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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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Do you think there is good to reinvent yourself sometimes or to keep doing the old way?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 23, 2018:
I reinvented myself in my 40s, losing 100 pounds, leaving an empty 25 year marriage, moving halfway across the country, and finally, going back to school at 47 to get an MA. It was not truly a "reinvention," though, because I finally became the woman who had been hiding inside me for a very long time; she came out because the prospect of staying where she/I were was scarier than the prospect of leaving the safe rut. However, change must be realistic. I had a student who tried to reinvent herself at about 59. She planned on getting an AA, transferring to a local uni that has high standards, get a BA and then, make millions by being an accountant. She did not have the intelligence and I doubt that she ever got the AA.
Do you regret that your beliefs (or lack thereof) hinder the connection you make with some ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 29, 2018:
No--why would I? I find it interesting that when I was pagan and now that I am atheist, people did not and do not tend "dump on me" or shy away. However, I know both pagans and atheists whom people perceive negatively. Personally, I think personality and projection accounts for most of this. Well, there are a couple of old biddies at the local McD's who gossip about me, but that is because they disapprove of the way that I dress at my age--they especially disapprove of my short skirts. I am totally devastated, of course.
: SCIENCE!!! Figures Out Why Everyone Hates Nickelback
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 1, 2018:
Who is Nickelback?
It has recently been implied that Rh negative blood cannot have come from the same source as Rh ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 16, 2019:
None of our blood is derived from monkeys or apes. We did not evolve from apes or monkeys; humans, apes, and monkeys evolved from a common ancestor. I am an English teacher, not a scientist, but given that blue eyes and other aspects that make humans different from one another were caused by mutations, it seems that would be an explanation for Rh negative.
i had never been subject to the pleasures of a heated toilet seat until today. i really didn't want ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 16, 2019:
Thank you for sharing. Feel better now?
Weirder and weirder: Putin and Seagal? [nytimes.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 7, 2018:
This is beyond weird: it is surreal.
So, there is a dog park close to me and I take my little dog to the park almost every day so she can...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Oh, she understands; however, her duty to you outweighs your right to privacy and to have your wishes respected. And maybe she's attracted to you.
Atheism isn’t a culture as any atheist can tell you. Could a culture be developed based on ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 15, 2018:
"I find it unfair that we have to contend with institutionalized superstition that has massive social support." Life isn't fair. Minorities should not be the target of prejudice and women should not have to worry about getting their genitalia grabbed by future presidents. Children should not be abused (nor should anyone), and the old should not have to waste away in rest homes or live in poverty. No one should be homeless and veterans should be treated with the care and respect that they deserve. However, no one is entitled or deserves anything. And yes, this is leading somewhere. I have learned to be a fairly self-contained unit. I have few friends (loads of acquaintances) and as I aged, my family has dwindled away. We, not just as atheists, need to learn to stand alone. Yup, it is great to have a support system (and my family and few friends are there for me), but it is even better to be able to take care of one's own needs.
Everything I Like about Religion I Learned from an Atheist - TheHumanist.com
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 28, 2018:
"If there isn’t a god to care for us then we have to care for each other." If everyone in the world understood that THIS IS IT, their attitudes would change and, I truly believe, we would work toward peace, ending hunger, and making life better for all. With no heavenly reward, we could strive to create "heaven" on earth. The warlords would still bluster, but I think that they would be shouted down.
Washing raw chicken won't clean it, but it could make you sick.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 20, 2019:
I've never washed chicken! Good to know in case I ever decided to start.
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.
Do You Have An Age You Turned Which Made You Sad?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 14, 2018:
When I was 20, I thought turning 30 would be hard for me: it wasn't. When I was 30, I thought that it would hit me hard like it hit my friend. It didn't. When I was 43, I started losing weight and by the time I was 45, had gone from 250 to 150. I left a 25 year marriage and moved halfway across the country. Still, I thought 50 would knock me down. It didn't. I was sure 60 would depress me--nope. I turned 65 last year and I am what I am. I think, in part, none of my milestones birthdays bothered me because I was a late bloomer. I didn't "lose my looks" but gained them. Now, I don't even think about 70 bothering me. We are all going to die someday and though I will be a year closer to that final step, so it goes.
