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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,144

About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

Quick update on Brigid (& Molly Maguire)

They're now eating together, at the same time from the same bowl. I put down two, but they jointly polish off the one and then move on to the other. Soul sisters already. Both will need to be micro-chipped; Molly hates collars and clothes under any circumstances and has already chewed off Brigid's nice new collar for her. If my attention wanders during their potty walk in the snow, Molly will try to rip off her skinny sister's parka, too. I'm sure she means well.

They really seem to love each other. Brigid's strong enough already to tussle a little and chase around after Molly. But when she first came in such a weakened state, their first time out in the yard Molly ran and got her favorite ball and dropped it at Brigid's feet. Now she just waves it in Brigid's face and runs off like a little speed demon, with Brigid close behind.

Molly had better watch out, too, because the new kid on the block is half rat terrier - so you know what that means! Not going to take too much guff. But Molly seems to love it when Brigid gets in her face. She's half mini beagle and half Pom herself, and only a year older.

Beautiful story


Chihuahua's faces have always reminded me of bats. But then I like both. To me they're all beautiful.


I had no idea.

Bless you and all those who do care. The tiny town where I retired has a pound but after the 1-week hold period for owners to claim their animals, the poor dogs are taken to a big town that's over a hundred-mile roundtrip from here. That's where you have to go if you want to adopt. So what we have here is not a shelter at all. That's awful.

The strange thing is,

Cocaine first became medically recommended as a cure for heroin addiction. Andean peoples chewed coca leaves for energy and it must be a lot less addictive taken that way. Anyhow, more 'advanced' civilizations had to abuse it, of course. I've heard it's harder to kick than heroin.

Back to the show: thanks for the news. I loved the books too. Hopefully they'll still be available when I start Netflix soon. I would've already but a certain little mutt joined our pack, and her initial vet care will take care of any spare change for awhile. Then there's the major home rehab that will probably take another decade to finish. Always something, it seems.

Yeah, I wouldn't know how to keep busy w/o rehab

The house, I mean - the house! My own estimate as well as the Amish contractors I use gave the place no more than a few years before it would've been beyond repair. At least with all the time in between projects, I'm saved from possible haste-makes-waste.

Since such a major undertaking sucks up so much $, even with the Amish, I've continued indulging my recycle habits. The arbor out front is made from pieces of metal I picked up when the town used to conduct twice-yearly major cleanup days. I hung a little sign on my "new" arbor announcing that it was the future home of trumpet vines. Thank goodness the winds didn't knock it over before the vines grew big and strong enough to keep it upright. When I see something interesting curbside that's plainly visible, my first reaction is always "What can I make with that?"

Actually, I dread the prospect of nothing to do, because staying busy is the only way I can keep out of trouble and therefore out of jail.

Probably won't happen in my lifetime

I keep hoping the industry giants currently using Bloom Boxes will help speed development of an affordable home version, but I'd never be so foolish as to hold my breath waiting either.

Meanwhile at least I can avail myself of as much passive and active methodology from the past and present as I can.

I also largely escaped the clutches of modern Western 'medicine' most of my life. I'm a fair herbalist and bush medic, not to mention unofficial veterinarian. It goes with the territory.

Glad you asked

The book 'Mere Christianity' was taken from a series of radio addresses Lewis made during WWII, if I recall. Fundies love to pick and choose from his various writings as they try to prove notions at which the man would've recoiled. Very few of them know or will admit that he advocated ANY form of socialism, their most hated word apparently. Tell them that the woman he married was a strong advocate of communism and they'll lynch you for a heretic no matter the color of your skin. If you haven't yet read it, let me recommend 'The Screwtape Letters' as well. That and 'The Great Divorce' make up my personal favorite CS Lewis trilogy.

It IS relevant to Boehner's hypocrisy, especially in this instance where he's cherry picking Lincoln; the pattern remains the same - twist the full truth to suit your own evil purposes. Lincoln was a man of his times. How could he not be? But he grew in wisdom ahead of his fellows and clearly if born today would be a Yellow Dog Democrat. Modern fundies don't like that fact whispered in their ears any more than they want to hear about the real CS Lewis. Those historical figures are reserved to bolster modern GOP fascism. "The party of Lincoln" my ass!

If you have a good enough head start and can run fast, try telling GOP fundies that Jesus is a socialist, and then watch all hell break loose. As you look back over your shoulder and try to pick up speed, 'cause your gonna need it.

I'm impressed

Not only by what you describe but also another ancient desert method of cooling: the clay pots buried in a pit which has been well covered.

One of the smartest houses I ever read about in Architectural Digest was a place in the AZ desert, somewhere around Phoenix if memory serves. The builder had run long underground pipes radiating in all directions, and they ended with a covered u-turn popup just above ground. At the middle of the hub, in the central hall, the cooled air got sucked up a tall chimney and carried any heat in the house up with it by natural air flow. According to the article, the homeowner said the house kept itself at a maximum of 78 degrees even in the worst of summer with no mechanical aid required. He had also backed the house up against a rock cliff which absorbed heat in the day; then when the curtains were opened on cold nights, the radiated heat warmed the house.

That's how I'd build if money were no problem. Since it is, I might someday sell my beloved Vic and just build myself a little one-story straw bale house. (haha - I could paint it pink and attach a fake curly stovepipe to the outside for a 'tail', then wait to see if anyone got the joke; which they wouldn't around here.) Set up enough solar panels and I might even succeed in going off grid entirely. I don't care for modern design much, unless it's extremely futuristic. But I'm absolutely mad about modern technology.

I hope

that this new technology becomes affordable for the public faster than Bloom Boxes have. I'm still waiting on mine. Yet hopefully...

It's also hypocritical

When the teabaggers quote Jefferson about watering the tree of liberty and conveniently leave out his statement that the rich ought to shoulder ALL the tax burden for the rest of the country. Well, Jefferson said and did a lot of things, some good, some evil. But cafeteria style patriotism is sheer insanity, and the teabagger mob mentality illustrates that to the extreme. It reminds me of the alleged-Christian fundies who absolutely love CS Lewis, quote him in all sorts of ways to prove themselves legitimate faithful, but get the vapors and their guns when you point out that the theologian also said the practice of Christianity absolutely requires some form of (GASP) socialism!
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