Sunday, July 25, 2010

Paying it Forward

It's Sunday and a day for some serious pondering.

I wanna believe that there is such a thing as karma. I wanna believe that people going thru really tough/horrible times either deserved them or elected to have that experience for some sort of learning they needed so that they can evolve to a higher spiritual level. I wanna believe that there is some sorta logic in this Universe and World. I really wanna believe.

I really couldn't handle the idea that it is just a random FU that some people are getting or a repeated FU that others seem to get.

I do spend a considerable amount of time pondering this concept and probably one of the reasons I work in Karma City. Probably not too many other places where you can work to study karma better than a jail. Many who find themselves in the joint haven't done anything more than what many others have done. When I see my patients, I do delve in, way past what I really just need to know to treat my patients. I want them to teach me. I want to understand. I often want to help them improve their karma.

The other day I was talking to a youngster, who I thought had lots of potential. He was only 17 so I certainly hope there was some potential there. After we talked, I saw some lights come on. One of my nurses, who usually doesn't give a big damn, was standing right outside the door, easedropping. When he left, she told me that she thinks I might have gotten somewhere with this one. I told her I hoped that I've gotten somewhere with more than just this one. I told her that, if I can only make a slight difference in just one in a thousand, it was worth my effort. And maybe I'm paying some dues. Whether I'm paying it forward, sideways or back, I wanna pay my dues. I would hate to be in arrears.

I loved that little movie titled "Paying it Forward". That's the best way to go. This would be such a great world if we would all just "pay it forward". And, as I mentioned a little while back, I heard some psychics say and I've seen for myself, that the turn around time for karma seems to be coming pretty fast these days. Just a little observation. Keep it in mind.

161 comments:

Carol said...

And I want to thank you guys for helping me stay on the straight and narrow. Ya know there were some things I really didn't want to do, didn't think I had the time or energy. Y'all helped kick me in the butt. Y'all were my insurance. Thank you!

Carol said...

And another thing I wanna believe....that we don't discount or negate any good karma we might get if we whine about what we are having to do to get that good karma. Nahhhh.

Carol said...

And Solar, since you hold the rule book, you might want to look this all up. After learning that you are a Leo, I guess we didn't have any other choice but to let you keep the rule book, huh? Ya don't want to fight the lion. Is it good "to be King"?

To help you with this responsibility:

We are One!

You can dance while you listen.

Carol said...

Did anyone catch the NBC nightly news the last three days? They had a story about the pets that had to be abandoned due to the oil spill crisis. I didn't see the first two stories but a friend told me that three days ago they aired the problem on the news. Last night I did see where many people from around our country came to the rescue of the animals. It was a tear jerker. Many of these pets are going to wonderful families. Those families are paying it forward.

Chloe said...

"people going thru really tough/horrible times either deserved them or elected to have that experience for some sort of learning they needed so that they can evolve to a higher spiritual level."

Can't agree with that one Carol. Sometimes stuff just happens. Thinking that someone is just getting what they deserve - even when it's truly horrible - seems as though there would be huge amount of guilt owed to these people. There's a simple fact of life that bad things sometimes (unfortunately) happen to good people, and I certainly don't think those people should feel responsible or guilty about that.

For instance, if someone lost a child, would you want to tell them that they deserved it, or chose it to learn something? Some things are just beyond our understanding. Somethings we have no choice, but to accept. To try to apply some kind of feeling of personal responsibility to the most 'horrific happenings' makes no sense whatsoever - especially when true evil or unbearable pain is involved.

Pondering is important, but we can't legitimize everythng that happens. All we can do is work on our own response to it. Deal with it, get through with it, learn from it, then move on.

It's wonderful you're trying to help those guys at work. It's not mystical, what you're trying to teach them. - it's logical. It's 'cause and effect'. You're helping them correct some faulty thinking, and in doing so, you/they can change their whole life.

The way we think, the things we think about, not only affect us personally, but they affect the whole world (directly or indirectly). Therefore, I think it's our personal responsibility to do the right thing - always. Not because of Karma or anything beyond our reach. Not because we're required to, but just because it feels good to do the right thing.

I have no doubt that when we expect good things, they are much more likely to happen. I have no doubt that each of us is writing the script as we go, and we need to keep that in mind, and give the things we believe and live by: constant consideration. To know there's help out there, but no one to pass the buck to.

I believe these things..... be careful what you wish for, you just may get it. Be careful what you worry about too much, you may make it happen. Go with the flow. Do what feel's right.

We have to take responsibility for where we are, what we do, and not try to pass that responsibility (blame) on to something or someone we have no control over. Once we do that: 'pass responsibility to another', then we've lost control of the one thing we were given - our life.

No matter what the spiritual world is up to out there, those of us alive right now have to deal with reality. That's our job while we're here. Cause and effect is a pretty obvious thing, and usually predictable. Reality is reality, and it's important we understand that, or else we'll end up beating our head against a wall. We have to work with what's real, because we're real.

Chloe said...

... Oh boy. I don't know where all that came from, but it was draining. Now I'm tired again.

Have a great day everyone!

Carol said...

Chloe, you can chose to believe what you want to believe and your truth is your truth. My truth is my truth. And I believe that we do create our own truth.

Carol said...

And it seems that your truth is not that far from my truth but you just take a different path to getting there.

Chloe said...

"your truth is not that far from my truth but you just take a different path to getting there."

