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Born: 1966 Ordained: 1993 Pastor 2012 @ Immaculate Heart of Mary, New Melle, MO www.ihm-newmelle.org Dog & Cat owner, Coffee Consumer. Gamer, Pod-caster, Gun Owner Early bird at the Rubin Report Friar of the Phetasy Phamily Field Agent of God. Proprietor of @Padre’s - Your Local's hole in the wall. E-mail Askpadre@AOL.com Cell phone contact information is located in the "About" section of @-Padre's. The number is provided so that you might contact me if we have interacted here.
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December 18, 2021
The Christmas Coral Concert @ IHM
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December 18, 2021

Good Morning Friends across Locals! Happy Saturday Rubin Report Refugees, Early Birds & Later Dayers! Hello Again Phetasy Phamily, Dawn Patrol and Day Walkers! Hey there Triggernometry Triggeratti (say that three time fast) Fascinating People and Beautiful Bigots! And finally all of you Supporters, Members and Lurkers across these wonderful communities and Digital Neighbors At Padre's.

LORD - Unless you run in religious circles, play medieval fantasy games, are active in the SCA https://www.sca.org/about/ you probably don't use Lord as much more than a low grade profanity or expletive. For the record I was never active in the SCA even if I am D & D geek, but I was often fascinated by their activities on campus when they did their historical reenactments.

Lord - a rather heavy word and concept since it carries authority in its meaning. Hard to think positivity of any authority these days since we have seen far more misuse of authority than humble or selfless use of authority. There are almost no George Washington's left among the the political leadership, corporate leadership, or people within institutions of influence. I would add religion/churches/Christianity since it still carries influence in the lives of many, but anything you can walk away from with no consequence need never be feared for authoritarian abuse. A Good Lord (an occasional expletive among the gentler crowd) is hard to find.

Anything you cannot walk away from without authoritarian abuse is an unhealthy community or relationship. And by abuse, I mean your life or livelihood being threatened with injury or termination. I guess someone like Michael Malice would say that makes almost all governments and the societies created around them are unhealthy. Legacy Media, Big Tech, Academia and Wokertainment have all created cultures of punishment for the outliers, heretics and scapegoats that they designate. They often don't have to do anything themselves, they have flash cancel mobs ready to mobilize on-line and occasionally show up for peaceful protests. Not an abundance of Good Lords or Ladies as it were. I am not so black pilled or jaded to think there are no good people in positions of authority in life, but they are infrequent and rarely celebrated in the current culture. They probably like it that way to be honest, celebrity is one of the quickest ways to wreck your life. I hope you have had the good fortune of finding people in good leadership positions at work or in elsewhere in life.

If you ever find yourself in a position of Lord or Ladyship, I hope you can handle the authority entrusted to you with responsibility and humility. Good Lord, I am thankful I believe in One and I am thankful that my path along life has been filled with a number of humble servant leaders and only few authoritarian d-bags. I am not talking about the world beyond daily interaction, as mentioned previously there are too many who abuse or misuse authority in the world at large. Daily interactions with real people in life and on Locals keeps the cynicism and resignation at bay. Prayer helps too, but that is something to write about another day. Happy Saturday Friends!

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December 17, 2021
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December 17, 2021
10 Minutes of Tommy-boy
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December 16, 2021
We spent more money than anyone other than Obama

I think it is a fair criticism of Trump that he was a big spender as well. Too many, if not all of them are.

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2021/12/16/dem-sen-coons-bidens-accomplishments-dwarf-the-first-year-of-many-other-administrations/

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December 16, 2021
After Hours Chat for those still awake - 6:30 Central

I am thinking just a little drop in for the end of the day for those not already finished with the internet or not out and about IRL.

Topic: After Hours @ Padre's
Time: Dec 16, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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December 16, 2021
Dr. Robot prompted stickers

I don’t think he made them, but rather shared them.

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December 16, 2021
Of John & Agnes
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December 15, 2021
Thank you Supporters

Today I donated $ 123 to our Vincent de Paul Food Pantry which assist the needy in our area. That was the gross revenue of this Locals in November.

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December 15, 2021
The Age of Misinformation
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December 15, 2021

Tom is inviting you to Coffee Chat - A week day occurrence

Topic: Coffee Chat - Kinder that the meme would suggest. ☕😁
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December 15, 2021
Education or indoctrination questions prompted by Franklin & Twain Bonus Herbert quote.😁

If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take that away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so. - Mark Twain

Good Morning Friends & Digital Neighbors! Happy Wednesday! Less Tom-tificating today and more questions prompted by the quotes. I'll try not to ramble on too much today, but it is early and babbling is such a natural tendency in these early posts. 😉🌞

While education is a often a gamer changer between remaining in poverty and improving your life and economic independency, doesn't it all depend upon the quality, practicality & creativity of the education you receive? What is the purpose of education? Is it education about vocational formation, personal enlightenment, or some blend of both? When does education morph into indoctrination? Is learning without questioning a warning sign of indoctrination?

Ok a tiny bit of Tom-tificating. Up until this century, I was a confident advocate of higher education for many people. Not everyone, we need a plethora of vocations for a robust and thriving culture. I guess I was a sucker that one of the promises of higher education would be the ability for society to become more open and accepting of the uniqueness of persons and ideas that contributed to the good of society. I suspect that last term, contributed, has become something of an issue. Contributed to what or for whom?

As a curmudgeon-ing Gen-Xer, I keep thinking that the fringe movements in education from the end of the past century have now become mainstay issues for the public. Kindness opened the door for the fringe, fantastical and farcical of academia to be entertained by society, and now has become talking points and goals of the "Cathedral." It is odd how their use of freedom paved the way for oppressive intolerance that naively believes it is correcting the errors of the past and making amends. If we can't have financial reparations for the past, we will have cultural ones. I am not sure either heal the past or even prevent the worst aspects from being repeated. Reparations don't seem that different from retribution. Perhaps a final quote to make us more mindful.

The gravest error a thinking person can make is to believe that one particular version of history is absolute fact. History is recorded by a series of observers, none of whom is impartial. The facts are distorted by sheer passage of time and thousands of years of humanity's dark ages, deliberate misrepresentations by religious sects, and the inevitable corruption that comes from an accumulation of careless mistakes. The wise person, then, views history as a set of lessons to be learned, choices and ramifications to be considered and discussed, and mistakes that should never again be made. - Frank Herbert

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December 14, 2021
Afternoon Chat? Anyone up for something about 4 Central?

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December 14, 2021
BHC - Transparency in Government
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December 14, 2021

Coffee Chat - More randomness than your stoned friends at a party. All are welcome!

