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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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Watching a talk by Neil deGrasse Tyson and thought of the fact that trump is building cathedrals ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 12, 2019:
The pharaohs built monuments to themselves as have many other leaders and men who considered themselves important. I can go with the theory.
What Do You Like?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 12, 2019:
I like chocolate.
If you know someone who texts and drives share this her and her three kids killed while she texted
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 12, 2019:
I wish that telling people would work. Everyone knows that texting while driving is dangerous, but they do it anyway. I suppose that they think they can handle it.
US experiencing most cases of gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis in recorded history, new CDC report...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 12, 2019:
Oh, c'mon! It's god's will for having illicit sex.
Grandfather, 14-year-old arrested in shooting death of boy, 13
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 12, 2019:
Adding insult to murder, that old asshole looks like he is smirking. I hope that he gets the death penalty--that will wipe that smirk off his face.
I am blocking the new scammers from "Ghana" one already asked me for money to "take a shower with ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 11, 2019:
How could you turn down an offer like that???
Trump is the enemy
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 10, 2019:
I don't have to watch the video to know that!
Law School Applications Increase Upon Realization That Any Fucking Idiot Can Be Lawyer
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 10, 2019:
Now, that IS funny!
Would you "settle" for something "less than" to keep from being alone?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 10, 2019:
No on all counts. I no longer understand the obsessive need to not "be alone."
What is your favorite "meaning of life quote"?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 9, 2019:
This, too, shall pass--including this life.
I just finished 84 days at St.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 9, 2019:
My addiction was/is food. When I left the church that I had attended for over a decade, I weighed 250 pounds. While in the church, I had tried various methods of losing weight but if I managed to lose any, I gained it back. Other people in the church were obese, as well, and also tried various methods to lose weight. One woman said she "Dedicated every bite of food" she took to god, but she was still fat. When I left Christianity, I lost 100 pounds; in part, it was because I was able to let go of the guilt that Christianity piles upon people. I have kept the weight off for 21 years. I have gained some at times, yes, i.e. the time I threw out my scale because an expert said scales were a hindrance, not a help. Well, not in MY case. The women whom I knew in Church have not acknowledged my messages to them on FB, but through mutual friends, I have seen pictures of them; they are still obese. Their dedication to Jesus apparently is still not helping them.
Judge Threatens Betsy DeVos With Jail In Student Loan Case
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 8, 2019:
If there were a god, she would go to jail.
Why can not Trump admit mistakes?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 7, 2019:
One characteristic of narcissists is the inability to admit that they are wrong.
Leviticus 20:13 “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 6, 2019:
The Hebrew Scriptures also say, Leviticus 20:10 "If a man commits adultery with another man's wife--with the wife of his neighbor--both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death." I don't see the evangelicals clamoring to have Trumpass put to death for his multiple affairs or that he be denied his civil rights based on this verse.
Completing a nagging chore is deeply rewarding. How about you?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 6, 2019:
Does grading nine graduate rough drafts on the day the school requires them to be graded count?
Every year, I post a birthday begging video on Youtube.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 4, 2019:
Actually, this is the prebirthday begging video as my birthday is not until Nov. 4.
I just got into a debate with someone about Jesus' crucifixion being God's Will, hypothetically.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 3, 2019:
A couple of decades ago, when I was a practicing pagan, I was discussing religion with some the husband of a childhood friend; they are Catholic. We fell upon the topic of sacrifice and he asked me if I were visiting a "backwards" tribe who were going to sacrifice a virgin to stop the local volcano from erupting, would I stop the sacrifice? I asked if these people TRULY believed that the sacrifice would stop the volcano and save the village. He replied in the affirmative. I asked him, "Would you have stopped the sacrifice of Jesus if you had been able? After all, he was being sacrificed for the same reason." He looked at me, shocked, then glared and said, "Leave my religion out of it." Uh-huh, and end of conversation. And a totally irrelevant observation about the same night. I used to read the Tarot cards and the husband's brother was there. He said that he didn't believe in that crap but wanted his cards read anyway. I read them and reported that the cards said that he had recently overcome a huge obstacle in his life but the victory would be short lived and the old issue would come back. He was enraged, stood up, glared at me even more than his brother did, said a few choice words and stormed out of the room. I looked at my friend in surprise and she said, "He just got out of drug rehab and you just told him he was going back to drugs." Yup, he didn't believe in that crap.