Yes, I know - that's what I've always believed. We come out in the same place.

Carol said...

A child who comes to us and has to leave early was still a gift. Even in a very short time, they can teach us all something. Look at that little fellow, Mattie Speptanek that Oprah and Larry King had their shows. He was a great teacher for all of us.

I chose to see the two months of my unsuccessful pregnancy as a message to me that I didn't have time for just one, I had many children to help raise.

Chloe said...

I didn't know about that Carol. I am so sorry that you went through that kind of pain.

Carol said...

And I did say, this is all something I wanna believe....

Chloe said...

I've always told you what a nurturing person you are. I agree, you've had many children to help raise.

Everything is where it has to be (for a reason). You've done the right things Carol.

Carol said...

Yes Chloe, pondering can wear you out!

Chloe said...

"I did say, this is all something I wanna believe...."

How many times have you heard me say to others over at TM (there were many, in case you missed them) that we can disagree on something, and both still be right.

I still completely believe that.
I wasn't breaking down what you had to say, I was just going on to talk about my version of things. I said I didn't know where all that came from. You did me a favor this morning too, by writing your post. I learned something.

Chloe said...

- mostly about myself.

Carol said...

You are a great teacher for me Chloe! You all are. You are my angels.

Chloe said...

- yep, it wore me out. Now I have to get back to reality, and fix breakfast and start my day.

Chloe said...

...I agree, everyone here is great. You're a great teacher to us all Carol.

Carol said...

Did ya like that little Lion King song? When I heard it, it reminded me of what Solar often says. We are one!

Carol said...

And it has a great dance rhythm. I was dancing while I listened to it. I had not heard it before this morning.

Carol said...

And I feel your pain, Chloe.

Carol said...

And when I said I hoped that some people getting their karma might have deserved it.. I'm referring to someone like the bad people who were involved in this BP mess. I'm hoping for a big kick in the ass for them.

Carol said...

Anyone up for breakfast. I made my wonderful spinach, garlic, cheese(feta and other cheeses) quiche, topped with bacon. It's more than I can eat. Of course, cantaloupe on the side.

Coreen said...

Big breakfast!...together with a philosophical
discussion...

not much into karma & such...as you already
know...but happy to read/listen to all your thoughts...

jan said...

Carol, a most thoughtful post. and

Chloe, a thoughtful response.

You both give me much to think and reflect on this beautiful morning. I don't have anything to add to your discussion at the moment.

We are having some great weather here now. Our high today is supposed to be 72-73 and we are promised some well-needed rain. I am going to spend some time outside. I want to walk.

One of my favorite books that speak to your discussion this morning is "The road less Traveled" by Scott Peck. John went to a presentation by Peck several years ago and he says he was transformed just listening to Peck. The book has had an influence on my life. I have read passages in it several times over the years and each time it speaks to me in a different way.

Out of what you both have said to me this morning, I would just like to comment that I have found through the years that following my own path and not one that someone else seems to think I need to follow is the best way for me. I do agree with what Chloe said in that I need to think about decisions in a way that I have to do what I think is the "right" thing to do each time. No matter what we do in the world and what decisions we make, some things just happen.

I am thinking of the 17 year old girl in California who was killed by some pervert in the past week or so. She just happened to take a shortcut from school through a more isolated area and for that decision she was killed. This reminds me so much of the book and movie, The Lovely Bones. Certainly God did not will for this to happen. The only one at fault was the guy who did this.

jan said...

Well, I guess I did have some comments to make on the discussion LOL.

jan said...

Carol, I always like hearing about your work and the experiences you have with the people you see and give nursing care to. I think you have some great influence on their lives. Please keep telling us about what you do and what you are thinking about these experiences.

Carol said...

And I want y'all to know that I do realize that life ain't likely to be what I want to imagine it to be, but.....I'll continue digging thru all the poop, trying to find that pony.

Carol said...

And I am not putting God in charge of this either. God may be just "watching us".

I realize that my entire nightmare at work is of my own creation. I created it because of my need to be needed and to be wanted. Kinda backfired on me.

Carol said...

Thanks Jan.

Carol said...

Off to catch up on chores

Carol said...

Today's Daily Word. I need to send a donation.

"Guided by Love
I am guided by the love of God.
I am immersed in the flow of God's love that continually guides and blesses me. It is my guiding presence, strengthening me in mind and body and helping me be a greater expression of peace and love in the world.

Just as a leaf effortlessly flows along on a river, gently floating around and over any obstacle in its path, I effortlessly flow along on the river of life. As I relax and allow myself to be guided by the love of God, I experience the gentle peace of knowing that regardless of appearances, I am being divinely led along the path of life that is right for me. Led by the love of God, I learn the lessons I am meant to learn and reach the spiritual understanding that only I can experience for myself."

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.--Proverbs 4:23

Seems a little appropriate for me today. No matter how much I kick and scream, I'm where I'm suppose to be, for me.

Chloe said...

"I want y'all to know that I do realize that life ain't likely to be what I want to imagine it to be"

What you said there Carol, just struck me as such a sweet, caring, knowledgeable, accepting (geez, I can go on, but I can't find the exact adjective -maybe even innocent) statement.
I just know, it put a smile on my face. You are so likable!

Chloe said...

You too jan! Your comment was so meaningful. I remember that book, but can't remember much about it. I'll check it out.

Chloe said...

"I created it because of my need to be needed and to be wanted."

