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I am not interested in a relationship and am here mainly for the forums. I do not engage in endless message conversations.

I cannot abide Trumpers or anti-vaxxers.

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 starved...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 14, 2021:
Actually, it's pagans who eat babies.
A stranger called me on my company phone and didn't readily identify herself, so I was polite and ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 14, 2021:
Wow! I just get calls telling me that my SS account has been discontinued and I might be liable and prosecuted unless I do this or that OR that due to my recent stay at Marriott's, I won a vacation! (I haven't stayed at a Marriott's for more than six years.) I love to talk to the customer service people! They always hang up on me. I am glad that you had fun.
In early March, The Conversation caught the internet’s attention with a story about ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 13, 2021:
In general, businesses and occupations that were female driven for centuries were taken over by men when their "importance" was realized. Midwives delivered babies for centuries, but when medicine became more "official," they were banned from practicing medicine. In addition, midwives were very often persecuted as witches because they dispense medication/potions, including those that could prevent pregnancy or cause abortions. The Catholic church was not happy about these issues. Deliveries by men led to the practice of having women give birth while lying on their backs; this was much more painful for the woman, but much easier for the doctor. Women who prepared meals were "cooks" but men were "chefs"--and women were not allowed to be chefs. Today, most people think of knitting as a female hobby, but back in the day when there was no mass production of clothes, men were the knitters. Women could not join the knitting guild unless they were widows of men who were members. Some historians--can't cite this, read it long ago--also credit women for developing agriculture. Despite claims to the opposite, women did hunt, but they were most often associated with gathering--who better to know the "ways" of plants? Women probably first domesticated animals or at least, dogs and cats. The first dogs to be domesticated would have been pups--who else would take care of a baby?
'White Lives Matter' rallies flop as hardly anyone shows up
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 12, 2021:
Well, damn, no one told me that there were such rallies! Oh, wait! I don't have the app! I could have ridiculed them earlier had I known. On the other hand, how do they expect swarms of white trash to show up if not all of them are invited?
Why do people still say "Rest in Peace"?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 12, 2021:
I've never seen a dead person who rested--peacefully or otherwise. They are dead, not resting.
Pleased to report no side effects from my second Pfizer Covid vaccine dose.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 11, 2021:
Got my second shot yesterday and so far, my arm is sore--just like the first one. I plan to make no changes in my life as I didn't socialize before! I will keep wearing my masks, too.
Immortality?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 10, 2021:
My Southern Baptist (who has Stage 4 breast cancer) sister recently said that it might be blasphemy, but she doesn't think anything lasts forever and added, "Who wants to live forever? It doesn't make sense." I always feared non-existence more than hell.
Is not telling the whole truth, morally the same as lying ?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 9, 2021:
I was recently told, quite vehemently, that there are no "lies of omission." But does this not apply here?
Masquerading, deadly snake discovered and named after shape-shifting Chinese goddess ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 8, 2021:
Love that the old myth gets a new lease!
A late easter joke; I just heard it today.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 8, 2021:
That's just wrong. Funny, but wrong.
Questions to religious people
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 8, 2021:
I don't try to crash their beliefs. I don't evangelize.
Glitzy parade of 22 mummified pharaohs fills Cairo streets [livescience.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 6, 2021:
I think that the pharaohs would have loved this. They believed as long as their names were known, they would live in the afterlife. They must be living it up right now.
Religion is a driving force behind the gender wage gap, study finds
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 6, 2021:
Doesn't surprise me.
I think that I am ‘signing’ off from agnostics.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 6, 2021:
Fare thee well, my friend.
What if we don't consider materialism?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 6, 2021:
The "true" nature of reality is defined differently. Your perception of reality might be different from mine, but there is no arbitrator to declare which is correct, if both are correct, or both are wrong. In light of eternity, there is no such thing as "time," either, but humans are bound by time. Seen from space, the North Pole is not the "top" of the earth because there is no top or bottom in space, but we still define it as such. By "patterns," do you mean archetypes? Superman is an archetypal hero and fits the criteria for such heroes. Jesus is the archetypal dying/resurrecting deity.
Always felt Dr Drew was a shit stain. He endorsed Hydroxychloroquine as well. What a Quack!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 5, 2021:
All TV/media doctors are quacks.