Just a second.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 3, 2019:
Gwen lays her head on the desk, not knowing whether to laugh, cry, or both.
This video is on a whole new level of funny! 😂😂 this woman says a demon slept with her ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 2, 2019:
Those damned oral sex demons NEVER visit me.
Sorry, I just can't HEPP it.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 2, 2019:
Let's eat Grandma! Let's eat, Grandma! The panda eats, shoots, and leaves. The panda eats shoots and leaves. On a more serious note, commas can cost a business lots of money: https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/09/us/dairy-drivers-oxford-comma-case-settlement-trnd/index.html
Extraordinary act of mercy: Brother of Botham Jean hugs and forgives Amber Guyger after 10-year ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 2, 2019:
White privilege at its apex.
I grew up as a Christian but never felt like it was right.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 2, 2019:
I am a pagan atheist or secular pagan: https://humanisticpaganism.com/2013/03/03/pagan-atheists-yes-we-exist-by-stifyn-emrys/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secular_paganism
No Need To Cut Back On Red Meat? Controversial New 'Guidelines' Lead To Outrage : The Salt : NPR
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 30, 2019:
Everything in moderation (so says the woman who eats no cows, no pigs, as few processed foods as possible, but eats a carton of ice cream in one day about once a month). I was a vegetarian for three years and though I eat fish and fowl, not a lot of either. I have not eaten cows and pigs for about 15 years. My on true vice was diet soda, but I cut it out last year due to caffeine and aspartame giving me heart palpitations. I am healthier than about 95% of the people near my age whom I meet.
People ask just how much respect we should give to others views like religion.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 30, 2019:
A similar question was posed some time ago. I responded that while I respect the right of others to believe as they like, no, I do not respect the views of religious people. I respect people, not views, but their views reflect the kind of people who they are. I know liberal Xtians whom I respect and I even have a measure of respect for the Amish who keep to their way of life. Fundies, no respect. Osteen and his ilk, no respect. There are atheists for whom I have no respect, as well.
Well.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 30, 2019:
You will be fine if you let yourself be fine. Mourn the death of your marriage and then, move on. It won't be easy, but there will come a day when the pain will lessen.
I am curious to know how many of you maintain friendships with religious people (particularly those ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 30, 2019:
My sister is Southern Baptist and we have a wonderful relationship. She has gotten rather liberal in her old age, though, which makes it easy. I have few friends (my choice, don't feel sorry for me), but I have had some good friends who were Christian and we got along well.
You may find this amusing. I saw it in the humour (used book) section of a store near me.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 30, 2019:
And note that it does not add, "and everything you need to know about being president of the USA."
You may find this amusing. I saw it in the humour (used book) section of a store near me.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 30, 2019:
Did you buy it?
Trump: Farmers who want me to end my trade war are 'dumb people'
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 29, 2019:
The farmers who voted for him were ignorant but ignorance can be fixable. Trumpass is stupid and ignorant, and there ain't [sic] no fixing that.
This breaks my heart and makes me wonder about people.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 29, 2019:
Sigh. Just sigh.
King of This World: Irreligious Trump Remains Popular with Evangelicals - TheHumanist.com
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 28, 2019:
I s'pose the evangelicals think that they will be able to manipulate him--god willing and all that.
The sharpie transcript
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 28, 2019:
All I can say is, "Well, duh!"
Stupidest thing I saw on the internet today.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 27, 2019:
Rather prejudicial.
'She doesn't flirt or giggle or pout.' What's behind men's discomfort with Greta Thunberg.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 27, 2019:
She knells the death toll to their way of thinking.
Terrible News: Stephen Miller Reportedly Has a Human Girlfriend | Vanity Fair
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 26, 2019:
What is imagined cannot be unimagined. Thanks for putting the picture in my mind. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss.
So I saw the dentist today for my annual checkup and needed a couple of fillings.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 26, 2019:
Uh-oh: you are damned. You might even be the anti-Christ!
[alternet.org] How Trump could throw Mike Pence under the bus to save himself. Will he?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 26, 2019:
He has already started!
