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Taken by my daughter on the way home from her swimming practice, 30.11.19

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Whats your weather today, May 14, 2018.
AstralSmoke comments on May 14, 2018:
About the same here, but without the mushroom cloud. Suppose to rain tomorrow dropping the temps below 90.
Facebook fined 5 billion for sharing personal information of over 2.3 billion users worldwide.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 25, 2019:
I didn't think I had anymore personal info to share!
My butterfly feeder. You wouldn't know it, but it is busy with 3 butterflies. When I approached, ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 3, 2018:
That's a cool re-use idea. Will butterflies also feed on the banana peels on the ground?
Saw this & had to share in this group.. so fitting.
AstralSmoke comments on May 15, 2018:
My garden is weeds.
An important message in this video to ALL who will listen. [youtube.com]
AstralSmoke comments on Feb 21, 2019:
It seems inevitable, doesn't it?
Having fun with Bigfoot LOL
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 3, 2018:
They should at least pick up after themselves.
Three sisters garden
AstralSmoke comments on Mar 2, 2019:
Also, I use beans to 'tie' my tomato plants up. Works great!
Do you believe in Unicorns?
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 17, 2018:
I've never seen gravity either, but I guess it's doing it's thing. I feel really heavy today.
Some of the other critters I've encountered while bird-watching, this week.
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
Wow, you must live in the country side.
Which one is your favorite breakfast? My favorite is eggs but also love oatmeal.
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 19, 2018:
Grits, eggs, bacon and toast.
All y’all might want to consider this tomato growing method. I’ll prolly try a variation of it ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 9, 2019:
I would think that using composted manure would even be better.
Social Stigma Around One Night Stands
AstralSmoke comments on Nov 8, 2017:
I don't think of one night stands as have anything to do with 'friends with benefits'. Friends or buddies imply that you know them (somewhat). 'One night stands', to me, implies you just met them. Social stigmas are ridiculous; a way to control.
It is so icy this winter, nothing is melting away. So I ordered gourmet mushroom spores!! I just set...
AstralSmoke comments on Jan 29, 2019:
You're ahead of me. I don't even have a place ready yet. Like a mushroom, I'm fed shit and live in the dark!
My father died in my arms Monday. So many emotions...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 18, 2018:
I'm sure that was very dramatic for you. Can you think of a better way for your father to pass than this? I'm sure you will miss him. It sounds a bit shallow, but I'm sorry for your broken heart.
Zinnia running loose in the habitat garden. Chipmunk or bird gardner?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 7, 2018:
I love surprises!
A suggestion for those of you who did not grow up in the deep south, but still live in a warm ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 10, 2018:
I must admit I've never grown white acre peas. Maybe I will.
So this is what happens when I drink....(and not very much, trust me.) Friends took me out to eat at...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 28, 2019:
Without pics? How are we suppose to fully enjoy this seemingly drunken humor while being straight and without pics?
I know these aren’t plants or trees but they are going to be the main form of pest control in my ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 12, 2018:
Very nice. You guys need to learn that videos are horizontal, not vertical.
Centipede we found this morning. Maybe we with bugs too much? Nah....
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 13, 2018:
Super nice photos!
Anyone have naturally growing plants that Monarch butterflies feed on during migration? I have ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 14, 2018:
Milkweed is the answer.
Somewhere in Norway! Staying with the floating house idea....a private little island would be ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 23, 2018:
Looks like a nice retreat.
What happened to art? Where did it come from, where is it now, and where is it going? Here is an...
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 5, 2019:
For clarification, I read the article. I believe people have always had problems with abstractions of any kind. We've constantly been moving away from 'realism' since the Renaissance. There are a lot of things people don't understand as our world 'progresses', even the best educated. As far as art goes, I don't think artist have lost skills or popularity. Perhaps to the masses, but I'm not sure art has ever been important to the masses. True art, for me, is still about skill and theory and not repeating what has already been done.
Now we can caption our photos! Thank you, Agnostic.com
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 26, 2018:
You do have a nice ass.
I just love those eye-spots! The first small-eyed sphinx (Paonias myops) and first io moth ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
I noticed you had butterfly wing dust on your fingers. How do moths produce the powder? Is it regenerative?
It's time for katydids!
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 23, 2018:
They're everywhere, aren't they? Do you know what they see? They don't have compound eyes, do they?
What do you think of heathens? How would you describe a modern-day heathen.
AstralSmoke comments on Nov 5, 2017:
Interesting question. I'm not looking up the given definition of heathen, just to give a more honest approach to what I think a heathen is. To me, a heathen is someone that goes against the religious norms of a given society. With this definition, there are lots of heathens out there. People that practice witchcraft come to mind first, but any cult follower, Jews probably, atheist for sure. Anyone that doesn't 'practise' the societal religious norms. I like heathens, because I like it when people go against the norm.
