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Alvin Stearns has been at 1 events

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Ryan Van Sickle775,597ON AIR Hangout Concert  Tuesday, August 7th @ 8PM ESTRyan Van Sickle Pre NYC HIRL2 Hangout CONCERT w/ Matthew Rappaport2012-08-08 02:00:0027  

Alvin Stearns has been shared in 186 public circles

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Mamy Shimomatsu2,879#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 3.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:23:25329000
Mamy Shimomatsu2,879#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 3.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:23:05329000
Mamy Shimomatsu2,879#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 3.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:22:47329000
Mamy Shimomatsu2,879#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 3.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:22:29329000
Mamy Shimomatsu2,879#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 3.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:22:12329000
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker113,300#followfriday  my awesome men who comment circle2015-03-06 20:08:2521069463
Circles and Photography38,021Builders 5   2.24.15Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleoftheday #circleshare  #circlesharing  #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles  #circle  2015-02-24 16:35:13401172321
Harry Day14,576If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!4. Publicly share this circle...!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ireland #ireland #cork #ireland #dublin #italy #italy #florence #italy #milan #italy #naples #italy #rome #italy #venice #latvia #latvia #riga #lithuania #lithuania #vilnius #netherlands #netherlands #amsterdam #netherlands #rotterdam #norway #norway #bergen #norway #oslo 2015-02-20 10:28:09393322
steph wanamaker112,626#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2015-02-13 17:59:3220547252
George Clark15,373Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:*If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:*1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks#MovieReview #Video #Review #AamirKhan #AnushkaSharma #PKmovie #MovieTrailer #YennaiArindhaal #Hindi #Online #Entourage #YouTube #Cinema #BollywoodMovies #Automotive #Cars #Ford #BMW #Auto #Ferrari #Driving #Toyota #WinterDriving #Lamborghini #DrivingSchool #WinterDrivingTips #DistractedDriving #NewYear #AutoRepair #Audi #Supercars #NewCar #UsedCars 2015-02-05 06:07:22430121220
steph wanamaker111,805#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2015-01-23 18:05:3322064453
Giorgio De Novellis8,241FullCircle #1Add Me, Push +1 & Share this Circle!!!2015-01-19 07:59:39500102
Circles and Photography35,863Builders 5    1.16.15Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleoftheday #circleshare  #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles  #circle   2015-01-16 21:44:5840810717
steph wanamaker111,441#followfriday  Here is my awesome  men who comment circle 2015-01-16 16:20:1121960566
Luis V.66,374This is my first #FollowFriday  shared circle and all the people in here belong in my circles. These are all people that should be followed and post good content, interact with others and are active on Google Plus. If you want to be excluded, let me know and I will pull your name.I'll be sharing on Fridays and if you want to ne in any future shared circles, do these things...Comment on here, share this circle, add me.I'll check your profile and posts. No spam or porn. 2014-12-27 02:49:034783212
Giorgio De Novellis6,998FullCircle #1Add Me, Push +1 & Share this Circle!!2014-12-22 08:31:08493102
Doris Scott284#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:08500639
steph wanamaker110,672this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-12-12 18:57:5221166266
steph wanamaker110,550#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle! hoop em up and your stream will be perfect!#circleshare2014-12-05 17:06:0120851261
Sport News95Dear Google Friends! - You're in this CircleAdd Users & Pluss +1 & ShareThis is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top Google+ users that share unique and original contents.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circleshare #circlesharing #circle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circlecount #circlecircle #naturephotographers #naturephotography #birdphotography #birdphotographers #circlesharing #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers 2014-11-30 05:41:14500332
steph wanamaker110,421#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!  circle them up and your stream will be perfect !2014-11-28 17:04:4720324026
tunc serkan ozdinc2182014-11-27 23:04:53234013
Kenneth Nicholson9,401This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#CircleShare #Belize   #Nicaragua  2014-11-19 07:16:554086414
Circles and Photography33,617Builders 5      11.10.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-11-11 01:54:52442032
Lư Thăng18,117Chia sẻ vòng ngon cho các bạn nè... #circlecount   #circleshare   #circle2014-11-06 10:16:33362004
Becky Collins18,305Project Management Interest Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-29 05:09:31430002
Kenneth Nicholson6,980Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#sharedcircleday #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday #circlesunday #circleoftheweek #circlemeup #circles #circleshare #communities #community #coolpeople #findcircles 2014-10-24 12:15:41498435682
steph wanamaker108,346#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-10-17 13:48:5620335337
George Clark7,088Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #circlethursday #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #elfopower #social #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #socialnetworks #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples 2014-09-23 10:46:01468707680
Ғ ΜіснæL Sŧuŧz4,508I rarely do this...In fact, I haven't done a circle share in over a year, and I've never shared this one. But... It's #AmbienTime , and the thing about the folks in this circle: they've all paid their dues with respect to my #AmbienTime  moments.These are the people who, with one or two exceptions, have known me the longest here on G+. They also happen to be the list of people who are either overly medicated, or underly medicated, because they still haven't uncircled me yet, even after all this time. I keep checking, but so far none of these people has gotten tired of my crap enough to go through the effort yet. I don't have the heart to tell them that this suffering won't erase all their past misdeeds and sins, and won't get them into heaven.I spend 99% of my G+ time in this one circle. And one of the people here was insane enough to actually marry me.It's a very diverse group, about as diverse as you can get. Each, though, is wonderfully broken, like magnificent shattered stained-glass murals, each reflects the same sun that alights upon us all, but in uniquely amazing ways that, with the passage of the hours and the seasons, brings a new dazzling display every time I see them online.If these are the only people you ever circle on G+, you will be hooked on G+ for life. And it's proof-positive that quality kicks the crap out of quantity every day of the week.This is my little way of saying, "Thank you" to all of you guys for putting up with me for the last few years. And I take serious pride in knowing that I have the rockin'est circle on G+.+Sque Morgan , up there at the 1:00 spot was my very first friend here. We don't talk much these days, I miss that, but we've both been going through some crap these last few months. I think she's responsible for my meeting about half this circle, people like +Eric Johnson, for example. And I know that after Sque (like a few days) came +Karen Schumacher  and +Debra Dayton , and then +Alvin Stearns and then +Shawn Holster, who I was sure was going to defrock me last month when he announced his annual spring circle cleaning...+Darryl Mouzone I met through an experiment. I decided to add every "suggestion" that G+ made for one week, and he was the only one that made in to this circle, which made the whole exercise a totally worth-while thing to do.2014-09-23 03:17:43431706
steph wanamaker107,379#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-09-19 15:57:0019957047
Circles and Photography29,405Builders 5       9.15.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-09-15 07:40:21305618
Dr. John Cassone12,100Dr. John's Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. This circle changes each time I share it based on how people are engaging and sharing content.This is not a megacircle.People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:►   I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: ►   Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.►  I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:►   When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. ►   Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. ►   Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-09-07 19:22:331921015
steph wanamaker106,513#followfriday  This is my awesome men who comment circle2014-08-29 14:59:4519872262
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-08-15 19:12:4919676366
Dr. John Cassone11,938Dr. John's August Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. I've also included some of my new engagers.This is not a megacircle. People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:> I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: > Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.> I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:> When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. > Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. > Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-08-07 14:37:331779413
Lynn Keller7,237I've put together this  circle which includes a host of engaging, appealing, interesting people from different communities and ongoing conversations. Best to all! #circlecount #sharedcircles #circleshare 2014-08-05 20:16:01374827
Today's World News400#SharedCircle #SharedCircles Shared Circle2014-08-04 00:34:31418001
Today's World News400#SharedCircle  2014-08-04 00:16:32176101
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820355655
Dr. John Cassone11,568Dr. John's July Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. I've also included some of my new engagers.This is not a megacircle. People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:> I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: > Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.> I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:> When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. > Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. > Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-07-13 19:18:1119017315
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle ! Happy Weekend2014-06-27 17:07:25203661170
Moge Slamet229New Friends, some activity with this circle1. Plus one2.Comment 3. Add People To Circles4. Share the circle (include yourself)2014-06-17 18:50:2749817632
Moge Slamet21A small circle  that can be easily added! - Write a comment  below  - Plus one - Reshare this circle2014-06-12 14:55:3049814228
hoang thao0We are funny circle :))2014-06-04 02:38:49171102
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219
steph wanamaker102,980#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-05-09 18:45:0721769474
Circle Fire344►►►---   Circle Fire #4   ---◄◄◄A great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and plus ones!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!+Christian Virag +Natalie Krenn  #circle     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #share2014-05-01 08:32:53437373153
Lư Thăng15,490Vòng kết nói chất lượng share cho anh em nào cầnTags: #circle #vòng-kết-nối2014-04-28 06:57:05238215

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2015-03-13 13:28:09 (25 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The question, to me, is not whether gods exist, and therefore religion is valid, or that gods do not exist, and therefore religion is invalid.*  The question is how we accommodate our natural human psychological need for mythologies in a world where gods and religions are now one of the primary reasons why we hate and harm and kill each other.