After dropping out of high school and going in the Marines on my seventeenth birthday, I later ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 5, 2018:
One does not need a science class to be savvy about these issues. I am an English teacher and I don't fall prey. Common sense and logic is what is lacking!
What's your favorite horror film?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Black Sunday--the 1960 vampire film. I saw it when I was in the second grade and could not sleep for two weeks. When I was an adult, I saw an article on horror movies and found that it had been banned in England and some other countries. And yet, "they" were showing it in a matinee feature to kids on Saturday afternoon.
Jewish or Muslim Agnostics or Atheists
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 18, 2018:
I am a pagan atheist--does that count?
Conservatives Worry Feminists Are Using Witchcraft To Destroy Trump
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Actually, I will bet that my witch friends are doing just this. The only negative is that do no good.
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.
How far back can you remember? My earliest memory goes back to the age of four. My younger brother...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 20, 2018:
I was two years old. My family went on an outing to Robber's Cave, a park in Oklahoma where the outlaws used to hole up. I remember two things from this excursion: One, my mother, brother and I had our picture taken on the side of what seemed to be a bottomless pit. I remember being terrified of falling and I trace my fear of heights to this incident. As an adult, I revisited the park and the "bottomless abyss" was about four feet in depth. The other was eating sandwiches while sitting on a picnic table, feet up, because of the seed ticks in the grass. As someone else noted, he is not sure of whether his memories are memories are "memories" of stories he has heard or of photographs. The photographs, no doubt, helped me preserve my memories.
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.
Happy Friday friends. It's been a brutal week and happy that it is over with a long weekend ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 25, 2018:
No, it would be boring. Aware people grow and evolve through the bad times. Contentment breeds stagnation.
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.
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.
More Companies Paying Zero Taxes in 2018 Under GOP Tax Plan
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 11, 2019:
Aren't they special? I am paying $2400 on top of the taxes I paid throughout the year. Guess I should have become a company.
For the people who think I flirt too much, or "lay it on too thick", or frankly am being a smarmy ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 4, 2018:
Of course "I" can argue with your opinions, but it will do no good. An opinion is just an opinion and unless they are based on fact and empirical evidence, arguing is useless. Someone can say, "It is my opinion that pink unicorns live on the moon" and arguing against that will do no good. However, if someone says, "It is a fact that pink unicorns live on the moon," I can ask for proof from reputable, credible sources (and the burden of proof falls on the person making the claim). So, what was your point?
[ketv.com] Makes me sooo angry, and really glad I don't live in Kansas any longer.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 4, 2019:
Disgusting.
I’m writing a guideline to “Whacked Out History Stories” And I was hoping that maybe one of ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 22, 2018:
This goes to show how much you know about history: the penguins SWAM to the ark. Get with the program. In fact, they might have even flown, then were cursed by god and lost the ability to fly. Yeah, that's it.
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!
This is why some Christian's are looked upon with such disdain. I was at work the other day. And a ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 30, 2020:
Geez, Louise.
Here we go again. I dated someone who made me believe (that damn word) that he was inviting me to an...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 20, 2018:
Not to sound callous, but if you consistently attract, or attracted to, men like this, you are the common denominator. Why do you think this happens?
What is the bible to you?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 18, 2018:
Actually, I have Catholic friends who do not believe that The Bible is in inerrant word of god. Traditionally speaking, Catholics also have other books that Protestants do not buy into, including Maccabees and Judith in the Hebrew Scriptures. The Bible is a book of myth, history, and quasi history. It is a manual (albeit contradictory) on how Jews and Christians should live.
So, no rapture today. How surprising. But don't worry everyone, surely there will be another rapture...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 23, 2018:
There's still time, O ye of little faith!
Liberals and feminists who stand against Christianity (a great thing to do) REALLY need to stop ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 11, 2019:
One can support Islam without supporting oppressive Muslim countries. And who are these liberals and feminists? Got a few names?
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.
Why are agnostics and atheists so hostile to my non-theistic belief of theological noncognitivism? ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 17, 2019:
A word or concept comes to mean whatever a religion or culture wants it to mean. Your claim that the words are meaningless is meaningless. And your ego is a bit overblown if you think that people are hostile just because they disagree with you.