Topic: Because it is Ireland somewhere
Time: Dec 14, 2021 06:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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December 14, 2021
The Great Nothing

If we are all in agreement on the decision, then I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until our next meeting to give ourselves time to develop disagreement and perhaps gain some understanding of what the decision is all about. - ALFRED P. SLOAN

Good Morning Digital Neighbors & Friends! Happy Tuesday! This pretty much sums up nearly every politician and elected or appointed official I have heard throughout my life. There are a few exceptions, but not many. Most say a whole lot of nothing , ironically enough I have heard the same said of preachers. Perhaps there is an unknown affinity.🤨

It is difficult to think of the last major thing Congress has done that doesn't involve a massive spending bill. It is impossible to even know where all the money went and who benefitted from it. Sure the people down the food chain saw something to benefit them, not that government should be involved in such things, trickle down bills only breed a fatal dependency that an abusive caretaker can withdraw at any moment.

Anything The Feds provide they can withdraw, and now thanks to the eye opening events of 2020, they don't even need to pass laws, just make decrees. The Feds and their joy juice of power was so overflowing that Governors and even Mayors got a good sip of dictatorship. Only the push back of the citizenry will change that, and I am not sure that too many have a desire or need to push back if life is just comfortable enough. A slow boil seems like a warm bath at the beginning.

I am hopeful more people are realizing what is happening and gaining some sort of clarity. Hard to write that word - clarity - when we live in a world of manipulation, distortion, confident ignorance and blatant lies. But slowly - more people are gaining clarity - with the birthing pains of skepticism and the dawning of being played. It is happening across the political spectrum. Few people embody confident ignorance more than Dr. Fauci and his ever changing certitude. March of 2020 - what an unforgettable crapfest now that we look back.

Mildly hopeful but not naively convinced that it all work out for the good in the short term. I am hopeful for the long term, but haven't the foggiest idea how long it will take to get to the long term. I smile and focus on the concretes of my life. Looking for signs of growing clarity is a patient process.

Winter in North Dakota (No idea where - DDG knows but doesn't tell)

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December 13, 2021
Thoughts on light and our luxuries with it
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December 13, 2021
Something for Sept (Her violent fantasies part - not the dog loving part)

One of those odd movies that I really enjoy. I have watched it many times and appreciate the humor and existential questions the movie plays with in the dialogue of the characters. This is a scene near the end of the movie and Sept @SEPTUAGENARIAN will enjoy the justice dealt out at the end. I think the entire movie is on YouTube.

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December 13, 2021
Morning Quotes

If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care, and so on. The only thing lacking…is freedom. - DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER

If you want to get rid of somebody, just tell him something for his own good. - FRANK MCKINNEY “KIN” HUBBARD

Good Morning Digital Neighbors & Friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Nothing spectacular about mine, but it was very good. Next week I will shift into some Christmas quotes. poems, prose and the like, but another week of quotes and commentary seems worthwhile.

Regarding President Eisenhower - If society mirrors prison life, will we be afforded the same (limited and almost non-existent) freedoms? Perhaps the bane of excessive prosperity is the desire to preserve it above all else and we shift from growth and risk to security and diversion. Eisenhower comes up a lot about his final speech warning about the military industrial complex. It seems to come up every few weeks from various podcasters. Unheeded warnings of the past have consequences that may take as long to remedy. Just listened to Dave Rubin playing the remarks of Marian Turski about the slow creep of oppression of the Jews in Germany, step by step transformation. It happens in the loss of rights, it happens in the insanity that is mainstreamed and normalized.

Almost anyone we thought was in need of help mentally, emotionally or socially near the last half of the previous century we now celebrate and honor. I exaggerate, but not by much. For instance, the Trans-revolution will herald a new chapter for women-non-women making great strides in the name of women who were just held back by not previously being men. Pronouns? - Ask El Conquistador about his pronouns? I can indulge the name changes with no problem, I will happily call you whatever name you want, but insisting that I patriciate in your madness will not garner my empathy or understanding. We (Or at least I) want an expansion of rights and liberty not a constriction. It is hard to distinguish between good reform and slow creep. For example, the evolution of same sex marriage - while not something I am in favor in my Catholic world, I don't have a problem with in society. I am still not happy that the Supreme Court interfered, but I am not losing sleep over it. I think it was a good reform for rights & liberties for same sex couples, but as soon as that hill was climbed, the next one was sought.

The problem with Cultural Crusaders is that they can never win and lay down their weapons, they must pivot to the next cause because that was really what it was all about. Causes matter more than reality. Let that sink in and ask how much happiness or contentment you will find when you are a Cause Crusader vs a person trying to discern & accept reality? Sadly when the causes worth consideration are accomplished, the list turns to the marginal and insane. I have all kinds of questions, concerns and doubts about trans-evangelism and the push for it as something that everyone must adjust to in the new world unfolding for us. TRANS-PHOBE!!!! I'd prefer a nuance of Mentally-ill-Phobe, (not all trans issues are mentally-ill, there are individuals with actual diagnosed genetic issues, the REAL {Is that an acceptable word anymore} Trans-issues among us) but maybe I'm just closed minded because I am repressing my trans-species aspirations. I have always wanted to be Blue Jay. 👀😉 Well enough of this before I alienate people who once thought I was a reasonably tolerable chap and an open-minded dude.

Regarding the Hubbard quote - Whenever someone tell you something for your own good, know that they have a real PRONOUN problem. They are telling it to you for THIER own good. Offers to help with skin the game are easy to assess as authentic, but advice with no involvement or offer to help is much more difficult to assess. Free advice is seldom cheap. Happy Monday my friends!

Historic Thomas Farm Barn Caribou Maine

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December 12, 2021
Gratitude for our Zoom Chats
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December 12, 2021
Sunday Afternoon Speakeasy

Tom Miller is inviting you for a visit with your neighbors on Locals.

Topic: The Sunday Speakeasy - Cigarettes not included
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December 12, 2021
I laughed (Stole from Triggernometry)
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December 12, 2021
Knocks it out of the park
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December 12, 2021
Blessed Guadete Sunday

From a sermon by Saint Augustine, bishop

The voice is John, the Word is Christ

John is the voice, but the Lord is the Word who was in the beginning. John is the voice that lasts for a time; from the beginning Christ is the Word who lives for ever.

Take away the word, the meaning, and what is the voice? Where there is no understanding, there is only a meaningless sound. The voice without the word strikes the ear but does not build up the heart.

However, let us observe what happens when we first seek to build up our hearts. When I think about what I am going to say, the word or message is already in my heart. When I want to speak to you, I look for a way to share with your heart what is already in mine.

In my search for a way to let this message reach you, so that the word already in my heart may find place also in yours, I use my voice to speak to you. The sound of my voice brings the meaning of the word to you and then passes away. The word which the sound has brought to you is now in your heart, and yet it is still also in mine.

