Tuesday February 6th – 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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188 Responses to Tuesday February 6th – Open Thread

  1. kinthenorthwest says:

    Time to lighten up our mood

    Enjoy you all… A bit on the lighter side

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

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  3. Lucille says:

    An offshore territory of Yemen, Socotra is an archipelago of four islands located in the Arabian Sea, 150 miles east of the Horn of Africa.

    Dragon’s Blood Trees

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    • nimrodman says:

      Great photos, thx.

      There’s a book about that part of the world I like, “Hashish: A Smuggler’s Tale” by Henry de Monfreid (Penguin Classics).

      Written in the 1920s, I think, in probably already archaic vernacular made more so by translation from the original French to English. I reads clumsy and some reviewers complain about the plodding pace, but there are good descriptions of the reefs, and towns, and characters around the Red Sea at early last century.

      “Nobleman, writer, adventurer and inspiration for the swashbuckling gun runner in the Adventures of Tintin, Henri de Monfried lived by his own account ‘a rich, restless, magnificent life’ as one of the great travellers of his or any age. Infamous as well as famous, his name is inextricably linked to the Red Sea and the raffish ports between Suez and Aden in the early years of the twentieth century.

      “This is a compelling account of how de Monfried seeks his fortune by becoming a collector and merchant of the fabled Gulf pearls, then is drawn into the shadowy world of arms trading, slavery, smuggling and drugs. Hashish was the drug of choice, and de Monfried writes of sailing to Suez with illegal cargos, dodging blockades and pirates.”

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    • amwick says:

      I think I see Hobbits… just sayin’ 🙂

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    • nikkichico7 says:

      The middle picture, the trees do t look real that makesthem so awsome 😯😮😍🙂


  4. Ad rem says:

    It’s that time of year again….and they’re RUTHLESS too. SAMOAS………!!!!

    California Girl Scout Sells More Than 300 Boxes of Cookies Outside Marijuana Dispensary


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  5. andrewalinxs says:

    The USGS has released its 2018 Mineral commodity summaries report for 2017, for those who like to follow this sort of stuff here is the link:


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  6. citizen817 says:

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    • millwright says:

      The beauty of deserts lies in the subtlety of their hues and shading ! They’re an infinite series of pastels upon which God splashes the vivid colors of its flowers and plants .

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      • maiingankwe says:

        You know, for years and I mean years, I’ve been stuck when it comes to me trying to explain the beauty I see when looking on the desert. And here I go and read your post, and think dang, that’s it! Millwright got it and got it down right.
        Brilliantly done! Thank you. Can I steal it now? Kidding. Kinda. 😁. Okay, if I ever did, I’d put your name on it. Promise.
        Stay smiling,

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      • maiingankwe says:

        You know, for years and I mean years, I’ve been stuck when it comes to me trying to explain the beauty I see when looking on the desert. And here I go and read your post, and think dang, that’s it! Millwright got it and got it down right.
        Brilliantly done! Thank you. Can I steal it now? Kidding. Kinda. 😁. Okay, if I ever did, I’d put your name on it. Promise. 😇
        Stay smiling,

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  7. citizen817 says:

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    • millwright says:

      We just look at our weekly grocery bill ! We’re both seventy years old and eat less than ever, and our cart is filled the same but what was a two-digit tab a decade back has become three and pushing hard to convert that first one into a two ! Yes we eat good with a lot of fresh produce, breads, and seafood but most of our fresh meats are cheaper cuts ( or “manager’s specials ” ) and no “processed snack foods ” outside of some chips sodas. Still the tab keeps rising, so even $1K is some relief !

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      • amwick says:

        Exactly! That nice steak or roast is a special treat… We buy a lot of chicken and even turkey now…. One thing we have started “splurging” on is grapes… They have become our go to snack… A year ago we stopped buying deli meat, you know sliced ham and turkey, it just got too pricey. The good thing is that we don’t miss it at all. Our biggest expense for groceries is my husband’s scotch… *sighs ….. and beer.