Edited to say: I am not a Trump Supporter!!! I AM GETTING THIS SHIT EVERYDAY!! Edited again to say ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 26, 2019:
I got an ad like that on Facebook. I asked which alternate reality "they" lived in.
Employers Used Facebook to Keep Women and Older Workers From Seeing Job Ads.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 25, 2019:
I think that it is illegal, too.
A strange drawing found in Sinai could undermine our entire idea of Judaism - Israel News - ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 25, 2019:
That Yahweh originally has a wife has been know for quite some time! The Jews might forget it, but I don't think others will.
Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Prize | SBS News
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 24, 2019:
Considering how badly he wants a nomination, I hope this gives Trumpass a few sleepless nights.
Christian pastor: Greta Thunberg should read the bible and stop worrying about this ‘imaginary ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 24, 2019:
I remember when James Watt said there was no need to save the redwoods because Christ was coming soon. I'm waiting.
We can’t keep you from killing your own kids, but we can keep you from killing others.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 24, 2019:
As it should be. When my kids were in school, I heard religious parents argue that vaccinations weren't needed because kids didn't get measles, etc., any longer. Duh, dumbass, because they were vaccinated--and your unvaccinated kids didn't get the diseases because MY kids were vaccinated.
And all of righteous glory that makes her a hero
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 24, 2019:
Ironic that his buffoonery and general stupidity is so obvious to a child yet not to his devotees. And even more kudos to Greta for not even trying to mask her feelings.
I took myself to lunch ! When I was still dating an over-the-top god person, we discovered this...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 24, 2019:
I have eaten alone for decades and enjoyed it. When I was young, I always thought people were staring at me, even pitying me because I ate alone. It was paranoia. Now, if someone stares at me, it is because I am beautiful. (Grin.) These days, many people are solitary eaters. I don't take a book--while I know some people are genuinely interested in reading, I know some who use the book to hide behind because they still have the "fear."
The Bee Is Declared The Most Important Living Being On The Planet
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 24, 2019:
I second that motion.
Jody, my BFF, still works one day a week.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 23, 2019:
Let's give 'em something to talk about . . .
This is fascinating.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 22, 2019:
The prohibition against masturbation is in place because the Jews--and the Catholics--tried to convince people that the only reason to have sex was to procreate. Having sex with one's self is not going to make a baby. There is more written about the dangers of male masturbation than female masturbation; it is was understood that without semen, women were not going to get pregnant (except in cases of virgins being impregnated, of course). Their "sin" was lesser than that of men. The bottom line is that when a religion controls the sex lives of people, the religion controls the people. In addition, rules against sexual impropriety and double standards were to insure that the offspring of a man's wife was always his own. He could have mistresses, but she could not have lovers. The allowance of many wives for men was tied to this: if a woman had many husbands, paternity would have been impossible to establish. The issue was all about the male spreading his seed and making sure his lineage did not end; the more wives, the more opportunity to make sure. Also, a woman with many husbands could still bear only one baby at a time, but a man with many wives could have them all pregnant. Scare tactics were taught to prevent boys from masturbating (it made boys sickly). Girls were not exempt, though, and it was a practice (even in the USA in the 20th century) to perform clitorectomies on naughty little girls. By the way, I do not know if this applies to Hebrew, but in some early cultures "rape" is often mistranslated. For example, in Sumeria, "rape" could be sex outside of marriage. In myth, Enlil rapes Ninlil and is punished, but she follows him to the underworld; it was not a case of rape, but consensual sex outside of marriage.
I'M LOOKING FOR LOVE & PROBABLY MARRIAGE! The good news is that I have tons of great qualities, ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 22, 2019:
And just wondering, dude--how old are you? Your profile does not give an age.
I'M LOOKING FOR LOVE & PROBABLY MARRIAGE! The good news is that I have tons of great qualities, ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 22, 2019:
Snort.
So-called experts tell us some artists, musicians and other well-known personalities are/were ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 20, 2019:
The arts are based on perspective; one person's genius is another's fraud. Andy Warhol was a fraud to me, but I saw Picasso as a genius.
Plenty of Fish bans users from posting photos with face filters users find deceptive
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 19, 2019:
I just hid my profile, again, on POF. I had a man contact me who was "60," but his picture looked more like 70. For centuries, women were accused of lying about their ages, but men are just as guilty but denied it. I hate the bunny faces and I hate the ones where the guy is superimposed against a background. I think, wow, this guy learned to use editing tools. They lie about their weight, height, education, and jobs.
