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    Dear Sarah

    By sarah reasoner grey, 2017-01-17
    Dear Sarah, I own and operate a growing hobby/card shop. I like the business a lot, get to meet a few people who are regulars, and a couple have become friends. I have been in a romantic relationship for 4 years. We are both in our early thirties. It has been everything I needed and wanted and my girlfriend Michelle I know felt the same way about us. In our relaxed life style everything kind of fit.  We liked the same foods, the same neighborhood. She often would help me in the store at night when we are open for various card swaps and show and tell for the younger groups. We have friends in common, love our hiking vacations, and totally enjoy our two black cats Boris and Tink who hang with me in the store. Within the last year a few problems have arisen. Ever since Michelle...
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    It is important that we recognize those who have most affected the environment by their words and actions.  Each year, this site takes a poll to find those most deserving to be in the Environmental Hall of Fame and the Environmental Hall of Shame. Please send  your nominations  for  each category by e-mail through the “Contact the Author”   link or put it in the comment section . If you would, please include a short reason that your nominee should be chosen and suggest a suitable gift if they win. Nominations  will be taken until January 31st, 2017. The nominees will then be  listed  and this site will conduct a poll to determine the winner in each category.   You may suggest a suitable prize for your nominee. Please be imaginative, as particularly thoughtful or humorous...
    Posted in: Environment | 1 comments

    Dear Sarah

    By sarah reasoner grey, 2016-12-30
    Dear Sarah, I worry about my parents. Mom is 79 and Daddy is 81. My sister and I met at LAX the week before Christmas and visited with them in Brighton Mass. and noticed a sharp decline in ways that are not healthy for them. Mom doesn't want to cook and clean any more and Daddy has very little desire to pick up the slack. So, the house is not clean, and they eat what we used to call TV dinners, canned soup, and Entenmann's coffee cakes. They are both thinner than they were last April, but told us that they get checkups regularly. They do have good doctors and adequate medical coverage so that is a godsend. It's just that they both have changed so much in less than a year and it scares us both. We know that independence is very important to them. We talked about it after we left...
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    By sarah reasoner grey, 2016-12-22
    Sarah wishes every one of you a peaceful and blessed holiday! $(document).ready(function() { var id = $('#ytplayerUMQcWZ'); var tw = id.width(); var th = Math.round(tw / 1.778); if (th < 300) { th = 300; } id.height(th); });
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    Charles Krauthammer and Pyromania

    By J.C. Moore, 2016-12-20
      In a recent article, Charles Krauthammer lauded Donald Trump’s cabinet picks as they may destroy the agencies which they have been nominated to head. His article, “ The Trump Cabinet: Bonfire of the agencies  “, reflects his view that Government regulatory agencies should be torched. Like a pyromaniac, Mr. Krauthammer looks on gleefully as a fire he helped create with incendiary articles, lays waste to the agencies set up to protect our health and the environment. He seems particularly enamored with Scott Pruitt, who will likely head the EPA.  As the Attorney General of Oklahoma, Mr. Pruitt favored corporations and sued the EPA stop enforcement of regulations designed to protect people and the environment . For example, Scott Pruitt’s predecessor in Oklahoma, Drew...
    Posted in: Environment | 6 comments
         This is a reprint of a  letter to the Wichita Eagle  from Dr. Patrick Pirotte, which explains why renewable energy is important for our future. Dr. Patrick Pirotte, O.D., is a board certified Fellow in the  College of Optometrists in Vision Development  and treats children with vision and learning-related vision problems. He lectures nationwide on the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems in children and on the impact of vision problems on learning and classroom performance. He is a member of the  Citizens Climate Lobby  and is an advocate for their carbon fee and dividend system to ensure a healthy future for our children. The letter below is reprinted with his permission: “I read with interest recent statements by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., about...
    Posted in: Environment | 4 comments

    Dear Sarah

    By sarah reasoner grey, 2016-12-15
    Dear Sarah,     How does a person socialize without getting 'matched' at every social event?  I like being single, am good at it, and now at the age of 44 I am good with remaining a bachelor forever. The problem is everyone I know seems to know a woman who I would supposedly love to meet, it is getting ridiculous. I am not shy and can make my own arrangements. My sister is the worst offender because she works in an office with hordes of women and is always trying to blind date me. When I tell her and others no thanks they get hostile, ask me if I am gay, or insist I tell them what is wrong with me. I have told many people that I am not a person who wishes to have a mate of any gender. What the hell, I like the simplicity of bachelorhood, am not...
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    In 2016, two protests were held over the use of public land. It would seem reasonable that the law enforcement authorities would respond the same to each situation, but that was not the case. The Malheur Refuge Standoff : In January, armed militants seized the headquarters of the Malheur national wildlife refuge in Oregon to protest the conviction of Dwight and Steven Hammond for arson on federal BLM land. The charges were brought because the fires had endangered the lives of firefighters.  Ammon Bundy, the son of the anti-government protester Cliven D. Bundy,  led the protest. The militants declared the federal government had no authority to manage the federal lands and demanded that the federal government cede ownership of BLM federal lands and the refuge to the state. The...
    Posted in: Environment | 5 comments

    Dear Sarah

    By sarah reasoner grey, 2016-12-03
    Dear Sarah,   I am an only child who has been married to a man (Bud E.) for 24 years, he has 2 younger sisters who are still unmarried and we have one daughter who is a special needs young adult. Until recently my husband Bud was always saying that he wished he had a brother to spend s ome at home time with, to be with to go fishing and hunting in the Fall. It was always especially hard at holiday time as he was always the only man. He has long been est ranged  from h is mother and his father died of pancreatic cancer five years ago. So it has been hard on him. He works very hard on the third shift at IBM (12 hour shifts). About five years ago around the time his father died we got a phone call from an unknown caller who started the...
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    As We Give Thanks

    By Moonchild63, 2016-11-23
    As We Give Thanks
    Before the hustle & bustle of the holiday festivities, I wanted to wish you & yours the merriest of turkey days. As Gratitude is an attitude - may all adopt &/or spread it on the day of Thanks & beyond. Have A Blessed Day✌
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    "May You Live In Interesting Times"

    By Moonchild63, 2016-11-15
    "May You Live In Interesting Times"
    Although it is used as a 'Toast' (usually @ the New Year's) it is also in lure purported to be a 'Curse!' - well "Toast or Curse," We the people's of America do (presently) "... Live in Interesting Times." I put to NT "How does one hold their nose where Sexual Assault & Abuse are Concerned!?" & got '0' takers, yet later posted a seeded link "Hillary Wins Popular Vote & its Growing!," which presently has over 150 responses. I guess, I should be heartened & encouraged as a non-answer is my Answer! & that 'No One' can or would dare (obviously) attempt a justification. I guess that I am a New Breed of American, Woman, African descendent, as well as Child of a Higher Good! As, I don't get 'angry' people, yet like the Tee-Shirt says agree "They Suck!" As for...

    Dear Sarah

    By sarah reasoner grey, 2016-11-14
    Dear Sarah,   I am so glad that I can write this letter anonymously because I wou ld never accuse anyone of wrong doing without proof. It is worrisome to me that my good friend and neighbor about a block away has been sort of missing. When I say missing I mean that the person I   walk with every afternoon is unreachable. I have been to her house twice in three weeks knocking on her door,  call her cell phone. No answer with a 'full message' recording. W hen I see her husband with the dog he tells me that she has digestive problems but it isn’t serious. I am definitely not a nosey person, but I am concerned for her. We have been walking together with our dogs for more than 4 years, and in that time we have confided...
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