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To paraphrase another crooked president, let me make something perfectly clear: If you are a Trump supporter, do not bother sending a PM to me.

I lived on the north coast of California for 40 years. In those four decades, I rarely lived out of hearing range of the ocean. I could not see it, but I could hear it. On calm days, it was a subtle undertone; if you have ever held a seashell to your ear, you know what I mean. On days of extreme wind, it was a booming roar, assertive and powerful. Sometimes, the wind was not even local, but it still pushed waves from far out at sea, huge waves, big enough to lift tree trunks and throw them to the beach.

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Most dangerous countries for women 2018. The US is 10th on the list. Thats concerning.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 15, 2019:
More than concerning.
How did I not hear the words?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 13, 2019:
And do you think the Welk folks had any idea what "one toke over the line" meant? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8tdmaEhMHE
How did I not hear the words?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 13, 2019:
For decades, I thought that the song "Walk like a Man" was about a manly woman because I heard the lyrics as SHE walks like a man. It was not until I read the lyrics on the internet that I realized the narrator's dad was telling HIM to walk like a man. We did not have access to lyrics in the '60s.
[google.com] This is amazing. It appears this is probably the tomb of Jesus and his family, his ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 12, 2019:
Ironic that today, an ignorant woman at McD's told me that there was biological proof that Jesus "walked this earth." I did not connect her words with this tomb as I had forgotten about it. She has NO idea that if this were so, it debunks the claim that Jesus was resurrected and ascended to heaven. Or, perhaps, she was talking about some other evidence. And "ignorant" is a kind word for "stupid" in this case. She was trying to dazzle me with her knowledge and asked me if I knew that the Catholic Bible had books not found in the "other" Bible. Why, yes, I do; I asked her which she believed and she said "both of them." I asked her if she were Catholic and she said, "No, I just read their book." I said, "Then you are Protestant." She said firmly, "NO, I am Baptist." I explained to her that if she were Baptist, she was Protestant and asked if she knew Martin Luther. She looked confused. I told her that if she believed that the books from the omitted from the Protestant Bible were true, she was a heretic. She laughed but had no clue what I meant. You cannot have a logical conversation with such a person.
A nearby church closed a while back, after a long dwindling congregation, which i watched with much ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 12, 2019:
There is a church on every corner here in MO--even in the country. One about a mile down the road is for sale. I would love to be able to buy it and run a brothel or some sin city business in it just for the heck of it. Maybe open a pagan atheist nunnery.
If you hear someone speak with a heavy, southern, country accent, do you instinctively think they ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 12, 2019:
There would be other clues.
What would you do if you were in a crowd of people and you heard a person telling several others ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 12, 2019:
I would correct the person--and have done so.
Ladies: Are you now or have you ever been “simply irresistible?”
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 12, 2019:
Yes and yes. I have no idea of the count--some were serious and some were not.
You were recently insulted by a person whom now stands in a welcome line. Would you shake his hand ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 12, 2019:
It depends on the severity of the insult.
Which leg do you put in first when putting on pants?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 12, 2019:
I would think--and I could be wrong--that we lead off with the leg correlating with our dominant hand.
Has admitting to yourself that you are an atheist changed the way you live in any way?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 12, 2019:
No.
We refuse to go back to the 50s quietly.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 12, 2019:
I refuse to go back at all.
Many atheists find it unpleasant and sometimes don't want to openly and proudly categorize ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 11, 2019:
Who are these "many" atheists and have their wants been documented?
My sweet little 18 year old kitty climbed on my lap and put her head on my chest then past away. I ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 11, 2019:
We should all have such a peaceful passing. She was loved to the end. My true condolences.
Dubious Claims About Einstein, Dinosaur, Ancient Jets At Indian Science Congress : Goats and Soda : ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 11, 2019:
Hey, I buy into all of it. Their arguments were just too convincing to resist.
War Hero, Triple-Amputee Veteran behind “Fund the Wall” GoFundMe Announces New Organization to ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 11, 2019:
People who are stupid enough to contribute deserve to lose their money.
