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  • This is a plea to all United States citizens: VOTE, but vote responsibly.  Vote to save our democracy. 

    If you have been paying attention, you must have noted that this administration is slowly, but d […]

    • I strongly believe that this is a pivotal point in the life of our nation. If we don’t turn things around in this election, we are going to no longer be a democratic republican and will become a full-fledged autocratic dictatorship. The beginning stages have already come about, and the various departments are mostly, but not all together as of yet, taken over by the person that sees himself as “leader for life”.

      This is absolutely the most important election we have been had as a nation.

  • For Xylan the time for fear and cowering were over. She couldn’t in all good consciousness allow the terrible situation to continue as it was. Hellion castle not only looked down upon the village where she lived, […]

  • Such a sad day. I turned everything off to process this great loss. I was unbelievably sad and did not want to hear anything on any news channel. My heart is so heavy….. She was so remarkable.

    And of course […]

    • When I came home, yesterday, and found out she had passed, my first reaction was sadness, I actually felt tears coming up, and I NEVER do that about a public figure, either political or entertainment world. The next thing was fear and dread about who would take her place.

      • Monica replied 1 week ago

        I did cry. Have you seen RBG the documentary? LOVED it. You can appreciate her so much more. I took my sons with me to see it when it came out.
        Yeah….a very sad moment in history.

  • I was getting my hair done today and my stylist was playing Madonna & Lisa Lisa and we were laughing about the good old days.

    When we were in high school we would cross the border and dance the night away in […]

  • Well….here in America we can replace his use of “Brexit” with our upcoming election. Actually this message is worth spreading in general.

    There is common ground with all of us. I mentioned somewhere in the […]

    • I have always found it fascinating that we as humans can build fabulous bridges that span the banks of a river or gorge, but building one to span our own differences is so difficult and seemingly out of reach.

      • No, I can’t, I tried but can’t just say no comment. I have to say that if a group of people, like those that support the current administration are intent on destroying my equal rights…I am not going to “reach across the aisle. i honestly believe that some people are, in fact, a threat to my well-being, and I won’t be what I consider dumb enough not to respond accordingly. If some one breaks into my home, I am going to try to get away from them and get the police involved, I am not going to set down and and try to reason with them.

        The same holds true for those who want to hurt me on the political and economic front, like, in my opinion those that support trump do. No, I won’t compromise, they are my adversary and I will avoid when able, discuss other things when I can and get along in that fashion, but I will not compromise my political beliefs.

      • I believe it is out of reach with a “few”. With “most”….I believe it will take years of discussion to start to find common ground and new vision to grow from there. Maybe my great grandkids will see that happen 😉

    • No comment. 🙂

    • Ok all of the above from me was meant for Monica, although It looked like some might have looked like it was Julie. To Monica, I would say, I have the experience to back up my statement. People that are gungho for trump almost always label me a commie, and I in turn see them as Nazi’s. Now do I have acquaintances or even “friends” that are republican, …probably. But we don’t discuss politics.

      When someone can only talk politics, and they are for trump and his administration, we do not, and will continue not to be friends…it just won’t happen. Yes, I have deleted some “facebook friends” because they are so far away from me politically that I see no point in communicating with them. I will simply fight politically for what I see as right and leave them alone totally. I have relatives that I am sure probably voted for trump, and may again this November…how do we get along? Well, we don’t talk about politics but then we barely talk about anything so that is no problem..

      That is the one issue that I do not see common cause with…I am for gay, Hispanic and Muslim rights and very very few of the trump supporters that I have ever met are. In fact I see a lot of hate and venom coming at me…even when they simply know who I am. I am human enough to feel anger right back…

      You will remember here that there at one time 3 of us that were political recently. One I agreed with, one I didn’t….vehemently didn’t. After one or two interactions, I simply adopted the “ignore” policy with the one I didn’t agree with, and stopped my own political posts…at least here on, I am plenty political on other sites, but even there I stay within my lane and don’t go “yelling at the unmovable on the other side of the aisle”…that just gets me as bruised as it does them. And the one that I almost totally agreed with….disappeared and I let him go without trying to hold on to him, because he kept talking…make that slamming the one that I ignore because I realized that he, also, was somebody I would never agree with.

      And the “one love” thing here….I can’t say I truly love those that I view as my enemies, but I can ignore them….and not bother them…I take the “I won’t attack if they don’t attack me” approach. That is the best I can do. 🙂 Especially right now as I see our nation falling to pieces because of what is going on at the top of the structure in this country.

      I wish there was a way of deleting extra comments on this page…I would delete the other two I made. I admit, I am voliate, and react and then realize maybe there was a better way of expressing it…

      • ::: kicking my heels off::::

        :::Taking my earrings off::::

        :::pulling my hair into a pony tail:::

        You calling me out LEFTY!?!?!?

        BRING IT!


        Of course you know I am teasing. I am going to make a Starbucks run before they close but I will be back to rumble with you. You know I get what you are saying. But you are not getting all I am thinking because I don’t think I was very clear on that.

