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    sounds like you should make a big map of the places you have been, ark it up and post it on the wall :-0
  2. I want to thank everyone for the Chistmas Ornaments. Handmade things have so much more charm and personality than mass-produced things, and these are LOADED with charm and personality. Just like there is nothing quite like live music, there is nothing like hand-made crafts. I have a bunch of the ornaments hanging behind my computer, and sometimes I just turn around and smile at them, as they each seem to carry a little piece of the maker's spirit with them. The way you all were able to use simple materials and come up with something unique every time is very special. That impresses me much more than if someone had started with expensive material. As someone who rebels against a consumer society that devours mass-produced goods, these ornaments are very special to me, and i will treasure them. Thanks, and blessings on you all. Hippie Dad since everyone does inspirational quotes, here's a good one: "The world will never know peace until the Power Of Love overcomes the Love Of Power" --Jimi Hendrix
  3. Got our ornament in from Mom M. Being a male, I don't know knit from crochet, but whatever the method used it was very fancy and 19th-century retro. I felt like a rich person in Victorian times who used fancy hand-crafted ornaments. Very impressive! I feel spoiled. Hippie Dad (Leah's husband)
  4. nice redneck smileys! that's cute...
  5. Hippie Dad

    Romans 6:13

    so often organized religion seems to be all about power, which is very seductive. I belong to a church myself, but my bunch is all about serving the physical/emotional/spiritual needs in our town, not trying to impose our will on others. Our community meals program involves five other churches besides my own, and I can't tell you how good it feels to work with other believers in service to our town...
  6. Redneck Dishwasher: I love redneck technology; living as I do in the shadow of the Cascade Mountain foothills, in a town originally settled by Carolina Tarheels. No place I'd rather be than right here...
  7. Interesting. I don't know anything about soft palates, but I know about snoring when a man is overweight, and I know about dieting. At six feet tall, your hubby must be way over 200 to be affected, a 200 pound six foot guy ought to be pretty trim... I control my weight by simply writing everything down and adding up the calories, you don't even need a book for it any more, there are websites that have everything. I use Calorie King website. At 5' 8" I use 2000 calories a day (Ok I go over that a little), but a 6 foot guy could do 2300 or 2400 calories and still lose weight. The simplicity of eating 2300 calories a day is that you don't have to worry about fat grams or carbs or complicated formulas or menus. And you naturally find vegetables creeping into your diet, 'cause the low calorie veggies make room for important stuff like beer (In defense of beer drinkers, regular beer is only 150 calories for 12 oz, and light beer is around 100 calories-regular beer has less calories per ounce than 2% milk or orange juice) If your hubby just writes down everything he eats during the day and looks it up at night on the web, he can add up his calories. There's almost no work involved, and you can eat anything you want, up to your daily calorie limit.
  8. Merry Christmas and God's blessings to you, BUT, please take your MN weather back for the rest of the season. We don't need it on the West Coast. Shalom, 1492-cat.JPG
  9. Too cool, Ginger. I never heard that "fragrance" quote before. I'm gonna save that post. Thanks so much for sharing that with us. Praise The Lord...
  10. Yep. We are members of communities, and communities tend to rise and fall as a group. If everyone was hunkered down in their own bunkers, we would lose some of our humanity. Wise to provide for yourself, sure, but not good to shut out your community. I sure don't stay up nights worrying about the nearest big city, Seattle, but I'm proud to be a member of a church that contributes in my own small town.
  11. Westbrook, I seldom use this site, but when I have, I always kept an eye out for your postings, because of their usefulness and because of the sweet personality that obviously underlies your contributions. I have even chatted with you once or twice. My wife Lea says that you are popping up on Cake Central now, and she tells me how things go with you. I will include you in my prayers from now on. This was a gesture I was never able to make before, and it feels good to be able to offer it now, especially since you and the other Christian ladies on this site helped me turn towards my faith. Westie, you can never know what people like myself you may have helped without knowing it. May God keep you in the palm of His hand.
  12. The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Beers When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the story of the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes." The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. "Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was ost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else---the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you. "Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand." One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked." The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers with a friend."
