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General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« on: July 16, 2018, 03:23:56 pm »
After antagonizing the countries we have to live next door to every day, & bashing allies that have been at America's side for decades, in some cases centuries, & have shed blood alongside American blood, now what does he do?

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Lawmakers-call-Trump-s-performance-bizarre-13079081.php

"Bizarre" is only part of it.

One of a kind.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-sheds-all-notions-of-how-a-president-should-conduct-himself-abroad/ar-AAAaIuk?ocid=spartanntp

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Mormon Life / Re: We Find What We Seek
« on: July 15, 2018, 07:46:51 pm »
We do often hear it said that people tend to find whatever they're looking for, & those who are always feeling picked on or cheated or victimized feel that way because they typically see the worst in other folks. They probably tend not to see the best in themselves as well.

In a similar vein, was it Abraham Lincoln who said that people are usually about as happy as they decide to be?

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General Discussion / Re: Cabin & Porch
« on: July 13, 2018, 02:28:26 am »
Jana, I'm sorry to hear about your toes. I hope they aren't related to the stubborn door, either from the door rebounding & hitting your foot or your kicking the door in frustration!  ::)  And hopefully they won't interfere with your trip.

Goody, I wonder if the neighbors would like some WD-40. We have the Clowers family with their sheep on the other side of the hill, in fact they are even closer than when we lived at Old Nauvoo. And the retired police horse ranch is across the valley, & they are always helping us out with something or other. Both of them probably have lots more uses for WD-40 than our little old Cabin (but don't give away the whole case!)

Punkin isn't here tonight. She met a couple of wildlife biologists who are out here studying bats & "invited" herself to spend a couple of days with them. She was able to show them that she knows where the bat hideouts are, & she can tell when bats are nearby & lead people close without spooking the bats the way plain old humans might. They're camped in the woods between here & the Clowers place & Punkin is staying there, & probably eating well too, because I saw the ice chests they had in the back of their van! The researchers have promised to acknowledge Punkin as an assistant when they write up their findings. :)

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General Discussion / Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« on: July 12, 2018, 11:28:23 pm »
Awww! Now this is a day that neither of these families will ever forget! :)

https://www.sfgate.com/lifestyle/article/A-storm-was-ruining-this-beach-wedding-Then-a-13069885.php

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General Discussion / Re: Cabin & Porch
« on: July 11, 2018, 01:33:25 pm »
Michaela & Jana & I are relaxing on the front Porch, sipping lemonade, enjoying the fresh air & peaceful setting. A doe & fawn are drinking from the critters' wading pool while the critters watch & Punkin tries to make friends with the little one. Mom just looks looks on placidly. The local wildlife all know our critters & aren't spooked them by them anymore.

If anyone wants some lemonade, a sandwich, potato or fruit salad, & a little social visit, drop on by. Bring your knitting, book, or whatever, or being a frisbee or two if you want to play with the pets.

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General Discussion / Re: Cabin & Porch
« on: July 11, 2018, 01:23:54 pm »
Here we are, Jana. I'll squirt a bit on the hinges & put some graphite in the latches & keyway. It's always so nice to have you come over here, so we need to keep that door in good working order! I don't even know why there's a lock, since we never need them here at the Cabin. Should we just replace it with a regular doorknob?


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General Discussion / Re: New Weird News Thread
« on: July 11, 2018, 01:19:39 pm »

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General Discussion / Re: Cabin & Porch
« on: July 10, 2018, 04:04:19 am »
Hi, Michaela – I know, it’s confusing being around the new Cabin since you’ve only been here a few times. After we bought this place & started moving in, we made a few alterations because of different Incabitants’ needs, including the Dutch, West, & North doors. When you were here the other day, I think you found the Cabin, because you saw the flag & the piano.

This is what I think happens sometimes. This is a virtual Cabin, so it has special qualities not found in ordinary houses. People come & go through the special doors. For instance, Jana had the Dutch door put in, & Laurie needed the West door, & the North door leads to Canada & Alaska. Any of us, including the critters, can go back & forth through the doors. And as they are doing that, maybe the Cabin is transformed in some way or goes into some special dimension, like the Twilight Zone, for just an instant. If you happen to be here at that instant, you may see something different from the normal Cabin, or not see anything at all. You may not see or hear the people or pets even if they’re here.

When we first moved here, there were times I thought I was in the wrong place, but after getting used to it, I don’t seem to notice it anymore, or maybe it doesn’t happen to us once we’re settled in. So just keep spending time here & you should be fine.

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General Discussion / Re: Iggy's Ramblings
« on: July 08, 2018, 06:29:48 pm »
Ouch, I'm sorry to hear this, Iggy. :(

What is this business of someone (even family) "letting you know they will be there"?  Whatever happened to asking if this is a good time for them to visit you? I have never surprised anyone like that, & many's the time I've called someone from a hotel, where I am already booked, paid, & unpacked, to say hello, I'm in town, & can I treat you to dinner sometime this week.

Yeah, I sound cranky :D. But it actually doesn't sound like this is a good time for me to just come & swoop down on you & tell you how many beds I want for how many nights. So I won't. But I will let the critters come over & visit for awhile.

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General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« on: July 08, 2018, 06:22:20 pm »
This article is so frustrating, because it seems to leave out crucial information, but wants to paint a picture to disparage Trump. I think you need several levels of information before you can do that.

