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It was one of those days when a woman just wanted to walk around singing the marching song of the soldiers of the Wicked Witch of the West: "O e O, O-O. O e O, O-OOOOOOOO." Gwen looked down at her feet and saw that she was wearing the boots for the task, but her stylish brown cable-knit sweater didn't begin to match the Russian soldier style coat of the WWW's cadre. Sighing, Gwen tried to get the "O e O" out of her head, but it was a difficult task.

Suddenly, the song was gone, replaced by the tune of the "Hokey-Pokey." Unable to restrain or constrain herself, Gwen turned to the man standing behind her in line at McD's and asked, "Are you having the urge to put your right foot in and put your right foot out?"

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Is consciousness the result of physical internal interactions of the brain or does the consciousness...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 28, 2017:
I dunno. I am an English teacher. Want me to conjugate some verbs?
What music are you listening to right now?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 5, 2018:
None.
Who is your favorite poet? What poem or collection from them would you recommend? One of my ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 25, 2018:
Anything by TS Eliot or Hilda Doolittle (aka HD). One of my favorite is: "The Hollow Men" by TS Eliot Mistah Kurtz-he dead A penny for the Old Guy I We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when We whisper together Are quiet and meaningless As wind in dry grass Or rats' feet over broken glass In our dry cellar Shape without form, shade without colour, Paralysed force, gesture without motion; Those who have crossed With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom Remember us-if at all-not as lost Violent souls, but only As the hollow men The stuffed men. II Eyes I dare not meet in dreams In death's dream kingdom These do not appear: There, the eyes are Sunlight on a broken column There, is a tree swinging And voices are In the wind's singing More distant and more solemn Than a fading star. Let me be no nearer In death's dream kingdom Let me also wear Such deliberate disguises Rat's coat, crowskin, crossed staves In a field Behaving as the wind behaves No nearer- Not that final meeting In the twilight kingdom III This is the dead land This is cactus land Here the stone images Are raised, here they receive The supplication of a dead man's hand Under the twinkle of a fading star. Is it like this In death's other kingdom Waking alone At the hour when we are Trembling with tenderness Lips that would kiss Form prayers to broken stone. IV The eyes are not here There are no eyes here In this valley of dying stars In this hollow valley This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms In this last of meeting places We grope together And avoid speech Gathered on this beach of the tumid river Sightless, unless The eyes reappear As the perpetual star Multifoliate rose Of death's twilight kingdom The hope only Of empty men. V Here we go round the prickly pear Prickly pear prickly pear Here we go round the prickly pear At five o'clock in the morning. Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow For Thine is the Kingdom Between the conception And the creation Between the emotion And the response Falls the Shadow Life is very long...
Crafters: What’s more satisfying?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
Finishing and seeing the fruits of my labor. I started knitting a shawl last night and while I am "excited," the product will be more exciting.
Do you like to dominate your partner or to be dominated?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 6, 2018:
I truly cannot understand any person who wants to be dominated. It is outside my realm of understanding. I have a strong personality, but I have no respect for anyone who would even allow me to dominate them. I have had friends who were into BDSM, and that boggled me.
Ann Coulter says the children crying after being separated from their parents at the border are ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 20, 2018:
I hope that there is a hell just for people such as this bitch.
Are athiests happier than thiests? Explain why
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2018:
No. People are people, regardless of their belief or non-belief. I have known and seen in these forums and other forums some damned unhappy atheists. I have seen religious people who cannot crack a smile. And vice-versa for both sets.
Atheist principles - would atheists be interested in listing basic atheist principles?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 22, 2018:
I don't need anyone to tell me what my principles are. If I needed or wanted that, I would have stayed a Christian.
Hitler Finds out Chuck Norris is Coming - [Episode Four] - YouTube
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 5, 2018:
I saw another satire of this, but I cannot remember what it was about. This is funny.
Morality, what is it and where does it come from?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I agree that ethics are based on empathy, but they are also based on the need to protect the clan. Humans had a better chance of surviving if the tribe stuck together without internal issues, so no lying, stealing, murdering, etc. However, it could be quite acceptable to inflict those actions on/to an enemy. Getting rid of the enemy also increased the tribe's chance of survival. Some tribes cooperated and some did not. This is abundantly clear in the supposed exodus from Egypt wherein the Hebrews killed just about everyone with whom they came into contact with.