  13. Yep, and a salute to my pastor, Marilyn. If the theme is "older" women, she is younger than I, but she is a wise woman. I never heard a preacher with such a nice balance of intellectual analysis and joy in God's gifts to us expressed in sermons. She helps keep me on an even keel. And when she steps down from the pulpit, she always is able to relate to us all as individuals. And kudos to her husband, who is strong in his own right, but always supportive of his wife as our spiritual leader. God bless both of 'em.
  14. Thanks for the affirmation, Mt Rider. I've read your posts about your mobility problems, so I was curious if this is the only religious forum you frequent. I'm real new to this Christianity thing after all these years java script:void(0) but I have the impression that there are chat rooms and live bible studies on line for people such as yourself. Don't know how satisfying that might be as a substitute, though. Might be interesting for me to find a men's Christian chat room or forum some time, we guys have our own unique set of hangups and challenges that are a bit different from the gals.
  15. Westbrook/"Westy"--I'd like to put my own two cents in on the subject of tea tree oil. Hope this particular aspect of the use hasn't already been done to death somewhere in the discussion threads. My wife Leah (you know her from these forums) turned me on to tea tree oil about six months ago, and it has worked miracles for my skin. We live up near the Canadian border where the winters are fairly mild, but quite long-(It is snowing as I write this on March 30) and my face would peel like the wallpaper in an abandoned house, because of exposure to the cold. Then Leah let me try some tea tree oil, and now I use it every day, while she only uses it in emergencies. I rub my face down with water, then moisten my fingertips with the concentrated oil and rub it everywhere. I think it even helps with crows-feet and bags under the eyes, it makes the skin quite supple. I feel years younger. I presume a tea tree is some kind of plant that a person could grow. Don't know how one would get the oil out though. By the way, "Westy", I have read your posts often as I lurked here, and have always been entertained and informed by them. Good work. Peace and Love-- and some virtual chocolate truffles
  16. As Whiterock says, I'm not a lady either, but I'm never without an opinion. I think you have to rely on the "feel" of a church to know if it is a place you would be compatible with. Not that a church's theological ideas are not important, for instance, I personally could never be a fire-breathing conservative, but that warm fuzzy feeling sure helps. I would like to witness that I went to a Christian church --Methodist as it happens :-)--for the first time in about ten or fifteen years-been so long that I can't remember when I went last. I have felt spiritually empty for some time, despite flirtations with Buddhism or an unemotional Deism/Unitarianism, but after 6 months of hanging around with a Christian friend, the last walls crumbled and I went to a real church. I was so happy I snuffled and blew my nose through the whole service. I think it's hard for most of us to stay grounded without a church. I know I failed at it. I gotta confess that I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the Methodists, who feel warm and caring. Some churches are cold. John Wesley, who founded Methodism, used the phrase "strange warmth" to describe that in-tune feeling. Peace and Love...
  17. Yeah, at least I have hair. And plenty of it.(I look like my avatar)> When the mini-ice age comes, my hair will protect me, while Woodward will suffer frostbite. ;-)
  18. That's right guys. Remember that 2% milk has more calories than beer. So the choice is obvious.;-)
  19. Hi, this is Hippie Dad, the husband of Leah from these forums. Well, I don't claim to be an expert on the Internet or anything, but you have to multiply the percent of people who actually know how to gain remote access to computers by the odds that your particular computer would be invaded. As our son-in-law says, only about 3% of the people in cyberspace have any knowledge of such techniques. Then figure the odds that they would single out you. By all means leave the tape on if it gives you peace of mind. Personally, I use virus-scanning programs and a "scrubbing" program (from same son-in-law) to root out any infestations-these invasive cats plant something on your computer so they can come back, rather than blindly attacking new computers every time like they were Vikings making a raid out of nowhere. I or any other people who surf widely could tell you about these programs, many of which are free. "Peace and Love" --Hippie Dad
  20. Yeah, and if one is into American soccer, you can't do better than North Carolina...
  21. Hmm, I'd love to see a picture of something like that, I have no mental image to go eith that description,,,
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