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

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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.
Holy Moley Guacamole...I made it to level 7. Who woulda thunk! Now only 39,696 to go before I reach...
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
Slow and steady.
Foul weather friends (l).
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
You raise them as well? You have a very happy spring!
There are some that actually want this. I would be one.
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
OK, I'm sure we can find something similar near here!
Does appearance start the ball rolling?
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
I voted for Lol. Some people are quite happy with her/himself and are looking for someone else that's happy with her/himself. Others are unhappy about something. If they can change it and want to, then they should try. Others shouldn't change anything about themselves other than temporary location changes. That in and of itself increases one's chances of seeing/meeting new people. Not many people having been lining up outside my garage today, but I'll keep checking.
If you haven't in a while... I recommend jumping on a trampoline. I went out last night in the mild...
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
I have a trampoline I need to set up for my kids. I have to put up a fence first. Argh! Have fun!
Anybody else consider themselves a "contrarian"?
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
No, but with the name "mule" I'd expect you are ;-)
A better pic of my first cecropia moth of 2018. He's spectacular!
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
You're so right. He is spectacular!
A rocky path...
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
Very fluid. I can hear and feel it. Are you using an impressionist-expressionist palette-brush stroke? A van Gogh feeling, emotional!
Hi everyone! I was hoping a group like this would start! This is one of my passions and I’d like ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
Love it! Allows me to fly. Which Tribe is your major influence?
A cowboy walks into the sheriff's office and says, "We gotta round up a posse to arrest an outlaw."...
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
You could do that with potato chip bags as well!
Can you "green-thumbers" tell me my tomatoes won't fruit? In N. Florida
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
Wow, it’s snowing really hard there. A whiteout!
More about Welcome messages. This is the first one like this I have received (out of 25 or more):...
AstralSmoke comments on May 22, 2018:
I haven't received any complaints.
My painted floor rug I did by my back door in 2012.
AstralSmoke comments on May 22, 2018:
Super cool! And the orange really sets it off!
Clouds over the plain. A photograph as an unconventional way to start a philosophical discussion ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 22, 2018:
Wow, deep post! I have to do some homework before I respond. Will you define "Terra Family" for me, please?
To the frustrated & the offended. Perhaps remaining distant from political or controversial topics ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
What? Are you telling us you are homesteading in Montana?
What was the best memory you had from your childhood?
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
The best memory doesn't exist for me. I had a pretty wonderful childhood, so I'll pick a best memory. I lived in the country between ridges or wripples of the Appalachian Mountains near the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee side. My two older brothers and I decided we'd hike to the top of the ridge (Bays Mountain, a very short mountain). We had to cross Nails Creek and hike about half a mile to where an old lady and man lived (We would give them stuff and they would give us eggs and milk sometimes. Fantastic people with no indoor plumbing). We continued on past the Civil War cemetery (grew the best blackberries I have ever tasted) and finally we started up the "mountain". We hiked maybe a third of the way up the fairly step ridge when we discovered the remains of a still. We had hiked this mountain many times and had never known the still was there. That was pretty cool.
How should I cook these chicken wings?
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
You're a bar-b-q meister, aren't you?
Crow Funerals (L) [facebook.com]
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
Facebook and I don't get along super well, so I'm glad @Petter told us about @evidentialist post. An intriguing post, but too much I feel, I think, etc. Interesting concept though.
What's in your coffee?
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
Black like my heart.
I assume there are neither global warming deniers on this site, nor people who don’t care about ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
Working on becoming self-sufficient as far as energy, food and water go. Have a ways to go though.
Some of my saltwater setup
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
Love the fourth pic. Makes me laugh.
Today, I was lucky enough to observe a raven chasing a bald eagle.
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
The raven keeps its mouth open just waiting for the right feather!
Is there any way to prevent, (or eliminate rather,) someone from "following" you other than ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
Ask them kindly to unfollow you or you will block them.
Do you sometimes think your inner voice is a fetid swamp of nastiness and perverse ideas in which ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
I don’t appreciate goo for all its sticky characteristics. Maybe I’ll give it another go?
Who has Lyme disease?
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
A dog that lives down the street.
Men. Whats your cologne?
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
All natural by me. Probably stinks.
When I used to have a garden this is what I would do. Hope it can be some help for some of you that ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
I’ll try it!
A painting I did for my father back in 1974.
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
That’s really cool.
Daisies bursting out everywhere! They have started blooming, the first picture is in the flowerbed,...
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
I mow around wil flowers as well. Takes longer which causes more pollution, but I do it anyway.
Volcano turn on the sound
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
Pretty amazing. Rivers of fire!