Spiders and forks, bad combination. LOL
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 9, 2018:
My nerves are at end!
The Flat Earth Society???
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 9, 2019:
It's just a circle. Don't get all excited.
It's hot here (okay not by some standards ). Share your forecast to make me feel better 😰 I...
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 17, 2018:
80 sounds very pleasant. It got up to 94 today which was cooler than yesterday 98. When it gets like this I have to get up too early, 5:00 in order to get anything done outside. When it's this warm, I melt and make a mess.
I just read the best name for Jeff Sessions - The Keebler Nazi. Can I get an AMEN!
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 18, 2018:
No amen from me. Keebler elves seem fun and harmless. Sessions seems obedient and impotent. Because of that, scary.
Today with three women we hiked a 10.5 miles loop to Lake Valhalla, WA, gaining 3,931 feet in ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Beautiful country.
Musical World Map
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 2, 2018:
That was cool. Africa is surprisingly vocal!
I love finding music with non-mainstream instruments as the centerpiece. Lately I've found some cool...
AstralSmoke comments on Mar 6, 2019:
Love bagpipes! Don't know why I thought of 2Cellos.
I am taking a mental health art day at Baltimore Museum of Art. One of my favorite things to do is ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
Nope, I never have, but I like the idea. Perhaps the next one.
So something has been bothering me the past couple of days. I am polyamorous and date outside of my...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Your approach leads to a sane personality.
Are you paying attention to the signs on the road.
AstralSmoke comments on May 25, 2018:
Everyone here drives very well (choke!), even the yankee transplants.
That's a good question…
AstralSmoke comments on Dec 2, 2017:
I suppose. There are probably lots of people that would kill their offspring to gain things for themselves. Isn't that the reason for religions, to make up excuses and reasons?
"Weltschmerz" Watered Arcylic and Ink by Dale Woodfin Sadly, I used an ink that faded so a lot of...
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 13, 2018:
My idea was the same as @confidentrealm. Try some natural colors. Have to do research and testing to determine if each one fits your criteria though.
Groundhog Day I read somewhere that Bill Murray wanted this movie to be deep. Probably more like ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 13, 2018:
I agree. It's a fun film with several hidden meanings.
Something I did a couple of decades ago and sadly still seem relevant. Oil or pen&ink Drawing
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 12, 2018:
Strong!
Given the anarchic destruction being wrought by Trump, it is time for all members appointed members ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Keep holding your breathe. Bad people don't see themselves as bad. They are in it for money and fame. We're just a speed hump.
On green DUI or exposure second-hand smoke and impairment, here is an article on a test we did......
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Good read! I hadn't heard about the 'limits' before. Politicians want to make things so difficult.
As I suggested in an earlier post, Trumps impeachment is turning out to be a lesson in human nature,...
AstralSmoke comments on Jan 25, 2020:
Deny and ignore! It is OK if Trump becomes a dictator.
What can we possibly learn from old books? Well, it depends on the author and the book content and ...
AstralSmoke comments on Feb 2, 2020:
No doubt reading is an excellent skill to have. I personally believe having life experiences, being observant, and obtaining knowledge through our other senses is overall more important though.
If nothing was stopping you, what job would you like to have?
AstralSmoke comments on Nov 29, 2017:
Artist, same as now.
Do you support legalization of weed?
AstralSmoke comments on Dec 2, 2017:
I don't understand how 'they' can make any plant illegal, especially a weed!
ThinkProgress
AstralSmoke comments on Feb 8, 2019:
Even if he (Kavanaugh) were to be the most honest, likable person in the world, I really despise his shit-eating grin. Can we expect anything different from a right-wing conservative court?
The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll...
AstralSmoke comments on Jan 24, 2019:
"More circuitry is necessary."
Bonnaroo????
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 9, 2018:
I don’t go. From TN though. Cops have to make quotas?
How many can you name?
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 13, 2018:
I recognize a lot of them. Does that count?
Ain’t No Grasshoppers Here!
AstralSmoke comments on Sep 4, 2018:
Just living. I learn new things everyday.
Honor Armistice Day This weekend the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of ...
AstralSmoke comments on Nov 10, 2018:
Wow, that video gave me chills. Is there ever a good reason for war?
Dicromantispa Interrupta! What a name... Spotted this guy under the porch light on my studio the ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 11, 2018:
Does it have preying mantes types of arms (legs)?
Heatwave reveals a hidden neolithic monument in Ireland
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Yea! Newgrange has siblings!
Virginia first lady handed out cotton to African-American children on slave cottage tour, mother ...