Ran, Was, Had, Did, Said, Got, Made, Went, Took, Saw and Came love to get together and hang out at ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 5, 2021:
I am pretending that I didn't read this and did not laugh.
[livescience.com] Australian DNA in Native Americans.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 3, 2021:
In light of the spread of archetypal myth, I find this quite interesting--in conjunction with why it is plain interesting on its own.
So.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 3, 2021:
Osiris died and resurrected long before Jesus came on the scene. His death and resurrection gave hope to humans that they, too, could be resurrected. Likewise, Inanna died and resurrected. Not only that, but she was dead for three days and three nights, just like Jesus. I am writing a paper about these issues and someday, will have time to finish it. The issue of propitiation changes from Inanna to Jesus, but that's another topic.
I'm fascinated by the question: Is reincarnation possible?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 3, 2021:
I see reincarnation as another fear of death facet. However, it gives me pause when young children have incredible talents in music. I keep the phrase, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." I don't know everything. So, maybe.
Easter Egg Hunts, what genius decided a Sumerian fertility ritual would be a great idea for kids?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 2, 2021:
Do you have a source that eggs were used in Sumerian fertility rituals? I am curious about this.
This Mystifying Underwater Blob Is Filled With Mucus And Thousands of Squid Eggs: ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 2, 2021:
Interesting!
So the cat meme b.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 2, 2021:
Say what?
When you start believing your own bullshit about yourself, then you are Warren Beatty deep in the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 2, 2021:
Does this mean that when people tell my that I look 45 when I am 68, I shouldn't believe them?
When we were kids, there where no phones or tablets we read cereal 🥣 boxes at breakfast
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 2, 2021:
You had cereal boxes? We ate oatmeal, eggs, or pancakes. We had to talk to each other.
I am growing weary of viewing posts of scantily clad females when I browse posts .
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 1, 2021:
I am not seeing them like I used to, but I hid many groups and whether that took care of the problem or not, it has stopped. Someone below might have already said this, but if you follow any people, you will see posts that they view or make in groups. And on checking, someone did explain how to hide groups.
A hypothetical moral dilemma: Dan melody are dating, Dan ask Melody" are you on birth control?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 31, 2021:
Why would he ask about birth control if he had a vasectomy? Shouldn't he have worn a condom for protection against disease even if she were using pills?
Pagan Employee Sues Panera Bread Citing Religious Discrimination by Her Managers | Hemant Mehta | ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 27, 2021:
I stopped going to Panera some time ago because their prices got to be too high. I have the feeling that this is a regional "thing," though, and not a Panera issue. Years ago, my son complained to his manager at Chili's in Branson, MO about a training video that had religious aspects. When he told the manager he was an atheist, she told him that he needed to find god. I encouraged him to complain to the higher-ups, but he was about to quite anyway.
As a lifelong Democrat, I refuse to acquiesce to: racism, sexism, bigotry, lies, ignoring gun ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 23, 2021:
We are told to be tolerant of the beliefs of others, but no, I cannot be tolerant of the beliefs listed above. I just blocked someone on this site who is still on the Trump wagon. He seems like a "nice" guy, but I can't accept his conspiracy theories and other obvious delusion.
Our right to life outweighs your unnatural psychological attachment to firearms. [unilad.co.uk]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 23, 2021:
Indeed.
Child prodigies are brilliant but most never transfer their talent to adulthood, but I think this ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 22, 2021:
Sugar Chile was burned out by the time he was a teenager. Our loss. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhFlE4mFqA4
Child prodigies are brilliant but most never transfer their talent to adulthood, but I think this ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 22, 2021:
Love her.
In Deleted Sermon, Georgia Shooter’s Pastor Said “Radical Feminism” Was Satanic | Hemant ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 22, 2021:
Since recorded history, women have always been blamed for enticing men into sin and caused them to be degenerates. Isis played up to Ra and discovered his secret name, giving her power over him. Inanna got her uncle, Enki, drunk and persuaded him to give her the the* me* articles, giving her power. Eve caused Adam to eat the fruit . . . Lilith tempted men in their dreams, as did witches--the original shifting of blame for wet dreams. Victims of rape were blamed for the rapes. Women wore their hair under veils and wimples and later, did not wear it down because the sight of a woman's hair sent men into uncontrollable sexual desire. I noted in another post that at least the church expelled him, but yeah, I am sure that it shaped him.