Should Community colleges and even Universities offer Creative Writing and Screenwriting classes and...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
Why shouldn't they? What is the argument against the degrees?
Near-death experiences: inside the scientific search for the afterlife
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2018:
Why is this even important? Why are atheists concerned with life after death?
I am a science fiction and fantasy genre nut! Do religious peoples have a similar affinity? ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 18, 2018:
Orson Scott Card is one of the best sci-fi writers around, and he is Mormon
Today has been a super hard day for me. Today we finally sat down and talked about our marriage ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 12, 2018:
Be brave and you will be happy.
The lessons of the Bible
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 14, 2018:
If the adherents of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and quite a few other religions do not blindly follow their deities, then the priests cannot manipulate their followers. Blind obedience to a god is dictated by the priesthood. The case of Nimrod/Babel is hubris, daring to challenge the gods. This is rampant in Greek myth and when humans show too much pride, they will be taken down. The story that is most bothersome to me is that of Job. Job kept praising god when all of his trials and tribulations came upon him--and for what? Nothing more than a bet that Yahweh made with the Adversary. If Yahweh knows all, he knew the outcome, so why torture the poor guy? Of course, after his wife and kids died, he was given some more--no big loss, right?
In ancient Greece, pederasty was promoted, why? Was Aristotle correct? He claimed that the Cretan...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 9, 2019:
Throughout history, children were often considered small adults. One of my profs said that the Victorians invented the concept of childhood that we have now. Of course, their ideas about children being innocent and in need of protection against the harsh world rarely extended to poor children. Since women were property in Greece, it does not seem logical that they would have cared enough about women to protect them.
The way to empower women is not to disempower men. It's to open women's eyes to their own power.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 20, 2019:
Spot on.
Exploring the Historical Roots of Religious Freedom - TheHumanist.com
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 27, 2019:
One had the freedom of religion, but not the freedom to be non-religious.
"Never ask a woman her age" and other stupid rules. Who comes up with this nonsense? It is a ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Not asking a woman her age actually has a historical context. In societies where bearing children was the most important role for a woman, a woman past a certain age was not considered marriageable. She might look younger, or older, than her age, but asking implied that she was old, and to be old was not good. However, it took on more import in the witch hunt era(s). Most of the people put to death as witches were women; most of those were old women. Old women were the bane of society, and there were some very dangerous ideas about them. For example, it was thought that a woman past menopause had bad "vapors" built up in her body and could harm, or even kill, a baby. Women lied about their ages to not be considered over the hill, and then, lied about their ages in a bid to stay alive. The stereotype about lying about one's age was applied to women, even though men lied about their ages just as much. Hence, don't ask a woman her age became a matter of polite society so as to avoid "making" a woman either lie or admit that she was old. But to the sexist maxims: Boys don't cry. Men never make passes at girls who wear glasses. (Dorothy Parker, I think, coined this phrase, but it reflected societal trends.) Someone else listed a bunch and I won't repeat them. On the age "thing": I am often told that I look younger than 65, but I don't. If another woman (or man) looks older than I do, that person looks old for his/her age. Men will tell a woman this in order to flatter her. I have LOTS of people tell me that THEY look younger than their ages, but they don't. A man once told me that people ALWAYS tell him that he looks ten years younger than his age; I replied, "But you don't," and he didn't. He was very offended. Both sexes lie about their weight and from dating sites and real life, I have come to see that some men are delusional about their heights. I don't even think that they are consciously lying--just delusional.
What small pleasures delight you?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 23, 2019:
Hands in the dirt. Knitting an afghan or sweater. Quilting. Getting an email from a grad student who thanked me for being a "rock star teacher" and another telling me that I was the "most engaged" instructor he has had.
Why do we pretend that equality exists for women or people of color when the power is owned by 79% ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 30, 2018:
A man on a dating site sent me an email today saying that people were not "equal." I agreed with him on several levels saying that we are not born with the same level of intelligence and other factors BUT ostensibly we are equal under the law (which is cultural lip service as, of course, as we are not). He was an avid Trumpass supporter and said that feminists--and, I assume, people of color--have made men align with a strong man like Trump. He also said that he was "glad" (his word) to hear several women question whether women should be allowed to vote. Equal? Not as long as men like this are in charge of the government.
Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at 92 – CNN
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
Never care for her husband, but I always liked Barbara.
Are positive illusions a necessary condition for being happy?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 20, 2019:
No.
Performed lobotomy on himself.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 23, 2019:
It is hard for me to believe that this man ever passed his GE classes in order to become a doctor.
Adult Wednesday Addams vs the Catcallers [youtube.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Yes!
Hello I'm new here oh and just in case God didn't create any religion or wrote any books either, so ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 25, 2017:
You obviously crawled from underneath a rock late in the evolutionary process. Learn to read and check out some history books at a local library online, and I am talking about books not written by idiots high on conspiracy theories. Religion began before the Judaism existed. The first written records are from Egypt and Sumeria, but religion existed before writing. Judaism is a compilation of ideas from earlier religions. And maybe you were trying to be sarcastic. if so, you failed . . . miserably.
More than three dozen canines at a doggie day care in Ohio posed for a photograph that looks like it...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 5, 2019:
I want a dog.
World peace?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 20, 2018:
There will never be world peace--or not as long as humans are "human," and we will not evolve beyond that state before committing species suicide.
Is it OK to be proud of someone or some achievement without be criticized for announcing how we ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 23, 2019:
There is nothing wrong with stating facts! I would say that the people with whom you were sharing were jealous.
Norwegian Forest Cats, Here pussy, pussy.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 5, 2019:
Just gorgeous.
Would you pay someone to date you?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 12, 2018:
No, I would not pay a man to date me. At 40, you are much too young to be thinking of putting yourself out to pasture. Between the ages of 43-45, I totally revamped my life, left a 25 year marriage, and lost 100 pounds. I ended my last relationship a year ago and since then, the problem is finding a man who pleases me in all ways, and I will not date a man who does not. The reason I tell you these things is because only you can change your situation. Paying a classy, urbane man to date you will only cause more problems for you. It is not easy, but work on yourself.
I love Bloom County
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 1, 2019:
Was always one of my favorites but as I do not read newspapers, I do not see the new version. Guess I need to look it up online.
Isn't it Ironic? I joined this site to date (men) and got one I am dating (thank you) but I spend ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 18, 2018:
I am here for conversation--the chance of actually meeting a man who meets my standards is fairly nil.
Free to Be, Gender Free
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 24, 2018:
My sons had Cabbage Patch dolls when they were small and no one thought anything about it; at least one of their friends did, as well.
What is the non-theist replacement for "I'll pray for you?"
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Although I am no longer pagan (well, I am a pagan atheist), but I often I say, "I will ask the Great Goddess to send healing winds to open your narrow eyes." Or, in the case of a grandson with leukemia, I will say, "My thoughts are with you and your family."
Conspiracy Theories... I have a acquaintance that I met thorough work - nice guy, a little ADHD, ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 12, 2018:
People in McD's and Walmart love to tell me this stuff.
The fastest growing group of people in the country has been measured as being those who have no ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 28, 2018:
If you want to be a Republican, just be an atheist Republican. Problem solved.
What is your response when people sneeze ( if any)? I like to say Bless You.. With Science and ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 18, 2018:
Out of habit, it is "bless you." Sometimes, I ask the person if he/she knows why the phrase came about.
73 degrees , 85 degrees , 95 degrees ...the temperature on each floor of my house. Too bad there are...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 21, 2018:
Sleep in the living room.
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.
Science has been more evil to us than the benefits it yielded.It has created more bullets than ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 28, 2019:
In England, people in the Anglo-Saxon era died of lung disease due to burning peat for warmth and cooking. Until modern times, London was a vast, stinking shithole because there was no sewer system. Millions of people died of the plague and women routinely died after childbirth due to the lack of sanitation. Beating wives was legal and child labor was fine. People with mental illnesses and learning handicapped people were put in asylums or closets in the back room. No, we are no less savage, but in developed countries, life is better than it was in centuries past. In the US, we could do a lot more but in addition to still being savage, a lot of people are just plain stupid--and greedy. Don't worry about it because we will soon be extinct and the next dominant species will arise.