What kind of hat should we wear?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 5, 2018:
I bought a felt hat with a round crown on clearance last spring. I was going to wear it this winter. My four year old grandson was at my house and I asked him, "How does my hat look?" He looked at it disapprovingly and said, "Not cool, Grandma." Someone could offer a million dollars to me to wear that hat, but there is NO WAY I would wear it after that comment. I consistently wear things that my relatives think are "too young," but I will NOT be caught in a hat that a four year old thinks is "not cool."
What, in your opinion, is the greatest invention in human history?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 20, 2018:
Writing and then, the wheel.
Lately, I’ve been feeling really lost. I have felt like I’m doing nothing meaningful. All I do ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 15, 2018:
I hope that it works out for you. I think many of us go through stages such as this. I did.
OK, you have lived your whole life as an atheist, and now, you are on your deathbed, moments away...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Why not?
How would you handle unsolicited touching?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 25, 2018:
I would have blistered his ear and he would have felt castrated. I have had "total" stranger grope me, but I have had a couple of internet dates (out of dozens) where a man did something inappropriate. Once in a restaurant where the guy said he could not hear me because of the music and asked if could sit next to me in the booth. I agreed, but he kept creeping closer and closer until his thigh was pushed up next to mine and he made a play on putting his arms around my neck. I said, VERY loudly, 'YOU ARE IN MY SPACE! GET OUT!" The people in the booths/tables around us started laughing and jumped away from me as if he had been burnt. I related the story to a friend of mine and he said, "He was burned." The other was when a date grabbed me after leaving Barnes and Nobles and planted his tongue in my mouth. I pushed him away, forcefully, and stalked to my car with him following behind saying, "I wanted to do that since I laid eyes on you." Apparently, what I wanted was of no consequence. I have a couple of other stories, but these are the worst. What ARE these men thinking? Can they not read body language?
Well, hello everyone, nice to meet you all.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 8, 2019:
Have we met previously? (Grin.)
There is a question that atheists ask, " How can a just God allow bad things to happen to good ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 14, 2019:
An apt question--let me try to answer it as a Christian would. Long, long ago, when I was still an active member in a church, there was a concept floating around that god cannot see sin. He is so holy that he cannot bear to look upon sinful people. This is why when Jesus was on the cross, he called out, "My god, my god, why have you forsaken me?" At that point, Jesus bore the sins of the world and his "father" had to turn his face. Jesus had to be cleansed by dying and being reborn. Not only did my pastor buy into this, but others did, too. I remember hearing a preacher on TV (even then, I watched them for amusement, not to learn) castigating men that if they watched porn the night before, god did not hear the blessing given before dinner--and would not until the man stopped watching porn and asked for forgiveness. This inability to see/hear sin extended to those not saved, as well, not just Xtians who sinned. Meanwhile, Satan is actively rewarding people who sin with money or whatever (it usually involves drugs, alcohol, sex) they lust after, keeping them happy and sated so that they do not seek out Jesus. God does not help the poor and downtrodden pagans and nonbelievers because he cannot see them--which begs the question of how can he love "everyone" if he does not know that they exist? The poor emulate the rich because they, too, want to be rich. Of course, this argument has many flaws that occurred to be at the time, but I did not question TOO much: 1. If god can do anything, why can't he see sin? 2. Would looking upon sin "taint" him? If to think the evil thought is to do the evil thought, if god saw illicit sex, would he "sin"? (Which leads to other questions about Jesus never sinning and sex, but I will leave that one for now.) 3. Why is Satan only rewarding some people? Are they especially dear to him? 4. How can god know whom to send to hell if he does not see them? The last question, in part, is answered the modern idea that god does not send people to hell; we send ourselves by choosing to not believe in Jesus and/or not obey his word. Going to hell is entirely voluntary.
Why do intelligent people suddenly turn to a god in there darkest hours
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 19, 2018:
Why do some intelligent people have a lifelong belief in a deity? Nonreligious people who turn to the thought of a deity are just worn down by their problems. They have exhausted other avenues of hope and it seems that god is the answer. Their continued reliance on deity is most often a logical fallacy based on causation that does not exist: they pray, things get better, so it had to be god, right?
Smearing the victim has begun! Do you know she knitted, and wore (gasp!) a pink pussy hat for a ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 18, 2018:
Does anyone remember the Clarence Thomas issue? I think that Anita Hill was telling the truth, but it did no good.
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?"
