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Men who challenge men to stop violence

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Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2014 at 1:41pm

I hope you have seen Cosmos: The Immortals, Season: 1 Episode: 11. It explains the source of the biblical stories that are from the far distant past. If you want more information on the ancient stories, see my post, 

Cosmos, A Space Odyssey, The Immortals, Season: 1 Episode: 11

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2014 at 12:55pm

Carl, thank you for posting the family "Thank you" and that they focused on those who participated in the recovery of Victoria. A very nice acknowledgement! 

I feel good about this story, and the many others that surface such as this one. Another example is the young mother, Rebecca Vitsmun, who said, "I’m actually an atheist!". It took courage for her to say that word, and she didn't get lynched for being honest about her belief. The fears that keep up bound to silence, keep us bound to bigotry. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2014 at 12:45pm

Here is a team project putting up antenna on top of the tool shed to get local news. On Sunday, Larry, Zac, Laura and Dominic the dog comprise this team. The tractor holds the base of the ladder. They tried three different length ladders and this system worked the best. 

Zac is building this terrace system to handle the bank. The soil is glacial sand, and the steps have become un-level. Zac said that is a task for another weekend. Eventually, the terrace will extend to the right. Zac cut down the trees and used a draw knife to strip the bark. 

Zac's knives are sharp as a razor blade and he keeps them perfectly honed. He is a millwright at the local lumber mill. 

My granddaughter and Zac are expecting a baby in July and he is building the cradle. A new heirloom is coming into being along with my sixth great-grandchild. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2014 at 12:38pm

Good morning, one and all, I am unwinding from my 11 day visit to Shangri-La in the NE part of Washington state and the forest home of my daughter, son-in-law, my two granddaughters and their mates and five great-grandchildren. This is a most wonderful family I have ever witnessed. They work incredibly hard for five days of the week and while they work, they have what I call "buckets of problems".

They wake up to problems, sort them out, prioritize them, then start working the buckets one or two at a time. While finding solutions, they often stop and think about how to solve the problem of one bucket, explore options, do some test runs, and then progress to a solution. If it turns out the problem isn't solved, they explore, experiment, examine again, make a decision, put it into action, and watch for the outcome. They use this process all through the day, all the while laughing, joking, coming up with some of the most weird Goldberg solutions along the way, and by the end of the day, they prepare a meal fit for royalty, and rest and restore their energy. No unresolved problem gets in the way of their process and it is all done with hard, critical thought, effective and efficient action, and they pay attention to details, evaluating constantly.  

They handle their domestic and animal chores the same way. Identify the tasks that need doing, clarify their goals, explore options, develop action plans including the youngest five year old, do the work, and evaluate outcomes. Wash-rinse-repeat. 

Scattered in this process comes calls for them to run to a fire or accident or medical emergency. Four adult members put on their appropriate gear and head to the emergency, taking the equipment expected to be needed. One grandaughter and the older kids take care of the younger ones and provide backup services, i.e. water, food, as needed. Sometimes the calls come in the middle of the night. They spent one Thanksgiving day fighting a fire and came home to a cooked turkey dinner that we had planned to do together, The kids and I did the dinner and those five youngsters work as a team. 

On the left are Jared and Michelle and to the left of the fire chief in a white shirt is Laura with Larry standing behind her. 

Michelle works hard at training each child how to do the age-appropriate chore and sets high standards of achievement. They know how to do all the chores and how to fill in where needed. The oldest boy is 15 and he functions as a fully mature adult in that family. 

Play is an important part of all their lives, adults and children. Team work and individual activity, whether music, sports, hobbies and creative arts and crafts, or training and caring for their horses, dogs, cats, and the occasional lizard, frog or snake, or injured wildlife fills their day. 

This is team work of the most extraordinary variety. Even the great-grandkids are involved in "working the problem buckets". 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 28, 2014 at 10:56am

Hi, Steph!  Thanks.  Hope you have a great week also.

Comment by Steph S. on May 28, 2014 at 10:34am

Hello everyone- wish you a great week.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 28, 2014 at 10:27am

I didn't notice that nobody thanked god.  Thanks Carl.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 28, 2014 at 10:20am

A very good and swift outcome for that stolen infant.  I'm glad to read in the story and to see in the videos that nobody was thanking any higher power for the positive outcome.  The actions of people  and some luck made that happy outcome possible.  It's refreshing to see the mother acknowledge the real reasons she got her baby back. 

"We had a lot of luck, but thanks to you ! I would like to thank the thousands of police officers, investigators across Quebec who have demonstrated great compassion and went to work immediately to find my baby. They have done an effective job alert and launched very quickly. Yesterday was a victory for us, but also for you. your work has been exeptional and we 're lucky to have such an effective system to help us in this situation .... THANK YOU! Thank you reporters have transmitted the news. I would also like to thank the staff and management of the St. Mary Hospital for your support .

"Thank you to these people, thank you to the security guards who acted quickly and found a picture with the help of the police. Photo saved our daughter ! In less than an hour, the picture was everywhere .... You were thousands of people shared the photo of the woman on the social networks and relentlessly . Know that this is what has saved our little Victoria. Each click , each share has made ​​the difference. Four wonderful people , we had the chance to meet , have identified the woman through Facebook. This is the only reason why Victoria is in my arms right now. Thank you all Quebecers who have bothered to do more .... check the area , parking , red cars .... We felt a great supports from the population. This victory is yours to you all !"

Comment by k.h. ky on May 27, 2014 at 11:16am
Thanks Ian.
Comment by Ian Mason on May 27, 2014 at 1:14am

If it's silver it will have some kind of hallmark.

http://www.925-1000.com/americansilver__Menu.html

There are, of course, British and European marks as well or just plain "Sterling" or "925".

Silver plate isn't marked like that but as EPNS or EPBM if it's marked at all.

Hope that helps.

 

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