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  8. patternpuzzler says:

    Looks like the predicted market correction is underway, with the DOW dropping as much as 1175 pts today. Hope it’s hit the bottom. Can anyone who does financials comment? I’m a brick when it comes to markets.

    Of course, the political wonk in me says hmmmm after it dropping 666 points (was that yesterday?). I’ll remember this day because of the phrase we’re hearing about today that “Grassley is over the target”.

    Apparently, all the gains of the last year were wiped out; I take that to mean 401Ks have dropped back to dismal again. That’s going to really hurt a whole lot of people.

    If the global elites wanted to send a message, I don’t see any more clear way to do it. It’s not like it would be the first time the markets have been manipulated.

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  9. Troublemaker10 says:

    If you see Ashley Judd at an airport …..stay away.

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    • ForGodandCountry says:

      Ha. If I see her at an airport I will make it a point to call her sweetheart to her face. Then, when she’s triggered, I’ll point out that her feme-ninny virtue-signaling doesn’t cover over the rank hypocrisy of the extreme sexism her industry promotes, nor the fact that she herself has traded on her sexuality for profit, and finish off by calling her a lunatic. Which she is.

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      • ForGodandCountry says:

        Actually, no, not really, but that is what I’d want to do! Grrrr!

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        • Pat Frederick says:

          I guess I am definitely showing my age here, but as a woman, I LOVE when a man opens doors for me, walks on the outside of the street to protect me, and generally treats me like a lady. But I am generally dismissed by the feminists because I enjoy cooking and baking–sewing and making a nice home. Apparently women should be free to be whom they want to be as long as they hate men…shaking my head….

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          • Cisco says:

            Old timer here, but the last time I opened a door for a lady, she told me this, ” I can open up my own door, thank you “.
            Well, at least she said thank you 😏
            Standing when a woman arrived at your table, pulling out a chair so she could be seated.
            In cooler weather, holding her wrap so she could put it on.
            Women aren’t helpless, but I enjoyed treating them with courtesy and respect.
            Yea, I’m older than dirt, those were the days.

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            • I would be one who would thank your enthusiastically for your kindness if you opened the door for me, I think it is genuinely a wonderful gesture! I am 55 and I appreciate chivalry, don’t expect it, but if it is shown to me, I make sure the person know it is appreciated.


              • Lucille says:

                Georgia Grace, back in the mid-60s, I worked in a hi-rise in Century City, which was developed out of the old 20th Century Fox back lot in West Los Angeles. Linkletter Enterprises had an office there and I often saw Art Linkletter’s son Jack who was around 30 at the time and uber good looking. He held the door open for me one day and told me to have a good day. I thanked him and developed an instant crush right there! LOL!

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    • Bob says:

      she needs to be dropped like a bad habit….don’t watch her movies and appearances….

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    • nikkichico7 says:

      How’d she get out of the pud pen! Dadgummit! HOWARD!! Get over here we have another one of those dissident puds loose in public again. Get her Howard, sic ‘er.

      Good boy, here’s your biscuit, good boy.


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    • skeinster says:

      My youngest went out of state to college, and when she decided to transfer back,
      she said she teared up the first time a waitress called her “baby”, ’cause she knew she was home.
      So Ms. Judd needs to stay out of TX, the Land of the Indiscriminate Endearment.

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  10. flame says:

    Did you know that Trump watching the Olympics just to find out how high the Mexicans can jump with the pole?

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  11. ForGodandCountry says:

    Anybody ever watch the old Dean Martin celebrity roasts? Here’s one of the all time greatest clips:

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  12. smiley says:

    2 stunning examples of watercolor on paper by contemporary Japanese artist, Yuko Nagayama ~ (b. 1963, Tokyo, Japan).

    sorry..I could not find the dates or titles.

    here she is, at work…


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  13. smiley says:

    The Downfall Of General Flynn

    Feb 6, 2018

    by John C. Velisek, USN Ret


    excerpts from article…

    “John Brennan was the first to bring forth the Russian meddling, and the others did the best they could to push it upon a willing media to smear the Trump administration and to relitigate the election to use the lies to force President Trump from office.”