Don’t Discount Evangelicalism as a Factor in Racist Murder of Asian Spa Workers in Georgia | ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 21, 2021:
At least his church disowned him.
Is the evangelical view of sex at the root of our sex scandals?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 21, 2021:
If it were the evangelicals, then Messalina's purported sexual escapades would not have been scandals. Of course, there has always been a double standard--men's sexual escapades were not to be expected, but women, even in pagan cultures, were largely expected to be chaste and faithful.
Death.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 21, 2021:
Do not blame your mother because you are not her, was not privy to her thoughts and emotional condition, and you have no understanding why she could not drive him to the hospital. She might have been so overcome with grief and fear that she was on the brink of breaking down ; she might not have trusted herself to drive. The prospect of him dying might have so overwhelmed her that she felt crushed and at that point, could not deal with "anything." It might have been that she could barely hold herself together. You were a child then, but you are an adult now. I have seen members of my family who blamed family members for many issues. It hurt them, not the family members whom they perceived had hurt them or who were unfeeling. Most of the issues had roots in childhood. My sister and I resolved not to do this, and we have been much more emotionally healthy as a result. Consider talking this out with someone you trust or with a counselor.
Death.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 21, 2021:
This past week has been spring break and I had my seven year old grandson each weekday. I am a prolific knitter and quilter, and he has several afghans and quilts that I made for him--his sister and parents do, too. I was knitting an afghan and he was watching me; children tend to be fascinated that I can make an afghan from "string." I have hair down to the bottom of my derriere, and I noted to him that one of my hairs had fallen and was knitted into the rows. This happens a lot, and I leave the hairs there not because they are hard to pull out, but for more sentimental reasons. I told him, "Someday, far in the future when I am dead, you will have all the afghans that I have made you. You will cover up in them and you will see my hair, and you will always have a piece of me with you." He looked at me solemnly and said, "That will make me very happy, Grandma." His other grandma died last year, and he is very aware of death. We have to make our stories. I hope that my grandchildren say, "I had this crazy grandma. I helped her build rock walls, we played aliens, hide-n-seek, and made videos of ourselves singing." Being remembered is truly the only legacy we have. The ancient Egyptians believed that as long as a person's name was spoken or written, the person continued to live in the afterlife. I have pictures of my ancestors from the 1800s up; I have names and some histories of ancestors going back to the early 1700s. I have some of my grandmother's possessions, and I have a clock that was my great-great-grandfather's. These will be passed down with the memories as well as the quilts, afghans, and other things in my house. In the meantime, I speak the names of my dead, keep a written record and, as such, they live.
I experienced proof of prayer today.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 20, 2021:
The same here! I went to Walmart yesterday for mouthwash and the store did not have the kind I wanted. I prayed all night and this morning, went to the Walmart on the other side of town. They had the mouthwash that I wanted! God must love me very, very much to take care of such a small detail when so many other negative things are happening in the world.
I'm a little overweight due to a genetic disorder that makes food delicious.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 19, 2021:
I have the same gene!
Tony Perkins Says Biden’s Agenda Is ‘Literally From the Pit of Hell’ [rightwingwatch.org]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 19, 2021:
Didn't he star in the movie Psycho? Or is he just psycho?
FB has gone off its fucking rocker! I just got dinged for a post - from AUGUST OF LAST YEAR! WTF! ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 19, 2021:
I was banned for a day when someone posted about Canadians crossing the northern border more than Mexicans did the southern border. I said, totally in jest, "Those sneaky-ass Canadians!" I got banned three days when someone posed a question about why some Republican acted so stupidly and I answered, "Because some Republicans are stupid." Both comments were "hate" literature! Canadians would have laughed at the first and some Repubs are stupid (that's a fact).
Tax Day for individuals extended to May 17: Treasury, IRS extend filing and payment deadline | ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 19, 2021:
Yeah! I can procrastinate for another month!
