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For many years, I had an "iffy" respect for Rev. Graham.  Growing up Protestant and spending formative teen years in a Southern Baptist Church, he seemed to be the real deal.  Then I found the restored Gospel.

Rev. Graham's column was carried by The Charlotte Observer, the largest newspaper in this area.  His comments about cults, and his grouping our church in with the cults always bothered me.  Then one day, during his presidential campaign, Mitt Romney visited Rev. Graham, .  After that, the Graham website removed The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the list of cults.  I wish I could have been a fly on the wall during their meeting.  I hope Rev. Graham gained a deeper appreciation for the restored Gospel. 

His funeral is set for the same day as our Stake Relief Society Conference.  The Stake Center is in Charlotte.  If all living presidents attend, Charlotte will be inundated with security and traffic issues.  It might not be easy to navigate in Charlotte on that day. 
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General Discussion / Re: Cabin & Porch
« on: February 20, 2018, 02:39:12 pm »
Cabin & Porch is a blessing in many ways!  I, too, like to read of travel adventures.  And I also feel a caring sorrow for the many trials of my fellow Nauvoodles.  No matter how strong our faith, pain and fear are real.  Even Christ was "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief," which I take to mean His own grief, not just that of others.

My visit to today is a "small potatoes" kind of thing.  I just need a sanity check.  The missus and I had a disagreement about "private conversations."  She is a bundle of insecurities and always has been.  I'm used to that and accommodate it where I can.  She saw me having a text discussion with my sister.  She immediately asked what my sister wanted.  I thought it was rude of her to ask, and she went on threatening that she would keep her own secrets from me, and so on.  I never saw it coming.  I've never asked her about any of her conversations with anyone.  I will grant that Sister has some mental issues, but I think that after 30 years of marriage Missus could feel that she could trust me.  Sister was asking me how much my kidney transplant cost out-of-pocket.  Sister didn't  say why she was asking, and I didn't ask.  It seemed like a pretty straightforward question.  Missus became alarmed that: 1) Sister was going to ask me for money, even though she never has before.  2) That I would give Sister money without telling Missus, which I would never do. 

I know Missus was just having a moment and it will all calm down quickly enough.  My question is:  Is it "keeping secrets" to not tell your spouse that you had a conversation with a not-all-there sibling when there was nothing of great import in the conversation?  I have contact with Sister (usually messaging) every other month or so, just as a way of keeping in touch.  Nothing heady in the conversation.  I think Missus should give me the same trust I give her, but I'm not a bundle of insecurities, either. 

I'm not looking for anyone here to take sides.  I just want to know if y'all make a point of sharing with your spouse every conversation you have, not from the context of wanting to share to strengthen bonds, but rather from the context of making sure there are no secrets?  The sharing-for-bonding thing I get.  It's the no-secrets thing I feel is not necessary.  I wouldn't hide something important.

I don't think it is keeping secrets, but I do think things along that line can be important.  I don't share every conversation with my husband - there isn't time! lol But I do share a lot and I would really feel like he was purposely keeping me out of his life if he never shared conversations.  These conversations are an actual part of my husband's life.  They help me know him better and know what he is going through.  So I don't need my husband to report everything to me, but I do want to know what is going on in his life.
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Forum and Member News / Baby Boy
« on: February 17, 2018, 06:01:59 pm »
We had a baby boy on Valentine's day. He came about 3 weeks early and was small (5 lbs) like his big sister (5 lbs 4 ounces). Because of flu restrictions, big sister (3 years old) hasn't seen him yet. He needed the UV lights overnight for a mildly elevated bilirubin and a warmer because he wasn't staying warm enough. It took him a few days to learn to nurse. But he should come home tomorrow. I have the house temperature turned up to 80 degrees.

We named him Merrick. My name begins with J, my wife's with K, our daughter's with L, so we kept the alphabet going and named him with an M. It was hard to pick a name for him. There are a few meanings for Merrick, but for Germanic, the Mer comes from fame, power, and strength, and Rick from Richard which means King or ruler.  Famous/Powerful/Strong King. He'll grow into it.
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Technical Talk / Re: Smells Like Scam
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:11:36 am »

I think you probably could do it. I used Google translate for this and I can't find anything in the French that looks suspect.

Bonjour, je m'appelle Fredy Mercury et je suis un officier servant dans l'armée française en Afghanistan.
J'ai en ma possession une grande quantité d'euros que j'espère pouvoir transmettre à quelqu'un en France.