Tomorrow is the day the internet plans to Storm Area 51.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 19, 2019:
Well, darn, I thought I had missed the event and made other plans.
We have ist's: atheists, buddhists We have muslims, jewish; ims and ish's We have lot's of ism's ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 17, 2019:
Because . . . On using the suffix "ic": a noun suffix occurring chiefly in loanwords from Greek, where such words were originally adjectival (critic; magic; music). In simpler words, "agnostic" the noun is formed from the adjectival form of "without knowledge of god." https://www.dictionary.com/browse/-ic On the other hand, the "ist" suffix: a suffix of nouns, often corresponding to verbs ending in -ize or nouns ending in -ism, that denote a person who practices or is concerned with something, or holds certain principles, doctrines, etc.: apologist; dramatist; machinist; novelist; realist; socialist; Thomist. In other words, "atheism" the noun for a the lack of belief in a god becomes "atheist" a person who is without a god belief. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/-ist The suffix "ism": a suffix appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it was used to form action nouns from verbs (baptism); on this model, used as a productive suffix in the formation of nouns denoting action or practice, state or condition, principles, doctrines, a usage or characteristic, devotion or adherence, etc. (criticism; barbarism; Darwinism; despotism; plagiarism; realism; witticism; intellectualism). This is self explanatory. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/-ism And "Jewish" is a an adjective, not a noun; "ish" doesn't fit with the other suffixes as these are adjectives formed from nouns: Jew-->Jewish. It also creates new forms of adjectives from other adjectives: red-->reddish, sweet-->sweetish. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/-ish I hope this answers the question.
Someone's Gotta Tell the Freakin' Truth.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 17, 2019:
I can agree.
MN public school board chairwoman: Evolution is outdated because ‘it was discovered in the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 17, 2019:
If this were a work of fiction, people would read it because it has no resemblance to reality.
Creator of Stanford Prison Experiment on Trump's camps: It's how Nazi guards behaved | Salon.com
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 16, 2019:
Wow--I had not thought of that . . .
Finished the jacket I made.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 16, 2019:
Looks great! I used to make most of my clothes--except pants--but now, I only quilt.
Words.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 15, 2019:
As an English teacher, I agree. Even though I am given to hyperbole, it is more the embellishment of tales than "a ton" of something. And if someone "literally died," he/she would not be around to explain the death.
Lovely re-do of CSNY's "Teach YOur Children" [youtube.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 15, 2019:
This brought tears to my eyes. I guess I am an old softy after all.
This is an extraordinary admission by a Christian minister. [facebook.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 15, 2019:
Prayer seems to be a popularity contest: the more people who pray, the better chance of the issue resolving positively. Even if there were a god, that is BS.
Its a known fact that history is written by only the winners.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 15, 2019:
Your post could have been worded more clearly, but I understand your point and I agree: history is consistently written by the victors and has their spin on it. The losers also write their versions in some instances, as well, and the reader (after the fact) has to determine who is right and what the biases are. Julius Caesar reported aspects about the Celts that gave them a bad reputation for centuries. Europeans committed genocide and declared natives from Africa to America as bloodthirsty savages--but what should be call the Europeans who slaughtered people who fought back with bows and arrows? The Japanese blame the US for our involvement in the war against them when they struck the first blow at Pearl Harbor. The Egyptians claimed victory in battle regardless of the outcome. Decades ago, I read a science fiction novel with an "alternative history" (not the same as "alternative facts") in which the Nazis won WW II--it was fascinating. Two decade later, the Nazis in the novel were trying to whitewash the Holocaust and say it never happened.
An answer to some of the people calling me a whore or troll, i wasnt trying to piss people off.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 15, 2019:
I checked out your post and I understand and agree with what you wrote.
Kavanaugh accused of more unwanted sexual contact by former classmate: report
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 14, 2019:
Go figure!
