Saturday July 29th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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153 Responses to Saturday July 29th – Open Thread

  1. Plain Jane says:

    First.

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  2. Plain Jane says:

    Good morning all. Hope you have a blessed weekend.

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  3. Plain Jane says:

    Guess I am third also.

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  4. daughnworks247 says:

    I’m not tired of winning but could use a day off. Wow!!!!!!!

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  5. nimrodman says:

    Caturday !

    Charter boat captain rescues cat thrown from bridge

    “Smith said he’s seen a lot of strange things, but never a living animal thrown off a bridge. He scooped up the struggling creature with a fishing net.

    “When I took it out of the net, it grabbed a hold of my arm. I held the cat all the way into the HarborWalk. It was pretty intense,” Smith said.

    “… he has a message for whomever tried to doom the kitty: “PLEASE let me find out who you are.”

    “Smith … plans to give her a “furrever” home …”

    http://www.wistv.com/story/35993384/boat-captain-rescues-cat-thrown-from-bridge

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  6. Plain Jane says:

    So do I get the gold, silver and bronze?

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  7. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy CATERDAY Treeprs!

    When good musicians get together, generational differences don’t matter so much. Here are two of Brazil’s best known singers having a great time . . .

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  8. citizen817 says:

    The Hungry Bear

    The stock market bear is hungry. His fangs are out, but the stock market has a fang, too. FANG consists of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Goog—all of which have made fantastic gains during the current bull run. These stocks are bloated pigs, but the bear continues to be thwarted.

    The bear remains very hungry.

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  9. citizen817 says:

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  10. nimrodman says:

    Ringtail cat hitches 200-mile ride across TX

    “The little critter hitched a ride on an RV in the Bandera area and was discovered in Beaumont.

    “Ringtails are related to the raccoon family and are nocturnal mammals.

    “The ringtail was dehydrated when he was brought to the center, but is now eating on his own.”

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  11. smiley says:

    happy

    cat

    day

    walks like a duck !

    🐱

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    • maiingankwe says:

      The last one was purrfect for a good chuckle. All of them were great though!

      Thanks, and happy, happy Caturday to you too!

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    • rashamon says:

      Hysterical…unless you’re dealing with it. These two kittens I collected out of my backyard and my lovebirds are shaping a good relationship — everybody seems to be playing fair — but I wouldn’t trust them alone for a second.

      For those you who have experience, I need advice. I want to get these two ladies neutered and am facing different opinions. Is six months the right timing? I get that logic and can keep them for another three months to make certain they have a great start with healthcare. The three services dealing with abandoned animals are driving me nuts.

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      • BakoCarl says:

        Early-Age Spay/Neuter For Kittens – Petcha
        https://www.petcha.com/early-age-spayneuter-for-kittens/ – Cached
        A: In short, yes. Traditionally, veterinarians have waited until cats are at least 6 months old before neutering them. But research shows that healthy kittens can be safely neutered at 6 weeks, or as soon as they weigh 2 pounds.

        Spaying (ovario-hysterectomy) The surgical removal of the reproductive organs (ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes) of a female animal. Puppies and kittens of both sexes should be spayed or neutered by 6 months of age. Female cats can go into estrus (‘heat’) at as young as 4 months.
        Friends of Animals – Don’t Delay – Neuter or Spay
        https://www.friendsofanimals.org/…/spaying-neutering/dont-delay-neuter-or-spay

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        • rashamon says:

          Why can I get so much more info from TCTH than all these vets who want $200 consults before giving me the details so I can make a good decision? Thank you so much!

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        • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

          When we got Lacey, we thought we would breed her just once because she was so pretty. She is a Persian with a long pedigree, and thought one litter would be nice. At 5 months old, she went into heat and it never stopped! The vet said it was best to not breed her until at least 2 years. No way! She stuck to my husband like a limpet and drove him crazy! She yowled all day and night, tried to mate with the furniture, and even pooped by the front door hoping to entice any passing Tom! After one month, it was off to the vet for relief. She would have made a good Mom, but we just couldn’t let her suffer anymore (or us)!

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      • Melanie says:

        Spay Early. My Pure Bred, Seal Point Siamese kitten got pregnant at 5 months. 8 beautiful, albeit mottled, kittens later……
        They all got wonderful homes. 2 by 2, I insisted some stay together, and they are now famous, in my rural community, as the best blue eyed, barn cat mousers.

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        • rashamon says:

          Thanks, Melanie. I’ve also wondered about keeping the two together for adoption. It might take longer, but they are so cute as a couple. Two different personalities, but watching the “Alpha” kitty swat her sister reminds me of my bros wrestling on the lawn over ???? When I had dogs, twosomes seemed to keep them out of trouble as boredom was not an issue.

          Several people have offered to take them to keep rats under control. I can’t go there after watching two little pups die horribly from our city spreading pellets spiked with anti-coagulants and some tantalizing odor to attract them. Better to do everything necessary to make them domestic kittens with some manners, which is why I was asking about declawing. The two rescue cats I take in for the owners’ vacations are declawed, very domesticated to city life although I do walk them around my yard on leashes. The experience with the puppies will never leave me.

          I will pursue neutering as soon as I can get the two in a crate for transport. We’re getting there inch by inch. 🙂

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        The heat cycle for females can start after 4 months. (She finally figured it out 27 strays later!)