When the word has been conveyed to you, does not the sound seem to say: The word ought to grow, and I should diminish? The sound of the voice has made itself heard in the service of the word, and has gone away, as though it were saying: My joy is complete. Let us hold on to the word; we must not lose the word conceived inwardly in our hearts.

Do you need proof that the voice passes away but the divine Word remains? Where is John’s baptism today? It served its purpose, and it went away. Now it is Christ’s baptism that we celebrate. It is in Christ that we all believe; we hope for salvation in him. This is the message the voice cried out.

Because it is hard to distinguish word from voice, even John himself was thought to be the Christ. The voice was thought to be the word. But the voice acknowledged what it was, anxious not to give offense to the word. I am not the Christ, he said, nor Elijah, nor the prophet. And the question came: Who are you, then? He replied: I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way for the Lord.

The voice of one crying in the wilderness is the voice of one breaking the silence. Prepare the way for the Lord, he says, as though he were saying: “I speak out in order to lead him into your hearts, but he does not choose to come where I lead him unless you prepare the way for him.”

To prepare the way means to pray well; it means thinking humbly of oneself. We should take our lesson from John the Baptist. He is thought to be the Christ; he declares he is not what they think. He does not take advantage of their mistake to further his own glory.

If he had said, “I am the Christ,” you can imagine how readily he would have been believed, since they believed he was the Christ even before he spoke. But he did not say it; he acknowledged what he was. He pointed out clearly who he was; he humbled himself.

He saw where his salvation lay. He understood that he was a lamp, and his fear was that it might be blown out by the wind of pride.

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December 12, 2021
Gaudete Sunday

Good Morning Digital Neighbors! Hello again Refugees, Phamily, Triggeratti, Supporters, Members, Lurkers, Early Birds, Dawn Patrol, Fascinating People, Later Dayers, Day Walkers and Beautiful Bigots! Happy Sunday Local's friends.

In Cath-O-land we are celebrate Gaudete Sunday. The third Sunday of Advent is a time to rejoice, the meaning of gaudete, as out attention turns from praying for the end of the world, not normally on people's joy list😉, to remembering the Incarnation of Jesus. Of course there are plenty of uptights about baby Jesus, they have been protesting Nativity scenes for decades, hardly even news worthy now. The culture war is so far past those days. I do expect the obligatory hit piece from the outhouse worthy publications about Christmas. I really don't mind them, but they never seem to have the testicular fortitude for talking about Mohammed when it comes to their publications. At least shameless cowardice is one consistent trait they possess.

Jesus or no Jesus in you life, I hope you can discover joy from time to time. I hope you are able to find it in life and share it with those around you. There are enough emotional vampires out there that suck the joy and laughter right out of your life. Many of them work for the Enemedia or one of the other bastions of herdthink in Academia, Big Tech, Wokertainment and of course Politics. They have a smugness that often masquerades as joy but fades so quickly when they are criticized or opposed that you have to wonder if they really ever had it.

Misery really doesn't love company, it hates your company and anything other than seeing fellow inmates of misery. If you want misery, you probably should have remained on Facebook or Twitter. Maybe less so Facebook, but definitely Twitter. I still have neglected accounts on both, and an occasional check-in reminds me why I don't waste time there.

Joy - it flows from gratitude. If you want more joy in your life, cultivate more gratitude. It doesn't mean you ignore the challenges of life or the real hardships that people experience, but you mentally focus on what you are thankful for in life. You don't need a Deity to give thanks for the goodness in life, all you need is gratitude for the what, who and the how's of your life. Have a great Gaudete Sunday!

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December 11, 2021
Poker Night at the McDonald’s

On the winning side so far.

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December 11, 2021
Wrapping your mind around natural disasters
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December 10, 2021
Friday Speakeasy

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Topic: Friday Speakeasy at the Black Cat Saloon
Time: Dec 10, 2021 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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December 10, 2021

Tom Miller is inviting you to Coffee Chat

Topic: FRIDAY!!!! Don't check the freezer!
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December 10, 2021
Roy's Friday Tradition.

If you really want something in life, you have to work for it. Now quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers. - Homer Simpson

Awaiting the lottery numbers was a Friday tradition for my father. It was in the early days of State sponsored gambling, Illinois had a weekly lottery drawing back in the early 80's. Missouri was still in the dark ages of gambling and "riverboat" gambling was more than a decade and a half away from coming to the region.

Dad was a life long machinist since WWII and was a very good one. He had made more money than he ever imagined in the job and had a comfortable life all things considered. But the lottery offered the promise of greater freedom and less worry. While good as a machinist, he did not find the job very fulfilling. In his heart he wanted to be either farmer or a naturalist. He loved being outdoors. Sunday country drives and creek bed walks were very much a part of my childhood. He longed for that type of life but such things remained a hobby.

He faithfully bought tickets for the next 20 years until it was his time to say goodbye. For someone who bought lottery tickets he was otherwise very frugal in spending money. Make every attempt to repair something before you ever think of replacing it. Mom would often tease my father about watching the lottery ping pong ball drawing on Friday evenings, but she tended to spend money like Dad had already won. Funny how that works.

While money won't fix all your problems in life, it will fix a lot of your money problems. I forgot who said that, someone Scott Adams interviewed a few years ago. While my father hoped for winning numbers, I think he was really looking for a more fulfilling life. Vocational awareness is a much better path than financial success for long term happiness. BUT, there is always a but, many vocations do not afford one a livelihood of reasonable contentment. Are there any more starving artists? Anyways, I hope your lucky numbers come from the choices you make in life rather than air driven ping-pong balls or computer generated numbers. Don't get me wrong, I don't fault Dad, he had his hopes for a step up from the B grade life he was living to what he imagined the A grade life would be. Near the end of his life it was more of a game that he had grown to enjoy rather than a real hope that would change life. He watched the drawing, Mom lovingly teased him, dinner was served and whatever new VHS was available was watched later that evening. Happy Friday Friends! I hope you have found or find your lucky numbers.

Meanwhile somewhere this happened.

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December 09, 2021
Of Courts and Mandates
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Signs of Hope - BHC
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December 08, 2021
Gram and some quotes

Good Morning Digital Neighbors & Friends! Happy Wednesday to all! Already midweek - they just pass too quickly anymore. Perhaps that is the phenomena of being on the other side of the hill. One of my Communion Calls, Ellen, fondly called Gram by everyone, said she only knew two days Monday and Saturday, she always thought there were days in between. Ellen was pushing her 90's and had a wonderful perspective on life. Visiting her was always a joy and almost always interesting. She loved baseball, hockey and talking about the past. She would fondly laugh that everything was behind her and only one thing was on her big list.

