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

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Frits Thaulow (Norwegian 1847-1906) La Dordogne, 1903
AstralSmoke comments on May 4, 2018:
I'm not familiar with the artist, but I like this piece a lot. Thanks.
And now I'm having chatroom withdrawal. lol
AstralSmoke comments on May 4, 2018:
Take your meds and a deep breath @bingst, it'll be ok.
[youtube.com] Anyone else love nudis?
AstralSmoke comments on May 4, 2018:
I do now.
So yesterday I saw a post from a member who was thinking of leaving our little world. Then I thought...
AstralSmoke comments on May 4, 2018:
Why do people want to leave? I apologize for all past posts.
What do you do when an event you're at is opened with a prayer or grace? Do you bow your head, sit ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 3, 2018:
I like looking around at all the other people who are looking around, but I'm quiet.
What do you think about people who say deliberately hurtful things to other people then, when called...
AstralSmoke comments on May 3, 2018:
I know I don't appreciate it if it's done to me or to someone I respect, so I try to not do it to someone else. Sometimes, I've found it impossible to read the person correctly and have ended up insulting them (not on purpose), so I'm guilting. I just avoided the language.
OK folks, this is where I'm at. On the trunk I tried the chainsaw, the handsaw, and the axe....Nope....
AstralSmoke comments on May 3, 2018:
Just leave it like that and let some critters enjoy it. Cherry is a pretty dense wood. It'll probably stay there for several years. Grow a flowering vine over it if you don't want to look at it.
Hrmm... a believer just started following me. I hate to be unfair, but I really feel like blocking ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 3, 2018:
I block 'believers' in a heartbeat. Don't have time for that.
Is anyone else seeing the Alert count over the bell icon disappearing on its own, then re-appearing ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 3, 2018:
@bingst, you're possessed.
Non-believers in Tennessee?
AstralSmoke comments on May 3, 2018:
I live in Chattanooga. There's also a small band of atheist that meet at The Honest Pint (once a month?).
When does hyperbole become a lie?
AstralSmoke comments on May 3, 2018:
When Santa Claus becomes real.
A biologist theologian! Is that an oxymoron or a contradiction in terms?
AstralSmoke comments on May 3, 2018:
I don't think so. A biologist can believe in a omnipotent god. The god is responsible for everything. Biology is just a good way to get a little better understanding of how god works. Works well into current day theology.
Does marketing influence our sense of security?
AstralSmoke comments on May 3, 2018:
Marketing is propoganda. It has you (enough 'yous' to make it monetarily feasible) believe whatever 'it' wants 'you' to believe. One can ignore it so it doesn't affect one directly, but the indirect effects are felt. (This is my simplified version.)
Are you a Stoic? Please read the definition and say what you think? [en.wikipedia.org]
AstralSmoke comments on May 2, 2018:
No
Kid said he felt like being outdoors today. So I gave him the chainsaw. Just about killed ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 2, 2018:
Cherry is a great wood. You should make something.
I'm so excited about today's finds! A stick bug,a scorpion and a handful of snails. I'm most excited...
AstralSmoke comments on May 2, 2018:
I live in se Tennessee, the stick bugs here are much smaller and a darker brown. I'm glad we don't have scorpions.
All I said in chat was "You're very welcome. I hope your experience here will exceed your ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 2, 2018:
Just tell them you aren't interested in pursuing that topic. You can block them if they get annoying.
Have you read the 'trinity of freethought'?
AstralSmoke comments on May 2, 2018:
Freethought needs a step-ladder?
Still going...... Posting this from my deathbed. Word to the wise - never turn your back on a ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 2, 2018:
Why the bags? Does your city require them?
Can anyone tell me what effect "make private" has on a thread? Just curious.
AstralSmoke comments on May 2, 2018:
It's like deleting it, but since they never delete anything, it's the next best thing?
Beautiful costumes designed perhaps for knuckleshufflers. ://youtu.be/SQkEL8umfBQ
AstralSmoke comments on May 2, 2018:
Reason why I like this site. Exposes me to ...
For those of us that have been on this site for awhile, being at least a couple months or more; what...
