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Sanders gets emotional at child's school shooting question - CNNPolitics
AstralSmoke comments on May 31, 2018:
I was all excited, I thought it was about Bernie.
I just helped this lovely lady across the road. She's one of the prettiest females I've seen in a ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 31, 2018:
The kids took this pic the other day. I asked them to not bother it. They're learning. This turtle was spotted under the blackberry bushes, so safe from traffic.
I forget about this every year until I turn on the fan. You always hear the obvious low hum of the ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 31, 2018:
My grandmother had an old fan (even back then), all metal and boy could that babe sing!
Casual relationship
AstralSmoke comments on May 31, 2018:
Uncasual
I have just joined this group. My garden in Spain goes from lush and in the spring to baking hot ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 31, 2018:
Looks like you have a lot to work with. You have already graduated to bodies of water. You're way ahead of my curve.
Promethea moths (Callosamia promethea) are a day flying silk moth that create very distinctive ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 31, 2018:
Pipevine (center) and Passionflower growing up meshed pink dogwood tree.
Does this Group cover mainly temperate zones? I am in another gardening group which covers hot ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 30, 2018:
Just show us what you've got. I already know what's in my garden.
Makes you think
AstralSmoke comments on May 30, 2018:
I like chess. It's so ... realistic.
Here's where your donated clothing really ends up
AstralSmoke comments on May 30, 2018:
When I give clothes away, it's because they're the wrong size or possibly style. I'll find someone that can use it. Mom likes to take her stuff to the Neighborhood house or church. Who knows where they end up? Stuff: yardsales
Some people
AstralSmoke comments on May 30, 2018:
Are there really people like this? That's quite an effort.
This is a great house plant to have.
AstralSmoke comments on May 30, 2018:
Mother-in-laws' tongue
Has the 'elastic waist band' affected your life?
AstralSmoke comments on May 30, 2018:
Yes, it's kept my pants up.
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.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Man and Woman with Bouquet (Homme et femme au bouquet) ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 30, 2018:
I've been watching a special on National Geographic about Picasso. Not great, but OK. I like Picasso's work a lot. Continually exploring himself.
[youtu.be] Jetman
AstralSmoke comments on May 30, 2018:
This is really cool! @BucketlistBob
Promethea moths (Callosamia promethea) are a day flying silk moth that create very distinctive ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 30, 2018:
I did a quick wiki lookup. The males are day moths and the females are night moths. They only have a few hours to mate. First come first serve boys. The male moth has been observed to 'smell' the pheromone release up to 23 miles, which is a several day fly time. The pretty one's the girl! The males resemble a poisonous pipevine moth? FYIs!
[rumble.com] you should check out the turtle's story
AstralSmoke comments on May 30, 2018:
He must have been hand-raised. That size of turtle can easily take your finger. He's very submissive. Wonder how he interacts with strangers?
A Tailor Bird [youtube.com]
AstralSmoke comments on May 29, 2018:
So, why is it called a Tailor Bird? ;-)
photograph by skado “sidewalk”
AstralSmoke comments on May 29, 2018:
It looks even better enlarged and on a black background. A lot of depth and movement and my mind can quickly form images!
Whats your kitchen look like in the morning...ugh!
AstralSmoke comments on May 29, 2018:
The same as it did when I went to bed.
French rail workers demonstrate after voting against Macron’s privatization. ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 29, 2018:
I believe it's true in general, politicians never have and never will be concerned about what the common man has to endure. If they can get people to do the same task for less money, why not? Divide and conquer is a tried and tested approach when in power.
I'm such a weenie as I get older. Got to the Nantahala River with ducky and because of lack of ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 29, 2018:
Only babies won't hike back 7 miles in the drenching rain!
You got some hotty gnomes in your house?
AstralSmoke comments on May 29, 2018:
They don't look like gnomes that my gnomes would want to hang out with.
I would so much love to plant milkweed, been wanting to for a while. I have two acres in Oregon and ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 29, 2018:
I would dig the blackberries out of ~3' diameter holes, scattered wherever. Sow the milkweed seed in the fall. Cover loosely with straw. Don't mow these circles in the spring, but mow the rest of the blackberries (if you choose). The blackberries will spread into these circles but not before the milkweed has a chance to grow and seed. Blackberry roots are pretty deep and milkweed roots are not so deep, so they should work fine together. You will even have some blackberries around the 4th of July. You can also prune blackberries to around 4' to keep them a bit more manageable.
