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To paraphrase another crooked president, let me make something perfectly clear: If you are a Trump supporter, do not both 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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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.
Would it be hypocritical for an agnostic/atheist website to hold a prayer vigil to petition God to ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Hey, it's the thought that counts, right?
Just curious if everyone is looking forward to the new year?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
SS, DY.
New Years celebrations are a funny thing. It might just well be the single largest celebration of an...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
While the celebration is a human construct, the new year is based on the winter solstice and the "rebirth" of the sun the day after. Christmas and the winter celebrations of other religions are also based on the solstice. They have absolutely no importance outside of the human mind. Animals just know it's winter.
I don't think at 60yrs of age I really know who I am. No one label fits or sticks. The holidays had...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Why do you not know who you are? At 66, I find that knowing myself has largely come from not being concerned about labels or what others think about me. If I discover another facet about myself, that's good! It took some huge upheavals in my life to bring me to this spot. We usually only examine ourselves when we are forced to do so. Age can make some of us become quite introspective.
Student loans: 41,000 sought forgiveness; 206 got it - USAToday
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Ya know, I don't mind repaying my student loans as I borrowed the money. However, even at a 3.5 interest, my loans have only dropped from almost $36,000 to about $27,000 in 18 years--that's only $9,000. In contrast, I refinanced my house about six years ago at 3.5 interest and have brought the loan down by about the same amount. Go figure.
Young Trump supporters told they need to fight terrorism on college campuses by 'exposing Islam' ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
I can't imagine this will fly on many campuses. Years ago, a group calling themselves the "Praetorian Guards" posted flyers around campus stating that they were dedicated to eradicating Islam and to preserve Christianity and the American way of life, and to stop homosexuals from infiltrating society; they were seeking new members. Ironically, the disclaimer at the bottom of the "ad" stated that the group did not discriminate against any religion, color, blah, blah. Obviously, they had not sought permission to post the flyers and they were taken down almost as quickly as they were put up. I never heard anything else about them. One of the students had been a student of mine. After the class ended, he asked to be my FB friend. I unfriended him over his blatant hate of gays and other factions. Before I unfriended him, he had mentioned the code of the Praetorian Guard but at that time, I had no idea what he meant. Later, he asked me to write him a letter of recommendation for another school. I could not do it.
Is it low class to drink 5 dollar wine from a coffee cup? Just asking for a friend.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 29, 2018:
When I was getting an MA, I worked at a rural convenience store one summer. A guy came in on night and bought a gallon of wine in a boxed container. He asked me if I wanted to go sit under the bridge with him after I got off work. I declined, so I am not one to dispense advice about how to drink one's wine. Sorry.
I am actually going to attend a religious college next year ?. They have a program I'm really ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 29, 2018:
Will they make you sign a statement of belief? I have been asked why I have not tried to teach at a local Xtian college and teachers are required to do so--don't know about students.
One thing liberals and conservatives apparently still agree on, in a decisive environment these ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 28, 2018:
I am a liberal and I totally disagree with this claim. While this might be intended to be "silly, random, and fun," it is not only sexist from the POV of reducing women to breasts, but it excludes women from the political arena and considers only men as movers.
The fastest growing group of people in the country has been measured as being those who have no ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 28, 2018:
If you want to be a Republican, just be an atheist Republican. Problem solved.
Before Xmas, I asked my son, Mike, to buy a dozen red roses for my wife, Anna. I cannot get around ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 28, 2018:
Yeah, good luck there in finding a GF.
The Case for Dark Matter in the Universe
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 28, 2018:
If I truly understood what dark matter is, I would make an astute observation. Hey, what about them ducks???
I'm not sure what category to put this post into. This morning I put a steamer pot on the stove ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 28, 2018:
He might have been worried about saving his own skin (cats are like that), but hey, it worked!
Walking through the village this afternoon, pushing my bicycle. An elderly lady strolls up to me ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 28, 2018:
I once had an old man argue with me about us meeting a few days previous. He insisted that I had told him I had been an over the road truck driver with my husband. The ironic thing is that we had met; he used to teach at a community college where I still teach. He was let go--due to senility, I am sure. He used to call me and another teacher "Phyllis," which was he ex-wife's name. He had no memory of that.
