General Discussion, Thursday, February 8, 2018

The sea is:

Taste of salt upon my lips,
The boom sound of waves
Pushing their weight against the rocks,
White foam flying,
Wet sand sinking beneath my feet
And white gulls crying.

Seaweed scalloping the shore
Amid shells and creatures from
The sea’s full store and
Motion, never-ending motion.

That is the sea.

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145 Responses to General Discussion, Thursday, February 8, 2018

  1. Lucille says:

    Thank you, Stella, for another lovely poem.

    “End Of Another Day On the Indian Ocean”

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  2. Lburg says:

    LOVE this poem, Stella. Thank you.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. 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)
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    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)
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    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
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    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)
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    Mornin’ litenmaus! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
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    Mornin’ G-d&Country! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! πŸ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
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    Mornin’ Lburg! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
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    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!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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  4. lovely says:

    Good morning Stellars.

    In keeping with Stella’s beach theme, a photo of California’s Glass Beach.

    Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA

    Liked by 6 people

  5. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

    Liked by 8 people

  6. derk says:

    Morning Stella, all!
    Bora Bora, beautiful. Can you even imagine swimming those beautiful waters? This world sure is filled with beauty, thank you for sharing it daily.
    And in keeping with the beach week theme and the start of the AT&T tourney today at Pebble Beach:

    Swinging on the 17th tee box towards the devilish double green. One of the best shots to take in all of golf. There actually several, which makes the place so special.
    On TV somewheres today and thru the weekend. Weather out here is unbelievably perfect. If you have a chance, take a peek!
    Did make par here, a few other holes as well and one birdie! The other 13 holes definitely leave room for improvement!

    Have a great day y’all!

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  7. Menagerie says:

    Here is a short, but excellent answer to the often asked question about the youth of Jesus, and why we don’t know more. Maybe the not knowing more is the whole point?

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    • Lucille says:

      Thanks, Menagerie! I very much liked the answer when it comes to silence and the necessity of it. “Be still and know that I AM GOD!”

      Not meaning to offend anyone, but my observation is that many Protestant and Evangelical churches today have lost that beautiful attitude of worshipful silence. Not so with Catholic or Orthodox churches.

      What an opportunity is missed in not practicing silence in a place of worship and communing with the Lord instead.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        You know there isn’t going to be any silence for reflection when they drag out the drums, electric guitar, and speakers. πŸ™„ I have found that to be a problem for me.

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        • Lucille says:

          Oh, me, too. Many churches don’t have choirs or hymnals or printed orders of service anymore, but rely on several big screens to let the congregation know what’s going on.

          Liked by 1 person

    • lovely says:

      In its own way, the silence of Scripture on Jesus’ hidden life is meant to speak volumes.


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  8. stella says:

    President Donald J. Trump’s schedule for Thursday, February 8th:
    Β· Bilateral meeting with the President of Guatemala
    Β· Deliver remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast
    Β· Meeting with Secretary of Defense James Mattis
    Β· Lunch with Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
    Β· Meeting with Dr. Henry Kissinger

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  9. G-d&Country says:

    Good Morning everyone ! πŸ™‚
    Here is a fun painting by Pogany. He also did advertising art, and this one was a bit funny to see compared to ads now, and especially since soap pods have been in the news. Even soap has been dumbed down from a history lesson to eating soap pods!

    Have to post bread art pics I did not have time to post yesterday to go along with bread discussion at amazing bread making video. I think that is nutella in bread tree:

    Have to run! Would love to respond to everyone’s lovely, happy comments, but have to get work done. Have a great day everyone! πŸ™‚

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  10. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook:

    On the proposed Military Parade:

    Cultures honor their heroes. Look how the Left assaults all old holidays and replaces them with their own. Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Lincoln & Washington’s Birthdays, the 4th of July and even Halloween – all under assault. Even veterans & memorial days, the pledge of allegiance. Meanwhile Kwanza, Black History Month, May Day, Equality Day, Ramadan rise. Plus the left has award shows, Nobel & Pulitzer prizes and many ways of honoring and protecting their ideological & cultural soldiers.