I doubt they used a translator - I think they think their English is good.
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General Discussion / Re: What Kind Of Pets Do You Have?
« on: January 28, 2018, 12:42:03 pm »
I like cats.  Unfortunately, everyone in my family is allergic to them, so we can't have them. We plan to get an outside dog in the spring.  Either a Shepherd or a Lab. My daughter loves dogs. Plus, we need something to keep the neighbors cats from coming to our yard to leave their nasty deposits all over my lawns.
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General Discussion / Re: What Kind Of Pets Do You Have?
« on: January 28, 2018, 12:26:30 pm »
Aaaaa lovely kitties and lovely birdy!
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Forum and Member News / Update on the Jacaré family
« on: January 23, 2018, 02:25:55 am »
It's been a while since the last time I stopped by, so I thought I'd drop in and update y'all on what we've been doing for the last year or so.

Since before the last time I posted here (October 2016 - yes it's really been that long) we had been seriously thinking about retirement, but were in a bit of a quandary as to what to do with our home. Because of the cost of living, staying in SoCal after retirement was out of the question. We wanted to sell the house but it was old and run down and I had neither the money, energy, or skills to fix it up. We contacted a friend from church who flips houses for a living. He seemed less than enthusiastic so we set that aside and looked at other options. My wife even contacted Tarek and Christina from "Flip or Flop" (this was around the time their marriage started going south, but before it hit the news) but that didn't pan out either. Then one day, out of the blue really, our friend from church called and asked if we were still interested. Within less than a week we had a deal, I gave notice at work, applied for retirement, and within three weeks we had packed up or thrown away 35 years worth of stuff, and moved to Arizona, where we had already started the process of having a brand new home built.

That was almost a year ago. For about eight months we lived with my father-in-law, then two months ago moved into our new place. We're still getting settled, still unpacking, but enjoying our new home, new ward, and getting used to living in cowboy country. I tell my wife I'm going to have buy a truck, start packing heat, and wear jeans to church to fit in.

So, a new chapter, new challenges, but all things considered, life is good.
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General Discussion / Re: What Kind Of Pets Do You Have?
« on: January 22, 2018, 09:02:42 pm »
Two of our critters.  Usually there is a lot of pawing and pecking going on.
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General Discussion / Re: What Kind Of Pets Do You Have?
« on: January 22, 2018, 07:52:07 pm »
One cat.  We have been a two cat home for many years.  When the second cat died last year, the other cat's personality changed significantly for the better.  I was planning on getting a second cat like we have in the past, but decided this one could be an only cat until she passes.  I will get two again when she passes.  This is Shadow and she is 11 years old.

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General Discussion / Re: What Kind Of Pets Do You Have?
« on: January 19, 2018, 12:15:41 am »
hahah roper! the cutest cow ^^
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General Discussion / Re: What Kind Of Pets Do You Have?
« on: January 18, 2018, 08:32:04 pm »
I have a lil cow.

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General Discussion / Re: What Kind Of Pets Do You Have?
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:26:20 am »
 When Button and Woeffie died so close together, the mourning nearly did me in and I swore I'd never have a dog again. 
Fast forward to the present.  The days of travel are slowly but surely diminishing.  I will be alone in  the house a lot.  I will not go out without a reason. I need to move and get fresh air.
So the search for Mrs. Magillicuddy ( Mr Magillicuddy if he trains well) has been in the works for a while.  This dog will be MINE.  Since Himself said NO to a Bergamasco, Komondor, or Puli (spoil sport) I was thwarted. Then we both saw a matched pair of blue Great Danes at the street market.  We both turned and stared. Then we looked at each other and nodded.  A blue Great Dane it is. 
Now to determine for a pup or a potty trained young dog and where to go for training since the animal will have to be very well behaved.  I can't have my arm torn off, can't have it jump on me....that sort of thing would be dangerous for my health.
I am not a small dog person at all. puppies yes....adult small dogs, are not my thing. 
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General Discussion / Re: What Kind Of Pets Do You Have?
« on: January 18, 2018, 09:31:55 am »
awe what a cute dragon :D sure does know how to pose for the camera!
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General Discussion / Re: What Kind Of Pets Do You Have?
« on: January 18, 2018, 06:10:56 am »
I have Cresty - the Crested Gecko

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General Discussion / What Kind Of Pets Do You Have?
« on: January 17, 2018, 07:42:57 pm »
Thought it might be fun to start a thread showing our pets, if you own some?

I have two little guys, a hamster named Dashiell Hammett (Dash for short) and a guinea pig named Lafayette

(Lafayette enjoys the grass tunnel so much he eats it. Chows down every time I let him come play in it)

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