She made it to her early 90's living in the home of her marriage and all of her adult life long after her husband Vince passed and her daughter was on the grandma track. Gram was the last of the letter writers, I am sure I have a few tucked away in my shoe box of memorable letters that I look at whenever I am reassigned and wonder what is in the box. Ageing is on my mind, not sure why, but it is a pleasant thought for the most part. The reality of it may prove to be another thing. I do my best to appreciate every chapter that life has allowed me to live thus far. I try to accept where people are in their own chapters, a little time in their company reveals character, competency and overall perspective if there are conversations of consequence.

Gram wasn't sure where the world was headed, she thought the 1950's were the Golden years of life, but she didn't doomcast, she rolled with it. Gram had a lot to give in a life lived at home, a past that was rich and filled with stories of gratitude and sorrow, and a future filled with ballgames and hockey matches until it was time for her to say goodbye. I knew her from 2001 until 2011 between two different assignments.

To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living. - HENRI-FRÉDÉRIC AMIEL

If wrinkles must be written on our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old. - JAMES A. GARFIELD

A man over ninety is a great comfort to all his elderly neighbors: he is a picket-guard at the extreme outpost: and the young folks of sixty and seventy feel that the enemy must get by him before he can come near their camp. - OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, SR.

Winter Barn View - Potlatch, Idaho

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December 07, 2021
Jackson in the morning

Holly for the first photo then she left.

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December 07, 2021
More on Laughter
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December 07, 2021

Tom Miller is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Tuesday Coffee - Take that Monday, we beat you!
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December 07, 2021
Of Locals & Laughter

Good Morning Friends & Digital Neighbors! Happy Tuesday to all of you who roam about Local's and find community in it various havens. We have talked in our Coffee Chat about the challenges of being in too many communities if you really want to have some sort of meaningful engagement or keep track of all the members. I spend most of my time roaming on my three main haunts as well as my own hole in the wall. Every now and again I pop in on Scott Adams and Malice whom I support as a member but don't have the time to cultivate the community. I joined Tulsi & the Gutter when they first popped on Locals, but once again realized that there wasn't enough time and I didn't want to spend even more time in front of the computer than I already do. I am sure there are many, many more good communities out there in Locals. Choose wisely. If you really want to get to know the neighbors in your Locals, being a Supporter allows the engagement that builds community. Members can like anything they want, or just ignore things, sort of like people you pass on the street. They can smile at you or just keep walking by unawares.

I ended up here because I enjoyed @DaveRubin when he was on Patreon. When they started censoring and he left along with Peterson and others, I waited for the creation of Locals. I was attracted to Rubin Report for the conversation, the questions and the laughter. I listened to him more than Joe Rogan, three hours seems like a date too long more often than not. I have since learned the magic of slowly ingesting the Rogan Experience. I expected something similar to the Patreon experience of Dave, but have found the community so much more substantial. No community is perfect, and The Sours will often make their opinions known. While not as bad as trolls and poison they bring to communities, the Sours always wait for things to go bad. Their brief moment of happiness is the 'I told you so" moment. It is a premature type of joy, almost a joy for them, but not really, you know, because they told you so.😉

The dark days of the Lockdown were illuminated by the Dumpster Fire and an instant appreciation of @Bridgetphetasy humor. Low and behold she did Walk-Ins Welcome and had a similar interview style to Dave Rubin. To discover that she has a Local's community was an even greater gain. While I would describe the Rubin Report Community as Politics & Culture with humor, Phetasy is humor with commentary on culture and the insanity of modern life. A roost for the political homeless and those who free range in the world of politics and culture. I missed the diversity I would encounter in my local hobby shop for board games & RPGs because it went super WOKE in light of the George Floyd chapter. There is even more good diversity at Phetasy.

Both the Rubin Report & Phetasy have a healthy vibe of members who share their pet photos, cooking stuff, and a whole plethora of hobbies and connections with similar people and enough respectful diversity to appreciate that other have different thoughts, experiences and concerns. There is no need for group-feel and herd-think, in fact there is no need for agreement, disagreements can be made without maligning the individual. One might malign ideas, precious causes and even a deeply held beliefs without attacking the person. The questioning or even maligning of such things should open the door to conversation, reflection and perhaps further learning about your beloved cause. When done well, in the end people can still step back and laugh. Laughter matters more than even feeling right about my convictions. My convictions still matter, but that is a me issue to work out in the mist of life. Laughter does more to create the bonds that keep us human and humane. Where there is laughter, there is community. Where there isn't laughter, there usually boredom, and often eventually oppression. The joyless crusaders of the Extremes have shown that in countless YT clips. Well - enough babbling, one to some memes and no winter photos today.

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December 06, 2021
A great weekly podcast I follow - This one on Dogs
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December 06, 2021
Thoughts on healthy skepticism
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Good Morning Digital Neighbors & Friends! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was blessed with exceptional ordinariness with a dash of surprise with the visit of @Jimbolaya and meeting a Local's neighbor outside of the parish family. I am so thankful for the blend of parishioners and Local's subscribers to the community. The Coffee Chats & Speakeasies have been a real joy as well, it adds another layer of connection when you hear a person's voice or even see them thanks to the wonders of technology. Happy Monday Friends - Off to the quotes and some winter photo out there somewhere!

A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas, any more than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers. - Nicolas Chamfort.

A fascinating Frenchmen and a good warning - growth in knowledge without growth in humility usually just puts one on the path of conceit. Too many degreed and jargonized individuals think they have plenty of good ideas, so good that many can't recognize their genius without punitive imposition. The bending of wills never accomplishes the changing of attitudes or transformation of lives. Nicolas also said: No day is wasted on which you laugh. It has been attributed in various forms to others as well.

Many are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic. - William E. Gladstone

Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough. - Lord Chesterfield

It is flabbergasting when some twit going berserkowitz about their cause fails to grasp that others can be just as passionate without being amped up on rage or righteousness. Anger is very similar to cussing, those who use it infrequently can wield it with greatest effect, those who overuse it diminish its impact. I like passion - we all need it to maintain the worthwhile fights in life, discerning the worthwhile ones is the challenge.

Winter landscape view at the Allt Dearg Cottage, Isle of Skye

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December 05, 2021
A visit with Jimbo

It was a great visit with @Jimbolaya ! He joined us for Mass, had a tour of the parish grounds and joined me for a meal at Momma Keune's for the Sunday Brunch Tradition.

