I’m Madalyn.
I blog to muse over society and life, the best and most troubling parts.
Mostly, I’m just human.
I’m tolerant of everything except intolerance and that’s really not as confusing as it sounds.
I work as a transcriptionist and virtual assistant. You can find out more about my services here.
I am a writer in the midst of various projects.



arising from or characterized by caution


the desire to be in a constant state of wonder

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    1. I honestly listen to a bit of everything. I like pop when I’m in a lighthearted mood so I know most everything on the radio. I like some country, read: Johnny Cash. Some of the pop country is alright. Rock and alternative is what stays on my playlists. I like a lot of female solo singers as well.

      Ani DiFranco, Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, Weezer, Gillian Welch are all listened to a lot around here.

      Then there is the more theatrical. Musicals like Wicked and Rent along with Trock and Wrock. I also listen to classical and foreign music from time to time. I’m all over the place.

      1. It is only lately that I have started listening to rock. Please don’t ask me the band names for I am clueless :). Some country though I can’t remember when I last listened to country. I listen to soul. Mostly though it is reggae or classical.

  1. Pssst….I promise to post on your last article. Great post, btw. I have some thoughts I want to share, and I will. Just not sure when. I’ve been a tad busy with blog projects, and ummm….I was notified by the editor of WordPress that my article on vulnerability is going to be Freshly Pressed. Not sure when exactly, but I’m told that it’s usually within 3 or 4 days, and I was notified on Thursday.

    Oh chit. Of all posts, it has to be the one with my pic. ACK! lol

    Hope you’re having a fab Fall weekend.

  2. Greetings, salutations Muggle/Madalyn!

    I’m looking forward to perusing your brain — it seems we have some topics in common — and becoming intrigued, intellectualized (more), and challenged; all of which I enjoy! We are also parents; that there is an entirely different blog much of the time, huh?

    Thank for stopping by my little partition of the blogosphere. 🙂
    All the best for you!

  3. Hi Madalyn,

    I am an atheist and geek as well.

    I really liked this from your post above:

    I’m tolerant of everything except intolerance and that’s really not as confusing as it sounds.

    1. “Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. . . We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.”

      Karl Popper

      [Apologies for butting in Madalyn; I just was thinking the same as Howie – best wishes, Hariod.]

      1. That’s a new quote for me and I really like it Hariod. And it comes from a great scientific mind – one who made falsification a popular word. Not sure I’ve ever mentioned it, but you are a very cool person Hariod!

        1. Glad you liked Popper’s quote Howie; we seemed to be on the same wavelength as regards Madalyn’s statement above. A dear friend of mine happens to have been a more-or-less adopted Granddaughter of Popper’s when he lived in England, so I have the most tenuous of links. Now, I must be honest Howie, I think you are the only person in over 60 years to have ever described me as ‘cool’. In truth, I’m somewhere between lukewarm and chambré, in other words ‘very ordinary’.

          1. Ah yes, the kind, humble Hariod reply I’ve gotten used to reading. Not sure “cool” has translated properly across different cultures and generations, but suffice it to say that from a guy who grew up in Brooklyn, NY in the 70’s and 80’s, cool is a very good thing. And knowing a “relative” of Karl Popper is definitely cool. 🙂

  4. Thank you. I love to make folks smile and think. Satire is my way of dealing with the anger I feel towards christian cheese-heads like the one Mak’s writing about in his latest post. STEAMED they make me! STEAMED!!

  5. I’m tolerant of everything except intolerance and that’s really not as confusing as it sounds.”

    Spot on! We are definitely soul-mates here. One of my favorite answers to those who accuse me of intolerance, especially about religion, is; “I am intolerant of intolerance.” Then I proceed to explain to them about their intolerance of others in society who do not abide by their religious beliefs, and their insistence that government (taxpayers) should, by law, fund the propagation and implementation of their beliefs.

    Either virtually none of them understand it, or the logical contradiction with which they come to face creates such a discomfort that they recoil back behind their walls of exclusive dogma.

    You write so well and think so exceedingly well that I must ask; What was your college major? Mine was philosophy and world religions, taken for the express purpose of paving the road to Truth (as much as I can understand it), and on that road I continue to travel. College became the pivotal point in my evolution from Christian dogma to reason. I absolutely loved the intensive-writing, ethics classes. Business majors tended to hate them. Who would have thought? 😀

    1. Aw, thank you, Max. 🙂
      I actually didn’t go to college. I graduated high school a year early on a whim and was looking at colleges without much enthusiasm when I found out I was pregnant. I didn’t have a major in mind and couldn’t wrap my head around the debt since I would have been on all loans. So, when I got pregnant, I decided to hold off. I’ve spent a lot of time educating myself and thought a lot about going back, but I’m not sure I ever will.
      If I had, it probably would have been English or Journalism or Philosophy or Social Sciences. See? I can’t even decide now. I’d rather take a dozen different courses and get a degree in ‘Well-Rounded’.

      1. I am surprised :O . You have done a very good job of self education. I understand the “Well-Rounded” degree course. I’ve always been a bit too eclectic in my interests as well. Always hated business (trying to sell items to folks). Apparently, I never was interested in anything that was a good money maker. But, I’m happy now since I am doing what I like–writing and pontificating. 😀

          1. Ah, but they’re all refusing to do so. Not one has so far even moved an inch to addressing the central teleological thesis.

            I heard last week that the book is going to be presented at some Christian philosophy conference next month in Belgium, so maybe we’ll see some formal rebuttal generated from that. We will wait and see.

  6. Hey Madalyn! Assuming life, kids, family, etc, have taken/stolen much of your writing-blogging time and those perfectly good reasons are why you haven’t been able to blog in awhile, right? 😉

    Hope you are returning soon to our circles here. Miss you! ❤

    1. They are indeed. I don’t know how much blogging I’ll be doing (concentrating on the fiction), but I’ve been trying to be a more consistent commenter at least. Thanks for thinking of me, professor. 🙂

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