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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
Number of posts: 34,482

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

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the worst part about mean people is that

they tempt you to be mean back. Sometimes I have to tell myself to step away from the keyboard and out of GD!

GORN!

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Yarn people - what am I missing here?

I've bought some premium yarns that come in a twisted skein;



I've never figured out how to roll the yarn into a ball easily. I untwist the skein and end up with a large loop, but the thread seems to be entangled with itself. To wind it I end up having to follow a path through the skein.

I'm not sure how to phrase this, so bear with me -

but how do we in modern society make room for outsiders?

Outsiders could be individuals who just don't fit in. For example, not all the homeless are mentally ill, but there are people on the fringes who just don't fit in for what ever reason. i Sometimes they can subsist on odd jobs, but rarely can they be relied on to show up for work every day. I suspect that someday they will all be identified (labeled?) as being somehow non-typical one way or another - autistic or something else. So how do we ensure that they are fed, clothed and sheltered properly with respect, without losing their freedom?

Then there are people who are outsiders because of who they are - I'm thinking here of the various nomadic peoples of the West, Travelers and tinkers and Roma. How can they survive without being forced to assimilate? The same applies to many Native Americans.

As a society, we are terrified of poor people who are unwilling to live in one place and go to work for someone every morning. I think a lot of people secretly hate their own lives and are jealous. It's OK not to work and live as you will provided you have money. Think about it - what's the real difference between the wealthy family moving among six different homes and the poor family living in a camper?

So - can we function as a society with room for people on the edges to have food, clothing, shelter and their freedom, and for their children to have the choice of how they want to live, or must we scare most of us to be worker bees by punishing those who don't follow the expected path?

Backdrops at speeches -

It's distracting to have a group of people staring at the speaker's head ( or almost fainting!)

It's rather crass to have a backdrop that advertises the site or sponsoring organization - I don't know who had the first one, but now they are ubiquitous. I'm referring to the ones that have the name and/or logo of the sponsor(s) arranged like a repeating wall paper pattern.

I'd rather see nothing but a curtain or wall.

"it's time for people to stop rooting for its failure"!

President Obama, October 21, 2013

So - my husband scored some german marzipan - any suggestions

for some shapes to mold for Thanksgiving and Christmas? This will be our first attempt, so any pointers will be appreciated. I'm thinking we can cut out stars and trees for Christmas.

Fruit cake - let's hear it:

Fans of Thomas Cahill's "Hinges of History" -


Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World

From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history—this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary book.

In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century. Beginning with the continent-wide disaster of the Black Death, Cahill traces the many developments in European thought and experience that served both the new humanism of the Renaissance and the seemingly abrupt religious alterations of the increasingly radical Reformation. This is an age of the most sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies and of newly found courage, as many thousands refuse to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past. It is an era of just-discovered continents and previously unknown peoples. More than anything, it is a time of individuality in which a whole culture must achieve a new balance if the West is to continue.

Coming out October 29

Have you been waiting for this book?

Heretics and Heroes - Thomas Cahill

From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history—this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary book.

In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century. Beginning with the continent-wide disaster of the Black Death, Cahill traces the many developments in European thought and experience that served both the new humanism of the Renaissance and the seemingly abrupt religious alterations of the increasingly radical Reformation. This is an age of the most sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies and of newly found courage, as many thousands refuse to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past. It is an era of just-discovered continents and previously unknown peoples. More than anything, it is a time of individuality in which a whole culture must achieve a new balance if the West is to continue.
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