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This is an Open Thread / Coffee Hour. How are you doing today? What is for dinner? What is on your mind? All topics of conversation are welcome. If you are new to Street Prophets please introduce yourself in the comments below. Do you have a story about the "final straw" you would like to share with our readers?

The idiom the straw that broke the camel's back is from an Arabic proverb about how a camel is loaded beyond its capacity to move or stand. This is a reference to any process by which cataclysmic failure (a broken back) is achieved by a seemingly inconsequential addition, a single straw. This also gives rise to the phrase "the last/final straw", used when something is deemed to be the last in a line of unacceptable occurrences. Variations include "the straw that broke the donkey's back", the "melon that broke the monkey's back", the "feather that broke the camel's back", and the "straw that broke the horse's back".

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  •  Cookie Jar - N/T (7+ / 0-)

    "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

    by linkage on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 01:38:18 PM PST

  •  Hi, Jon. (6+ / 0-)

    I hope you are well and your holidays are going smoothly.

    I don't think I mentioned anywhere that one thing I never in my life expected to do happened last week.  I found myself spending an hour giving parenting advice to one of my boss's research partners.

    It boiled down to, yes, she did have to apologize to her older son.  That he was behaving badly was no excuse for her doing so.  She didn't have to apologize for being angry that he wasn't behaving , but she did have to apologize for going off on him the way she did.

    My childhood - or at least my adolescence - would have been a lot happier if my parents hadn't been brought up in the belief that parental units can never acknowledge being in the wrong.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 01:11:12 PM PST

  •  Are the teachings of Jesus, socialism? (6+ / 0-)

    Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up for treasure for the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you have kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter

    —(Jam. 5:1-6)

    •  Um...yes (4+ / 0-)
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      aaraujo, Ooooh, anodnhajo, Ojibwa

      Great quote, btw. But I don't think anyone who has actually read & thought about what Jesus preached could call it a cri de coeur for unfettered capitalism.

      Of course, the RWNJ's mileage may vary.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 01:20:07 PM PST

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  •  Links back to Peter O'Toole's death. (5+ / 0-)

    Reportedly he absolutely hated those camels in Lawrence of Arabia.

    Going to continue working to figure out what the hell someone with diabetes these days should eat. Apparently, at least according to the ADA, the glycemic index isn't a great guide rather than carbohydrate totals.

    Sigh. At least we have birdeez. Birdeez make everything better.


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  •  Hi everyone, happy Monday. (5+ / 0-)

    If anyone remembers the Monday Night Vigils we used to do at Street Prophets we are going to try bringing that idea over here to Orange, and tonight will be the first group meditation. Everyone is welcome to join in.

    The diary will post at 7 PM and this first week the meditation will be between 8:30 and 9:30 PM EST. Although I suspect there will be some adjustments with timing to get a start time, or times, that fit for all 4 time zones in the continental U.S.

    Dispensing with the shameless plug, I hope everyone is having a great day, it was sunny and cold here with more snow coming tonight. It looks like we are going to have a White Christmas this year. :-)

    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.--Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act I, scene 5

    by Ooooh on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 01:48:17 PM PST

  •  In my profession we call it the (3+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, Ooooh, FloridaSNMOM

    'modulus of elasticity.'

    Bending something beyond the point in which it returns to its original form. Something that can also happen to our politicians.

  •  Frustration with iPod right now (2+ / 0-)
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    Ooooh, FloridaSNMOM

    it has somehow decided that it doesn't want to turn on. Can't get the computer to recognize it. Needless to say---frustrating.

  •  Long Day (3+ / 0-)

    Trying to convince Capitol One that we do have a case for fraud as I've proven the moving company did not pack and did over $1,000.00 in damage. The girl I had today just wasn't comprehending what I was saying. We may just have to get a lawyer and sue.

    Other than that I spent a great deal of time stuck in traffic. I had to go to the Post Office to mail my cards and the Network Nation's winners art and jewelry. Then fought the crowds at Wal-Mart getting groceries.

    Printing the art calendars at the moment. They came out great.

    Dinner will be bacon and bean burritos as I have some bacon that needs using up. Tomorrow I start on cookie making much to my brother's delight.

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 02:25:30 PM PST

  •  Greetings Street Propheteers. (2+ / 0-)
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    Ooooh, FloridaSNMOM

    I am in for the only night this week I don't have meetings/events.  Fresh fluffy snow outside.  Fire going.  Going to light three Advent candles and meditate in solitude in a little bit.  Lovely.  I finally get to practice what I preach about the season.

    Government works when you elect those who want it to. --askyron (2013)

    by Simul Iustus et Peccator on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 04:07:07 PM PST

  •  Went to a Christmas parade tonight (1+ / 0-)
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    Ooooh

    I love being only a 5 minute walk from downtown, means we can go to these things easily. The parade was supposed to be Saturday but it was rained out, but it was great tonight. Cold but not frigid (despite my daughter's complaints to the contrary), and clear.. plus a full moon!

    Dinner cooked in the crock pot while we were there.. pork roast.. actually I started it at around 2pm, the parade started at six and ended about quarter after 7ish.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 05:34:19 PM PST

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