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Redbud Trees and Dogwoods are native here in Oklahoma and they are everywhere.
RussRAB comments on Apr 8, 2019:
I planted redbuds in the berm between the sidewalk and the street. Since we live on a corner, we have 2 sides. The trees in the front are about 20 years old and they have had some trouble with the hot summers. The original trunks have all become scarred and rotten, but the tree lives on from the suckers that grow from the base. Every year they have produced a beautiful crop of pick flowers. After the flowers fade on the ends of the branches, a smaller crop blooms on the trunk on small bunches. It is a sight with the new leaves emerging and the flowers blooming on the trunks of the trees.
The continuing saga of the vanilla - today had my first attempt at hand-pollinating (with a bamboo ...
RussRAB comments on Apr 7, 2019:
How do the flowers pollinate naturally? Must be an incsect or bird not from this atea?
Not sure where to shout out about this, .
RussRAB comments on Apr 7, 2019:
Don't most of these athletes receive full scholarships? Isn't that payment enough?
Dedicated to the small dog lover
RussRAB comments on Mar 31, 2019:
I had a golden retriever and a cocker spaniel that would be more likely to lick an intruder to death before barking or biting them. I had a chihuahua mix that would bark and nip at the heals of family that didn't come over all that often. I had a schipperke owner tell me that her dogs wouldn't allow any intruders into her home. I would imagine a jack russell would be more than any intruder would want to deal with if the dog didn't think he belonged there.
Are you paying attention elders?
RussRAB comments on Mar 30, 2019:
There was a girl in High School who said her adult brother got really tired of answering the door to missionaries (Mormons and all others). To stop them, he started answering his door naked when he knew it was missionaries knocking. He wasn't bothered by them much after that.
I finally got all my indoor seeds started! Between those and the plants I have inside for the ...
RussRAB comments on Mar 2, 2019:
I recognize the glow of a grow light. I recently bought one for some house plants that weren't doing so well. I'm thrilled with the result, and now I'm thinking of expanding on the idea. You use the for starting seeds? I wouldn't have thought of it. Great idea.
In case you missed it on the main page! Is this not just stunning? [google.com]
RussRAB comments on Mar 2, 2019:
Beautiful! Here in North Texas, someone would seed the sides along the freeways with the state flower, Blue Bonnetts. We would gave these spectacular blooms that turned these areas along the roadside a gorgeous blue color. They must have stopped seeding several years ago because it hasn't been like this for some time. We still get lots of Spring wildflowers that bloom, just not much of the Blue Bonnetts.
New Imported Distemper Strain in Dogs [wormsandgermsblog.com]
RussRAB comments on Feb 28, 2019:
The article doesn't mention if American dog owners need to take any precautions for our pets. Does anyone have information on this issue?
I think being agnostic is a huge sacrifice and it takes courage to even admit it.
RussRAB comments on Feb 14, 2019:
Maybe I have a bit of a different take on the issue, but I see being agnostic as "not knowing". Is this life all there is? I really don't know and I refuse to act as if I do which means I am not going to pin my beliefs, values, and behavior today during this limited time as if there is something more. Some people are not going to like my decisions - regardless what I decide - so I will live in a way that attempts to balance my sense of my personal happiness against certain societal standards. This includes the inevitable loss of loved ones who whether or not they will be accessible after I die are not accessible in my life today. I still hold onto their memory and how they interacted in my life while they were alive. The love I felt for them and they for me is not diminished by their passing, just as the love I experience with those living today isn't diminished when we are apart. My condolences on the loss of your husband; he was obviously very special to you. My hope for you isn't that you will necessarily see him again, but that his memory brings you comfort and the peace and love he brought into your life inspires you to bring the same into the lives of others. Peace to you, my freind. Take care of yourself.
Well now I have another reason to hate the steaming pile of Mormon Hypocrite mouth diarrhoea David ...
RussRAB comments on Feb 5, 2019:
I wonder what some of Matheson's former patients have to say about his change. It must be terribly difficult having a therapist tell you how you have to surpress certain basic feelings to then have him decide he is OK being gay himself and having same sex relationships. I think it's actually a more sensible place for him to be, but he has messed with lots of gay people's heads.
We've an "anti-vax mommy" in the 'burb.