This one Carol, I don't think so. I think you're selling yourself short. Just because you're a giving, caring person, and when someone is like that, then others are likely to take advantage -- sure doesn't mean you've done these things for selfish reasons. You may have a problem setting limits - who doesn't? You'll work it out, but in the mean time I think you should cut yourself some slack. You've done a good thing on your job, and I really don't think it's because you wanted them to like you. I think you've done it for all the right reasons.

We all get in over our heads from time to time, and that's what tells us when it's time to make adjustments. It just takes us a while to straighten it out, that's all.

Carol said...

You're too nice Chloe and you give me too much credit for just doing things because they are the right thing to do. Much of my behavior, even though I do have noble motives, is also to be liked and to get along and maybe, a little fear that I'm getting older and still need to be needed. In the world these days, experience isn't always valued like it should be, because there are too many who don't care. We just have to look at our current political climate to see that. How often do the good guys win??? Will Elizabeth Warren win??

Carol said...

And Chloe, that just reminded me....I bought some more of those chocolate covered grahams yesterday. I just remembered so I went and got me one. Yummy.

Carol said...

And there's nothing nobel about those, stick it right on your ass, grahams. Just good eating.

Coreen said...

Still working on those choc. grahams I see...

And after an hour+ rain delay the NYY are still playing, now ahead 12-5, but the event that everyone was waiting for...Alex hitting #600, did not happen since though he was at bat with the bases loaded, bottom of the 8th, 1 out....the freakin KC pitcher hit him in the elbow & hand!!!....they took Alex out of the game...

No update yet on how serious the injury may be...

Carol said...

I was bathing baby girl in the kitchen sink today. (I'll understand if you don't want to eat over here anymore) I bought some of that "no more tears" shampoo. Maggie was rambunctiuos. We were both all wet. I got to the place where I needed to apply the shampoo so I flipped the top and squeezed but nothing came out. They had that little safety seal on the inside. Now, when did you ever see that on your big people shampoo before?? I guess it was there because it was for babies and they wanted to protect them. How many babies do you know are going to shampoo their own hair. I had to hold the little tiger with one hand and get that stupid little protective seal off with the other. It involved using a knife. Having to use a knife to get that little safety seal off, while holding your baby, ought to be more of a safety issue than protecting the baby shampoo from coming out before you want it to. Oyee!

Carol said...

Gosh Coreen, I hope they didn't put him out indefinitely. Maybe it was on purpose.

Coreen said...

About Elizabeth Warren...today's NYT editorial
in support...

The last sentence says it best...
"The banks don't oppose Ms. Warren because she
doesn't get it. They oppose her because she does."


Elizabeth Warren

Carol said...

Or Coreen, does A-Rod have some bad karma coming?? Who was the last person he screwed over? I bet he's done a lot of that....literally! Just kiddin. LOL. Place a smiley face here.

Coreen said...

Maggie doesn't like bath time I take it...

Carol said...

Re: Elizabeth Warren....you betcha Coreen.

Carol said...

Maggie's not used to being in a kitchen sink. She might be worried that she's what's for dinner.

Coreen said...

And if you want here's some posts on a bankruptcy blog where Elizabeth Warren used to write from some of her friends...
Credit Slips...Where's the beef

Carol said...

BP will be posting a big profit this year, just slightly lower than same time last year even though their stock has lost half it's value. Interesting.

Also heard a rumor that Tony may be stepping down. Maybe this mess is cutting into his yachting time or it's too much s--- for a kazillion nickels.

Carol said...

For you Solarman. I think this may get your goat. Do you have a goat?

Today I was listening to C2C on my Iphone while mowing. I was listening to a show that aired on Friday night. Art Bell, the original host of C2C, was interviewing Peter Ward, a Professor of Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, and Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington in Seattle.

They were talking about global warming and Art asked the Prof what could we do to stop this before it is too late and he said one thing we can do is to slow population growth. A large population is a big part of the problem with global warming.

They were then discussing how the Catholic Church still won't allow birth control. The Catholic Church seems more concerned with keeping their churches full, and the offerings flowing in than protecting our planet from destruction. I know that their excuse is.. that we shouldn't interfere with a potential life but what about the lives of all of the people on this planet??

I wonder how much hate mail the two of them are going to get from that program.

Carol said...

Shirley Sherrod has become an overnight sensation. You go girl!

She had to wade thru lots of poop but she might have found her pony and she is familiar with farm animals, being raised on one.

jan said...

Just thought I would check in. I don't have anything to add to the conversation. Been out all day and not taking in any news. Its raining here - yaaaay!

Carol said...

I called SF tonight and while talking with him, asked him if he got to go to church. That is something he feels is very important to him and I wanted to know if anyone brought him. He told me yes, he went yesterday afternoon. He then asked if I went and I said, yes, to the Church on the Big River. He said, you didn't go to church and I again said, yes, the Church on the Big River. I told him it wasn't just a weekend thing, it was an everyday thing. I told him God didn't just hang out in church. He didn't get it.

Tonight, I came across this article on Huff Post:

Finding God After Leaving Religion

Carol said...

Coreen, I'm happy to hear that A-Rod didn't break anything. Getting hit by one of those fast balls has gotta hurt. He said he'd be back tonight. I'd like to watch him break that record but unless it would come on Fox, which is rare, I can't. I can only watch some animated thingy on the Yankee's website.

