General Discussion, Thursday, December 28, 2017

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  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    A week late, but I just saw this…

    One Moment in Time: The Winter Solstice Seen from Newgrange

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  2. Lucille says:


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  3. Lucille says:

    1930s Menswear


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  4. Wooly Covfefe says:

    Great Rolling Stoneinterview with Bono. He is an astonishing person, and despite any political or social disagreements I may have with him, I would shake his hand, and pray with him. Same with this writer/interviewer.

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    • Menagerie says:

      I had this idea of your younger self talking to your older self for quite a while. It is an interesting dramatic device. [Several years ago] I was at an exhibition of Anton Corbijn’s photographs in Amsterdam, and someone asked me what would I say to this photo; I think it was a shot of me at age 22. I thought about it, and then I said, “Stop second-guessing yourself. You’re right.

      Oh how I wish I could say the exact same thing to my younger self.

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  5. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG! πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! πŸ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! πŸ™‚ |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! πŸ™‚ |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Christmas Donuts

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  6. G-d&Country says:

    Good morning everyone!
    Here is today’s painting by Michael Hague, Father Christmas ans Elves Delivering Presents:

    Michael Hague is an American illustrator and writer, primarily of children’s fantasy books.He has illustrated such classics such as The Wind in the Willows, The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit and the stories of Hans Christian Andersen. He is renowned for the intricate and realistic detail he brings to his work, and the rich colors he chooses. Hague trained at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. His influences as the comics series Prince Valiant and the works of Disney, Japanese printmakers Hiroshige and Hokusai, and turn of the 20th century illustrators Arthur Rackham, W. Heath Robinson, N. C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. Current work includes In the Small, a graphic novel published by Little, Brown and Company. He currently resides in Colorado Springs and donates his time each year to making a poster for Imagination Celebration.
    I have loved his artwork from the first time I saw it, and am lucky enough to have a few of his calendars. I wish I bought more when it was more readily available.

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  7. Gary says:

    Good Morning everyone,I hope today brings joy to all of you.

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  8. G-d&Country says:

    Here is a very interesting, and informative website:
    The Saint Nicholas Center: Discovering the truth about Santa Claus.To educate people of faith, and the wider public, about the true St. Nicholas, and why he is important in today’s world. Why is St. Nicholas Important?

    St. Nicholas, lover of the poor and patron saint of children, is a model of how Christians are meant to live. As priest and bishop, Nicholas put Jesus Christ at the center of his life and ministry. His concern for children and others in need or danger expressed a love for God which points toward Jesus, the source of true caring and compassion. Embracing St. Nicholas customs can help recover the true center of Christmasβ€”the birth of Jesus.

    Understanding St. Nicholas as the original and true holiday gift-giver also helps shift focus to giving rather than getting, compassion rather than consumption, need rather than greed. This can help restore balance to increasingly materialistic and stress-filled Advent and Christmas seasons.

    St. Nicholas is beloved throughout the world and continues to be revered in Christian tradition, especially as protector and patron of children in the West and as Wonderworker in the East. The St. Nicholas Center aims to bring Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians together in common purposeβ€”to help people understand and appreciate the original St. Nicholas, the only real Santa Claus.

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  9. lovely says:

    ”What a wonderful world.” Louis Armstrong (Songwriters: George David Weiss, Robert Thiele)

    β€œJoy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

    ”Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” __Thich Nhat Hanh

    ”Or rather, let us be more simple and less vain.”__Rousseau

    ”The world is mud-luscious and puddle wonderful.” E. E. Cummings

    “Be still, and know that I am God”.__God

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  10. G-d&Country says:

    Here is an interesting article. The comments are also worth reading.
    Educational Rot
    The roots of America’s epidemic of substandard teachers.
    I am so happy more people are waking up to this problem. I just wish my local school board’s answer to everything was not to just throw more money at it.
    Both DH and I were recently talking about how the past year or two we have noticed so often in everyday life problems arise because people (usually under the age of 40, but especially under20or 25) have no idea of how to deal with the most simple of problems that we would have straightened out without barely noticing. Many people today literally/actually only know how to look at their smart phones or computers, and do what it says next. They have NO IDEA HOW TO THINK, and FORGET ABOUT PROBLEM SOLVING! I dread growing older because so many of the younger people have no idea how to think something through. Over 20 years ago my friend and I were lamenting how younger people had no idea of how to look at either the big overall picture, or the long term consequences of their actions and beliefs. Now these people are in their 30’s and 40’s trying to run businesses, schools, and government agencies. I know exceptions to this of people who were home schooled or went to Catholic schools. This is why, as I said the other day, all the propane guys have grey hair!

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    • czarina33 says:

      Doing this with the 10 year old GGS. He is already challenged by impatience, ADHD & the immaturity of little boys, so he gets angry at the least difficulty or frustration. We try to talk him through tasks like looking for a missing Lego piece, cutting thick branches with a ratcheting clipper or assembling a jigsaw puzzle using logic & step by step, well thought actions. He needs to learn how to use tools, & the right tool for the job, or how to decide how use what tools you have if the right one is not available. He has no idea how to set goals. Looking at the other children in his school, almost all of whom are on the free lunch program, I can’t imagine how the teachers don’t pull out all their hair!