AstralSmoke comments on Feb 28, 2019:
Just goes to show ... very difficult teaching old dogs new tricks.
Should law enforcement be allowed to access cell phone records?
AstralSmoke comments on Dec 1, 2017:
I think it's a crucial step in catching some criminals, but I don't want it used to take someone down that is normally a good citizen.
A pair of fledgling northern flickers that were out on the soccer field this morning.
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 12, 2018:
Those are pretty birds!
Would love to hear your title suggestions Hi, I'm new to the group and to the site. I'm excited ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 14, 2018:
Very well done. What do you consider 'been here a while'?
I've been with my current partner for nearly 6 years. It's been mostly wonderful. Lately, it's ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 27, 2018:
I would be willing to call it quits. I would guess his actions indicate that he has found someone else and not willing to tell you.
Where I belong?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 11, 2018:
I could stay there for a couple of hours, maybe.
The late, great Dave Allen [youtu.be]
AstralSmoke comments on Dec 9, 2017:
We always mourn our comedians.
I wrote a comprehensive essay about my life experiences with fundamentalist religion 15 years ago. ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 17, 2018:
I've only read a little of this. It's captivating so far, but have to run off and do choirs. Promise to finish it later. Thanks for telling your story.
Hello Agnostics! This is my first post here. It's a little long, but I hope it will help me find ...
AstralSmoke comments on Nov 19, 2017:
Wow. I'm from a religious family, but am not responsible for carrying as much luggage around as you are. I can relate to you, but not anywhere as close as someone from your own religious background could. Take heart in people accepting you for who you are rather than what they want you to be.
I call myself a catholic agnostic, what do you call yourself?
AstralSmoke comments on Nov 5, 2017:
I'm an atheist and have been for quite some time. I was raised Southern Baptist and have dated all across the spectrum, so I got to experience different religions 'up-close and personally'. I'm very comfortable being an atheist and can't imagine seeing the world in any other way.
This is a poem written during our "sabbatical" in southern Oregon many years ago. Oblivious Me...
AstralSmoke comments on May 11, 2018:
Oblivion was a way of coping with the mundane?
Journalist's former boyfriend given 50 years for femicide | World news | The Guardian
AstralSmoke comments on Feb 2, 2020:
I guess I am from the dark ages. I have never heard of femicide before. I know women are mistreated, but I didn't know they were killed simply for being women.
Hugh Culverhouse: I gave the University of Alabama $26.5 million. I spoke out about abortion. They ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 8, 2019:
Total control is much more important than people's rights.
What is the best economical and political system for human being?
AstralSmoke comments on Nov 28, 2017:
I'm sorry there are only two choices.
To get out of 88-degree heat, today I hiked a 6.6-mile loop near Mission Ridge Ski Area above ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 15, 2018:
Looks and sounds fantastic. Love the photos.
Wish the blooms on a Mexican petunia lasted more than a day!
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 8, 2018:
That's gorgeous! Unfortunately, the same with a Night Blooming Cyrus.
Happy Birthday to me, 🎂
AstralSmoke comments on Oct 25, 2018:
Happy Birthday! Hope you aren't celebrating alone.
So damn frustrating ! After writing a bit on one of "those" sites, I did a face-to-face with a guy ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jan 25, 2020:
Hey Evergreen, if you are ever down near the Smoky Mountain area, give me a call. I love hiking. I'm not a great talker, but I do like kissing!
"Glamour shots" of some of my favorite Spring amphibians. Spotted salamander, Spring peeper, ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 9, 2019:
The American toad looks gravidly moody.
Oliver North: Gun Owners Are As Oppressed As Blacks Were Under Jim Crow - The Intellectualist
AstralSmoke comments on May 17, 2018:
"It is about garnering the outrage from others that they perceive goes with the comparison."
After you die, you're aware that you've died
AstralSmoke comments on Feb 12, 2019:
Cool. That's if you consider death as when your heart stops. If it's when your brain is dead, then you're dead.
I Am Thankful For This Community & Admin
AstralSmoke comments on Nov 23, 2017:
Thanks for the video and thanks for the reference. I really can't say anything without it sounding like a critique, but I can see the bigger picture even though it was a little clunky. (;))
Bee hotel update: Shade roof attached and polyurethaned. Next, fastening in the cedar fence post ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I'm excited!
Bike kid doesn't care how rich you are - "Don't litter my street, asshole!" [imgur.com]
AstralSmoke comments on Sep 1, 2019:
That's fantastic. I wish I had the opportunity to do that!
The Magical Beauty Of Looking Up At Trees In The Middle Of A Forest Capture By Photographer
AstralSmoke comments on Feb 2, 2020:
Thanks. I haven't seen his work before. Viewed one by one, they are very strong compositionally.
Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989) Flowers, 1948
AstralSmoke comments on Feb 17, 2020:
Watercolor and pen and brush and colored inks on board 12 ½ x 9 ½ in. (31.7 x 24 cm.) Dalí was also a prolific writer and early filmmaker. Here's another one. Lilies of Time
Its awesome that i can meet people in other countries here. I love it
AstralSmoke comments on Nov 19, 2017:
Yes, there's a small international feel developing on this site. I like it as well.
It is still too early to see wild monarchs in central Illinois, but the black Eastern swallowtails ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 11, 2018:
Do you find chrysalises or do you purchase them?
[broadly.vice.com] More 'what century is the US in' stuff...?
AstralSmoke comments on Feb 23, 2019:
Interesting. I do feel it's very important to take care of the family and sometimes putting that priority above my own. I need to remember to take care of myself too and sometimes that means putting the priority of myself above family. I don't, however, feel like the total responsibility should fall on my partner (or myself). Names are just names. Respect of other people is necessary. Partnerships are just that.
Jared and kim
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 28, 2018:
Nothing like the kettle calling the pot black.
As an opinionated person I find it great that I can get my ideas out here and have an interesting ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 13, 2018:
No, but I am honing my presentation skills. Must be honing them the wrong way though.
This is jewel weed. You can find it growing in wet/damp areas. Usually by poison ivy and poison oak....
AstralSmoke comments on May 30, 2018:
I didn't know that. I've never lived in any wet/damp places though.
A bartender went into a church, a cathedral and a mosque. He had no idea how jokes work.
AstralSmoke comments on Nov 15, 2017:
A bartender who didn't know how jokes work? Must have been a very unsuccessful bartender. Why did you go to the church first?
Swallowtails in central Illinois. I see a lot of black Eastern swallowtails and also giant ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 13, 2018:
Which rues grow native in Illinois?
Venn diagram of Looooove!
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 22, 2019:
I always wondered what that area was called!
This pisses me off to the point I'm going to join the Freedom from Religion Foundation and donate my...
AstralSmoke comments on Jan 24, 2019:
That's what Sunday school is for.
I am so pleased right now. Driving through the town I live in I saw so many lawns covered in ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 5, 2018:
Maybe my dandelions are different, but I don't see them attracting bees.
Recycle re-purpose and reuse. Planted Everglade tomatoes,Oriental long beans, Livingston sure crop ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 6, 2018:
I like your tire idea. Haven't seen any others cut like you cut them. Practical.
Conspiracy Theorists Claim Bleach Solution Cure for Coronavirus Once touted as a "cure" for ...
AstralSmoke comments on Feb 2, 2020:
I would recommend the generic; it is much more economical. It will make you glow like the sun!
You do need to be crazy to understand me, but I'm sure it helps. Being alone 95% of the time with ...
AstralSmoke comments on Nov 15, 2017:
I'm sure that's not true about your dog. He wants to play, interact, cuddle, sleep, get some exercise, ... Sounds like you need to get out of yourself, get some exercise, play, cuddle, ...
Those kind of hugs are a diamond in the rough.. hang on if you ever find one.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2019:
I love hugs. Never get the same one twice.
A weird scene I encountered in the woods of Bald Eagle State Forest: five, dead, red-spotted purples...
AstralSmoke comments on Jun 17, 2018:
That's sad. I'm glad you are there to help future generations.
Everyone Is Missing A Key Reason The U.S. Birth Rate Is Declining | HuffPost
AstralSmoke comments on May 29, 2018:
Makes you want to move, doesn't it?
A priest, an imam and a rabbit walk into a bar. "I think I must be a typo," says the rabbit.
AstralSmoke comments on Feb 23, 2020:
I can relate to the rabbit.
Here you go, Midwest. This left Colorado early this morning. Last seen heading east.
AstralSmoke comments on Feb 23, 2019:
Unfortunately, northeast. Tennessee is just expecting more rain :-(
Carl Bernstein Predicts Chilling Aftermath Of McConnell’s ‘Violence To The Constitution'
AstralSmoke comments on Feb 1, 2020:
We definitely do not live in the same country I grew up in. I left the US in 1998 for 7 years because I was sick of the politics that plagued our country then. It has definitely gotten worse. Now, I am stuck. :-(

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The green man in Berlin, Germany. East Germany's crosswalk light. At the fall of the Wall, every city in Germany got a set of these crosswalk lights to show the unity of Germany. Photo taken in 21.10.16.
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On the balcony of my 'new' flat, 23.11.19.
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Bean planking.
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Our new puppy, Bean, 14.11.19
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1961 with my granddad, Herschey Boy.
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I'm the little guy on the far left, early April 1962.
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