He thinks his desire is a powerful magnet. On what planet?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 14, 2019:
I have had this type of experience quite a few times! A guy once said to me, "If we had sex, you would never want it to stop." Dude, like I would even let you touch me! SOME men cannot seem to understand that if they find a woman attractive or desirable, it does not mean automatic reciprocation. I dated my last boyfriend off and on for a couple of years, but when his weight ballooned to over 300 pounds, I no longer found him sexually attractive, but it was not the only reason I broke off the relationship. He still lets me know that even though we are not "dating," he is quite willing to have sex; it NEVER occurs to this man that I do not want to have sex with him.
I've always been fascinated by Christians who say they believe in heaven, then scramble in a panic ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 13, 2019:
Years ago, I had an elderly neighbor (way up in his 70s) who nearly died from a heart attack. He said that he lived because so many people prayed for him. I thought, dude, shouldn't they have been praying for you to die so you could go home to heaven? Of course, I did not say this. And were not their prayers totally selfish? They wanted him around so they would not miss him.
I'm troubled when I hear people say that we need to "respect" people's religious beliefs.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 12, 2019:
I respect a person's right to a religious belief, but I do not respect religion or any ideology. And belief is the only issue that truly falls under the law. Practicing a belief that is not harmful is protected, yes, but a belief that includes human sacrifice is not protected. Even then, how is "harmful" defined? Westboro Church is guilty of mind washing both adults and children with harmful beliefs. Teaching children to hate is a form of emotional child abuse. Some Christians are of the mind that other religions and no religion should not be protected by law. Yup, they cannot change our beliefs, but laws should be enforced by Christian standards. No.
Tennessee lawmaker calls for removal of higher education to cut off ‘liberal breeding ground’ | ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 10, 2019:
Ignorance fueled by stupidity reaches an all time high.
How would you reply to a theist who says, "You send yourself to hell"?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 10, 2019:
I cannot count how many times I have heard Xtians say that. There are all sorts of arguments against this, but none have any impact on Xtians. One is the issue of god made me and therefore, my rebellious nature is inherent so why I should be punished for it? How can I "fake" believing in god--wouldn't he know?
ISN’T THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE CREDIBILITY OF CHRIST, HIS EMBRACING OLD TESTAMENT TEACHINGS?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 10, 2019:
Jesus did not reject the god of The Hebrew Scriptures because he would have alienated potential Jewish converts. However, IF Jesus existed, it is a fallacy to assume that he said what is said that he said, especially in light of no concurrent accounts of what he said.
As is the custom now on receipt, on reaching level 8.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 10, 2019:
Congrats!
“Compassion and concern for others are the key to human survival.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 7, 2019:
People who are religious often disregard patience, compassion, and empathy.
Gotta love it! 🤣 "San Francisco’s unreasoned hatred for the NRA explained: San ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 7, 2019:
There is no "unreasoned hate" of the NRA; it is quite reasoned. It is why they are "losing": https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-nra-just-reported-losing-dollar55-million-in-income https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/nra-left-gun-owners-me-behind-long-ago-any-trouble-ncna1000946 https://nonprofitquarterly.org/has-a-savvy-pr-firm-put-the-nra-on-a-long-con/ https://www.businessinsider.com/documents-show-the-nra-is-facing-financial-problems-debt-2019-6
How can someone religious argue this.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 7, 2019:
Religious people can argue anything.
Is it possible to have a partner that’s not Atheist
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 7, 2019:
Yes.
Eat your hearts out, peons.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 6, 2019:
I find the "party poopers" amusing--you know the ones who would NEVER wear a t-shirt with a logo in public. It is amusing because I seldom wear t-shirts of any kind, and the only ones I have with logos are those from the schools where I teach that were given to me (wear them around the house) and one with a scene from Where the Wild Things Are. This post was meant to be lighthearted and most people took it that way. Unfortunately, people with no apparent sense of humor took it quite seriously. Dudes and dudettes, get a life and lighten up.
sharpiegate is hilarious. Seriously, those pens are amazing and so versatile.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 5, 2019:
He also has bigly hands now:
Norwegian Forest Cats, Here pussy, pussy.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 5, 2019:
Just gorgeous.