Insidious nature of the closet
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 23, 2018:
I have a colleague (online teaching) who told me that he is less prone to telling people that he is atheist than he does telling them he is gay.
Its one of those nights.. I want to put my tux on and go out...I just have no where to go.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 14, 2018:
When I feel like that, I put on pantyhose and heels (and a dress) and go to Walmart.
[alternet.org] Women won't ask a man for morepay but they will ask a woman. Agree? Disagree? ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 21, 2019:
I dunno. In my job (online teaching), it would be useless to ask for more pay. Adjuncts have a pay scale that is usually (or always--it has been at my schools) based on the number of years that they have been with the school. People with PhDs get an extra stipend at one of my schools, but not at the others.
Can you give a brief review of a favorite, but perhaps little known, book you frequently reread? ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 17, 2018:
Have you read Fire from Heaven? It is the precursor to The Persian Boy and Alexander's life. If you have not read Renault's books on Greek myth, The Bull from the Sea and The King must Die, I recommend them, as well. It has been decades since I read any of them, though. I rarely reread a book (or watch a movie more than once), but I read Frankenstein many times when I was writing my MA thesis on it. Little known books . . . a child's book by Palmer Brown, The Silver Nutmeg. It was what sparked my lifelong interest in sci-fi and fantasy.
.Some people would decry ''dumbing'' down languages and ten years ago I would have agreed but why ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 18, 2019:
It would be a good thing to break down what you write into paragraphs. People might read what you have to say.
sharpiegate is hilarious. Seriously, those pens are amazing and so versatile.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 5, 2019:
He also has bigly hands now:
In all our time on earth as humans we've created 1000s of so-called God's, I query. What makes man ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 20, 2018:
In the Mideast and the West, at least, because humans create deities in order to justify getting what they want and to justify their own way of thinking. When Hebrews made their supposed exodus from Egypt "back" to Canaan to commit genocide, it "sounded" better to claim the land was given to them by god than to say, "Hey, we want your land and we're taking it." Want to subjugate women? Rationalize it with a myth. Want to own slaves? Jusitfy it with myth. Want the riches of the Mideast? Explain that god commanded you to go on a crusade. Not all religions insist on being THE one, though-- many pagan religions were openly syncretic; Judaism and Christianity tried to deny their syncretism. I have never heard of a Taoist or Buddhist trying to conquer the world.
So people we all know what the implication of a man having big feet seems to be, sooooo My question...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 18, 2018:
She has big feet. And having dated a man who wore at least a size 15 shoe, there is no truth to the implication.
As a gay man I grow increasingly tired of the seemingly shallow attitude in the dating pool. It seem...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 20, 2018:
Yeah, well, welcome to the real world!
People who are mentally ill are not selfish. They are suffering and struggling with something that ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 20, 2018:
My mother was bipolar and clinically depressed. As an adult I realize that she could not help the things that she did. However, Trump is mentally ill, and he is selfish.
Hooray! The radiologist was wrong.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Yay! Sorry for the boot, but better than the alternative!
First it was God with devil having a meeting over Job Secondly is Jesus with devil having meeting ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 27, 2018:
Because angels cannot be killed and Lucifer was a fallen angel. Jesus had to be incarnated as a human in order to be killed.
This sentence is perfect for this site!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 1, 2019:
No argument from this English teacher.
Would like your opinion on this...there's a nurse I work with who basically hit on me at work. He's ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 18, 2018:
Regardless of the "minor" issues of what he says, the comments create an uncomfortable work situation. You have the option of reporting him to a superior. As others have said, you could tell him that you are not interested in married men--to which he might say that he was being friendly and was not hitting on you. You could also tell him that you appreciate his "friendliness," but the type of attention makes you uncomfortable. On the other hand, I have had married men who hit on me, blatantly and overtly hit on me, and I told them I was not interested in married men. At least two later divorced their wives and hit on me again, explaining that they were now "single" and there was no problem. Yeah, right: I should have said, "You are ugly and gross and even if you were not married, I would still have no interest in you." However, I did not work with these men.