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      • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

        Don’t forget to get them some sort of carpet-covered scratchy thing. Just rub a little catnip on it and they will learn soon. My cats always liked what we called a “Kitty-Kondo”, It’s about 3 feet tall, tube covered in carpet with a shelf inside and holes so they can get inside and play or sleep. It’s not expensive. You can also get all sorts of various carpet covered jungle-gym type thingies.

        https://www.chewy.com/frisco-52-inch-cat-tree-cream/dp/119898?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Shopping-Product%20Targets-Hard%20Goods&utm_term=1100001799659&utm_content=Frisco

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  12. maiingankwe says:

    Ms. Ddonna had asked me to share a story how Ponytail Kim and I had met almost twenty years ago. I think I’m ready to share. This may be another long one, so please feel free to skip this post, it’s okay, it won’t hurt me in anyway. I know I can be long-winded. 🙃

    I had arrived in Alaska in early September, and people would ask how long it took me to drive up here from Wisconsin. It took me fifteen, beautiful, glorious and memorable days. I had worked 5-6 jobs after receiving my two associate degrees together in Minnesota. I had also worked at least two during the school year. I worked in two bars, a fancy, restaurant bar, post office, feed store, and a video rental store. All were part-time and some were only one day a week, weekends, call-in and so forth. It wasn’t rare for me to work every day, sometimes two jobs and sometimes only one. None of it was hard work except unloading the trucks at the feed store. Dog food can be heavy in the beginning of the season, especially when it is one bag after another, after another. Endless bags of dog food. It was a cash in hand job like some of the others, so it was all good.

    Anyways, it’s why it took me so dang long to drive up to the Interior of Alaska. I had worked a great deal of hours to pay for my journey and moving company. So, I essentially made it my vacation that I had thought I had earned. I would camp here for a few days and fish, or camp there, or make friends and stay a day longer over there and so forth. I did a great deal of fishing and didn’t realize until I was in Alaska I hadn’t ever bought a fishing license for Canada. My Dad would’ve killed me if I had ever confessed. Oh heck, I fished a lot on the way through the U.S., and it all blended into one another. I’m just ever so thankful I never got caught, and I sincerely doubt I would ever do it again. It really was unintentional.

    And yes, I took the long drive all alone just the way I wanted it. I could eat when I wanted, sleep when I was tired, pull over wherever I desired, and stay anywhere for as long as I wished. I didn’t have anyone I had to meet half way or make sure they were happy, all I had to take care of was myself, and I loved every minute of it. I wouldn’t have done it any other way. I like doing a lot of things on my own, it’s just the way I’m wired I guess. Well, until I got married and started a family that is.

    When I made it up here, I stayed in a youth hostel for a bit less than a week before I found an apartment. I had also found a job pretty quickly too. It was in a bar/restaurant. It was alright, nothing great except the regulars.

    I had to get my bartending license and they were having the next set of classes at my work place. Why they have these classes in bars is beyond me. There is always someone or a group or two getting drunk, and then they have to take the class over because they flunk. It costs money, so I sure as heck didn’t drink even during break. Nope. No way.

    I sat next to this middle-aged lady who was super cool, and we had a lot of great laughs together, she said I should work at her bar where she worked, but I didn’t take her serious. A few nights later I had an older couple come in for a drink before dinner and afterwards. Before they left, they asked if I wanted to work for them. They even offered a $1.50 more per hour. So, the next day off I went to look at their bar and liked the people.

    I didn’t think my manager much cared for me, so I gave my two week notice and never looked back. Later, I learned she didn’t like any of us female bartenders. I guess she used to bartend when she first started there, and was jealous of us girls getting along with customers better. It made sense since she really was a catty old thing.

    Working at this bar, I was offered more hours if I wanted them, but it was at their other bar halfway between two towns. So, I grabbed my good friend Alex and off we went to take a look see.

    It was a big, ole long cabin with no windows. I don’t know why, but that was the first thing I noticed. Inside, it was dark, but warm, welcoming and unbelievably friendly.

    We sat at the far corner of the bar and ordered our sodas, being the big drinkers we were. Christina, the bartender knew right off the bat why I was there. She was ever so nice and the regulars seemed to genuinely like her. Plus, her bar was completely full and she handled it pretty good.

    I think I had made my mind up by the second or third sip of my drink. I liked it there. It wasn’t only the people who sat next to us who were nice and talking with us, it was half the dang bar. I remember exactly where Christina was standing when she yelled out if I was the possible hire. So with that, the regulars started asking where I was from, state and city, how long had I been in Alaska and why I had moved and just a whole bunch of questions. To some here, it may have sounded like an interrogation, but if you were there you would see it was all friendly. Afterwards, I realized it was all of them giving me my interview, and luckily I had passed with flying colors. I started the next Thursday.

    I worked Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday days at the one bar, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the second bar. I also got paid twice every week rather than only once every two weeks, which was really nice considering I lived by cash only. Two pay checks a week, Woo Hoo!

    My first Thursday, I met Ponytail Kim. He was sitting in the middle of the bar and had already had a few drinks before I had arrived. He usually never stayed that late, but since he had missed The Interview, he had taken it upon himself that it needed to be done over, and it would be up to him to make the final decision. I was not up for that. It wasn’t my fault he had missed it. Too bad so sad, I was there and I was going to stay with or without his approval thank you very much.