Do Science & Religion Conflict Over Morality? Not all humans are of course moral, so that's not a...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 28, 2018:
I prefer "ethical" over "moral"; the words are synonymous, but to me, "moral" has too many religious connotations. For example, most religions claim that homosexuality is immoral, but in a secular view, sex that harms no one has no negatives and is not unethical. The Golden Rule, do until others, is the encapsulation of ethical behavior, as does the Wiccen Rede, do no harm. Ethics/morals grew out of the need to perpetuate the species. Humans were more likely to survive in a tribe; to keep order within the tribe, there could be no stealing, killing, or sleeping with the spouses of others (the latter is not necessarily "unethical" and is subjective). However, it was very often fine to do so to non-members of the tribe. The Hebrew Scriptures illustrate this quite clearly in the actions of the Israelites on their mythical exodus from Egypt wherein they slaughtered the "other" in mass numbers, took their land, and took their virgins. Atheists and agnostics have the higher ethical ground in my eyes: I abide by the laws of the land because I see the need to do so and because I possess empathy (one of the reasons why people are ethical). I do not act ethically because I fear hell.
Hell Introduces 13 New Varieties Of Pineapple Pizza
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2018:
Um, I kinda like pineapple on pizza.
Car update 364 The assholes that quoted me 250 for my ignition switch failed to mention that was ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2018:
They should have given a written estimate before starting work.
"Check Out Walmart Fashion"
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2018:
It isn't just Walmart any longer. I was in a Penney's store and a young woman came out of the dressing room to get another size of pants and had nothing on but her sweatshirt and underwear. When she bent over--just as I was approaching her--you could see France.
How do you property blaspheme the holy spirit?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2018:
You mean "properly" and not "property"? If the former, just say the Holy Ghost does not exist--that will do it. For good measure, make a joke about it visiting you in the middle of the night shaking chains.
Why not? It worked for Mary! [amredeemed.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2018:
As I posted in another forum, my step-great-grandmother conceived two children "as Mary did" before she married my great-grandfather. I have the feeling that Grandpa stood in for Yahweh.
Have you ever felt totality stupid self identifying as "genderfluid"
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2018:
My idiocy in my younger years never stemmed from the idea of gender fluidity. I didn't get my first tat until I was 48; it and others are in places that will not sag. However, I think some people who have stretched their earlobes will look ridiculous in their later years. (Gwen walks away, humming "Do your ears hang low, do they wobble to and fro?/Can you tie them in a knot, can you tie them in bow?")
The non belivers I know seem to be more balanced mentally more tolorant of others opinions, show ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2018:
This has not been my experience--anecdotal evidence is just that: personal experience. Many of atheists whom I have met--online and of--lack tolerance. Perhaps agnostics tend to be more tolerant as they take the stance of not knowing.
What are you unashamed of?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2018:
I am unashamed of myself in general. I was raised as a Baptist and felt ashamed for a plethora of things over which I had no control, including being a sexual female. I am not necessarily proud of some things I have done in my life, but being emotionally stable is being able to say, "Yeah, I messed up, what did I learn and how will I avoid doing it again?"
For believers, fear of atheists is fueled by fear of death
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2018:
Decades ago, when I was a churchgoer, the pastor told me that Christians should not read anything that challenged Christianity because if could weaken faith in god/Jesus. I am quite sure that the same holds true for associating with nonbelievers. Doubt is actually a sin, and the elements of doubt can creep in when confronted by conflicting opinions/beliefs. Some Christians dig in their heels and while they might hear their "enemies," they do not consider what is said. Others do, and it can lead to a weakening. On the other hand, as my Baptist sister says, maybe there is no god, but believing gives her comfort and she sticks with it. She would NEVER have made that comment 30 years ago.
Please God
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2018:
By the way, over a decade ago, I was a practicing pagan. I had a dream that a tornado was about to hit my house and I was struggling across the floor saying "Save me, Jesus!" Then, I thought, wait, I'm pagan! My plea turned to the goddess to save me. As soon as I changed the deity, the tornado hit, picked me up softly, and deposited me safely on a stack of hay. So much for Jesus. I forgot to add--after Trumpass was elected, I dreamed that the North Koreans had invaded the US and were breaking into my bedroom. In the dream, I said to myself, "Well, if there were a god, I guess I would be praying now." I wasn't.
