all – you’re robospamming. If you had even GLANCED at my web article you claim to have read, you would have known it has NOTHING AT ALL to do with telecommunications, or math, or education. Ironically, I have several web articles that mention telecommunications and education topics, but if you think I’m going to point you to those, you have another “think” coming.

So you lie about who you are and what you do, even to the point of setting up a fake web site. Amateurish throughout. What you need is someone to coach you in the fine art of internet scamming. And I know of no one better equipped than the Exiled Nigerian Prince, an international fugit- er, adventurer who has been enjoying life roaming around the Caribbean for the last several months. He is currently on a cruise ship with limited access to the internet, but I’m sure he would be willing to help you “up your game” for a fee of, say, $500. Due to banking regulations in his current location, the only way he can receive that fee is through direct deposit. So if you want to be coached by the best in the business, please go to the Exiled Nigerian Prince’s contact page ( http://www.exilednigerianprince.com ) and enter the requested information about your bank account. As soon as you do that and the Exiled Nigerian Prince gets back online, I can guarantee that he will teach you things about internet scamming that you never even imagined!

Based on Google Earth satellite imagery, here is a picture of where Tollersons/Hampton/Maxton lives or uses as a base of operation.

500 westover drive sanford north Carolina

500 Westover Drive, Sanford, North Carolina

Here is supposedly a picture of the well-preserved 49-year-old Tollersons. I have no way of knowing whether this is an actual picture of Tollersons. This is a picture she provided to one of the websites featuring her prose.

Angela Tollersons

Angela Tollersons

Tollersons, or whoever she might be, likely contacted numerous websites hoping to write a guest post for them. Numerous sites, without checking her out, posted Tollersons’ articles. Shame on these sites for not vetting Tollersons before publishing her articles.

Notes:

mathcamps.org gives 2003 as a copyright date. According to a Whois search, the domain was registered in 2013. (It could have been registered earlier under a different owner’s name.)

Thank You

 

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I want to take a few moments to thank those who have financially supported this site. I appreciate each donation. Donations are used to pay for server, software, and general site costs. Any excess donations are used to take Polly out on the town.

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Top Twenty Posts for 2015 and Other Interesting Statistics

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Here are some site statistics you might find interesting.

Here’s to a wonderful 2016.

Bruce

Top Twenty  Posts for 2015

  1. http://brucegerencser.net
  2. http://brucegerencser.net/2015/08/why-i-am-not-interested-in-a-nicer-friendlier-christianity/
  3. http://brucegerencser.net/2015/03/cindy-schaap-daughter-of-jack-hyles-divorces-convicted-felon-jack-schaap/
  4. http://brucegerencser.net/2015/04/understanding-steven-anderson-pastor-faithful-word-baptist-church-tempe-arizona/
  5. http://brucegerencser.net/2015/01/legacy-jack-hyles/
  6. http://brucegerencser.net/2015/06/the-tullian-and-kim-tchividjian-sex-scandal-a-reminder-that-pastors-are-just-like-the-rest-of-us/
  7. http://brucegerencser.net/2015/02/updated-serial-adulterer-david-hyles-restored/
  8. http://brucegerencser.net/tag/jack-schaap/
  9. http://brucegerencser.net/about/
  10. http://brucegerencser.net/why-i-hate-jesus/
  11. http://brucegerencser.net/dear-evangelical/
  12. http://brucegerencser.net/2015/03/what-one-ifb-apologist-thinks-of-people-who-claim-they-were-abused/
  13. http://brucegerencser.net/2015/03/updated-ifb-pastor-bill-wininger-outed-as-sexual-predator/
  14. http://brucegerencser.net/2015/05/rudolph-walls-the-friendly-pastor-who-is-a-registered-sex-offender/
  15. http://brucegerencser.net/2015/07/holy-spirit-tells-jeremiah-johnson-that-donald-trump-is-the-trumpet-of-god/
  16. http://brucegerencser.net/2015/03/mark-biltz-accuses-john-hagee-of-stealing-four-blood-moons-revelation/
  17. http://brucegerencser.net/2015/02/ifb-preacher-mack-ford-dead/
  18. http://brucegerencser.net/2015/04/please-help-me-understand-why-you-stopped-believing/
  19. http://brucegerencser.net/2015/05/updated-why-eric-jackson-confessed-to-raping-his-sister/
  20. http://brucegerencser.net/2015/01/sexual-abuse-name-god-new-bethany-home-for-girls/