AstralSmoke comments on May 1, 2018:
Nothing profound from me. I stink at this virtual, digital world.
I’m going across the BIG pond to Paris this summer for the first time in my life! I am a little ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 1, 2018:
Enjoy!
Inspired by @btroje I've changed my avatar to show another side of me too. (I'm fully aware, those ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 1, 2018:
I knew it!
So, I started a new painting and it seems a tad dark. I haven't decided if I should white wash it or...
AstralSmoke comments on May 1, 2018:
Keep it, Hide it away. In 20 years you will find it and ask yourself, "why did I keep this?" You'll feel wiser than and know what to do.
LMAO @Hookers for heaven [facebook.com]
AstralSmoke comments on May 1, 2018:
I believe I could have survived quit nicely without every seeing that.
If we really are atheists, why is there so much talk in this forum about religion?
AstralSmoke comments on May 1, 2018:
Fantastic question which I use to rail against. I've found it's simply easier to avoid them. There are plenty of other good topics winging around.
I just changed my photo to show a different side of myself
AstralSmoke comments on May 1, 2018:
Intriquing, how many sides do you have?
Oldie But Goodie -Parrot Sings Let the Bodies Hit the Floor [youtu.be] [youtu.be]
AstralSmoke comments on May 1, 2018:
I accidently let the bodies hit the floor.
My latest batch of A. dubernardi are growing quickly! Two have pupated already, many more are ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 1, 2018:
Chinese Moon Moth! I've seen one in nature before, amazing. I had never thought about raising them. What do you do with them?
Here's one to balance out the ugliness of the decapitated vole post... Earlier this year, my wife ...
AstralSmoke comments on May 1, 2018:
It looks pretty scared. It's difficult to know sometimes if something is going to hurt you or help you.
Good morning friends. I am taking a day off from the grind. Hope you are all doing well.
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 30, 2018:
Is this your place? Looks like a lot of projects going on.
My friend Jenny Butterfly @ a place we call "the locks", Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 30, 2018:
Is she ok? Looks like a beautiful swimming hole.
Mama red squirrel getting a little extra calcium from an old fragment of deer bone. I knew they ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 29, 2018:
Do gray squirrels do that as well? I've never seen or heard of that before.
A beautiful skunk I encountered (from a distance, thankfully) while bird watching. It noticed me ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 29, 2018:
Skunks are funny unless you scare one.
I am so glad to see the sun peeking out of the clouds today.
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 29, 2018:
Yes, it is warming and refreshing.
Documentary / The Magic Pill 2018 - YouTube
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 29, 2018:
The Vegans will love you.
Dear creative friends! I am new in this community but I want to share a call for artists, ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 29, 2018:
That's a shame that it's only for the UK. Good luck!
There was a post on here about what makes you happy, but I can't seem to find it anymore - probably ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 29, 2018:
I'm raptured by his insight.
What is a human being? Ellen Dissanayake, in her book Homo Aestheticus, posits we are human because ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 29, 2018:
The concept of humanity can transcend our species. Actual humanity cannot.
Zappa. Nuff said.
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 29, 2018:
Love it. Had to share.
Jared and kim
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 28, 2018:
Nothing like the kettle calling the pot black.
This atmospheric effect is sometimes known as The Fingers of God.
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 28, 2018:
The Smokies are a great place for that effect.
A little whiskey in the shade. Then back at it.
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 28, 2018:
What does 'back at it' mean?
Oh yeah,.....I found this at the Mall.....
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 28, 2018:
Guess I need to start going to the mall.
While on a walk about today
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 27, 2018:
Looks like spring is just around the corner.
Killdeer on her nest
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 27, 2018:
We had a killdeer nest in our softball field right behind second base. She was fun. She would play like she was hurt to coax us away from her nest.
Eerie.. I was looking straight up ..
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 27, 2018:
Aliens taking a break from their busy work schedule to message us.
Warbirds on display
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 27, 2018:
@BucketlistBob
So here is a question. When you see someone posting lots of questions every day, do you get some ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 27, 2018:
Why does gathering points bother you ladies?
