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Re: Interview with Matthew, the Moderator
« Reply #30 on: September 05, 2018, 11:57:23 AM »
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  • I can handle machinery (chainsaw, weedwhacker, tractor, riding mower), use various tools (axe, shovel, lopper, saw, hoe), pour concrete, light a fire (with no liquid accelerant), and other down-to-earth activities but I can also bake, cook, write a sonnet, mend clothing, or sing all kinds of music. I know how to make an old sink or toilet look as good as new.

    Reads very much like a "singles" ad for any eligible ladies in Texas (where these skills are most important for a man).   :laugh1:   Don't forget that you're also adept at dispatching venomous snakes (a must for Texas).   Mrs. Matthew had better be on the lookout.

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    « Reply #31 on: September 05, 2018, 12:10:42 PM »
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  • Reads very much like a "singles" ad for any eligible ladies in Texas (where these skills are most important for a man).   :laugh1:   Don't forget that you're also adept at dispatching venomous snakes (a must for Texas).   Mrs. Matthew had better be on the lookout.

    I guess it's too bad for all the ladies then...I'm taken.  8)

    I didn't mean to sound like a singles' ad, but my interview would be seriously deficient if I didn't touch on this key part of my life philosophy: always learning, being as well-rounded (polymath/ Renaissance man) as possible.

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    Re: Interview with Matthew, the Moderator
    « Reply #32 on: September 05, 2018, 12:57:02 PM »
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  • I didn't mean to sound like a singles' ad ...

    I know.  I was just having some fun with you.

    We do have a lot in common.

    I'm a bit older, 50.

    former STAS seminarian

    6 kids (2 boys and 4 girls) -- most Trads look down on me for having too few, but I was 32 and my wife 29 when we got married

    Computer Programmer by trade

    I DID get a college degree, but was basically self-taught in programming (as my degrees are in Greek and Latin ... so no bearing on my current profession)

    I agree with your overall philosophy of how you run the board, even if I don't see eye to eye on all the individual issues.

    I think that margarine was invented by the devil (butter all the way).

    ... but I greatly dislike cats (much prefer dogs).  Only thing I like about cats is that, in Buddhism, the cat was said to be the only animal to refuse to bow down to Buddha.  So I'll give it credit for that at least.

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    Re: Interview with Matthew, the Moderator
    « Reply #33 on: September 05, 2018, 01:00:00 PM »
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  • Tell me a bit about yourself personally.

    My life philosophy is "renaissance man" or polymath, and I apply this to my career as well. By that I mean I wear dozens of different hats. I can handle machinery (chainsaw, weedwhacker, tractor, riding mower), use various tools (axe, shovel, lopper, saw, hoe), pour concrete, light a fire (with no liquid accelerant), and other down-to-earth activities but I can also bake, cook, write a sonnet, mend clothing, or sing all kinds of music. I know how to make an old sink or toilet look as good as new. I'm a "jack of all trades, master of few".
    A most interesting glimpse into he who watches over this sight. :)
    Your picture reminds me a bit of St. Benedict, even though his beard is longer. ;D
    A man of varied talents which means you can likely whistle Dixie as you clean your muzzleloader. :cowboy:
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    Re: Interview with Matthew, the Moderator
    « Reply #34 on: September 05, 2018, 01:11:47 PM »
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  • I know.  I was just having some fun with you.

    We do have a lot in common.

    I'm a bit older, 50.

    former STAS seminarian

    6 kids (2 boys and 4 girls) -- most Trads look down on me for having too few, but I was 32 and my wife 29 when we got married

    Computer Programmer by trade

    I DID get a college degree, but was basically self-taught in programming (as my degrees are in Greek and Latin ... so no bearing on my current profession)

    I agree with your overall philosophy of how you run the board, even if I don't see eye to eye on all the individual issues.

    I think that margarine was invented by the devil (butter all the way).

    ... but I greatly dislike cats (much prefer dogs).  Only thing I like about cats is that, in Buddhism, the cat was said to be the only animal to refuse to bow down to Buddha.  So I'll give it credit for that at least.
    This ole bear is 51, so respect your elders! :P (cough cough hack wheeze) I feel ancient. ???
    Like cats, dogs, bears, wolves. Have a cat that owns me. Paraphrasing CS Lewis "A Cat and her bear"
    BA in English, History, Philosophy
    MDiv equivalent
    M.Th. with doctoral level thesis (no big whoop really. just an academia nut)
    Single but tried out my vocation in many places.
    Otherwise a country loving , mountain hugging, gun packing Alberta Secessionist  of a Templar Knight disposition ;) :cowboy:
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    Qui non est alius
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    Re: Interview with Matthew, the Moderator
    « Reply #35 on: September 05, 2018, 01:27:48 PM »
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  • 6 kids (2 boys and 4 girls) -- most Trads look down on me for having too few, but I was 32 and my wife 29 when we got married
    I know, and I am extremely critical of such poor excuses for Trads. Some Trads need to learn how to MYOB (Mind Your Own Business).

    Being open to life, avoiding birth control and NFP, and having 9+ children are NOT synonymous.

    In fact, being open to life and having as many children as physically possible are also not synonymous. The Duggars are an example of the latter. Mrs. Duggar didn't do much breastfeeding, since that negatively affects a woman's fertility. Some women are completely infertile while they full-time breastfeed. And yet, breastfeeding is natural, designed by God, and therefore what's best for the baby. I would even say that breastfeeding your baby is God's will in most cases.

