62 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 10-12-16

  1. Good morning. Today is my mom’s eightieth birthday. Both her parents and her only sibling died of heart attacks before they were fifty–so it’s a miracle she’s still with us…..I sent flowers as she’s trying to get rid of stuff….

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  2. Good morning Ann, Aj, woodpecker and everyone else in this hemisphere.
    Hi Jo and Tychicus.
    I learned a new word today when I logged on to Yahoo. “Pansexuality” I know what “pansomething” is it means everything. But I don’t know the difference between pansexuality and bisexuality. Bisexuality means boys and girls. Pansexuality must means boys, girls and everything eles. It scares me to think about that. I think the girl is all mixed up.

    , Cyrus talked about what drives her, recalled how she struggled with her pansexual identity as a teenager (she’s currently dating Liam Hemsworth), and shared her thoughts on the election.

    MY word processor thinks pansexuality is a misspelled word. BTW.

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  3. I saw that article too Chas. But I was smart enough to skip it. 😉

    She’s a train wreck. That’s apparent any time you see her on tv. I could care less that she doesn’t like Trump or Republicans. Most of the degenerates in Hollywood don’t, so why would she be any different? She should just stick to her LBGQT “charity” and leave the important decisions to the adults. It’s better that way.

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  4. I suspect that she supports Hillary. I didn’t read all of the article. Hillary supports bringing Muslims to America. Miley is the kind of person jihadists want to kill.
    I’ll bet she doesn’t understand that, among other things. I’m mad and sad at the same time.
    This shouldn’t be.

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  5. Chiiling in Atlanta now. The temp has risen to 48 from 45 during the last two hours.

    I don’t keep up with the young stars who seem to Wow the worldly. I am still enjoying all the foreign films that are distinctive from American films in their pacing and details that would go unseen in the flashy and fast movies of our culture.

    It seems like there was a young female who posted here sometimes, (was it Courtney?) who once said she was pansexual. She seemed so lost and confused.

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  6. I remember Courtney too Chas. I believe she told us she was “pansexual”. The sad thing about Miley Cyrus is that she is talented. When you simply hear her voice without all the “noise” that she has created around herself you realize that had she been bent another way … well it wasn’t to be.

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  7. Miley is white and from the South. She has to try extra hard to be accepted by the Hollywood progressives. What she doesn’t realize yet is that one mistake and under the bus she goes.

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  8. Janice, you asked me a hypothetical question last night, about if I could vote, who would I vote for and why? I have stayed away from the political discussions directly related to the election, because every time I have something to say, that Proverb comes to mind, “He that, passing by, meddles with strife belonging not to him is like one that takes a dog by the ears.” However, you did ask me a direct question, so I will answer it to the best of my ability.

    I have tried, watching the events, to put myself in your shoes to understand the concerns and issues. That being said, I could not vote for either. I have not voted in protest before, and I never regretted it (you can also deliberately waste your ballot here in protest). I need not explain my reasons for not voting for Clinton, you all know them. As for my reasons for not voting for Trump, I guess you all know them as well. I was not in the least surprised by the recent video which surfaced. It was merely one more confirmation of the lecherous character of Trump. As Christ said, “An evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). It is deeply ironic that Trump has played upon the fears of his audience by saying he would keep out Muslim immigrants and refugees and one incident in the news which seemed to support those fears was the incidents of sexual assaults, involving groping reported in Dresden at New Years, yet Trump has boasted of the same behaviour. Permit me to use a little sarcasm, and say, I wouldn’t worry about the Muslim men, lecherous men are already – judging by Trump’s locker room excuse – abundant in the U.S.A. I agree with World magazine, Dr. Mohler, Russell Moore, and even the contrite Wayne Grudem, Christians are in danger of bringing discredit to the name of Christ in publicly supporting Trump by excusing his evil. To paraphrase Paul, we must not do evil that good may come (Romans 3:8).

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  9. I’ve had a shower & coffee, fed the cat, and have been reading Scripture — now I could really just go back to bed and sleep some more.

    My head is still swimming with bathroom fixtures (realized last night I need to separately order matching drain kits — why don’t they tell you that when you’re ordering the faucets?) and one bracket I need for the shower is out of stock until December so I need to get someone at Wayfair to help me find a substitute that will work.

    Looks like work could start within 2 weeks or so. Then it’ll really be crazy. No shower available and everything will be upside down in here. It already looks bad enough.