This is what the interior of ND Cathedral looks like now. [facebook.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 16, 2019:
Regardless of its status as a Christian icon, it is also a historical icon. I am glad that it was saved and can be restored.
So, tonight my husband got called an apostate whose after-death destination will be hell. Let me ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 20, 2020:
I would say, "Yes, your point?"
Monogamy vs. Polygamy
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 3, 2018:
Well, having no answer to my "guy" question, I will answer anyway. We are not born to be monogamous, but women have been fed the line that they should be for various reasons. Men, however, have been allowed to have multiple wives and when the committed adultery, it was widely accepted because, after all (to paraphrase Tammy Wynette), they are "just men." Women needed to have one husband and to be a virgin at marriage in order to ensure that the husband was the father of the child. It is why when the Jews ransacked a city, they were to kill everyone but the virgins. Since virginity could not be proven, though, the pillager had to wait a year before having sex with her to ensure that she was not already pregnant. Biologically speaking, the purpose of life is to perpetuate the species; in this light, polygamy makes more sense than polyandry because one male can impregnate as many females with whom he can have sex. A woman with many male partners can only produce one child at a time. However, this was not the basis for polygamy. The concept of perpetuating the male lineage was paramount, and this was better accomplished with multiple wives. Ironically, in Egypt and Judaism, lineage was traced through the mother because (with some exceptions) one always knew who one's mother was but not so one's father. Women were property in most cultures; they were dominated by men. This also fed into the aspects of polygamy. Another irony: for centuries, women were considered ravening sexual creatures. The myth of the succubus, the tale of Inanna wherein she asks Dumuzi to "plow my furrow," the archetype of the seductress, and other cultural concepts meant women had to be kept in their places and away from other men. The Victorian Era spawned the idea that women did not enjoy sex. False, but again, they were told that they were.
It is both amusing and jarring to see adults in online discussions threatening each other with ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 24, 2020:
Agreed.
Why does the left constantly use identity politics and politically correct terms to all their ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 8, 2018:
Why do you use so many question marks when only one is needed?
Sin or not, if yes, why?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 10, 2018:
The directive from Yahweh was to procreate. Procreation is necessary for the perpetuation of the species and sex is pleasurable simply because it makes people want to procreate, especially after human females evolved from having estrus cycles as do other animals (aka "in heat"). While this is applicable on a biological level (procreation IS the meaning of life), it also had religious and social intents: the more members of a religion, the more powerful it is. A man needed heirs; a woman's duty was to provide them. Having babies was the prime "responsibility" of women; hence, Abram/Abraham and Sarah's dilemma. A man could divorce a woman if she did not bear children--of course, if the next wife did not get pregnant, it was pretty obvious who was at "fault." I have more to say about that, but I will restrain myself--back to why masturbation was a sin. When a man masturbated, he was not aiming to impregnate his wife. Whether or not the Jews truly thought this was a sin or not, later religions did. Christian sects, including Catholics, said that the only reason to have sex was for procreation. There ya go.
What do you do on Sundays?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 19, 2018:
The same things that I do every other day of the week.
The anger DOES subside at some point
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
I have seen, and see, quite a few atheists who are angry at religion/believers. It is sad to see an old man (and in my limited experience, most are men) still raving about the issues of his youth.
Seriously? Please tell me there aren't still guys out there asking this question like it was still ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 16, 2018:
No man has ever asked me this question.
A Tale of Gender Bashing and a Double Standard. I've been a part of a Facebook thread today that ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 22, 2018:
Women who support bashing females are a part of the problem. I find it consistently sad and amusing that SOME men think that they are superior to women in logic and reason and yet, make illogical remarks about women that have no basis and no relation to the argument at hand. Ad hominems are all they seem to know--they cannot discredit the argument (serious or satire) so they go personal.
Just curious if everyone is looking forward to the new year?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
SS, DY.
As coronavirus fears shut schools, work-at-home parents are trying not to freak out.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 17, 2020:
My grandson's school will be closed through April 3. Since I work from home, I know that he will be coming to my house. We will work it out.
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'm going to make some if these and send them with my neighbor to her church:
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 16, 2019:
Jesus walked into a motel and put three nails on the desk and asked, "Can you put me up for the night?"
Been watching today's Congressional hearing. I've not seen such pontificating from the republicans ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I saw a clip on Facebook and read an article on Yahoo. The Trumpster's were insisting that the Repubs pulverized Strzok and I had to wonder if we saw the same video. The man demolished their arguments.