Okay, so here's another verse from the Bible that automatically appeared on my iPad just now ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 18, 2021:
This the interpretation I found: Genesis 43: 30 Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there. "Bowels" is from the KJV, and the etymology of the word is: bowel (n.) c. 1300, usually plural, bowels, "human organs of the abdominal cavity," from late 14c. specifically as "human intestines," from Old French boele "intestines, bowels, innards" (12c., Modern French boyau), from Medieval Latin botellus "small intestine," originally "sausage," diminutive of botulus "sausage," a word borrowed from Oscan-Umbrian. Transferred sense of "the viscera as the seat of emotions" is from late 14c.; especially "inner parts as the seat of pity or kindness," hence "tenderness, compassion." Greek splankhnon (from the same PIE root as spleen) was a word for the principal internal organs, which also were felt in ancient times to be the seat of various emotions. Greek poets, from Aeschylus down, regarded the bowels as the seat of the more violent passions such as anger and love, but by the Hebrews they were seen as the seat of tender affections, especially kindness, benevolence, and compassion [. . ] https://www.etymonline.com/word/bowel#:~:text=bowel%20(n.)=specifically%20as%20%22human%20intestines%2C%22,word%20borrowed%20from%20Oscan%2DUmbrian. Joseph did not have the hots for his brother. Words have to be taken in context.
I sold my house, now all the packing shall be done, I hope.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 18, 2021:
I will most likely never move and, in part, it is because I don't want to deal with packing.
I just got my $1,400 Need it because I couldn't e-file this year and had to mail in my taxes.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 18, 2021:
I made much less money than I did in 2019. Hopefully, I won't have to pay thousands in taxes for 2020.
Why calendars make no sense [youtube.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 18, 2021:
Funny, but there are historical reasons why the calendar makes no sense, including the change from the Julian to Gregorian calendar. The months should all be scrapped and the year divided into four time periods aligning with the equinoxes and solstices (91 days each). This would leave one day a year left over plus an extra day every four years. These could be observed by having a one day of no "time" for three years and two every four years. Or, we could back to what the Egyptians did and use a lunar calendar: https://www.britannica.com/science/Egyptian-calendar
Massage Parlor shooter was all about guns and God [news.yahoo.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 17, 2021:
I wonder if he had a "thing" for Asian women and was rebuffed. And I vote for the death penalty--let god sort him out. He is of no use to society and he needs to be put down.
Bifocals or Progressives?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 16, 2021:
I have had progressives (for about 15 years) and never had lined bifocals. They were hard to get used to when I first got them, but I think bifocals would have been hard to adjust to, as well.
Men who say not all men. Maybe not all men, but all women. [vm.tiktok.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 16, 2021:
I agree with Herspective 100%. While I am sure that abuse happens in same sex relationships, violence against women is overwhelmingly inflicted by men. For thousands of years, abuse was sanctioned by society and religion; these ideas have not been eradicated today. I lived with an abuser and he did not "identify" with other abusers. In fact, he did not consider himself an abuser even though he once beat my ankles so bad that they had lumpy bruises for days. He said that at least he didn't hit my face.
I'm not your maid Kathy.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 15, 2021:
Does this pertain to an actual relationship or is this some type of obscure satire?
Religious people tend to begin with their conclusions, then work backwards looking for arguments ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 15, 2021:
Many "modern" religious people do not ignore aspects that do not jibe with their beliefs, but explain them away. The picture of the man and dino illustrates such a point; a modern Xtian explanation for the extinction of the dinosaurs is that most of them died in the flood. Of course, this belies the claim that all land animals were taken on the ark--it was too small to hold all animal forms even without the dinos. And space alien devotees ignore or explain away facts!
Why Do People Act Duplicitous and Unfaithful?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 14, 2021:
People are duplicitous for many reasons (though you ask a rhetorical question and you know the answer). They hope to gain something and, in the case of the doctor, he wants his cake and eat it, too. Or, maybe, he is holding on to Door #1 until he knows for sure what is behind Door #2, aka "stringing the woman along." I cannot even remember all of the married men who propositioned me in one way or another. I remember one who got friendly with me at a McD's where I used to take my laptop and sit for an hour or so, grading. First, he said, "Hi," then, it was a few words and then, he started sitting with me (which I discouraged because I was there to grade, not be social). One day, he made his move and I made it clear that the ring on his hand forestalled any of his wishes. I wouldn't have been interested even if he had been single. Months later, I saw him a thrift store with a woman. I made a point of going up to him and asking loudly, "Is this your wife?" He looked like a deer caught in the headlights. He replied in the affirmative quite nervously but did not explain to her who I was even thought she smiled and looked curious. He was scared shitless (pardon the expletive). I smiled archly at him and walked away but did not tell her about his proposition. I felt sorry for her because she obviously had no clue--she did not look at me suspiciously as would a woman who knew her husband was propositioning women at McD's. He wanted his cake and he wanted his ice cream on the side. Creep. And I am sure he would self-identify as an Xtian.
