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    Yes, thank you, Alan. I'm so glad that this...

    Yes, thank you, Alan.

    I'm so glad that this site is so unlike Facebook, in that most of the time we can debate reasonably intelligently and still really like and respect each other. I hope it...
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    I think that's a fantastic idea!

    I think that's a fantastic idea!
  3. Plus the fact that if you "do unto others as you...

    Plus the fact that if you "do unto others as you would have others do unto you, that implies that you would want others to honor your own unique preferences, so you would do the same for them--honor...
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    Steve, I would second the recommendation for MN. ...

    Steve, I would second the recommendation for MN. It actually shares some qualities with Vermont (healthy, beautiful, cold). And it's one of the friendliest places I've ever been to. I LOVE...
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    Nice ideas on that list. Just based on my...

    Nice ideas on that list. Just based on my personal preferences, the top 4 places that attract me (my NE bias clearly evident) are:

    a) Pittsfield, MA
    b) Lewiston, ME
    c) Asheville, NC
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  6. I've thought of that myself, especially when I...

    I've thought of that myself, especially when I was paying $1700/month for health insurance premiums. I have no chronic conditions and it really irked me to pay so much money. Then I thought maybe...
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    Great picture! And great fun for both you and...

    Great picture! And great fun for both you and your family! I really fought against getting a pontoon boat when we moved up here, but DH won, and to be honest, it's been great. One of the highlights...
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    I agree!! What a great use of time!

    I agree!! What a great use of time!
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    Yeah, I hate to say it but "safety," "climate...

    Yeah, I hate to say it but "safety," "climate change" "English language" "Clean air and water" scream Vermont. Just sayin'. I thought of exactly those things when we were moving here--not to mention...
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    So if you have a direct cremation, what do you do...

    So if you have a direct cremation, what do you do when it comes to those who want to pay respects? Come to your house--something like sitting shiva? Or maybe just have a "party" at a restaurant or...
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    I was thinking about that! I almost bought a...

    I was thinking about that! I almost bought a small spruce at the local gardening nursery, because I could use a 4 ft tree in the garden I'm developing, but I never did. Maybe I'll see if I can find...
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    That is so cool!!! Nothing will make you feel...

    That is so cool!!! Nothing will make you feel more at home in your new home than your Christmas decorations. I'm getting mine from New Jersey and making the most of them.
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    It's the same in Vermont--similar to Maine. Here...

    It's the same in Vermont--similar to Maine. Here is the breakdown of costs at a direct cremation place near me.

    The following charges with the exception of the funeral home service charge and...
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    Wow. That's pretty cool, but you're right. How do...

    Wow. That's pretty cool, but you're right. How do they "cremate" you without fire??
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    I am researching Pinterest for "small house...

    I am researching Pinterest for "small house Christmas decorating" because my house won't even hold a tree. I saw a good idea for a wall tree with branches that you can actually hang ornaments on, so...
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    I do respect your opinion about the sanctity of...

    I do respect your opinion about the sanctity of life, just for the record, and share it.
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    It's not granting privilege. It's offering...

    It's not granting privilege. It's offering support. And I'm not talking about sequestering wealth. I'm talking about promoting survival.
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    If the shoe fits... The problem is it's...

    If the shoe fits...

    The problem is it's always the woman's problem, and we, as a society, have yet to come up with solutions that acknowledge it takes two to tango.

    And the other sad-but-true...
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    That's right.

    That's right.
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    You are correct. Many people, notably Catholics,...

    You are correct. Many people, notably Catholics, are against abortion AND birth control.



    It's hard to explain.. maybe it's one of those things where you have to be there. It resonated with me...
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    Since we won't be having turkey soup :(, it's...

    Since we won't be having turkey soup :(, it's frozen pizza: a self-rising one for DH and an American Flatbread for me. Plus a salad.
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    When I nearly had an abortion, two things stopped...

    When I nearly had an abortion, two things stopped me. One of those things was an article that cited: "The tragedy of abortion is not so much the individual lives lost, but it represents the loss of...
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    So, if 100 people in Burlington choose to buy...

    So, if 100 people in Burlington choose to buy from Amazon rather than walking into little stores on Church Street and buying Christmas presents there, those small store owners will be just as...
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    I usually use the crockpot for soup stock, but I...

    I usually use the crockpot for soup stock, but I had a big turkey carcass and it wouldn't have fit.

    I also considered the boiling idea, but I'll tell you what put me over the edge on the side of...
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    Not true, if you think about it in terms of...

    Not true, if you think about it in terms of direct support of your neighbors as opposed to supporting major multinational corporations. I always tell my kids when they ask what I want for Christmas,...
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