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  • I just heard Georgia and Arizona called it for Biden and North Carolina for Trump. I don’t know if those numbers are going to stick but from listening to all kinds of statisticians/number gurus that it is […]

    • It’s a bunch of craziness, isn’t it? I do agree with you about personal growth – it’s the best thing we can be focusing on right now. We may not be able to control the outer craziness but we do have control over our personal lives.

    • I would love to see the Green Party be ascendent. But right now we have to fight the “republican versus democrat” game. Maybe when more people wake up about the environment, the Green party will have its chance.

  • My sister made Potato Soup the other night for dinner and it brought back so many memories of when I was little. I was so young that I didn’t realize we had potato soup a few nights in a row from time to time […]

  • I really don’t watch or follow Trevor Noah….don’t find him THAT funny. But once in a blue moon I crack up. With this video…I actually learned a bit of history.

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    To start, let me just announce that only four persons are currently blocked. They are blocked because of their prior reaction to me and will remain blocked for the foreseeable […]

    • Where have I been? This is the first I am hearing about this story. As you can tell…..I do live in my own little world..HA!

      You made an Error up in Paragraph 3. It’s not Biden who is suggesting people should not fear the little boys….it was Trump.

      As you know…I don’t care for Trump or Biden…..but I did vote for what I think is the lesser evil…..Biden.
      But I could have been selfish and just let things be since Trump actually gave my household a BIG BIGLY HUGELY Tax cut and we didn’t even need one. My sons accountant called months ago and informed them of the new Tax information and we all just couldn’t stop laughing before we felt a bit sad for the working folks who actually believe he looks out for them. We laughed because it was just INSANE that people who need no tax cut….GOT A TAX CUT. But believe me….that BIGLY HUGELY tax cut we didn’t even want will just be given to charity.

      Cheers to Hawaii….my fellow Indigenous Brothers and Sisters πŸ˜‰

      • Actually, that is not a mistake in paragraph 3 although it might seem misleading if it is read a different way than I meant. Biden has suggested that all Americans need to come together and not consider each other enemies. The problem is that many of the trump supporters hate minorities and would do anything they could to deny us (and I include myself as a gay man as part of the minority) our civil rights and equality before the law.

        In other words, Biden is suggesting being more “forgiving” than I am able or willing to be for the folks in the extreme right like the Proud Boys who are a threat to many of us. Sorry if my word choice confused you.

        Now, I can’t remember who I voted for in the primary. I know I voted for Bernie in 2016. I am not sure who all was available at that time. I supported Elizabeth Warren and/or Bernie Sanders, although I leaned this time toward Elizabeth Warren. If Elizabeth and Bernie were eliminated before the primary, I probably voted for Biden because I didn’t like a couple of the others, and thought Biden had a better chance of winning. I voted for Hillary in the general election in 2016 for the same reason. I would NEVER have voted for trump…ever.

        Now, I didn’t really get a tax cut as such, or not anything like I was “promised”. But I did get the 1200 stimulus, which I used to invest in alternative fuel industries….the entire thing was sent as a check to my business management with the stipulation to put the money in ART Investments which is all about innovative technology using alternative fuel sources. I figured that was a good way to use trump approved money to fight the trump agenda, which i have always seen as destructive to the environment as well as to the more needy people whose health care he is endangering.

        • Ok…..I get it now. Yes…being forgiving and understanding can be difficult for many people. I understand where you stand. LOVE the way you invested your stimulus.

          • Glad I was able to clarify. I often find that people don’t get my way of addressing things the first time. Sorry. πŸ™‚

  • SO FUNNY!

    I am just now catching up on videos so please excuse me if I over do the video posting. I may have been exposed to Covid so I am quarantined….. which means watching movies…catching up on videos […]

  • Anyone else watch SNL political skits? I don’t think I like Jim Carrey playing Biden. I admit I have not been watching them lately…..but I do love the way Alec Baldwin plays Trump. I find this one a bit […]

  • I found this book very disturbing but would give it an 8 1/2 or 9 on a 1-10 chart.Β  It falls into the category of Science Fiction and tends toward the area called alternative history whether or not that was […]

  • Can it be true? Will it stick? Can the world celebrate?