Hike today. Barlow Point in the great state of Washington
AstralSmoke comments on May 29, 2018:
That looks like a great time!
Just got back from a weekend away at a music festival, anyone else like going to music festivals?
AstralSmoke comments on May 29, 2018:
Yes, mostly folk festivals where you camp for 2 - 3 nights. Love 'em and look forward to them. Burning Man, which isn't a festival, is high on my bucket list.
Finally! Now it is America’s turn. Europe is proposing a ban on single-use plastic items such as...
AstralSmoke comments on May 29, 2018:
Baby steps, but the world's still moving, just very, very slowly.
Florida’s campaign swamp is wider and deeper than Publix | Editorial - Sun Sentinel
AstralSmoke comments on May 29, 2018:
That was really inspiring. Thanks!
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?
The next generation of A. dubernardi, in the works!
AstralSmoke comments on May 29, 2018:
They are beautiful. I understand why you like to raise them.
A zebra long wing caterpillar and several of the ZLW butterflies. The males are known to cluster on ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 29, 2018:
Is the Passionflower a photo from this years? Mine haven't begun to bloom yet is why I'm asking.
A little later
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
Fantastic rich colors. Is this before or later? I thought it was a sunset.
Boy and his dog
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
I've seen this before and I still think he's going to hit the dog by accident.
Another one near the reservation
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
Do you hunt for fossils as well?
I was torn about stopping and trying to get a shot of the Vermillion Cliffs at sunset but couldnt ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
I love this photo. Nice to see in your profile, but not likable. Here, I can like it a lot.
For all you non linear people
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
Sculptors must have missed the cutoff.
I'm a thinkin' seriously about a weekend trip to Asheville in June on my birthday. I really like it ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
Looks familiar.
If you live anywhere near New Jersey, plan an outing to Grounds for Sculpture located in Hamilton. ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
Are you kin to Matisse?
Finally able to post this. In case you can't read it, it says crimes against art
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
Or, art crimes against nature?
Stepping outside the box with someone can be liberating, fun and exciting. Finding these kind of ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
Integrity and loyalty! Not asking for too much.
HOLY FUCK THIS JUST HAPPENED TO ME (NO LIE): OMFG. You are NOT going to believe this. So I'm ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
Drama. You look for the funny parts. I bet they wrote that down in their report. ... she finally came out of the house ... with no makeup on and stubbles on her legs!
It doesn't look like much, but this is one of my favorite moths of all, because of the history I ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
That explains why you stabbed it.
A local cactus blooming. Locals call this an Indian Egg cactus. TO be honest I have not witness this...
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
It hatches Indians. Pretty ones.
Perot Museum of Natural History in downtown Dallas. Unusual architecture.
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
The outdoor covered escalator is an interesting idea.
Doorway in uptown or downtown Las Vegas NM. I can't tell which
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
It used to have glass around two-thirds of it. It looks very warm.
I really appreciate this stand, taken by American Atheists. As a staunch defender of 1st Amendment ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
Your stance on these issues fall on the correct side, but atheism is a non-acceptance of a god; it's not a club. Just because they have one thing in common with you doesn't mean they will share any other commonalities with you. An atheist can be a bigot, a humanist cannot.
Another photo of the thriving metropolis of Las Vegas NM
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
Where's the casino?
Two days till level 8 woohoo! ?
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
Woohoo! Celebrate! Not sure why, but maybe you're looking for an excuse.
10 SHOCKING FACTS ABOUT PLASTIC These photographs were selected from our Your Shot community. ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
I love finding new sites that encourage submission of photos. New projects for myself and my kids. http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/about/ Thanks
Spots and stripes: grape leaffolder (Desmia funeralis), the scallop shell (Rheumaptera undulata), ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
You're amazing. Guess we'll keep you around. Are these moths you've found on your observation sheet?
My roo and some of his babes
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
He has some beautiful colors. What kind is he?
Getting big! The second one was brought to me by the same client who brought me the first. She's ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
I find it odd. I battle invasive plants, insects, cats, but I've never considered invasive birds. You keep expanding my box.
My native stick insect eggs have started to hatch! I had almost given up hope that they would. ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
They must stay up high in the oak trees because I don't see them very often.
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?