RussRAB comments on Feb 3, 2019:
Anti-vaxxer mom asks how to protect her unvaccinated 3 year old from a measles outbreak in her state. https://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Anti-vaxxer-vaccine-measles-immunize-outbreak-13581343.php
CONTROL IS A "DELUSION" [youtu.be]
RussRAB comments on Jan 13, 2019:
The creation of God would be in the hope of an ultimate controller of our universe and prayer would be the hope of being able to access a bit of this ultimate control for our own benefit. The delusion of control isn't absolute since we do control a number of various aspects of our lives; but it is very limited. Ultimately, powers within the universe are much greater than the control we are able to exert.
Can compost get too old?
RussRAB comments on Dec 10, 2018:
My grandfather used horse manure on his gardens. He said it was never good until it had aged several years. Overall, compost is good for your garden, but it can also have a short term negative effect of binding up nitrogen. I don't recall the details, but nitrogen generally needs to be "fixed" into a form that plants can use. Legumes are good for this fixing of nitrogen. I just remember being advised by a horticulturalist to mix a nitrogen fertilizer when using compost on tbe garden.
Evening Primrose with Dianthus and an ant.
RussRAB comments on Dec 4, 2018:
I love these flowers. Here in Texas, the Showy Evening Primrose are shades of pink to almost white. They grow wild along the roadways. I was able to get a couple established in my garden. I'll have to post pictures when they bloom in the spring.
Succulent from west Texas my mom gave me 5 years ago
RussRAB comments on Nov 25, 2018:
This looks like it might be a vatiety of Sedum or Stonecrop. Here is a link; take a look and see if you agree. https://www.gardenia.net/plant-variety/sedum-stonecrop
RAPE It’s the will of god in republican Oklahoma apparently. [churchandstate.org.uk]
RussRAB comments on Nov 25, 2018:
Such a rule victimizes women twice if they become pregnant - once by their rapist and a second time by a government that would put a law like this in place. It also rewards the rapist.
This is my mini Stone Henge created in 2010.
RussRAB comments on Nov 25, 2018:
What a creative idea.
Does anyone else have Japanese Iris? I was reminded today and want to share. :)
RussRAB comments on Nov 25, 2018:
Wow! These are beautiful! You just may convert me from the bearded varieties. What is the size of the flowers?
I'm thinking of spring and these came up while browsing my photos.
RussRAB comments on Nov 23, 2018:
I am partial to the hyacinth, although, I would have both in my garden except the tulips don't get enough cold in Texas to bloom more than 1 year. The hyacinths also seem to dwindle over time but they return for a good long time. The heat here is very hard on most garden plants.
Returned from our trip to find an ice storm did a number on our poor willow trees.
RussRAB comments on Nov 23, 2018:
That does appear to be some bad damage to your trees. When we lived in Utah years sgo, we had an early snow that was wet and heavy. Plenty of the trees still had leaves that had not yet fallen. A neighbor's tree (don't recall what kind it was) split almost down the middle and half the tree lay across their drive. The trunk was a good size like 2 feet in diameter. It must have been a softer wood tree to collapse like that.
Milo said, "Maybe a little too tight around the middle."
RussRAB comments on Nov 23, 2018:
Lol. My dogs have never liked to wear clothing. They almost always started off after being dressed by staring at us with a look that clearly asked, "Seriously?!?"
Stephen King ✔ @StephenKing Trump condones murder, then explains it's okay for his daughter to...
RussRAB comments on Nov 21, 2018:
If Trump wants to lock up Hillary Clinton for her e-mails, he also would need to go after the whole of the W. Bush administraton. They used a private e-mail server provided by the RNC. When e-mail records wre sought for investigations into the Iraq war, there were hundreds of thousands that had been lost - most from the time leading up to the start of the Iraq war. Well after Bush was out of office, these e-mails turned up, well after it mattered a great deal. When did the law pass requiring that all official government e-mail go through government servers? It may have been prior to Clinton's private server, but operational tradition more or less looked the other way. The situation with Ivanka, however, is different because her use of one was after the rules had been tightened and the GOP made a huge deal out of Hillary's e-mail. Btw, Trump is known to regularly conduct official government business on his personal cell phone. He has been advised that this phone is not secure and subject to being hacked, but he continues to use it anyway.