I'm not sure the intent of the article is to disparage Trump, although there's plenty aside from this issue to disparage him (and, to be fair, almost everyone in national leadership positions, where we are sorely lacking in quality). I think the notion of blanket discharges for military personnel simply because they are immigrants grates on most Americans' sense of fairness, equal opportunity, refraining from stereotyping, & judging people by the content of their character & not the color of their skin (or their birthplace, parents' names, or other factors not of their choosing).

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News of the Church / Re: Church Worthiness Interviews
« on: July 08, 2018, 06:15:56 pm »
But I imagine for most pornography users it is not addiction, it is a choice, just like with alcohol and other substances. And addictions can be overcome, even though it is hard.

Addiction may not be a choice that the person wanted or sought, but almost all addictions begin with a choice. Just one choice. I have no doubt that every man or woman, boy or girl who says, “I’ll just try this once – one time won’t hurt me – I can handle it” never intends to get hooked. No one who tries that thing “just this one time” stops to think that some practices or activities or substances are more addictive than others, & some individuals have personalities, physiological or psychological situations, life circumstances or living environments that put them more at risk for addiction than others.

No one thinks they will become an addict with their first cigarette (or fruit or mint cigarillos that are being marketed to youth “In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days,” [D&C 89]), or their first joint, swig of malt liquor, porn video, or pull on a slot machine. Most addictive substances or behaviors are made to seem exciting, cool, enjoyable, attractive – or if none of the above, they are made to look like antidotes to depression, loneliness, a boring life, or various failures. Sure, advertisers say “Please drink responsibly” or “Play the lottery responsibly,” but how loud do they say it & how clear do they try to make it how risky those things can be to some people?

This is why the Word of Wisdom, Law of Chastity, & other commandments that address what we do with our bodies (& those of other people) are such a blessing. So are Church leaders’ warnings against porn, gambling, entertainment with excessive sex or violence, or hanging out in places where unwholesome activities are offered. The well-known adage “Know thyself” is good, but how do I know every medical, psychological, or hereditary factor hidden in the DNA that I got from all my ancestors? If I make up my mind to follow these laws "with exactness and honor", not being pharisaical about it, but doing my best to keep both the letter & spirit of the law, they protect me both physically & spiritually. If I decide that chastity means more than just “thou shalt not do IT,” but includes respecting the bodies & the procreative ability that God gave me & everyone else, that saves me from a lot of woes that aren't necessarily connected only to “doing IT.” If I decide to follow the Word of Wisdom, it makes no difference whether I have a hereditary or physiological predisposition to alcoholism, whether I'm aware of it or not: no alcohol going into me means I am not at risk of becoming alcoholic.

And knowing how hard overcoming addictions can be - with varying degrees of difficulty for everyone - it's best that I do try to bring both exactness & honor to keeping the commandments that I know my wise & loving Father gave to keep me safe.

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General Discussion / Re: Cabin & Porch
« on: July 06, 2018, 11:09:09 pm »
Weird weather, & still contributing to dangerous wildfires around the West. It's been warm & muggy in the Bay Area, & hot enough in Southern California to be a health risk for some folks. At least I'm near the coast where we get some cooling ocean air, or I can take the critters to the beach when it gets too hot here. I hope the CrowFamily & Libertygranny are staying cool.

** Waves in a generally southeast direction hoping they'll see **


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General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« on: July 06, 2018, 11:01:13 pm »
The Marquis de Lafayette is the best known foreign hero of the Revolutionary War. He trained soldiers, led them in battle, devised strategy, & recruited Native Americans to the colonists’ side. We all know he was born in France, & after American independence, he returned home & helped foment the revolution against the monarchy.

John Paul Jones, the “father of the U.S. Navy,” was born in Scotland. After the Revolution, he served in the Russian Navy. He had a checkered career and life after the Revolution & died in France but is now buried at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Thaddeus Kosciusko (anglicized), a native of Lithuania, was a military engineer who helped design fortifications as well as commanded troops. Like Lafayette, he returned home after serving in the Revolution & became a leader for reforms in his country.

Friedrich von Steuben was born in Prussia & served in the army there. He came to the colonies & helped train the Continental Army. One reason he left was home was harassment over the perception, now believed true, that he was homosexual. He lived in New York State for the rest of his life & is buried there.

Kasimir Pulaski, the “father of the U.S. Cavalry,” was born in Poland & originally fought against invaders of his own country. He expatriated himself to Paris where he met Benjamin Franklin who was serving as consul & advocate from the newly declared nation of the United States, & Franklin recruited him to serve in the Continental Army. Pulaski was killed in battle & is buried in Savannah, Georgia.

Much of the money to pay for the Revolutionary War, including to pay the wages of some of the troops (including Kosciusko) came from Haym Salomon (anglicized), a Jewish banker born in Poland. He was not in the military but was arrested twice by the British as a suspected spy & once sentenced to death. He managed to evade the noose, died after the war & is buried in Philadelphia.

Eight soldiers born outside the U.S. were awarded the Medal of Honor for service in the Vietnam War. One Afghanistan veteran received it, & he would probably be suspect today because his mother was French-Algerian.

I hope we are not at a point in immigrant hysteria that we will strip these men of the honors they have received from the United States, disinter those who were buried here & dump them somewhere else, or posthumously demote them or give them an administrative discharge them from the U.S. military.

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News of the Church / Re: Church Worthiness Interviews
« on: July 06, 2018, 02:39:11 pm »
Roper, I'm editing the post where I asked a question & got way TMI.  :o  I never woulda thought of that, but then my mind doesn't work that way. You're welcome to delete or edit your reply.

Now I need to get up to the Cabin & check on the critters, to be sure they're safe.  ::)

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