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Which man exits the elevator first?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David F. Dec 17, 2012. 28 Replies

I'm just curious: How do men figure out who exits the elevator before the other(s)?It's rare that there are 2 women exiting at the same floor in my building, so I just take the prerogative and go…Continue

An academic look at trolling

Started this discussion. Last reply by StaggerLee Oct 18, 2012. 14 Replies

I think this is useful:…Continue

Mostly just for fun: Compile my wedding reception playlist

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marlie Aug 7, 2012. 28 Replies

While my fiance and I in theory want a "traditional" wedding reception with dancing, we kind of have a mental block on what music we should play. We're also not sure we want to hire a DJ when music…Continue

Offended to attend a "fake" wedding?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Penelope Aug 7, 2014. 113 Replies

Does it, or would it, offend you to be invited/attend a marriage ceremony that was not recognized by the civil government because a civil marriage ceremony had taken place earlier, or was scheduled…Continue


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Penelope replied to Mongoose's discussion How to Define "Artificial Colors" or "Artificial Flavors?"
"The USDA defines "organic.""
Penelope replied to Specs's discussion Eat and Drink Local.
"Safeway's fresh baked stuff is frozen and/or par-baked - brown-and-serve.  I suppose it's probably produced in California, because Safeway is headquartered here."
Sep 22
Penelope replied to Specs's discussion Eat and Drink Local.
"Jelly Bellies! What's your bread company?  Please don't say Boudin. Dairy - do you mean cheese or liquid milk?"
Sep 21
Penelope replied to Dakota Caraway's discussion Paying off Student loans
"If you're laid off, you send a copy of your unemployment award with a form from the loan company, and you get a 6-month deferral."
Sep 21
Penelope replied to Fabricante's discussion Cut The Caffeine
"I go through phases where I drink coffee regularly, and then don't.  Unless I'm having caffeine closer to dinner or bedtime than breakfast or lunch, I don't notice much of a difference. I'm reading that coffee mid-morning is…"
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Penelope replied to Cole F's discussion What do you wish church did differently? in the group Christian Men
"Some people like predictable.  My first week of law school, my grandfather died. My luggage was delayed.  I was 3,000 miles away from home, didn't know anyone.  I got lost coming back from the post office.  Found a church.…"
Sep 16
Penelope replied to Rorik Svarbald's discussion Dealing with anxiety from world news
"Americans are admiring Icelanders for being willing (10,000 of you) to take Syrian refugees into their private homes.   You say you're worried your island nation will become like Sweden, which is a nation where approximately 1 out of every…"
Sep 16
Penelope replied to Juice B. Cool's discussion Gender Friction on the Job
"Is Brandon receiving medical treatment  - surgery, hormones - in anticipation of a sex change operation?  If not, I'm a little confused as to how Brandon has "made a decision at a young age."  For however long, Brandon…"
Sep 12
Penelope replied to Anthony McKenzie's discussion unusual problem
"I found a philosophy book club in my city.  The local Jewish federation has a book club and an ethics club.  I found the philosophy book club through a religion and politics magazine I read.  I had to google several times to find the…"
Sep 12
Penelope replied to Andrew Green's discussion How do you stay motivated to exercise?
"Do you own your practice, or are you an employee? independent contractor? How do you spend your Sundays? What's your next professional goal? How do you keep track of what errands and chores need doing at home? You don't have to answer…"
Sep 10
Penelope replied to Nils's discussion Fatigue and sleep hours
"Related query:  How loud should my white noise machine be to drown out snoring? equally loud as the snoring? quieter? louder? however loud I can maybe stand? [I'd prefer silence, but that's not an option until we can buy a house.]"
Sep 10
Penelope replied to Karl Helweg's discussion Paranoia and the virtue of hospitality?
"Actually, Americans are leaving their "home" regions less now than in generations past.  They may be moving more within a region, though."
Sep 4
Penelope replied to Nils's discussion Fatigue and sleep hours
"I talk about a sleep-cycle-tracking app below. I used the alarm feature, but found just having my sleeping motion tracked (quality sleep almost paralyzes you; bad sleep of course is tossing and turning) was ultimately the more useful feature."
Sep 1
Penelope replied to Nils's discussion Fatigue and sleep hours
Sep 1
Penelope replied to Nils's discussion Fatigue and sleep hours
"The thinking on sleep and activity schedules changes like clothing fashions. It used to be there were morning people and night owls. They also looked at activity schedules - people with a morning and afternoon productivity peak, or people with just…"
Sep 1
Penelope replied to Dakota Caraway's discussion Paying off Student loans
"I didn't defer when I was under-employed, but I don't regret deferring when I was unemployed. Something's gotta give. Student loans, or healthcare, or rent. I do understand, though I often forget, that I have a very low interest rate…"
Aug 28