        • now, I said I only rumble with them as wanna rumble…now I can rumble right back if it comes to me…


          • No one asked you to compromise any of your beliefs. You have them…..we all have them. What he is asking is something that I do..and that’s just see each other as HUMANS. And that’s a start. Of course we can not reach the extremist. Extremist are on all sides. We can’t reach them….so if we are so lucky to work with a few on the other side…that few grows to a few more….eventually we leave those extremist in their own little corner to stew in their misery. It’s a long LONG battle here…one that we know we won’t see the end of in our lifetime. And NOT all Republicans are the same. I learned YEARS ago not to paint everyone in certain groups with a broad brush.

            Now I need to apologize for not signing back on after my Starbucks run. When I got home I had missed The Real Housewives of New York Reunion. And I also missed last weeks show. Luckily I had them recorded and needed to catch up. Yes Lefty….The NY Housewives are my guilty pleasure. I can’t tell anyone I watch them because I feel so silly to be caught up with them.
            Anyhow….AFTER I caught up with the girls I was HUNGRY. I am doing a few days of the Plant Based meals and vegetables don’t keep me full. So…I pulled out everything I could from the fridge and made a DELICIOUS salad. Luckily my son was up and ate half of it because it was HUGE and I didn’t want to have to feed the rabbits again.

            I don’t blame you for feeling the way you do. Every “people” has their soldiers.
            I have 2 gay sisters who I always stand up for. I stand for their rights. In our culture Two Spirited people have always been just a regular part of our communities. And to see people so against them is ignorance at it’s finest. And if we break that argument down it leads to belief systems. And yada yada yada……it goes on and on. Something you and I both understand and something I don’t want to get into here.
            As for our rumble…..I don’t rumble. But when I was younger and feeling feisty….I easily can toy with people. Geeez….I remember those days. I was young and bored obviously. And NOT on Thoughts. Anyhow….
            I do like the dramatics of the kicking my heels off and taking my earring off. I learned that from the housewives 😉

            If I know someone is so set in their beliefs…..I can easily talk Unicorns 😉

            • I admit that I am pretty set in my beliefs, and my solution is to avoid those that I know before even beginning the discussion are going to be on the other side. But then, that is also a function of my upbringing along with my life experiences.

              As you say, there may be some “on the other side” that I could have a discussion….although I doubt that they are at the level of being pro-trump, but certainly at least moderate Republicans, but see, my experience is slanted so far toward those who immediately go to attack and hate, that I find it easily not to even engage…to stay in my roadway and ignore those on the other side as much as possible, which doesn’t mean the people all together but does include anything about politics or human rights.

              I went to a counselor one time who told me point blank, that I am the type person who will be caring and even loving and reasonable as long as the people around me are that way…but if they start “taking their earrings and jewelry off and getting to rumble”…for real….I am right there with them, ready to tangle. (verbally anyway)

    • And I guess I decided that ….being “ready to tangle, verbally” or to stop engaging, was not such a bad way to be. 🙂

      • If I weren’t on the payroll I would dive into the mud with you….. 🤣 But I think our mud would be sauna mud because we pretty much see eye to eye for the most part.
        As for being a caring and loving person until we aren’t….uh huh….that’s also me. Just because we are nice and caring some people will take advantage of that. So we kinda have to keep some type of guard up just to show people…don’t cross my line.
        We could yell at each other…”HOLD ME BACK” 😤

        Lefty… one day we really need to have a glass of wine. 🤗

    • The above was supposed to be “laughing my ass off”…but I think I got that wrong…**sigh**

      • I spent a whole minute trying to decipher that. I know I am behind in this hip text lingo….but I thought you knew some cool new phrase 😉

        • Naaaawww, I am usually way behind the curve….don’t look to me for new cutting end lingo.

  • Monica wrote a new post, Combustion! 3 weeks ago

    Just tired of saying…FIRE! We are at a safe distance but luckily the wind changed and we can’t smell the smoke at the moment. It was coming through our vents and ash was falling all over last night. It […]

    • Jules replied 3 weeks ago

      I would like to say – “Oh what lovely photographs” – but knowing the subject matter I can’t; the pictures are awful. I struggle to imagine what it’s like living within a fire season zone; each year never knowing what will happen or how bad it will get. How do you cope with that? And the smoke and fumes. . .talk about localised toxic air pollution. And you mention that the fire is only 1% contained? So how long do they estimate it will take before they get it under control, or is it an unknown factor when fighting spontaneous wildfire?