An interesting viewpoint of the American lawn. [blogs.scientificamerican.com]
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
Lawns aren't a new obsession. Most lawns around our house have been here 70+ years. The newer obsession is spraying pesticides and herbicides. But the lots are getting smaller and the houses are getting larger, so there is less space for grass. I'll take the good and endure the bad.
I had a hot date this evening. He's not very talkative, but I will welcome him over any day. My ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
I bet he grows into a talker! He's very alert.
Cannabinoids remove plaque-forming Alzheimer’s proteins from brain cells - Salk Institute for ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
Another bullet dodged!
I accidentally handed my wife super glue instead of chap stick and now she's not talking to me.
AstralSmoke comments on May 28, 2018:
@Krish55 said it the most eloquently.
Welp. Now what? [duhspot.net]
AstralSmoke comments on May 27, 2018:
What do you like to do? Socialize!
BEST DAY EVER | Rumblings
AstralSmoke comments on May 27, 2018:
"... it all was a mellow, rednecky kind of time and I enjoyed it." This reminded me of my first 'drunk' experience. Sitting at the lake, popping Buds, getting buzzed, having a memorable time.
This is how good the night was yesterday. The thing is, I was no where near greenville last night. ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 27, 2018:
A wicked good brownie!
HOLY WORLD DOMINATION, I HAVE 23 FOLLOWERS!! I'll have to order more Kool-aid....
AstralSmoke comments on May 27, 2018:
I like mine extra strong.
Some new art work, exploring abstraction.
AstralSmoke comments on May 27, 2018:
I like them both. Thanks.
Has anyone ever seen this before or have it? I'm thinking about printing it and hang it on my wall....
AstralSmoke comments on May 26, 2018:
They're common here as bumperstickers, but without letters.
Interesting.
AstralSmoke comments on May 25, 2018:
An example of cause and effect.
I had to move an obstinate little reptile off of the road today. How did he show his gratitude? ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 25, 2018:
You put him on the wrong side.
Do you think this is accurate?
AstralSmoke comments on May 25, 2018:
I can't. It's royally fucked up.
Karl Marx and the Present...[counterpunch.org]
AstralSmoke comments on May 25, 2018:
Did you read this entire paper? I made it about halfway through. I understand the direction concerning class. Did he make any conclusions?
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.
Here are the "Topics" for groups. check out: [agnostic.com] to see in development. If you run a ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 25, 2018:
I'm obviously out if sync. A group will be identified by up to 3 topics? So, if you're not in a group, it'll show up in the topic search?
Party on! LOL
AstralSmoke comments on May 25, 2018:
I don't see any lettuce. turnips, or beats in that photo. Must be a really lame party. ;-)
This morning's group for release.
AstralSmoke comments on May 25, 2018:
They are beautiful creatures!
1:30am Friday. Step outside to smoke. Can hear the roar of the plants 2 miles down the road. Hot ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 25, 2018:
My plants don't make near that much noise.
A global vegetarian diet, the same study showed, would be the most effective of all diets (not ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 24, 2018:
Maybe so.
Shearing alpaca 1 just restrained 2 the main blanket on the first side done 3 about half done 4 ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 24, 2018:
It's amazing how much fleece they have! Love the photos.
Finally well enough to start shearing. THis is the fleece of my first alpaca this year. THe person ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 24, 2018:
That's amazing!
“Diets link environmental and human health. Rising incomes and urbanization are driving a global ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 24, 2018:
I agree.
I had to do another because I am such an incorrigible art seeker. This is called "Barlach is Shocked...
AstralSmoke comments on May 24, 2018:
That's the best one so far.
What's with the points? I feel like I'm running in a dream where the harder I try the slower I run! ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 24, 2018:
What are you going to do when you get to a million?
Do you have a secret life?
AstralSmoke comments on May 24, 2018:
I would like one. Do you have any extras?
Help Wanted Posts Suppose member A wants someone to cut their lawn, but does not have a service. Is...
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
No, I hope not.
Anyone into native species for their area? i'm in the nw corner of sc and would like info on natives...
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
Google: native plants of southern Appalachian mountains
Hiked into some remote woods, yesterday at dusk , to release opossums into the wild. I'm an ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
I love 'possums! There pretty high on the road kill list, unfortunately.
Many years mountain climbing, white water canoeing and hiking in New England/Appalachian Mountain ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 23, 2018:
Southeast.
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?

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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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