    Ah, yes, pansexual. We see an interesting generational divide in our newsroom with some 20-something female reporters embracing all of this like it’s a given. They shake their heads when anyone older expresses skepticism over the new multi-sexual categories and the idea that one can proclaim they are any sex they think they are in their heads, regardless of biology.

    Strange and confused times we live in.

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  10. In our backyard we have a pear tree planted by my husband’s late wife. Thing is, none of us eats pears (they are the ONLY fruit I don’t eat), and it isn’t at all clear when they’re ripe (so I can’t really pick them all and take them to church), and so they feed the wildlife. This year we seem to have a bumper crop, and for a couple of weeks crows were coming five or six at a time to eat our pears. Now we have fallen pears under the tree, and a few dozen more still on the tree.

    It’s fascinating to watch the insects fight over the pears that they consider “just right.” I’ve seen ants, a large grasshopper (not sure if it was eating pear or just there), bald-faced hornets, yellow jackets, flies, up to six or eight eastern commas (a type of butterfly that hibernates through the winter as adults, and thus fall is when I see them, though they’re supposed to be around in spring and summer too), and assorted others.

    The other day a yellow jacket had her eye on a particular pear, but apparently her mouthparts couldn’t actually pierce it, so she was hanging back and letting an ant work on it. Periodically she would fly in, chase off the ant, test the fruit, and then fly away to wait some more! Now that some of the fruit is softer, a single pear might draw four bald-faced hornets, a fly, and two or three commas. But the hornets and butterflies don’t want each other there, so the butterflies will wait till the hornets get close and then quickly open their wings. And the hornets will try to get the butterflies to leave. A pretty red wasp was on one by itself the other day, and three ants came in, wanting its spot. So they bit its legs and one even climbed on its back. I don’t know who ended up winning that one. It’s rather surprising, though, to see insects with such different sizes and shapes do battle with each other when there is plenty to eat–they just all seem to have decided which ones are “the very best,” and they all want those.

    As I watched, I ended up thinking how would this have worked in an unfallen world? As small as they all are, it’s a pretty fierce act to bite someone’s leg because you want its spot on its pear, and pretty “selfish” to let the ant bite into the pear for you but then chase it off before it gets any of the fruit it has been working toward. I can’t imagine Adam and Eve saw such sights in Eden.

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  11. All that being said, I do understand why someone would privately decide to vote for the Republican candidate. It is the public whitewashing and excuse making by those who should know better which distresses me. In our last federal election, I had grave reservations about the incumbent Conservative government. It seemed to me that they were acting in bad faith and grasping at power. Yet, I still voted for them, hoping that their wings would be clipped by a minority Parliament. I was stunned when the Liberal party was elected by a clear majority. I knew the consequences that would follow the Liberal election and they have – the one most affecting me being the now passed legislation for assisted dying. Yet, it was as if, the morning after the election, the Lord said to me through his word, “I have done this. Trust me.” When I woke up that morning, the verse, “Put not your trust in princes” came to mind. At first, I assumed that the Lord had placed that thought there in reference to the newly elected Liberal Prime Minister, but then I realized, I wasn’t putting my trust in him, I was putting my trust in the former Conservative Prime Minister. I’m still realizing that God wants nothing to come before Him, not even a good political leader.

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  12. Rosuro, I agree with you in principle but it is hard when you have a child who will have to live with the consequences long after you’re gone. I just don’t know who will bring worse consequences.

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  13. Bringing politics over here:
    Hillary will bring Muslims to America in batches.
    Hillary will appoint pro abortion judges.
    Hillary will continue degrading the military.
    And other things.
    I don’t know what Trump will do. But trump has some good men, like Ben Carson that he might listen to.
    Hillary listens to Saul Allinsky and company.

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  14. This is a very difficult election year for all of us in the U.S. (which is an understatement).

    Although I wonder why I don’t hear as much angst from Democrats regarding their nominee as I do from Republicans over theirs. They should be ashamed by so much of what the Clintons have done and are doing.

    Part of me looks forward to this whole election being over with, but I know the nation’s troubles will be far from over even then.

    Remember a year ago when everything was gearing up to what looked like a shoe-in for what would be a solid conservative win (with so many good and decent candidates running)? Sigh. Who would have thought …

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  15. Thank you, Roscuro, for your wise answer. It is good to get other perspectives from those who watch from the sidelines.