What is your "normal"?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 27, 2018:
We make our "normal." I tried to be mainstream for many years, but it made me obese and unhappy. In my 40s, I took an uncharted path and after 20+ years, it has led me to the person I am now--the person who lurked beneath for decades. Now, my life would be considered boring by most, but it is the life I choose.
Could god microwave a burrito that is so hot that he himself couldn't eat it?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 2, 2018:
Can he make a rock so heavy that he can't lift it? Can he place two mountains side by side without making a valley in between?
Is evolution natural if Ebola is so bad for us?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 7, 2019:
Why would Ebola being bad for humans have anything to do with evolution being natural? Do not viruses and bacteria evolve, as well? Or maybe I misunderstand your cryptic sentence.
We were poor when i was young.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 22, 2018:
Oh, yeah? We were so poor, we only had boxes to play with.
What is an item you've inherited that you most treasure?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 14, 2018:
I have my great-great-grandfather's mantel clock. It is about 160 years old and has long stopped working. I thought about getting it fixed, but just having it is enough. I also have my grandmother's china cabinet, which she called a "dish safe." It must be at least 96 years old. It needs to be refinished but it also needs some structural work--anyone a woodworker?
Ok...I need to make a decision about my future...going back to school is a daunting idea at ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 13, 2018:
I returned to school at 47, but I already had a BA and a teaching credential; I finished an MA at 51. My degree is in British Lit and Creative Writing. I knew that I wanted to teach and that is what I do--I have three adjunct positions, all online. I have had students in their 60s, but they were taking classes for "fun" and not with a career in mind. I have had some in their 50s, and they were there for a degree ranging from an AA to a BA. I teach grad courses, too; I have one in her 50s this term, but she is already teaching. I did not go for a PhD because of my age; not because of the workload but because of ageism in academia, and ageism extends beyond academia. If I had gotten a PhD, I would be doing the same thing I am doing now but would have another $35000 in student loans. I am laying it on the line for you: at 50, seriously consider how long it will take you to get a degree (few finish in four years), and the real possibility of finding employment in the field that you want. Also, if you will be taking out student loans, be aware that you will be paying them off for the rest of your life if you go for the BA. I owed $35,000 for three years of school (I went an extra year to get the dual degree). I have been paying on them for 16 years and still owe in the high $20,000s. I was supposed to get them paid off in 20 years but I still have another 11 years to pay on them. "They" have never given me a satisfactory explanation how this happened--I never took any forbearances in that time. On the other hand, my son has an AA in networking. He went to a community college, did not have loans (other than from the Bank of Mom); tuition was much cheaper than a four year school. He has a great job and at 35, is making more money than I am juggling three schools. BUT the bottom line is what do you want to do and why? I followed my bliss in getting an MA so I could teach college/uni courses. I live alone and make more than enough money for my needs and wants. My son is a computer whiz and, in a sense, is following his bliss, but he and his wife have two kids to support. Do you want a degree because you want a degree or it is "just" a means to an end in finding a job? By the way, my son's wife recently quit a very lucrative position to go to school to become a teacher. The money was not worth the stress and she wants to be a teacher.
I've been wondering for a while if most of us on Agnostic are mostly estranged from our families of ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 11, 2019:
I am not estranged from what is left of my family.
"White privilege doesn't mean your life hasn’t been hard; it means that your skin color isn’t ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 1, 2018:
Yup.
How religion has affected the rights of females.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 18, 2018:
Christianity origingally gained in popularity because it allowed women and slaves into its ranks. Despite Paul's seemingly apparent misogyny, the passages relegating women to subservience might have been written by a pseudo-Paul. Since heaven allowed both women and slaves to enter, it gave solace to two oppressed segments of society--poor men was another. In a world where one was treated VERY badly, the promise of a pleasant life after death was comforting. The more dogmatic Christianity became, the more misogynistic it became. Don't EVEN get me going on The Malleus Maleficarum and other tomes that literally made women in the devil. Of course, Aristotle is no better.
A regular grammar nazi here
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2019:
I hope that they tap me to star.
Does anybody else seem to have a strange talent for attracting weirdos like me?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 20, 2018:
I am a weirdo magnet.
One of my favourite lines in a film comes from the film 'Tuck Everlasting', which despite being made...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 3, 2018:
If you have not read the book, do. I have not seen the movie, but the book is profound.