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December 04, 2021
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Saturday Morning Thoreau

Good Morning Digital Neighbors & Friends! Happy Saturday Phamily, Refugees, Triggeratti, Early Birds, Dawn Patrol and Fascinating People! I haven't forgotten you Bigots, Conversants and Lurkers! Some Morning quotes from Henry David to prime your pump and ponder with your coffee and crumpets.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. - Henry David Thoreau

Marching to the beat of your own drum is part of the Enlightened mythos, authoritarian collectivism is not. Not all collectives are bad, we belong to so many, voluntarily. Compulsion is the real issue. For the jolly Authoritarian, their ideas are so compelling that they must force you to adopt them. Where there is no will or means to resist, they can make great progress in the bending of wills by the breaking of bodies. There are many nations to exemplify this. There are exceptions, but none perfect because people aren't perfect. While people aren't perfect, they can strive for higher ideals. The foundation of an evolving Judeo-Christians ethos vs the Frankensteined & Wokeified Marxism. Stay tuned for the end of the match - the fight isn't over. Be part of it by your contribution to society, to civility, to the expression of ideas and the freedom to question. Which leads us to the other quote by Henry David.

So behave that the odor of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere. - Henry David Thoreau

Somewhere in Vermont the sun rose and someone captured it. Happy Saturday Friends!

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December 04, 2021
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December 03, 2021
The Afternoon Speakeasy - Call me El Conquistador

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Freedom - just another word for nothing left to lose
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Filling your thoughts, furnishing your life.

Good Morning Friends & Digital Neighbors! Happy Friday! Another week looking in the rear view mirror, I hope it has been a good one. A few more quotes and some commentary for the weekend.

A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one's life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself. - Louis L' Amour

Do not think of knocking out another's person's brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago. - Horace Mann

This is the true joy of life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. - George Bernard Shaw

Lessons & warnings for the extremes in today's quotes. I know I harp on the Left frequently in my morning ramblings. Perhaps it would be less if they didn't control the culture with a strangle hold and a new zeal that would make a medieval bishop envious.

Regarding Louie - filling our mind with distraction does not lead one to fulfillment, but rather boredom. So many channels and so little worth watching. The internet - meaningful podcasts or Tik'Tok, choose wisely. Glowing screens 24/7 or life beyond the glow screen, choose wisely. None to blame but yourself.

Hey Horace - Apparently Antifa has not heard of Horace Mann. Apparently most of the degreed in Academia who believe that letters behind your name (or before) equates more worth to one's "enlightened" opinions has not heard of Horace. (No pedestals for the living - a reoccurring theme in Padre's sermons.) Perhaps with my dearest and deepest held convictions/truths I might just be in error about understanding things, or at least incomplete. I can't imagine living without some doubts that open the door to questions, curiosities and an on going journey of learning and being humble before experience.

Finally Mr. Shaw - Who really wants to be a selfish little clod? I will come and go in the world and my wake will be gone in no time. As far as the world is concerned, by impact will be less than zero. In the little fishbowl of my life, it might hope to be better. For the people I have known and loved, the impact may last well beyond my years and even my name if there are any nuggets of meaning, truth or hope that I can share with those who rub elbows with me. Not everyone's passion looks the same, but all passion ought to provide a reason for facing the day with hope, a quest for meaning, a sense of belonging in this gift of life. Passion ought to leave one with a thought of having given more to life than taken out of it. Passion has different nuances depending on the seasons and chapter in one's life. The world may not be a better place in my passing, but these lives are, and that perhaps is more than enough. Happy Friday Friends!

Winter barn somewhere in Wisconsin - it will be 70 here today. Winter is coming - but a Indian Summer is here for a day or two more.

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December 02, 2021
BHC on the Inquisitional Culture
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A couple of pearls for the morning think'n

Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self. - Millicent Fenwick

He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles. - Harry Emerson Fosdick

Good Morning Digital Neighbors and Friends! Happy Thursday to all! It was as warm in New Melle as it was in Maui yesterday. More of the same today - winter is coming, but not today!🌞🌞🌞

Regarding the first quote from Millicent Fenwick, Momma Peg always said that if you sit on the pity pot, you sit alone. Self-pity robs us of so much. Not giving into its pull in dark moments is so difficult, but necessary if we want to maintain the balance that allows us to stage engaged with life. The squirrel cage of self - if you have ever seem one cornered in a garage or box, her description of the panic and racing back & forth is spot on. Sadly it also contributed to the high number of them squashed on the roadside, only possums rack up more treats for the crows. buzzards & coyotes.

Regarding the second - enough challenges or troubles to keep the edge somewhat sharp and not too many to break the proverbial blade as it were. The challenge for myself is always trying to keep perspective and not letting fears; real, imagined or exaggerated overwhelm me. Good friends offer the best grounding, good communities foster similar opportunities where there is healthy conversation, and finally the cultivation of a practice of reflection, meditation or prayer that takes us beyond self & self-interest. Reflection, meditation or prayer that becomes wrapped up in self invites the caged squirrel back into the box. Happy Thursday my friends!

Meanwhile somewhere in Iowa someone took this photo.

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December 01, 2021
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A song & destination - Quo Vadis

Do you know where you're going to
Do you like the things that life's been showing you
Where are you going to
Do you know?

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If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

You can thank me for the earworm later if you are familiar with the song.😊Good Morning Friends & Digital Neighbors! Happy Wednesday already?!?! Weeks just slip by way too quickly.

The song haunts me because too many dedication songs on call-in radio used this as one of the breakup songs. "Billy dedicates this song to Sally, thanks for 2 years of blah, blah, blah." A rather melancholy song and one that makes me cringe a bit, I think I may have to listen to some hard rock before the morning is finished. I mean it could be "Alone again, naturally" one of the few times I wanted to encourage a jumper. 😉 Of course I am joking. There is no end to the writing of sad songs and the pain of being discarded. It can make one question their destination as it were and wonder about the path.

Discarded or accompanied, are you content with the direction your train is moving? I am a fan of changing trains anytime in life, no one is sentenced to a doomed ride. While we probably all say we don't mind change, it is one of the seeming constants for much of humanity, THEY HATE CHANGE. I don't think anyone with half a brain want to subscribe to change for the sake of change. And most of us when we say we like change, we imagine things pretty much the same, but perhaps a little better. We subscribe to that kind of change.

As Pastor Bonhoeffer mentions - running down the corridor of the moving train does not change the destination. Changing the train does. Ruminating about the past may help us to understand and integrate it our current life, or it may trap us in a quagmire of disappointment and a feeling of hopelessness. Screw that crap! Learn from the past, appreciate it, let it serve as a teacher for a better tomorrow, but we can't live there anymore than we live in the wishful future. However a wishful future can become a possible future with the right steps in minds. It would be great to know all the steps between now and the imagined destination, but I am content if I am given the next step or two towards that destination. If I need to change trains in life, I pray I have more courage to change and less comfort in endless complaint. I'd hope to place more trust in the unknown hopeful than in the known miserable.

Quo Vadis? It helps to ask that question from time to time, where are you going? Even a fearful destination can be faced with courage if one has hope. What we hope to become or who is waiting for us at that destination can make the trip more than worth it. Happy Wednesday fellow passengers on the ride! I hope you enjoy your train and its destination.

