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June 30, 2017

Made me cry...you see...

My first yellow Lab (my heart) raised 2 (unrelated) baby kittens like this. There was such a bond between them. All 3 were the most wonderful, joyful people I've even known. One of the kittens loved car rides and one would retrieve paper balls all day long. Endless fun at our house during those precious times.
Now, they're all gone.
After 35 yrs, I still grieve.

One of the kittens lived to be 20yo!!! And she never met a dog she didn't like.

June 20, 2017

Car wreck and anaphylactic shock.

Late night, speeding down the interstate and a deer pops out in front of me. I couldn't avoid him so BAMN, I hit the poor deer. He was big enough to make my small car do a 360 in the road and crash sideways down an embankment and into some trees. During the 5 (?) second process, I was yelling "fuck...shit." Car was totalled. I blamed myself for speeding (80-85). Hubs and I were poor then and didn't have comprehensive insurance. I only sustained major bruising - I was damn lucky.

It changed my nighttime driving habits - I realized I could've been killed.

Then there's the anaphylactic shock. I was swollen so badly everywhere - even my ear lobes were swollen. I've MAJOR allergies. I must've looked like a circus freak being rolled into the ER. Everyone was staring. I had to stay overnight and have an oxygen feed and an IV drip. I felt vulnerable for years until, with the help of an allergist, I figured out the substance I'm deathly allergic to: plain old Neosporin. Weird, uh?!

We all seem to walk around for years and then, suddenly, we realize just how vulnerable we humans beings actually are.

I usually just mumble "fuck...shit" or "fucking hell" when feeling that threatened.

Btw, people often say to us atheists, "just wait until you're facing death." Well, that's garbage. Twirling around in that car and then, years later lying on a hospital gurney trying to get my breath, I knew I could possibly die. I never once thought of begging god.

June 15, 2017

GOP rep. pushes gun reciprocity for lawmakers after Alexandria shooting

Source: The Hill

June 14, 2017 - 03:41 PM EDT

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) said Wednesday that Congress should consider firearm reciprocity to make it easier for lawmakers to carry guns in Washington, D.C., following an attack on a congressional baseball practice that left Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) in critical condition.

Loudermilk was one of the lawmakers on the field when a gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson, began firing shots at them.

Virginia offers concealed-carry permits and allows citizens to carry firearms openly without a license. But Washington's tighter gun laws makes it more difficult for lawmakers to carry guns.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/337815-gop-rep-pushes-gun-reciprocity-after-alexandria-shooting

We knew this would happen:


June 10, 2017

"they have some kind of personality disorder..."

I told a friend exactly this decades ago.

Bottom line: they have mental issues.
As with psychopathy, they have a huge empathy deficit. Some innate (brain malfunction), some culturally induced.

June 7, 2017

This is a COVER-UP.

Now they're hinting at incidental info collected on Amer citizen cannot be applied when lacking a FISA Court order.


June 3, 2017

Perfect. 😁

I grew up on a farm where my parents had our pet calves slaughtered when they reached a certain age. It killed my soul as a young child. When I reproached my mother, she gave me the old "that's what God put them here for" shit.

I'm an old atheist now.

June 3, 2017

My apologies.

I know you were only trying to help him.

However, you know that developing such a Zen attitude takes tools, time, and psychic energy to achieve and maintain. We are not taught or given these tools but must seek them.

We cannot tell others that they should blah blah, whatever. They need deep insights in order to do so. So, in the meantime we should not make anyone feel guilty** about whatever avenues they can find to maintain their sanity.

**Yes, yes, damn it, I know we cannot make anyone feel anything. They subconsciously do that to themselves. However, until folks can learn the necessary tools, we need to get off that preachy high-horse.

Right now, my tool is just a tiny nip of a tequila sunrise.

June 2, 2017

Yes, we are by nature tribal.

In the long perspective, we are but seconds out of our caves.

It's a wonder that many have overcome that in any great number.


June 1, 2017

Dang. I can sympathize with both of your predictaments.

I'm very sorry for your diagnosis and shortened time.

I've a friend living in FL, a long distance from me, who has a fabulous old vinyl collection. A few years ago she said she is going to tash all of them because of lack of storage space. I was appalled - no, horrified. She spent 10mins just naming most all of her old great top 40 hits I love. She told me mailing them to me would cost too much, so I told her I'd pay the ~$100 in shipping cost. She dropped the subject but because of your post, I'll ask her about them again.

You know, folks just don't seem to value things as they used to. Just like the friend I mention above. They "move on" so very quickly. I'm a very nostalgic person, sometimes unfortunately so.

My hubby tries to "comfort" me by the fact that none of us will be living in less than 100 yrs, So I need to stop valuing THINGS so much. The planet will mostly be dead in a 100 yrs. Over the last couple of years I cried for months trying to reconcile myself to this fact. Because I have a child, it is deeply, deeply disturbing and sad to me, even more so than even my own mortality. (I'm an atheist, not believing in an afterlife.)

Because of my age, I'm adjusting and trying to refine my process of "letting go" - of things and my life.

Sorry I cannot offer any better advice except to say that IF you put a BIG price on your collection, would the buyer not value it? Get to know that person, the buyer, and share your concerns and your love of these records.

Good luck!

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