My new shirt...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 27, 2018:
You're my friend, right?
photograph by skado “screens”
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 27, 2018:
A lot of motion in a small space! Someone you might enjoy is Daniel Rozin. I encountered his work at the Hunter Museum (Chattanooga) recently and his work immediately popped into mind when I saw yours. Although, I'm sure your processes are completely different.
Ominous cloud bank over my neighborhood. Not today! Did get some rain out of it though. Not this ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 27, 2018:
Has an Edward Hopper feel.
Think 2017
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 27, 2018:
This is a photo of a reflection from the exterior of one of my bedroom windows. Do you see the word 'think'?
I didn't know about this group. I'm here now and I will do my level best to irritate with ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 26, 2018:
Hi, I'm a 7 downer.
Opinions, experience, thoughts wanted. Today I am cutting off my hair and putting out the welcome to...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 26, 2018:
At age 40 I had hair close to waist length. I started getting a bald spot. Eventually, I told myself it was time for a new style. I'm alone now.
Took my neighbor crabbing yesterday. It was terrible. Only caught 4 crabs. I had 10 crab lines out ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 26, 2018:
I've only been crabbing a couple of times, when I was a kid. We went to small island off the coast of S Carolina. Crabbing was super easy. Tie some meat on a string, throw it in, and wammy, crabs. Preparation was the hard part and my mom took care of that. Time's change.
The mrs. Just came came in the kitchen with the dogs. They jump on the side of the bed when they ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 26, 2018:
I bet you'd be a blast to fly with.
Are you a catfish on here?
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 26, 2018:
I'm the mushroom.
I've apparently been blocked by someone based solely on my viewing her profile. lol
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 26, 2018:
Seriously, you prowler! Do they notify you with a bubble and a written notice? I'd be a little sceptical (unless you're a stalker) of 'the system'. They seem to be having some minor issues (annoyances, really), but I'm sure they'll get around to fixing them. Notify admin if you question it.
[trishagurumi.com] for those that can't separate prehistory from thread crochet
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 26, 2018:
They have a different perspective on 'healthy'.
Mykonos, Greece.
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 25, 2018:
I'm comfortable.
Here is a California Legless Lizard (Anniella pulchra) that my cat brought in a few months ago.
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 25, 2018:
Cool, I've never seen one before. Do you know the evolutionary history of them? I know, get off my lazy ass and do some lookin'.
Tehachapi, CA
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 25, 2018:
Spooky
Hi guys, just wanna say I appreciate you all. That’s it, carry on! ???
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 25, 2018:
And I you.
An amazing performance Hussein, Kumar, Hart fusion. ://[www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcNj2UIaF7g]
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 25, 2018:
Like it a lot!
GMOs good or bad
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 25, 2018:
For food, it shouldn't be allowed. For other organisms that we have destroyed or are in the processing of destroying by being human, why not continue with the process and screw everything up completely.
I see a few members here I am unfamiliar with. It seems odd that I have not had any interaction with...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 24, 2018:
Perhaps you're referring to me. I spent a lot of time on this site the first month. Collected most of the points I have then. I had to get away in order to get things done. I'm back, but not so intense as before. Hope you don't mind. I won't tell anyone I'm an algorithm, promise.
Super excited about the first 2018 sphinx to come to my sheet! This is a male lettered sphinx ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 24, 2018:
We should have those here as well.
Sometimes when I think there’s a lull, I try to post questions that promote critical thought, ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 24, 2018:
I'm a different kind of bird, I guess. I got most of my points the first month, then left the site (thinking temporarily) to work on something meaningful (at least to me). I'm back after 4 months. The house has changed. I don't see the differences that everyone is talking about. We individual change. I post if it's entertaining. That can be very subjective.
Sometimes when I think there’s a lull, I try to post questions that promote critical thought, ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 24, 2018:
You are in control ... of yourself. Change what you can and live with the rest. My mantra is: If there's a will there's a way.
I took this photo at the Buffalo Canoe Club on Lake Erie last summer. The sunset colors in the sky ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 24, 2018:
Very tranquil.