'Sweet Kate' Spiderwort. Do you prefer foliage or the flower?
RussRAB comments on Nov 20, 2018:
Beautiful shade of blue violet. Spiderworts volunteered in my yard here in Texas. I moved a couple into the garden. It's a plant I probably wouldn't have selected until I had one and have enjoyed them.
Somehow this is just so wrong.
RussRAB comments on Nov 15, 2018:
Someone there has a paid up membership to the NRA. Did every employee pass a background check?
Hi all, Meet George.
RussRAB comments on Nov 11, 2018:
Hi, Lutherzme. I don't see the picture of George and the link gives me an error. Can you attach another picture? George sounds like a great guy! Thanks.
The easiest most versatile plant to have are daylilies.
RussRAB comments on Nov 10, 2018:
I honestly am an iris fan first. My local botanical gardens had an iris sale which was coupled with a daylily sale across the hall. My wife decided she wanted some daylilies too, so we ended up purchasing about a half dozen. What I was surprised to find out is that some varieties of daylilies have a sweet smell. Those are the ones I wanted most. Now I'm excited to see these daylilies bloom to see and to smell them.
What is the most laughable story in the Bible?
RussRAB comments on Nov 10, 2018:
I think some of the most laughable parts of Christianity don't necessarily come from the Bible, but from interpretations of the Bible by some Christians. One guy for another forum was convinced that a description from Ezekiel of gyroscopes was proof of aliens. He was also convinced that Bigfoot was real and the reason we couldn't find any solid evidence for it was that God was holding it in reserve for some role during the apocalypse. A TV preacher I heard a very long time ago (like the 1970's) was interpreting Revelations and the return of Jesus. The passage he read said that everyone would witness Jesus' return, and so he reasoned that the only way this could happen was if the whole earth turned inside out and the surface of the earth would face some great cavernous center where Jesus could return and all the world could see him all at the same time.
Do your dogs love snow?
RussRAB comments on Nov 4, 2018:
Mine haven't seen a good snowfall yet. They loved the rain, though, and something tells me they will love snow too.
A simple truth.
RussRAB comments on Nov 4, 2018:
My dogs have taken a sudden interest in my garden. I did spread a bit of fertilizer for spring bulbs which is low in nitrogen. Has anyone had their pooches interested in their soil ofter fertilizing? I thought perhaps a new smell may have attracted them, or something? Anyone know if fertilizer is particularly harmful to them? They want to dig and lick at the dirt.
I guess if you like gardening this is the group to be in.
RussRAB comments on Nov 3, 2018:
Beautiful gardens. You have been wonderfully creative.
Excerpts from the blathering of President Dallin Hoax First Counsellor in the First Presidency ...
RussRAB comments on Nov 2, 2018:
It was when I understood that these supposedly most faifhful of men who would tell church members to trust them implicitly because they "would never lead them astray" were willing to lie and deceive the membership in order to maintain faith in the chuch that I decided this church was not what it claimed to be and that trust in these men was misplaced because they were undeserving of this trust.
Welcome Russ
RussRAB comments on Oct 31, 2018:
Thanks. It's good to be here.
Religions vs Cult
RussRAB comments on Oct 31, 2018:
I did a bit of reading on cults since I seem to have had a bit of an affinity for controlling groups. Steven Hassan and others have said that there are a number of characteristics of cults. A controlling cult does not need to posses all of these characteristics but rather just a combinaton of 3 or 4 of them minimum. My interpretation is that each characteristic a group has is one greater degree of being cult-like the groip is. So an organization that has only 1 characteristic is probably OK for the most part but those that have 4, 5, or 6 are best to stay away from.
I keep hearing now that caffeine is now cool among Mormons, ur, I mean among the Church of Jesus ...
RussRAB comments on Oct 31, 2018:
A long time ago, I sat in a priesthood meeting in California wdhen we had a visiter from Utah. Someone memtioned the ban on cola drinks and the visiter just about lost it. In a very loud voice, he claimed there was no problem with caffienated soft drinks. He said Pres. Kimball was asked about coke and pepsi and Kimball responded by saying something like he didn't know why anyone would consume these drinks; they took all the bad things in coffee and tea and put them in cola drinks. The Mormon (sorry, everyone knows who Mormons are and it's a lot shorter to write) faithful took that comment and added it to their list of Word of Wisdom banned substances. I prefer Dr Pepper or Ginger Ale myself, and I could care less what anyone thinks about it.