Top Ten Referrers for 2015

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. No Longer Quivering
  4. Reddit Atheism
  5. Crooks and Liars
  6. Reddit
  7. Infidel753
  8. The Aunicornist
  9. Disqus
  10. WordPress

Top Series for 2015

From Evangelicalism to Atheism

Top Ten Searches for 2015

  1. Bruce Gerencser
  2. Jack Schaap
  3. Amy Duggar Kiss 3 Months
  4. Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser
  5. Kim Tchividjian
  6. Jack Hyles
  7. Steven Anderson
  8. God is Love
  9. Cindy Schaap
  10. Donna Rice

85% (68,826 searches)  of the searches that brought people to this website were via Google’s secure search. As a result, I have no search data for these searches.

Total Comments for 2015

6,687

Security Statistics for 2015

459,745 blocked malicious login attempts

52,941 spam comments

Posts Published in 2015

890

Top Ten Countries of Origin for 2015

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Australia
  5. Germany
  6. Netherlands
  7. Philippines
  8. Israel
  9. Ireland
  10. European Union

Thank You!

Thank you for your support in 2015.

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Blog News: I Need Your Help

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Several months ago, I wrote:

Good news, The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser continues to attract new readers. Bad news, The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser continues to attract new readers. Good news, because I write to be read. Bad news, because I had to move this site to a faster server, resulting in a substantial bump in costs.

As a result of writing the aforementioned post, a number of readers made a one time donation through PayPal, sent me a check, or signed up with Patreon to make a monthly contribution. I also added a Bookstore page which, thanks to readers buying books through the bookstore, has generated a small amount of quarterly income from Amazon.

I appreciate the kindness and support of everyone who has made a one time donation or committed to monthly support. Without this support, I’d be forced to either quit blogging or move the site to a cheaper service, a move that would result in slower page loads and greater risk of being hacked.

As of today, the combination of Amazon book sales, one time PayPal donations, and monthly support through Patreon, has gone a long way in helping to meet the costs associated with hosting this blog. Some months, there’s even a bit left over, which I use to either make blog improvements or take Polly to McDonald’s.

Your continued financial support is greatly appreciated.

Facebook

My Facebook page has become an increasing source of traffic and reader engagement. There was a time when conversations were limited to the comment section, but now there are comments on Facebook and other social media that are every bit as important. I want to make sure I do my best to interact with readers wherever they read one of my posts, but I am finding that it is impossible for me to keep up. Fortunately, Michael Mock and Roy Madewell have been helping with the Facebook page. I no longer feel the need to answer every Evangelical who objects to something I’ve posted to Facebook.

Everything I write is posted to my Facebook page. This page is separate from my personal Facebook account. I also post news stories, articles, memes, and blog posts I think readers might find thought-provoking or a reminder of how much crazy there is in Evangelicalism.

I could use another person to help on the Facebook page. The ideal person would be someone who is conversant in all things Evangelical and is able to thoughtfully engage Evangelical critics without wanting to beat them to death with a copy of the King James Bible. I could also use the help of someone who has a science background. I get a lot of science questions that I do not have sufficient training to answer. If you would like to help administer my Facebook page, please send me an email.

Blog Comments

My writing tends to be a source of constant irritation to many Evangelicals. In previous years, every time they would express their hemorrhoidal pain and outrage I would respond to them. As long time readers know, doing so quickly drained me of physical and emotional strength, resulting in me taking an extended vacation or closing down my blog. Thanks to a handful of godless saints, I no longer have to engage every offended Evangelical. It’s encouraging and refreshing to have friends who are willing to enter Daniel’s metaphorical lions den and slay the lions. A great example of this is Michael Mock’s recent discussion with Susan-Anne White, a homophobic Calvinist from Northern Ireland. (An Email from a Fundamentalist Christian and Why Do Fundamentalist Men and Women Dress Differently?)  While I still intend to comment as I am able, I am grateful that some of you have been willing to engage God’s chosen ones. I find it amusing when an Evangelical gets upset over someone else responding to them besides Bruce Almighty.

