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phylny's Journal
phylny's Journal
December 26, 2018

My husband and I would like to go to Italy in 2019, but don't speak Italian and don't know our way

around. Can anyone suggest a good tour company that requires moderate walking?

I'd like to go to some of the following places: Rome, Naples, and Reggio Calabria and/or Sicily since that's where my great-grandparents are from. I looked at Rick Steve's, but an concerned about strenuous walking. True, I have months to get into shape, but I'm not sure I'd be up to it

Thanks in advance for suggestions!

October 27, 2018

For those on Twitter, never hesitate to report violent, abusive, threatening tweets.

I alerted on someone last night. This is the fastest I've heard back from Twitter:

An update on your report

Thanks again for letting us know. Our investigation found this account violated the Twitter Rules: (I removed identifying info).

We appreciate your help in improving everyone’s experience on Twitter. You can learn more about reporting abusive behavior here.

October 12, 2018

Hurricane Michael aftermath

The remnants of Hurricane Michael roared through our area and left lots of damage in its wake. The husband of our company's owner had 4 feet of water in his office building in Danville. He had furniture floating down the street, employee's cars that were parked on the street had water up to the dashboards, and an old wooden train trestle ended up being dislodged and blocking the entire street. My friend was leaving a doctor's appointment in Roanoke when the area started to flood. Her doctor came out to try to start her car and ended up having to escape out of a window.

Smith Mountain Lake (where I live) has been overwhelmed with runaway boats, barges, and debris. Not so much where I am, but up where the Roanoke River runs from Roanoke. The lake level is high, but Appalachian Electric Power manages it so well. We are never in danger of flooding here due to the design of the dam, spillway, and building code enforcement.

Other than that, today feels like a crisp, fall day which was a nice change from the mugginess that we've endured.

I'm sorry for the loss of life and property so many are dealing with. Hope you are all okay.

October 9, 2018


Here's one of mine - see if you can help!

ETA it would help if I added the image, no?

October 5, 2018

Better minds than mine - is this scenario a false equivalency for abortion?

I am pro-choice, so I need no convincing regarding keeping abortion safe and legal for anyone who wants one. I was trying to think of a way to come up with a narrative to explain why no one should impose their will upon another person's personal and medical decisions. With a forced pregnancy, you undergo a medical procedure (pre-natal care, birth, aftercare), your body will change, and you may or may not be left with scars.

Here's my scenario: Your child/sibling/parent needs a liver transplant. Now, the liver regenerates so yes, you'll have a medical procedure, your body will change, but it'll turn out more or less how you started, minus some scars. Should you be legally obliged to submit to surgery to keep your loved one alive - even if you don't want to (I know you should not) because you're saving a life?

Please help me shape this or let me know if I'm on the right or wrong track. I'm sure someone smarter than me has figured this out

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