General Discussion, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

SONNET CXVI

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

William Shakespeare

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213 Responses to General Discussion, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    National Tortellini Day and Fat Tuesday.

    This is not a coincidence.

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  2. Lucille says:

    Glorifying and Imitating God โ€” Genesis 1:31

    How many times have you praised God at the sight of a beautiful flower or a herd of wild animals living peacefully in nature? We see the Creatorโ€™s wisdom when a beautiful valley stretches out before us and we breathe the fresh air of the countryside. The oceanโ€™s waves, both the gentle ones and the powerful ones, speak to us of Godโ€™s intelligence. We hear the loud cry of an animal in the night, the birdsong that wakes us in the morning, the flutter of wings flying quietly over our heads.

    All these remind us that we are not alone in this universe that God created just for us. Beautiful mountains, plains, and valleys invite us to meditate and to worship the Creator. Thinking about his own work, God โ€œsaw that it was very good!โ€

    Because we were created in the image and the likeness of God, we can imitate the Creator in our creative words and actions. God entrusted us with the sacred task of caring for his creation. So let us respect our environment by preserving it in a state of cleanliness, beauty, and โ€œgoodnessโ€โ€”a place where we can experience his perfect harmony.

    (Excerpt from Study Notes for the Africa Study Bible – Oasis International/Tyndale House, 2017)

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  3. Lucille says:

    MORE WINDOWSโ€ฆ.
    Bovey Castle in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park in Devon.

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  4. The sonnet you featured above was quoted in the movie “Sense & Sensibility” by Kate Winslet & “Whilloughby”, fyi…
    My husband & kids are all 1st Cousins to William Shakespeare being descended from his brother. Well that is if the BYU program that lets you measure kinship (based on FamilySearch genealogies) can be believed.
    Blessings to All!

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  5. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! ๐Ÿ˜Ž |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) ๐Ÿฑ ๐Ÿธ (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿธ (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! ๐Ÿ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿธ (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (โ€œStellarsโ€) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1961 Chรขteau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ rheavolans! (aka “Rhea Salacia Volans”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ Senatssekretรคr FREISTAAT DANZIG! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Bromptonโ€™s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! ๐Ÿ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! ๐Ÿ˜•

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

    Breakfast!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all! I’m looking forward to more improvements on bad art, today.

    Liked by 8 people

  7. lovely says:

    I have, with my abundance of snow, prepared snow coffee for everyone.

    Enjoy!

    Liked by 8 people

  8. auscitizenmom says:

    OUR Sheriff Grady Judd is on FOX and FRIENDS this morning. I have met the man and he is quite charming. But, not liked by the ones who want to commit crimes. LOL

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Lucille says:

    This theatre is still there and is owned, I believe, by the Los Angeles Conservancy. When I first moved to L.A. in 1963, I went there often. Really lovely then.

    Los Angeles Theatre lobby staircase around 1931

    Ladies Lounge

    Couldn’t find a photo of the marble bathroom stalls and sink area. Each stall is huge, perhaps to accommodate evening gowns and fur coats.

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  10. G-d&Country says:

    Today’s painting is ‘The Courtship’ by Adrien Moreau.

    Adrien Moreau 1843 โ€“ 1906 was a French genre and historical painter, sculptor and illustrator. Moreau began his artistic training as an apprentice glassmaker, but left for Paris to study at the ร‰cole des Beaux-Arts. He first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1868, being described by fellow artist and critic, Joseph Uzanne, as “among the ranks of the greatest painters of contemporary genre”. During the course of events of the Franco-Prussian war which forced military attacks into the streets of Paris, Moreauโ€™s studio was actually destroyed by an explosion. He did not exhibit again until 1873, when he showed Concert dโ€™Amateurs dans un Atelier dโ€™Artiste (Amateur Concert in an Artistโ€™s Atelier) which really established him in the public eye, and his art became in great demand, particularly in America. His touch is described as microscopic in its details, and yet the accessories are always kept subservient to the theme of the story. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrien_Moreau

    To see the amazing level of detail in the above painting that he is known for go to https://i.pinimg.com/736x/af/95/b3/af95b3cd0e9b0306db194e00dce38b5b.jpg

    I know these paintings may not be to everyone’s taste, but I was trying to show a more romantic feeling for St. Valentine’s Day, as well as in all the paintings I post, the true artistic ability which is often lacking today due to the communist goal of wiping out beauty in art and architecture. As it turns out, these are quite a comparison to the Obama’s portraits posted above!

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    • Gil says:

      These are nice and I get an art lesson. That obama thing is junk. I saw pics of tom hanks with obama at the unveiling. I guess they’re best buddies.

      Liked by 2 people

      • G-d&Country says:

        Glad you enjoy them! ๐Ÿ™‚
        Hmmm… Tom Hanks makes his millions playing conservatives and heroes – maybe it’s time to stop going to his movies. I’m so happy Clint Eastwood had the actual heroes play their parts in his new movie about the French train attack and rescue.