    Cultures recruit by claiming cultural spaces.

    The left will squeal. Pussy hats are good, but the military is bad. Parades with Mexican flags, gay pride flags, Antifa flags, even Palestinian and ISIS flags are all ok. Protesting the US flag is awesome.

    Get it? It’s not about Trump or Militarism. It’s about reclaiming the USA, it’s symbols, holidays and culture.

    It’s a battle vs Marxist Critical Theory. It’s recruiting. It’s honoring our own.

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    • stella says:


      I find this dustup fascinating. Mainly because what most panics the hard left isn’t policy. It’s that they’ve methodically and systematically coaxed the culture into s guilt trip for 60 years, trying to shame the country into acquiescence to egalitarian ideas, and then Trump in like a bull in a china shop and says, “Flaunt it, baby!” totally undoing decades of propaganda and shaming in about ten seconds flat. That alone has them in a complete panic. Their tirades and tantrums of “racist sexist homophobe xenophobe” sound like a panicked attempt to try and claw it all back. But it’s not coming back. It’s not working anymore. Because it never really did. And they are depressed to a point of utter despair and cannot accept their reality.

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  11. stella says:

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  12. G-d&Country says:

    I am listening to Jeff Kuhner as I am trying to get some work done, but I am almost in tears. JK (a historian before a talk show host) is talking about Pelosi saying how wonderful it is her fair skinned, blue eyed grandson wished for his 5th or 6th birthday he had brown hair and eyes like his Guatemalan friend. In the audio clip Pelosi scoffed, almost spit, when she said her grandson was on the ‘other side’ part english and irish, then she said also italian.
    This is child abuse!!! My dear God why would you train a child to hate his very basic self! The progs happily sacrifice their own children! I am very upset, and feel awful for this little boy.
    I’m guessing she herself never got over being born of italian descent with brown hair, brown eyes, and the derogatory comments of others for years. I also had to live with all the derogatory comments about being of partial italian descent. Almost all of us were bullied at some point, but we got over it. We did not psychologically abuse our and others’ children!
    Please pray for all the little children of these horrid people, and the children who are exposed to them through the brainwashing of common core.
    The only good thing about this is the majority of normal people are seeing how mentally sick these people are.
    I will NEVER APOLOGIZE for how God made me, nor will I psychologically abuse a child for how God made them!

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  13. Sharon says:

    Eric Holder was found in contempt of Congress and never broke stride, in either his professional or personal life.

    I’m glad Gov. Huckabee brought this forward now. It illustrates the futility of Congressional action when dealing with lawless individuals. No matter what “the law” says, at some point there has to be real life, visible, illustrative consequences for lawbreakers. Unless there is, lawful processes will not result in law and order.

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  14. Lucille says:

    “Bora Bora, French Polynesia Pahia and Otemanu. A barrier reef protects the shallow turquoise lagoon surrounding the Pacific islands of Bora Bora, where the extinct volcanic peak of Mount Otemanu juts into the sky.” That’s the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC caption for your photo, Stella.

    I’ve loved Bora Bora since seeing a similar photo in a NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC edition my father’s stepmother gave my sister and me probably around 1954. She had a room where she kept great stacks of all kinds of magazines–LOOK, LIFE, THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, TIME, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC among them. My sister and I would also go to thrift shops and pick up NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICs from the 1920s, 30s, 40s. The vintage ads of bathrooms, kitchens, and cars were great fun to view also.

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  15. rheavolans says:

    I’ve been offered a full-time position that I’ve accepted. It starts at the end of the month.

    I was afraid, when they reached out to me, to act on it. That’s why the poem on Tuesday mattered so much to me, stella. It asked, in what felt was a non-confrontational way, why I was so afraid, and pointed out that God cares for me and owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and in light of that, surely He has good in store for me.