Vintage Winter Barn Photograph by Peggy Franz. I don't know Peggy, but Duck Duck Go does and lead me to this.

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November 29, 2021
THIS

To be given all this -
My incredible life
Day after day of secret blessings
To be held from the beginning
In such loving, holy hands.
How can I not be lucky?
How can I not trust love?

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Good Morning Fellow Sojourners! We bury Dave today. It has been such a joy to know Dave and see his return to faith and friendship. While I am deeply saddened by his unexpected passing, I am so thankful I had the opportunity to know him. I am thankful for the gift he brought into my life and the gift I was able to share with him. He made so many new friends at our parish family, communion, community, it all melds together when people are brought together in love. Faith opened the door to Dave's growing hope and experience of love. It expanded the goodness in his heart and perhaps brought about a little more illumination to his thoughts.

FROM HIS OBIT: David was a proud American and was always sporting patriotic and veteran apparel. He was a devoted Catholic and when not at the range or with his family, he could be found doing something within the parish or Knights of Columbus. David was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially if it was with family or friends. David was a huge hockey fan! He not only followed the Saint Louis Blues, but every minor league team in the area. Not content to be a fan, he was an off-ice official for both UHL teams, the River Otters and Chill. He shared this love with family and welcomed the opportunity to teach the younger family members all about the sport. Continuing the sports theme, David attended every sporting event his children and grandchildren participated in for the past 50 years, even coaching at times.

Dave had a wide circle of friends and was loved by so many. He was not without his challanges. I have seen it so many times in ministry when one can have wonderful relationships outside of the family and have strained and constrained ones within the family. Family relationships can be so complicated and our history with them can often make it all the more difficult. I was hoping with more time I may have helped Dave with some of to complicartions in those relationships. His children are very gracious in his passing, but I knew from Dave's comments over the years that it was more of a peace treaty with some of them rather than familial reconciliation.

Authority jockeying seems to be one of the real banes of family relationships, relations trying to exercise it over other adults without any respect for the fact they are dealing with another adult. It can be parents unwilling to treat adult children as adults, older siblings convinced that more time on the clock gives them greater or unquestioned authority, sometimes even adult children towards aging parents believeing that that they "know better." It makes for such a mess that it not easily addressed.

I am not saying that Dave had issues with that, but he was a commanding personality with strong convictions. He never staopped being an Army Captain. I suspect like many, he thought any softening of the edges was a sign of weakness or a concession. I am not sure he thought that there were other paths one could walk in life and still be headed in a good direction. I think there was a dawning to that reality, but it was held in question and with a raised eyebrow. There was a gradual mellowing, the prescence of new friends, the daily polishing of edges and nudges of faith to reexamine life.

Dave knew THIS - as mentioned above in the poem. I knew THIS from my friendship with him. I will miss his hearty laugh, his love of the ideal of our Nation even if we have drifted far from that in the current chapter. I appreciated his skepticism about careerists in the government or even the church. He had great respect for people in the field, and almost none for those serving the bureaucracy, be it the army, government or church. He was proud of his involvement with the NRA, Missouri Conservation and various guns stores in the local area. In these last few years post retirement, he was a daily Mass celebrator and was part of the old man's gathering before Mass. I was a junior member. 😉 We had many laughs and much head shaking before Mass as we shared our "highly treasured opinions" and "insightful observations" about the current state of things. Poker won't be the same in his abscence and Wednesday Kuene Time will be a litttle more quiet without his booming voice and noticable laugh. BUT, and it is a big but, I am so thankful for the opportunity to know that I will miss in him rather than to have never known him at all. Peace and thanks for sticking this one out if you made it to the end. - Frair Tom

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November 28, 2021
Indestructible Siri - iPhone 8 saga

A friend of mine didn’t realize it fell out of its holster and was run over on a gravel driveway. Siri still works on it for phone calls and it still charges. Sort of unsettling that Siri still sounds normal post smashing.

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November 28, 2021
1st Sunday of Advent

To all of my intentional flock of Catholics, Christians and the Jesus friendly visitors among us, Blessed Advent! I pray it is a beautiful season of reflection and preparation for Christ. Some good words from the Morning Office.

From a catechetical instruction by Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop
On the twofold coming of Christ

We do not preach only one coming of Christ, but a second as well, much more glorious than the first. The first coming was marked by patience; the second will bring the crown of a divine kingdom.

In general, whatever relates to our Lord Jesus Christ has two aspects. There is a birth from God before the ages, and a birth from a virgin at the fullness of time. There is a hidden coming, like that of rain on fleece, and a coming before all eyes, still in the future. At the first coming he was wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger. At his second coming he will be clothed in light as in a garment. In the first coming he endured the cross, despising the shame; in the second coming he will be in glory, escorted by an army of angels. We look then beyond the first coming and await the second. At the first coming we said: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. At the second we shall say it again; we shall go out with the angels to meet the Lord and cry out in adoration: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

The Savior will not come to be judged again, but to judge those by whom he was judged. At his own judgment he was silent; then he will address those who committed the outrages against him when they crucified him and will remind them: You did these things, and I was silent.

His first coming was to fulfill his plan of love, to teach men by gentle persuasion. This time, whether men like it or not, they will be subjects of his kingdom by necessity. The prophet Malachi speaks of the two comings. And the Lord whom you seek will come suddenly to his temple: that is one coming.

Again he says of another coming: Look, the Lord almighty will come, and who will endure the day of his entry, or who will stand in his sight? Because he comes like a refiner’s fire, a fuller’s herb, and he will sit refining and cleansing.

These two comings are also referred to by Paul in writing to Titus: The grace of God the Savior has appeared to all men, instructing us to put aside impiety and worldly desires and live temperately, uprightly, and religiously in this present age, waiting for the joyful hope, the appearance of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Notice how he speaks of a first coming for which he gives thanks, and a second, the one we still await.

That is why the faith we profess has been handed on to you in these words: He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

Our Lord Jesus Christ will therefore come from heaven. He will come at the end of the world, in glory, at the last day. For there will be an end to this world, and the created world will be made new.

Some notes of St. Cyril: We know little about Cyril's early life. Historians estimate he was born about 315 and that he was brought up in Jerusalem. He speaks about the appearance of the sites of the Nativity and Holy Sepulchre before they were "improved" by human hands as if he were a witness. All we know of his family were that his parents were probably Christians and he seemed to care for them a great deal. We know he also had a sister and a nephew, Gelasius, who became a bishop and a saint. He speaks as one who belonged to a group called the Solitaries. These were men who lived in their own houses in the cities but practiced a life of complete chastity, ascetism, and service.