Will You Still Love You When You're No Longer Young and Beautiful?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 5, 2019:
My life was different than most. I was an awkward, overweight adolescent and teen wracked with a lack of confidence. Then, I was an awkward, overweight adult lacking self-esteem. I topped out at 250 at 43 when my life feel apart. I left the Church I had attended for a decade, didn't get a job that I wanted, and my marriage was void. I turned to paganism, lost 100 pounds, developed confidence, and "suddenly," I was attractive. In other words, I was a late bloomer. I left my husband of 25 years and moved from Cali to Missouri to start a new life. I found that life for a woman who is perceived attractive is much different from one who is not. However, my decades as an unattractive woman developed aspects that I might not have developed if I had not been unattractive. My personality "bloomed," but it was a mirrored effect: losing weight did give me confidence, but confidence also made me "attractive." As I approach 67, I love myself though I am no longer young, but assuming that old people are ugly is ageist. Age has a different kind of beauty. This is the best time of my life.
I have long held the position that people use god like a spare tire or switchblade.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 3, 2019:
For sure! Another analogy is that of an umbrella: they only read The Bible when it is raining and need to cover their asses or keep them dry. And what "proof" is there that Adam and Eve were white, black, or one of each? The Hebrew Scriptures never notes their color.
Who lives in the Oregon regions of North Bend, Coos Bay, Brookings and Eugene?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 3, 2019:
I do not live in any of those places, but I used to live on the coast of Northern Cali; I am quite familiar with Brookings and and have been to Coos Bay. My half-brother lives in the Eugene/Springfield area.
Have you known many believers who can't seem to grasp the omniscient god thing?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 3, 2019:
On another note, why would guardian angels exist or why would angels be sent to deliver messages? If god were all that powerful, why can he not watch out for each individual and deliver his own darned messages? By the way, seven is a sacred number in many religions and predates Judaism. There are a couple of reasons why; one is because the ancients knew of seven planets (which the Sumerians considered gods). In addition, many cultures used a lunar calendar. The moon cycle consists of 28 days and goes through four stages: 28/4 = 7. It is why we have seven day weeks. The number was sacred to other gods before Yahweh/Elohim came along. And speaking from a literary point of view, where does it say that the animals were used for food or sacrifice? I do not remember any such explanations; a piece of literature must be interpreted by the given information. The pastor ASSUMED these aspects, and we know where assumptions can lead us.
[alternet.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 2, 2019:
Well, yeah.
The person with the most votes wins. Abolish the electoral college and minority rule. [youtu.be]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 2, 2019:
Pfft, much too logical! What a concept!
If Christianity didn’t exist, nor would this site.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 2, 2019:
Jews do not seek to convert and neither do Buddhists. Some Xtians do not, either.
I haven't written anything here in awhile so I thought I would.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 1, 2019:
So, are you the one who sent the stray cat to my house? She has made herself at home as much as she can with two unfriendly cats who think she is an interloper. If she sticks around, I will have her spayed in a couple or weeks.
Dorian.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 31, 2019:
Way over a decade ago, when I was still calling myself a pagan, a Christian guy on dating site WANTED to meet me despite my initial "no" due to his religion and his looks (I am shallow). I agreed to meet him. At the meeting, he explained how he was not a "mainstream" Christian. He believed that Native Americans worshiped Jesus (uh-huh), but he was definitely mainstream in his beliefs. However, the point of this post was his drive into a coming hurricane. He told me about how he had driven INTO the front rather than fleeing it. God's majesty was awesome but as the winds and rain raged around him, he knew he was safe because god was protecting him. Mind you, this was not to save lives or for humanitarian reasons; he was testing his faith in god to take care of him. What a load of bullshit. He asked me about paganism and I answered. I sent him an email afterwards telling him that I would not see him again because not only was I just not interested, his beliefs were in line with mainstream Christianity. He wrote back saying it was just as well that I did not want to see him again because he could NOT believe that in this day and age, ANYONE could believe in a GODDESS. Pagan religion was false doctrine and people who fell for it were falling for Satan's lies. I wrote back saying that believing there was a goddess and revering the earth was no less ridiculous than believing somehow, Native Americans knew about Jesus before the European invasion and believing that god would protect a single individual in a hurricane while others died. He never answered. My first cousin, once removed, also posted on FB that god loved her SO much, he prevented a tornado from hitting a town in Texas where she and her husband stopped to eat--it hit about half an hour after they left and devastated the town. So, god loved her and hated everyone in the town. Gotcha.