  • I have been binge watching Monk for the last week or two.Β  There were a total of 8 seasons on whatever channel and network it was originally on.Β  I don’t remember, and don’t care enough to c […]

    • Hi Friend πŸ˜‰

      I tried watching Monk a few years ago and honestly he just irritated me too much. Maybe I didn’t give him much of a chance? I don’t know…..but I just know my nerves would be on edge while watching. Ha!

  • Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.

  • Growth is painful — change is painful — but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.

  • Some of the pictures at the bottom of this page will show Agnes Moorehead not looking like the iconic image that many of us associate with the mother of Samantha the witch in Bewitched, but it is also a valid […]

    • I remember watching this show as a child, it was my mother’s favourite tv show. Sam’s mother used to creep me out!

    • This show made me WISH to be a witch so bad!

      • Yah, just imagine being able to wave your hand and make anything that you wanted to happen, happen. I can think of all sorts of things that I would be doing right now. LOL All the doubt about the upcoming election here in the states would be resolved immediately and I would be rich and not have to worry about anything.

        I felt the same way about I dream of Jeanne which I watched growing up also.

  • …..8 Hours of background noise πŸ˜‰

    Yeah…… I have this going in the background tonight/this morning. Its beautiful to look at too. Reminds me of 6th Grade Camp when we took a day hike around the mountains. […]

    • I know how the mind just naturally turns to Covid whenever there is any kind of cold like symptoms, or even allergies. I have allergies that go most of the year, and it keeps me on edge about Covid-19. I had a blood test and that was negative. But until some people, I am still wearing a mask and social distancing around other people and will do until the numbers are back down again…or a truly trustworthy (as indicated by the medical experts) vaccine is fine that stops the virus.

    • I saw that Costco had covid tests. Yesterday they were talking about having people do their own contact tracing because the demand is so high

  • It was 101′ degrees here almost every day last week and I was sitting in my air conditioned home looking out at the ocean wondering….. will Fall ever come? So I decided to find fall scented candles to try and […]

    • Oh how fun! And great idea to try to get in the fall spirit! I know what you mean about the heat. Here in north Florida there is just a “tinge” of fall in the air. Just barely… πŸ™‚

      • Florida? I wonder if I get more of a fall than you? We actually have has overcast the few days with light sprinkles today.

    • Nice assortment of candles.

      • Well…..I didn’t order all of those ones. I just loved the names of them. But of those I did get “Black Cat” “Cozy Kitten” “Staying Home” I didn’t care for the scent descriptions on the other ones. I did order these ones….

        Not really happy with them. I was looking for a bonfire type of scent.

        • oh well, sorry about that. Good luck finding what you really want. I don’t burn candles, all I do with them, on those very rare occasions when I get some–usually because it is to benefit a charity, I just look at the pretty color of the physical candle. πŸ™‚

  • I can listen to Ben for days. His voice can move you…. take you with him.

    • I understand about the voice, it does have what I would call a haunting quality that pulls you in. I couldn’t really understand the words that well thought.

      For some bizarre reason, while listening I kept thinking of the very cute young man that was in front of me standing in line to vote yesterday. All in all that was a good experience, and the fact that I had some eye candy to look at make it even better.

      It was interesting how well they treated us in that line. Two separate groups of people came though the line offering us food, one was a full packaged up dinner with a sandwich and spicy pasta salad which I saved for after, and twice people that were connected somehow with the voting procedures came by with bananas and thanks for our patience waiting etc. I was in line about 2 1/2 hours.

    • Ok…..a few things.
      First…I am going to share one of the first songs I heard from Ben Howard. THIS is what I fell into….

      Ok….now I will respond in order of importance.

      EYE CANDY?!?!?!
      Well hello …..that makes a 2 1/2 hour wait TOO QUICK πŸ˜‰
      But I am done with eye candy. I fell for eye candy and had 3 sons with him. He was wonderful to look at…..and that was pretty much it. Hahahaha….

      So now I want….a Big Stoic Brain that can make me laugh. If they so happen to be terribly handsome…I won’t really complain. Older works too.