    The sins of the top candidates are all related to sexual sins (so blatant in our nation). It seems the cream has risen to the top where it is all on display. And it is very difficult to cast a vote according to what we are given at this point to choose from. In all big elections, for many years, I have put signs in my yard, but not this time. That is my way of showing my distaste for voting.

    I feel God is still in control, and He forgives us when we go astray if we vote (or not vote) against His will. I feel in my heart I am suppose to vote. There is only one who I can vote for considering I have a bag of clothesline avaiable.

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  16. Janice, I don’t think the most blatant sins of Hillary are the sexual ones (any sexual sins she commits are far more discreet than those of her husband), but several that rise to the level of crimes.

    But I think Trump has disastrous judgment, in addition to the obvious sexual sins (adultery and divorcing multiple wives are as bad as what was revealed last week), and I don’t even trust him to be conservative or appoint conservative judges.

    Both candidates think the law was made for everyone else, not for them, that the president can do anything he (or she) wants to do and morality is for lesser mortals. I cannot say confidently that Trump would even be better than Hillary, and I can’t even “hold my nose” and vote for him, because that still would be voting “yes.” If he is elected and he turns out to be the dictator he seems to want to be, it will be no consolation at all that “Hillary might have been worse.”

    It’s in God’s hands, not mine. If He wants to rescue us as a nation, it will not be through either of these candidates, and that just may be what we desperately need to learn from this.

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  17. I agree, the sexual sins are Bill’s.

    She has a lot of different issues she needs to answer for, though members of her own party seem reluctant to do that. I guess it’s called winning at all costs.

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  18. I am trying to eat more fruit. My wonderful husband cut up pineapple and strawberries. I found them in the refrigerator and decided to have a snack which led to this question.
    Why would anyone add sugar to fruit?

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  19. I don’t know — I love strawberries, blueberries & raspberries — I like to mix them in with my yogurt for lunch (but still struggle in keeping produce fresh in a 1-person household)

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  20. Re: Peter’s 11:26 I also like Mike Rowe. He recommends that we read Keynes, Marx, etc. I would also recommend The Koran.
    I’m serious. Most, No, almost all, Americans think that their Muslim neighbors are just like their Jewish neighbors. People who just want to go to church on a different day.
    Not so.
    Jesus said, “Go into the world and disciple all men.” Most Christians don’t do that. But they recognize the charge.
    Mohammed charged his followers to go and conquer the world for Islam. Most Muslims don’t do that, but historically that has happened. Every Muslim’s goal is to live under Sharia wherever he lives. It’s part of their faith.
    Christians believe that people get to heaven by repentance and trusting Jesus for salvation. i.e. Born again.
    Muslims believe that they follow Allah and do well. They MAY then be allowed into paradise.
    It’s all iffy. But there is one sure thing.
    If you die during jihad, you will have a handle on Allah. You are allowed into paradise immediately with 72 dark eyed virgins and a sex tool that “never bends”. (Their words)

    I could go on, but I think I have made my point.
    I have read the Koran BTW.

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  21. Kim, in this area they’ve actually started selling half loaves of bread, but like small bottles of soda, they cost nearly as much as the full-size.

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  22. Kim, if strawberries are good, I wash them and serve them whole. If they aren’t very good or they are getting past their freshness, then I cut them up and add a tiny bit of sugar to bring out the juice so they can be used in dessert (e.g.,, strawberry shortcake). But normally fruit doesn’t need sugar, nor do vegetables need bacon and all sorts of other things added.

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  23. Glad to read the comments. We are having trouble with our server in Singapore and it is iffy when we will have an internet connection. Still no word on my house. I thought that we were proceeding with some renters. Oh, well
    and the bill they want paid, haven’t heard back, but almost the full amount is in the account.
    very confusing…

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  24. I was scrolling past a link I have on Islam and came across this. I didn’t think to copy the source, far above it. But is speaks for itself. It’s about sharia. ‘

    • The real place of women is the house and she has been exempted from outdoor duties…She has however been allowed to go out of the house to fulfill her genuine needs, but whilst going out she must observe complete modesty. Neither should she wear glamorous clothes and attract attention, nor should she cherish the desire to display the charms of the face and the hand, nor should she walk in a manner which may attract attention of others. Moreover she should not speak to them without necessity, and if she has to speak she should not speak in a sweet and soft voice

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  25. A lot of people are unaware of how Sharia law is not tolerant of dogs. That would be a biggie with all the dog lovers in our nation. Not sure why cats are okay but dogs are not allowed.