The beginning of football season is coming. Our Saints first preseason game is not far away. I think they play the Patriots. Would I normally be excited?? No, but now we got a champion team. Gotta be excited now. I slept last night in my Saint's champion t-shirt. No special reason, just a random selection.

I wonder what kind of team that Alabama has this year. I wonder if they have anything going for them this year. Heard their gonna be really weak this year. Hmmmm, I wonder if we know anyone who might know the answer to that question. And I wonder if that person might come out of hiding if the right bait was offered? I'm just wondering. I haven't been fishing lately but I do like to fish.

Carol said...

I read where Hawaii will offer it's homeless a free tent and plane ticket to get outta town. That sounds kinda unethical.

You know homeless people may not have a home but they aren't stupid. It's takes some intelligence to be homeless and survive out there. I really don't think a homeless person would opt outta Hawaii. If I had to be homeless, I can't think of a better place to be.

Chloe said...

"If I had to be homeless, I can't think of a better place to be."

Who wouldn't! That's probably why they have a big problem there (bigger than we realize). People come, but don't want to leave.

jan said...

Carol, good article on religion. I discovered this myself a couple of years ago. I think church are more of a social institution. But I completely agree they are self-serving for the most part. I, for one, am tired of having to pay taxes when churches do not.

jan said...

Poor Hawaii LOL. We have a big homeless population. Like you said Carol, many of the homeless do not want anything but to live on the street.

jan said...

"Who wouldn't! That's probably why they have a big problem there (bigger than we realize). People come, but don't want to leave."

Chloe, I can't think of a better place to be homeless

Ivy Green said...

Hey Y'All:

Sorry guys. The "hiding person" has been tres busy trying to squeeze in every last minute of fun with soon-to-be departed Miss Grad School (MGS). Sadly, I must leave her behind for almost two weeks as it is for a trip with Hubs to Denver. I may have some down-time in our hotel while Hubs is out on the links.

I have no idea what to expect from the Crimson Tide. I will probably get a better idea once the Monday Night Gals reassemble after Labor Day. All I can say is Nick Saban has a worried look on his face. But then, Nick Saban always has a worried look on his face.

MGS got me hooked on HBO's vampire soap "True Blood." Anybody else watching it? Set as it is in the swampy Louisiana town of "Bon Temps," and other sweaty parts of Mississippi and Alabama, it feels downright homey. lol

Solar said...

Carol,

Yes we are one, with a little correction.

Just like the stuff that make up the stars, the same scenically chemicals that they and Mother Earth has, we have.

We go thru the same process (photosynthesis) that the plants trees, animals go through. we all need the Solar ( thats me) energy that the sun gives us all. and we will all perish when the Sun-Star dies out.

So when i started out on my quest to find out why 90% of religious people are not religious at all...they are just in need to believe that some others can help them sort out their problems, thru kneeling down and praying to a God that if he actullly exists,

like they describe him in the bible, Greedy, Lustful, Anti-women, vengeful, mean, etc, etc, I found out there is certainly a god...a man made one to keep people in line by using fear, the fear of the Lord, and to not be able to live, after we die......

I found out studying the other sciences that it just can't be possible...there might be a god, but he would not be such a small one that was invented, he would not be looking over our ( what happened to freedom to chose) shoulders 24/7...if this god does exist...tell him to let me alone with a little bit of privacy.......looking over my shoulder when im in the bathroom was always a waste of time imo.......

So I am not against folks that believe in there is god that was handed down from one religion, to the others, and then used to form tax free heavens (havens Ha.!)

And since we are all made of this god stuff that I speak about...we definitely are all IT...we are all bits, and pieces of the one...of God.....what does that make us out to be......We are "IT" we are all the ONE....

Tying all of this with your need to be liked, and accepted, just like all living things ….and how we should treat one another, passing it forward:

All living things have the innate morals that were/are needed for the human survival, it was a must for tribes to care for one another, and for animals,, the wolves, are once example of this..as are some birds species……and our cousins, the other apes. The problem is that now we have out grown the need to be as kind to one another as we are supposed to…..we have over populated this planet so much that this innate trait is well hidden in the ones that take advantage of other…..so there for we must fight them, tooth and nail; for the rest of the others….

That is why ( your other question) was invented way before there was ever an organized religion……..The Golden Rule……of treating others as you would have them treat you…..this is all that is needed for us to be civil to one another no?

Here is the thing, and why I talk against organized religion….and anger some of you sometimes……think about any problem in the world t hat we have….and research it…..the bottom line will be , that religion will be-behind this problem….and religion is used to manipulate, govern the populations of the world….it is a government power on to its own……

When any peoples, past or present goes to war…it is b/c of religion..the little people that is. The powerful the government does not…they go to war for more power ( sometimes in defense of country-which I agree with) or the energies of the ones that they want to take their lands from…this is mostly done for Greed using the cover of God, and country…

We must all “Pass It Forward” because there is definitely no good Karma that the greedy shits will give to us…just the opposite..they need us to not pass the good will forward…they need to divide us and keep talking about “IN Groups” and the “out Groups”….

Solar said...