For most of our history we humans have been perfectly OK with harming and killing each other, but it was only rarely about gods and religions.  Cyrus the Great of Persia did not fight a holy war in the 6th century BC when he and his clan conquered much of the ancient world.  Cyrus, raised a good Zoroastrian boy, made no attempt to impose Zoroastrianism on his newly subjected lands.  In fact, he promoted the religions of others.  (2 Chronicles 36:22–23)

Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC was not smashing the"... more »

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2015-03-14 02:12:14 (17 comments, 22 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

One of my favorite mythical females:  Lilith.  She was such a good idea, and I'm eternally happy that our ancestors gave her to us.  

What do we know about Lilith?  She might pre-date any part of the Bible, originating in the Sumerian pantheon of gods and other mythic figures, or maybe she originated as an Akkadian invention incorporated in the pantheon of Babylon, perhaps in some way borrowed from the Sumerians, which is where Babylon got a great deal of its mythic material.

In the Bible, we first hear about Lilith in the Book of Isaiah, chapter 34, verse 14:  Regarding Yahweh's (the god of Judah) wrath against the kingdom of Edom, "And desert creatures will meet with hyenas, and goat-demons will call out to each other.  There also liliths will settle, and find for themselves a resting place."  Note that in this translation of the verse it'slilith... more »

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2015-03-12 02:36:14 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

I love my husband.  We have so little in common.  I tend to be handy, practical, solitary.  He tends to be voluble, social, and has a knack for putting his foot through ceilings when he's in the attic.  He's clumsy, I'm handy.  

It's not always having things in common.  It's complementing each other.

This week I finally reinstalled the master bathroom toilet.  The base is heavy, and I remember from last time having a beyotch of a time lining up those anchor bolts with the toilet base holes.  I came home from work and said, "Ready to help me with the toilet reinstallation?" to the husband.  I might as well have said, "Ready to walk barefoot over hot coals?"  He blanched, but nodded, said, "Yep!  Just--um--do I have some time?"  I said that sure he did, I just got home, give me some time to change clothes.

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2015-03-24 23:23:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Have you read, or better yet listened to Julia Sweeney's "Letting Go of God"?  For anybody struggling with a lack of faith, scared of that lack of faith and who might benefit from hearing another person's similar journey, her history and musings upon it are among the best.  

She's an American comedian, a one-time cast member on "Saturday Night Live," a cancer survivor, and a later-in-life adoptive mother and avowed "naturalist," her preferred term for a lack of a belief in any deity, versus atheist.

She tells her story with candor and humor.  Letting go of god is her ultimate destination.  Getting there is a journey as she casts about for solutions that make sense of her Catholic upbringing, her quest for validity in another faith, science versus faith, accommodations that include "god is love" and the modern concept thatrel... more »

Have you read, or better yet listened to Julia Sweeney's "Letting Go of God"?  For anybody struggling with a lack of faith, scared of that lack of faith and who might benefit from hearing another person's similar journey, her history and musings upon it are among the best.  

She's an American comedian, a one-time cast member on "Saturday Night Live," a cancer survivor, and a later-in-life adoptive mother and avowed "naturalist," her preferred term for a lack of a belief in any deity, versus atheist.

She tells her story with candor and humor.  Letting go of god is her ultimate destination.  Getting there is a journey as she casts about for solutions that make sense of her Catholic upbringing, her quest for validity in another faith, science versus faith, accommodations that include "god is love" and the modern concept that religion is meant to be psychological true, not literally true.  She describes with candor and humor how at each turn in her quest, her struggle to grasp the nature and role of god, she found each solution lacking, each accommodation a cop out.

If you're struggling, read, or better yet listen to Julia Sweeney's "Letting Go of God."  It might help you. I doubt it would hurt you.  The laughs she provides?  Whatever you choose to believe, good laughs should always be part of the mix.

The attached is a transcription of her stage show.  Again, it's much better experienced hearing her voice and you can buy that audio or find it on YouTube.  To access the attached text you'll need to agree to the site's terms, which basically is your promise not be a dirty pirate with another human's intellectual property.___

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2015-03-24 22:49:02 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

"The X-Files" will return in six new episodes," shooting to begin later this year.  Yes, Fox (the network, not the agent) will revive the series for a short run.  My favorite current article on the news is the attached cynical Forbes piece:

Don’t kid yourself into thinking Fox cares about your desire to see Mulder and Scully’s journey come to a proper conclusion. To them, you’re nothing more than leverage for the likes of Amazon, Netflix and anyone else who would pay for the right to steam exclusively.  

With respect, Mr. Wet Blanket, this citizen/lever has never cared if Fox (the network, not the agent) cares about my desires..  I do care that Chris Carter, the crew, and the actors deliver us six amazing new episodes of "The X-Files."  

Props to +Robert T. Best for an original posting on The X-Files revival news, a posting thatwas shared ... more »

"The X-Files" will return in six new episodes," shooting to begin later this year.  Yes, Fox (the network, not the agent) will revive the series for a short run.  My favorite current article on the news is the attached cynical Forbes piece:

Don’t kid yourself into thinking Fox cares about your desire to see Mulder and Scully’s journey come to a proper conclusion. To them, you’re nothing more than leverage for the likes of Amazon, Netflix and anyone else who would pay for the right to steam exclusively.  

With respect, Mr. Wet Blanket, this citizen/lever has never cared if Fox (the network, not the agent) cares about my desires..  I do care that Chris Carter, the crew, and the actors deliver us six amazing new episodes of "The X-Files."  

Props to +Robert T. Best for an original posting on The X-Files revival news, a posting that was shared for my benefit by the ever-effervescent +Dat Moose.___

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2015-03-24 13:06:43 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

God and evolution.  They are not mutually exclusive.  God also evolves.  God must, or else we lose.  God exists to give us the ability to cooperate and lead meaningful lives in our complex human societies.  A god that no longer serves and informs our realities must evolve or perish.  

The comforting and warning part is that god is the collective "us."  Stick with a god that no longer fits the realities and we perish along with that god.  Evolve a god that answers the challenges, solves the dilemmas and cures the alienation and it's you, your family, and human society that spiritually evolve.  The new humans, in step with god.  God and humanity: an evolutionary combination and constant in our long human story.

Respect god.  Even his/her/its old forms.  God was and always is the vessel of our best hopes, highest ideals, and our important understanding ofhow to rela... more »

God and evolution.  They are not mutually exclusive.  God also evolves.  God must, or else we lose.  God exists to give us the ability to cooperate and lead meaningful lives in our complex human societies.  A god that no longer serves and informs our realities must evolve or perish.  

The comforting and warning part is that god is the collective "us."  Stick with a god that no longer fits the realities and we perish along with that god.  Evolve a god that answers the challenges, solves the dilemmas and cures the alienation and it's you, your family, and human society that spiritually evolve.  The new humans, in step with god.  God and humanity: an evolutionary combination and constant in our long human story.

Respect god.  Even his/her/its old forms.  God was and always is the vessel of our best hopes, highest ideals, and our important understanding of how to relate to ourselves, each other, and our world.

God is our best solution to our trickiest problems about being alive and being human, bound on an earth that offers no guarantees about our long-term survival.  When god is seen as the problem, consider the source of all of god's evolution:  how do we solve the problem of us?

If you want to see a god's evolution in action, just read the Old Testament.  The god that walked in the Garden with Adam and who spoke with Abram has greatly evolved by the time of the building of the second temple in Jerusalem.

It was necessary.

It still is.___

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2015-03-24 12:14:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Podcast reviews on iTunes.  I leave them.  But, only for shows I enjoy, positive reviews.  Listening to a podcast is not like driving 800 miles to stay in an unfamiliar hotel.  You'd like people to leave truthfully negative reviews about a bad hotel so you can avoid that hotel.  Podcasts are fun and/or informative.  They're free content that you can access and use without even getting off your hinder.  Nobody's trip is ruined by a podcast.  Just stop listening.

All podcasting is a labor of love for the ones creating the content.  I have yet to read a story about people making their first million from podcasting.  If you like it, then put a positive ring on it: leave a review and reward the labor.  If you don't like it, move along.  (Unless the podcast is spouting hate-filled garbage about people.  Then a simple review warning others is warranted.  I'veonly once had... more »

Podcast reviews on iTunes.  I leave them.  But, only for shows I enjoy, positive reviews.  Listening to a podcast is not like driving 800 miles to stay in an unfamiliar hotel.  You'd like people to leave truthfully negative reviews about a bad hotel so you can avoid that hotel.  Podcasts are fun and/or informative.  They're free content that you can access and use without even getting off your hinder.  Nobody's trip is ruined by a podcast.  Just stop listening.

All podcasting is a labor of love for the ones creating the content.  I have yet to read a story about people making their first million from podcasting.  If you like it, then put a positive ring on it: leave a review and reward the labor.  If you don't like it, move along.  (Unless the podcast is spouting hate-filled garbage about people.  Then a simple review warning others is warranted.  I've only once had to leave such a warning, and that podcast has since ceased, thank goodness.)

Anecdote:  I had one funny experience where I inadvertently angered a podcast's hosts and a few of its listeners with what I intended to be a positive review  I wrote about how nobody should listen to the podcast for the accuracy of the information given on show topics, which is frequently questionable and sometimes flat out wrong.  I wrote that the fun of the show is in the chemistry of the hosts, their friendship and the fun they're having, even as they sometimes get things wrong.  I got some blow back on that.  I was told that I'm too serious, that I'm mean, that I must be European . . .

Murica!  

There.  Better?

//___

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2015-03-23 23:43:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Actually, that's both funny and kind of true.

