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Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 10:43pm

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 10:37pm

Steph, I ignore the haters to their faces, but I think we should keep an eye on them...just because some day we're going to have to undo the damage they've done.  Prevention would be better.

I don't find the Crime Blotter quite so frightening because those people have been caught and punished.  I do find it appalling that many states don't give severe enough sentences to child rapists (IMO "child abuse" is too mild a euphemism for the lifelong pain they cause.  If I made the laws, pedophiles would be locked up for life.  I've never heard of a single one who was "cured.")

I do get a giggle out of church employees, especially the occasional nun, who embezzle large amounts of money from organizations that run the oldest scam in the world.  I hope they had fun with the loot before they were caught.  Either that, or used it to feed, clothe, and/or house the truly needy.  The Cr*p-Lick Crutch has more than enough already.

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 9:07pm

Right sk8eycat when you read the hate mail from the xtians in the "Freethought Today" newsletter you see their hatred! It is just sick!

I also am appalled by the "Crime Blotter" section that lists all the priests and ministers who are charged and convicted of crimes.

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 9:05pm

Wow Patricia! I love your flowers! Beautiful! You must have a really lovely garden. I also love the cute dog (who is not a morning person) and the unicorn picture. Very cool! I'm trying to get caught up here.

sk8eycat I love that you said this:

"Any amount of hate is incomprehensible to me; I can't even hate the haters.  For one thing it takes way too much energy.  I would much rather just ignore them, but they hurt people...animals, and the environment." Just ignore the haters! Good advise!

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 9:03pm

Thank you Patricia for the great elephant painting video and for also adding that video to my Wildlife group - many thanks!

Comment by Patricia on August 29, 2012 at 8:24pm
Elephant's self awareness....
 
Take the time and watch this! You will be amazed!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 29, 2012 at 7:36pm

Patricia, BEAUTIFUL lilacs.  One of the great flowers of summer.  And yes....the scent of lilacs wafting through the air on a sunny summer day is incredibly pleasing.  

Comment by Patricia on August 29, 2012 at 7:33pm

Lilacs are everywhere around the province, mostly the usual mauve or white colors, which we have in the front yard. This red one is something we wanted to try & it's really done well. My husband doesn't do anything other than stuff it in the ground. Love the fragrance.....a favorite. After the blooms are done, my husband cuts the stalks off & makes ''trees'' for his model train setup.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 7:09pm

Oh!  Lilacs!  They won't grow around here...too warm in winter, I think. 

Once I drove a co-worker to a grower to buy lilacs for his birthday present. It was about an hour and a half from here, at a higher elevation.  We filled up the entire back seat of the car; the drive home was incredible...and intoxicating.

Comment by booklover on August 29, 2012 at 6:59pm

Patricia, your lilac bush is GORGEOUS!!!!!  I would LOVE to have this in my backyard.  I tried one lilac bush one time and it never really bloomed or grew much, and then it died. Do you have a secret to lilacs?~ Melinda

 

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