This tribe is older than every major religion! This is the Jarawa Tribe.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 14, 2021:
This has little to do with the information in the OP! However, my grad class in Brit Lit reads Doyle's novella Sign of the Four. In the work, Tonga is from the Andaman Islands. According to the imperialistic British and Christian ideology, the natives of the islands were savage brutes and needed to be civilized by the Brits. However, Doyle would have used science to to "prove" that the islanders were inferior to whites. That's all.
My religion is Potterism.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 13, 2021:
Total and utter sacrilege. Gandalf died and resurrected to save humans and lead them to paradise. Just because Harry has more holy books does not mean he supersedes Gandalf.
Well none of the ladies on this site who I've messaged have replied back.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 12, 2021:
No offense, but do you have any idea how immature your post sounds? If no women have responded to you on this site, then think of the common denominator: you. If you are not getting the interest of women, there is a reason. Beyond that what was the purpose of this post? Was it to make women on this site feel guilty? Are you blaming women on this site because you have to resort to dating Xtian women? Is it an attempt to make atheist women gasp and say, "Oh, no! This poor atheist has to date Xtian women! How horrible for him! I better contact him so he doesn't have to date Xtians."? Are you, in some pathetic way, trying to "get back" at the women on this site? It's a big world, there are lots of people, and the only people who care whom you date are you and the woman you are dating. And trust me, this post will not get you the interest of the women who read it.
For those old enough to remember Soylent Green....
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 12, 2021:
As I have said in several places, I have NO issue eating people if they are made into green crackers--or any colored cracker.
Reed ’21: Steven Pinker Wants to Repair Campus Culture
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 12, 2021:
As a educator on a college/university level for 20 years, the problems Pinker outlines are not the serious issues facing students or educators. The serious issues include passing students along even when they do substandard work. If students cannot read and write clearly (I am an English teacher, so these are the issues that I personally see) cancel culture, et al, are a moot point. By the way, my composition students can write about almost any topic they want to write about; however, they need to support their claims with hard evidence. Entry level composition students often cannot distinguish between facts/stats and reputable research from personal opinion. Some grad students cannot do so, as well. When a student complains that I will not consider any opinions that are not my own, wrong--I consider any opinion that is backed by experts and presented in a logical manner. Saying that one's neighbor who is a farmer says that climate change is not happening does not qualify as "expert opinion," not even when the farmer's rain gauge stats are included. The USA is producing graduates every year and some of them, at best, have 12th. grade educations.
Teacher Arrested At Pearson Airport A high school teacher was arrested today at Toronto's Pearson ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 12, 2021:
When I was in high school, "they" tried to force me to join the Al-Gebra class. I refused.
So, that was fun.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 12, 2021:
I like to press 1 and then, give the "rep" a hard time.
There was a post showing the Anrromeda Galaxy in relation to the Milky Way.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 11, 2021:
Waaait a minute! This isn't supposed to happen for about five billion years. Honestly, galaxies--always in a hurry.
HAHA!!! Geuss who's squeeze-box accordion that he bought on Amazon just arrived in the mail?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 11, 2021:
George Bush's? The ghost of Lawrence Welk? Justin Bieber's?
When the royals complain about stuff, this is what I see.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 11, 2021:
And all I can hear is, "Yadda, yadda, blah, blah, oh really? Yadda."
Some days, I get so bored that I think, maybe, I should go knock on the Jehovah's Witnesses door and...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 10, 2021:
I had some JW's come to my door a few years back. I answered the door but forestalled their attempt to convert me by lecturing them about the history of religion, including the Great Schism circa 1054. They looked dazed, turned to leave, but asked, "Can we pray for you?" I told them my Baptist sister, sitting on the couch, prayed for me everyday and if they wanted to, go right ahead. I added that I would ask the Great Mother to send them healing winds of understanding. They left without another word.
Some days, I get so bored that I think, maybe, I should go knock on the Jehovah's Witnesses door and...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 10, 2021:
I'll go with you if you swing by and pick me up.