Blame +Tejas Richard for the pop share, he started it.

Actually, that's both funny and kind of true.

Blame +Tejas Richard for the pop share, he started it.___

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2015-03-23 23:13:24 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Or, as I like to refer to the final installment, "The Hobbit:  The Battle of My Will To Give a Darn."   Soon to be in my house and on the Blu Ray player once the husband next visits Bull Moose, our local music/book/video store.  

Even the husband, a die-hard LOTR/Hobbit fan, found the final movie mostly awful.  So, when he said, "Oh!  I can get the Blu Ray!" I replied, "I thought you didn't like that one."  He mumbled something about, "Well, yeah, but I can't have all the movies except that one."

So, the last Hobbit movie is to the husband what Bowie's "Never Let Me Down" album is to me:  seldom played, but it would be weird not to have it among the rest of the collection.

Or, as I like to refer to the final installment, "The Hobbit:  The Battle of My Will To Give a Darn."   Soon to be in my house and on the Blu Ray player once the husband next visits Bull Moose, our local music/book/video store.  

Even the husband, a die-hard LOTR/Hobbit fan, found the final movie mostly awful.  So, when he said, "Oh!  I can get the Blu Ray!" I replied, "I thought you didn't like that one."  He mumbled something about, "Well, yeah, but I can't have all the movies except that one."

So, the last Hobbit movie is to the husband what Bowie's "Never Let Me Down" album is to me:  seldom played, but it would be weird not to have it among the rest of the collection.___

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2015-03-23 22:57:08 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

And then there's this.  A Pop Tart ensconced inside a doughnut.  The perfect dessert after your Little Caesars' Bacon-Wrapped Crust pizza?  All washed down with a Diet Coke, naturally.

And then there's this.  A Pop Tart ensconced inside a doughnut.  The perfect dessert after your Little Caesars' Bacon-Wrapped Crust pizza?  All washed down with a Diet Coke, naturally.___

2015-03-23 18:34:10 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

"Paradise is exactly like where you are right now

only much

much

better"

"Paradise is exactly like where you are right now

only much

much

better"___

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2015-03-23 12:59:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Eye of Round Roast Beef, a simple cooking method.  I prefer not to trim the fat from an eye of round cut of beef.  I like the way the fat crisps and picks up the flavors of the rub.  But, not trimming the fat means that you probably don't want to add potatoes, carrots, etc. to the roasting pan, unless you love your veggies swimming in melted beef fat.  

So, roast the veggies separately, they won't care and neither will you and your hungry others.

I like the roasting method on the attached URL.  It's simple and fairly foolproof.  I still use a meat thermometer to make sure the center of the roast hits 145 degrees, then it comes out of the oven, regardless of time.  (Yes, 150 is the recommended temperature for beef, but the inside is going to get hotter for a handful of minutes after you take it from the oven, so 145 is a good target temperature.)
Tips... more »

Eye of Round Roast Beef, a simple cooking method.  I prefer not to trim the fat from an eye of round cut of beef.  I like the way the fat crisps and picks up the flavors of the rub.  But, not trimming the fat means that you probably don't want to add potatoes, carrots, etc. to the roasting pan, unless you love your veggies swimming in melted beef fat.  

So, roast the veggies separately, they won't care and neither will you and your hungry others.

I like the roasting method on the attached URL.  It's simple and fairly foolproof.  I still use a meat thermometer to make sure the center of the roast hits 145 degrees, then it comes out of the oven, regardless of time.  (Yes, 150 is the recommended temperature for beef, but the inside is going to get hotter for a handful of minutes after you take it from the oven, so 145 is a good target temperature.)

Tips not discussed on the URL:
-- If you have one, do use a probe thermometer.  (If you don't have one, get one.)  Minutes and hours are measures of time, not of temperature.  Gently insert the thermometer so the tip is in the center mass of the meat, set it for 145 degrees, and remember to enable the alarm;
-- If you have a deep roasting pan, that's preferable for this method.  Iron is best of all, let it preheat right in the oven.  This high temperature method is going to melt the fat, release moisture, and cause a lot of sizzle in the pan.  Save yourself a smoky kitchen and a messy oven by using a high-walled pan;
--  When roast is done, move it to a plate lined with foil.  Loosely wrap the roast and let it rest for at least 15 minutes.  Then you can move it to the cutting board, slice and serve it.

The best part is playing with various dry rubs.  Salt and pepper, certainly.  Then, go with what you like.___

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2015-03-23 12:32:38 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Meanwhile, in Maine, winter cedes nothing.  Dusting of snow Friday night, cold as a witch's dirty pillows yesterday.  Another freezing day today.  We had a tease of spring the weekend before last with temperatures in the low 40s, melting some of the snow on people rooftops.  

I saw robins at the college.  Feel badly for the early-arriving worm feeders.  The ground is still frozen, hard as concrete.  The seed feeders, our year-round citizens, fare better.  The ones that frequent my property, at least, thanks to its six feeding stations.  Also a couple of the fattest winter gray squirrels in the county.

Last fall I took down the old and rotting bird houses bordering the forest.  They were roosts only to wasps last year.  Now it's time to make new houses and get them up, sooner rather than later.  Plenty of wood for them, just need to make time.

Thesong?  Toda... more »

Meanwhile, in Maine, winter cedes nothing.  Dusting of snow Friday night, cold as a witch's dirty pillows yesterday.  Another freezing day today.  We had a tease of spring the weekend before last with temperatures in the low 40s, melting some of the snow on people rooftops.  

I saw robins at the college.  Feel badly for the early-arriving worm feeders.  The ground is still frozen, hard as concrete.  The seed feeders, our year-round citizens, fare better.  The ones that frequent my property, at least, thanks to its six feeding stations.  Also a couple of the fattest winter gray squirrels in the county.

Last fall I took down the old and rotting bird houses bordering the forest.  They were roosts only to wasps last year.  Now it's time to make new houses and get them up, sooner rather than later.  Plenty of wood for them, just need to make time.

The song?  Today's ear worm.  The song still kicks as much butt today as it did when both the song and I were new.  But, now I appreciate the bells that kick in at three minutes.  Isolate those and you'd have a fine doorbell.

Do You Love Me?  
by KISS, "Destroyer" (1976)

You really like my limousine
You like the way the wheels roll
You like my seven inch leather heels
And going to all of the shows, but

Do you love me?  Do you love me?
Do you love me?  Really love me?

You like the credit cards and private planes
Money can really take you far
You like the hotels and fancy clothes
And the sound of electric guitars, but

Do you love me? Do you love me?
Do you love me?  I mean like do you really love me?

You really like rock 'n roll
All of the fame and the masquerade
You like the concerts and studios
And all the money, honey, that I make, but

Do you love me?  Do you love me?
Do you love me?  Really love me?

Your backstage pass and black sunglasses
Make you look just like a queen
Even the fans, they know your face
From all of the magazines, but

Do you love me?  Do you love me?
Do you love me?  Really love me?

I wanna know do you love me?  Do you love me?
Do you love me?  I mean like do you really love me

I wanna know do you love me? Do you love me?
Do you love me? I mean like do you really love me

I want you to, I need you to
And you know I'm so tired of everybody saying it
And you know, I just gotta know if you really really really
Really love me, so come on

Do you love me? I need you to
Do you love me? I want you to
Do you love me? I need you
Really love me?

I wanna know do you love me do you, do you?
Do you love me? I just got to have some love
Really love me? I just got to have some love
I just got to have some love

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2015-03-22 21:03:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

$2.99 a pound! I don't think the husband will mind roast two Sundays in a row.

$2.99 a pound! I don't think the husband will mind roast two Sundays in a row.___

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2015-03-20 12:06:08 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Woo!  I can again wear my almost-thin pants.  

I'm on the simplest diet in the world:  just limit carbohydrates.  As I've previously mentioned, I'm doing it to support a co-worker on the Atkins Diet.  We both make stuff, bring it to work, eat.

Giving up bread, pasta, etc. is not that difficult considering all the other stuff I can eat.  But, I never gave up fruits and nuts:  gotta have my apples, oranges, bananas, pistachios, and almonds.  So, I guess I'm not strictly on the Atkins Diet?

Been on this diet for almost two months and I've noticeably slimmed.  Will I ever revisit the far left side of the closet and my thin-pants?  Eh, who cares?  It's been a pleasant surprise without much effort.

Fact: At 39 I had a 29" waist.  Reality: I'm almost 50, so let go of the past.  A 32" waist and bit of belly in my50s would be... more »

Woo!  I can again wear my almost-thin pants.  

I'm on the simplest diet in the world:  just limit carbohydrates.  As I've previously mentioned, I'm doing it to support a co-worker on the Atkins Diet.  We both make stuff, bring it to work, eat.

Giving up bread, pasta, etc. is not that difficult considering all the other stuff I can eat.  But, I never gave up fruits and nuts:  gotta have my apples, oranges, bananas, pistachios, and almonds.  So, I guess I'm not strictly on the Atkins Diet?

Been on this diet for almost two months and I've noticeably slimmed.  Will I ever revisit the far left side of the closet and my thin-pants?  Eh, who cares?  It's been a pleasant surprise without much effort.

Fact: At 39 I had a 29" waist.  Reality: I'm almost 50, so let go of the past.  A 32" waist and bit of belly in my 50s would be healthy and fine.