    Anyhow, these Pharisaical Trads also need to learn basic manners and what is socially acceptable behavior: because, frankly, some atheists and pagans have them beat.
    The phrase "socially retarded" comes to mind.

    Some Trads embrace the Trad package because it means being contrarian, so they can rub it in the world's face. They actually enjoy being a sign of contradiction to the Modern World. That can be a good starting point for spiritual growth, but it can also be a starting point for narcissism and pride. Hint: when you compare the size of your family to others, as though it's a contest, you're not on the right path.
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    Re: Interview with Matthew, the Moderator
    « Reply #36 on: September 05, 2018, 03:47:38 PM »
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  • My profession is Software Developer.
    Do you work from home?
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    Re: Interview with Matthew, the Moderator
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  • I know, and I am extremely critical of such poor excuses for Trads. Some Trads need to learn how to MYOB (Mind Your Own Business).

    Being open to life, avoiding birth control and NFP, and having 9+ children are NOT synonymous.

    In fact, being open to life and having as many children as physically possible are also not synonymous. The Duggars are an example of the latter. Mrs. Duggar didn't do much breastfeeding, since that negatively affects a woman's fertility. Some women are completely infertile while they full-time breastfeed. And yet, breastfeeding is natural, designed by God, and therefore what's best for the baby. I would even say that breastfeeding your baby is God's will in most cases.

    Yeah, it's funny that I routinely get derided by people in the world for having 6, but then looked down on by Traditional Catholics for having 6.  There's one woman at our local chapel here who pops a child out every 9 months.  Having gotten married practically the day she turned 18, she's on pace to have 25-30.  She too doesn't breastfeed (IMO on purpose) because it's like some contest she has going on with her sister (who's trying to do the same thing).  I'm just waiting for her to get induced at 7 months going forward.  And, yes, breastfeeding does tend to space children out about 2 years apart.


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    Re: Interview with Matthew, the Moderator
    « Reply #38 on: September 05, 2018, 03:56:56 PM »
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  • Since cats have been mentioned, I mistyped Cathinfo, leaving out a character (not having actually hit that key when reaching for it) ... and ended up here --

    https://catinfo.org/

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    Re: Interview with Matthew, the Moderator
    « Reply #39 on: September 05, 2018, 04:44:53 PM »
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  • Since cats have been mentioned, I mistyped Cathinfo, leaving out a character (not having actually hit that key when reaching for it) ... and ended up here --

    https://catinfo.org/
    Is that called a con-cat-ination? :P
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    Re: Interview with Matthew, the Moderator
    « Reply #40 on: September 05, 2018, 04:48:21 PM »
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  • Yeah, it's funny that I routinely get derided by people in the world for having 6, but then looked down on by Traditional Catholics for having 6.  There's one woman at our local chapel here who pops a child out every 9 months.  Having gotten married practically the day she turned 18, she's on pace to have 25-30.  She too doesn't breastfeed (IMO on purpose) because it's like some contest she has going on with her sister (who's trying to do the same thing).  I'm just waiting for her to get induced at 7 months going forward.  And, yes, breastfeeding does tend to space children out about 2 years apart.
    I think if God meant for the average family to have double-digit children, then polygamy would still be a thing (that is, a permissible thing, like in Old Testament times). 
    Those children DO need to be raised as well. Educating children is a lot of work for 2 parents. Hooray for not artificially limiting family size, but do they have to go to the opposite extreme? They almost make a mockery of Traditional Catholics when they do that.
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    « Reply #41 on: September 05, 2018, 04:50:44 PM »
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  • Yeah, it's funny that I routinely get derided by people in the world for having 6, but then looked down on by Traditional Catholics for having 6.  There's one woman at our local chapel here who pops a child out every 9 months.  Having gotten married practically the day she turned 18, she's on pace to have 25-30.  She too doesn't breastfeed (IMO on purpose) because it's like some contest she has going on with her sister (who's trying to do the same thing).  I'm just waiting for her to get induced at 7 months going forward.  And, yes, breastfeeding does tend to space children out about 2 years apart.
    Breast-feeding is actually crucial for a child's long term health and development, it's a shame that even many Trad mothers are skipping it. 

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    « Reply #42 on: September 05, 2018, 04:52:58 PM »
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  • I think if God meant for the average family to have double-digit children, then polygamy would still be a thing (that is, a permissible thing, like in Old Testament times).
    Those children DO need to be raised as well. Educating children is a lot of work for 2 parents. Hooray for not artificially limiting family size, but do they have to go to the opposite extreme? They almost make a mockery of Traditional Catholics when they do that.
    Agreed, I don't think double-digit families were EVER the norm. They certainly existed, but even long before birth control had ever been invented, most families didn't have that many kids. 

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    « Reply #43 on: September 05, 2018, 05:16:28 PM »
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  • Think of it this way: Trads (or any other woman) who don't breastfeed their babies are setting them out to be different from Our Lord at the tender age of 1, 2, or 5 weeks old. If they can't imitate Our Lord at 5 weeks old, how can they hope to imitate Him later in life when it is so much more difficult?

    How will the children understand how much Jesus loved His mother, when they aren't as bonded to their own mother, due to skipping breastfeeding which is known to create a strong bond between mother and child? Especially if the mother goes on to work outside the home, send children to public school, etc.

    Religion doesn't happen in a vacuum. Nature is a foundation that grace builds upon.

    How can we do God's will in difficult things when we can't even follow basic dictates of nature as God designed it?
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  • Nature is a foundation that grace builds upon.
    But our nature needs grace just to return back to normalcy, even before we can do things beyond nature's ability.
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