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I have a favorite website that I visit every Sunday morning, just before I read DKos.  

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As you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group is for us to check in at to let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It's also so we can find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. Members come here to check in. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here.  We care!

    IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries.  Drop one of us a PM to be added to the Itzl Alert Network anytime! We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group!  Every member is an editor, so anyone can take a turn when they have something to say, photos and music to share, a cause to promote or news!  

    OK, we do have a diary schedule. But, when you are ready to write that diary, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMOM a Kosmail with the date. If you need someone to fill in, ditto. FloridaSNMOM is here on and off through the day usually from around 9:30 or 10 am eastern to around 11 pm eastern.

Monday: BadKitties
Tuesday: ejoanna
Wednesday: Caedy
Thursday: art ah zen
Friday: FloridaSNMOM
Saturday:broths
Sunday: loggersbrat

That website is called postsecret.com.  Come on in and like "Lazarus, come from the dead, Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all."

postsecret.com is a website site that posts handmade postcards, sent in anonymously, that tell the sender's most personal secrets.  Those secrets are compiled into books, museum exhibits, and speaking engagements, the proceeds of which go to suicide prevention.  The gentleman who runs it is Frank Warren.  Of course, Wikipedia has a write up about him and his project.

I have purchased all of his books except the newest one, in multiple copies.  I gave them out as Christmas gifts to everyone on my list one year.  The reactions were varied and interesting.  Most people liked them, one friend was appalled.  I feel that Frank is doing good work and I am fascinated by what people confess.  In the end, the final message I usually take away each Sunday is how much alike we all are, how afraid of ourselves we are, and how brave we can be when pressed.  I recommend the site to all.  If you visit it, please let me know what you think.

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

    by art ah zen on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 09:45:02 PM PDT

  •  g'day all; still sorta in what I call a fugue stat (7+ / 0-)

    I am still getting some work done but it is in a twilight state as I am back to sleeping about 20 hours per day.  Hopefully, I will soon break through as this also inverts my day which means I am awake from midnight until 4AM and then asleep the rest of the time.

    Worse yet, the fox terrierist has even more of her restless leg syndrome and is kicking me in her sleep.  She is really overdue for a trip to the groomers to get her toenails clipped

    •  when i brought razzle (3+ / 0-)
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      home, i noticed her feet made almost no noise except for the THUD of big feet.  then i looked at those big feet and saw that the shelter had clipped her toenails VERY short.  not too short, no bleeding quicks or anything, but so short they did not reach the ground.  i plan to keep them that way so the quicks won't grow out and make it hard to trim her nails.

      i hope you can get your sleeping turned around.  i was up all night, too hot, too cold, mr had MY pillow, dog barked at the cats, it was just not good.  i would be miserable if this was a way of life.  one night i can handle but it would quickly make me very cranky and depressed.  i hope you are able to work out of it soon.

      i am glad you are back to commenting though.  i missed you over the last couple of weeks when you were not here much.  it is good to read about your acquisitions and the fox terrierist.

      "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

      by art ah zen on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:23:10 AM PDT

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  •  Cool site, the submitters are so brutally honest (7+ / 0-)

    Sometimes you just have to share a personal thought or admission, one that you've just got to get out of you....but in such way that it doesn't come back to bite you or hurt those that you know and love...

    ....that's the power of the anonymous nature of the internet...when it's done right. And why we here mostly hide behind user names. We have this need to share, but ya know, want to remain sort of private.

    More and more though I find myself putting personal information on this site, stuff that I wouldn't have done when I first joined up. I figure that since I what I share is the truth, what the hell. But still, I'm not ready to share my name....but I admire those that do.

    •  i have had the same (4+ / 0-)

      question in my mind about hiding behind my screen name here.  when i started on the internet, i used my real name and i still have that email addy.  i actually got the same one at yahoo and aol.  but when i came here, i was afraid of the larger audience.  i felt that some nutjob could follow me "home".  but all of my art is under my name on flickr and facebook, so who am i hiding from?  i too share more info than i thought i would when i came here.  but that is my nature.  i have put my name in the video i posted as my first diary for IAN because it had a link to my art.  so far, no one has bothered me.  i think i was over inflating my impact on the world of dkos.  teehee.

      good to see you this morning and i am sure i will read your comments on other diaries as i go through the postings.  have a good day!

      "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

      by art ah zen on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:30:11 AM PDT

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      •  Some years ago on this site I listed an email (3+ / 0-)
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        address in my profile. I used "at" instead of the @ sign so the bots wouldn't pick it up.

        I ended up on lists of political causes that I know came from people from this site, as well as folks pushing books or whatever.

        I even got a mild "hate" letter from a conservative lurker over a comment I made, expressing shock that I thought Obama was a moderate....what fun!

        •  yeah, that's what i am afraid of (3+ / 0-)

          too, the hate mail.  i can put up with the political email because it is not personal and i can cancel it but the hate mail scares me.

          "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

          by art ah zen on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 08:49:22 AM PDT

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          •  I have been to 3 local Dkos meetups however (2+ / 0-)
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            I'm totally out to 25 other kossacks, I even ran into one at a local street fair last month. All great people!