Tip:  Well before this diet, I stopping eating/drinking stuff with added sugars or any artificial sweeteners, reserving things like cake, pie, etc. just to special occasions, and now and then jam with breakfast.  No more colas, regular or diet.  I drink lemon- or lime- flavored seltzer water.  The result?  Tolerance for sugary-tasting things changed.  During the holidays I had a diet Coke, something I used to regularly drink, at a friend's party.  It tasted disgustingly sweet and I couldn't finish it.  Make a start, stick with it, your body and mind will happily adjust.

What I've noticed while eating a limited-carbohydrate diet:  Hunger is sated sooner, so I tend to eat less; I've always preferred to eat here and there through the day, not a habitual breakfast/lunch/dinner kind of guy, and this diet easily fits that style; (possible TMI, but oh well) I've been as regular as clockwork.

One weird thing while on this diet:  I'm super groggy when I wake up.  Not in pain, just groggy, like an old engine that needs several minutes of warm up to start doing its job.  Maybe it's like stopping sugar and my body needs time to adjust to the change?  Hope so.  If the ZA happens now my wake up time is a survival liability.

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2015-03-19 04:17:45 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Atlantic Giant Pumpkin.  I plant these each year on the edge of the property.  I water them the first several weeks, but that's about it.  Later, I mow around the snaking vines.  The pumpkins really are that pale ruddy/orange.  They go to porches and decks up and down the street.

Atlantic Giant Pumpkin.  I plant these each year on the edge of the property.  I water them the first several weeks, but that's about it.  Later, I mow around the snaking vines.  The pumpkins really are that pale ruddy/orange.  They go to porches and decks up and down the street.___

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2015-03-19 04:01:34 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Red corn!  It's a sweet corn, too.  Looks fun.

Red corn!  It's a sweet corn, too.  Looks fun.___

2015-03-18 16:17:22 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Her: You have peanut butter in your mustache.

Me: (wiping) Thanks. Sorry.

Her: Peanut butter smells nice. I think it'd be interesting to kiss you.

Get back, Loretta!

I'm still blushing.

Her: You have peanut butter in your mustache.

Me: (wiping) Thanks. Sorry.

Her: Peanut butter smells nice. I think it'd be interesting to kiss you.

Get back, Loretta!

I'm still blushing.___

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2015-03-17 12:20:40 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Woo!  My Archeage character, a ranger, hit level 50.

Time to go to work, where I perpetually hover around level 9.

Woo!  My Archeage character, a ranger, hit level 50.

Time to go to work, where I perpetually hover around level 9.___

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2015-03-16 14:41:09 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Your uterus is in the wrong place.  In effect, you're hysterical.

It's a funny word, hysterical.  Four syllables, and you think you know what it means.  A hysteric is one who can no longer control his or her feelings and acts out with laughter, tears, and uncontrollable convulsions of the major muscles of the body.  It's the stand-up comic's wet dream, to make you and me hysterical.  (All stand up comedy is an insult upon you, but that's another posting.)

But, really, it means that your female reproductive system has migrated out of place.  It explains why females behave irrationally.  It is a word to help males understand why females seem insane at times.

Never minding that it is males who make females insane, most of the time.  I digress.

Gods bless the Greeks.  They gave us the world we know, including  this wonderful word: hysteric... more »

Your uterus is in the wrong place.  In effect, you're hysterical.

It's a funny word, hysterical.  Four syllables, and you think you know what it means.  A hysteric is one who can no longer control his or her feelings and acts out with laughter, tears, and uncontrollable convulsions of the major muscles of the body.  It's the stand-up comic's wet dream, to make you and me hysterical.  (All stand up comedy is an insult upon you, but that's another posting.)

But, really, it means that your female reproductive system has migrated out of place.  It explains why females behave irrationally.  It is a word to help males understand why females seem insane at times.

Never minding that it is males who make females insane, most of the time.  I digress.

Gods bless the Greeks.  They gave us the world we know, including  this wonderful word:  hysterical.  The Romans took the word, like they took everything Greek and made it Roman.  Aside: Sumerians and Greeks in Hades share drinks and compare notes and grievances.  Hades, by definition, is for has-beens.  Both should thank the Akkadians and the Romans for giving them a reason to drink.  I digress.

Hystera, simply, is the Greek word for a woman's womb.  The womb, in case anybody hasn't been told, is where a human fetus is conceived and grows, eventually to be birthed to become a baby, a fully realized expression of the genetic result of the male and the female contributions of the fresh human's genes, both scientific and spiritual.

Males haven't understood females for hundreds of years.  Males have been insecure about females for even longer.  Men need something to do, not something to be.  Females, the base form of any living thing, simply are in their form and abilities.  Females are the ultimate magic.

So, when you have males trying to be something while pushing down females, the ultimate beings, you get words that you and I use casually and simply to convey meaning.  "He's hysterical."  "She's hysterical."

The uterus does not migrate around the body.  It rests naturally in the female pelvic region, nestled among the intestines and protected by layers of muscle and bones.  Hysteria does not exist.

But, it''s a fine word.  It's more about the fears of its makers and less about explaining why you sometimes feel insane in a world created by the insane.

When you feel hysterical, calm your womb, dude.  It's going to be OK.  Never call a woman hysterical.  If you use that word on a dame, she has universal liberty to slap you so hard that your ears ring for days.

Sometimes you just feel like you have to express with muscular movements, tears, sounds.  You're not at all hysterical.  You're wholly human.___

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2015-03-16 14:05:49 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Want to enjoy your grapefruit?  Don't put sugar on it.  Sprinkle a bit of salt on it.

Salt is essential, history-making, magical, and your lifelong friend.

Want to enjoy your grapefruit?  Don't put sugar on it.  Sprinkle a bit of salt on it.

Salt is essential, history-making, magical, and your lifelong friend.___

2015-03-15 17:48:09 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

It's not simply that most people don't care.

It's that they've never been given a reason to care.

And, when they're given a reason, it's often a terrible reason.

It's not simply that most people don't care.

It's that they've never been given a reason to care.

And, when they're given a reason, it's often a terrible reason.___

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2015-03-15 14:14:24 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Ginger Pear Jam.  I've never made it.  This looks like a plausible recipe.  Anybody know better?

Ginger Pear Jam.  I've never made it.  This looks like a plausible recipe.  Anybody know better?___

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2015-03-15 13:15:27 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Christina Maser's Ginger Pear Jam.  Somebody gave us a jar for Christmas.  Delicious.  It's gone now.  You can find it and several other equally delightful jams and whatnots here:

#christinamaserpantry  

Christina Maser's Ginger Pear Jam.  Somebody gave us a jar for Christmas.  Delicious.  It's gone now.  You can find it and several other equally delightful jams and whatnots here:

#christinamaserpantry  ___

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2015-03-14 02:12:14 (17 comments, 22 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

One of my favorite mythical females:  Lilith.  She was such a good idea, and I'm eternally happy that our ancestors gave her to us.  

What do we know about Lilith?  She might pre-date any part of the Bible, originating in the Sumerian pantheon of gods and other mythic figures, or maybe she originated as an Akkadian invention incorporated in the pantheon of Babylon, perhaps in some way borrowed from the Sumerians, which is where Babylon got a great deal of its mythic material.

In the Bible, we first hear about Lilith in the Book of Isaiah, chapter 34, verse 14:  Regarding Yahweh's (the god of Judah) wrath against the kingdom of Edom, "And desert creatures will meet with hyenas, and goat-demons will call out to each other.  There also liliths will settle, and find for themselves a resting place."  Note that in this translation of the verse it'slilith... more »

One of my favorite mythical females:  Lilith.  She was such a good idea, and I'm eternally happy that our ancestors gave her to us.  

What do we know about Lilith?  She might pre-date any part of the Bible, originating in the Sumerian pantheon of gods and other mythic figures, or maybe she originated as an Akkadian invention incorporated in the pantheon of Babylon, perhaps in some way borrowed from the Sumerians, which is where Babylon got a great deal of its mythic material.

In the Bible, we first hear about Lilith in the Book of Isaiah, chapter 34, verse 14:  Regarding Yahweh's (the god of Judah) wrath against the kingdom of Edom, "And desert creatures will meet with hyenas, and goat-demons will call out to each other.  There also liliths will settle, and find for themselves a resting place."  Note that in this translation of the verse it's liliths, plural.  It's possible that liliths are one in a list of unclean animals, not a fully fledged mythic creature.  In most English language translations, liliths appears as screech owls or night creatures, sometimes as night hag, night spectre, or night bird.  It's also possible that there are overtones of a mythic creature called Lilith by the Babylonians.  (Gods and mythic beings, like human personalities, always evolve.)

Even if the term liliths is not a borrowing from Babylon, the Babylonian connection is important in grasping the broader contexts and themes in much of Isaiah.  It appears that the Book of Isaiah was not written all in one go, all in one distinct time.  It seems likely that some of it, including the latter part of the book, were written during and directly after the 5th century BC Babylonian Captivity, one of the single most important defining eras in Judaism, specifically, and monotheism, generally.  It is following the return of the Hebrew exile community to Judah that we find, for example, the first affirmative declaration that Yahweh is not just the sole god of Judah, he is only god in all of creation.  Isaiah 44:6:  "I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god."  An exciting time in the evolution of the gods into the god and the first small flames of modern religious consciousness that centuries later would engulf most of the human world.