The problems that we have now imo are nothing compared with what is ahead for those groups that are not in the in group……If we don’t wake up to what organized religion does to us all. The laws that have been passed to allow huge take over’s, “Consolidations” are the real problem…these laws let the corps make all of the rules…..they are going for world consolidation and it is the “Big Race” between a few countries…..the wars in the pak area, and other places, are just pieces of the huge chess game that is going on…..it at the same time very fascinating to me, as well as scary, b/c of what is doing to the innocents….the pawns are just a cover for the Bishops, that are in ca-hoots with the confesses ( the rooks) of all other countries, to take over their counties (the Queens) so we can put our own puppets ( in charge, the Kings..like Saddam, Karzi etc.)….there are going to be only a select few countries that will be able to play in the big game of chess……..

And yes it is not in the churches best interest to curb the world populations…..they are in a race to see how many of them they can convert to their own side…….that is the nature of wanting to be liked, (for most) and needed it is innate in us to follow a strong leader, and want to dress like them, act like them, and speak like them….that is why most of us are sheep, or the goats that U spoke of…goats on and island of grass, until we eat all of it, and start to eat each other……so don’t worry …you are one ( as is all of you ) of the 20% ers that are not goats, or sheep’s……yes only the strong survive…but we need to pass it forward, so we can……..just the way it is.!!!

Solar said...

Ivy,

Sorry honey, I didn't see you sneak in.:)), It was a long post, and did not want to lose it.!

We all missed U.!!

Solar said...

Ivy,

I have always loved to see, read, about Vampires.! Used to love the Anne Rice books...even her book "The Mummy" no not my Momy, the mummy. I also have many other writers...I used to love reading these to go to sleep, instead of getting up to get some warm milk.....i drank a little "Red"........but chilled...don't like nothing hot, cept coffee.....hey I never tried a little blood in my coffee....will be right back....

Solar said...

Forgot....I don't watch regular tv....and am surprised that Im not interested in watching the new way that they portray Vamps...

Solar said...

Sorry about that...looks like I took over the swamp.......Ivy please go on and tell us what U have been doing...i will shut up for a while....

Ivy Green said...

Solar,
At the airport now...getting ready to fly away...hope you had a Happy Birthday...sorry I missed it...I have been hit-or-miss lately...more misses than hits...don't worry, once MGS moves to Oregon, I will have so much time on my hands I won't know what to do with it...lol

Solar said...

.....having problems with my pc again.!

I got to talk to Ivy....you didn't.....................

Solar said...

Oh yeah Carol, about it must be good to be King, u have that right.....thats in the rule book, only one Leo the Lion at a time....I don't make this stuff up as I go along U know....just the way it was written, let it be law...............

Carol said...

I do understand the rules Solar even though I never got to see the book.

Yes, you did get to talk to the Ive Solar but who threw out the bait that caught that little fish this morning. One thing you can always count on is.....throw out that Alabama football bait and it will always bring in those fish. Roll Tide! He He.

Carol said...

Still waiting for my answer from the Coreenenski, that little Russian lady we know. I know her favorite bait also. I think there is also this big bad cat daddy that I finally pulled in this morning.

Solar said...

Maria are U talking to me again?....

Jack over at tm made me laugh just know...he did not wash his hands after handling hot peppers....I said:

U should know that by now.!!...hahahaaa

He is awlays talking about how he likes to make simple meals taste good, so it told him:

I had some cheap salsa in a bottle that I didn't want to throw out...so I cut up a steak into small pieces, and put them in a frying pan....let them cook until they burned a little took them out and mixed in the salsa...( i took the cooked steak and put it on the side)

with t and scrape it bottom of the pan,.....put that aside...cut up some grape tomatoes, and unions, a bell pepper...and sauteed them, put back the steaks and the salsa.....heated some corn tortillas.....mmmmmm Pogo would love this.!!

Coreen said...

What did I miss that you asked....

The team is on YES tonite playing Indians at
Cleveland...game about to start...Alex is in
the lineup sooo we will just have to see...
mind you I had to listen to the anti-yankee
crew on sportstalk radio today whining that it
doesn't matter if he hits 600, since he took
steroids...you know what...I could care less!!!
Go Alex...

Carol said...

Solar, I learned the hard way about those peppers. Now I wear surgical gloves to cut them and take out the seeds. I like to stuff them with a cream cheese, onion, and garlic mixture, top them with a small piece of bacon and put them on the gas grill for about an hour, on low. I make the best grilled poppers. They're a hit down here. We like that hot stuff.

The entire time I'm cutting them up, it's like someone sprayed the room with that pepper spray. I cough up a storm. I clean out all my air passages.

Carol said...

Coreen, I guess I'll try to keep an eye on that animated NYY BB site to see if the Rodster does it tonight. Who is the Rodster dating now??

Carol said...

Solar, even washing your hands doesn't work well after handling those peppers.

Coreen said...

A mystery for C2C?....

Could this be possible, would be wonderful if mother nature is doing the job, since we humans are such screw-ups....let's hope the disappering oil is gone not just lurking ready to kill more marine life & shatter lives on shore...

BP oil spill: clean-up crews can't find crude in the gulf

Carol said...

Coreen, that prof on C2C said the other night that the really thick, yukky stuff sunk to the bottom of the Gulf. That dispersant broke up the other into small droplets where it couldn't be picked up. I wouldn't get too excited, too soon. They just hid it and poisoned the Gulf with that dispersant.

Coreen said...

But hopefully mother nature will fool everyone
& take care of her own when we sure have not...

Carol said...

But I'm sure God is doing everything she can.

Carol said...

The oil blob will be out looking for Tony, in his yacht, just when he least expects it.

Coreen said...