Which five non-fiction books would you recommend to help create a more well-rounded, enlightened ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 15, 2018:
Colin Turnbull: *The Forest People* Steven Mithen:* After the Ice* Clarissa Pinkola Estes: *Women who Run with the Wolves* Richard Rudgley: *The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age* David Lewis Williams: *The Mind in the Cave* Merlin Stone: *When God was a Woman* Robert Graves: *The Greek Myths* My MA thesis: *From Modern Prometheus to Modern Persephone: The Evolution of Archetypal Myth from Mary Shelley to Virginia Woolf* (Grin.)
I get that at 61 I am not making any fashion statements. I work remotely and went into the office ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 13, 2018:
I have at least 150 pairs of shoes--these are not my style but hey, to each his/her own! The old biddies at McD's think that my high heels are inappropriate for a woman of 65.
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."
Pillow talk: ever discuss academic subjects?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 30, 2018:
Yes. One of my ex BFs was quite literate and we discussed literature (I teach lit).
I trust most of us here have studied the Bible more thoroughly than those who profess belief; if ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
Both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures are built on the backs of earlier religions and their myths. When the Preacher saith that "there is nothing new under the sun," he was right. But yeah, both books have pearls of wisdom: we should take care of widows and orphans; we should be slow to anger; we should learn to hold our tongues when appropriate; people who live by the sword do die by the sword; and to everything, there is a season. All of the lessons, though, are contradicted by other "pearls" of idiocy and meanness: "Happy is the one who takes your babies and smashes them against the rocks!" “If there is a girl who is a virgin engaged to a man, and another man finds her in the city and lies with her, then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city and you shall stone them to death; the girl, because she did not cry out in the city, and the man, because he has violated his neighbor's wife." If he rapes her in the country, they have to get married. (The rationale for the latter is that her reputation is ruined and she will never find another husband.) "Slaves, you must obey your earthly masters. Show them great respect and be as loyal to them as you are to Christ." "Wives, obey your husbands as you obey the Lord." "Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you." I won't go on.
How did I not hear the words?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 13, 2019:
And do you think the Welk folks had any idea what "one toke over the line" meant? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8tdmaEhMHE
STUNNING: Physical or otherwise. Are there some folks that have amazing qualities you just find ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 19, 2018:
No. And though my looks are average, people consistently remark about my hair. This week, an old man in the doctor's office asked if he could touch it. Usually, I balk at this request, but in this case, hey, why not?
This morning I watched Donald Trump betray his country in front of the world, and even though i'm ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 16, 2018:
If you are incensed, think of how incensed loyal US citizens are! I think Trumpass is senile--he is in over his head, easily manipulated, and used to getting his way without any questions. He is not a politician, but Nixon was.
Trans and non-believers
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 29, 2018:
No.
OK, you have lived your whole life as an atheist, and now, you are on your deathbed, moments away...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Actually, I have had two dreams relating to this! The first was about 13 years when I was a practicing pagan and in the dream a tornado was coming and I was fervently praying to Jesus. Then, I stopped, said aloud (in the dream) "Wait! I'm pagan!" and started invoking the goddess. The tornado picked me up and put me down safely in on a haystack. The other was last year when I was dealing with the first shock of Trumpass pretending to be president. In the dream, North Koreans were invading my bedroom. This time, I said, "If I weren't an atheist, I would be praying right now."
PSA: Instructions for folding fitted sheets. 1. Know when to hold them 2. Know when to fold them...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 25, 2019:
One of the few things of value that my mother taught me was how to fold a fitted sheet. I have at least six sets of sheets (to match the quilts that I have made). They are of varying quality but I am the only one sleeps on them so if I am happy, then "everyone" is happy.
To those who have a Christian background: How are New Testament theology and evolution compatible? ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 22, 2020:
IF souls existed, why wouldn't other animals have them? Christians might claim that other animals have none, but the Hebrew Scriptures say, "Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?" (Ecc. 3:21). In fact, the early Hebrew Scriptures say that "For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten" (Ecc. 9:5). It was not until after the Babylonian captivity that the scriptures started discussing life after death. Pagan religions often believed that animals had souls; the Egyptians did. Neanderthals buried their dead with goods, which points to a belief in an afterlife. Some Christians acknowledge that evolution took place but that god was the moving force behind it. Deists believe that god created the world but then left it alone to develop on its own. Some Christians also acknowledge that Eden is a myth--my Baptist sister thinks it is and she also says that evolution had to have taken place.