      As for Voting……THAT deserves a whole post in itself. What an amazing experience you had. I hear stories of how armed gunmen will be going to voting places and it truly has me thinking of going too and handing out cookies and beverages. Maybe renting out a coffee cart….Voters can get a free coffee after they voted. Just showing….no gunperson can intimidate us. How small and weak to need to show a big gun. I have no problem with guns when in the right hands mind you. And I am sorry for bringing this topic up in your beautiful VOTING story. I am happy you voted and good/beautiful Americans treated the Voters in this manner.

  • This book is written as a love letter to his son, who has come out to him as Gay. The father, who is Gay also, is telling him what Gay Pride and a good Gay Life is all about in his opinion. He does this from […]

    • I think I heard about this book a bit ago. I will add it to my list.

      I wanted to let you know that I finished “A Woman is No Man” a few weeks ago.
      What a great sad story.

      • Wow, one of the best things about blogging is getting others to check out books that you found interesting. Thanks.

        • It really matters on who recommends the book. I have read a few from posters on here and actually have enjoyed the recommendations.
          About your book…..”A Women is No Man”….I had Iraqi friends in High School and one who was so amazing had to run away because her father was going to kill her for dating a Mexican. Marriages are still arranged within their community. I was home one day and she called me and asked if I could come pick her up because her parents locked her in her room and she said she thinks her father was going to kill her. No one was home with me and the only car in the driveway was a stick shift. At that time …I could not drive a stick shift. She said she was going to call a few more people. She finally called me back and managed to crawl out the window and she did not return to school…she had run away. I ran into her a few years later. She married her then boyfriend and she was walking with her daughter. Her whole family had disowned her. One of her cousins who I also went to school with came into my work place and asked me if I ever run into his cousin to tell her he misses her and that he loves her. Because of what she did…..everyone was not allowed to talk to her. They still had their strict rules that they lived by.
          But I do have Iraqi friends who don’t follow those strict rules.
          AND….I learned that year how to drive a stick shift.

          • That is certainly a horribly bad situation. The culture is not kind to women for sure but it is the culture, not the mere fact of being ethnically from that area of the world which is a point that you made. You know the Amish in this country don’t kill but they do shun anybody that leaves the community which strikes me as being cruel as well.

  • I was getting a bit brave by venturing out to the mall and into Macys with my son who came home from England a few weeks ago. He was looking for something or another so I strolled around the dinnerware dept […]

    • That’s a lovely looking decorative bowl. If I didn’t know better I would have said it was of Chinese origin and not Finland. Someone smiled on you when you entered that shop. It’s one of those moments that was meant to be.

      • YES! That is what I felt too. When they wrote about the artist influence for this set…..they did say “Finnish Folklore, Slavic animation and Japanese etchings” So there is an Asian influence.

    • Oh my! That is one beautiful bowl.I too love these sort of intriguing designs on the things I buy for home.

    • I was attracted by the flowers, but the bowl is nice and colorful also. And sounds like you are already enjoying it, to even research where it came from. πŸ™‚

      • The flowers filled the upstairs completely with a soft beautiful scent for over a week. I use to buy fresh flowers weekly but stopped when all of this Covid went down. So having these delivered on my birthday just made me want to start that habit again.
        And I was so drawn to the art on that bowl…..that I wanted to know the story.

    • Oh Monica! You have beautiful taste! The bowl is AMAZING and so are all the other pieces! I would SO have bought it as well. Also, I do find your posts to be highly important and mind blowing too, so keep it up!

      • Well I am so happy that someone else “gets” my taste. Thank you.
        And I always make myself laugh when I write things like…”my important mind blowing post”
        I know the world is going through some serious times….but I also know we can turn every channel and listen to expert educated views from every angel IF we wanted to hear about this story or that. So coming here is kind of like a little escape from all of that craziness.

  • I …for the first time in my life saw a Cotton Tree. He was growing in my friends yard and he stood so tall. I was sitting on her third floor balcony and I was looking up at the beautiful cotton balls that […]

  • Another recommendation from my sister who happens to be an expert on all things gory.

    There are 3 episodes during this first season. It is like no other Dracula movie out there. The 2 main characters in the […]

    • Thanks for the recommendation, Monica! I adore all things vampire, werewolf, ghost, etc. πŸ™‚

    • dracula was pretty good. i’ve just started octoberfest – beer & blood. its pretty good so far too. well produced, good music, edgy plot & characters. check it out on netflix πŸ˜‰

      • I will let my sister know about this. I am not so much into blood and gore unless it’s a Tarantino movie. But if the story line is good….I can tolerate it. I will give it a shot.
        YES….I enjoyed this version of Dracula. LOVE Sister Agatha. And liked how this Dracula was sort of a nod to a Boris Karloff type of Dracula.