And that was a creepy movie way back when...The Blob...who was the lead in that...why am I thinking a young steve mcqueen?....

Noticed somewhere he may be going to the BP venture with the russians...

Before I forget...check out today's Bing picture....

Bing

Carol said...

That's a beautiful owl. Great surprise.

Carol said...

Coreen, your Yanks game is already in the 6th inning.

Coreen said...

Thought you would like that pic Carol..didn't
want to spoil the first look by telling you what it was....

The pitchers are in control so far....Vasquez
76 pitches through 6, but just gave up
a double that scored a good ahead run for the indians....& you do know that there is still
the guy banging the giant drum in the upper decks in cleveland...

and right now in Tampa, in the 6th both pitchers (detroit & tampa) are pitching no hitters.....

Carol said...

What y'all think about that Wikileaks?? Isn't it ashamed that the only way we can get the real news is for someone, a hacker at that, to set up a website, out of the country, to let us know what's really going on. We can't trust the MSM to do it, even though we can get some good stuff on C2C.

Carol said...

Shhhh! I'm watching a cartoon of A-Rod right now.

Carol said...

No banana.

Coreen said...

And a little flavor of the game...Alex grounded
out in the 7th, but at this game & all weekend
at the stadium each time Alex is at bat camera
flashes go off in the stands, like a light show...

Carol said...

And our government says it's irresponsible to let us know what's going on. We can't handle the truth. Well, we weren't born yesterday. We understand that there is a lot of s--- that goes on in war. That's why it's called WAR.

Carol said...

Sorry Coreen, didn't mean to interrupt. I'm watching the stickman cartoon game here. Does lose something in translation though.

Coreen said...

As far as the 'leaks', the NYT has pages of it, but honestly...whether the info
is 'secret' not 'top secret', as is being
claimed...don't like that some american soldier
gave it out to some entity for whatever their motive truly is..apparently nothing in the leaked info is really a 'gotcha' or changes the awful nature of war....

Coreen said...

I've seen the stick figure BB thing, but when
I check the NYY site I haven't seen it this
year, must be looking in the wrong place...

Carol said...

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2010_07_26_nyamlb_clemlb_1&mode=gameday

Carol said...

Did you find it Coreen?

Coreen said...

Thanks, just set it up in favs...it's silly
but does the trick if you are interested in
any game you can't see...

Carol said...

I looked up that vampire soap, True Blood, that Ivy talked about. I can't watch it because I don't have HBO anymore. I gave it up a while back when I got mad at Bill Maher for dissing Hillary.

Somehow I think it would only be fun to watch if I had my own MGS at home with me to watch it with.

Carol said...

Which is pretty much all the games for me Coreen. Now if they get in the playoffs....

Coreen said...

2 run homer by Granderson with Posada on base...3 to 2 Yankees...

Carol said...

I had a feeling that the Ive was busy bonding with her baby girl, baby girl grad student.

I remember the good old days when my mom and I would watch stuff on TV together, when I'd go to visit. Hey, we only had a few channels to pick from but we still had fun. We'd stay up late for some of those old movies like Three Coins in the Fountain. They weren't that old back then.

Carol said...

Ya think the Rod will do it tonight Coreen?

Coreen said...

Oh forgot Ivy mentioned 'true blood'...have watched some of them...they are based on a
book series by a woman author....pretty strange, lots of blood, creepy stuff....forgot
to watch this week's new episode, probably on
again...not committed to making sure I watch
but I do catch up on the gist of the storyline
now & then....

Just like curb your enthusiasm also on hbo...they are pretty funny, but only catch some episodes now & then....

When the Soprano's was on (at least the first couple of seasons & the finale) I watched them
didn't like when the violent scenes got more & more graphic...but did like the story line on the whole....& liked the Sex & the City series....

Coreen said...

Don't know....Alex gets at least one more shot
in the 9th....tomorrow's his 35th birthday...& I'm pretty sure he'd like to get past this
sooner than later....even if he doesn't admit
it, there must be a good amount of pressure....

Carol said...

What's an old age for a BB player?

Carol said...

When is the Pres going to nominate the person to lead the CFPB? Robert Gibbs said she would make a "terrific candidate". I wonder if that means anything? My opinion of our Pres will go up considerably if he nominates her. I might just think he's not in the pocket of Wallstreet if he does.

Carol said...

by "she" I am referring to our Liz.

Carol said...

That's it for the Rodster tonight.

Coreen said...

Don't know to either....I would think bb players in the early 40s would be getting up there...

Since I have zero confidence in Obama....I have no idea what he will do or when...isn't
he going on vacation soon...& Congress goes
on 'summer' vacation I think the first week of
August...so not some time soon I guess...

Mariano is I think 40...he's warming up for the 9th...but Mo is like not human...Let's go
Mo, we need a win since Tampa is ahead 4-0....

Carol said...

Michael Isikoff, on MSNBC, says that the initial Pentigon assessment has NOT found any clear evidence that any of these leaked documents have endangered US troops, or harmed US security or compromised any intelligence sources or methods...but the disclosure has brought to light some awkward issues in regards to elements of Pakistan's collaboration with the Taliban...( as close as I can quote with pause and type).

Coreen said...

ball game over...yankess win...

Carol said...

That was from my Dylan Ratigan program today.

Carol said...

Yeah!

Coreen said...