            But sharing a lot on the internet is not necessarily a wise thing...I'm not even on Facebook for that reason...I know I'd get myself into trouble. My wife lets me know whats going on with the extended family.

  •  Good to know that postcard site is still around. (8+ / 0-)

    I checked out back when I first got on the Internetz. Sadly I haven't been since. Or maybe wisely - it's the kind of site I could end up wasting lots of time in, and I've already got ICHC, DKos, and Pinterest for that, lol.

    And also too, Twitter:

    In other news, I've been on a jewelry-making binge and today I may have overdone it. Not my fault, though - in the past couple weeks, two friends independently each gave me a huge assortment of beads! Don't know how I got so lucky, lol, but I've prolly got enough beads to last me the rest of my natural life. Ha ha, yeah I'm sure I'll be able to refrain from buying beads anytime soon. In additon, I've been perfecting a new (to me) style of macrame bracelet. Here are the 2 that I've got posted so far:

    http://www.zibbet.com/...

    http://www.zibbet.com/...

    I had a third one,  but it sold in the big No-Hobby-Lobby blast last week :) I kind of like these bracelets, but they don't use very many beads so they don't help much when it comes to using up the newly-enlarged bead stash!

    My crafts are 100% Hobby-Lobby Free! Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 11:17:06 PM PDT

  •  Busy day today. (6+ / 0-)

    The cable repair guy is supposed to be here to (hopefully) fix our sporadic interwebs between 8 and 10. Food stamps came today and Caedy is off work, so we have to go out to Sav-a-Lot after that. And then Bit has Teens and Tweens at 3:30. I managed to get 1200 + words written this morning because I was awake at 5:30 am.

    I'll have to look up the postcard site later on, when I can finally catch my breath.

    Off to walk the dogs and take a shower, I'll be back as I can.

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

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:11:12 AM PDT

    •  i hope your cable (2+ / 0-)
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      guy works magic for your internet.  it has become such a lifeline for me, i get antsy thinking about it not working!

      grocery shopping, writing, dog walking, as you say busy day.  i hope you feel well all day and get done what you have set out to do.

      "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

      by art ah zen on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:41:23 AM PDT

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      •  Well he replaced the modem (2+ / 0-)
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        and he ordered a bucket truck to come out and check the line outside, because our neighbor is having similar issues so it's possible it's something out at the pole. He wasn't set up for going up there. But right now everything seems to be working. If it keeps going down we will be the squeaky wheel until it gets fixed. We need that internet as well. It's our social network, soon it will be needed for Bit's education, Bit uses it to download her books to read, etc.

        Groceries are done for the day. There's a few things we need to get at Winn Dixie because Sav-a-lots tomatoes were all wrinkly and old looking, their cheese was more expensive than Winn Dixie's and Winn Dixie's pasta is BOGO and sav-a-lot prices couldn't beat that. But Caedy will pick that up after work tomorrow. We'll go to the bread store on the way home from the library later. Bit has a group at 3:30.

        So far so good on the health front. I'm a bit out of breath from the humidity and being in and out of A/C, but that will ease off.

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

        by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:16:48 AM PDT

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  •  Happy Thursday (5+ / 0-)

    Writing today:

    1) I have to finish the second part of my June trip diary before I go on my next trip.
    2) This Week  in Marriage equality for some time tomorrow.
    3) THIS diary for Saturday morning.

    And I'm getting a haircut. Yes, by appointment, but the same full-service I was getting when I was much more profligate in Manhattan during the 1970s and for the same price, so it's okay I'm being good to myself.

    Interesting site. I guess first thing in the morning is a good time to go there.

    All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 05:16:46 AM PDT

    •  i only go to post secret (3+ / 0-)

      on sunday mornings because that is when it is updated.  if it was daily, it would be too much for me.  i find a certain amount of solace there, the people who contribute have the same problems as i do or worse.  they find solutions or not, but they are struggling with the same foibles common to us all but seldom acknowledged.  it makes me feel more connected to the family of man at large.  as i said about giving the books, one of my best friends was appalled at the whole concept.  the book disturbed her.  i felt bad about that, it was not my intentions of course.  i never thought about it as being unnerving to some people.

      you have quite a writing schedule ahead of you.  i hope you have a good day and get a lot accomplished.  i would wish that for me too.

      "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

      by art ah zen on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:50:22 AM PDT

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  •  I'll check it out. (4+ / 0-)

    Always like to learn about new and interesting things.

    Took a little riding tour of the flood yesterday.  The waters continue to recede but there are still three or so feet to go before the river is in its banks.  It's amazing to see the high-water line on the streets and grass.  There was at least one city worker out with a power washer downtown, pushing the mud and debris from the sidewalks.  We also saw where the pelicans are hiding out.  There were a ton of them perched on the sides of the the locks at L&D 15.  With the rollers up and the river free-flowing, the fishing isn't as easy for them but they are sticking around.

