About

Hi there. My name is Pamela Starr Dewey (yes, that’s Starr with two RRs). But most of my friends just call me Pam.

If you saw me walking down the street, you’d likely peg me for a typical grandmother. Yes, I’ve got the gray hair, wrinkles, and grandkids. You might assume I spend my days baking fresh cookies from scratch and making doilies, sitting in front of the fireplace in the evenings in my rocker reminiscing about the Good Old Days.

You’d be wrong. The only cookies at my house are Little Debbie Fudge Rounds that come in a box of 12… and I don’t make doilies, nor sit in a rocking chair. I sit in a rolling desk chair in front of one of the 8 active computers in our house (there are five of us and two cats here … that leaves an extra computer for guests…) and make websites and blogs. Over the years I’ve made fourteen or so websites, but now focus mostly on writing for my blogs. However… one of my websites, the Field Guide to the Wild World of Religionhas had close to 1 million visitors since I put it up.

Up until recently,  I traveled with my husband around the country to give educational and inspirational seminars at a wide variety of venues.

And I most assuredly do not reminisce about the Good Old Days. In fact I spend some of my time writing articles debunking the idea that any of the Old Days were all that good. Including the Fabulous Fifties when I grew up… they were anything but fabulous much of the time, except on sitcoms on TV. Mankind has in general been a mess for all of recorded history, and every generation has been a mixture of good and bad. I don’t waste time on nostalgia … I live in the now, and hope and work towards better things for the future.

The goal of my websites, and my blogs… including Starr Trekking … is to offer some insight from my 69 years of life experience, study, research, and thinking, regarding how mankind has gotten into the messes he’s created throughout history, and share what I am convinced is the path to a Better Way, in every aspect of life, individually and collectively.

The particular emphasis of this Starr Trekking blog (“Trekking through the Past, Present, and Future to set minds free”)  is exploring the fact that most people  are in bondage for most of their lives… and seldom even notice it. Because the bondage isn’t in actual chains, to some cruel human taskmaster. This kind of bondage is to ideas and thoughts and emotions and habits that can warp us into something far less than the potential God built into us at birth. Or maybe bondage to peer pressure, or to the controlling methods of some guru–that can make us do things that the common sense we were born with would normally keep us from doing.

I invite you to join me on this Trek.

(And be sure to check the links on the right hand side of the page to find some of my other blogs.)

Pam Dewey

5 Responses to About

  1. Stephen J. Kyner says:

    Enjoyed your Field Guide on Rood and comments in the SDA section. I plan to explore the rest of your site more in depth as time permits. I am a minister of the General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day), a group that broke away from SDA in the 1890’s over EGW and the one from which Herbert W. Armstrong came when he could not teach the Holy Days of Israel and Anglo-Israelism. We are still a small group which teaches the Bible and observes the seventh day Sabbath but has become more evangelical particularly in issues relating to salvation.

    • Hi Stephen. I’m well familiar with your branch of the COG7. I’ve subscribed to the Bible Advocate in the past. And we’ve attended services with several of your groups in Michigan over the years after leaving the Worldwide Church of God and the Church of God International, including your congregation attached to Springvale Academy. Nice to hear from you.

  2. Brent says:

    Hi Pamela,

    What would you recommend someone do who has come out of a confusing background of charismatic and then Hebrew roots groups. How does one get back to simple Bible truths?

    • I can tell you what I’ve done, as actually I’ve been involved with both charismatic and Hebrew Roots style groups myself over the years. The easiest way to get back to simple bible truths … is get back to the Bible. WITHOUT reading it through the filters that were provided to you by whatever groups and gurus you’ve been involved with.

      I’d suggest getting a brand-new (to you) translation and reading through the New Testament for starters. (I’ll bet you’ve been steeped enough in Old Testament concepts to last you a long time, if you’ve been in Hebrew Roots groups for any length of time.) By getting a totally new translation, you’ll not be tempted to “go into autopilot” as you read because you think you’ve “read it all before.” The new wording will slow you down enough that you may find yourself fascinated by what you’ve overlooked when reading it all in the past. The purpose is to not get some “perfect” translation that will dissect every little nuance of nitpicking doctrinal “stuff.” It is to have a translation that clarifies in modern contemporary language the simple “heart message” of what you are reading. In fact, I’d recommend you try the translation called “The Message.”

      You can read it online for free at

      https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?version=MSG&search=Matthew%201

      Pay special attention to what topics Jesus himself emphasized when he taught. And then pay special attention to what main topics Paul and the other epistle writers wrote about. You may be amazed to discover that they really almost never mentioned the “pet doctrines” of either the charismatics or the Hebrew Roots specialists.

      Remember when Jesus said that ALL the law and prophets hung on the two commandments, love God and love neighbor? He meant it. IF you are loving your neighbor as yourself, you don’t need a list of nitpicking details–you’ll know intuitively that you don’t want to cheat him, or lie to him, or cause him grief in any way.

      Remember when Paul said you can know all about prophecy and tongues and deep mysteries, and even have great “faith,” but if you don’t have love it is all worthless? And that “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

      He meant that too. All THAT is what is really important in life. It doesn’t get any simpler than that, and it doesn’t need to be any more complex than that.

      I have become convinced that if ALL you knew about the Bible was the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, the Sermon on the Mount, and I Corinthians 13, and you allowed the Holy Spirit to guide you to live by all of that after you repented and accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior…you’d be more “Christian” than the vast majority of people who tack that label on themselves–and think they prove it by the “special knowledge” they have about nit-picking special topics.

      • Abbie says:

        Wow your answer was smart and full of experience. I can agree, but I’d have to say fellowship is important, to keep you accountable(: but the golden rule of Matt 22:37 is really so important. Christians always try to muddle things up, all I want it the truth, the Spirit, and to be able love people the way Jesus did!

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