    “…an indictment against Flynn for neglecting to remember precisely what he was alleged to have said before…It was a criminalization of foreign policy differences and a push back that the American people had rejected the Obama administration…”

    more at the link.

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  14. Dora says:

    Henri Matisse – ‘Vase, Bottle and Fruit’ (1906)

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  15. smiley says:

    80 % of LIES go UNDETECTED…!

    {shocked! shocked!! I tell you)

    how to tell if someone is lying…

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  16. 🍺Gunny says:

    Excuse me for placing this here, but I have had many thoughts thru the years and actually keep them on file named: “Thoughts”. So, my thoughts on differences between guys and men. Please excuse if not appropriate for this thread.

    A guy uses women to build his self-esteem. A man already has it.
    A guy likes to “hang out” with a woman he’s interested in. A man asks her out.
    A guy doesn’t make a move until he’s sure there’s no risk. A man is bold and clear with his intentions.
    A guy plays games with a woman. A man has no time for games because they keep him from getting to know the woman.

    A guy will become bitter and angry with a woman when she denies him. A man accepts that dating involves risk.

    A guy fears and worships woman. A man respects and adores them but fears and worships only God.

    Guys are cool and indifferent. Men are hot and passionate.”

    Just a note: I do not need a woman to build my self-esteem…It is something I already have. Also I tend to make my intentions clear and make bold decisions. .
    I do not play games and do not accept games because they keep me from getting to know a woman.
    If I am denied, I accept it…dating involves risk.

    Finally, I do not fear and worship women. I respect and adore them.

    Thanks and Bless you all.

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  17. amwick says:

    2day’s 2sday!!! Woot Woot.. Here is a novel about a pair of genius dogs… very special dogs! I read the first book and enjoyed it very much. .http://rudulutch.com/

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  18. Dora says:

    This will be the big push after abortion.

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  19. 1200 word enjoy
    Dear DNC, Mainstream Media, FBI and DOJ,

    I am confessing to the greatest political heist in history.
    Full disclosure: There is a rumor that somewhere in our family tree there is a Russian in the woodpile … so maybe soon the FBI and the DNC will come knocking and the next thing you know I’ll be on Jerry Springer revealing how I came to allow the Russian in me to influence my vote. My Ancestry DNA test was leaked to WikiLeaks so I am coming clean on this.
    I have spent evenings watching political pundits and listening to mainstream media’s revered political sages. I have spent years reading The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, National Review etc., even though they weren’t written for me. They were written for the educated; I was just too uneducated to know it. I know it now though, as I read through articles and listen to the political pundits. I look at all your contributors trying to figure out us — the common blue-collar citizen.
    Your esteemed writers and pundits ask how can we still stand behind Trump — after all he is in bed with Putin. What you don’t realize is many of the working class (not all but many) envied Russia.
    They had a strong leader who put Russia’s interests above the rest of the world’s. We wanted that too. When Putin drew a “red line,” he meant it.
    Our former president apologized for our exceptionalism; he made us conform to those seeking refuge in our country and apologize to them if we offended them. Putin told refugees that they needed to adapt to Russia — after all, they needed Russia more than Russia needed them. Yes, we longed to hear our president say those words about the U.S.
    You forgot a long time ago what we — the middle class, blue collar, fly-over folks — are even about. You got so comfortable in your elitist ivory towers that you simply did not care. You thought we were too stupid, too uneducated to even bother with.
    Never is there an article or an opinion giving voice from someone in the middle class. A truck driver, say, or a bricklayer — you know, just a person forced to struggle through the economy, the regulations, the political correctness their betters imposed on them for their own good.
    Completing this poll entitles you to The Western Journal news updates free of charge. You may opt out at any time. You also agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.
    You think we don’t know what the media was trying to do during the 2016 election by stating that the uneducated leaned toward Trump. The subliminal message that if we had a brain we would be supporting Hillary Clinton. That “white males” heavily favored Trump … as if being a white male were a bad thing? It’s not, nor is it privileged.