As far as the 'revelations'...that Pakistan
would be working against U.S. interests & aiding & assisting taliban & whoever...is surely no surprise to anyone...embarassing to have it revealed I guess...but (some here may not like this rest of this) but do you really think the Pakistanis, et al are on our side!....that slimeball that was living in CT,
they say that if the 'car bomb' had been successful the damage, destruction, & death would have been extensive...

Carol said...

Keep an eye on your neighbors Coreen. We do have some stange ones here, running all the convenience stores. Why is that? Why are they buying up all the convenience stores???

Carol said...

Always figured that one day, on cue from headquarters, they would close all those stores/gas stations, and we would be trapped like rats, without any gas to leave.

Coreen said...

You forgot...there are only 3 houses on my street, & I can see only one house from the
back yard....No convenience stores in my town!
No stores except for the 2 'general stores' a couple of orchards, 1 small restaurant (the Blue Bird Inn-really just a little cafe) that have been here forever...we have no grocery stores, only I think 2 gas stations,
no commercial development...that's why our taxes are so high....

My town does not like 'anyone'...no street lights...no one should know we are here....3 acre building lots....

Carol said...

The guy who owned my favorite quick stop/gas station down the road said he would never sell out to one of those fereners. Well quess what? He did.

Coreen said...

Hey, the outside temp is 68 degrees tonite...last night was the first time it was
below 70 for a couple of weeks....but still
too hot...high 80s for the forseeable future...

Just so you know, I'm changing my sign, but its still me...

Carol said...

You control our quick stops/gas stations and, you control us.

Coreen said...

So far, gas stations in the surrounding towns
are pretty much locally owned, young guys/kids pumping gas (remember I don't pump my own ...that is a no-no, I find self serve gas stations to have been one of the worst things to have been allowed)...I think the
picture you present is similar in some parts
of Bridgeport & the other larger cities here...

Carol said...

On Racheal tonight....Rut rho... BP is sending Tony H. to Siberia or somewhere similar, putting him in a job so dicey that his predecessor had to flee the country. Happy Trails Tony. On the lighter side...maybe the blob won't find him there. Is there good sailing in Siberia??

Carol said...

If you lived down here Coreen, you better get an electric car. Do you do your own plugging???

Carol said...

When I pump my gas, I try to hold my breath so I don't suck in any of those benzene/hydrocarbon fumes. Not too sucessful. I've thought about getting a snorkel. I also have to fill a bunch of gas tanks for the lawn equipment and boats.

Coreen said...

And the guy who was running the BP venture in Russia is the one that is here now 'overseeing' the 'cleanup'...

And have no idea what your question means...

And precisely why I despise the self serve
gas stations....smelling the gas, getting it on your hands...a terrible anti-consumer decision....foisted upon us with the joke that
you pay less....fat chance....still $3/gallon
here...

It's pumpkin time Carol...did you & magster
take your walk this evening....

Carol said...

Did Jan enjoy her rainy day? Looks like it may be a rainy week for her.

We caught a short frog strangler this evening. I like those short ones, they cool the place off.

Seattle is finally getting a heat wave.

Carol said...

Coreen, we can't walk this time of year unless we do it before the sun comes up. We'd need an ambulance to follow us.

Carol said...

My witching hour also. I'll check out C2C.

jan said...

Ivy, I am a little late, but have a good trip. You are going to be in my part of the country it seems.

Carol said...

Oh Coreen, our gas is around 2.50-2.60ish. We can pump it right outta the Gulf.

Nite Jan.

jan said...

Carol, We have had a good bit of rain, for NM. We picked up 9 y/o GD at her soccer camp this afternoon. It was raining buckets. Poor baby was soaked through. But she thought it was great fun. The streets were flooding on the way home. the water does not know where to go here. The soil does not take water in quickly. We have these drainage ditches called Arroyos and they were getting pretty full. I get really uptight when I drive in bad weather conditions - and when its over I want something with high sugar so GD and I stopped at the grocery for a donut. We got some chicken too as it was close to 5 pm. She is just like her dad - she loves donuts. Fortunately both of them are high energy and burn it off easily. Her dad has never been overweight and I doubt she will be either. She is one of those kids that loves to play outside all the time.

jan said...

Nite Carol, Nite Coreen, Nite Chloe, Nite Solar, Nite Ivy.

Chloe said...

Nite Jan. :)

Ivy Green said...

We made it to Denver in two pieces...one piece me, the other Hubs. It's actually a very nice direct flight from the 'ham to Denver. We had put Mom on the same flight when she came in May because she wouldn't have to change planes in Houston and get lost in that cavernous abyss. She'd still be wandering around that airport if we'd sent her there by herself. Not that Denver is any better.
There was a little 90-ish old lady traveling in the seats in front of us who made me laugh to think of what the flight attendants had to endure with Mom on the same flight. They took her cane away for the duration and she protested that she needed it to be able to hit people. Yes, we know, that's why we're taking it away from you. lol

The Internet service at our hotel sucks. That, plus we are here for a conference which means lots of people-pleasing, so I may not be hanging around this room as much as I thought. It could be worse - they could not be inviting me, then I would be feeling forlorn and rejected.

Coreen, if your cable service is like mine, all the HBO shows are available "on demand." I must get MGS to teach me how to use all this stuff before she leaves.

Carol said...

Hope you have a wonderful time at the conference Ivy. Hope they have some fun things planned for you.

