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Gender: Female
Home country: USA
Current location: California
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 16,395

About Me

What do I snare in my web, you inquire? All sweet things to savor, to hold close and dear; Moonbeams and laughter and lovers' sighs, Sunbeams and daisies and children's smiles. The holes in my web allow the escape Of fears and hurts, jealousies, hate; All loneliness, prejudice, anger, and pain, These pass through, transformed, to the ether again.

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My 1st hidden post & the National Parks "artist."

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]Tonight I had my first post ever hidden, and I've been a member for over 13 years now. It was because I used the evil "b" word in reference to the young woman who arrogantly decided that her self-proclaimed title of "artist" entitled her to desecrate our National Parks with her acrylic paintings.

The "b word," to me, means a vile, obnoxious, nasty, selfish female. I haven't really kept up with the word's evolution from just being vulgar to having sexist implications. A feminist myself, I didn't intend any sexist meaning. (There's also a word for vile, obnoxious, nasty, selfish males that starts with a "b," but I've never been scolded for using that one.)

In any case, I greatly appreciate those jurors who kindly understood my reasoning even while disapproving of my angry, knee-jerk word choice for the vile, obnoxious, nasty, selfish female who did the defacing.

For the juror who said I "should know better," I humbly invoke age-related creeping decrepitude for my inattention to linguistic evolution and loss of impulse control. In the heat of the moment, I only recognized my intended meaning (see above), not the relatively new focus on sexist implications.

In any case, you'll all be very happy to know that the word expansion program I use on my computer now prints "__NO!__" whenever I type that evil word, so I won't make the same mistake again no matter how angry I get at someone's vile, obnoxious, nasty, selfish actions.

Adios to my first-ever hidden post... and hopefully my last.

Love you all...

"Don't Call This Veteran a Hero"

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]I've been traveling since May 20th, read this piece during that time and meant to forward/post it, but didn't get it done. It's a little late for its intended Memorial Day audience but no less true, so I'm posting it now, even though it's late.

Don't Call This Veteran a Hero

Planting Peace tackles South Sudan crisis

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]There are many worthy causes in the world that work to alleviate human suffering. One of my favorites is Planting Peace, which has multiple projects around the world, including orphanages, eliminating parasites in children, LGBT equality (including an underground in Uganda), rainforest preservation and more.

Now they're also taking on the hunger crisis in South Sudan.

[font face:"Arial"]http://plantingpeace.org/2014/05/south-sudan-hunger-crisis/[font face:"Verdana"]

If you're able, please consider donating. You can specify which project you want your donation to go to and every little bit helps.

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