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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
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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.

Journal Archives

Maybe this is what chess is all about -

David Ignatius on Morning Edition Friday 9/13 suggests that Obama has been working for two years to get Putin to step up and put some controls on his client Assad. Ignatius said something to the effect of "it's OK to let Putin take credit for doing something in the interest of the United States"

I won't go so far as to say that Obama planned all of this two years ago; only that he uses certain techniques which push events to where he wants them.

"The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long But It Bends Toward Justice"

A while back I asked for advice for someone interviewing for a job in the

computer field - how does an introverted computer engineer get through an interview. I just wanted to let people know the advice worked - my son has a job!

Thank you!

A question on obesity - I am finally losing weight, but only by going on a very low

calorie diet (under my physician's advice). I didn't drink soda, I didn't buy processed foods or eat out, I never bought chips - my only bad habit was having dessert daily - but my honest calorie intake was within guidelines.

So, I am losing weight now, but I am convinced that something is very wrong - possibly having the wrong intestinal bacteria:


I am also somewhat suspicious of GMO corn which ends up in just about everything sooner or later.


An ettiquete question :

I am a "small c" catholic, raised as a Roman Catholic. I may be visiting South Korea (again) and will have the opportunity to visit Buddhist holy sites (again). For me, a holy place is a holy place.

1. Would anyone be offended if I pray in a Buddhist temple?

2. If I pray in a Buddhist temple, what are the proper actions so as not to cause offense?

12 years ago, my youngest was still in grade school -

now she's a college graduate. Effectively, almost as long as she can remember, we've been at war.

It's become the new normal.

The year before she was born, Germany was reunified, the Cold War was over and we were at "the end of history". WE were looking forward to a peace dividend.

Methinks that there are forces in the US more interested in keeping the American People afraid than the most radical terrorist!

What in the world does Rand Paul have embroidered on his shirt?

Which is the worst example of stores jumping the season?

I want to buy eggnog during Christmas week, but oftentimes it's gone before New Year's Eve. But then - sometimes it's been on sale since late September!

Have you e-mailed your Congress person and Senators about Syria?

I have a dog who is marking in the house -

We have two male dogs, both neutered. The older, larger dog (a Beagle/German Shepherd cross) is about 8 years, the younger, smaller dog (A spitz) is about 4. The dogs have free access to an outside pen. The problem is that the spitz marks spots in the house - anything new that is left on the floor (laundry baskets, back packs) and several chairs.

Is there a good way to stop this? I do wash the floors with an orange oil based detergent, and that does seem to help until the next cycle starts.

Should the fact that so many people are opposed to intervention in Syria

itself be a reason not to intervene? That is, without the firm support of a majority of the American people, we should stay out of this?

If so, what would be the threshold number, 51%? 60%? 75%?
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