Just getting to hear from you once a day is pretty darn cool. When y'all stay away for a while, I have a tendency to conjure up something worrisome. I'm one of those worrisome conjure uppers ya know. It's in my genes.

Carol said...

I've noticed that ever since I mentioned those subservient poses that Mika had with Joe, on Morning Joe, none of her pics since, have been subservient. It just musta been one of Mika's subservient days that I paid attention to. Maybe it was at a certain time in her hormone cycle.

Do ya think that there is a time in our hormone cycle, where we pinks, are chemically stimulated to be more subsevient. Might be a good question for you Jan.

On the local news the other day they had a short thing on this woman's motorcycle club. I only heard a little part of it but they mentioned how when we get older, our estrogen level goes down and testosterone level goes up and we start being more aggressive, more fearless.

Anyone notice that you have become more kick ass as you have gotten older? I've actually gotten more fearful. I guess I'm not quite old enough. I have noticed that many of the older women I know, like past 70, seem to drive like they own the road. Of course they also get a bigger car and more insurance. Wouldn't want to do that in a VW Bug.

Carol said...

Obama will be on "the View" Thursday. Set your TiVos.

Carol said...

Will they ask the tough questions or just kiss his ass. Guess it might depend where they are in their hormone cycle???

Carol said...

I think it is sorta silly for those pundits on the news to say..."this is what the American people want"....When did any of them ever, ever care what we wanted???

Chloe said...

"Will they ask the tough questions or just kiss his ass"

I'm sure they'll put on a good 'show'.
I don't think anything in politics is real anymore. Their m-o is 'tell them what they want to hear'. That's why I don't listen.

Chloe said...

Ivy, Glad that your trip is working out for you. I seem to remember from the past, that you've always enjoyed your trips to Colorado. Have fun!

jan said...

Carol, you are so right about the hormone thing as we grow older. Women in their reproductive years have lots more secretion of estrogen which suppresses testosterone so as they grow older and have much less estrogen production, the testosterone is not suppressed so that is why we have hair growing where we don't want it and our voices get a little lower, etc. so it stands to reason that we might be more aggressive. Men on the other hand, as they get older, have less testosterone secretion and some estrogen secretion from more fat cells making them usually less aggressive and more nurturing.

jan said...

For women in reproductive years, the hormone cycle does affect the emotions and also some behaviors. Fortunately, we learn to know our cycles and have some control over them, especially as we grow older.

It is possible that during ovulation women may be inclined to be more subservient, especially toward men. I think this is when the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone are at high levels. I would have to look that up.

jan said...

" They took her cane away for the duration and she protested that she needed it to be able to hit people."

Ivy, that is too funny.

jan said...

I would guess that for many older people, the aggression comes from some dementia.

jan said...

someone on Larry King's show last night are predicting that the repubs will try to impeach Obama after the Nov elections. They did not say on "what grounds." Poor guy, he has not had a chance.

jan said...

Ivy, I feel the same way in the big airports. I depend on the signs. That is why John hates to fly. He feels so out of control. I just figure I can find someone to help me if I get lost.

jan said...

I have been having back problems since Saturday. I had a 2 1/2 hour sewing lesson. My bobbing kept popping out of the bobbin casing and I missed out on about 1/2 of the lesson. I hated to ask the class teacher to help me so finally after not being able to take care of it myself I went out into the Bernina store and got someone to come help me with it. It was an easy solution and one I will remember. I think I got stressed and frustrated b/c I missed so much of the lesson and it caused some muscle in my back to "scrunch up." Yesterday I could hardly get out of bed but today it is some better. Does anyone else ever have back problems?

jan said...

Think I will go swim. I had some severe back pain back when I was in my 30's and that is when I started swimming to ease back pain. It works for me.

Carol said...

I thought you might enjoy this article:

Our View: Some food for thought for lazy Louisiana

I thought about protesting but that would take too much energy. Yawn...

Carol said...

Someone turn off the hose....I've gotten 2 inches of rain in just a few hours and it ain't letting up. I guess someone is trying to wake us up here. Well, at least I don't have to get my lazy ass out to water the plants.

Carol said...

And back pain Jan. It helps build our orthos some huge nice homes and offices around here. You ought to see the ortho clinics here. I haven't seen them but I heard about them. Pretty plush. Of course if you are poor....suck it up!

Carol said...

Heading to 3 1/2 inches.....Mag and I are going to put on our lifejackets soon.

Coreen said...

Trust me this story will move you...& you'll give your furbaby an extra hug...

Hero

Coreen said...

There's a blob over you on the radar...where did it come from...are you in danger of the
river rising?....says flash flood warnings
on the weathermap....

Carol said...

You're right Coreen. As soon as I can find my furbaby. She's hiding from the weather.

jan said...

Coreen, great story about the dogs.

jan said...

Carol, hope you stay dry.

jan said...

I recognize my back pain. It is an old friend from days in labor and delivery in the "knock em and drag em out" days. I am usually pretty careful and take care of my back, but last sat. I toted around my 50 lb sewing machine and let myself get stressed about the lesson. It is better today. The swimming is helping.

Coreen said...

Back pain....I keep taking my gluc/chondroitin capsules...but the pain is always there...

Jan, ouch...lugging around a 50# sewing machine...I couldn't even pick that thing up...

Carol said...

If A-Rod's gonna hit that 600 on his birthday, he better get on the stick!

Coreen said...

Not looking to good Carol...Just put a new post together, ready, set go...