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Coffee could literally be a lifesaver

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18, 2015. 1 Reply


Coffee and Blood Pressure?

Started by Dyslexic's DOG. Last reply by Michael Penn Apr 19, 2015. 8 Replies

We have a strange family which differ in response to coffee.My daughter thrives on coffee, as all through university, in both degrees she picked up, the other students always remember her as the girl…Continue

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BC Canada Largely Non-Religious

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Apr 5, 2015. 3 Replies

New poll shows British Columbia largely non-religiousIn April 2013, the…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2016 at 6:33pm

Oh! my goodness! YES! Many sit-ins, marches, strategy sessions included singing the songs they sang.

One of my favorite labor singers and songs is

It gets even better when sung by Holly Near and Ronnie Gilbert

Holly Near & Ronnie Gilbert, Bread & Roses

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 3, 2016 at 1:38pm

Anybody remember this old Kingston Trio song?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2016 at 11:38am

I live such a privileged life, and I know there are those whose nights start them off chilled to the bone, hungry, and homeless. I often wonder if I could see beauty, my food would taste delicious, and if I could be happy? 

I've lived through hard times, measured by my current standards, that eventually caused me to take effective action. Others either cannot or will not lift themselves out of whatever holds them from taking action. 

I made up my mind that I was going to be happy and do whatever it took to reach that state. Part of my misery was situational making it possible for me to change the events in my life. Part of my despair was attitudinal. I learned how to reframe my experiences into active frames. 

Sometimes my strategies worked, and sometimes they failed, miserably. 

In any event, I hope your lives fill to overflowing with all the wonders of life, that all your basic needs remain met, that you surround yourself with people you love and who love you, and you live in peace

Comment by Loren Miller on January 3, 2016 at 7:37am

Randall, I've been starting my Sunday Mornings with CBS' take on that phrase for over 30 years.  It can be both entertaining and informative, though I think their standards have dropped more recently.

As to the other matter, I try NEVER to wish people a "nice" day.  "Have a terrific day" or "great day," sure, but nice?  NEVER.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 3, 2016 at 7:33am
Sunday morning with "Sunday Baroque" classical music on the radio. Beats church!
Joan, I like your last sentence. I've always thought that the phrase, "Have a nice day", was lacking something. It's like an order. In many respects, one has control over whether the day is nice or not--a state of mind. However, if a tree falls on your car, that's something else. When you add "I hope you" to "have a nice day", it makes more sense. That's what you did. Thank you. I hope the same for you and yours.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2016 at 12:21pm

A nice hot cup of coffee, cozy in my recliner looking outside where it is 16 degrees F, deep, fresh snow covers trees all dressed in their finest, blue skies, incredibly bright sun, beans soaking in a pot getting ready for a ham bone for hot and spicy ham and bean soup, and Dominic snoring beside me happy to be toasty warm. When he goes out into the forest to do his duty he returns all covered in snow. Trained to open the door to come in, he escorts me to his towel for a rubdown from nose to tail and a drying of each foot. 

I hope your day is full of all things beautiful and delicious and happy!

Comment by Randall Smith on January 2, 2016 at 7:30am

January 2, 2016. There. I just had to see it in black and white.

Here's wishing all you coffee lovers (and friends) a super year.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 29, 2015 at 7:50am

Hot oatmeal with blueberries and hickory nuts this morning. Nuts give it a little crunch--and flavor.

I'm babysitting my two grandchildren, ages 3 and 6, this afternoon. It's for six hours, and I'm usually good for only three. I've kept most of my own kids' toys, so they'll have plenty to play with. Heck, I even saved some of my own playthings--65 years old! Tinker toys, old cars, Lincoln logs, etc.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 22, 2015 at 7:22am

Dang. I didn't see your comment, Loren. I do read your blogs and discussions, although I may not comment. 

I'm sure your columnist friend will say "I told you so", when we have a blast of cold temps come January!

Starting today, the daylight hours become longer, albeit, imperceptably. So, Happy Solstice, everyone.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 13, 2015 at 7:22am

Sipping on my Keurig "Donut Shop" coffee this AM and working on yet another blog entry, this one inspired by that great porcine philosopher, Atheist Pig!

Warm here, too.  The temp got up to 65°F yesterday and there's talk of 70° today ... yet that idiot-child right wing columnist for the Plain Dealer, Kevin O'Brien, wants to insist that anthropogenic climate change is a hoax!  Merde, alors!


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