    • Yes….creepy with some dark humor.

    • There was a 3 part Dracula series on the BBC in January past, I wonder if it’s the same one?

      It begins when a character called Jonathan Harker visits a decrepit old man (Dracula) in Transylvania on the pretence of doing legal work for him. But he’s really been asked there for one thing, and as the days go by the old man gets younger while Harker gets more and more withered and sick.

      Probably the best modern take on the Dracula legend that I’ve ever seen. It was creepy as hell.

      • It sounds exactly like the one I posted. But I take it you are unable to see the video clip?
        I’ll try and post a photo of the characters in the post so we know for sure.
        And YES….creepy and funny.

        • I can’t see the video.

          It says: “VIDEO UNAVAILABLE the uploader has not made this available in your country.” That’s an odd thing given that the 3 part series was made and produced here in the UK!?

          Ah! Update. I can now see a picture below the video box – it is the same program.

          • I don’t know why we can’t watch movie trailers from other countries…its not the whole movie.

    • I have been into vampires since my teens, but only recently read Dracula. I didn’t think I would like it because I normally like books where the vampire is the hero, or at least the conflicted person. Dracula always struck me as an evil being.

      When I read it, however, I found that I actually kind of enjoyed it so I might just check this series of 3 shows out and see if I turn out to enjoy it also.

      • Something tells me you will enjoy this. Let me know if you watch it.

        • Oh, I watched it and liked it. I am wondering what they can possibly do for another year though. I mean they are in present now, and well, you know the story so you can guess why I am wondering.

          • yeah…..you’re right. What can they do? I mean…present can go on for sometime if they keep a good story line going. Throw in flashback stories…..hmmmm. I don’t know if they would work. Maybe leaving it the way it ended might be the best thing. BUT…that is why great writers make the big bucks…cause they can create an amazing story line.
            Ah well……lets see what happens.

            • Yeah, I think if they want to, they can find something to keep us involved. Maybe a flash back to how Dracula got how he is….his backstory. I know that Anne Rice started out with a “simple” newspaper person interviewing a vampire, and it grew over time into about 20 or so books. That vampire that was interviewed by the reporter had met other vampires who had met others, and it kept going.

              I am still, to this day, finding books that I had never read before. So it can be done. I just have trouble picturing how it would work on this one.

              Time will tell.

              Oh and by the way, I see you said that you don’t like scary movies. I don’t consider vampire movies or books scary. In fact, I may have told you that I got over my fear of storms by watching a vampire show called Dark Shadows. I just imagined myself at Collinwood in a secret room dealing with the vampire, who was obviously in love with me etc….and the fear of storms just went away. There was always a storm at Collinwood. Speaking of which, I found Dracula very handsome also. (grin)

    • I love vampire novels to. Recently watched The Vampire Diaries and Shadowhunters on Netflix.

      • Were they good? I am not really into Vampire shows….but my sister is. She loves scary movies. She is always giving me movie recommendations that I rarely watch. But I did watch this one and liked it.

        • You bet! I loved it so much that I watched it three times. My daughter was like, “Are you crazy, Mama?” LOL. I have also watched True Blood.

          • Oh, I loved True Blood so much. Have you watched the entire thing including the last season? If you have, I have something to say…I don’t want to give away a spoiler if you haven’t.

            • Oh yes! Absolutely! I watched till the very end. I felt bad for Eric Northman. He was my absolute favourite.

              • The end ruined it for me….now whenever i think about watching it again, I remember that end and feel so let-down. It may sound funny but that did a number on my remembered enjoyment.

          • My sons still can’t believe I watch “The Real Housewives” And I still get embarrassed when I say I do πŸ˜‰
            So I get it.

            • Haha! You should watch whatever makes you comfortable. πŸ™‚ My daughter is pretty much the same.

  • Of course there is still smoke from the northern fires…..but it was so wonderful to be at the beach. I had to zoom in because there were so many Cruise Ships floating out there….

    I absolutely LOVE […]

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