Anyway.  Lilith.

Lilith becomes a fully realized personality in folklore in Jewish tradition, dating from the post-exile period.  Images of her can be found in day-to-day items, along with charms and totems to keep her at bay.  The time period is significant.  Babylon conquered Judah and exiled many of its most important families into the Babylonian heartland.  A few generations later, in 539 BC, Cyrus the Great of Persia conquered Babylon.  Cyrus is the one responsible for the return of the Hebrew exiles to Judah, the restoration of the sacred objects pillaged by Babylon, and the encouragement and gifts of resources to build the second temple in Jerusalem, the first having been destroyed by Babylon.

The Persians were Zoroastrians, a religion (simplistically interpreted) devoted to a conflict of Good vs. Evil, Light vs. Dark, Truth vs. Lies.  The world was rich with mythic angels and demons, the one side vying against the other, led by two supreme deities, one of light, one of dark.  Zoroastrianism, a dominant religion from Cyrus' time right through to the 7th century AD and the conquest of Persia by Islamic armies.  (It still exists, mostly in parts of Iran and India.)  It's in Cyrus' empire that we start to see some of the fully realized forms of our modern spiritual consciousness, our focus on good (instead of order), on evil (instead of chaos).  The world of human faith and spirituality was becoming more black and white, in some ways, literally.

It's also after the rise of the first Persian empire that we see an evolution in Judaism.  It's in this period that Satan starts to assume a shape that we would recognize.  Yahweh as the prime good, Satan as the prime evil; light and dark, truth and lies.

Anyway.  Lilith.

Out of that mingling and blending of spiritual ideas, Lilith achieved her greatest creation and expression.  Jewish folklore, recorded around the 8th century AD, says that Lilith was the original woman, the first partner of Adam, before Eve.  Just like Adam, Yahweh created Lilith out of the earth.  Being Adam's equal in manner of creation, Lilith refused to submit to Adam just because he was male.  She abandons Eden to wander the wild places of earth.  Yahweh, thinking more carefully this time, creates Eve out of a rib taken from Adam, assuring the subservience of the female to the male.

An aside on this:  Careful reading of Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, reveals two accounts of creation.  A briefer, probably original version, with a later expanded version farther in.  In that earlier part, in Genesis 1:27, we read, "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."  In that earliest passage, the first woman is created with the first man, not at some later date, with no mention of being created from the man's rib.  Later, in folklore, this first shadowy female became Lilith.

Lilith had arrived.  Among the Greeks (who wrote many of the earliest Bibles) she was associated with Lamia, a child-murdering daughter of the goddess Hecate (strongly associated with wicca/witchcraft).  Among various Jewish diaspora communities she evolved into a demon seductress, leading men to defilement and ruin.  She is also portrayed as a child-killer.  She becomes the lover of the great demon Asmodeus and together they fornicate so Lilith can birth demons to plague the human world.

I suspect that Lilith started, those thousands of years ago, as a pretty simple idea in female form, and probably not or not all that bad.  By the time she appears in monotheism's folklore, men have created her as the archetype of the dark female.  The seducer (as opposed to the mild virgin or the dutiful wife).  The child killer (as opposed to the child bearer and nourisher).   The witch casting her dark magic over human society (as opposed to the meek, illiterate and rightly powerless woman who keeps to her place).

We see her in Maleficent in the story of Sleeping Beauty.  We see her in Fiona Goode, the coven's "Supreme" in "American Horror Story: Coven."  We see her in every girl or woman who finds that she must accept being even a little bad if she's to ever break out and become somebody who matters.

She is the archetypal uppity woman.  So glad you're with us, Lilith.  And so glad you never ate from the Tree of Knowledge like your silly ex and his twit of a second wife.  You will never know shame of your body.  I imagine you palming a fruit from the Tree of Life, something you'd do, before abandoning Eden, assuring your immortality.  May it be so.

Image is "Lilith," a painting by John Collier, 1892.  ___

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2015-03-13 23:31:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Well, there you are.

"Blurred Lines" in more ways than one, guys.  Should really just have paid the sampling costs to use your own melody over another's music.

Well, there you are.

"Blurred Lines" in more ways than one, guys.  Should really just have paid the sampling costs to use your own melody over another's music.___

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2015-03-13 23:06:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

At last.  Even I find Conan O'Brien funny.

"I love to kill!  Who knew?!"

#archer   #dangerzone     #hjonbenjamin  

At last.  Even I find Conan O'Brien funny.

"I love to kill!  Who knew?!"

#archer   #dangerzone     #hjonbenjamin  ___

2015-03-13 22:51:55 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Woo!  "Archer" fans, rejoice.

#archer   #dangerzone   #johnnybenchcalled  

Woo!  "Archer" fans, rejoice.

#archer   #dangerzone   #johnnybenchcalled  ___

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2015-03-13 22:35:52 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

A yummy, simple, fast go-to dessert recipe.  Brought to you by the character Truvy in "Steel Magnolias," perfected by The Pioneer Woman via her fantastic blog.

If you have flour, sugar, a dusty can of fruit cocktail and a little bit of time, you can have a Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa cake to serve to guests.  Helps to also have ice cream or whipped cream.

NOTE:  Don't have "self rising" flour?  No problem.  To one cup of plain old white flour, add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.  Mix well.  You now have self rising flour.

I was reminded of this recipe while listening to the latest episode of the "Throwing Shade" podcast.  Great podcast, NSFW, and not for political conservatives, religious fundamentalists, or those who can't tolerate heaps of blue language.

#thepioneerwoman   #cuppacu... more »

A yummy, simple, fast go-to dessert recipe.  Brought to you by the character Truvy in "Steel Magnolias," perfected by The Pioneer Woman via her fantastic blog.

If you have flour, sugar, a dusty can of fruit cocktail and a little bit of time, you can have a Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa cake to serve to guests.  Helps to also have ice cream or whipped cream.

NOTE:  Don't have "self rising" flour?  No problem.  To one cup of plain old white flour, add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.  Mix well.  You now have self rising flour.

I was reminded of this recipe while listening to the latest episode of the "Throwing Shade" podcast.  Great podcast, NSFW, and not for political conservatives, religious fundamentalists, or those who can't tolerate heaps of blue language.

#thepioneerwoman   #cuppacuppacuppacake  ___

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2015-03-13 22:18:01 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A great way to broil steaks.

I've used this method and I can vouch for it as a fine cold weather alternative to lighting up the charcoal.  The husband is at a voice lesson and I'm on EMT duty tonight.  I prepared for this by buying two steaks:  one for me, one for the dogs.  Two tenderloins that were on sale.  

I also got two hind shank cuts that I'll cut up and throw in the slow cooker with some diced tomatoes, adding some kidney beans and herbs at the end.  It's a great inexpensive flavorful cut, but tough, not ideal for broiling or grilling.  Perfect for the crock pot, though.  Bonus:  Annie gets the marrow bones.

A great way to broil steaks.

I've used this method and I can vouch for it as a fine cold weather alternative to lighting up the charcoal.  The husband is at a voice lesson and I'm on EMT duty tonight.  I prepared for this by buying two steaks:  one for me, one for the dogs.  Two tenderloins that were on sale.  

I also got two hind shank cuts that I'll cut up and throw in the slow cooker with some diced tomatoes, adding some kidney beans and herbs at the end.  It's a great inexpensive flavorful cut, but tough, not ideal for broiling or grilling.  Perfect for the crock pot, though.  Bonus:  Annie gets the marrow bones.___

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2015-03-13 13:28:09 (25 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The question, to me, is not whether gods exist, and therefore religion is valid, or that gods do not exist, and therefore religion is invalid.*  The question is how we accommodate our natural human psychological need for mythologies in a world where gods and religions are now one of the primary reasons why we hate and harm and kill each other.

For most of our history we humans have been perfectly OK with harming and killing each other, but it was only rarely about gods and religions.  Cyrus the Great of Persia did not fight a holy war in the 6th century BC when he and his clan conquered much of the ancient world.  Cyrus, raised a good Zoroastrian boy, made no attempt to impose Zoroastrianism on his newly subjected lands.  In fact, he promoted the religions of others.  (2 Chronicles 36:22–23)

Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC was not smashing the"... more »

The question, to me, is not whether gods exist, and therefore religion is valid, or that gods do not exist, and therefore religion is invalid.*  The question is how we accommodate our natural human psychological need for mythologies in a world where gods and religions are now one of the primary reasons why we hate and harm and kill each other.

For most of our history we humans have been perfectly OK with harming and killing each other, but it was only rarely about gods and religions.  Cyrus the Great of Persia did not fight a holy war in the 6th century BC when he and his clan conquered much of the ancient world.  Cyrus, raised a good Zoroastrian boy, made no attempt to impose Zoroastrianism on his newly subjected lands.  In fact, he promoted the religions of others.  (2 Chronicles 36:22–23)

Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC was not smashing the "idolatrous" temples and images and texts of other people when he and his Greek army rolled across much of the ancient world.  In fact, it had been his intention to restore Babylon, the holiest site of Marduk's worship.  He died before he could even start the attempt.

Cyrus and Alexander and others of their Ancient and Classical conquering and empire-building ilk killed many many people.  But, they did not do it because of gods of religions.  They did not justify their slaughters as righteous before their gods and religions. 