Job satisfaction.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 28, 2019:
I teach online and I enjoy it 85% of the time. It is much better than a 9-5 and online is preferable to seated classes at this point in my life. I have no alarm yelling at me to get up. There is no job that I would want (though I would like time to write), but I would like for the mindsets of most students to change.
Would you date someone who is trans?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
Yes, if the person were good looking and smart. I would date a woman if she were good looking, smart, and willing. No need to rule out any such person.
Even though we have each other on this site. Does anyone ever feel that they have been shunned by ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 20, 2018:
No.
Gals, what is a pickup line that worked? (For real now!)
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
It is not the initial pick up line that gets my attention; in part, this is because 99% of men who approach me in public make a comment about my hair (95% of the 99%) or other physical features. It is what they say afterwards that makes me decide if I want to accept an offer of lunch or dinner.
Does where you live have any regional peculiarities that confuse visitors? Here we give ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 5, 2018:
I do not say this, but some people in Missouri do not say turn "right or left," to the driver, but turn "your side" or "my side."
How do I live and survive being homeless?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Are you homeless?
So how many people have been "ghosted" on here, before you even have more then a few conversations ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 21, 2018:
Explain "ghosted"--sudden disappearance?
The job search. So I was offered a position today for a minimum wage job, full time, some ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 20, 2018:
Take the job.
Do Smarter ancestors rule over todays society?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 24, 2018:
I would say that our ancestors weren't smarter, but go sit in a McD's or cruise Walmart. We should be the apex of evolution, but look upon the masses and weep. Having said that, no, overall, our ancestors were no smarter than we are: they just did not have the tools at their disposal that we have. However, if it had not been for their progress, we would not have those tools. Religion ruled the world: remember what happened to Galileo and witches. We have no idea how many people did not believe but were too afraid to say so.
White nationalism is as much of a threat to u. S. As isis, fbi's open investigations show
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 31, 2018:
It is.
Is it possible to have a partner that’s not Atheist
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 7, 2019:
Yes.
For 4 years I went to two different schools that did an individual pacing system. It was called the...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 25, 2018:
As an educator (both elementary and college level), I am abhorred. I have never heard of this system, not even in Christian schools. In fact, I am beyond abhorred.
Is chivalry SEXIST???
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 21, 2018:
Opening doors is not chivalric: it is common courtesy. I open doors for men and women--does that me chivalric? And yes, the aspects of "chivalry" as mentioned above are sexist; they might be "innocently" sexist, but they are still sexist. A man most often pays for dinner because in the past, women did not work and had no money to pay. The ability to pay also established a man as a good provider, but now, women can support themselves. However, if a man paying is agreeable to both parties, that is up to them. A man was the pursuer because women were expected to be passive, letting the man take the lead. In sexual situations, the man took the lead because the woman was supposed to be sexually inexperienced, but men enjoyed a double standard. Although women were seen as the sexually voracious sex for centuries, the Victorian Era changed this idea. However, even before Victoria, men were still the pursuers in the courtship competitions. Socially defined gender stereotypes are sexist by default. Chivalry was the hallmark of the Arthurian myths, but the knights were quite often not so gentlemanly. Lancelot (a latecomer to the myths) had an affair with Guenivere and had an illegitimate son (Galahad) with Elaine. Even when Arthur slept with his sister, Morgana, the blame was put on her. By the way, the old adage "women and children" first in a dangerous situtation was based on the fact that women and children were/are the promise for the future. After a disaster, ten women and two men have a much better chance of repopulating than do two women and ten men. It was biological necessity to save the women, not chivalry.
Greece Church agreement to take 10,000 priests off payroll - BBC News
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 19, 2018:
Wherever it is that immortal old gods go, Zeus is sitting there, laughing. And there is NO WAY that other governments should bail out a country with priests on the payroll.
Humor is essential
Gwendolyn2018 comments on May 14, 2018:
Sometimes, if one does not laugh, one cries. (Not that there is anything wrong with crying.)
Caffeine dosing strategies to optimize alertness during sleep loss
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 13, 2018:
Caffeine never kept me awake: it just gives me heart palpitations.