    Yeah, didn’t look like we hit it off did we?

    Believe it or not you’d be wrong, he liked my spunk and telling him how I saw it. He was surprised by the honesty and no fear. As a matter of fact he ended up laughing and shaking my hand. Said we were going to get along fine, and if I ever had any questions just to ask. He then put on his jacket after that and left for his very short walk home. “Hey! What about those questions?” I called after him. “Next time, next time!” he replied chuckling. Sure I mumbled, and of course he heard that.

    I loved working that bar and made really good money to boot. I have a total of fourteen years or so of bartending off and on and in three states. Alaska has some of the best tippers ever. I made real good money and it paid for my bachelors degree in full. Sure, I couldn’t go to school every single semester, but I did good with what I had and I made it by. After I arrived in Alaska, I worked for the first semester and started school for the winter/spring. It was a great part of my life.

    This bar was also different from any other bar I had ever worked or hung around. People were family and they were neighbors. If something bad happened, everyone pulled in to help, didn’t matter if we liked them or not, we were neighbors and that was all it took. It was amazing to see how everyone would pitch in and how some would let bygones be bygones, under the bridge and a new page started. They could’ve been having bad words for years, and the next thing, friends again after something pulled it all together.

    I think it had a lot to do with location and how independent everyone had to be to surivive the winters. The bar wasn’t just a local watering hole, it was where the community got together for absolutely everything. Auctions, weddings, graduations, Chinese auctions, welcome home parties, fundraisers, picnics, and so on and so forth.

    Every weekday at 10am, all the old timers and regulars would meet with the excuse of The Price Is Right tv program. I kid you not. Some would drink and most would have their coffee etc. I called it the Old Timers Coffee Clutch. One could set their watches by their arrival through the door and we opened at ten, so we’d have to come a bit earlier so the coffee would be done etc.

    I have never learned so much or laughed so hard at these ten am meetings. If I needed to learn how to insulate pipes properly, I’d go to the bar at ten am, if I had to have help changing my oil, same thing, anything and everything, they were a wealth of knowledge of everything Alaska and then some. We had our intellectual, a retired professor named Ken. We had a retired Bush pilot, we had a retired trucker, game warden, a fancy chef, mechanic that could fix anything that had an engine and plus some. Lots of construction workers, home builders, artist, welders, electrician, journeyman, business owners and some retired business owners. Anything and everything. Oh, and we had a retired engineer who I made do all of my math calculations. He’d laugh cause they were always easy, but he did have the patience to show me some of them when I would ask. We did a lot of math on bar napkins.

    Ken introduced me to German Lit and a few others like the Nordic classics. He gave me two CD’s that had 200 classic stories from the Iliad to Charles Dickens stories. I talked with him for hundreds of hours, always picking his brain. He would also edit my papers for school.

    The majority of our regulars were conservatives who knew politics inside out, local to state to federal. I would always sit with Rick and learn what was currently going on and the why’s of it.

    And in the middle of all of this, I had Ponytail Kim. I guess I’m not as ready as I thought in writing about us and our stories. It seems as if I’ve mentioned almost everything else, but what I was supposed to write. I didn’t do this consciously, and I apologize if you were waiting for the Kim moment. I didn’t realize what I was doing until now.

    I really do have good stories of the two of us and would love to share the one of us fishing for the first time together. It was a story we’d share between us through all of our years, and I learned he would tell many of the regulars at our bar too. I did the same as well.

    Again, I’m sorry, and I will try again another time. Oh, and don’t be sad, it’s all good. I just didn’t realize what was happening until I had written so much already. I didn’t want to erase it all and start over, kinda lazy there. And I hope you don’t mind with what I wrote. I think the story of Kim and I will make more sense anyways with the background I wrote above.
    Be well good Treepers, and stay smiling, and thank you for your patience,
    Ma’iingankwe

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    • smiley says:

      well dang.

      maybe we should jut wait for the movie.

      😀

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    • Ddanna says:

      I loved this story — you can see the depth of each person you mentioned, knowing that the little bit you told about them is just scratching the surface of what you remember about them. Waiting for the next entry! — Thx.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Okay DDanna, you’ve got it. I promise to write another entry for you. As long as you enjoy them and I don’t get yelled at for taking too much space, I will keep writing them once in awhile.

        Sorry I wrote your name wrong at the beginning of the entry.

        Hope you’re having a fabulous caturday,
        Ma’iingankwe

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        • Ddanna says:

          Wonderful, yes, I truly enjoy your stories! No problem about my name — just made it up when I signed on to word press to start reading at The Treehouse. I’m having a great Caturday — it was a rainy morning so I got a lot of housework done and then had some friends over in the afternoon. Hope you are having a great day also!

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Well, you had me spellbound.

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    • amwick says:

      I demand a confession! You wrote all the episodes of Northern Exposure!!!!
      Lovely story, totally. One chapter at a time.. kinda like Charles Dickens.

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    • M. Mueller says:

      Fascinating! I think I want the whole book.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        You are too kind, M. Mueller. It would be far too long to read, and I have difficulty staying on topic. It would be an editor’s nightmare, so they would never accept it. But your words warmed my heart, and I thank you for that.

