General Discussion, Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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  1. Lucille says:

    Flowers…flowers for your hair…

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  2. Lucille says:


    Little Polish Village Where Everything Is Covered In Colorful Flower Paintings
    https://www.boredpanda.com/polish-village-floral-paintings-zalipie/

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I remember seeing some houses painted like that when were in Poland, helps tone down the depressing drabness of the People’s Republics.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Just in passing, Zalipie is about 20 miles from the village my grandfather’s from (Slupiec).

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        • czarowniczy says:

          BTW, that happy little village is about 110 miles east of the Auschwith-Birkenau complex. I can’t help but wonder how many of the local Polish Jews that lived in that village ended up there.

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    • Menagerie says:

      Wow Lucille, they were so beautiful. Did you see all the religious artwork in the homes? Clearly many of the buildings were very old, but all tended so lovingly. Thanks!

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      • czarowniczy says:

        You can find houses painted like this through the area including Austria, the old Czech republic, Romania. It’s a cultural thing that transcends borders.

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      • Lucille says:

        Though the communists gave it all they had, they could never defeat the Polish majority’s desire to maintain their Christian faith.

        I ran across this wonderful story today…

        The Young Priest Who Wouldn’t Baptize a Jewish Child
        https://www.accidentaltalmudist.org/heroes-blog/2017/3/15/the-young-priest-who-refused-to-baptize-a-jewish-child

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        • Menagerie says:

          There will never be another like him. Truly a great pope, a great world leader, and wasn’t it magnificent when the world had Reagan, Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II?

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        • czarowniczy says:

          We’re all over my family home today. BTW, John Paul was born in Wadowice, about 20 miles from what would become the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex. Out of the 6 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust 3 million were Poles, they comprised 90% of Polish Jewry and half of all Poles killed during the war.

          I’ve said it before but as I really like it I’ll post it again. In 1987 I was on active duty with a unit on the New Orleans Lakefront. There was a huge vacant area behind the Center and we were notified that the city had chosen that field to house the crowd that would be at the mass John-Paul would hold during his visit. They were building a huge 2-story steel building for the alter and putting up large swaths of fencing…some of that fencing would be at the far rear of the field and abut the large double gate at the rear of the Center. The city needed the gate to be watched, even though it was to be locked, and the Center needed to provide two people to guard the gate…I was one of the volunteers.

          We didn’t think much about it, the gate was to be used as an alternate access for emergency units, the Pope was to come through the main gate a half mile away. We just needed to watch the gate in case it was needed and to make sure no one used it to sneak in.

          Come the morning of the mass and there were an estimated 130,000 people in that field. We were way back in the deserted northeast corner, we could barely see the alter. It was a bright, beautiful cloudless day and everyone was enjoying the weather and light breeze when, out of nowhere, a huge black thunderstorm rolled in from the northwest. That sky was BLACK, and we watched the wall of rain slide in, threatening to ruin the mass. 130,000 people and very little chatter, all eyes were fixed on the rain and lightening.

          We were listening on our radios as NOPD was talking about the crowd being too thick, people blocking the roads coming to and trying to leave and how they couldn’t get their cars through… then we got a call to open our gate so a couple of NOPD and the rain hit. It wasn’t a cold rain but it poured, we couldn’t see our Center which was just about 200 feet away. As rain hadn’t been predicted we didn’t bring rain gear so we just sat there and got drenched to the skin, water poured off of the bills’ of out caps like small waterfalls.

          It was about 5 minutes before we saw the flashing red and blue lights of the NOPD cars coming up the drive towards the gate, they drove slowly thru the rain and two passed thru, the second slowing and a dry officer yelling to us not close the gate as more cars were coming. So we stood there, rain still pouring though a bit slower now, and the next vehicle started to appear. It wasn’t a police car, no lights, and it was strangely shaped. It was almost to the gate before we recognized it, it was the Popemobile. The Popemobile pulled up to the gate and stopped, the previous cars,m it turned out, were trying to clear an alternate route thru the crowd and had the Popemobile stop. There he was, John-Paul himself, standing in the plexiglass bubble, about a foot away. We were right up against the vehicle, on the right side of the Pope who was looking down on us as the rain sheeted off of us, we were a mess. He just stared at us for a minute, we must have looked like hell, and smiled. I just looked at him, shrugged and yelled: “Jestem Polakiem” (I’m Polish). He pointed at us, gave us a big smile and blessed us. We just looked at each other for a minute or two more until his driver got the go-ahead to move. The Pope waved goodbye and drove through the crowd followed by two more NOPD cars. We closed and locked the gate and watched the Pope’s vehicle as it approached headed towards the alter.

          The freaky part was that as his vehicle got closer to the alter the rain slowed until, as he mounted the covered alter, the rain stopped, the skies cleared disappeared and 130,000
          people were amazed. The news still mentions the visit and alludes to the mass but there’s little mention of the rain now though everyone there and watching it on the TV remembers.

          Just another of those little coincidences that pepper my life.

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  3. nyetneetot says:

    For some reason my desktop is asking for me to login. Breakfast is going to be late.

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

    Liked by 7 people

  5. czarina33 says:

    Fox news article about the Malabar giant squirrels

    Amazing giant multicolored squirrels caught on camera, become Internet sensation – Fox News
    https://apple.news/AKXgxKvnqTLirlX9ITcnHMg

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  6. Lucille says:

    STELLA BY STARLIGHT
    by Victor Young
    Frank Sinatra (remastered 1947 original version)

    The song a robin sings,
    Through years of endless springs,
    The murmur of a brook at eventide.
    That ripples by a nook where two lovers hide.
    A great symphonic theme,
    That’s Stella by starlight,
    And not a dream.
    My heart and I agree,
    She’s everything on earth to me.
    A great symphonic theme,
    That’s Stella by starlight,
    And not a dream,
    My heart and I agree,
    She’s everything on earth to me.

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  7. 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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  8. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  9. Lucille says:

    Last flowers of the day…Wisteria….

    Liked by 2 people

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