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I Couldn't Choose

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      I love my country like family that we can't pick. They are also like a box off mixed nuts and I get angry, frustrated, worried and in the end; I would defend them publicly. Possibly, I would fire them up privately and we'd move on. To me, that is an act of love and grace; to be able to bare their anger if it saves them grief or pain. Because they are my family, I know them well. I know that they always come to their senses. Things happen in the heat of the moment...

      My country is going the wrong way and everyone knows it. Just because those that benefit from this doesn't mean they think it's in any way right. If they really believe that what Dump has been positive movement or the right thing must believe that destroying our government and pulling the rug out from under our allies is going to make us strong. I understand that Dump probably fantasized about such a thing when he was serving his country in an expensive private boarding school playing Army. That doesn't mean it should have happened.

      Countries have war, generals watch and plan it, our best and brightest fight it and die, their opposition and anyone gets between them and their enemies are likely to be wounded, made homeless and possibly killed. Maybe all three, it happens more than it should. Our feckless leader would call it a win for the economy if half of us got nuked.

      Music is a gift and we need all the beauty we can get. Nothing felt right to me but this.

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      SpaceX To Fly Two Tourists To The Moon In 2018

      By Sydney Robinson

      Private space exploration company SpaceX has announced its most ambitious mission yet—a plan to orbit the moon in 2018.

      The company headed by scientific and tech mind Elon Musk claims that their mission is on-target, including having recruited two astronauts that have elected—and paid a hefty chunk of change—to have the privilege of going into space.

      If everything goes as planned, the two space tourists would launch in late 2018 in a Dragon 2 capsule launched by SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket. They would float past the moon before being pulled back in by gravity and returned to the Earth's surface.

      http://www.ecowatch.com/spacex-orbit-moon-22929716...

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      For A Brain Break (No Bleach Required)

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          I found this really amazing work this morning. It is some incredible Jazz, featuring Bach, an Accordian, and (get this) the Latvian Radio Big Band. Just superb. Twenty three minutes of pure fun.


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          Phone Of The Wind (Human Interest)

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              In Japan there is a phone booth in a garden. It isn't wired or connected to anything other than the surrounding wind. It is a place of spiritual connectivity created by the survivor of one of the many victims of the great tsunami. A place where he can go and pretend to call his deceased loved one on an old rotary phone that sits inside. He is not alone. Since the installment of the booth many more have taken to using his phone to talk to their deceased loved ones.

              Acknowledgment goes to NPR. I learned of this story while listening to a tale of the phone Booth and it's users via a story of theirs which aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio. ~Dajuan Candle~

              Links below are to other articles about this magical story, as well there's a link to an NHK broadcast story about the Phone booth in the garden.

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              Phone of the wind. Link 1. Link 2.


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              'Lost City' Discovery: Kansas Site Sheds New Light On Native American History

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                  http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/04/21/lost-city-d...

                  I was not aware that tribes in the USA had cities this large. My European history has gotten a little fuzzy, but when you go back to 1400, 20,000 people in one city would have been as big a some of the cities in Europe.

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                  Snake With Serious Case Of Road Rage Tries To Attack Motorcyclist

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                      When I was a kid growing up in Colorado, I was on a homemade motor scooter with a Briggs and Stratton engine with my younger brother driving. Suddenly we saw a rattlesnake crossing the road in front of us. Too close to do anything but run right over it. I foolishly yelled to my brother that the snake was caught up in the sprocket. He just jumped off, leaving me to crash. We were not injured, and walking back to look for the snake found it was apparently not injured either.

                      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/snake-tries-to...

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                      Follow Up For The Gatlinburg Fires And Bridge Tournament, By BridgeTourJade

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                          17 April 2017 GS Jade Barrett International Bridge Press Association

                          Five months ago, a terrible fire intentionally set devastated one of the most beautiful places on Earth - the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


                          Chimney Tops Fire, Gatlinburg TN 28 NOV 2016.

                          Gatlinburg is commonly known as the gateway to the park, with over 11 million visitors a year passing through or residing for a week or so in the many timeshares and rental homes that surround the quaint but vibrant village. It is also home to the world's largest annual week long bridge tournament, typically generating over 9000 - and sometimes well over ten thousand - tables over the seven days. Gatlinburg is the destination for the best players in the world, as typically athletes from over 40 different countries come to compete for love and glory since this - as with virtually all American Contract Bridge League events - is not a prize money tournament.

                          Favorite daughter Dolly Parton, the country music legend, has been among those leading fundraising efforts for victims. She started the My People Fund and raised $9.3 million, most coming from a telethon in which many of her country music friends appeared. A total of 884 families received their first monthly $1,000 checks through the fund. People who lost their primary residences are eligible to receive the $1,000 a month for six months. - Knoxville News Sentinel 28 December 2016

                          What all players have is a love relationship with this tiny city. Within a month after the fires the ACBL Charity Foundation presented Dolly Parton's My People's Fund $25,000 to assist with helping some of those residents who are rebuilding. Other individual players have donated through different online fundraisers and through personal gifts to the city, all told over $100,000 through charity events operated by many of the local bridge organizations that operate in the USA Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

                          ACBL Charity Foundation Donation to the My People Fund; L-R: Bill Waters (Pres. of Unit 165), Natasha Brown (ACBL Headquarters); DOLLY; Kelley Trejo (ACBL Charity Foundation); Pete Misslin (Gatlinburg Regional Co-Chair).


                          From my apartment high above the city, there is a large amount of green, but many of the surrounding mountain tops remain blackened, a visual reminder of the arson generated raging wildfire that threatened the entire town, incinerating over seventeen hundred acres and claiming thirteen souls.



                          A month after the November fire, the clean-up was well underway.


                          The players are gathering, the competitions begin in earnest on 17 April and will continue through the 23rd. This is a time where those of us who compete against each other are also happy to being able to accomplish something together to assist the little Tennessee city that has been a welcoming home to us one week every year for decades.


                          GS Jade Barrett with Dr Donna Wood and about 70 other Yabberz members will be enjoying their favorite tournament once again this year.


                          https://www.yabberz.com/post/follow-up-for-the-gat...

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                          Happy Easter :trends Join Old Easter Traditions In Romania

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                              my wife made homemade traditional Romanian Roll cabbage called : Sarmale stuffed with pork meat/Rice/smoked bacon and rolled with either Cabbage or grape leaves then boiled in tomato paste broth,


                              In addition, walnut bread(walnut from Peg W( Sunshine )


                              Have a happy & Safe Easter...even for an atheist !

                              Peace..

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