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We have a strange family which differ in response to coffee.My daughter thrives on coffee, as all through university, in both degrees she picked up, the other students always remember her as the girl…Continue

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 1, 2015 at 8:38pm

Sounds like a real nightmare, Patricia. Reminds me of visiting my family. Thank Gauss it's over!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2015 at 5:12pm

See my Blog:

The "Obey" imperative demeans both bride and groom.

The "Obey" imperative demeans both bride and groom. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2015 at 3:17pm

Randy, I face this challenge with my granddaughters, one partnered with a Methodist and he dislikes work; the other is a Jehovah's Witness and a fine worker with initiative and ambition. They both read my articles on Facebook and only the Jehovah's Witness discusses religion with me. He is quiet, shy, highly disciplined and thinks before he speaks. We have friendly conversations. He has simple pleasures, usually involved with improving his home, their vehicles and helping out Laura and Larry when they need help. He is gentle and sweet in my great-granddaughter. He holds her and plays with her and feeds her when he isn't working. He is a real joy to see and to share. I was sharpening my daughter's  knives and he taught me a different technique that worked well for me.   

Comment by sk8eycat on June 1, 2015 at 2:39pm

Patricia, does the groom also have to say "obey"?  No, of course not!

There is an unspoken "or else!" following that line.

There are so many reasons that I never married, and 99.999% of the time I'm glad I stuck to my promise to myself to be treated as someone with a working brain or no deal. 

If one (or two) of my gay friends ever needs a home, THAT might be fun....

Comment by Randall Smith on June 1, 2015 at 7:14am
The last wedding I attended was my third daughter's, 10 years ago. Her husband's father was the minister! He was sickenly maudlin before, during and after the ceremony.
I thought, "Oh no, I've lost another daughter to religious fanaticism." Fortunately, it hasn't turned out that way. Both ignore (dismiss) the whole subject knowing each father is opposite of one another.
Comment by sk8eycat on May 31, 2015 at 10:22pm

It's been so long since I've been to a age group toasted the bride and groom, had cake and ice cream, and maybe hors d'oeuvres...maybe some dancing, and that was IT.  No speeches, no fancy sit-down dinner....just get them married, and off to the honeymoon.

The most ghod-awful wedding I ever went to was a Catholic high nuptial mass.  Went on forever....stand up, kneel, sit down ("Lean to the left; lean to the right....Fight-fight-fight!")  I was having a hard time keeping the giggles down to a low roar.

Comment by Plinius on May 31, 2015 at 1:51pm

How stupid must you be to promise to OBEY your partner!!? I refused to marry until the government made equal rights official.

Comment by Plinius on May 31, 2015 at 1:38pm

A real overdose! Could some cursing and blaspheming help?

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 11:52am

Randy, I don't hate such gatherings as Patricia described at all. In fact, I enjoy the opportunity to invite people to think. They won't ... or will they? I have no idea. I do know the awful, hateful, disgusting, outrageous things my relatives say behind my back and I feel good about that. With so much vitriol they express, without confronting me, or when they do, it is easy to offer them challenges of thinking about what they say. I don't let them off the hook when they confront me directly. I guess that is why they only say such ignorant things outside my hearing. 

It doesn't matter what they say about me. I ask valid questions and I expect thoughtful, I mean full of thought, replies. 

I wonder how the world would be if people spoke directly to another with the honesty they can express to third parties? 

I wonder how the world would be if people challenged superstition instead of dancing politely away from the issues? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 11:41am

Patricia, I would love to go to that gathering of "gawded, jeezuzzed, blessed, hymed, amened, & prayed" people. I really enjoy asking the questions of all such zombied people:

"Oh, do you really believe that?"

"I wonder if Bronze Aged people had enough information to support your statement?"

"Goat herding people probably have great goat-herding skills, but I wonder if their sources provide the kind of information 21st Century people need?"

"How is it that you believe the stories, myths, fables, and tales of goat herders and primitive tribal people?"

"OH! Surely, you can't believe that, can you?

"What is your evidence?"

"Have you read the bible?"

"The Old Testament was written by illiterate and literate people of the Bronze Age. How can you put your faith in such a document?"

"The New Testament was written 100 years or more after the death of Jesus. How can you put your faith in such a document?"

These are only a few of the questions I ask my religious relatives when we are at weddings, funerals, or reunions. I hear from one of the non-believing relatives about what they say about me behind my back. Oh! the comments are delicious! And people don't talk to me about such nonsense. I do get a lot of questions about my beliefs and I share gladly and openly. 

I especially like the questions the children of my cousins ask me. Seeds planted in fertile soil grow. 

gawded, jeezuzzed, blessed, hymed, amened, & prayed


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