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    • Sharon says:

      The detail really is amazing. Thank you.

      Liked by 1 person

      • G-d&Country says:

        Isn’t his talent amazing! I can’t even dream of doing something like that! I wonder if it took him the entire 5 year gap to paint that one painting – it would not surprise me if it did. I think they painted these detailed paintings with a variety of subjects in it for the salon. The salon was the big entrance to getting wealthy people to buy from you. It was the major marketing tool, so everything had to be in your one best effort I guess.

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  11. John Denney says:

    Finland emerges as a happy, prosperous place.
    Like I keep saying:
    1) Can-do attitude
    2) Diligence
    3) Continuous Learning
    4) Trustworthiness
    based in love for one’s neighbor, which, coincidentally, is what the Lord commanded.

    It’s all there in this article, if you look for it as you read through to the end:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/12/safe-happy-and-free-does-finland-have-all-the-answers

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  12. G-d&Country says:

    I searched on Mardi-Gras gowns, because hey I’m a girl! I had never seen gowns and trains like this before! Amazing and beautiful. The amount of work is mind boggling. Gown/costume production must be a huge business down there!

    This one was beautiful blue with an amazing headdress!

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    • czarina33 says:

      Each one is hand crafted, the more money you have to put into it the more elaborate it is. The Queens of Rex & Comus have detailed hand beading, pearls & crystals on fine lace. The headdresses are so heavy they are supported on the floats by rigging. There is a whole industry around feathers. And, of course, they are only worn for one Carnival.
      Of note, a Mardi Gras Indian makes his own “suit” every year, sewing the elaborate beaded story plates & creating the feathers. They have tribes, such as The Yellow Pochahauntas, which meet to taunt each other & sing, both on Fat Tuesday & on Super Sunday (a few weeks from now).

      http://www.porche-west.com/mardi-gras-indians-studio-photographs.html

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  13. G-d&Country says:

    Hi Stella, The other day I was trying to sort pictures I had already posted versus pictures to post in the future, but I mixed them up! (Should have known not to do it when not feeling well ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) What is the best way for me to search on my comments to figure out what paintings I’ve already posted so I don’t re-post them?

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  14. stella says:

    Should be interesting press conference today. Chris Wray at the FBI says that they sent four separate reports to the White House about Rob Porter, and that their investigation was closed in January.

    Liked by 2 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      You know what bothers me about this? I don’t really care. I don’t care when they found out and I don’t care if he did it. But, I thought I heard Wray say there was some info in Jan, 2018 and of course Kelly wasn’t there then, and Porter denied it. Then the investigation was closed in June or July and the later reopened because somebody requested it. And, then again, they closed it and reopened it when the pictures were made available.

      My feeling about this is, “Boy, his ex-wives and girlfriend really hated him.” I think somebody came across this information and pressured them into coming out with it. That is what I think. And, no, I didn’t really care that he was in the administration.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Lucille says:

        Thank goodness I haven’t read the details…don’t want to filthy-up my mind. Whatever he did, he’s lost his job over it. It’s one of those “need to know” items and I don’t need to know. Let the police, courts, etc. handle whatever criminality was involved then let the whole lot of them ooze back into their previous nonentity status.

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  15. G-d&Country says:

    So Hello ๐Ÿ™‚ to anyone I missed ๐Ÿ™‚
    Not feeling well again, so I’m signing off for the day.
    I’ll have to come back tomorrow and check out the rest of the day’s fun ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Lucille says:

    I’m checking out until tonight, too. Off to the doctor to see what this new set of symptoms points to. Life!

    Liked by 3 people

  17. stella says:

    In Defense of Evangelicals Who Support Trump
    Should we be more interested in doing good than feeling good?

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/269270/defense-evangelicals-who-support-trump-dennis-prager

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    • rheavolans says:

      I wonder how many of these people discussed in this article who are bemoaning Donald Trump thought that Obama was the be-all, end-all of moral righteousness. A man who literally voted to let babies who survived abortion be left out to die is probably less reprehensible to these “evangelical” cretins then President Trump is. And to be brutally honest, I heard the “Trump’s been married three times” thing shortly after the man was elected and nearly blew a gasket. The divorce rate among professed Christians is astronomical, but now it’s okay for us to get all huffy because Trump was married three times? Give me a break.

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  18. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12โ€™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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  19. Lucille says:

    Well, I took several souls to task over at CTH a few minutes ago in the “Just Plain Goofy” post. Honestly, dislike of a person’s politics, even considering a person to be influenced by the Father of lies, is generally acceptable. But degenerating into stupidity, libelous content and pornography is really too much! Sickening!

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  20. texan59 says:

    I don’t care who ya are, this is funny. Always read the small print. ๐Ÿ˜€

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/humor/couple-mistakenly-books-tickets-to-bagpipes-gig/ar-BBJ5fzY?li=BBnb4R7

    Like

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