    It was exactly what I needed to see that day to get me to act on the things I needed to act on.

    Thank you everyone, for your prayers.

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  16. stella says:

    Lots of snow forecast for our area over the next three days. Total of 10 or 11 inches possible.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lovely says:

      Tell me about it πŸ™„.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Lburg says:

      Be safe out there, Stella. And if you’re not going to be ‘out there’ be snuggled in!


    • michellc says:

      They’re not forecasting that for us, but are forecasting a chance of ice. I hope they’re wrong.

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      • lovely says:

        How’s the family feeling Michelle? Is Gracie on the mend?


        • michellc says:

          Gracie is pretty much all healed up, she has an occasional cough.
          Bub is having a relapse this evening and has started running a temp again. I guess he’ll be going back to the doctor tomorrow.

          The rest of us are doing better except the coughing, I think we all are coughing up lungs. It’s funny how you know things, but you forget them, like breathing cold air when you have a cough makes your cough worse.

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          • lovely says:

            Yep, there is nothing like being able to breathe and taking to for granted. Being sick sticks. I thought I was getting sick but thankfully it was only allergies.

            Poor Bub 😞 πŸ™πŸΌ.


            • michellc says:

              I’m ready for the sickness to go away.
              He was saying earlier today his ear hurt, so he may have gotten a secondary infection. It wouldn’t surprise me the congestion with this stuff is horrible.
              My daughter said he was feeling really bad. He usually doesn’t whine or complain when he’s sick, but she said he keeps saying, “I feel really bad,” and is very cranky. So he must be feeling pretty horrible.

              I guess people are sick everywhere. It’s so strange how people clear across the country have the same symptoms.
              They’ve closed down several schools around here due to the number of kids and teachers out sick.

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              • lovely says:

                I’ve heard about the school closings.

                I hope the poor little guy gets better soon. A lot of people are sick. My daughters bronchitis seems to have run its course with only a few residuals at the moment.

                Good health to all soon, Michelle, soon, good health to all.


  17. Lucille says:

    St. Helena….

    Logwood House where Napoleon Bonaparte died in 1821

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  18. Lburg says:

    If you love German Chocolate Cake like I do, here is an interesting article about its origins. Bonus feature – a recipe from 1956!


  19. 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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  20. Lucille says:

    Dr. Sebastian Gorka: What did President Obama know, and when did he know it?
    Rebel Media YouTube Channel

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  21. michellc says:

    So I was surfing the internet tonight and came across this lady who raises goats in Missouri. Reading her “about” page she had a dream to raise goats, chickens and fruit and vegetables in her back yard. So she made her dream a reality and now raises goats, chickens, herbs, fruit and vegetables on her 1/3 acre in town. She sells goat kids and chicks.

    I bet her neighbors love smelling her buck during breeding season, trust me you never want to be downwind from a buck in rut. I bet they love getting woke up with her rooster alarm clock.

    I’m one who believes in live and let live, but come on you live in town and not on enough land to properly raise goats.
    It’s one thing when a person moves to the country and complains about farm animals, it’s another to move into town with a herd of goats and a flock of chickens.

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    • czarina33 says:

      In New Orleans you can have fowl in your (sometimes tiny) yard, & you know they don’t stay in a yard very well. Our Vietnamese neighbors raised guinea fowl one year: they were cute, made pleasant “ping noises”, & visited sometimes, but disappeared into the great unknown pretty quickly. Thank the ungulate gods they did not go for goats or pigs.


      • michellc says:

        I think guineas are the most annoying birds in the world. We have them, but I’d be fine if they all went away.
        I do believe somebody out here somewhere keeps getting them and they keep finding us because about once a week when feeding in the morning we notice they’ve multiplied again. We didn’t have any white guineas but this morning we had 3.

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