Majority of Democrats Want Candidates to Be More Like Bernie Sanders, Poll Finds
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 11, 2019:
Personally, I want candidates to be more like me.
Sometimes I wonder....
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 11, 2019:
It's the imbeciles.
I’ve been shot in combat. And as a veteran, I’m telling you: allowing teachers to be armed is an...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 11, 2019:
I'm a teacher, and I know it is an asinine idea.
When did you start drinking coffee and why?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 11, 2019:
Never started.
Social Security official: Married working mothers hurt society, condoms rob women of “remarkable ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 11, 2019:
Specifically, what are those "remarkable chemicals" in semen?
Men don't start drama? Puhlease.....What about Baby Trump?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 10, 2019:
Of course men start drama. They also gossip and lie about their ages--stereotypes typically applied to women.
A woman and her children suffocate to death in a hut. Why? Because she was menstruating. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 10, 2019:
Although women were not confined to huts, it has not been that long that in the "civilized" world that menstruation was seen as unclean and something to be ashamed of. It was called "the curse" and was handed down in the punishment against Eve. I am 66 years old and when I was growing up, menstruation was not something to be discussed or even mentioned. I was in fifth grade before I was even aware that women had periods. I remember asking my mother about the blue boxes of Kotex that she bought and she always gave me some sort of excuse--or outright lie--about what was in the boxes. Clitoridectomies were performed in the US well into the 20th century.
Trump walks out of a meeting with Schumer and Pelosi because they won't give him his wall. Why ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 9, 2019:
He is holding the country hostage: who is the true terrorist whom we need to fear?
President Trump says he's cutting off FEMA money for California fires
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 9, 2019:
The man has lost touch with all reality.
I made it to a level 6... I have absolutely no idea what it really means but that’s where I’m...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 9, 2019:
It means that you have to pay tribute to the first level 7 person who demands it. I demand it, now.
As atheist and agnostics what in your opinion is the odds of there being a afterlife ?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
Zero.
And - in other news... You can watch Stormy fold laundry in her underwear tonight OR you can watch ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
By the way, if anyone wants an alternative show, I guess that I could go live on Youtube or Facebook and you could watch me piece a quilt on my sewing machine.
Has anybody ever had a dream that has come true?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
Yes. Decades ago, my cat disappeared and after several days, had not returned. I dreamed that she would come home and with an injury to her hind leg. She did. Another time, I dreamed that a brown recluse was in my clothes. Remembering the dream, I shook my jeans the next morning and a brown recluse fell out. Coincidence? Maybe. God? No.
On a recent visit to Florida we ate at a very nice restaurant where the sign at the front door ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
Yes, they should.
Trophy hunter who kills endangered elephants and lions 'eaten by crocodiles' ...Crocodiles are ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
Yay! I feel the same way about this as I did the missionary killed by the natives.
After some research, I bought a queen-sized mattress online. It arrived today. Hard to tell from the...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
Well, that is exciting. In other news, I pricked my finger while quilting today.
And - in other news... You can watch Stormy fold laundry in her underwear tonight OR you can watch ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
I don't have a TV but for the record, I wouldn't watch Trumpass even if I did.
Well, NO bullshit here at all, yesterday during my fortnightly sojourn to get groceries I happened ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
Quite the opportunists, weren't they? Since you were already on your way to the store, god would have sent you there in advance, knowing that the child was going to have a seizure--why didn't he just prevent the seizure?
Congrats to our first Native American Congresswomen!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
About time--and not because I am pro filling quotas, but because both Native Americans and women have not been prominent in politics due to being NA and/or female. Being both is another type of double whammy!
Gals, what is a pickup line that worked? (For real now!)
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
It is not the initial pick up line that gets my attention; in part, this is because 99% of men who approach me in public make a comment about my hair (95% of the 99%) or other physical features. It is what they say afterwards that makes me decide if I want to accept an offer of lunch or dinner.