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November 27, 2021

Good Morning Friends & Refugees, Phamily, Triggeratti and all of our Digital Neighbors across the Locals. Happy Saturday Early Birds & Dawn Patrol, Fascinating People, Supports, Members and Visitors. 🌞 Following the theme of thanksgiving another bit on perspective for being thankful and maybe another quote after that to provide the dessert. Happy Saturday my dear neighbors!

BE THANKFUL

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult time. During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for you mistakes they will teach your valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary because it means you've made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

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A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things. - Eric Butterworth

And capping it off - Mr. Rockwell.

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November 26, 2021

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Happy Day After!

Good Morning Digital Neighbors, Refugees, Phamily, Triggeratti and all dear friends! Hello again Fascinating People, Dawn Patrol, Early Birds and all you survivors of various Thanksgiving Feasts. If you weren't feasting yesterday, I hope it was a good day with whatever preoccupied your day. A few quotes to prime the pump on a Friday morning where ever you are reading this. Hey Bigots, I didn't forget you, but some of the gentler souls of Local's don't know that as a term of endearment at Triggernometry. 😉

The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you hear what is sounding outside. - Dag Hammarskjold

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives - Henry David Thoreau

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November 25, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving Beautiful people

The Most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Dear Friends on Locals, know of my thanksgiving for all of you I have gotten to know through the interactions of posts, comments and various forms of conversation that this medium affords. Thank you for the communities we have shared, the laughs at memes and funny posts or comments, the links to articles on a variety of topics, the freedom to share opinions without the toxicity of backlash. Thank you for sharing your passion in music, art, writing, food, pets and nature. My life is all the richer for so many things I would have missed just being on my path. Thank you for so many moments of insight, broadening of perspective and at times very human vulnerability. Thank you to the Content Creators for the being the proverbial porch lights that have drawn all of these moths to the flame and for creating spaces of humanity that have opened the door to conversations, comradery and friendship. Happy Thanksgiving Digital Friends, Refugees, Phamily, and Triggeratti! Thank you Early Birds, Dawn Patrol, and Fascinating People! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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November 24, 2021

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November 23, 2021
A prayer for the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service tonight

We celebrate an annual Thanksgiving Service with our neighboring Baptist, two UUC and one Methodist Churches in town. It is so good to be with neighbors. Each of us preaches for a few minutes (3 to 5) and I was asked to lead a prayer of Thanksgiving. So I wrote one for the occasion.

Prayer of Thanksgiving 2021

Heavenly Father, we come together this evening in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, each of us baptized in His Name and sealed with Your Holy Spirit. We are all neighbors sharing our faith in Jesus and seeking Your will in our lives. We thank you for the blessings that have brought us here this evening.

We thank you for those individuals that have brought us to You. Often our parents, sometimes dear friends, who have helped us know your love and the promise of salvation in Your Son. Thank you for so many individuals, family, friends, and neighbors who have been instruments of Your grace in our own pilgrimage of faith. They have inspired us, helped us, and challenged us to grow in Your love. Bless those who are living and receive those who have recently passed into Your Kingdom.

We remember those who have gone before us that we have not had the chance to know, we thank you for their sacrifice and vision in coming to settle here and build a life and a community that we have inherited. We thank you for the stories that we still tell about them that deepen our gratitude, encourage our goodness, and enrich our laughter. Heal any wounds from the past, help us to humbly correct any of the excesses of past generations that may have blinded them and us to Your Will, and above all help us to treasure the lessons of faith, hope and love that have passed on to us. Let us honor their goodness and celebrate their faith in You.

Thank you for the blessings of this present moment, when we are gathered as Disciples of Your Son, celebrating Your blessing, praising Your Name and thanking You for the abundance of our lives. Help us to be good stewards of these blessings and generous servants to those in need. Thank you for the joy of being in the country. Help us never to take for granted the blessing of neighbors, the gifts of nature, the richness of rural life. And so Father, for all these gifts we thank You in the Name of Jesus and in unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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November 23, 2021
Tuesday Coffee (With more Leyendecker art!)

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November 23, 2021

Good Morning Digital Neighbors at Rubin Report, Phetasy & Padre's! Good Morning Friends, Refugees & Phamily! Happy Tuesday Dawn Patrol and Early Birds, Conversants and Lurkers! The Triggeratti, Fascinating People and Joyful Bigots of Triggernometry miss out on this post, they will get the Daily Far Side. That 3 post a day thing makes sense in the really large communities, but the caring is sharing notification drives me nuts from time to time. Happy Tuesday my friends!

Another poem from our little book of Gratitude Prayers, Poems and Prose for everyday Thankfulness. Today's little poem reminds me more of waiting for the bus on chilly autumn and wintery mornings. I never had the experience of picking up children at the end of the day, but I can appreciate the joy of having them back home at the end of the school day. I am thankful that my public education was not a damaged as the current system seems to be. I have immense empathy for parents wanting to educate their children without having them agenda-ized by the radicals in education with CRT, The Gender-Blender & other Woke-enstien indoctrination. I am thankful for the good teachers that still want to pass on the tools of learning and thinking, I know they are out there. I am thankful for parents who take primary interest in the education of their children by either homeschooling or being truly involved and vigilant in the education of their children. My parents were semi-vigilant, dinner time was school decompression time with questions from Mom & Dad about classwork and when homework became a thing, they often helped or were at least aware of what I was doing. far from perfect or attentive as parents needs to be now, but they did a good job in shepherding my learning.

This Ordinary World

At the bus stop waiting for our children
the women talk. I listen
to their voices babbling
letting the steady flow
of conversation wash over me and
join with the sound of the oriole
whistling in a nearby tree.
A breeze sighs through tree branches
stirring a symphony of leaf-song
rustling and caressing the air.

The bus soon appears
sounding a cha-cha-cha
on the black asphalt street.

All seems to come to a halt
as the bus screeches to a stop.

Then the bus doors open. Laughter and chatter
greet waiting parents
as children nosily descend
bust stairs.

Music fill the air -
songs of everyday life
in this ordinary world.

Sherri Waas Shunfenthal

More Joseph Christian Leyendecker artwork. For many years I thought he and Normal Rockwell were the same person, but I was educated by @Dr-Robot about the differences between the two even though their styles and subject matter were very similar.

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November 22, 2021

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November 21, 2021
Raiding Facebook - Photos of Dave London

Mostly photos of Dave, and a few of his humorous memes.

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November 21, 2021
Sunday Video

Remembering Dave London and other thoughts

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November 21, 2021
Sunday Reflection

Good Morning Digital Neighbors from all across Locals! Beloved Phamily, Refugees & Triggeratti! Dear to my heart Early Birds, Dawn Patrol and Fascinating People! Joyful Bigots, Conversants, Lurkers and all of you other good souls venturing about on Locals, Happy Sunday! A prayer for a Sunday Morning seems fitting enough. I am thankful for all the good people I have met along the journey, thank you for being part of my sacred pilgrimage.