It would take an evolution in our spiritual consciousness and an expansion of that consciousness across the old worlds to make us the killing machines of the gods.  Our ancestors created those gods and religions.  In the process they created a new kind of human being, one that had previously existed only in isolated pockets.  We created a world of humans who care less about honoring the gods and more about dishonoring and wiping out the gods of others, or denying rights and liberties or outright killing others who have the wrong gods or no gods, or whose appearances or choices do not fit the prescribed holy order.   We now see it everywhere:  holy war, jihad, and hatred and malice in the guise of phrases like "religious liberty."  We have arrived, the product of that consciousness and its expansion across the planet.  

The ancient-style spiritual human is not just dead through natural causes, he is almost extinct as a subset of the human spiritual population.  Even those who claim no gods or religions too often take a militant stance in opposition to gods and religions and those who believe in them, so they still nicely fit into this sick matrix of using gods and religions to harm others.  To the vast majority of us, there is no other concept on offer, the ancient spiritual psychology is not available to us.

I had more to say, but I have to shower, make a recycling run, then get to work.  Probably shouldn't even post this, or else save it and come back. I have a terrible habit of banging out posts and immediately clicking Share.  But, eh ...  (click)

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2015-03-13 03:00:16 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

"The trouble was that he was talking in philosophy, but they were listening in gibberish."

One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite Terry Pratchett books, Small Gods.  

But, really, there are so many great lines.  It's almost unfair to pick just one.

"The trouble was that he was talking in philosophy, but they were listening in gibberish."

One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite Terry Pratchett books, Small Gods.  

But, really, there are so many great lines.  It's almost unfair to pick just one.___

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2015-03-13 02:50:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Saddened by the news of the death of this brilliant, gentle, and always playfully insightful author.  If you haven't experienced the Diskworld books, give them a try.  Terry Pratchett's imagination remains, a source of wisdom, solace, and humor that enlightens, never harms.

Saddened by the news of the death of this brilliant, gentle, and always playfully insightful author.  If you haven't experienced the Diskworld books, give them a try.  Terry Pratchett's imagination remains, a source of wisdom, solace, and humor that enlightens, never harms.___

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2015-03-12 13:08:49 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

There are days when I wish I could forget the Bible, except that it's among the greatest compilations of books in human history.  It is rich with history, philosophy, faith, and horrors.  One day I may even read it and not skip through the lineage portions.  

I enjoy reading about how Christianity was interpreted through history and, today, among various people.  Everybody makes god in their image, and the Christianity of Africa is not the Christianity of South America, for example, though they nod to the same idea of god.  

Without knowledge of the founding documents, one misses a key point of comparison.  The Bible is good.

There are days when I wish I could forget my Southern Baptist upbringing.  It prevents me from ever truly experiencing differing faith-based selves and world views.  I long ago realized that whatever other faith or philosophy I learnabout o... more »

There are days when I wish I could forget the Bible, except that it's among the greatest compilations of books in human history.  It is rich with history, philosophy, faith, and horrors.  One day I may even read it and not skip through the lineage portions.  

I enjoy reading about how Christianity was interpreted through history and, today, among various people.  Everybody makes god in their image, and the Christianity of Africa is not the Christianity of South America, for example, though they nod to the same idea of god.  

Without knowledge of the founding documents, one misses a key point of comparison.  The Bible is good.

There are days when I wish I could forget my Southern Baptist upbringing.  It prevents me from ever truly experiencing differing faith-based selves and world views.  I long ago realized that whatever other faith or philosophy I learn about or experience it always arrives at me through the unbreakable matrix of my own primal experience of faith, the Southern Baptist faith.  In that faith  the Bible is history; the Word is Law; God is actual and a personality; and none are saved from eternal damnation except through acceptance of Jesus's self-sacrifice for the sins of the human world.

But, my fundamentalist upbringing has its practical uses.  It has taught me to doubt speech or ideas that present absolutes.  Now I question whenever anybody says, in effect, "I'm better because I'm not like [name any person or group of people being demonized]."  

Being raised on hell's fire and negative judgments of virtually everybody and everything has allowed me to understand those still facing hell's fire and believing themselves better only because they aren't gay, or atheist, or Catholic, or any number of other God-damned things one can be while alive on Earth.  

All fundamentalism is rooted in extreme fear, both personal and communal.  I understand that fear, I was weened and raised on it.  I understand the believer, the one whose foundation is solid fear.  I'm happy to tolerate him or her.  But, I will no longer trust or seek divine forgiveness of my sins, that catch-all balm that makes even the most heinous acts cosmically forgivable, and that lulls believers into inactivity in the belief that "It's all part of God's plan.".  

I wish to better understand my sins and myself.  Tend toward good, as best I can, modifying my notions of what is good as I gain experience and, hopefully, wisdom.  

And, of course, along the way apologizing to those who deserve that act from me.

The Bible is good.  God is good.  Southern Baptist is good.  Each is a tool in the life of the one who experiences them.  Learn to use your tools.  Don't become one.  That's all. 

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2015-03-12 12:31:53 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Something to ponder as we await the launch of the latest pod, tablet, watch or phone.

Girard gives at least two more reasons: (1) competitors tend to become obsessed with their rivals at the expense of their substantive goals, and because of that (2) the intensity of competition doesn't tell you anything about underlying value. People will compete fiercely for things that don't matter, and once they're fighting they'll fight harder and harder. You might not be able to escape imitation entirely, but if you're sensitive to the way it drives us then you're already ahead of most.  

Extract from the "Business Insider" interview of Peter Thiel, published November 10, 2014.

Something to ponder as we await the launch of the latest pod, tablet, watch or phone.

Girard gives at least two more reasons: (1) competitors tend to become obsessed with their rivals at the expense of their substantive goals, and because of that (2) the intensity of competition doesn't tell you anything about underlying value. People will compete fiercely for things that don't matter, and once they're fighting they'll fight harder and harder. You might not be able to escape imitation entirely, but if you're sensitive to the way it drives us then you're already ahead of most.  

Extract from the "Business Insider" interview of Peter Thiel, published November 10, 2014.___

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2015-03-12 12:13:53 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

"How you turn my world, you precious thing."

There's a universe of fandom, and even this bit exists:  A dress inspired by the movie "Labyrinth."  The images look like they're escaping onto the model's body.

#davidbowie   #labyrinth  

"How you turn my world, you precious thing."

There's a universe of fandom, and even this bit exists:  A dress inspired by the movie "Labyrinth."  The images look like they're escaping onto the model's body.

#davidbowie   #labyrinth  ___

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2015-03-12 12:03:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

And posers, too!

I've never wished I was in Nevada City, California, but it sounds like a fun event for Friday the 13th.

#davidbowie  

And posers, too!

I've never wished I was in Nevada City, California, but it sounds like a fun event for Friday the 13th.

#davidbowie  ___

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2015-03-12 02:36:14 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

I love my husband.  We have so little in common.  I tend to be handy, practical, solitary.  He tends to be voluble, social, and has a knack for putting his foot through ceilings when he's in the attic.  He's clumsy, I'm handy.  

It's not always having things in common.  It's complementing each other.

This week I finally reinstalled the master bathroom toilet.  The base is heavy, and I remember from last time having a beyotch of a time lining up those anchor bolts with the toilet base holes.  I came home from work and said, "Ready to help me with the toilet reinstallation?" to the husband.  I might as well have said, "Ready to walk barefoot over hot coals?"  He blanched, but nodded, said, "Yep!  Just--um--do I have some time?"  I said that sure he did, I just got home, give me some time to change clothes.

Inthe end, I ... more »

I love my husband.  We have so little in common.  I tend to be handy, practical, solitary.  He tends to be voluble, social, and has a knack for putting his foot through ceilings when he's in the attic.  He's clumsy, I'm handy.  

It's not always having things in common.  It's complementing each other.

This week I finally reinstalled the master bathroom toilet.  The base is heavy, and I remember from last time having a beyotch of a time lining up those anchor bolts with the toilet base holes.  I came home from work and said, "Ready to help me with the toilet reinstallation?" to the husband.  I might as well have said, "Ready to walk barefoot over hot coals?"  He blanched, but nodded, said, "Yep!  Just--um--do I have some time?"  I said that sure he did, I just got home, give me some time to change clothes.

In the end, I did all the work myself.  That new flange really secured those anchor bolts and I was able to lift the base and carefully lower it.  No help needed.  

All the while, the husband knew what I was doing.  But, I hadn't called him forth.  He saw me emerge and heft the tank, carry it to the bathroom.  He busied himself with "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!" as I worked.  

He heard the toilet flush.

He poked his head around the corner.  "Can I help?" he asked.  "Nope," I replied.  "All set."

He then entered the bathroom.  I gave him instructions.  "I need you to help watch for any leaks.  I need you to buy a new toilet seat, whatever you want.  I need you to not use this until Friday.  I want that caulking to set good enough to last the next seven years."  He nodded. 

Then he asked, "Um.  What kind of toilet seat?"

I washed my hands.  "You know what?" I asked.  "I'm headed to Lowe's this week.  How about I just pick up one?"  He nodded in turn.  "Well, if you're going anyway."