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      • stella says:

        You are providing what many parents do not. You care enough to recognize his needs, and SUPERVISE him while he learns.

        While I disagree with my DD and her husband about many things, they have taught their sons to cook, rake leaves, shovel snow, do laundry, wash dishes, and many other things that make them independent humans.

        My daughter also has been a bulldog about supervising homework, helping her kids when they hit hard spots, and has used tutors for the boys when they were needed. She’s great about identifying problems early and doing what she can to help solve them.

        I especially see the fruits of their efforts in the 17 year old boy this year. He is turning into a very nice young man. I was especially impressed this Christmas with his ability to recognize a need and offer his help. I was in the middle of assembling my potato dish on Christmas Eve, and had to sit down to rest my sore knees. He immediately offered to finish it for me, and did, with minimal supervision. Both boys cooperated (maybe not the best word – competed is probably better) to make the berry trifle for dessert. They also assisted with dog walking and snow shoveling during their visit.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          Something that always baffled me was when a parent of a high schooler said they didn’t know their child was a poor reader. 😯 How could you not know?

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          • They never bothered to invest any time making sure their kids could.

            One of my earliest memories is going to the bookstore with my family. We didn’t always get a book, but sometimes we did. In fact, frequently we did. Looking back, I don’t know how much money my parents spent on new books when we were younger. All of us kids can read, and I’m a massive bibliophile. So I daresay it had the desired effect.

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        • G-d&Country says:

          Wonderful! Gives me such hope for the future πŸ™‚
          I general, maybe the positive stories are not reported that often because the people are modest, and the news gets better ratings from bad stories. Hmmm The Foundation for a Better Life just had a blurb on radio – will have to look into them.

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      • G-d&Country says:

        God bless you! You are helping him for the rest of his life with the invaluable lessons you are teaching him now πŸ™‚


      • Menagerie says:

        My husband was always adamant that we not solve the boys’ problems for them, large or small. I confess there were times where he stopped me from helping them, which wound up being very good for them. I don’t think I would have had the backbone it took to raise strong young men alone, as a young mother.

        He was excellent at giving them difficult tasks that could be made much easier by working smarter, and he was also good at nudging them in a direction but not telling them what to do if he felt they needed to reason things out.

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        • G-d&Country says:

          Big smiles for such a good Dad! I am very happy for you all. πŸ™‚ There ARE differences between the sexes, even in parenting styles. Wasn’t there an article at the Treehouse a couple of years ago about how young male elephants were going rogue and attacking everything in sight somewhere in Africa? They then brought in older males, and the younger males straightened right out! Not much different with people.

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    • Lucille says:

      Dyan Cannon is a tiny little thing (so Willie must be also unless she’s got on four inch boots). Her family and my boss’s family were friends and I’d see her occasionally when she came in to visit. Nice lady.

      In this film, the younger brunette woman in the audience is Amy Irving, Steven Spielberg’s first wife. The older brunette woman is Priscilla Pointer, who in real life is Amy’s mother. I never met Amy, but I did work with Priscilla behind the scenes in episodic television shows occasionally back in the 70s. Also nice lady with a sweet disposition.

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  11. Lucille says:

    Fred Astaire and his son, Fred, Jr.

    Daughter, Ava

    Wife Phyllis

    Even when he wasn’t working, he always looked impeccable…

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  12. stella says:

    If you are a Downton Abbey fan, or a Mary Berry fan, or even a fan of Tutankhamun/Egyptian exploration, you’ll probably like this video I watched today at YouTube:

    Highclere Castle – the house, gardens and grounds – is featured.


    • Lucille says:

      That was great fun, Stella. Thanks!

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    • Sharon says:

      I’m only a few minutes into it, but one the principles that was surely a part of their on ‘n on living and planning, etc. was the acceptance of the idea that maintenance and care of these events and places took TIME – and they did not begrudge that time.

      Even in everyday responsibilities in my home, I notice the difference when I do routine tasks with a generosity of spirit (willing to ‘let go’ of the time it takes) or when I do a task in a rush – just wanting to get it done and move on. Much more satisfying to be willing to give the time.

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    • Sharon says:

      The dogs “in action” at around 18 minutes is some sheer joy on their part………..

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  13. Lucille says:

    Just ran across this lovely quote from Agatha Christie…not sure if she said it or one of her characters did….

    “It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realise just how much you love them.”

    (I didn’t realize until typing this that “realise” is the Brit spelling. LOL!)

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  14. G-d&Country says:

    Hi Stella, wanted to say what a beautiful winter sunrise photo you put up today πŸ™‚

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  15. I meant to post this over Christmas, but, uh…other things happened to me during that time. So here you go.

    It’s older video of Crowder’s but it’s amazing how well it aged: “I don’t work at Target. Target sucks.”

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  16. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  17. Plain Jane says:

    Oh my! The last of the kids’s and their families departed for home and other places about 8:30 this evening. I just enjoyed a dirty martini that I have been looking forward to for three weeks.

    I love my kids and grandkids, but it’s nice to know they are safe and sound and home, today and those who will be home tomorrow. This year I only have 4 sets of dirty sheets and 3 comforters in the wash. Last year due to sadircumstances there were 7 comforters in the wash.

    This grandma isnow very mellow, a tad tipsy, and sleepy. Good night all, and God bless you and yours. Merry Christmas.

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