How do you respond to messages from those you have no interest in? Often my "No thanks" gets ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
To polite emails, I say, "Thanks for your interest, but after looking at your profile, I see that we have no common interests." To nasty emails, I am, ahem, a bit acerbic. Even my polite replies have gotten hostile replies. I enjoy playing with the idiots and I usually reply to those comments. I have been called every name in the book and some that are not in the book. The men usually wind up blocking me. However, more moderate people would say that ignoring them is the best route.
Living in San Diego and on the beach and still looking for a girlfriend. Am I too choosy, are my ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
I don't know how anyone else feels about this, but when you find that hot, unwrinkled woman, let us know--and post pictures so we can see your prize.
What do you think of child beauty pageants?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
Disgraceful.
Re the wall, I have one word for the Donald - "Plastic". Didn't that make America great in the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
Whoa, brilliant! In addition, old tires could be integrated.
Living in San Diego and on the beach and still looking for a girlfriend. Am I too choosy, are my ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
You are 75 years old and look every minute of those years; in fact, in comparing you to my 72 year old sister, you look A LOT older than she does. (And I am not intending to be mean, but since you emphasize looks, you need to be aware of how you look to women.) Your "standards" are too high considering this. If you really want a younger woman, make sure that you advertise how much money you have. A lot of women, including those younger than your low range, will do anything for money. Does "living on the beach" mean that you have a tent pitched in a homeless camp? On the other hand, some women prize intelligence above money, and this post exhibits no sign of that. PS: How old are the photos on your profile?
Man decides to rob lone woman for her phone. She won ten of her twelve professional matches in the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
Love it!
Who are some of your favorite contributors on this site? Two of mine are SpikeTalon and Jacar. They ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
People are not necessarily hated for "speaking the truth" but more for the presentation. And "truth" is subjective, depending on several issues--facts are a different matter.
Would you date someone who is trans?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
Yes, if the person were good looking and smart. I would date a woman if she were good looking, smart, and willing. No need to rule out any such person.
I often brag about my small town of Abingdon. Well, let me do so again! This time, the occasion is ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
Wow! And I thought that the traffic signal in my small hometown was big news! Um, the "Creeper"? Is that a pet name for a business or the local Peeping Tom?
Should Community colleges and even Universities offer Creative Writing and Screenwriting classes and...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
Why shouldn't they? What is the argument against the degrees?
Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong - Vox
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
We all like to be right, but understanding and admitting that we are wrong is quite important. Yes, I KNOW that I have been accused of not being willing to "admit" when I am wrong by some people, but they had not presented enough evidence that proved me incorrect. As a teacher, saying, "Hey, I messed up" and making it right has always worked for me, not against me. Students have thanked me for listening to what they had to say, noting that other instructors would not even consider that they had made a mistake. Sometimes, I find that I am in error before they point it out to me, and I fix and leave new feedback that I had made a mistake. I ask that students let me know if they suspect I made an error because most of the time, I would not notice it. I check out the issue and sometimes, I made a mistake and sometimes, the student is incorrect. Checking out the issue and explaining the problem better explains the grade. Saying, "You are wrong" to a person is not enough; evidence has to be given to prove the point. Giving evidence that is not valid or is correct only in the mind of the person presenting it is not effective. I was recently accused of not reading an article posted by someone on this site, and he said several times, "Just admit that you did not read it." But, but, but I DID read and I still interpreted it differently.
[yahoo.com] Tennessee governor Bill Haslam grants clemency to Cyntoia Brown, Sexual Victim -This ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
If I were a believer, I would say, "Praise the Lord." However, I am not and I will only say that justice was well served in giving clemency.
In a relationship, How many "I hate you's" is enough? When do you .........give up? Or do you give ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
It depends on the context.
Am I the only one who has noticed a marked decrease in civility in comments on posts recently? I ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 6, 2019:
I have been a member for over a year and I have seen incivility the entire time.