I had an interesting conversation with a believer last evening.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 30, 2019:
I have heard quite a few Christians (and none who dispute the idea) that Christ was a part of the trinity before he was incarnated on Earth. In fact, they claim that when Elohim says, "Let US make man in OUR image," "he" was speaking to Jesus. The problem with this is that Elohim is feminine in addition to being plural. Yahweh is singular and masculine, but it is not the name used in this specific instance. Elohim is more likely speaking to a host, not just one other entity, and there is no evidence that she is speaking to Jesus. If Jesus were a part of the godhead at that point, why would he need to be addressed at all? If he were separate, then the idea of a monotheistic god is moot--of course, a trinity makes it moot, anyway. And the idea of a trinity is ancient: goddesses were often triple goddesses, reflecting various aspects of women, i.e. Hekate had three faces and is known by other names. Hekate is the crone and the others (ranging from Selene to Kore to other names) are the maiden and mother aspects. Another aspect stolen from the pagans.
I don't know if what I'm going to describe happens in your neck of the woods, but every late summer ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 30, 2019:
I have fewer fruit flies this summer but it because I no longer have an indoor cat and litter box--they swarmed and bred in the box regardless of how often I cleaned it. However, there have been hardly any Japanese beetles; I have seen less than a dozen when usually, there are hundreds (thousands, even). I cut back the Rose of Sharon shrub, but that is not enough to account for the reduced number, nor are my actions against them last year enough to account for it. I do not miss them.
I rarely post memes...but Doonesbury nails it... [democraticunderground.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 30, 2019:
Love it.
Did Greenland ever deliver trump a ‘royal slap in the face!’ ‘Every Aug 21 from now on will...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 29, 2019:
I hope this is true.
A doctor and medical ethicist argues life after 75 is not worth living
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 29, 2019:
This is BS. I met an 86 year old woman in Walmart today who is good health and has all of her faculties. Tell her that she should have died at 75. I am almost 67, in good health, and to say that I have only another eight years to enjoy life is hogwash. It is all perspective, and if the guy in the article wants to die at 75, that's his problem and his perspective--do not apply it to others. Heck my sister is almost 73 and has been in remission for cancer for five years, but she is in better shape than a lot of younger people.
What did Satan do anyway?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 29, 2019:
I won't repeat what others have said about Satan trying to usurp god's power (and disobedience IS a sin--just ask Eve and Adam) but I propose a different scenario. What if Satan were in charge (aka "god") and Yahweh the usurper? What if Yahweh won the battle and kicked Satan out of heaven, stealing his throne? After all, "history" is told in the perspective of the winner.
As a former vegetarian (and still 95% of my diet is meat free) in the past, I have gotten into ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 24, 2019:
Why would you even bother to argue with them? It is pointless.
Is it true?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 24, 2019:
I usually do not revel in deaths of people whom I dislike, but these days, there are some graves upon which I would gladly dance.
Napoleon Bonaparte said, "Never interrupt the enemy when he is in the process of destroying ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 24, 2019:
Unfortunately, as he spins out of control he is causing damage that will take a long time to repair.
UPDATE on Religion's professor saying atheism is a religion.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 24, 2019:
As an educator, I find this appalling. You have the option to complain to the department chair or dean, but depending on the school, it might or might not have any effect. First, not allowing students to research is against the purpose of higher education; students who must use ONLY the sources provided by the instructor are not developing research skills. Second, some schools have been accused of not allowing students free speech--denying students to present refutation and the opinions of the opposition would seem to fall in this category. I teach lit and composition, not religion, and I do not allow students to support argument based on religion; this is not denying them freedom of speech, but The Bible is not a peer-reviewed source nor is it historically accurate. However, they can discuss what religions believe without endorsing the beliefs, i.e. in a paper on homosexuality, they can discuss what Christianity says about the issue, but not use religious beliefs as an argument for why gays should not have rights or why being gay is a "sin."
I get so sick of being labeled a "bleeding heart liberal" or other such epithet every time I express...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 23, 2019:
It is frustrating to see people gripe about money being "wasted" on the poor and yet, they support an administration who gives the 1% the biggest breaks.
I know how very special I am.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 23, 2019:
It is easy to disparage the poor, isn't it?
Alert! In UK, mafias associating physicians, opiates producers, lawyers, hospitals, nursing homes ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 23, 2019:
Sounds like a conspiracy theory to me.

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