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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,151

About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

With friends like me....

Has anyone ever surfed over to thriftyfun.com?

I stumbled across it recently and have found a lot of good ideas there. Just sayin'.

HA! Gotcha all beat!

There haven't been any solicitors for any cause at my front door since shortly after I moved here almost 8 years ago!

First it was because of the chows, and even now with a couple of much smaller and friendlier dogs, I still tie my front gate shut so they can't nose up the butterfly latch. It's too much trouble for anyone except the meter reader to come in the yard, and he just jumps the back gate. Of course most people aren't afraid of Molly Maguire and Brigid, but I've got most of the town already trained not to barge in. I enjoy lovely, brief chats with passersby when I'm already outdoors, and I wave at everybody and offer free flowers and garden produce to those I like - but I like keeping that fence between us too.

Matter of fact, I used to plan on replacing the gate's butterfly latch with something impossible for the dogs to open - but now I'm reconsidering because I want to keep my handy excuse for tying it shut. I seem to be growing eccentric in my old age. Oh well, so long as the dogs are happy....

Even on my trip, I've had to at least occasionally scan the BOG threads w/o replying

But can't do so with this one. My heart breaks for you, my friend; you've probably read my rants about a similar situation w/my "sister". I use quotes because she's always called me the changeling. It's hard and it hurts like hell, but there are times when you have to turn mother's picture to the wall and get out. Family are the people who care about you, no shared DNA required. If someone proves over a period of time that they take pleasure in hurting you, it's okay to say a prayer for that person and walk out for good. Would you continue to tolerate a man who abused you in any way? Of course not. You don't owe your sister a handy target for her abusiveness either. An accident of birth made you kin; she's broken that deepest of ties too many times for it to hold any sway over you.

Do what I did the day my divorce was final - I sent my ex a greeting card 'congratulations - to me! Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last!"

And don't look back. Declare your freedom and make it stick. This is easier done when you have forgiven someone. It's not to hurt them back necessarily. But it does them no favor to serve as their enabler, either. For years it can be agape love, but even that doesn't require painting a target on your forehead and handing the abuser a pistol. At this point she's not going to change. So you must. Not only for her sake, but for yours and the sake of all who do love you.
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