45 says he can "relate" to those federal employees who will not be getting a paycheck. He says that ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 6, 2019:
"Relate" my ass. Ivanka once said that even though she was raised a rich girl, life was not easy for her. My mother wrung the necks of chickens so we could eat; we were lucky, at least we had food. These people can, apparently, only relate to one another, and Trumpass relates a bit too well to Ivanka.
From FB Lmao. Customer service was rude at Hobby Lobby, so my petty self did what I do best.... ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 6, 2019:
And who gives permission for others to post this on FB? I would love to do so.
From FB Lmao. Customer service was rude at Hobby Lobby, so my petty self did what I do best.... ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 6, 2019:
I stopped going to HL when they prevented their employees from getting birth control. I broke my vow never to go back and, yes, went back. As I was standing in line with a garden ornament, the cashier said to a man wearing a MAGA hat, "I just love your hat! I'm going to get one." This prompted him to go into a tirade about how great Trump is. I leaned the garden ornament against the wall and left. Several people looked at me quizzically, but no one asked why I was leaving. I won't be going back. Oh, and love the sign!
I love these shirts. While wearing them, Christians stare and ask me to go to their church. The ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 6, 2019:
Ironic--I tell people that I am an atheist and they never ask me to come to their churches. I feel snubbed.
Wow finally a place for smart people only. Look at all these beautiful heathens! We are awesome!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 6, 2019:
Smart people only? Are we on the same site?
Collecting idiot terms... you know like "walla" for voila, and "awe" for awww, and "womp, womp" for ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 6, 2019:
"Woah" for "whoa."
Nancy Pelosi Proves You Don't Need Balls to Stand Up to a Tyrant. You Need a Spine - Kudos ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 6, 2019:
Or, as I like to put it, one needs ovaries of steel.
I enjoy collecting Jack Chick comics. Those are those small comic booklets that you see left in ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 6, 2019:
I was a teenager the first time that I encountered a Jack Chick tract--I was 18 and I was grappling with a belief in Christianity. The tract was in the bathroom of a gas station in Arizona or New Mexico, left there, no doubt, by owners of the station. The female part of that duo was a dour looking woman sitting in a chair in front of the station; her disapproving look for everyone would have curdled milk. You know that she hated you and knew that you were a sinner. There was a sign warning that if someone did not buy gas, they couldn't use the bathroom, but the wording was much harsher. She was a great representative of a loving Christian [sic]. And I remember the tract: it was about a dead boy who was being shown "heaven" by his Boy Scout leader. However, it turned out that the Boy Scout leader was Satan in disguise and heaven turned into hell. When alive, the boy had bought into whatever evil things the Boy Scout leader had instructed him. It is strange how well I remember that incident! Now, Jack Chick tracts are laughable, but I bet that women went to her grave secure in the knowledge that she was one of the chosen. Sad and pathetic. By the way, Jack was a failed cartoonist. Like L. Ron Hubbard, he obviously found that the money was in religion. I am not sure not sure of this, but I think that they are banned in Canada as hate literature. I am sure that they are not JW tracts.
Who or what do you dress for?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 5, 2019:
I dress for myself. I will wear a dress and heels to McD's or Walmart--some people think this is a bit strange.
You come to a 4 way stop sign and let the driver on the right go first as is the law in most states....
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 5, 2019:
No. However, when traffic is backed up and someone stops to let me get onto the road, I wave and mouth "thank you" because it is not the law but courtesy.
The hypocrisy started a very long time ago . . . . .
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 5, 2019:
It was artificial insemination.
[dailykos.com] Representative Jennifer Wexton hangs a transpride flag outside her office for the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 5, 2019:
I was going to say, "Good for her!" but someone else already said it.
Maybe we ought to deport this new foul mouthed Muslim member of congress to Syria and give her to ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 5, 2019:
I suppose Trump's profanity was fine in this case: http://dctribune.org/trump-forced-to-apologize-to-nancy-pelosi-after-cursing-uncontrollably-in-shutdown-meeting/?fbclid=IwAR3IXlj2tyjCw87M5WvFj8FP8ckWS_M0s78fX52l9BrKKOyHHBFKGBlx5oM
If you aren't happy single, you won't be happy taken. Happiness comes from withing not from a man ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 5, 2019:
Agreed. I will add that loneliness is a poor reason to be with someone.