New project I'm starting.
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 24, 2018:
Is that a paper or a felt? Ink, gouache, watercolor, acrylic? Is the woman a concealed dragon? Thought provoking.
My Nhandu tripepii (Brazilian Giant ) Champagne is finally out and about. It’s been a strange ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 24, 2018:
wow!
I think this one was taken at The Mall........
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 24, 2018:
What are you looking for when you form your composition? I admire it.
Funny, seems I've rattled someones cage in this group. Found I was blocked from a post about ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 24, 2018:
It's called the voodoo syndrome.
[youtu.be] Ai Du, my favorite song off Ali Farka Toure's Talking Timbuktu album. Thanks @Spinliesel ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 24, 2018:
Very melancholy. Need a dark beer.
Okay gardeners...looking for recommendations for hardy low [meaning NO] maintenance perennials. Full...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 24, 2018:
First, I agree with @InLogicWeTrust. Secondly, try a butterfly garden. You'll get flowers and butterflies. My thumb is green, but goes through black moments.
While I think having a space for higher level members could be good, there are more than a few ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 23, 2018:
I keep chasing points, they're similar to light dots on the wall that keep moving, very elusive.
So you join a dating site and you need a user name that represents who you feel you are. What is ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 23, 2018:
Something with fish in it.
Ever chased rabbits?
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 23, 2018:
Rabbits are very difficult to catch, especially in an open field. White rabbits? I've never seen a loose one. I'll just feed my head.
Plenty of signs..
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 23, 2018:
I love your sarcastic outlook.
How often, or when do you feel like you need to exercise the old "suspension of disbelief"? You ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 23, 2018:
With family. My kids love playing makebelieve.
AstralSmoke?
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 23, 2018:
It was meant to be for another post. The screen changed on me. Mistakes happen.
Pains from doing normal stuff around the house?
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 23, 2018:
I disagree. It hurts too much to see someone in pain. Hire some strappy young man that hasn't been injuried yet.
Soledad.Canyon near Acton, CA
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 23, 2018:
The mountains look like they're begging to be climbed.
Has anyone got up and left a meeting while you spoke?
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 23, 2018:
My answer to the original question is yes, but I didn't know them and it didn't affect me. I believe your 2 friends need to learn that everyone is different and they need to be treated that way.
So you join a dating site and you need a user name that represents who you feel you are. What is ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 23, 2018:
AstralSmoke?
Have you ever considered going completely off the grid?
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 23, 2018:
I'm working towards that, but still have a long way to go.
different gender = different sexual preference? or not? in this life I seem to be happiest in my ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 23, 2018:
This is a tough one. I've tried imagining switching bodies with other people, but have come to the conclusion if that happened I would be just like them and not know the feelings of the body I came from.
Just an observation. I am not sure I have ever been on any other site that posed questions about ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 22, 2018:
Out-of-my-mind crazy.
It's things like this that draw people together. What draws you closer to someone?
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 22, 2018:
I'm just generally amazed.
Not everyone's cup of tea - but this says it all, and more ... Separate abodes - yes ! ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 21, 2018:
If you live like her or @JaciBea, then I agree it is best to live alone.
3 words only..
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 21, 2018:
She wants me.
What is 'human nature'?
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 21, 2018:
Twisted animal behaviors.
How come most people don't feel sorry when a fish dies?
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 21, 2018:
How do you know?
In your opinion what is the most likely thing that could halt human progress?
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 21, 2018:
It depends on what is penned 'human progress'. If it means continuing on our nonsustainable path, we will doom ourselves. Arrogance?
Is it important for you to think that you have contributed in some small way to the benefit of ...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 21, 2018:
Yes, it's important for me to feel I am benefiting humanity rather than taking advantage. And no, I don't think it makes much of a difference. I simply cannot help myself.
Guys, I'd love to hear what your biggest challenge is when it comes to meeting, and connecting with,...
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 21, 2018:
Time and opportunity.
Carl Sagan's Thoughts About the Illegality of Cannabis
AstralSmoke comments on Apr 20, 2018:
I agree.

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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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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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