Have had everything but Crickets, Haggis and 100 year old egg. Has anyone had those three?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 9, 2021:
I have eaten eggs that I later thought were 100 years old.
This "christian" woman tried to hire someone to kill her mother-in-law, saying that she could always...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 7, 2021:
This is slighter on the scale, but when I have asked Xtian men why they would be willing to have sex with me when they considered it a sin, almost all said that they would pray for forgiveness afterwards. No, thanks.
An answer to; Be patient you will find a loving man who adores you. [vm.tiktok.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 6, 2021:
Yes! It took me over five decades to understand that I neither need nor want a man in my life. At 68, I cannot imagine living with someone. My seven year old grandson told me one day that I should find a husband and I told him that I did not want one. He told me that I would not be "lonely" if I had one, and I told him that I was not lonely without one. The next time he saw me, he went past the lonely issue and asked me why I did not want a husband. I told him that I could do anything I wanted to do to without consulting anyone. I could eat when I want, sleep when I want, go wherever I want with consideration of someone who lived with me. A light dawned in his eyes, but I told him that doesn't work for kids.
Letters From An American 03/04/2021
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 6, 2021:
I was speechless when I first heard about this, and I am rarely speechless. If there were a hell, Johnson's eternity should be listening to this bill read aloud--and each time it is finished, he is given a test over the details: essay test.
[msn.] Is this your crazy aunt?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 5, 2021:
No, my aunt was the ordinary type of crazy--like burning pictures of relatives whom she hated and then, seeing the pics (unburned, mind you) at the bottom of the sink when she washed her hands afterwards. I don't remember if she said that god told her to burn the pics or not.
Well, it's almost 4pm and neither Meal Team 6 nor the Gravy Seals have shown up to get their orange ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 4, 2021:
It isn't midnight yet, but they better hurry up because it will be dark soon.
[nationalgeographic.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 2, 2021:
No, but the one wasp sting and the one yellow jacket sting which I have had were bad enough.
Rocks on Mars Look a Lot Like Rocks on Earth: [geology.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 2, 2021:
Why not? After all, a horse is a horse (unless it's Mr. Ed), and a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.
Lab-grown black hole behaves just like Stephen Hawking said it would | Live Science
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 2, 2021:
I guess that I don't water my black holes often enough because I just can't grow them.
A bald man got a great deal on a wig today - only $1! It was a small price toupee.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 2, 2021:
That's just not right!
Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville said in a Senate session that we need more god and prayer in our ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 1, 2021:
People can pray as much as they want to in schools--silently. I am sure that when I taught seated classes, my students prayed often. Even my Baptist sister says that prayer has no place in school. Kids should learn about god at home.
Religion and racism compliment and encourage each other like companion plants.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 1, 2021:
Racism does not exist because of religion; it exists because people tend to fear those who are not like them. When there were no Blacks or Asians around to hate, make into scapegoats, and to make white people feel superior, whites denigrated other whites, and still do. The English downgraded the Scots; the rich denigrate the poor; rich white Southerners not only denigrated blacks, but saw "poor white trash" and "crackers" as being inferior. Religion is used as a tool to validate racism just as it is used to validate sexism and other issues. There are racist and sexist atheists and agnostics, and some are on this site.
"A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 1, 2021:
Hmmm . . . I want to be happy but not content. To me, contentment is being satisfied with the status quo. As for being happy all of the time, I have become a stronger, better person not through the happy times, but through the hard times. Chaos and pain pushed me to change.
Judge Tosses Lawsuit Saying Divorce Violates Christian Woman’s Religious Freedom | Hemant Mehta | ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 1, 2021:
He should have had an affair and sued for divorce on grounds of adultery: his. Wonder if that would have worked?
I met up with a Catholic friend a few days ago.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 1, 2021:
Sometimes, discretion is the better part of valor.
So what's the problem evangelicals
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 1, 2021:
Everything is the problem.
Have you ever wondered if the benefit of prayer which seems to have similar spiritual (read ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 1, 2021:
Prayers are religious magic, just like pagan spells, invocations, and rituals. Religion is all about ritual regardless of the sect, i.e. communion in Xtianity. Even when I was pagan, though, I didn't supplicate deities to help me. I meditated, cast "spells," and performed rituals to help me focus on the issues at hand. Clearing my head and devoting my attention was beneficial. I don't meditate any longer, but I should.