Law School Applications Increase Upon Realization That Any Fucking Idiot Can Be Lawyer
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 10, 2019:
Now, that IS funny!
Pseudo intelligence.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 18, 2018:
Being ignorant does equal a lack of intelligence. There are nine types of intelligence; some people have a few, some have one, some seem to have none. I know nothing about rocket science, but I can discuss the symbolism in poetry and am an expert on the novel Frankenstein and archetypal myth.
Alright, alright! Everybody has a bitch! Tell me - what have you done to further the age of ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 12, 2019:
I teach.
I am on a dating site and I contacted a gentleman and we spoke on the phone last night. We have a ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
My last two boyfriends were Christians. Why we broke up had nothing to do with their religious beliefs.
What's the shortest time you worked for a company before you discovered its a great big mistake?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 1, 2018:
It wasn't a company, but a sheriff's office. I was hired as a dispatcher and within a week, knew it was a mistake. I stuck it out for six weeks. Walmart was the I worked at Walmart for two years, and it wasn't until about three months in that I begin to see it was not a good idea.
Recently a friend told me a joke about a couple arriving in Heaven and receiving a tour. Their ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 28, 2018:
Long ago, my ex husband had a friend who said he was READY TO DIE at any minute to go to heaven and be with Jesus. One evening, he came to our house, visibly shaken, saying that he had nearly run off the bluff into the ocean (don't remember why). I said to him, "Why didn't you go? You always say that you are ready to meet Jesus." He never said that again in my presence. I was in the church then, too, but in no hurry to meet Jesus. Consider the first people who were Christian; there were some rich folk, but the majority were poor; women and slaves embraced Christianity because they could have the same reward in heaven as free men. They, as were/are many people, were already suffering, so the thought of heaven was, well, heaven. Over the years and centuries, as the Catholic Church rose to power, people were offered heaven for suffering because 1. They were still already suffering but 2. The Church controlled who got into heaven (as the Pope was god's emissary on earth) and suffering people are easier to control. The panacea was the promise of relief from suffering. If I thought for a moment that heaven was real and it took suffering to get in, hell, yeah, I would suffer.
So, with some of the debates that I've seen, I thought I might pass these along. In some of the more...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 21, 2018:
Agreed, but most people do not recognize their logical fallacies even when we logical people [sic] point them out by name and explain them. Or, I should say, are incapable/refuse to recognize them.
When a non-believer dies, what can one say instead of "Rest in Peace"?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 10, 2018:
My atheist friend just died. His 19 year old daughter, his only relative, called to tell me. He was a good and kind man. That is all that needs to be said.
What’s your favorite kind of candy bar?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 1, 2018:
No way to pick just one; however, I eat very few of them due to the calorie count. I do eat an ounce of dark chocolate every day, though--Hershey's. I never get tired of chocolate.
Men, are women too picky?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 11, 2018:
I am damned "picky," and why should I not be? There is no point in dating a man who does not please me in every way that I want. Men have told me that I am going to wind up alone in my old age. Um, I am 65, am alone, and am happy.
Friends, especially those in education or that know people in education, I just got done watching ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 26, 2018:
Teachers might already be doing this. I teach on a college level, and my students have to use peer-reviewed or, at least, academic sources from databases such as EBSCO, in their papers. Some have a hard time in doing this, but they are at least exposed to the concept.
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.
How did religion affect you personally?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 31, 2018:
I would say that religion has no lingering effects on me, but even unconsciously, it does. Although this is no longer the case, religion contributed to my former obesity. Being raised a Baptist, guilt was spoon fed to me, consciously and unconsciously, by my mother and the church. I was made to feel guilty for not wanting to go to church, not offering to get baptized, for having sexual feelings, and other issues, as well. The guilt manifested in eating to make myself feel better. When I left the church at 43, I weighed 250 pounds. In two years, I weighed 150. Ironically, paganism helped me lose the weight because for the first time, I had a positive female religious role model in the perception of the goddess. I am now a pagan atheist and have kept the weight off for 20 years. I gain some, lose some, but the gains have been due to not exercising and letting the "creeping pounds" add up when I threw out my scale (bad move). I love food, but I love myself more, now.