    I've checked out the weather in St. Louis.  It's a little warmer than here but not awful.  The outlook for next week isn't terrible, which makes me VERY happy.  I've got a few chores lined up for today, most of them revolving around the trip.  If I accomplish something every day, I'll be in good shape come Monday.  :-)

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 05:44:23 AM PDT

    •  i hope you get it all (3+ / 0-)
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      done so you have things in order for monday.  don't you love the pelicans?  they are such cool birds.  tons of them float in the jetty at my brother's place in gold beach oregon.  they fly right past his living room window, crops full of wiggly fish, huge wings and long beaks.  i love to watch them.  here in so cal, we had a rash of pelicans being attacked and damaged by fishermen some time back.  it was so tragic to see them.  

      in northern california, there are high water marks at the top of utility poles from a dam break flood i think in the 60's.  the whole town was underwater!  amazing!

      have a good and productive day, ll.

      "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

      by art ah zen on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 08:03:45 AM PDT

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      •  As of yesterday (3+ / 0-)
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        I could only see the ball-shaped tops on the railing by the river.  The rest of the barrier was still submerged, perhaps 3.5 feet or so.

        I do love the pelicans.  They look so ungainly yet fly so elegantly.  Ours don't do a lot of diving from the air.  They mostly coast on the river current and wait for the fish to come to them.  With the rollers up on the dam and the current so swift, they have to be a lot more creative.  

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:44:25 AM PDT

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  •  This was dinner last night.. (3+ / 0-)
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    We used trinkingmomo's yeast roll recipe for rolls for chicken patty sandwiches...and I have to say...THEY ARE GLORIOUSLY DELICIOUS!

    Yeast Rolls <3

    This was them fresh out of the oven, waiting to be split and turned into tasty, tasty sandwiches.

    Chicken Sandwich

    And this was FloridaSNMom's plate of yum.  They were delicious, they were delightful, and reminded me of the old school rolls you got at Quincy's or Ryan's...just without the delicious buttery glaze on top.

    Nothing says you're sorry like a dead bunny.

    by Caedy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:05:23 AM PDT

    •  i am baking these (2+ / 0-)
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      buns today and making the sloppy joe recipe.  i think my mr. will love it!

      "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

      by art ah zen on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 08:04:35 AM PDT

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      •  We had chicken patties (2+ / 0-)
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        So we made chicken patty sandwiches with ours. VERY VERY good. What a way to dress up pre-made frozen chicken patties! And they didn't take long at all. Bit and I made them in about a half hour. The ones on the bottom shelf needed an extra few minutes to brown with the ones on the top taken out first.

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

        by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:26:35 AM PDT

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  •  Good morning. (3+ / 0-)
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    It's going up to 73 and sunny today.

    This is the third time I'm writing this comment.   The other two times Windows ate it.   sigh.

    I'll be leaving soon to take my pups for a walk, with apprehension.   Yesterday 1/2 block from home a shepherd ran up to us.   No leash, no human.   I had to pick up one of my 14 pound pups and try to get the shepherd away from the other one.   Didn't work.   Thankfully the shepherd was just curious and not mean, or who knows what could have happened.   It seemed like it took forever to get back home and close the door in the dog's face.   So, as I say today we walk with apprehension.

    Errands later.

    Have a good one.

    I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

    by broths on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:07:22 AM PDT

    •  my new pup is (2+ / 0-)
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      extremely dog reactive.  i live in terror that we will run into a loose dog and i will get killed in the middle.  i can not pick razzle up for very long, she has gained 10 lbs since i got her and is now up to 50 lbs of energetic muscle.  i have her well harnessed so she can not slip away from me but she goes ballistic when she sees another dog close by.  she used to trigger at just the sound of another, but i have that down to a minimum using chicken bites to distract her but a live dog on the street will be tough.  i am so glad you and your dogs were not hurt.

      i hope you day is good and your walk is uneventful.

      "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

      by art ah zen on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 08:08:57 AM PDT

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  •  good morning all! (3+ / 0-)
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    my dog is interested in the cats.  after 4 weeks here, i am beginning to let her go into the rest of the house and look at the kitties.  my big ginger sleeps in the bathroom sink in this heat.  the dog didn't even see him up there, but he was glaring down at her, just waiting to be seen.  it was pretty funny to see him above her, and her completely oblivious to him.  the siamese stood her ground on the bed and hissed at the dog, so she left.  i think in another week, i will be able to take down the baby gates and let them all live together.  we'll see.

    have a good day all.  i have computer work to do all day and do not want to do it.  that's what i get for taking on positions in the quilter's guild.  if you get the glory, you have to do the job.  cya later.

    "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

    by art ah zen on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 08:19:03 AM PDT

    •  Ours just want to play with all the cats in the (2+ / 0-)
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      neighborhood, but they don't always want to play in return. The neighbor across the street just got a new kitten, it was a stray at the husband's work and they brought it home. I was over with Sophie sitting on the porch (it's good to keep her used to being around new people and they have a hyper small child she's acclimating too), and the kitten was coming to the doorway and they were sniffing at each other. Then the kitten would lose his nerve and back up and Sophie would sit in the doorway and cry at him until he came back. I think she and Rufio (the kitten) are going to be friends, even if their other older cat (Peter) is afraid of the dogs still.

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

      by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:30:35 AM PDT

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