Meet ‘you’ meat, literally.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 28, 2021:
I don't eat cows or pigs but if others want to eat steaks grown this way, that's their decision. However, I still go on record stating that I would eat people if they are made into green crackers and there is nothing else to eat.
Lack of evidence for something is most definitely evidence that the thing in question may not exist.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 28, 2021:
On FB, I never posted on threads of Trump supporters, but they consistently haunted the political pages on which I did/do post to troll anti-trumpers. They did it less to try to change our minds, but to ridicule us in order to give themselves a false sense of superiority. Xtians are commanded to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, consequences be damned and that the expressed desires of those who are not interested in the "good news" and those who have heard it ad nauseum and rejected it and don't want to hear are of no consequence. However, I have a sneaky feeling that most Xtian trollers here also troll atheists/agnostics because, like Trumpers, it gives them a feeling of superiority. Most often, they do not approach their "task" with kindness and humility, but with barbs and insults. It is amusing and annoying. Their arguments are old, trite, and illogical, filled with rhetoric. However, I will say that when I frequented other chat venues in the far distant past, a couple of militant atheists would "raid" the rooms of Xtians to argue with them. I was pagan then, but hung out largely with the atheist crowd(s). I didn't raid the rooms, but those who did would return to the atheist rooms to boast of their exploits. Some Xtians consistently squatted in atheist rooms. I remember that Brother Frank was banned from one chat program because he said that the streets should "run with the blood" of nonbelievers, especially Muslims. Good Xtian, Bro Frank.
Yall liberals are nutty. Fo' real. Got you a bubble and everything.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 25, 2021:
Here is the original newspaper article published in the Wenatchee newspaper. The students do not appear to be fearful or downtrodden. https://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/coronavirus/back-at-school-pandemic-continues-but-life-goes-on-at-wenatchee-and-eastmont-highs/article_b9d7ae06-762e-11eb-abef-bbb60008f62a.html
Yall liberals are nutty. Fo' real. Got you a bubble and everything.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 25, 2021:
I was in a "bubble" before the pandemic started as I live along and work from home. I am reclusive, in part, because I cannot stand the inane drivel of conservatives who dominate my town and state. They are unpleasantly crazy.
At least we still have apples.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 25, 2021:
"They" didn't even get the fruit right. God also canceled all of the people in the flood, canceled Lot's wife, and a multitude of others, including everyone who has gone to hell.
Yeah.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 24, 2021:
I find people in general annoying. It is why I am reclusive.
I just flagged two accounts .
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 24, 2021:
Steve Gorge messaged me, too. I just tried to report him, but it says the profile is unavailable.
Ferlinghetti has died. [npr.org]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2021:
One of my favorite poems is "Christ Climbed Down." I guess all of the beats are dead now . . .
“For myself,” Campbell writes, “I believe that we owe both the imagery and the poetical ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2021:
As a passionate student and teacher of myth, I agree with Campbell.
Anyone hungry?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2021:
I gave up eating children when I became a vegetarian. When I stopped being a vegetarian, I just didn't resume my old eating habits. Of course, I also gave up being a witch.
What happened to you America? You want to destroy your country.😒
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2021:
At 68, I wonder if the part of America that I thought was good existed only in legend.
A mountain lizard in Peru broke the reptilian altitude record: [sciencenews.org]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2021:
I can die happy knowing this. :P
ok, this is gonna stir in some problematic commentary and divide the opinions, but i'll say it.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2021:
By the way, almost every culture has a flood myth, but that is not proof of a worldwide flood; it is proof that large scale floods happened in many parts of the world. And another by the way; flood myths typically involve a deity who is angry at humans. The earliest recorded floods myths are from Sumerian and Egypt. Sumeria's myth is chronicled in "The Epic of Gilgamesh" and the Hebrew account of the flood is so similar to it, there can be no doubt (except in the minds of Judeo/Xtians fundies) that is was adapted from the Sumerian myth. And a last by the way: the Egyptian flood myth has an angry god (Ra) who sends the goddess Sehkmet to punish humans for being rude and disrespectful to the gods. However, she becomes too intent on her mission and kills so many people, the streets ran red with blood. Even Ra was dismayed and to stop her, he flooded the streets with beer. She drank, became drunk, and forgot about killing more humans. I made this PPT on the flood myths for one of my myth courses: https://www.slideshare.net/MsWLZ/the-flood-26198095
This came up, thanks syntiger6.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2021:
No offense, but what is the support for science saying that there is no support for hate and what does that mean? Culture and psychology support the practice of hate and has since before recorded history as this report about what might be the earliest evidence of warfare: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-brutal-massacre-may-be-earliest-evidence-war-180957884/ The concept of the "Other" exists in all cultures to varying degrees and the the Other is generally hated and feared. The goal of early humans might have been to pull together to ensure the continuation of the species, but when humans splintered into groups, the the Other sometimes became the enemy; outsiders within the groups were shunned and even expelled from the group. Tribes/clans competed for food, land, and necessities. The competition also went beyond necessities as humans have always been selfish. Religion became a tool of the powerful. No, none of this is going away any time soon.