It's not always being similar, or alike, or sharing the same ideas or interests or passions.  It's complementing each other.  It's enjoying easing the way of the other.  Knowing he'll do the same for you.  In his ways.

And now I promise that for the next eight weeks not to write another posting that has the word toilet in it.___

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2015-03-12 02:10:31 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Our home has a tiny second bathroom off the master bedroom.  Shower stall, sink, shelves, and a toilet.  The toilet is a tight fit.  We need this kind of toilet in there.  One of my 2015 missions:  find a toilet like that, install it.  

Which will require new flooring, and while I'm at it I should investigate a new shower stall and sink . . .  

Nothing is ever simple.

Our home has a tiny second bathroom off the master bedroom.  Shower stall, sink, shelves, and a toilet.  The toilet is a tight fit.  We need this kind of toilet in there.  One of my 2015 missions:  find a toilet like that, install it.  

Which will require new flooring, and while I'm at it I should investigate a new shower stall and sink . . .  

Nothing is ever simple.___

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2015-03-12 01:38:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Pi oldie, but goodie.

How to remember the numbers for Pi:  The homonym PIE spelled backwards and mirrored looks a little like 314, or 3.14, the first digits of Pi.

Pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference (distance around the outside) to its diameter (distance side to side).  So, if you measure a circle's diameter and multiple it by Pi, 3.14, you have a close enough number that solves for the circle's circumference.  Never matters how big the circle is.  If it's a circle, Pi = circumference divided by the diameter.

Pi is an engineering constant that has been part of our human history since ancient times.  Babylonians calculated Pi.  In the Bible, 1 Kings, Chapter 7, Verse 23 we read the Hebrew interpretation of Pi:  "He made the Sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took aline o... more »

Pi oldie, but goodie.

How to remember the numbers for Pi:  The homonym PIE spelled backwards and mirrored looks a little like 314, or 3.14, the first digits of Pi.

Pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference (distance around the outside) to its diameter (distance side to side).  So, if you measure a circle's diameter and multiple it by Pi, 3.14, you have a close enough number that solves for the circle's circumference.  Never matters how big the circle is.  If it's a circle, Pi = circumference divided by the diameter.

Pi is an engineering constant that has been part of our human history since ancient times.  Babylonians calculated Pi.  In the Bible, 1 Kings, Chapter 7, Verse 23 we read the Hebrew interpretation of Pi:  "He made the Sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took a line of thirty cubits to measure around it."  Or, to them, Pi equaled 3, as it did for many ancients (close enough), but not all.

The ancients were troubled by Pi, because it's an irrational number.  It isn't neat, it goes on for infinity.  In other words, Pi was annoying.  Civilizations and great minds pondered and played with Pi over the centuries.  I suppose in contemporary America we might hear some political and religious fundamentalist declare Pi to be European, or godless, or part of the gay agenda.  Or, that Pi is 3, god says so, leave it alone.

But, Pi is Pi.  It's wonderful, irrational, irrefutable, and the source of great knowledge and great works.___

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2015-03-12 00:47:25 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

In my life I have learned and done so many things.  I have roofed, cut and placed stone and brick, installed (basic) wiring.  Built many things.  Most lately, I learned how to remove an old toilet flange and replace it.  (The reinstalled toilet is doing fine, by the way.)

But, there is one thing I just cannot seem to ever do well:  caulking.  I am total spaz at it.  I may always be a total spaz at it, unless I can find a Caulk Whisperer.

I can cut in paint in areas that have made other grown men weep.  But, I cannot lay a bead of neat caulk to save my life.  (sigh)

In my life I have learned and done so many things.  I have roofed, cut and placed stone and brick, installed (basic) wiring.  Built many things.  Most lately, I learned how to remove an old toilet flange and replace it.  (The reinstalled toilet is doing fine, by the way.)

But, there is one thing I just cannot seem to ever do well:  caulking.  I am total spaz at it.  I may always be a total spaz at it, unless I can find a Caulk Whisperer.

I can cut in paint in areas that have made other grown men weep.  But, I cannot lay a bead of neat caulk to save my life.  (sigh)___

2015-03-11 19:58:33 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

My new term for people who do the following:

-- Leave unnecessarily long-winded messages in which they repeat the only relevant point three or more times, implying that I have nothing better to do, and that I'm possibly deaf, stupid, or both;

and

-- Anybody who leaves a message saying "Give me a call," but does not speak their phone number;

Actually, I cant share the term. It's rude. But, it applies!

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My new term for people who do the following:

-- Leave unnecessarily long-winded messages in which they repeat the only relevant point three or more times, implying that I have nothing better to do, and that I'm possibly deaf, stupid, or both;

and

-- Anybody who leaves a message saying "Give me a call," but does not speak their phone number;

Actually, I cant share the term. It's rude. But, it applies!

//___

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2015-03-10 02:46:45 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Bull Moose Music, my local music, books, videos and games store had a Blu Ray copy of Phantom of the Paradise.  After seeing +Christine Evans' posted URL of the trailer to this 1974 slice o' the Me Generation, I had to see it.  It pre-dates "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" by a year and has more interesting production values, thanks to director Brian De Palma ("Carrie," "Dressed to Kill," "The Untouchables," "Mission Impossible," etc.).  Unlike Rocky Horror, this movie is not a musical, it has music numbers that happen on stage, nobody just bursts into song as part of the narrative.

The Blu Ray version is impeccable.  Two disks offer a host of bonuses, including interviews with the director and Paul Williams.

This movie deserves its place among the greatest excesses of the 1970s, alongside polyester in colorsnat... more »

Bull Moose Music, my local music, books, videos and games store had a Blu Ray copy of Phantom of the Paradise.  After seeing +Christine Evans' posted URL of the trailer to this 1974 slice o' the Me Generation, I had to see it.  It pre-dates "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" by a year and has more interesting production values, thanks to director Brian De Palma ("Carrie," "Dressed to Kill," "The Untouchables," "Mission Impossible," etc.).  Unlike Rocky Horror, this movie is not a musical, it has music numbers that happen on stage, nobody just bursts into song as part of the narrative.

The Blu Ray version is impeccable.  Two disks offer a host of bonuses, including interviews with the director and Paul Williams.

This movie deserves its place among the greatest excesses of the 1970s, alongside polyester in colors nature never intended, velour V-necks, leisure suits, flare bell bottoms, moon boots, feathered hair, and massive afros.  "Phantom of the Paradise" is a gloriously over-the-top movie.

Yes, the husband just blinked, sighed and went to bed.  He's never understood my fascination with movies like this.  

Bonus:  Want to see something truly bizarre and wonderfully awful?  Find a copy of "Hysterical," a 1983 comedy/horror starring The Hudson Brothers, including actress Kate Hudson's papa.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmPW0d5RWLo 
Or, Donny and Marie Osmond in 1978's "Goin' Coconuts."  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA3ZVCKRNqE 

What are some of your favorite wonderfully awful and/or excessive movies?___

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2015-03-10 00:57:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Fun with flange.  I'm doing a bathroom renovation, which requires that I remove and replace a toilet flange on a concrete floor.  The old flange's metal ring is totally corroded and the whole flange must come out and be replaced.

God bless the Internet.  I found exactly the professional tips I need to this.  See attached link.

The Internet has done more for me in my grown up life than I can ever repay.  From fence building to flanges, I am able to do many repairs and projects myself just through careful study of the problem and finding resident experts in videos like this one.

Still, with every renovation project and the multitude of steps where A should have come before B (but, I didn't realize that bit was A until after I'd done B), I take two steps forward, one back, then two more steps.  But, it gets done. 

Do I know how to havefun, o... more »

Fun with flange.  I'm doing a bathroom renovation, which requires that I remove and replace a toilet flange on a concrete floor.  The old flange's metal ring is totally corroded and the whole flange must come out and be replaced.

God bless the Internet.  I found exactly the professional tips I need to this.  See attached link.

The Internet has done more for me in my grown up life than I can ever repay.  From fence building to flanges, I am able to do many repairs and projects myself just through careful study of the problem and finding resident experts in videos like this one.

Still, with every renovation project and the multitude of steps where A should have come before B (but, I didn't realize that bit was A until after I'd done B), I take two steps forward, one back, then two more steps.  But, it gets done. 

Do I know how to have fun, or what?

Just glad the husband is being super-tolerant of my several-days interruption of use of our main bathroom.___

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2015-03-09 02:02:54 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

You know nothing good is coming when "The Walking Dead" ends with a Bee Gees song.  Also, it's alarming how Rick is becoming awkwardly like Shane, Carol is becoming the Wicked Witch of the Apocalypse, and Daryl is finding his softer, gay-friendly side.

You know nothing good is coming when "The Walking Dead" ends with a Bee Gees song.  Also, it's alarming how Rick is becoming awkwardly like Shane, Carol is becoming the Wicked Witch of the Apocalypse, and Daryl is finding his softer, gay-friendly side.___

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2015-03-09 01:55:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

"That's what you worry about?!"

God bless Sasha.  She needed just a little more time to process all her losses.  Instead she got Alexandria and the attack of post-apocalypse white people problems.

"That's what you worry about?!"

God bless Sasha.  She needed just a little more time to process all her losses.  Instead she got Alexandria and the attack of post-apocalypse white people problems.___

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2015-03-08 23:53:22 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Things said often enough about me:

"He's smart, but absent-minded."  