Holiday Magic Is Made By Women. And It's Killing Us. | HuffPost Life
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2018:
I used to. I would cook huge dinners for my in-laws and miscellaneous friends every holiday. I would back cookies, decorate the house, and do everything that was expected of me. Now that I am old, the banner has fallen to younger people--yeah, Grandma is "supposed" to bake cookies, etc., but not this one. And my ex did nothing. No. Thing.
Please God
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2018:
Not everyone.
"Some women appreciate being recognized for what they do or who they are more so than for what they ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 26, 2018:
I went into a McD's yesterday and when I sat down, a homeless man approached me and said, "I want to compliment you." I replied, "My hair, right?" He said, "Yes, that, but you are just beautiful." He told me his name, we shook hands, and he went back to his table. There was no ulterior motive and I refrained from saying what I often say to men who give me such a compliment: "Yeah, I look good, but I am smarter than I am good looking." #1: They are surprised when I agree with them; they expect me to protest. #2: They immediately begin to protest that they did not think I was not smart. Regardless of how much women, including me, want to be recognized for our intelligence and education, looks are still the first draw. I will accept a compliment about the way I look or dress but I still want the man to understand I am more than the sum of my appearance. It also depends how he approaches me; one who says, "Hoo, baby, I can't wait until you walk away so I can see if the back looks as good as the front," will go nowhere. It's the package, not the wrapping.
Unfortunately had to put my best friend to sleep last week. Here's to the memories. Feel free to ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 26, 2018:
I am sorry. My cat is 13 years old and she is getting to that point. Your buddy had a good life, and that is due to the love you gave to him.
Daughters of foot doctor say he made Trump bone spurs diagnosis as 'favor' to Fred Trump: New York ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 26, 2018:
Was it Gomer Pyle who said, "Surprise! Surprise!"?
How do you tell children about death?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 26, 2018:
My five year old grandson "found out" about death this year when the family dog had to be euthanized. He was ancient and my son and daughter-in-law explained that the dog was just very old. It did not give him nightmares, but I said one day that I was old and he said, "I don't want you to die; it would make me very, very sad to not see you." I told him that I was not truly old and I was likely to live until he was a man. Explaining that people die is not ever easy, but it is necessary. And there was no talk of heaven as my son is an atheist and refuses to let the relatives indoctrinate the boy.
Run Mary run!!!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 26, 2018:
My step-great-grandmother had two children out of wedlock. She claimed that she got pregnant in the same way that Mary did. I agree with her.
Using your own definition of "miracle", do you believe one or more ever happened?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 26, 2018:
"Miracles" are occurrences that science has not explained or Occam's Razor applies but people are too dense to realize it. My deceased mother once found a dime and put it in her pocket. When she got home, she could not find it when she changed clothes. Later, she was standing in the kitchen when she heard something drop to the floor. It was the dime. She said it was a "miracle" and that god gave the dime back to her. No explanation, i.e. that the pocket had a hole in it and the dime fell through stuck in a body crevice, was viable. Nope, god gave the dime back to her. I did not even broach the question of why god would bother.
I'm not sure if I relayed this within a thread in here or not, but it's been bothering me now for ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 26, 2018:
Do not be so self-centered; there is a plethora of reasons why she could have deleted her profile that have nothing to do with you.
I've been thinking about some of the people I have met along the way in my journeys here and there ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 26, 2018:
Think of the genius of George Washington Carver and Marie Curie. What have we lost by enslaving people of color and forcing women to stay at home or giving them "women's" work? And the current so called president is ample evidence of idiocy being able to attain "goals" far beyond its ability.
Do you believe Chiropractors are effective?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 25, 2018:
Yes. I had a great chiropractor who could crack my neck/back and the problem would immediately disappear. I have also heard horror stories--but then, I have heard horror stories about "real" doctors.