I got this confusion abt goths. Is the gothic center was based on the architecture of churches and ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 5, 2019:
Jnei already asked about historic Goths vs. modern "Goths," but I will add to it. What is known as "Gothic" architecture and and Gothic novels have nothing to do with either the historic Goths or modern Goths. The sack of Rome occurred in 410 CE and Gothic architecture originated circa 1200 CE.
Maybe we ought to deport this new foul mouthed Muslim member of congress to Syria and give her to ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 5, 2019:
Maybe some people should never have voted for a man who said "I moved on her like a bitch" and "I grab them by the pussy." We should deport him (retroactively) back to Germany for not only his defamation and treatment of women, but for mocking the disabled. Besides, it was just locker room talk. All we women use that word when our knitting and quilting groups meet.
Wow! This photo!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 5, 2019:
Atheists have the higher ethical ground: they choose to be ethical rather than being ethical out of fear of punishment.
Is your glass half full or half empty?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 4, 2019:
It is half full if liquid is being poured in and half empty if someone is drinking from it or is pouring the liquid out.
[yahoo.com] School policy in Arizona school forces kids with bad grades to wear special red ids ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 4, 2019:
I still think that this is in violation of FERPA.
IRS can't pay tax refunds during partial government shutdown [a.msn.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 3, 2019:
Maybe we should not be paying taxes.
[yahoo.com] School policy in Arizona school forces kids with bad grades to wear special red ids ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 3, 2019:
Echoes of Hester Prynne.
Stop reelecting incumbents. Problem solved
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 3, 2019:
Don't be so logical--it confuses people.
[yahoo.com] Tucker Carlson Blames Women Earning High Salaries for Men's Decline - WTF!!!!!! ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 3, 2019:
Ya know something, even it this were true, it's about time!
The Loony Tunes Deal With Science, But Not As We Know It! The United States is supposed to be one...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 3, 2019:
As an educator on a collegiate level, I have had some students who must have read some of these works. I had one who used Noah's Ark as proof that global warming did not take place--even after I told him that he could not use The Bible as a source or argue based on religious beliefs.
Why do your contacts not want to meet you in real life? Good article ! [sashacagen.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 3, 2019:
I have had only two no-shows on the first meeting--after the first, I learned to tell the "iffy" ones that I would be a certain place at a certain time and if he wanted to stop by, that would be fine. One guy drove a couple of hours to see me and when he was scheduled to come again, never showed up. He contacted me later and said that he got cold feet because I wanted a casual relationship and he wanted a RELATIONSHIP and he knew that he would be disappointed. If a man wants to text extensively before or after meeting, I just tell him "no" and move on. In the 13 years that I have been on dating sites, I have met dozens and dozens of men. However, in the last year since my last relationship ended, I have met no one. Most of them want FWB or they want to get married, and I want neither of those options. Few share any of my interests and most are mainly concerned with wanting to play with my hair.
Why Your Brain Loves Procrastination - Vox - Pocket
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 2, 2019:
Some of us work well under pressure--I do. I procrastinate but it is rare that it turns out negatively for me. When I took the Myers-Briggs test, it told me that I procrastinate but "always" get the task finished and that I work well under pressure. Yeah.
For those who still believe that we don't need health reform; this syringe has over $500 worth of ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 1, 2019:
A casual acquaintance was telling me today that cream for his eczema costs almost $200 for a small tube. He is on Medicare, but think of uninsured people who have no recourse--scratch yourself raw or cough up the dough.
Just because you are atheist It does not mean you have freed yourself!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 1, 2019:
Spot on! Despite leaving behind a god belief, we are written by the culture into which we are born. The lack of "freedom" stems from many aspects. Some atheists are so bitter over religion that it still dominates their lives. Some still labor under sexist or racist ideology. In grad school, one of my professors posed the question of whether we write or whether we are written: we are written. Even the "nonconformists" group themselves and in doing so, create a homogeneous sub-culture. However, I disagree that being anti-social is the only path to being a nonconformists. While we might not write, we can still realize that we are written and though the indelible ink remains, we see it and understand what it says.