BIRTH IS A BEGINNING

Birth is a beginning
And death a destination.
And life is a journey:

From childhood to maturity
And youth to age;
From innocence to awareness
And ignorance to knowing;
And then, perhaps, to wisdom;

From weakness to strength
Or strength to weakness—
And often back again;
From health to sickness
And back, we pray, to health again;

From offense to forgiveness
From loneliness to love,
From joy to gratitude,
From pain to compassion,
And grief to understanding—

From fear to faith;
From defeat to defeat to defeat—
Until, looking backward or ahead,
We see that victory lies
Not at some high place along the way,
But in having made the journey,
stage by stage,
A sacred pilgrimage.

Birth is a beginning
And death a destination.
And life is a journey,
A sacred pilgrimage —
To life everlasting.

RABBI ALVIN I. FINE

Mt Adams Barns Late Autumn Day

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November 20, 2021
Dave reading at Mass

Dave @TankerCaptain read a few other times at Mass recently but there have been audio issues. He begins the reading around the 7:30 mark.

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November 20, 2021
Saturday ZOOM

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November 20, 2021

Good Morning Digital Neighbors! Hey there Early Birds & Dawn Patrol, Triggeratti & Fascinating People, Joyful Bigots and Phamily, Supports, Members, Visitors and Random Scrollers paying a visit to Locals! Whoever, and wherever you are, Happy Saturday. Lost a good neighbor yesterday in the parish, Dave @TankerCaptain will be missed, his passing was unexpected, but his life was about a ready to go home as one can be on a given day. I was hoping when I visited with him yesterday it was home to his Arsenal in the Woods, but instead a heart attack has called him beyond the veil. I hope he discovers what we believed to be true and that there is Communion rather than nothingness beyond the breathe of life. My sorrow at his passing is far surpassed by the joy of knowing him. While I will have tears for myself, I've already had a few, I have nothing but gratitude for having known him these last few years. Wilford Brimley's twin, The Captain, Gunner, a man of raw honesty, hearty laughs and fierce loyalty and honor.

(In the photo he is on the left sporting the Wilford Brimley look, across from him is Big Mac, next to him his wife Jetpack Gina and across from her my Sister Jane.) I was at the second table of poker players. Happy Saturday friends!

THE DANCE OF LIFE

Nature blesses us daily:
birds burst into song just as we pass by,
thunderstorms dissolve the dust of drought,
clouds melt away to reveal distant mountains,
stars emerge, glowing against a velvet sky.

Others bless us:
strangers share smiles,
someone gives us a hug,
a colleague defends us at work,
loving friends surround us during a crisis.

Responding to these blessings,
our hearts expand, and we know
we too participate in life’s divine dance,
giving and receiving blessings.

SUZANNE C. COLE

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November 19, 2021
RIP Good Captain

@TankerCaptain Passed today from a heart attack, he will be greatly missed. Dave had spent a week in the hospital with a few different health issues, this comes as a very sad shock .

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November 17, 2021
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November 16, 2021

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November 15, 2021
Scenes from Saturday Night Poker
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November 15, 2021
The Daily Engelbreit
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November 14, 2021
Almost a BHC - thoughts on the trial and other issues
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November 13, 2021
New quilt & beddings
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November 13, 2021
Vintage Photo of Sept included - or is it a contemporary one?

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November 13, 2021

Good Morning Friends & Digital Neighbors! Hey there Early Birds & Dawn Patrol, Phamily & Refugees, Triggeratti, Later Dayers, Fascinating People, and Conversants, Joyful Bigots and Lurkers, Supporters, Members and Bored Scrollers passing by! Happy Saturday! Saturdays are great, woke up at the normal time - laid in bed praying - listening to music - petting the dog & cat as they expressed their demands for food, and going outside and otherwise wanting attention. A late start to a glowing screen interaction - but the ventures here are about as most enjoyable as a glow screens can be. I have met so many open hearts and thoughtful minds here. On to a morning poem and Mother Nature's artistry.

OPEN HEARTS

They teach.
They guide.
They counsel.
They befriend.
They minister.
They lead.
They inspire.

Again and again
Each reprises
Just one lesson:
That we are valued,
That we are capable.

That is all.
That is everything.

Dianne M. Del Giorno
A barn somewhere in Connecticut - thanks 🦆🦆GO

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November 12, 2021

Good Morning & Happy Friday Friends & Refugees, Early Birds & Later Dayers, Conversants & Lurkers! Well another week is in the rearview mirror! I hope it has been a good one. I think many of us on the cultural-political spectrum of healthy discourse (a disappearing commodity only rarely encountered in mainstream {the torrent of crap} reality) are preparing for the next shoe to drop after the Rittenhouse trial. I hope that is not the case, winter is coming, and the RiotLARPers might be more fair weathered, but few things warm their hearts more than a good night of burning, looting and mostly peaceful pillaging. While I poke humor at this reality, it is no joke to people who have lost their businesses, their homes and in some cases their lives (none of which is reported in a personal way but only in terms in numbers of financial loss or statics) as a result of the breakdown of communities.

I know I rant about the Cabal often - they are the pretentious movers in our culture. They are not leaders, but often masquerade as them. Politicians, Big Tech, Academia, Wokertainment, and the Enemedia purport to be our betters leading us to a promised future. There is a promised future, for them, but not for you. If you don't join their cult, admire their intelligence, sell your person for their passing notice, repeat their mantras, (buy their stuff) be prepared to be dismissed if you a relatively silent or be branded an enemy if you dare to question or disagree. Sorry - a bit more sour than I want for a morning post. I'm a fan of finding the roses and smelling them, but there is no avoiding the crap on the path if you don't notice it. Life is still good, even if the terrain is difficult and the future does not look immediately rosy. Good people really make a difference in life, I hope you them here and in real life. Happy Weekend my friends!

Some Iffisms for the cultural-political minded. Probably not so much funny as stuff for cultivating more mindful living or perhaps just my personally curated BS. Your appreciation may vary. 😉

The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. - Philip K. Dick

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise,
we don’t believe in it at all. - Noam Chomsky, in a 1992 interview
(It is possible he no longer subscribes to this reality, things change once one get emboldened, achieves celebrity, or sadly believes they are among the "enlightened." )

If presidents don’t do it to their wives, they do it to the country. - Mel Brooks

A barn photographed by James Pharaon somewhere in Kansas

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November 11, 2021
The Daily Engelbreit

Yesterday's Daily Engelbreit was included as part of the remembering of pets past that was inspired by Zoom. Was I lazy or clever? I would say clever, Momma Peggy would say lazy. To each his or her own. Happy Thursday & Veteran's Day!

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November 10, 2021
Fall colors around church

Thank you @p3ggy for sharing these!