I'm feeling proud and frustrated. Yesterday, I spent about 40 minutes walking around a new exhibit ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
I know how you feel. You won't be back to full force until you can ride that unicycle down and back up those four flights of stars. You go girl!
Last year I was honored with a visit from a beautiful garden spider! She set herself up at the drain...
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
Spiders are clever. They know where to build. I understand why she moved. Her web is invisible against the white house.
This thought may well have occurred to others before, but here it is anyway. If one has a regular ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 21, 2018:
Your observations are probably correct. That's life, as 'they' say.
I actually have this picture on my cell phone, and once when with my kids and my ex, and my ex ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
We aren't so good either.
51 Spectacular Photos of Landscapes, Culture, and Animals
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
I'm writing a comment because no one else has.
DeVos hurts students by gutting for-profit fraud probe - The Boston Globe
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
Thanks again to our president.
The president is a vile bigot - The Boston Globe
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
Dehumanize and add fear.
POTUS bone spurs
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
It's happened more than once.
2018 has been deadlier for schoolchildren than service members - The Washington Post
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
It's a scary statistic.
I thought this in a way was kind of sad, how many of you think it is?
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
It's a commentary on the present, which makes it even sadder. They all should have ear buds in to make it more authentic though.
Alison Krauss & Union Station (AKUS). “Every Time You Say Goodbye” She has the voice of a ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
She's fantastic!
I’ve got tons... I’ll try not to overwhelm you guys!
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
You must be a snake lover. What kind of snake is the first one? It's very colorful.
Would you kiss again the last person you kissed? (and I define "person" very broadly, I consider my...
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
My daughter. Definitely!
Nothing like a great fire.
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
I'd never thought of something like that. Great idea. Might have to try it next time I go to the beach.
Just to show dragons can be cuddly too
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
I didn't realize their necks were so long.
A few more
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
Is that a snake tree?
Can anyone share a cross country driving route that hits national parks between NJ and CA?
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
Perhaps this will help ... a little bit? https://www.tripsavvy.com/united-states-national-parks-by-state-4079039
Welcome to everyone new. I am a pretty passive and don't keep up that well with individual ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
You're just a wonderful person!
Hello all. My family has deep roots in Appalachian country. I am very interested in old healing ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
Do you play the banjo as well?
Questions about Our Time dating site and advice requested.
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
I tried that site before I found this one. I listed myself as atheist ... no takers, not even scammers.
I finally did it... i told my wife to come over here and stroke my hair.... boy did i ger a laugh.
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
She can stroke the hair on my back.
A Beautiful Mind. Drama. 2001 Universal Studios. [itunes.apple.com] stars Russell Crowe in an ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
This is a good film. Made me cry.
Wanted to show you guys an old 1947 8n ford tractor I'm working on, I still have to change out the ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
Cool
I knew a guy who was going to commit suicide by taking a 1,000 aspirin, but after he took the first ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
New hat?
What clothing if any do you like to wear when watching TV?
AstralSmoke comments on May 20, 2018:
My hat, which I can't find at the moment.
Steven Brill's "Tailspin": How My Generation Broke America | Time
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
It was interesting to read an insider's take.
Some of the invert pictures i took.
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
That last photo will give me nightmares. Do you know what kind of spider that is?
Here's a few from the Fort Worth Stockyards
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
What's the circular brick pattern? Makes a great photo.
Does anyone here like to correct grammar, spelling or punctuation? I just hate when the only comment...
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
OK, I'll stop correcting everyone's grammar. I just cain't stand to sea all thos blastid mistakckes tho.
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.
The rightwinggunnutjobs went crazy when Charlton Heston pronounced, "From my cold dead hands" in his...
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
They'd resort to knives and swords or maybe crossbows.
Banking and the Post Office...[counterpunch.org]
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
I've heard of this before. I don't believe they provide that service here, yet.
Plants almost ready to go in the garden, After the rain I have to wait for the ground to dry some.
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
Wow, you've got quite a setup. Ah, you're in Kentucky. Thought it looked a lot like east TN.
A post...
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
It's a beautiful post. Thank you. You made me chuckle. Was your original name prankster?
Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
None at all. We all need to learn to be more self-sufficient.
This innocuous looking building standing at the corner of Elm Street and First Street, Chillicothe, ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
It takes a 'foreigner' to tell us what we have had in our own backyard. Thanks.
Buzz Off! It's hard to keep still taking shots of these guys, I'm somewhat allergic...
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
These are very nice photos. The last one surprised me a bit. Glad they don't fly.
I sadly do not have a garden but I have some beautiful botanical gardens nearby (pictured). They ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
No longer an active member.
Well now I’m forced to interact with my neighbors... Shit just got REAL
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
Got to have coffee!