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  26. Chas, I’m questioning whether the word “not” belongs in the last part of the last sentence you quoted: “…and if she has to speak she should not speak in a sweet and soft voice”? Unless I misunderstand, it seems it would be more consistent to command that women should speak in a sweet and soft voice so as not to attract attention to, say, a loud and boisterous voice.

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  27. Or do “sweet and soft” voices have something of a sexual connotation? I’m wondering what qualities of vocal tone they outline for women?

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  28. The quote is a verbatim quote. The idea is that a woman should not appear desirable. If a woman is raped, it is her fault. In another book, a woman tells her daughter, “A woman out without a man is like a piece of meat in the sun.”
    What I don’t understand is their insistence that not a strand of hair be showing. Even when the faces are not covered, the hair is completely hidden.

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  29. She’s gone to visit her daughter (+ new baby) will be out of communication for a few weeks I think she said.

    I believe today was Karen’s 2nd cataract surgery too.

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  30. Chas, in lots of places women traditionally put their hair up, and no one but a husband sees it down once she is past a certain age or once she is married. I think the hair is considered quite sensual to many. I understand that one, actually; it’s a very feminine beauty.

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  31. I’d rather not comment on that. But I doubt that hair, as such, is a deciding factor for most men. But Dolly uses it as a prop. She once said, “everything in show business is phony.”

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  32. Chas, I too doubt it’s a “deciding factor,” but it may well play a role.

    My sister and her husband both remember the day they met. (Well, he is deceased now, but I heard the story from both of them.) She was renting a bedroom in his grandparents’ house, which was next door to the house where he lived with his parents. He’d expressed concern that his grandparents took in a stranger, and they told him she was a nice young lady. She was selling books door to door, and riding a scooter or a moped (she had both at different times, so I’m not sure which she had then), and one day she pulled into the driveway, pulled off her helmet, shook out her hair, and he saw this gorgeous young woman with lots of hair and an ear-to-ear smile and he was smitten. I don’t think it would have had the same effect on him had she had bobbed hair; it was the shoulder-length waves falling loose that wowed him, along with the smile, and probably the woman-on-a-bike novelty too.

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  33. As teens we obsessed on our hair — how long we could grow it, how to get it to shine more (rain water rinses!). It is definitely “a thing” when girls are young and in their prime. Later on, not so much really. And some girls wear chunky, bobbed cuts very cutely, it’s a good fit. All depends, I guess.

    A young reporter some years ago had great hair — glossy chestnut brown. She had it all different lengths, long, medium and finally a boy cut (after an argument with her boyfriend, she grew it out again later). But she was one of those rare women who looked really cute whatever length her hair was.

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  34. Elvera has always had short hair. When her hair grows, it doesn’t hang down like on the FoxNews women. It bushes out like into an Afro.
    I, too, was smitten when I first saw her.
    Actually, I don’t know what it was. It was a February night and she was bundled up, so it wasn’t that. But I fell anyhow. I knew that was what I wanted.

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  35. I’ve had all different lengths of hair, mostly long when I was young and into my 30s, now medium length to a little shorter (a long bob style with layers). Currently it’s way too long, I haven’t been in for a haircut since spring. Too much other stuff going on with the house I guess.

    Most women go shorter later on in life, it just seems to look & work better.

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  36. Janice, I have read that cats are revered in Islam and that Mohammad once cut off the sleeve of his robe to avoid disturbing his cat who was sleeping on it. Also there is a widespread belief among Muslims that cats seek out people who are praying. I can vouch for that one. My cats seek me out not only when I’m praying but reading, writing and trying to use the computer.

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  37. My husband always sighs over my short hair, remembering . . . .

    I asked him the other day, “So, if I grow it out again, Will you fix it for me every morning?”

    The answer was a laughing no. I rested my case.