Grammar Help

A few weeks ago, Carolyn, a regular reader of this blog, contacted me about helping with my spelling and grammar. Even though I proofread each post several times, I still make way too many grammar and spelling mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes are due to brain fog and fatigue. Other times, I make mistakes because I tend to write like I talk, a common problem for those of us who spent a lifetime as public speakers. And then there are the mistakes I make because of improper usage. These mistakes are likely due to me not paying attention in English class. Carolyn, without remuneration or hope of eternal reward, is reviewing each of my posts and making the necessary corrections. Carolyn also plans to go through my previous posts and correct them. I appreciate her willingness to do this for me. (She did not correct this post. Any mistakes are 100% my fault.)

Guest Posts

I am still looking for readers who are willing to write a guest post.  The subject matter is of your own choosing. I’d love to have some first person stories and testimonies about leaving Christianity or deconverting.  Anonymous stories are welcome, as are stories that were previously published elsewhere. If you have a guest post you’d like to submit, please use the contact form to send it to me.

YouTube Videos

No, I’ve not given up on producing YouTube videos. I have the studio lighting in place, so all I need to do is sit down and record the video. No promises, but I do hope to have several videos recorded and edited in the next few weeks. Yeah, I know I sound like an Evangelical talking about the imminent return of Jesus…

As always, thank you for reading. Your love, friendship, and support mean the world to me.

Bruce

UPDATED: Postmatic: Changes to Commenting System and Email Subscriptions

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UPDATE: Due to unreliable mail delivery and a security issue, I’ve had to disable Epoch and Postmatic. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Everything reverts to how it was before I made these changes. Those who are subscribed to Daily Post Digest should continue to receive it each day at 6:00 PM EST.

Thanks for reading.

Bruce

Starting today, I will be using Postmatic and Epoch to handle comments and email subscriptions on The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser. If you would like to know more about the technical aspects of Postmatic or Epoch, please check out the relevant website pages. I will be using the premium version of Postmatic.

Epoch is a plugin that enhances the native commenting system built into WordPress. Unlike Disqus and other third-party commenting systems, Epoch adds functionality to the commenting system rather than replacing it. Please let me know what you think.

Postmatic adds two new features that many of you have been asking for:

  • The ability to receive via email each post as it is published. This means every time I write a new post Postmatic will send it to every subscribed reader. I did import as many subscribers as possible from WordPress.com and MailChimp. If you were one of these subscribers, you should receive an email from me about the change. If you don’t receive this email you must subscribe using the form on the sidebar to receive  new posts via email.   At this time Postmatic does not have a post digest option. The folks at Postmatic plan to add a digest option in the near future and I will make that option available to readers as soon as they do.
  • The most exciting new function Postmatic provides is the ability for commenters to subscribe to a particular post’s comments and then respond to subsequent comments via email. This means that when you leave a comment or get notification of a new comment, all you have to do is hit reply, write your comment, and hit send. Sweet, right?

Integrating Postmatic and Epoch into this site remains a work in progress. Please let me know if you see anything amiss. For you who are accessing this site using a mobile device, I am also interested in hearing how things look and operate on your particular device.

Thank you for continuing to read my writing. I appreciate your support.

Bruce Gerencser
CEO, COO, CTO, and Janitor of the Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser

PayPal and Patreon Account for Covering Monthly Expenses

thank youIf you have not read I Need Your Help, Please do so.

As numerous people have suggested, I have set up a Patreon account for those who would like to support what I do here on a monthly basis. My goal is to raise $100 a month to cover managed WordPress service with Flywheel and software plugin costs. Patreon is for readers who want to commit to a monthly donation.

For readers who would like to make a one time donation or make a monthly donation through PayPal, please click here. There is also a donation link on the sidebar.