This is me.
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
I don't have so much time to clean, plus I really don't like it, but I probably don't read enough either.
Red-tailed hawk on a telephone pole.
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
You seem to often be in the right place at the right time.
A celebration of inequality. Today the mainstream media offers the middle class, the working ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
What do you propose that we can do to alter the imbalance?
Today is my birthday. THere is some kind of Royal thing going on in another country obviously in my ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
Yes! Happy Birthday! The world is very proud of you!
Oh crap... I ran out of munchies. And the wedding is at 3:30am. Alrighty... poptarts and coffee. ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
What wedding?
Anything else dear...? Watch "The Husband Song" on YouTube [youtu.be]
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
That's pretty much the way it happens.
Artist unknown (Olmec, Mesoamerica) mask, 900-300 BCE. 6 7/8 x 5 9/16 x 3 1/4 inches. This...
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
I love masks!
A pic of my handsome Kangal Number 9 . Not the best focus but I am having to find pics after a ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
I love the way it looks when dogs cross their legs.
Another one of Number 9
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
Go ahead, do it. I'm expecting you to.
Such a rare find but when and if you do ever find, hold on and treat them well. It is all about ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 19, 2018:
I've never considered myself the 'romantic' type, but I like to do things for people and sometimes appreciate it when someone does something for me. I really don't want the last piece of cake though.
This is not something I just realized but felt this post fits perfectly into how I am and always ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 18, 2018:
The older I get. Dang it. I forgot what I was going to write.
Growing update! I was away from home for 10 days and came home to much new growth! The first 2 ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 18, 2018:
Wow, I wish I had a private sunny spot. The buckets look great!
Exit signs are all the rage these days, but I think they're on the way out.
AstralSmoke comments on May 18, 2018:
Do you have a joke about speed humps?
I accidentally swallowed a bunch of Scrabble tiles. Eventually this could spell disaster.
AstralSmoke comments on May 18, 2018:
That could spell all kinds of things
Rep. Mo Brooks suggests rocks falling into oceans causing seas to rise
AstralSmoke comments on May 18, 2018:
Sounds like he needs one. Politicians can come up with the strangest excuses.
How do we stop separatists? By this I mean people that would have the majority of us divided as it ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 18, 2018:
Yes! We need to change our political leaders. There is no way they represent the majority of us.
Three things urgently need to change: 1. Dangerous sulphuric acid must be made illegal for sale ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 18, 2018:
I don't understand people like that. They are so selfish and unconcerning toward other people. Her actions took his life away. How is that not murder?
Here is another
AstralSmoke comments on May 18, 2018:
Here's an image of an etching I did when I was in undergrad. I did a series of them called Tone Tails. Yours reminded me of them. @poetdi56
Is your life organized?
AstralSmoke comments on May 18, 2018:
I'm freely organized.
What do you think?
AstralSmoke comments on May 18, 2018:
How can evidence prove nothing? If there is evidence, even if it's only circumstantial, it at least leads one to some sort of conclusion.
One time, I shot ketchup in both my eyes. In Heinz-sight, not the best idea.
AstralSmoke comments on May 18, 2018:
Not one of your best, but L2m.
Hello Members, I'm Ken and I decided to join this group. Let me know about yourselves.
AstralSmoke comments on May 18, 2018:
Well, I'm only one self. I have a profile page and a couple of posts if you'd like to check them out.
Has anyone watched that video for agnostic.com? A very sweet attractive young blonde woman talking ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 18, 2018:
I like broccoli and okra.
Following the interest shown in a song performed by a father for his autistic son that I posted ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 18, 2018:
Thanks, FrayedBear.
We had a great stamp club meeting last night (May 16). Two people from Canada Post in Ottawa made an...
AstralSmoke comments on May 17, 2018:
Are you a stamp collector?
At first I thought it might be fitting to put a pun on my tombstone, but then I realized that would ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 17, 2018:
You make me laugh every time. Does that mean I’m simple?
Once in a while I will hear a word or phrase that can send me right back to a Sunday morning sitting...
AstralSmoke comments on May 17, 2018:
For sure. My dad studied Hebrew and Greek. He was a preacher/teacher. So anytime I hear Hebrew or Greek, it brings back memories of his sermons.
Whilst looking for a particular artist on the tube I encountered the following wonderful performance...
AstralSmoke comments on May 17, 2018:
@poetdi56
[youtube.com] Funny
AstralSmoke comments on May 17, 2018:
All those carbs sure make me tired.
I just got back from a Transformers convention, and boy, are my arms tires.
AstralSmoke comments on May 17, 2018:
You're doing ok if they still have air in them.

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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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Around 1962-63.
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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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