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        • Sometimes that Stream of Consciousness approach is the Best…you don’t exactly have a plan of how you’re going to get to your destination…kind of like your personalized trip to Alaska, except now you are traveling down Memory Lane & we All want a ticket to ride!!!

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    • ” I guess I’m not as ready as I thought in writing about us and our stories.”

      I personally think that it’s beautiful & healthy for you to have your own boundaries about what you share & when. Sometimes those memories that we hold close to the heart, that touch us most deeply, are the ones we can only let out in a place of comfort & safety & love. Take all the time you need & share all you wish about your journeys…I am listening & loving the chance to see Alaska & those amazing people through your tenderhearted eyes.
      Bless You!

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  13. smiley says:

    Black Beauty

    white charcoal on black paper/drawing

    Zindy Nielsen ~ Copenhagen, Denmark~ Contemporary ~ Illustrator, Tatoo Artist

    🐱

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  14. dogsmaw says:

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  15. 6x47 says:

    I’m making a prediction here: The husband is on anti-depressants.

    Nearly every non-jihad related mass-murderer has been on SSRI’s. I’m betting this man was taking them, and his fit of homicidal rage is consistent with the other incidents. Alcohol likely involved as well.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/27/fbi-husband-killed-wife-on-alaskan-cruise-ship-because-she-laughed-at-him/

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised. It seems many are.

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Our family took our very first cruise ever on the Emerald, the same exact ship. I remember some of the crew who were simply amazing. I hope they are all okay.

      I don’t know how I feel about the $150 voucher to be spent on the boat, but my husband said they have to give them something, and he agreed with what they did. He said some of those travelers had been saving a long time for this experience and to have something like that happen isn’t exactly the experience they were expecting or had paid for. I agree with that.

      Well, at least their shops would’ve been busy and hopefully people were able to buy some nice momentos they may not have purchased otherwise.

      My husband was more worried about the kids and how old they were. He said no one ever thinks about their children when they do these things. He’s right. He also said, “So, how was your childhood?” Oh, great, my Dad killed my Mom while we were on a cruise celebrating their anniversary.”

      My heart does go out for the children, and I do hope they will be alright. I cannot imagine what they are going through. So thank you for posting this, so we can send prayers their way.

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  16. Dora says:

    Princess Persian Cat

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  17. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
    Revelation 3:20 (KJV)

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  18. duchess01 says:

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    • Yes. Amen. Please let me add the preceding verses to a lukewarm Laodicean church, a church all too common today:

      Because thou say, I am rich, and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are the wretched one and miserable and poor and blind and naked:
      18 I counsel you to buy of me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich; and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness be not made manifest; and eyesalve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.
      19 As many as I love, I reprove and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. (Rev. 3:17-19 ASV)

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    • Minnie says:

      God bless us, everyone 🙏

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  19. duchess01 says:

    Thank You, Jesus, for blessings received and prayers answered!

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  20. Dora says:

    Woody Allen fans, especially those fans who remember Coney Island, are in for a treat. It won’t be released until December, but that means there is plenty of time to look forward to it. 🙂

    ===

    Woody Allen’s ‘Wonder Wheel’ Scores December Release
    http://variety.com/2017/film/awards/woody-allen-wonder-wheel-justin-timberlake-1202462903/

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    • smiley says:

      big woody Allen fan here…but mostly for his early films…late 60s-mid80s…back when he was really funny.

      haven’t been real thrilled w/ many of his later films.

      Crimes and Misdemeanors was one of his hilarious best, imo..

      is this new one a comedy ?

      maybe I’m missing something but I don’t see Kate Winslet as being particularly comical altho I like her as an actress…

      but maybe it works.

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      • Dora says:

        I love Crimes and Misdemeanors. Radio Days too.

        I enjoy his recent movies too. Loved Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine. They were great films.

        I expect Wonder Wheel will bring back memories of the old days in Coney Island, but I’m not sure if it is a comedy.

        What I really love about his movies is the setting, the fashions and the old music. Many of them have been filmed in NYC which I love to see.

        I believe Woody Allen has written and directed them all himself. He’s a bit nutty, but he is a brilliant man. 🙂

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  21. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Exposing fellow citizens to violent criminals like MS 13 as a way of achieving justice is both impractical and immoral. What is objectionable, what is dangerous about the sanctuary scheme is that it is extreme, tolerates criminals and is willing to sacrifice the lives and safety of fellow citizens. The evil is not only in what they do, but that they are willing to break the laws of We the People after they took a sacred oath to uphold them. That fact alone makes them unworthy of trust as they have shown that they are willing to sacrifice the safety and welfare of all law abiding citizens to accomplish a criminal purpose. What other laws will they decide to ignore? They are not unlike a common criminal that breaks any law that hinders their personal desires. These people must decide whether they will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

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  22. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  23. duchess01 says:

    May you live a long life,
    Full of gladness and health;
    With pockets full of gold,
    As the least of your wealth.
    May the dreams you hold dearest,
    Be those which come true;
    The kindness you spread,
    Keep returning to you.

    -Irish Blessings

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    • My husband who, based on Ancestry DNA is like 40% Irish, was from an historically wealthy family on his mother’s side–but she was disinherited so her 3 sons have none of that familial wealth that has made their “cousins” allegedly millionaires by inheritance alone…What Michael does have a rich & vibrant relationship with the Lord, a loving heart for his family, & a willingness to lay his life down for me & our children!