    Most have just tuned you out. I pay attention because on some level I am still insulted by your words, still baffled by your apparent obtuseness where it comes to what is really happening in this country and with its people. Your determination that you know better than me and millions of other workers. Unlike you I won’t say I represent the thoughts of every worker or middle-class inhabitant. You get on TV or write in your columns how Americans are tired of Trump’s antics.
    You don’t know that — but you hope if you say it enough it will be true.
    We don’t trust you — we are certainly not going to give you our true opinions for you to use against us later. We know that if we don’t give a politically correct answer you will harass us and try to make us feel like we are racist, homophobic, xenophobic, and have a host of other sordid politically incorrect mental illnesses. So, we just lie to you because you are so filled with your own superior opinions that it would never cross your mind that we wouldn’t share in them.
    After all, we remember what happened to Joe the Plumber, the bakers who wouldn’t cater a gay wedding, and others foolish enough to speak out.
    You criticize my president for not conforming to how a president should act? Not too long ago Bill Clinton was on TV talking about what underwear he wore or the fact that he had tried pot, but didn’t inhale. I won’t even talk about his innovative use of a cigar.
    Did that strike you as presidential?
    Not a peep from any pro-women group on that one, but God forbid some private locker room talk gets into the media.
    As for Trump’s behavior — his bawdy personality — that is why I voted for him. I wanted someone to come in and shake, slap and turn the political world upside down. I wanted someone to rock your world. Yes, I know I am uneducated, but lest we forget, it was the over-educated who put our country into a $20 trillion deficit. How can you claim to be so smart and so educated– graduated from Harvard, Yale, Brown, etc. … and yet destroy a perfectly wonderful country and its government?
    I do know that every time the government has given to some who didn’t earn it, it has taken from someone who has. I do know that when you force me to take money out of my paycheck because you promise you will take care of me when I retire, it’s not an entitlement.
    Give me my money back; I will invest it myself. But you can’t give it back because it isn’t there.
    My social security would have been fine if those who are so much more intelligent than I am hadn’t embezzled from the social security fund to give life to the Grand Society — otherwise known as welfare. I don’t mind giving a helping hand, but please explain to me how we have generations of families who have been on welfare? You can’t because you were blinded by your own sense of superiority.
    We the working people, the middle class, entrusted all of you — the media, the journalists, the politicians — with a perfectly good system and you screwed it up. We didn’t begrudge you your money, the sleight of hand that exempted Congress from laws you passed. We overlooked the fact that you accomplished what amounted to insider trading as you bought and sold stock based on the laws you were passing, getting filthy rich in the process. We didn’t care, as long as you took care of business.
    But you couldn’t.
    So this time, we didn’t vote for a politician. We didn’t vote for the most poetic, most diplomatic, most sophisticated — we voted for a brawler. A blue-collar, no-nonsense, rock-your-boat-and-make-your-toes-curl one-man destruction machine to take D.C. apart and put together something that works.
    The politicians, pundits and intelligentsia are so out of touch with the backbone of your own country. All of you — Republicans, Democrats, the media. In case you think you can remove Trump from office on some pretense, please remember: He was legally elected by the people of this country who believe illegals voted but don’t believe the country should be controlled by Los Angeles, New York City or Chicago.
    Trump is exactly where we want him to be, doing what we sent him there to do.
    We are the silent majority and we are taking our country back.
    Mr. Mueller, I did it: I colluded with my fellow Americans to elect Trump and pull off the greatest presidential election heist in history … the Russian in my family woodpile made me do it.
    Becca Holcomb

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  20. David says:

    This is me, your Israeli friend. It has been a while since I posted anything here but I just came across a fascinating piece of unknown Mossad history I would like to share. See below.