This sentence is perfect for this site!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 1, 2019:
No argument from this English teacher.
Mad Magazine 1968. Things don't really change as much as we like to think they do.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 1, 2019:
Yup--MAD was always on top of its time and ahead of its time.
I love Bloom County
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 1, 2019:
Was always one of my favorites but as I do not read newspapers, I do not see the new version. Guess I need to look it up online.
Advertising and academia are controlling our thoughts. Didn’t you know? [theguardian.com] No...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 1, 2019:
Bullshit. I teach for three institutions of higher learning and have worked for several more. I am also lead teacher for one and evaluate other instructors. I have never, not in 18 years of teaching on a collegiate level, seen an instructor try to control the thoughts of anyone. The purpose of education is helping students make decisions for themselves, not to make their decisions for them. I realize that this is based on personal experience, but my experience is varied and comes from teaching on seated campuses and online, from community college to universities, from entry level composition to grad courses in literature. In addition, my own education spans over four decades, three schools, and two states. No prof ever tried to exert mind control over me.
Happy new year, all. i am sitting here watching/listening to a documentary about the beatles and ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 1, 2019:
Sometimes, I go to Youtube and listen to the Mamas and the Papas and wax sadly nostalgic. I listen to other groups of my youth, as well, but for some reason, the the Ms and Ps are what do it for me. It reminds me of friends who died early and of a time that somehow, was horrible for me and yet, definitive in making me that woman who I am. I would not return to that time for anything, but there is a sense of loss that I cannot exactly define.
Survival of the fittest is the preservation of humanity.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 31, 2018:
Survival of the fittest has been replaced by social conventions. The weak live to reproduce.
Mythology’s Hybrids: Human Imagination or Alien Genetics? Part One Various mythological ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 31, 2018:
By the way, cave paintings/statues of hybrids, i.e. the Sorcerer of Trois Frere, are likely from the practice of "sympathetic" magic. To best hunt the prey, become the prey; understand what it does and how it does what it does. To hunt sheep, put on the sheep's clothing. Be cunning like the wolf and wise like the owl. It is a simple premise. Even if the portrayals do not stem from sympathetic magic, the concept is the same.
Mythology’s Hybrids: Human Imagination or Alien Genetics? Part One Various mythological ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 31, 2018:
Occam's Razor: the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. People have a general lack of misunderstanding about myth. Myth is a language of metaphor and allegory. Hybrids in myth arise for various reasons, but genetic manipulation by aliens is not one. For example, the Greek centaur is most likely based on the first contact between the Pelasgians and their Aryan invaders. The Pelasigians had not domesticated horses but the Aryans were able to migrate as they did because they were superb horsemen and women. The sight of a person on a horse would be confusing to the Pelasgians; hence, the myth of half horse/man arose. The ancients also worshiped animals based on their admiration and/or fear of the animals' prowesses. Birds can fly, bulls are strong, and snakes can kill a person with a bite. The winged deities of Egyptian myth are not based on genetic mutations, but on the simple desire to be able to fly. On the other hand, the goat god Pan is based on the randiness of goats. He is an old god and predates the Olympians; he symbolizes fertility and rampant lust. As the Greek culture evolved, Pan remained, but as he was ruled by his genitalia and not his brain, he was demoted and became a laughable character. Zeus often turned himself into a bull when dallying with the ladies; in that form, he was "able" to divest himself of his logic and express his primal side. As for the bull having five legs, there is a very simple answer: genetic mutations DO occur, even sans aliens, and the five legs could exist based on farm animals born with an extra leg or two. Five is also a sacred number in some cultures as we have five fingers on a hand. We hear of two headed people and other aspects that seem fantastical, but in the modern world, we understand the concept of conjoined twins. While conjoined twins might not have lived long in the ancient world, they were still born; there can be little doubt that they gave rise to some of the myths. The same with people who have hypertrichosis, which is thought to have contributed to the myth of the werewolf. Occam's Razor, not aliens.
Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy - The Atlantic
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
The other side of the claim: https://medium.com/@joeldg/are-smarter-people-really-miserable-no-the-data-says-otherwise-f742fa08272a https://digest.bps.org.uk/2017/03/06/smarter-people-are-happier-says-new-analysis-involving-80000-participants-but-only-a-bit/
How do I live and survive being homeless?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Are you homeless?
Religion based misogyny
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Christians do not have the market on misogyny or a lack of regard for women--but yes, it is fair game.
When you really think about it.....isn't blasphemy a victimless crime?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
It is all fun and games until god gets a lawyer.
Do you think that one "chooses" to become an atheist or is it more like they always were but only ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Realistically speaking, we are born atheists and learn religion. In a manner of speaking, I s'pose that we "return" to our natural state.
Controlling your Atheism...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Why hate religion? It is a tool in the hands of unscrupulous people; the tenets of religions were concocted by humans and perpetuated by humans. I am the opposite: religion, eh, but the people who practice it unethically, no respect. Perhaps your wife feels the same as I do; if that is the case, your attack on religion is an attack on the believers. It also condemns ALL believers, not just those who are unethical and hypocritical.
"There is nothing here but me and the desert. And that's the truth. Why confuse the issue by ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
I misread the the first sentence and thought it said, " . . . but me and the dessert." My mind was on recent holiday revelries. I agree with Abbey--my "desert" is the woods, but the sentiment is the same.
I'm slowly beginning to learn the difference between solitude and loneliness. Being an extrovert, a ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
I was married for 25 years and lived with someone for seven years. I was much lonelier in either of those situations than I am now. Being alone is often equated with being undesirable; in fact, people have asked me why I am not married/in a serious relationship based on my presentable looks and my friendly demeanor. I choose to live alone, and to the many people desperately seeking a partner (any partner), this is unfathomable.
Human’s really are insignificant.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Yes and no. It the scope of the universe, we are not a mote. In relationship to the only home we have, we have caused more damage than any other species.
Regular M&Ms or Peanut M&Ms?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Regular.
[yahoo.com] John Kelly Blames Jeff Sessions For Child Separation Policy - WTF!!! Racist Trump ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
I am not sure that Trump truly "orders" much of anything. He is such a loss at what to do, he does what people "suggest."
God's Truth - Lies and Liars
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
I did know know the meaning of "deutero," and find that quite interesting. However, The Hebrew Scriptures, like many other myths, was passed orally before the texts were committed to writing. By default, many of the texts are "deutero" due to this. It is widely accepted that The Hebrew Scriptures have five authors: Y/J, E, P, D and the Redactor (the editor who tried to align the works). The Jews also created other documents to explain the discrepancies, i.e. the Midrash explains the two accounts of creation by introducing Lilith as Adam's first wife. I also read (don't ask me where--it was long ago) that the ancient Jews did not see the mythic elements of The Pentateuch as actual history, i.e. Eden was symbolic. Linguists can easily tell which texts are written by the same person. Christians will use Josephus as a proof that Jesus existed because there are two references to him, but one mentions James, brother of the "so-called Christ," and the other uses language/style not used by Josephus and is a later insertion by a Christian editor.
2018 retrospective---Billy Graham said he was "looking forward to seeing god face to face." My only ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
When Jerry Falwell died, I wrote in a blog something to the effect that if there is a god, Falwell was extremely disappointed just minutes after he died. Most people didn't get it.
I am now a grandfather. It's not news , I suppose I knew it was coming for 9 months eh? For some ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
I had no idea how to be a grandma, but I learned quickly. It will come to you. As I age and see the state of the world, I am not concerned about my future, but they futures of my grandchildren. If I had never had children, I would never have learned to love someone more than I love myself; the same applies to the grandchildren.

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