      We may not have money…but we have what money can’t buy, & are all the richer for it! The “gold” in his pocket is of God & treasures that are stored up in Heaven!!!

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  24. ThingsWeTakeForGranted says:

    Happy Caturday Treepers! This kitty is ready to pounce.

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  25. Dora says:

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  26. youme says:

    On Dunkirk
    How close Britain came to surrender: Halifax vs. Churchill

    Discussion:

    Churchill began his remarks by emphasizing the seriousness of the military situation, and went on to say

    “I have thought carefully in these last days whether it was part of my duty to consider entering into negotiations with That Man [Hitler]. But it was idle to think that, if we tried to make peace now, we should get better terms than if we fought it out. The Germans would demand our – that would be called disarmament – our naval bases, and much else. We should become a slave state, though a British Government which would be Hitler’s puppet would be set up – under Mosley or some such person. And where should we be at the end of all that? On the other side we have immense reserves and advantages. And I am convinced that every one of you would rise up and tear me down from my place if I were for one moment to contemplate parley or surrender. If this long island story of ours is to end at last, let it end only when each one of us lies choking in his own blood upon the ground.”

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    • Lucille says:

      And now these many years later Britain is surrendering anyway, this time to jihadis every bit as lethal as the Nazis…and who were, of course, on the side of the Nazis during its thousand year reich. No 2017 Churchill to save them. No Maggie Thatcher to give them some spine.

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  27. hugofitch1 says:

    Movie star good looks and more musical talent than 99.999% of the rest of humanity, here’s 21 year old Barry bringing the chills in 1968. How sad that he had to bury his three kid brothers.

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  28. youme says:

    Professor Suspended for Making Un-PC Joke, Accused of Creating ‘Hostile Learning Environment’

    https://heatst.com/culture-wars/professor-suspended-for-making-un-pc-joke-accused-of-creating-hostile-learning-environment/

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  29. Good Morning Treepers, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve posted a couple of updates about my son Josiah’s post-surgery progress on the prayer request page here:

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2011/02/01/prayer-requests-9/

    Thank you for lifting this situation up in prayer. Many of you have let us know that you have been praying & some have shared encouragements, advice, & snippets of your stories too. All of these things have been & continue to be blessings to us. Thanks for opening the Treehouse Door to us in this accepting manner. We really appreciate this welcoming embrace!

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    • Many prayers for your son and his medical care givers valeriecurren.

      I do hope all goes well for him and your family.

      My grandson is in Denver Children’s preparing to receive a bone marrow transplant in hopes that it will cure his leukemia.

      So I know how much those prayers help.

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      • Dear Chloe, May the Lord be with you all, especially your grandson, as He overshadows the entire Transplant medical process. May He guide the surgeon’s, technician’s, & nurse’s hands throughout this “adventure”. May He provide Rest, Comfort, Peace, Patience (you already have the tribulation), Grace, Strength, & Joy even in the midst of sorrows. May He provide Healing of body, mind, spirit, & even relationships throughout this medical journey.

        Blessings in Christ,
        Valerie

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      • Oh, & thank you so much for Praying for Josiah!

        On a separate note, my husband is originally from Denver, before his parents’ divorce. We took our Honeymoon nearby in Estes Park to jump off into Rocky Mountain National Park for some hiking. What glorious surroundings your grandson finds himself in!

        How old is your grandson (if you don’t mind me asking)? Is this leukemia a new discovery or a longer term battle?

        I had some blood abnormalities that showed up when I was a diabetes medication guinea pig & had to visit a blood specialist. One possible explanation was a (relatively benign) form of Leukemia. Just hearing of the Possibility of having any kind of Leukemia (even one without obvious symptoms & imminently treatable with meds) was extremely scary…

        Needing to get a transplant in any form makes a medical crisis jump into the arena of the surreal, at least that’s how it seemed to me during my son’s Liver Transplant process. That was after already doing 2 Open Heart surgeries (one at 2 months & just 4 pounds & the other at 4 1/2) and Brain Tumor surgery. I kind of foolishly thought those surgeries were the worst it could get, but waiting for a Transplant was excruciating…

        I’m so sorry your family is experiencing such a difficult road. Hopefully the care at Denver Children’s is top notch & the staff at all levels are excellent in how they interface with your grandson & your family. Whenever we have to have a major medical experience when we are at the University of Michigan Hospitals, especially the Mott Children’s Hospital, I feel such a sense of relief, in that the care will be excellent & that the medical teams will do everything medically & humanly possible to assist in my son’s complete recovery.

        May the Lord be with you all & Guide & Direct every step of this process, for your grandson, his parents, yourself, any siblings, and any other family & friends who are blessed to come alongside & share the burdens of this journey with each of you!

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        • Valeriecurren thank you for your lovely post.

          My grandson Carver is two years old and his leukemia was diagnosed about a year ago.

          Yes, the care at Denver Children’s is top notch,

          We are in good hands here.

          I hope all goes well for your son, it is indeed a long and difficult road for our families.

          But you and I know we are not alone in this journey.

          Our family has been greatly blessed the entire way.

          Again valerie , we are saying prayers for your family, your son Josiah and his medical care givers.

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          • Thank you for letting me know Carver’s name & age. We will remember him in our prayers…I’m so sorry that you are facing Leukemia with him but also thankful that you had a year prior to diagnosis with hopefully relatively normal infancy experiences to cherish.