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  21. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”
    Psalms 40:8 (KJV)

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  22. duchess01 says:

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

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  23. quintrillion says:

    46 minute video of the history of Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria from beginnings to the present. Very enlightening of how evil this all remains; funding, names, goals etc.



  24. bessie2003 says:

    This Intellectual Froglegs video is from last month, January 5th, but – it so hits the spot for much needed laughter, refreshing the spirit after this past month of such intense revelations skimming the surface of just how dank that swamp is. Here’s the link:

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  25. nikkichico7 says:

    Paul Simon is on tour .. I believe it’s his last one, so let’s have some fun …. 😜

    and I’m sorry for the advertisement 😞😣

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  26. smiley says:

    here’s a good, succinct summary of this convoluted mess…and his take on Mueller, at this point…

    Nunes Duels The Deep State

    Feb 6, 2018

    Pat Buchanan



    “If Mueller has given up trying to prove Trump collusion with the Kremlin and moved on to obstruction of justice charges, Rosenstein moves into the crosshairs.”


  27. Dora says:

    Toward the end of his Sunday sermon, this priest from St.Paul gives such praise to our president that he brought tears to my eyes. That part begins at 10:32.

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  28. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    Happy birthday.

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  29. dbethd says:


    Closing Mouths Postmortem (Ask a Mortician)


  30. Donna in Oregon says:

    Sometimes I see treepers post memorials. I really enjoyed her books and was sorry to hear she is gone:

    Sue Grafton, 77
    authors who died in 2017 A is For AlibiBorn: April 24, 1940, Louisville, KY
    Died: December 28, 2017, Santa Barbara, CA

    “Thinking is hard work, which is why you don’t see many people doing it.”

    Sue Grafton, best known for her “alphabet mysteries,” died one letter short of completing the book series. The first of the series, A Is For Alibi was published in 1982; the latest, Y Is For Yesterday, was published August 2017, and continued the quest of the series’ female protagonist, private investigator Kinsey Millhone. Grafton got her start in Hollywood, writing screenplays and television scripts. According to her husband, Grafton knew (for years) that the final book in the series would be titled Z Is For Zero, but her battle with cancer prevented her from beginning it.

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  31. dbethd says:

    I didn’t appreciate this show growing up. I was too young to understand the humor. Now I love it.

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  32. Sepp says:

    This article linked below might be of interest to some folks here.

    “Why Young Readers Need Real Books”

    It shares excellent points about real books without being a diatribe against electronic technology.

    Although I am not a regular reader of the publication, Crisis Magazine, I do find this article worthwhile.

    (Shared from my soul-sucking smartphone.)


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  33. Lucille says:

    A Black Football Star Is Killed By a Drunk Illegal Alien. Will NFL Players Take a Knee For Him?
    MRCTV YouTube Channel


  34. dbethd says:

    First Lady Melania Trump at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital | February 5, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

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  35. Sundance & Ad.Rem – quick note: WordPress on my home desktop running Win-10 is really acting up this evening. Has anything changed during the day?


  36. duchess01 says:

    An Image of America’s Current Estate



  37. 4beagles says:

    Recently became involved in this hobby of Balsa Airplanes. Never did it as a kid so I’m learning as I work on my P-40 Flying Tiger.

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  38. 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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  39. Lucille says:

    Minnesota: Muslim who went on “Jihad in the way of Allah” stabbing spree entered US with foreign relatives
    February 6, 2018 by Robert Spencer

    But remember: if you want to end these disastrous immigration programs, you’re a racist, bigoted “Islamophobe.”


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  40. I have a way of praying the Lord’s Prayer. I use it during serious prayer sessions – when I am spending a day or more in prayer about a certain matter. It is praying the prayer, every minute, for thirty minutes. I find it to be a very intense form of meditation.


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