A Facebook friend of mine put up a Bowie fan page and invited me to join. I like Bowie even though I...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 25, 2018:
Jerry Lee Lewis legally married his 13 year old cousin. Loretta Lynn was 15 when she got married. I guess the beat goes on.
Deep thoughts... I'm currently reading John Locke's, "An Essay Concerning the True Original, ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 25, 2018:
Interesting questions! I don't know what was on Adam's mind, but I don't think he was given a "memory" but would have been cognizant and aware of his status as the first man. I am sure that he was given language as he--then Lilith and Eve--conversed. I conjecture that he did not understand "all" concepts as he was warned away from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil; it was not truly explained why he needed to not eat the fruit, but had more of an admonition given to a child.
MythBlast | El Niño Dios, the Goddess, and the Cross – JCF: Home
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 25, 2018:
All myth is the same myth. Whichever theory about archetypes is correct, there is no doubt that they exist. In Aztec/Mayan myth, the Divine Twins descend to the underworld to save their father: dozens of other deities descended, as well, including Jesus. Some went to save a loved one (Ishtar) and some went for self knowledge or other reasons.
What is something you forgot once but will never forget again?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 25, 2018:
Who I am.
Just because something is unknown doesn't mean it's God, anyone else encountered this?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 24, 2018:
I agree with this. Humans make gods in our image and attempt to make him/her knowable. If anything close to a deity exists, none of have an inkling about what/who it is.
Trump Removes Positive Reports About Obama Admin From FEMA Website - The Intellectualist
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 20, 2018:
I am usually adamantly opposed to the rewriting of history, but I would love to write the alternate history wherein Trumpass was never elected president.
I am 30, and am just now considering using my GI Bill to attend university. My only problem, I don't...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 20, 2018:
You can start school and work on Gen Ed classes--the ones that everyone needs to take, i.e. composition, math, and science. That will acclimate you to school and give you time to think about a major. Considering attending a community college first; it will be cheaper. Regardless of your major, keep in mind that education simply does not mean what it used to mean. When I was young (I am 66), an MA was often a terminal degree (meaning that not many went for a PhD). Now, many (if not most) students get an MA. A BA is pretty much the equivalent of what a high school diploma used to be. However, you should go for it.
World peace?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 20, 2018:
There will never be world peace--or not as long as humans are "human," and we will not evolve beyond that state before committing species suicide.
My inspiring message to all is a quote by Gaylord Nelson, “The ultimate test of man’s conscience...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 20, 2018:
I guess that Trumpass never read this quote!
DOUBLE THE PAY OF TEACHERS : : : : and : : : : WOMEN DON'T WANT THOSE JOBS . . HOW DO WE GET THEM TO...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 19, 2018:
"Other words:: Why should women not be required to endanger their lives equally?" Men are not required to take jobs that endanger their lives: they choose to do so. In addition, for centuries, women have been encouraged--and even banned--from jobs that endanger lives. Well, except for jobs in factories; remember the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire? "Tell me why we refuse to accept that women do not want to do those jobs, no matter the pay, no matter the prestige." Men can just "say no," can't they? Or are they forced to take those jobs? "Tell me why we are attempting to manipulate women to do what they do not want to do in the name of equal outcomes, via financial compromise." Explain to me again which jobs are women being manipulated to do but do not want to do? "Every one should be allowed to apply for any job they could be qualified for. Field-hand to doctor. If you can do it, you should be considered." Yeah, but this does not truly seem to be your point. Your point seems to be a rant against women. "And:: since most teachers are women, tell me how it is not feminist to want to double their pay?" First, there are more women teachers because for decades, teaching was one of the few jobs that women were "allowed" to do. Second, advocating for more pay for teachers would benefit the male teachers, too, eh? No one is stopping men from becoming teachers, eh? It would be unfair if women were advocating more pay for female teachers than for male teachers. Your lack of logic is appalling.
This is happening in New Jersey. This is communism/nazism
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 19, 2018:
You seem to think that communism and Nazism are the same "thing." Get educated if you want to be taken seriously.
So here is my rant I recently met a guy I liked as a friend on facebook. We were talking on ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 19, 2018:
No, you are being "too" honest.
