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    Yes, let us know what "won"! (whether it's one of...

    Yes, let us know what "won"! (whether it's one of our suggestions or not!)
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    I do think there's an overall tone set by a...

    I do think there's an overall tone set by a leader. Those day-to-day decisions I'm sure are consistent "visible signs" of that tone, but I believe that there's some ineffable vibe that permeates the...
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    Here is one that probably no one has heard of,...

    Here is one that probably no one has heard of, but I LOVE this love song. I think it's in my top 3:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z79x3720F8

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    ETA: Also, I love Paul McCartney so I...
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    I've always loved Billy Joel's I Love You Just...

    I've always loved Billy Joel's I Love You Just The Way You Are.
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    I've thought that it would be great to reclaim...

    I've thought that it would be great to reclaim old spaces, like parking lots, and install very small shelters. They could be as small as Japanese pods, or as large as a tiny house. But the idea would...
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    Yeah, just saw that..

    Yeah, just saw that..
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    So nice of you to direct people to this priest...

    So nice of you to direct people to this priest you mention. The "poor" (i.e., the hungry, homeless, sick, naked, imprisoned and thirsty") will be always with us, as Jesus said. To recognize them as...
  8. MLK is a huge hero of mine. One of my favorite...

    MLK is a huge hero of mine. One of my favorite speeches is the Drum Major Instinct. I used to read this part of it to my kids, and my son, who dropped out of high school and wound up graduating from...
  9. That was before I knew she was 85. At first...

    That was before I knew she was 85. At first blush, I felt that a reverse mortgage would give her carte blanche to carry on with her ways and not give her any incentive to change. But now I think that...
  10. OK. The fact that she's 85 leads me to agree with...

    OK. The fact that she's 85 leads me to agree with you. Why upset the apple cart at this point? She is who she is. As long as she can be kept reasonably safe, acceptance at this point won't hurt. I...
  11. rosa, I think you are handing this very...

    rosa, I think you are handing this very practically and compassionately. I agree with IL, don't take on the house cleaning.

    I do think that if she's sharp, she'll be able to look at the numbers...
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    I got my first self-cleaning oven 3 years ago. It...

    I got my first self-cleaning oven 3 years ago. It works pretty well, but I hate the burning-off smell. I usually try to be outside when it's on. I don't think it works as well as a lot of elbow...
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    Me too. The Internet alone makes me thrilled I...

    Me too. The Internet alone makes me thrilled I wasn't born 20 years earlier.
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    Great point. My role model for that was my MIL...

    Great point. My role model for that was my MIL who took extremely good care of everything she owned and it lasted forever. My BIL wound up ruining a deck umbrella that my MIL had owned since the 70s....
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    Hmm... interesting tip about the warm vs cool. ...

    Hmm... interesting tip about the warm vs cool. I've spent the whole darn morning studying color palettes. I talked DH into painting the interior of the VT house white and then jazzing it up with...
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    If I were painting kitchen cabinets, I think I'd...

    If I were painting kitchen cabinets, I think I'd stick with some neutral shade because it's so hard to paint them, and by the time you get to redoing them, the color will probably be out of style....
  17. Not really. My job is what I do to earn a living....

    Not really. My job is what I do to earn a living. It does not define me. I can see how others can feel differently about their professions: the teachers, social workers, nurses here, etc. But back...
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    I've been going back and forth with my alcoholic...

    I've been going back and forth with my alcoholic brother. He's run out of options basically and has no money for the crappy motel he's staying in in Florida. He's called me every day, several times...
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    I personally like the one (#18) that talks about...

    I personally like the one (#18) that talks about how "rotary phones remained popular for household use until well into the '70s."

    We moved to our current home in 1985, and it still had a rotary...
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    Life 50 years ago.. for better or worse

    Some people feel life was simpler back then (my DH for instance).

    Others might feel we've come a long way (baby).

    Some of you here are going to remember well life back then when you see this...
  21. I have hope. I personally see more young people,...

    I have hope. I personally see more young people, at least in my circles, interested in farming. My CSA/Permaculture/Wellness Center that I've been a part of for 4 years was created by a handful of...
  22. I upped my efforts to move to a place with less...

    I upped my efforts to move to a place with less exposure to political fallout, i.e., nuclear war, riots. New Jersey is a probable candidate for Ground Zero in either an international or domestic...
  23. Wow!!! That's fantastic! I LOVE towns where you...

    Wow!!! That's fantastic! I LOVE towns where you can walk to the train!
  24. Thanks, Tybee! Yes, it has a woodstove. And I...

    Thanks, Tybee! Yes, it has a woodstove. And I definitely plan on holding off on buying stuff until I get there. (besides the very cheap curtains I got from Country Curtains during their liquidation...
  25. Thanks herbgeek! You have a good point on the...

    Thanks herbgeek! You have a good point on the spice jars. The refrigerator is actually located in the pantry, so I'm hoping it will be darker there, and the jars are actually stainless.
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