About

170 years old male of Scots-Irish ancestry, married over 30 years, semi-literate, semi-mostly-retired.

Have many children and grandchildren and they are all great people.

I tend to write about politics and religion primarily, but I will probably go astray from time to time.

Following is a short list of things I tend to follow and have great interest in:
Family and friends, grandchildren, flight, photography, darkrooms, history,  astrobiology, archaeology, paleoanthropology,  phylogeography, bioarchaeology, scuba diving, computers, software, fast cars, journalism, writing, travel, ecology, news, science, biology, philosophy, farming, ranching, religion, dinosaurs, bread making and probably most other subjects you could think of.

Did I mention family and friends??

Sometimes there are just so many words in my head they all spill out.

I will try to not be boring.

Thank you for visiting, and peace to all.

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25 Responses to About

  1. psburton says:

    Hi
    Like your Blog, adding you to my blog roll, feel free to link to mine if you ever do a blog roll

  2. thewordofme says:

    Hi psburton,
    I can’t figure out how to get the da—d thing to work. I pushed all the appropriate buttons I thought. Viewed your site…liked it…. now if I can figure out the blogroll thingamajig…you’re on.

  3. thewordofme says:

    Hi PS Burton….Finally got it. Thanks for your link.

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  7. Q says:

    It’s unfortunate that the truth is clowded on purpose by those with agendas.

    I appreciate you voicing what should be known but is ignored.

    I dream of a day when people want to know the truth.

  8. Justin says:

    Hey, I have a question for you. What is the purpose and meaning of life?

  9. thewordofme says:

    Hi again Justin,

    How nice to hear from you again…how is college treating you? Have the science teachers threatened to toss you out of class yet? 🙂

    You write:
    “Hey, I have a question for you. What is the purpose and meaning of life?”

    A big part of my purpose is to love and support my family and friends.

    I think my purpose in life is kind of Darwinian…to pass on the knowledge of the past and present and to further the dispersion of the species, and to work to insure the survival of not only my offspring, but all of humanity. Further I think it is incumbent on all of us to work to alleviate pain and suffering in our world, to help those in need, to continually be learning and working to make our world safe for all of us.

    We have only this life and we need to make the best possible use of it. We as a people need to learn that life is a fragile and beautiful thing and needs constant reinforcement and support from all of us from the greatest to the most vulnerable. We must learn to treat our world and environment with greater respect and do our part to stop the degradation of our only home in the cosmos.

    I can tell you what it is NOT…”Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” Just how egotistical is your God anyway?

    If it were all up to Christian and Muslim religion we would be setting around on our butts waiting for Armageddon or some such crud. Research and learning would be a thing of the past…why research anything…God did it. We would enter another dark-age and the spirit of mans intellect, that glow in the dark vastness of the universe, would be extinguished forever…all for nothing…as there is no God.

    I truly fear for this world as there are forces afoot conspiring to end civilization as we know it, and there is serious effort behind this plot. If religion is allowed to stand we are doomed as a people.

    • sungypsy says:

      Hear Hear! Well put!

      • Katoikei says:

        I disagree, it’s rather shallow to make such unqualified generalisations about Christians. There are many Christian (both now and throughout history) who have contributed substantially to the world and continue to do so, and who do no live for ‘pie in the sky when you die’ Blow me down, there are some of us out there who didn’t even convert to get eternal life, or trade in our brains for life on a cloud or cushion.

        Now back to the question, ‘What is the meaning of life’, if it is not to know that we are loved by God and out of that love to reach out in love?

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  13. the word of me says:

    Hello Katoikei,

    You write:
    “I disagree, it’s rather shallow to make such unqualified generalisations about Christians. There are many Christian (both now and throughout history) who have contributed substantially to the world and continue to do so, and who do no live for ‘pie in the sky when you die’ Blow me down, there are some of us out there who didn’t even convert to get eternal life, or trade in our brains for life on a cloud or cushion.”

    Yeah, that was a sweeping generalization about Christians and Muslims. I’ll back up a little. Those of the Christian and Muslim persuasion who are fundamentalists and believe their books are totally inerrant are useless to the human race. They believe science is all wrong, they treat their women like dirt, and they are anti-intellectual. They actually believe that prayer works, despite all the evidence, and they think the old Hebrews talked to god.

    You write:
    “Now back to the question, ‘What is the meaning of life’, if it is not to know that we are loved by God and out of that love to reach out in love?”

    I think I answered the original question pretty well in the above original reply. A phantom will O’ wisp, invisible, and fictitious sky dweller has no love…for us or anything else. Love humanity and humans, there’s not much going around in the world today.

    Peace…twom

  14. Katoikei says:

    Prayer from a heart that desires the sort of earnest that lies in your words, ‘, there’s not much going around in the world today’. It’s that frustration that has driven many away from religion (the sort of fundamentalist religion that galls most earnest people, myself included.) However, there is a sort of religion that wants more than ‘ A phantom will O’ wisp, invisible, and fictitious sky dweller has no love…for us or anything else.’ That’s what is central to the Christian message. It’s a total waste for me to try and push Jesus through the pixels to you, but I’d keep my natural senses for God wide open and spend less time trying to fight off phantoms. 😉 Most of what we need to see and know about God is in plain sight. ie. in the world around us, and in each of us. Though it’s often hidden by a lot of stuff. Getting that stuff out of the way, will work wonders. Peace on your quest.