If I have the intention of dating, should I reveal that I am unemployed, have learning difficulties ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 19, 2018:
Be upfront.
OOOPPPPPSSSS . . . . . Something god CAN'T do . . .
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 19, 2018:
If you do not give money, how can god gauge how much you love him?
Have you ever hated/disliked your boyfriend/girlfriend’s mom/dad or both?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 19, 2018:
Yes. I learned how to be a great mother-in-law by learning what NOT to do from my ex in-laws. I am not fond of my oldest son's ex-wife, but she has no idea. I am cordial to her because my granddaughters live with her; otherwise, I would just break off any communication.
Greece Church agreement to take 10,000 priests off payroll - BBC News
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 19, 2018:
Wherever it is that immortal old gods go, Zeus is sitting there, laughing. And there is NO WAY that other governments should bail out a country with priests on the payroll.
Isn't it Ironic? I joined this site to date (men) and got one I am dating (thank you) but I spend ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 18, 2018:
I am here for conversation--the chance of actually meeting a man who meets my standards is fairly nil.
What do you turn to in times of sadness?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 18, 2018:
Myself.
Legal Experts Say Ivanka Trump Is About To Be Indicted For Felony Fraud | Deep Left Field
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 18, 2018:
Ya know, I have never "wished" for something so bad to happen to total "stranger," but it couldn't happen to a brattier, self-entitled, deserving person.
I read with some amusement, some folks posting that they need a certain number of points to get to a...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 18, 2018:
There used to be a woman who promised certain "things," i.e. meeting, but she is no longer around. It seemed as if was running a business. Just sayin'.
I spent from May to November getting paid to live in a tent in Mendocino county. It was the most ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 17, 2018:
I have no desire to do anything like this!
A PSA for those with elderly relatives. Please, PLEASE stop sending your elderly relatives out alone...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 16, 2018:
Thank you for this. My sister took care of our late mother's finances and if she had not, Mom would have been a target for every shyster who came along.
Bet you didn't know this....
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 16, 2018:
Bet that I did.
Keep your mellow
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 16, 2018:
Believe it or not, inner peace is not determined by "keeping the mellow." For some, it is doing what is right even though it hurts and chaos ensues.
How do you deal with people who like to argue?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 16, 2018:
People who argue about what? Religion specifically or just like to argue in general?
Should churches and clergy pay regular taxes? Why should the fireman teacher and nurse have to work ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 16, 2018:
Churches should be taxed like any business. I could be wrong, but I think clergy does pay taxes.
Back in 7th grade, my English teacher had us take any newspaper or magazine article; underline the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 16, 2018:
Is it not a fact that the day was Tuesday or not a fact that the pretend POTUS actually said, "Today is Monday"? Define what you mean by a "statement of fact" and pink grass.
Why is it I see that the most common complaint from men in dating is that us women go for the "bad" ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 16, 2018:
When I used to post in forums on a well known dating site, the lament of the Nice Guy was a common complaint. The issue, as (of course) I pointed out to them, is that being a nice guy isn't enough to attract or hold the attention of women, nor is being a nice woman enough to attract and hold the attention men. I have known some really nice guys, and being nice was the only thing that they had going for them. They were blah, just blah. I have met quite a few guys from dating sites and in real life who were nice guys, but their lives consisted of watching TV. I have also met some attractive men who were blah and and some nice men who also had great personalities and a varied interests. The lament from women was that men "only" liked attractive women, but I see loads of women who are not beauty queens who have husbands or boyfriends. Why can't these nice men and nice women hook up? I have my theories, but they are just theories.
The winter solstice time is no longer celebrated as it once was, with the understanding that this is...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 15, 2018:
Indeed. Indeed.
What’s something that you really loved once and now are annoyed by? I really loved Harry Potter...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 15, 2018:
Certain songs that I liked when I was young are anathema to me now that I realize what the lyrics truly mean such as, "Brown Sugar, how come you taste so good/Brown Sugar, just like a young girl should." Young girl? Yuck. Or "When I call you up, your line's engaged/I have had enough, so act your age": the guy is stalking the woman and then tells HER to "act your age"? And one that really pains me (because I love the sound of it) is "Pretty Woman"--if he is that damned lonely, why not just find a woman regardless of her looks?