            My son Josiah was known to have issues even while in the womb & was delivered prematurely deliberately to save his life. At that time, 33 1/2 weeks gestation, his twin Brandon was 5# 4oz, normal size for gestational age but Josiah was only 2# 6oz. So basically we have had a medical life with Josiah from his earliest existence.

            With Carver being diagnosed so young there can be some blessings there. Children are incredibly resilient & have amazing healing powers that far outstrip us older adults. Also, a young child doesn’t necessarily know “any better” and may more easily accept & adapt to the upheaval that a medical journey provides.

            So many of the interventions that Josiah experienced early in life were “play” based, because that’s how kids learn. So gaining needed skills & techniques that would basically be some type of drudgery for an adult can be a game for kids. My daughter always wanted to “have therapy” because she saw how fun it seemed to be for Josiah…

            Virtually all of our experiences at U of M’s Children’s hospital have been positive (excepting, of course, the myriad medical issues that made it necessary to be there in the first place!) I hope that the place in Denver practices Patient & Family Centered Care so that the needs of Carver, & of his family can be addressed in a manner that is sensitive, considerate, and inclusive of the extended family. When Josiah was in-patient as a young child & my husband would come in the evening to visit us with our other kids after the kids had a brief visit with their brother I would usually take them to the centrally located play area they had on every floor at the old Mott Hospital. This way my husband got to spend one-on-one time with Josiah (something he’s always craved) & I got to watch my kids having fun playing. Since we often didn’t get out to playgrounds, etc, when the kids were young these hospital trips were, to some extent, enjoyable outings for them too…

            I hope/pray that the Bone Marrow Transplant is successful and that Carver is able to lead a relatively normal life (perhaps ultimately with just periodic checks of his status–I know nothing about Leukemia treatment). Because Josiah has had so many hospitalizations, surgeries, procedures, & medical appointments I’ve really tried to have them be as fun as possible…even still now that he is a young man, though Developmentally Disabled with Autism, so young for his age.

            Even at this last hospitalization I really tried to cater to his needs & whims, as I was able. I’m not the kind of parent that really spoils her kids but I’ve really tried to make surgeries & hospitalizations seem fun/normal for him. Not getting stressed out (in front of him) as much as possible with upheavals, expecting things to take longer than stated, dealing with conflicting information, having to double check & remind practitioners of things, and helping Josiah to engage as much as possible in his own care have been part of how we’ve learned to handle these things over the years. Getting him access to movies, video games, the computer, & art therapy items, as well as catering to food desires have always been part of my approach to making Josiah feel (mostly) like he’s on vacation, not sick…

            Even a couple of days ago, while he was an inpatient I was more concerned about him being able to enjoy himself (relatively) than about some aspects of time frames. For instance, the hospital would likely have preferred for us to have left earlier in the day, but Josiah was distressed & not ready. Getting him able to get out the door was a multi-step process that took quite a while & was interspersed with some down time to process & play. For example, once we finally got him dressed & in the wheelchair in prep to leaving he was still unsettled about not laying in his bed. We made sure something was on the TV screen he was interested in & then I distracted him with some of the snack items remaining from his hospital food tray, before he took to surfing the web, playing music, & checking email….

            Anyway, if a lifelong medical journey ends up being Carver’s path hopefully all of you can learn to take it in stride…& not to sweat the small stuff…Figuring out what’s the small stuff & what’s the big stuff is a lifelong parental battle, hmm?

            Be encouraged, God is well able to heal & to heal completely, but if for some reason His plan involves pain & suffering in this life including deadly diseases to battle, then He will give each of you, Carver, his parents, yourself, etc what you need to get through it. You will all be able to survive whatever comes, safe in the Arms of Jesus. We have no guarantees in this life, but if we are in Christ we can Rest Assured that in the end We Win!

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            • Thank you valeriecurran for your beautiful, kind and loving post. Yes we are very lucky that Carver is young. This type of leukemia does better when diagnosed at a young age. And Denver Children’s is a wonderful hospital. Everyone that works here from the janitors to the doctors are great. The volunteers at the front desk, in the gift shop, the cafeteria workers, the nurses, the doctors and like I said the housekeeping staff are all just wonderful. Every single one of them are kind and thoughtful as if they know the family members are under a great deal of stress and they are all great with the children.

              You son Josiah and your family sound like wonderful people. What a blessing Josiah has been to your family. You are very fortunate indeed.

              Thank you so much for the advice on how to get through this. I will pass it on to my son and daughter in law. They have been doing really well so far but sometimes a little advice is very much appreciated.

              We are just starting out on this very long path of healing our Carver and know it will be difficult. We know it will take a lot of faith and help from family to get through this.

              We have said many, many prayers over this last year and I do believe that is why we were able to make it so far without a breakdown. That and the help of our extended family.

              You sound like an amazing person with a super loving family.

              Josiah is a very lucky young man.

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              • Thank you for sharing all of this & for your encouragement. You mentioned Housekeeping twice, & that reminded me of when Josiah was in the ICU post Transplant. My parents were visiting & my dad & one of the Housekeeping guys struck up a conversation about football (& it seemed to be super enjoyable to them both).