  15. Katoikei says:

    Hi twom,
    I was watching this video and I have to admit that Dr. Tim Keller’s lectures and teaching are some that I personally enjoy, but thought you might benefit from it. (here’s the link = http://vimeo.com/27305489 )

  16. I like your writing style really enjoying this website.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Amazes me how little you truly know about the Bible, and yet you preach about it with such vigor. You’re just as wrong as the Christians you rant about. You need to learn that God is about love and what is right, not what we pridefully want. Look inside your heart and let him dwell there. I will pray for you.

    • the word of me says:

      Hey Anonymous, thanks for commenting.

      My studies are mostly *about* the Bible, not whats *in* the Bible. Two different spheres. Have you read much of the Old Testament. Your God is a despot and very evil concoction of the basest of human cerebrations

      • Anonymous says:

        Wrong, my God is one who loves, in the true sense of love, that is that he knows what is best for me. My God is generous, and gives me light and life, clarity, and wisdom. If you read the Bible, you would know that we are all sinners, and so your arguments in your posts against the Bible because of humans are baseless and wrong, as we are not perfect beings. I know much of the Old Testament, but I also know the significance of the Old Testament. It’s funny how many Atheists point at the old testament and go “your God is wrong/evil.” Yes, God is vengeful, selfish, and all-powerful, but he is also Good. You should read from the famous apologist C.S. Lewis. In his books the characters ask the beavers if Aslan (God) is safe, for which she replies, “of course He is not safe, but he is Good.” You have a misunderstanding of God. You need to also read the New Testament and understand that God send his Son to earth so that we may be saved by grace, that by trust in His works and light that we will see the kingdom of Heaven, and forever be in the Light of the Lord. I understand your confusion, but you need to look deep into Scripture to find the clarity that it has. Again, I will pray for you.

  18. the word of me says:

    How deep do you want to get into this anonymous??

    There are, I suspect, many things about the Bible and the Christian religion that you don’t know.

    If you do want to ‘talk’ here, tell me first if you believe in a ‘young earth’…6 or 10 thousand years old.

  19. wade says:

    Above in your “about” tab you state your 168 years oid, I don’t think this is possible. On another post you point to DNA to make your point. Iv’e read that within the DNA of all living things there is a clock which determines how long that perticular life will live. The human clock is 120 years, meaning the human body will continue to replenish itself through cell division for 120 years. We limit our lives by diet choices, life styles, and the effect of diseases. But under ideal situations we could live to 120. In Genesis, God said, as recorded by Moses, “I will not strive with flesh forever, mans days shall be numbered, and the number of those days shall be 120 years. I know the King James translation came to America in the 1600s. I believe the bible to be 1,000s of years old, the old testament I mean. But let us just deal with your earlier arguments that the bible is fictions, written and changed by early churches. How did any pre-1600 writer hit it on the nose-120 years, not 115 or 130. In another passage in Genesis the writer mentions “above the circle of the earth” we know now the earth is not flat. Read further in Genesis and you’ll find God’s laws pertaining to cleanliness and health (if one should die burn their belongings and tent) protection from bacteria and disease. Again in Genesis, putting the ashes of the red bull on a wound, ashes being caustic, would kill bacteria and seal the wound against infection. Modern man didn’t know about bacteria even during the Civil War. I’m certain the Bible predates this.
    I’ve further read about DNA and that it can be traced back in time through the female to find common ancestors. The article I read stated researchers had taken 1000 samples from around the globe and traced it backwards. It stated the results showed all samples came from one female whom they called Eve. They stated, obviously all other females did not give birth or all other females had died. I have a better explanation.
    Not long ago I also happened to watch a program on TV where researchers took the DNA samples from a tribe in Etheopia. Research was being done because these people had always claimed to be Jewish. The results proved not only were they of Jewish desent but also of the tribe of Levi. Interesting, since again in Genesis we’re told Moses had a wife and she was black. Moses was of the tribe of Levi.
    You asked the question in one post about the age of the earth, I know where you were trying to go with this question. Many Christians today want the earth to be made in 6 days because that is what they read in Genesis. If you take a close look however, day one is the first day, day two does not exist yet, day one can last as long as it takes to accomplish what God has in mind. The same is true for day 2 and so on. Time is not created until day 6 when God puts the planets in motion and creates the seasons. You put a lot of faith in mans science and scientist, a few years ago I heard Stephen Hawking say “time and space were created”, created speaks of a creator. He also stated”if you do the math you’ll find we have perhaps 12 dimensions but can only perceive a three dimensional world”. Many times in the Bible we are told of this. Several times the Jewish leaders sought to capture Jesus but it states “as they tried to put their hands on him he passed through them” and again when Steven baptized the eunuch of Ethiopia it says he was immediately drawn away so that he was seen no more. Just wait, again science will catch up to the truths contained within the Bible!
    I’m sorry you spend so much time and effort in your atheist endeavors. I’m afraid your soul is lost and doomed. God said “I will destry the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate”.
    God knew us even while our bones were being formed in the womb, We were born with a sense of his deity. A portion of his spirit was with us at birth, that is why men have always felt a need to worship something. We can destroy this spirit, we can go so far that we lose that sense of God.
    From time to time in the Bible it states “God hardened their hearts” meaning he withdrew his spirit and left them for destruction. In reading your post I’m afraid you are alone, godless,and without hope. We are born eternal creatures, some to eternal glory, many to eternal dispare.
    I’m sorry!
    Wade

    • Anonymous says:

      OMG, Wade, you just proved his point! If you actually read thw Bible, esp. the Old Testament, it’s totally full of killing, rivers of blood,etc., which is very similar to writings of other civilizations in that region of the worlf at that time (as well as most of history unfortunately). Plus, don’t you know the Bible has been translated and interpreted repeatedly to get to what exists today?

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