I was just looking at the Patheos site (which I am always a bit suspicious of) and in their ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 15, 2018:
The question of whether there are "real" Christian hospitals in the US has been answered, but let me say that it frosts my buns when people ask "Where are the atheist hospitals"--or the pagan hospitals, or whatever. For centuries, the Catholic Church killed heretics. They systematically converted pagans at sword point. People soon learned to at least give lip service to Jesus out of fear of being burned or put on the rack. The Protestants have been no less tolerant. So, in this climate of fear and ostracizing, people who were not Christians were going to stand up and say, "By golly, I am going to found a hospital!" Right. By the way, there are also Jewish hospitals in the US--Christians do not have a monopoly.
Trump is the enemy
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 10, 2019:
I don't have to watch the video to know that!
I asked my kids this to see what how they would answer it. 10 birdies are sitting on a power line. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 16, 2018:
I wouldn't shoot a bird just because I could.
Christian bumper sticker of the day. "Jesus is the answer!" I don't think the know that the question...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 17, 2018:
I believe that someone named "Jesus" existed, but his tale is shrouded in myth. Many myths have a basis in reality.
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.
If you could learn one thing that you don't know yet, what would it be?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Everything.
Makes me laugh everytime! Pastor Jim Bakker helps you stay alive during the apocalypse. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 27, 2018:
Back when I had a TV, over ten years ago, I channel surfed into Jim's show out of Branson wherein he said there were ivory tusks in Alaska because a meteorite hit the edge of a tectonic plate, making it tilt. This caused all of the elephants in North America to slide into Alaska where they immediately froze. The Eskimos then carved the tusks of the frozen elephants. I kid you not--I couldn't make up this story.
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?
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.
Is he just not into me?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 7, 2018:
He's just not interested. However, some men (and women, I am sure, I just don't date women) are emotional cowards and do not have the decency to at least send a text or email saying, "Hey, had a good time, but there is just no chemistry." In my ten years of dating, I have met LOTS of men and have sent such an email to about 95% of them. On the other hand, I had a boyfriend whom I dated for a period of time and poof! He disappeared. I saw him about a year later in Walmart and MADE him acknowledge me. He had a lot of "stuff" going on when he disappeared--he found his best friend dead, had health issues, and money problems. Ironically, he was into me more than I was into him. We started dating again, I broke it off several months ago, but we remain very good friends. So, there is a very small margin that there is a reason he didn't contact you (and it could be a reason such as he is married). Move on--you had nothing invested.
What do you think about 'intuition?' In many situations, I had a feeling something wasn't right. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 1, 2019:
I trust my intuition and it is nothing supernatural. In regards to people, it is small signs that they "put out." I have been wrong about some, but not many.
Do men have a duty to provide?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 8, 2018:
Only for themselves and their children.
I was reading, Why Women Need Freedom from Religion and came across this bible verse. Color me ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 21, 2018:
NIV version: 16 The Lord says, “The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, strutting along with swaying hips, with ornaments jingling on their ankles. 17 Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the Lord will make their scalps bald.” It leaves out "discover their secret parts, but the ESV says: "and the Lord will lay bare their secret parts." It seems that the last line means "that God would humble and punish them; that they who so adorned themselves, and who were so proud of their ornaments, would be divested of their joyful attire, and be borne naked into captivity in a foreign land." http://biblehub.com/commentaries/isaiah/3-17.htm A rather harsh punishment for wearing tinkling bells and flirting, especially from a religion that interprets "an eye for an eye" as the punishment should not be greater than the crime.
I’m seeing a lot of women with purple hair on here and in “real life”. Is this part of a ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 19, 2018:
I think that is it amusing that women--and men--dye their hair in all colors in order to be different and yet, assume a new kind of uniformity.
You ever notice that caterpillars are okay for boys to play with and like... But butterflies are for...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 18, 2018:
First time I ever heard caterpillars were for boys and butterflies were for girls.
My atheist cat has taken over my side of the bed.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 16, 2018:
Try sleeping with a four year old grandson. It is amazing how much of a queen sized bed a four year old can take up.

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In addition to all my other wonderful attributes, I also quilt. Here is one of my latest projects.
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