When did you start drinking coffee and why?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 31, 2018:
I don't drink coffee unless it is liberally laced with chocolate; however, I have also cut out caffeine, and that means I don't drink coffee at all. When I was a girl, I thought that coffee would taste like hot cocoa. When my mother finally let me take a sip of coffee, total disappointment. I never got over it and never started drinking the stuff. Nasty.
Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy - The Atlantic
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
The other side of the claim: https://medium.com/@joeldg/are-smarter-people-really-miserable-no-the-data-says-otherwise-f742fa08272a https://digest.bps.org.uk/2017/03/06/smarter-people-are-happier-says-new-analysis-involving-80000-participants-but-only-a-bit/
Is sexism against women a larger social problem than sexism to men?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 5, 2018:
Historically speaking, women have suffered much more from sexism than have men. Wives were the property of their husbands, but a man who allowed a woman to tell him what to do was ridiculed and scorned ("henpecked"). While that could be considered a form of sexism, other men perpetuated it. A husband could beat, rape, and mistreat his wife with few or not repercussions. In various periods of history, women could not own land, could not vote, and were denied other basic "rights" that men had. Women could not serve on juries, were denied educations, and were relegated to menial, low paying jobs. While poor men were subjected to the last two issues, again, it was men who set the rules and standards. Women were considered less intelligent and less logical than men; their prime roles in life were to produce offspring and to take care of their husbands. A woman who did not wed was pitied and called derogatory names (old maid) but a man who did not marry (bachelor) did so out of choice (or so it was thought). Many of these cultural stereotypes and "norms" continued, and are still continued, into modern times; so, you tell me: Is sexism against women a larger social problem than sexism to men?
What did you want to grow up and be as an adult when you were a pre -teen? In 1964, I was 8 years...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 8, 2019:
A famous writer and/or a teacher. I became the teacher and someday, will achieve the other goal--when I cut back on the number of classes that I teach.
Heres a little riddle. Your friend bangs on your front door one morning at 7am. and wakes you ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 30, 2018:
I don't have any friends who would knock at my door at 7 AM.
Feelings about your own Funerals
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
"Funerals," plural? We get more than one? Is that because we die several times or our survivors wheel the body around for a few weeks, visiting different funeral homes?
[dailykos.com] Representative Jennifer Wexton hangs a transpride flag outside her office for the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 5, 2019:
I was going to say, "Good for her!" but someone else already said it.
Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia - VICE
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 28, 2018:
I have a flip phone. My phone does not listen to me.
We found this morning that our property was invaded by wayward cows. Yes, cows...and calves!!! Some ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 7, 2019:
I live in a semi rural area and a bovine gets loose on occasion and runs down the road. One apparently got loose last fall and either it or the owner (in catching it) broke down a young cypress tree that I planted a couple of years ago. The only reason I knew was a broken tree and a large cow patty by it. I understand these things happen but dammit, the owner could have at least made reparations.
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.
This hits way to close to home.I know I'm a procrastinator... [youtu.be] More TED Talks: ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 19, 2019:
I am a procrastinator and the only negative result has been that I had to pay a $5 fee because I did not pay my car registration fees on time. I took the Myers and Briggs personality test in grad school, and it told me that although I procrastinate, it is fine because I also work well under pressure. However, I know when I can procrastinate and when it is not a good idea. If I have 30 papers to grade in a week, no procrastination.
Giuliani: Trump Could Have Shot Comey And Still Couldn’t Be Indicted For It | HuffPost
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
That's some crazy shit.
Is Robert Reich correct? Is the American dream more myth than reality? [youtu.be]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 7, 2019:
Yes.
I don't post this to belittle those that are "believers". It is mainly aimed at those that really ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 22, 2018:
As I said in another discussion, atheist truly do have the high moral ground: we are ethical because we have empathy and we choose to be. We are not ethical because we fear a god will send us to hell if we are not.
Do you prefer using a fork or a spoon mostly? (and I mean with foods that either could be used) ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Mar 28, 2018:
Sporks are demon spawns.
The hypocrisy started a very long time ago . . . . .
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 5, 2019:
It was artificial insemination.
Jim Bakker: God Sent Two Doctors To Cure Cancer, But They Were Aborted - The Intellectualist
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Actually, the intended sperm overshot the egg and and the one behind "him" made the score.

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