"He either too focused or hardly there."  

"He's aloof."  

"He's nice, but odd."  

"He's not nice, and odd."  

"Who?"  

It's all working out fine.  I know whenever anybody strays too close.  Then I fix that.

Things said often enough about me:

"He's smart, but absent-minded."  

"He either too focused or hardly there."  

"He's aloof."  

"He's nice, but odd."  

"He's not nice, and odd."  

"Who?"  

It's all working out fine.  I know whenever anybody strays too close.  Then I fix that.___

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2015-03-08 22:15:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

John Waters is the acclaimed King of Filth.  But, he is more than that.  He is Calvin (of Calvin & Hobbes) grown up, without suffering the grinding misery of being a grown up.  He is a dirty raconteur whose every story makes you both laugh and cringe.  You want to laugh, it feels natural and normal.  You wish you didn't cringe.  What's wrong with you that mere language brings you both joy and panic?

We are losing the John Waterses of the world.  We are losing so much in this world, people and ideas and points of view that are dangerous and original and require work on our part.  

Enjoy him while you can.

Available now via North America's Netflix.

John Waters is the acclaimed King of Filth.  But, he is more than that.  He is Calvin (of Calvin & Hobbes) grown up, without suffering the grinding misery of being a grown up.  He is a dirty raconteur whose every story makes you both laugh and cringe.  You want to laugh, it feels natural and normal.  You wish you didn't cringe.  What's wrong with you that mere language brings you both joy and panic?

We are losing the John Waterses of the world.  We are losing so much in this world, people and ideas and points of view that are dangerous and original and require work on our part.  

Enjoy him while you can.

Available now via North America's Netflix.___

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2015-03-08 18:23:50 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Does anybody remember Paul Williams?  If your'e over 40 and North American, you probably remember the man.  A celebrity of the 1970s, popping up everywhere on your TV and sometimes on movie screens.  Short, rotund, and gifted with a fine voice and songwriting talent, he was a character in an age when characters were brash, caricatures of themselves, and often saucy.  

Even if you don't know the man, you know his music, just by being alive.  Among other songs, he wrote:
Evergreen, the theme from Streisand's "A Star is Born";
Rainy Days and Mondays, a hit for The Carpenters;
An Old-Fashioned Love Song, a hit for Three Dog Night;
Rainbow Connection, a hit for Kermit the Frog;
and many more.

In 1971 David Bowie took one of Williams' tunes and covered it for the album "Hunky Dory."  "Hunky Dory" is one ofBowie... more »

Does anybody remember Paul Williams?  If your'e over 40 and North American, you probably remember the man.  A celebrity of the 1970s, popping up everywhere on your TV and sometimes on movie screens.  Short, rotund, and gifted with a fine voice and songwriting talent, he was a character in an age when characters were brash, caricatures of themselves, and often saucy.  

Even if you don't know the man, you know his music, just by being alive.  Among other songs, he wrote:
Evergreen, the theme from Streisand's "A Star is Born";
Rainy Days and Mondays, a hit for The Carpenters;
An Old-Fashioned Love Song, a hit for Three Dog Night;
Rainbow Connection, a hit for Kermit the Frog;
and many more.

In 1971 David Bowie took one of Williams' tunes and covered it for the album "Hunky Dory."  "Hunky Dory" is one of Bowie's more expansive albums.  With a couple of exceptions, the songs are happy, social, and find Bowie reflecting on things like celebrity, hero worship and fatherhood.  Only on "Hunky Dory" could Bowie get away with "Fill Your Heart."  Here it is.___

2015-03-08 14:33:49 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Thanks for the invitation, Eileen.  I cannot comment on the Primal/Paleo part of the title, not having studied or lived it.  In the New Year a coworker began a low-carbohydrate diet to try to lose weight.  After some weeks, to support her I decided to join her.  That was almost four weeks ago.  Since then I've been preparing low-carbohydrate dishes to bring to work and share with her.

Coincidentally, I've lost eight pounds.  The only difference in my lifestyle is my diet, so I attribute the weight loss to removing carbohydrate-heavy foods from my diet.

I do love bread and pasta, but I simply substitute those cravings with other favorites:  cheeses.  A little goes a long way, and I've been enjoying experiencing new cheeses or revising old favorites.

My one concession to carbohydrates are fruits and nuts. (Pretty sure those are not orthodox inPaleo.)... more »

Thanks for the invitation, Eileen.  I cannot comment on the Primal/Paleo part of the title, not having studied or lived it.  In the New Year a coworker began a low-carbohydrate diet to try to lose weight.  After some weeks, to support her I decided to join her.  That was almost four weeks ago.  Since then I've been preparing low-carbohydrate dishes to bring to work and share with her.

Coincidentally, I've lost eight pounds.  The only difference in my lifestyle is my diet, so I attribute the weight loss to removing carbohydrate-heavy foods from my diet.

I do love bread and pasta, but I simply substitute those cravings with other favorites:  cheeses.  A little goes a long way, and I've been enjoying experiencing new cheeses or revising old favorites.

My one concession to carbohydrates are fruits and nuts. (Pretty sure those are not orthodox in Paleo.)  First, I love fruits and nuts.  Second, the low-carbohydrate diet I am following sacrifices fiber, which I make up for with fruits and nuts.  Am I doing it right?  Probably not.

But, almost four weeks and eight pounds down, so something is working.  Another 15 pounds and I'll consider it a success.  Assuming I'll plateau at some point with more gradual fat loss (a common experience with any diet), and because I'll add muscle as I become more spring/summer active, I estimate goal by late summer/early fall.

I'm wide open to any observations or tips from anybody in the community, and I'd be happy to share some recipes that have worked for me and created yummy noises in others.

-- Alvin___

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2015-03-07 13:03:19 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Breakfast for the husband and me.

Crepe pan.  Medium heat.  Each breakfast takes the following:
2 slices of fried bacon (use the crepe pan);
2 eggs
Milk to add to the beaten eggs
Some cheese you like, I'm using a sharp Cheddar
Salt and pepper

Of course, you'll need to have a pot of coffee standing by, too.

Fry the bacon and put it aside.  Pour off the fat into into your soup can that you washed and keep just for that purpose.  

Beat two eggs with a bit of milk.  Pour the egg mixture into your hot crepe pan.  While that's heating crumble up that cooled bacon and slice or grate the cheese.  When the edges of the egg mixture are nicely setting, grind some pepper and pinch some salt onto the top and then add the bacon and cheese.  

When it's time, do that wrist thing and slide the breakfast onto aplate, ... more »

Breakfast for the husband and me.

Crepe pan.  Medium heat.  Each breakfast takes the following:
2 slices of fried bacon (use the crepe pan);
2 eggs
Milk to add to the beaten eggs
Some cheese you like, I'm using a sharp Cheddar
Salt and pepper

Of course, you'll need to have a pot of coffee standing by, too.

Fry the bacon and put it aside.  Pour off the fat into into your soup can that you washed and keep just for that purpose.  

Beat two eggs with a bit of milk.  Pour the egg mixture into your hot crepe pan.  While that's heating crumble up that cooled bacon and slice or grate the cheese.  When the edges of the egg mixture are nicely setting, grind some pepper and pinch some salt onto the top and then add the bacon and cheese.  

When it's time, do that wrist thing and slide the breakfast onto a plate, folding it over itself.

Add some fruit or maybe tomatoes, whatever you have laying around.  (But, be a gentleman and peel or cut up the fruit, don't just plonk a whole apple onto the man's plate.)

Give it to your love with a mug of coffee.___

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2015-03-07 12:20:16 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

It's March, so I'm thinking about gardening.  Outside the earth is still covered by mounds and drifts of snow, and the temperature hovers around zero F.  But, it's fine to plan.  Planning is good, in fact.

This year I'm going to try the design shown on the attached link.  My land has always favored the so-called Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squashes.  Particular the squashes.  They're like Wells' red weed on my land.

It's March, so I'm thinking about gardening.  Outside the earth is still covered by mounds and drifts of snow, and the temperature hovers around zero F.  But, it's fine to plan.  Planning is good, in fact.

This year I'm going to try the design shown on the attached link.  My land has always favored the so-called Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squashes.  Particular the squashes.  They're like Wells' red weed on my land.___

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2015-03-06 13:11:58 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Her:  You say you hate such things, but you put up with him, and he does that all the time.  How do you live with your contradictions?

Me:  (Pointing to her blouse.)  That's a lovely shade of yellow on you.  Personally, I hate wearing the color yellow, so I don't wear it.  But, yes, that's a lovely yellow.  On you.

In life, most things are not about you.  When something is about you, extend your arm, turn 360 degrees, tracing an imaginary circle around yourself and declare, "In this space, it's wholly about me."  Outside that space, people should be free to be and do as they will.

No contradiction.  

Her:  You say you hate such things, but you put up with him, and he does that all the time.  How do you live with your contradictions?

Me:  (Pointing to her blouse.)  That's a lovely shade of yellow on you.  Personally, I hate wearing the color yellow, so I don't wear it.  But, yes, that's a lovely yellow.  On you.

In life, most things are not about you.  When something is about you, extend your arm, turn 360 degrees, tracing an imaginary circle around yourself and declare, "In this space, it's wholly about me."  Outside that space, people should be free to be and do as they will.

No contradiction.  ___

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