I smoke, I drink, I do drugs does that make me undesirable, unreliable, disloyal, unloving and ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 15, 2018:
Whom are you trying to date? I do not know what you consider "desirable," but it does not matter if you are reliable, loyal or loving to most women who do not smoke, drink or do drugs--especially the smoking and doing drug aspects.
OK ladies....what do you suggest a man do to improve his image and make him more attractive to ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 14, 2018:
Stop asking inane rhetorical questions.
OK men....what do you suggest a woman do to improve her image and make her more attractive to ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 14, 2018:
An addendum: from personal experience, from the experience of many women whom I know, and the push by the media, the #1 thing a woman can do is to make herself sexy and beautiful. Regardless of what any man might say, looks are what attract most men.
OK men....what do you suggest a woman do to improve her image and make her more attractive to ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 14, 2018:
Soooo . . . women need to "improve" themselves to attract a man. Hmmm. Since I don't have an issue with attracting men but most men are lacking in attractiveness, I guess that I am just damned perfect as I am. Why should I change anything about me? And yeah, I saw other forum with the same question for women. If a man does not have what I (personally) find attractive, he isn't going to be able to develop it.
Many Christian religions claim that man was created in god's image. I question why the Asian, ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 13, 2018:
Your Xtian friends are behind the times. One of the modern explanations is that it doesn't mean "physical" image but a spiritual image. That makes no sense of god is totally good and humans are not. By the way, the Hebrew Scriptures has various names for god. One is Yahweh which is singular and masculine. Another is Elohim, which is feminine and plural. It is Elohim who says, "Let US make humans in OUR image." Xtians say that god was talking to Jesus, but it is, after all, a Jewish book and the Jews do not buy into Jesus. I asked a Rabbi about this and he said that god is all things. "Male" and "female" does not have connotations of sex, but of masculinity and femininity.
Why do we feel territorial about parking space?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 13, 2018:
It is just not parking spaces. When I taught seated classes at a community college, the students tended to sit in the same spots that they sat in the first day of class. If a student came into the room and someone was sitting in his/her spot, the student would look disappointed. One day this happened and I jokingly asked, "Is Sally sitting in your spot?" The student said sadly, "Yes." Sally jumped up, apologized, and sat somewhere else.
It bothers me when I see or hear an atheist or agnostic using the cliché "passed away." We all ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 13, 2018:
I have bigger issues to worry about. Semantics.
So leaving my psychiatrist office, passing by the receptionist, (she's a very friendly sweet woman),...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 13, 2018:
My youngest son has asked me more than once if I HAVE to talk to strangers. No, I don't, but I choose to do so. One reason is because I never know how my words might put someone--or me--into a good mood.
Happening in my area at the moment. Group responds as Christmas cross stays on in Ozark park. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 13, 2018:
I live in Springfield but I rarely go to Ozark or Nixa--guess that I won't be filled with Xmas awe this year.
Harvard Study: "Gender Wage Gap" Explained Entirely by Work Choices of Men and Women
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 12, 2018:
The issue of why women usually have lower paying jobs needs to be studied in order to get a clearer view--i.e. "By contrast, just 2.9 percent of workers in logging were women, the lowest share of any category, and the mean annual wage here was $42,310." Why are so few women in the logging industry? On the other hand, "LS data shows that, in 2017, 94 percent of child day care services workers were female, the highest percentage of any category, and that the mean annual wage of childcare workers was $23,760." Why are daycare workers paid so little? Why are most of them women? In addition, "True, women are more likely to be raising children, taking care of elderly family members, or doing housework, leaving them with fewer hours in the day for paid employment. But this does not alter the essential fact: that people working fewer hours, on average, can be expected to earn lower incomes, on average"; the latter statement is a truism, but someone has to raise the children, right? Someone has to take care of elderly family, right? If women take more family leave due to having babies, then perhaps men should start giving birth, right? Saying that women make less money because of the choices that they make does not address the issues of why they make those choices--or are forced into making those choices--both in the jobs in which they work and the decisions that are made who raises the kids and who takes care of grandma and grandpa.