How can I find more local friends with more in common?
RussRAB comments on Oct 28, 2018:
Have you considered looking into a Unitarian Universalist church? I understand they are generally accepting of diverse beliefs/disbeliefs. I also understand there could be differences from one congregation to another, so one might not fit your needs as well as another might. Good luck to you. I hope you find what you are looking for.
Even if all humans turned into peaceful, rational humanists like Steven Pinker or Hans Rosling, our ...
RussRAB comments on Oct 28, 2018:
The major difference is we would not have the battle of convincing everyone that something needs to be done. Climate change, pollution, toxic waste, etc. are difficult problems to be certain, but they are made worse by the current denial that these issues are a problem to be dealt with at all. Whether science, technology, human ingenuity, or whatever can possibly solve the problems you mention is one matter to discuss, but we will never get to the point of addressing them if not enough human beings refuse to even acknowledge that they need to be.
How to reply when someone says 'have a blessed day'
RussRAB comments on Oct 24, 2018:
I've found the "Have a blessed day" comment to be annoying, but I try to keep it in context of just a form of wishing someone well in a different way. I've thought of saying something like "Thanks, may your day keep evolving" or something along that line, but I typically just say "Thanks" or nod and smile.
Atheist = Depressed?
RussRAB comments on Oct 24, 2018:
I have read that religious people have been reported to live longer and to show fewer signs of stress than non-religious people. Investigations into the claim have shown that this phenomdnon appears to be true except that the effects are as true for those who attend some service regularly even if they don't believe in the religion. Humans are social creatures and the effects of being social, congregating with others, and having physical contact with other humans goes a long way in reducing stress and bolstering healfh, and apparsntly extending life. If non-believers are more depressed (which I don't necessarily accept out of hand) the reason could be that as a community of nonbelievers, we have fewer opporunities to have contact with other humans and have fewer opportunities to have the benefits of rubbing shoulders with our fellow nonbelievers.
Has your Atheism affected your patriotism?
RussRAB comments on Oct 24, 2018:
I think my patriotism has increased since leaving religion. Understanding and appreciating how the ideals presented by our nations founders in our US Constitution has afforded me the freedom to make decisions about my life which has led to the abandonment of religion. I also no longer take such freedoms for granted since recent events have demonstrated how fragile these guarranteed freedoms are. I also no longer rely on a silent magical partner to take care of these freedoms since it became clear from events in my life that this "magical freind" doesn't actually do a thing (except possibly to be given credit for events it never did or could influence).
The Ginkgo in the garden now is just coming up to full colour, I hope this weeks winds are not going...
RussRAB comments on Oct 24, 2018:
Beautiful! Fall colors aren't as vibrant in Texas as I remember as a kid growing up in Ohio. Something I miss.
What kind of plant is this?
RussRAB comments on Oct 21, 2018:
It looks too big to be a dogtooth lily. Maybe a dogwood or dogbane. If it were me, he might be a corpse flower once I was done scolding him (not really - he's much too cute for that).
Believer/Non-believer relationships
RussRAB comments on Oct 21, 2018:
My relationship currently is mixed because I left religion and she stuck with it, although not fanatically as some from her religion tend to be. If there is any one attribute between us that makes the relationship successful, it would be a mutual respect for the other as an individual. We have so many other things in common (like a history, children, etc.) and our religious difference is really a small part of who we are in total. Having said this, however, if I were starting over to find a partner, religious similarities would very likely be an important factor. Religion has more of an emotional factor for believers and not a rational or intellectual one. Emotions can be very irrational and defense of religion can be (imo, tends to be) irrational. Together, emotions and irrationality can lead to some terribly nasty arguments and outcomes.
Whenever you egaged in an angry altercation with someone else, haven't you invariably thought that ...
RussRAB comments on Oct 15, 2018:
I think nearly all people believe they are right about what they believe, think, and feel. When we discover we are mistaken, we often change our beliefs to the revised or newly discovered paradigm which we have become to think is correct. When emotions become high, our defenses also kick in and we sometimes have difficulty behaving rationally much less a thinking rationally.