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  38. In addition to Cheryl and Donna, I would observe that married women in Europe covered their hair up until about the 1800s – those neat little lace caps one sees in old pictures had significance. The wimple that is still sometimes seen in the nun’s habit was, for about three hundred years (c.1000-1300) the way that married women covered their hair. This interesting and well researched blog post talks about the significance of women’s hair in Roman times: http://thecripplegate.com/addressing-the-dressing-v-hair-and-roman-culture/

    Roman women wore their hair up on their heads at all times, with two public exceptions. The first exception was for mourning or being part of a funeral procession; adult women letting their hair down was associated with death.[12] The second exception was with children; young girls could let their hair down…
    There was also one private exception, which would be one of a sexual nature. Women would “let their hair down” with their husbands; something that was far more erotic than one might initially suspect… The Roman god Venus was often shown wearing her hair cascading down over her shoulders, but this was an image that was overtly pornographic in Roman culture.

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  39. Michelle,

    My daughter just got her haircut. It’s the shortest it’s ever been. I like it. Just tell your husband compared to her, your’s is long. 🙂

    She will be in the header tomorrow, along with a new, and still unnamed, fuzzy addition to the family. 🙂

    As Donna would say…..

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

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  40. Huh. So it turns out my unlogged in self can post a comment and my logged in self can like it, even though I was logged in when I posted the comment, but it posted like I wasn’t.

    Huh.

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  41. Re: Cats and dogs in Islam – Janice, I would say that the Jews in the Bible wouldn’t have regarded dogs well either – none of the Biblical uses of the word are laudatory. I think that is more to do with the culture of the Middle East, since in West Africa, dogs, while not exactly being pets, were kept to guard property such as carts in the marketplace when the owners weren’t around. From what I’ve read, Afghan tribes keep dogs for similar purposes. As for how badly the dogs that aren’t useful are treated, let me put it this way – if you don’t have money or even access to a vet, those dogs are going to breed, prodigiously (I remember walking through the town one day and seeing every shady place crowded with sleeping dogs – there were packs of them). Those dogs are going to steal food, precious food, that you barely have enough of, and in addition, every stray dog is potentially rabid – I know Aji suun mentioned here the child that died of rabies shortly after I came home after he was bitten by a stray dog. Think of the coyotes of L.A. and you get the picture – except that the villagers, not being as well off as the L.A. dwellers, have a clear notion of who has to survive.

    On cats, the villagers didn’t like cats generally – I would see them flinch if one of the team members pet cats approached them – and the village boys, who ate anything, are suspected to have eaten one of the pet kittens.

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  42. Michelle, in my twenties I was finally able to have long hair, and I grew it long for a while. Then someone at college cut it fairly short (shoulder length) and I got so many compliments on the new length I wore it that length for 20 years, regretting nearly every haircut I got, but doing it for the reality that shoulder length was “a better length for me” as assessed by college students 20 years ago.

    After I married, I got thinking: I want it long, and more often than not, men prefer hair long. It doesn’t really matter what other people think about it, if my husband likes it. (I am happy, though, that a lot of middle-aged women today seem to be ignoring the “received wisdom” that we look better with shorter hair–that just isn’t always true.) So I told him I was thinking about growing my hair and asked what he thought about it. He said he didn’t care either way. So I grew it. And eighteen or twenty months later, when it got to the length that is the longest it will grow, I asked him about it, and his response was definite that he likes it at the longer length.

    As a married woman, the opinions of two people matter in the length of my hair: my husband’s (first place) and mine (second). If it was somehow impossible to care for (as might be the case if it tended toward greasiness and needed to be washed every day, for instance, since it takes hours to dry), then I can see keeping it shorter than his preference. Or if there was some safety issue or other strong reason (babies yanking on it, some machine catching it). But culture’s preference that middle-aged women wear it shorter, nah. Not good enough for me.

    A time may come when I can’t wear it long anymore, when it refuses to cooperate or it really looks horrible. I can’t imagine ever wearing it shorter than shoulder length, but potentially it might even be a little shorter than that if it works better for some good reason. But wearing it long because my husband likes it long seems a good enough reason to me, even if it didn’t match my own personal preference. (Now, on the other hand, full disclosure, he also expressed a personal preference that I dye it, and it was so hard even to contemplate doing so that I finally asked him again how important it was to him that I do so, and he told me that if it bothers me please don’t dye it–he had been expressing a preference, not a demand.) My mom kept her hair short partly because Dad preferred it short, and one of my sisters-in-law dyed her hair because my brother liked it that way. Those are honorable choices, though they differ from mine.

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  43. In some churches, it was a sin for a woman to cut her hair. My grandmother had very long hair that she would make into a knot on the back of her head..

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