Local drama....the city of Ozark responded appropriately. The xtians however...if you've got FB, go ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 11, 2018:
I live in Springfield, too, and had not heard about this. I can well imagine the outrage of the locals, however, if someone put up a big pentacle with a triple goddess moon symbol!
Do you see the humor in life? Tell us a funny story.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 11, 2018:
On humor . . . it is been interesting to see what people consider humorous and why. When my five year old grandson was three, we would pull up to a stoplight and I would say, "The light is red." He would respond, "No, it's green!" and laugh uproariously. When it turned green, I would announce as much and he would say, "No, it's red now." He did not know t know why it was funny to contradict me (and he knew colors), but it was.
Catholic Church Blames Women For Pedophile Priests
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 9, 2018:
Similar ideas exist in Protestantism, too. When I was still active in a church, the preacher said that men were taking a backseat in being active because women were being allowed positions of authority within the ranks of many denominations. Ironically, he explained this by saying that men needed to be "forced" into being active in churches and if women stepped up, the men stepped back. Women have been scapegoats for thousands of years.
NRA Claims 'Deep Financial Trouble' May Put it Out of Business | Fortune
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 9, 2018:
Oh, well. Damn. Ain't that just too bad?
If they were truly wise men, they would have stopped and asked for directions instead of trying to ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 9, 2018:
The irony of the Wise Men is that they are based on magicians (magi) from Persia. They would not have been Jewish, but most likely followers of Zoroaster. Christianity has very strong connections with Zoroastrianism including a central deity, Yahweh/Ahura Mazda, a bad guy, Satan/Ahriman, and an intermediary between the the head god and humans, Mithra/Jesus.
Ammon Bundy Quits Militia Movement, Defends Migrant Caravan
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 8, 2018:
This made me think of the Westboro Baptist Church--whatever happened to those people?
Is anybody on this site going to post an intelligent comment, ?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 8, 2018:
We're waiting for you to go first.
I'm very upset with myself. I ate a vegan burger tonight, and I didn't even find it horrible. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 8, 2018:
Try the soy wieners.
Star Wars religious views?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 7, 2018:
All religions have most of the same facets. However, the Force reminds me of the Tao, not that I truly know anything about Taoism. Someone else wrote that the tales are about the hero's quest, and they are. Lucas consulted J. Campbell. The virgin birth is present, as are elements of the dying/resurrecting deity--although Darth Vader is mortal.
Dealing with religious people at work
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 7, 2018:
I work from home.
I have a question for the ladies. Often while talking on the phone or to a lady tete a tete ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 7, 2018:
It is offensive to me when men whom I do not know call me such "endearments." It is also inappropriate for even casual business conversations--unless men are addressed in the same manner. Men whom I know, and like, can address me as such. I also do like it when men call me "girl" unless I know them. My five year old grandson says, "Grandma, you're my best girl," and that is fine.
I have a theory that cannot be proven; and, as is usually the case in all generalizations about ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 7, 2018:
What is the reasoning behind this "theory"?
Three-quarters done and ready to give up. Have you ever felt like that?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 6, 2018:
Looks good! I knit and I quilt. If you think embroidering a surface like the one you are using is hard, try it on a knitted stocking!
"what if you're wrong" argument response
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 5, 2018:
Addendum: When I ask, "But what if I am right?" and the person counters with, "But what if I am right?" I then say, "But what if you are wrong?" Finally, he/she gets tired of it and moves on.
LOVE? The Ancient Greeks saw LOVE as a form of divine madness, a gift bestowed by Aphrodite. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 5, 2018:
The Greeks would have called love a form of divine madness because they valued logic. When a person is in love/infatuation, logic is often abandoned.
"what if you're wrong" argument response
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 5, 2018:
My reply is, "And what if I am right?"
My girlfriend dosent understand electricity she just complained that she spent £99 for an idiot to ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 5, 2018:
Are men so illogical that they think all women are the same? And did you provide evidence/proof of your diagnosis? Did you find the chewed wires? By the way, it is "doesn't" and "biting." Learn how to use quotation marks and correct punctuation. Do men not know how to write a grammatically correct sentence?

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