    • Ugh…..it can be so frustrating. Every fire is different and the weather plays a major factor. They were announcing the whole week before about the heat wave we were going to have over the weekend and warning about wild fires. The conditions were perfect for them. So when you get those warnings you know to be on alert. You have things ready just incase. We learned years ago to keep one container. In that container we keep important documents/ Flash drives with photos/ second forms of ID (passports/state IDs) credit/debit cards. So when we have to evacuate we just grab that container and GO. Everything else is replaceable. We put the cat cage somewhere we could just throw it in. But living where we live….I THINK we are safe. But seeing other fires through out the years all over California…..people who THOUGHT they were safe were proven wrong. When the Santa Ana winds pick up…..nothing is really safe unless you live in the city or certain suburbs. Those red embers can fly way up and far away in the wind. And when these fires get this big….they create their own weather systems. Right now the fire is moving east and we are west. Still only 1% contained and the military has joined in the fight. The Santa Ana winds are expected to arrive Wednesday so getting a handle on it before Wednesday is so important but it doesn’t seem likely. The direction it is heading is mostly national forest. But there are ranchers spread out all over that area.

      Truly….I was traumatized for years after being stuck in one and trying to get home only to discover EVERY way home was closed because we had fires everywhere. Now I can watch the news and not get so emotional. And it is expensive. If you don’t have family near by you are paying for hotel rooms and pet boarding until the evacuations are lifted.

      To live in a beautiful area comes with the dangers. Which use to be once a year. But with climate change….we seem to have fire season all year round.
      The news has been covering air quality all day long.

      I use to think about those people who live down Tornado Alley. Its a part of America that gets tornados every year. And their houses get blown away….people die….why do they keep rebuilding in that same area? Why do us Californians keep building after areas were burned down?

  • My colours for today
    Strawberry and Pink
    A myriad of tones
    There’s more than you think.
    Darker to the left
    Lighter to the right
    Inside the rising bubbles
    A dancer caught in flight.

  • If memory serves (not too good these days) I joined: July 2007

  • This past Summer I decided to schedule my time. I bought a big appointment calendar, like the ones in nail salons.

    On a Friday or Sunday afternoon, I take a look at the following week. Breakfast, lunch, […]

    • YES! This is me completely. You just have to keep some kind of structure. I retired 3 years ago at 48 and I felt like my world was flipped upside down. I worked my whole life and everything was scheduled. Unless I got that 2am call that they needed me……that would screw my whole day up.
      I even scheduled in my DEVICE FREE Days. The company supplied me with a phone/laptop so I was accessible 24/7. So when I could turn everything off …it was BEAUTIFUL.
      Now that I am retired … it took me a bit to get my feet moving. I mean…I would wake up thinking OH NO… I over slept…I need to call my boss. WHAT DAY IS IT? I even had nightmares that I was running for my office and I couldn’t find my ID Badge….I was late for meetings….I couldn’t find a million dollars. It took almost half a year for those to stop.

      So like you….I bought a calendar a few years ago because it was similar to the one I had on my desk in my office. I mean…we kept one in the kitchen all of the time for my sons…appointments…practice…games. But after they grew up….we didnt need one. Now…I don’t use paper calendars I just utilize my iPhone calendar. I log one event and it automatically goes to my laptop and iPad. So easy.
      I black out hours on my daily calendar for my usual routine stuff. Meditation, tea, gardening, cooking, If I am going to paint I black out those hours. Even reading….I usually just know I will read on Sun/Mon/Tues so I leave the TV off. Sometimes on those days I might just log in online early if I don’t feel like picking up a book. But I don’t like to be online all day so I leave my laptop in my room. I can check “Thoughts” from my phone….but I can not log into “Thoughts” from my phone. But if I see I should log in for SPAM and none of the other Admins are around I will go downstairs and log in. And why I can’t log in from my phone? I don’t know my password. Hahaha….its saved to my laptop. Yes…I have a horrible memory.
      AND…. I recently got a new phone number because I kept getting text and calls from family friends trying to arrange lunch dates and dinner dates. WHICH I agreed to attend one with my sons and it was an ambush. She brought some friends who were trying to get my sons ears. My sons …well how can I put this. They are on a business board that they have to vote on big decisions at times. And when there are important issues people will try and go through me to try and get to them. I am their secretary so to speak. No one has their private phone numbers. So I finally just changed my # because I was turning my phone off almost half the day at times to avoid those friends. Yes…they are friends….but they just have to learn BOUNDARIES (like you mentioned). So I COMPLETELY know what you are saying. Also…anyone who knows me knows….it can take days for me to respond to a text…but eventually I will.

      Using my calendar is NEEDED. It saved me so many times when someone out of the blue would say can you do lunch tomorrow. And like you said….PHONE CALLS. There are certain hours of the day I make them and accept them. My ringer is usually off. Like tonight…I just got off the phone with my mother. We talked over 2 hours. And I told my sister I will talk to her tomorrow night. (probably 3 hours)
      There was a time I could handle all these things and take all the calls…..but as I am getting older….I just put more importance to my routine. I need routine…..from morning sage burning and prayer….to drinking my cup of tea just staring out at the ocean. My spirit needs this to tackle all that may be thrown my way through out the day.

      You got some Healthy Good Bones Rosemary 😉

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