Im not high when i post this marriage?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 22, 2021:
What is wrong with getting a divorce? It doesn't work, one moves on. And how are you correlating divorce with male suicide? When divorces became easier to get, they were initiated less by women than by men, but the opposite is true today. Here are some reasons why: https://bestlifeonline.com/women-initiate-divorce-more-than-men/ In addition, men benefit from marriage more than women do: https://heragenda.com/this-is-why-men-benefit-from-marriage-more-than-women If there is a correlation between divorce and male suicide, maybe it is because women fare better than men, but I need to see hard data, studies, and stats to believe there is a correlation.
Merrick Garland just left Josh Hawley in a smoldering heap.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 22, 2021:
As a Missourian, I can only hope that Hawley is removed from office.
ok, this is gonna stir in some problematic commentary and divide the opinions, but i'll say it.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 22, 2021:
Zecharia Sitchin was one of the worst pseudo-scientists who existed. He was laughed at by reputable Sumerian scholars. Heck, I am not even a Sumerian scholar but know enough about mythology in general and the history of Mesopotamia to know what a crackpot he was. I tried to read one of his books but couldn't get through it when I saw his explanation of some vessels on a shelf in Sumerian iconography; he said the shapes were "obviously" laboratory beakers, but they are much more likely to be clay vases. He also claimed that Sumerian culture/Mesopotamian culture developed "overnight," but the establishment of culture in the area can be documented. This claim also disregards the existence of early cities such as Jericho and Catalhoyuk. While these cites are not in Mesopotamia, they still point to the development of early cultures/cities. There is no evidence of a worldwide flood. Yes, large local floods happened. Some theories about them are the Black Sea deluge and the rise of oceans after the last ice age. A tsunami (such as ones in our lifetimes) can also account for myths of the flood. When people were more centralized and did not travel much, their "worlds" were small, i.e. extensive flooding in the Pacific Northwest would constitute a "worldwide" flood. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sea_deluge_hypothesis Considering the widespread belief in aliens and the proliferation of alien conspiracy tales/beliefs, why would science--or governments--suppress information. Who would panic? What purpose would the suppression serve? Occam's Razor: the simplest explanation is usually by far the correct explanation. I won't discount the accomplishments of early civilizations by believing that aliens taught them everything they knew. And if aliens want to watch me in the toilet, they are certainly not advanced.
Morals may be objective or subjective, but throughout my life I have never hurt anyone even though I...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 22, 2021:
If you have never hurt anyone in your life, you have not lived life to the fullest. I have hurt people intentionally--and felt remorse for even small issues--but I have hurt people unintentionally and did not realize it until they told me or gained a bit of wisdom and realized that I could have been kinder. Those realizations have made me a better person. The Christian Scriptures have a verse that states, ""And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others" Matthew 6:5. While the issue of prayer does not come into play here, why broadcast your altruism? It seems self-serving and a baiting for compliments. You might also want to read what psychology says about "pure altruism" that is performed for "no reason." https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/201203/does-true-altruism-exist https://theconversation.com/pure-altruism-the-connection-that-explains-why-we-help-strangers-120693 Keep patting yourself on the back, but be careful about dislocating your arm.
Women in Islam are a commodity in the hands of men, created to be a housewife and pleasure only, as ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 21, 2021:
Meanwhile, atheist and agnostic men who abuse women have no excuse or justification.

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