                I later encountered the same staff changing trash bags in the “nourishment room” & thanked him for speaking with my dad. I said that he may not have realized it but he was part of ministering to my family during a time of intense stress. He actually said he’d really enjoyed their conversation & my dad was like the coolest person up there at that time.

                It’s amazing how sometimes even these little things can almost make or break your day or your spirit. I’m so glad that Carver & your family can be in a place filled to capacity with caring people…which helps to make this difficult journey that much more bearable. Blessings!

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                • Thank you valeriecurren for this wonderful story. Your dad sounds like a great guy. We have had a good couple of days here and now Carver is ready to go home for a week. Then back up here for more chemo. Those are the worst days because we can not explain to him what is going on and he can not tell us exactly where or how it hurts. So we all just hope for the best. I hope your Josiah is well and happy and that you will have a good weekend. We will continue with our prayers for your family, Josiah and Josiah’s medical team.

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                • So glad Carver & all of you get to go home for a while! Josiah’s having some struggles so we’ll know more after speaking with his doctor this morning. Thanks so much for those precious prayers!

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                • you are more than welcome for the prayers and I hope things start to improve for Josiah, I really do. Prayers for him and your family and Josiah’s medical care givers are always in our hearts.

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                • Thank you so much. How is Carver & the family adjusting to life on the home front? Sometimes being at the hospital long term makes me feel like I live on adrenaline & don’t know how to live a “normal” life (whatever that means). Hope you all enjoy a lovely weekend!

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                • Thanks…he’s seemed to enjoy being at U of M, but then it is our “home away from home”…

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          • This is a website that has been helpful to me periodically over the years, perhaps it can be a support to you or your kids?

            http://specialneedsparenting.net/

            They address special needs issues from a godly, yet real, perspective. Blessings!

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  30. bessie2003 says:

    This article is a bit long, I like how the author explains the previous Administration’s use of double-speak (white is black, black is white) in the FCC to set up the foundation for removing real freedom of the press, that in our electing President Trump this cantored Obama’s plans.

    (Wasn’t sure if ‘cantor’ should have been capitalized or not, as in when Cantor losing his re-election due to voters waking up.)

    Here is the article, from What’s Up With That, where the author presents the Lett’s net neutrality scheme as the latest rendition of climate fear mongering.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/07/27/the-battle-for-the-net-a-little-twin-of-climate-alarmism/

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  31. Lucille says:

    In my email box this a.m. from Paulie. Like I’m going to believe anything this punk says…you’ll note whose name is missing….

    “As one of our most committed conservatives, you believe in lower taxes, fewer regulations, a stronger national defense, and more economic freedom.

    That’s why we are inviting you to become a Team Ryan member by making a one-click $25 contribution and join us in standing up for these conservative values.

    We need you to join us because the left — from the media to big Hollywood donors — is intensifying its efforts to squash your conservative agenda. They’re blocking us at every opportunity and preventing us from enacting our solutions that make life better for Americans, like you.

    Just make a one-click contribution of $25 to accept a your invitation today….”

    YEAH, RIGHT! GAG ME WITH A SPOON!

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  32. Dora says:

    TCM viewers – there’s a good one on tonight.

    Them! (1954)
    Saturday, July 29 @ 06:15 PM (ET)

    I’m so glad I have nothing to do at that time. 🙂

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  33. Minnie says:

    Missing Weeper ❤️

    That’s all.

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  34. lisabrqwc says:

    I think I might have wound up in the trash bin, sorry if this ends up being a double post. It was just too good not to share on this Caturday 🙂

    The Prodigal Cat
    But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20 (NIV)

    We have two cats at our house: twin gray tabbies named Sam and Bo, adopted from an animal shelter. Our early years together were filled with lavish attention on my part and copious purring on theirs. Then, one dark and stormy October morning, the unthinkable happened.

    My husband Bill and I were headed to the airport for a predawn flight to New England. Rain was coming down in sheets as we dragged our luggage to the back door and fumbled with our umbrellas.

    When I flung open the door, Bo — the smaller, faster, more rebellious brother — appeared out of nowhere, slipped through my legs and plunged into the darkness without a backward glance.
    Suitcases forgotten, we tore after him, but Bo remained maddeningly out of reach — bounding forward, doubling back, then taking off again. Finally, we had to leave for the airport. Had to.
    I was soaking wet and inconsolable. How could I abandon poor Bo to the elements? Yes, our daughter-in-law would arrive at our doorstep in a couple of hours. Yes, Bo would no doubt take shelter in the nearby bushes and be safely back inside the house before our plane landed in Boston.

    But what if he got lost? Got hurt by another animal? Got hit by a car? My stomach was tied in knots, thinking of the terrible possibilities.

    Phone calls and text messages flew back and forth. Our grown children put a rescue operation in motion. Sympathetic friends on Facebook offered suggestions: “Put his food bowl outside.” “Put his litter box outside.” “Put your pajamas outside.” Apparently the familiar scents were meant to woo him home.

    Nothing worked. When we returned from our trip and still no Bo, my heart grew heavier. Was anyone feeding him, caring for him? Or was Bo starving to death, alone and shivering, far from home? Meanwhile, Sam wandered from room to room, searching for his lost brother, his mournful meow adding to my guilt.

    After 12 long days, I stood on our back steps, prepared to try one last suggestion: “Go outside at midnight when the air is still and call out his name.” So I did, as loudly as I could, not caring if our neighbors thought I was daft. “Bo!”