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Anglican liturgics, enforcement of judgments, baking, Latin
Books I'll admit to having read in the last 6 months, or am presently reading: 1928 Book of Common Prayer, 1940 Hymnal, Anglican Missal (People's Edition), Plotinus' Enneads
It's a Wonderful Life, Casablanca, Master and Commander, Shawshank Redemption, Winnie the Pooh and the Search for Christopher Robin, Amazing Grace, Anatomy of a Murder, Adam's Rib
past favorite composers: Byrd, Tallis, Gibbons, Handel, Haydn, Bach, and Mozart
Also, John Rutter and Vaughn Williams
Recover all thy sigh-blown age
On double pleasures: leave thy cold dispute
Of what is fit, and not.

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St. Thomas Aquinas on Women

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 2:49pm 0 Comments

D L quotes St. Thomas wildly out of context.  It's a quote from an objection in the Summa Theologica.  The Summa proceeds by posing a question which St. Thomas will answer.  He first raises objections to his planned answer.  Then he gives his answer, with a reasoned argument and quotes from authorities.  Finally, he responds to the objections.  This is a format used by many writers from that period.

D L's quote is from an objection, so it is a position that St. Thomas…


On Paquette and Trinity Western

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 12:07pm 0 Comments

I've probably been discriminated against because I attended very religious schools, but those people had the good sense not to say anything about it.  They just rejected my applications.  Obviously, if it's true the wilderness tour company rejected Paquette's application because she didn't meet their qualifications, they too should have just kept quiet.  I imagine Trinity Western graduates all have a story of a graduate program or job they suspect they were rejected for because they attended…


On Freely Choosing Chastity

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 2:00pm 8 Comments

I'm not sure what's meant by "freely choosing." I had opportunities for sex before I got married, and chose not to. My choice was based in my moral understanding, which was formed by my upbringing and my friends and family. But I didn't fear violence or financial repercussions from them if I fornicated.

Now that I'm married, I'm ambivalent about my choice. The consequences were not entirely positive physically, emotionally, or relationally. Nor are my moral principles so strong that…


Mental health and guns (Can't get into TGD)

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 2:43pm 0 Comments

I had something long on why mental health screenings for gun purchasers will never work, but I see TGD doesn't understand mental healthcare to begin with.

Though mental illnesses are more treatable than the most feared bodily illnesses, and kill just as many people, and certainly have more sufferers, they are handled differently and less by our "healthcare system."

What really gets my goat are the financial disincentives for seeking treatment. I have heard (pre-Obamacare)…


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At 12:37am on May 27, 2015, Gentleman Engineer said…

I would exist with curiosity about the opine of your possession regarding

At 11:23pm on August 4, 2014, Michael D. Denny said…

"Penelope" ? 

At 6:15pm on March 2, 2014, Walter B. Pewen said…

Again, but is OP a young Bay Area professional???

At 2:56pm on March 2, 2014, Walter B. Pewen said…

Way too much language, also.

At 2:51pm on March 2, 2014, Walter B. Pewen said…

Still, after an evening of thinking a bit on your advice to OP yesterday-can't get over the level of detachment in your statements.  He made no mention of his skills level.  Could he actually qualify for a job in tech?  Maybe you are overreaching-sounds like lost in a world of great intellectual postulating beyond any kind actual "tending your own garden.


At 8:32pm on January 29, 2014, Scott L Ferrell said…

Thank you so much. Took care of it earlier today. 

At 8:59pm on August 5, 2012, Michael D. Denny said…

To be fair, that is pretty impressive for a pump house. 

At 9:01pm on September 16, 2011, Michael D. Denny said…
Not cold enough ere for them yet. Though today we are experiencing a cold snap. High about 70.
At 10:10pm on April 7, 2011, Kevin Collier said…
Possibly put the material in your checked luggage.
At 8:17pm on April 6, 2011, Kevin Collier said…
Hi Rebekah, on the "safety" issue, TSA would be allowed broad discretion in looking for contraband. If traveling with the hypothetical gold chain, I can see them arguing that it is privileged, but still would have to be "documented" for Custom's purposes.

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