I also plan to work on an Amazon Bookstore that will feature books I have reviewed and other books I think readers might be interested. Amazon will pay me 2-6% for the purchases made through the bookstore.

The goal is to cover expenses. Any help you  can provide is greatly appreciated. Thanks to my Evangelical past, I am hesitant to ask for financial help, but I know I must if I intend to keep writing. Readership numbers are at the level where I can no longer cover the costs. The $100 a month I mentioned above will cover service up to 100,000 visitors per month. According to Flywheel, I am currently averaging 50,000 visitors per month.

As always, thank you for reading and supporting my writing. I am humbled by your kindness and friendship.

Bruce

Blog News: I Need Your Help

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Good news, The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser continues to attract new readers. Bad news, The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser continues to attract new readers. Good news, because I write to be read. Bad news, because I had to move this site to a faster server, resulting in a substantial bump in costs.

Increased Costs

As readership numbers increase, site speed slows. Last week, thanks to Facebook and Reddit sharing and thousands of new readers, this site crashed and became intermittently unresponsive, forcing me to upgrade my service package with Flywheel. I am now on a service package that costs $75 a month.

flywheelDue to previous denial of service attacks, brute password attacks, and two successful hacks of this site, I decided to move The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser to a managed service company. Some of you may remember a year or so ago before I took the blog down that I was receiving thousands of spam comments a day. When I restarted this blog last December, I contracted with  a company named Flywheel. Flywheel  takes care of all the updates and security so I can focus on writing. I’ve found the folks at Flywheel quite friendly and extremely helpful. Every time I’ve emailed or called them they have been quite friendly and helpful. BTW, I now have a Flywheel affiliate account.

I’ve got to find a way to recover at least some of the costs for operating this blog. While I do receive a handful of donations each month, they rarely cover costs. Not only do I have server costs, but I also use WP Touch Pro, a premium mobile plugin and theme. Since the majority of readers now access this site on mobile devices, it is important that they are served pages that can easily and quickly be read on whatever device they are using.

I am uncertain about what to do going forward. While I can absorb the increased cost for a few months, it is doubtful that I will be able to do so over the long-term. Should I start using advertisements? I do have an Amazon affiliate account and it generates around $10 a month. Thousands of clicks, far fewer purchases. Should I try to maximize my Amazon affiliate account? Set up a bookstore? Use more aggressive advertising? Pimp myself out on the back lot of the local truck stop?

I do know that I do NOT want a blog littered with advertisements. I hate going a site where I am greeted with numerous advertisements, so I don’t want to turn this site into an advertisement site that has a blog attached to it.  If you have any suggestions, please send me a private email.

Facebook

My Facebook page has become an increasing source of traffic and reader engagement. There was a time when conversations were limited to the comment section, but now there are comments on Facebook and other social media that are every bit as important. I want to make sure I do my best to interact with readers wherever they read one of my posts, but I am finding, in the case of Facebook, that it won’t be long before I am unable to keep up.

Every post I write is posted to my Facebook page. This page is separate from my personal Facebook account. I also post news stories, articles, and blog posts I think readers might find thought provoking or a reminder of how much crazy there is in Evangelicalism. In order to keep up with things, I am looking for several people to help me administrate the Facebook page.  The ideal person would be someone who is conversant in all things Evangelical and is able to thoughtfully engage Evangelical critics without wanting to beat them to death with a copy of the King James Bible. I could also use the help of someone who has a science background. I get a lot of science questions that I do not have sufficient training to answer. If you would like to help administer my Facebook page, please sent me a private email.

Guest Posts

I am looking for readers who are willing to write a guest post.  The subject matter is of your own choosing. I’d love to have some first person stories, testimonies about leaving Christianity or deconverting.  Anonymous stories are welcome, as are stories that were previously published elsewhere. If I can get enough guest posts lined up, this will allow me to take a break for a few days so I can get the videos I promised recorded.  If you have a guest post you’d like to submit, please use the contact form to do so.

As always, thank you for reading.

Bruce