    Then I heard it. The faintest meow.

    “Bo!” I cried out. Another plaintive meow. Like a mother who knows her baby’s cry, I knew this was my cat. Knew it.

    I hurried across our backyard, calling his name, so agitated that I forgot about our back fence until I nearly fell over it. “Bo!” I shrieked, thinking he might come to me. But, no. The same sad meow was still a hundred feet away.

    Minutes later, armed with a cat carrier and a bowl of food, I opened the back gate and tiptoed across the grass toward a dark shape beneath our neighbor’s deck. When Bo meowed again, but didn’t budge, I shook his bowl, hoping the sound and scent would coax him out. He extended one tentative paw. Then another.

    The second he got close enough, I threw my arms around him, stuffed him in the cat carrier, and ran back to the house, my heart in my throat. My dear boy wasn’t dead; he was alive! He wasn’t lost; he was found!

    I watched him dart around our brightly lit kitchen, tears of joy and relief pouring down my face, and thought about our heavenly Father, who’d once watched my own escape into darkness. He, too, had waited. Called my name. Came looking for me, knowing I was too scared to come to Him. Wrapped His arms around me and carried me home.

    It’s the same with the story Jesus told of the prodigal son in Luke 15:20, “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

    Just as Bo is a changed cat — he comes whenever I call and lets me scratch his head for hours — I am definitely a changed woman. When God calls, I come running, knowing His love alone has tamed my rebel heart.

    Lord, Your love for us is endless, Your patience with us is boundless, and Your willingness to save us is beyond understanding. Thank You for pursuing us, rescuing us and welcoming us home. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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    • The Tundra PA says:

      Yes, amen indeed. Thank you so much for that story, lisa. I have a similar one, involving my much beloved and long gone Red Kitty, who returned to me just as you describe with Bo. The prodigal parallels of Red’s return to me, and my return to the Lord (after 30 years of wandering in the spiritual wasteland of secular humanism) had never occurred to me. Thank you so much for that!

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    • M. Mueller says:

      Wonderful. Thank you. I, too, have been that cat.

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    • “Just as Bo is a changed cat — he comes whenever I call and lets me scratch his head for hours — I am definitely a changed woman. When God calls, I come running, knowing His love alone has tamed my rebel heart.

      Lord, Your love for us is endless, Your patience with us is boundless, and Your willingness to save us is beyond understanding. Thank You for pursuing us, rescuing us and welcoming us home. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

      Thank you for this beautiful way to remember & personalize the biblical tale. Priceless!

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  35. BigMamaTEA says:

    Gee, why am I not surprised?!!

    “Michael Brown’s Parents BRAWL at Dedication of Ferguson Empowerment Center — Police Forced to Step In ”

    https://www.teaparty.org/michael-browns-parents-brawl-dedication-ferguson-empowerment-center-police-forced-step-254970/

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  36. czarowniczy says:

    Not enough provocative non-PC conversation today, thought I’d toss a shovel full of compost in.
    Noted the big boo-Hoo story of a Georgetown University beating itself up over selling its slaves wee over 170 years ago when doing so was legal. Now there’s a move to give the legally owned/sold slaves’ descendants either a break in tuition or a freebie education.
    Geez, here I am a Slav descendant, root word of slave, and after centuries of Western Europe sucking up my progenitors for labor I get bupkis. My grandfather and his family were slaves of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, his paperwork shows him and his sisters born in Austria, not Poland. I can’t even get a free beer in Vienna, never mind a free education in an Austrian university.
    Where’s that Slavic Grievance Industry when ya really needs ’em?

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    • Lucille says:

      That’s pretty Johnny-come-lately to the cause for Georgetown.

      Hey, if the Alumni Association plus various and sundry contributors want to foot the bill beyond the expenses and financial assistance students get from the federal government hand-out, go at it. I doubt it will earn them any points on the Day of Judgement, however, having long since shelved their true commitment to the Gospel.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Hey, I don’t care about them, I want some free stuff, I’m entitled through centuries of endemic European Intra-racism. Gimme a minute and I’ll be back with my bucket…

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  37. JAS says:

    Only in America! Seeing private citizens do this gives me goose bumps. Oshkosh air show 2015. I started the video at ~4.30 because it is a long video. We have so many great people in this our country.

    Makes me so proud AND humble that I was blessed by being born an American!

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  38. Johnny Bravo says:

    Guys, how do I get to ‘like’ a certain moment/pos?

    I’m embarrassed to say I’ve been on hear for a goood while and I still can’t fathom it out!

    Thanks in advance👍

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      You have to be signed in to WP and then you click on the blue star nbeside the “like”. LOL If you have already done that and it didn’t work, I don’t know what else to tell you. Except, sometimes people complain that it just quits working for them.

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  39. Lucille says:

    “Legal loophole means Muslim cop who killed unarmed woman may never face criminal charges”
    July 29, 2017 3:04 PM By Robert Spencer
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/07/legal-loophole-means-muslim-cop-who-killed-unarmed-woman-may-never-face-criminal-charges

    Amazing how far gone Minneapolis is. Liberal in the first place, now they are full dhimmi leftie. Hopefully the good guys in the homicide division will continue to do their jobs and obtain enough evidence that will prevent the above scenario from occurring.

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  40. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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