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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:12 am

It's just a money spinner, Joe. Models have admitted for a long time that they wished they could look the way they do in their photos. Their images are transformed to sell magazines and products. This photo is no different to thousands of other photos that have appeared on the front cover of VF.


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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:02 pm

I dislike fake anything.  Natural is best.  All the enhancements doesn't change what's inside.
We see additives in our food to enhance the taste and color added to fruit to make it more appealing and that's just a small sample of the fake society in which we live.  With food, all the additives should come with a warning about the dangers and the side effects.  I'm not surprised that manipulation now includes humans.  When it comes to photography, we have seen how photo-shopping alters what we view. 

Personally, I think Bruce Jenner is disgusting.  His claim to fame had nothing to do with his appearance and now he has flushed that down the toilet.  His new fame is fake. 

Wanting to look good is a natural desire.  Enhancements using makeup, coloring of hair, nails, accessorizing, etc., is common and for the most part, harmless.  Changing the sex of a person is not harmless.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:33 am

It's none of my business.  It's all theater for those that are interested just like the reality shows that I don't watch.  So what? By the ratings, it's certainly entertaining to a lot of people. There is a show I've watched occasionally, "Botched." It reminds me that plastic surgery can be a disaster.  The same show has many men and women who alter their appearances for show and income purposes as well as personal feelings about themselves.  It's all none of my business.  I have no opinion about any of it because it has no impact on my life or the lives of anyone with whom I associate. The fact that people are fascinated by these processes and shows is evident by the amount of money made by the actors and the sponsors and the networks who give us what we want.

I believe who we are and how we live is a personal matter so long as we do not purposefully cause harm to others by our personal behaviors among adults and provide children with a fighting chance to have quality lives by giving them appropriate love and support.Within families, especially those families in the spotlight, there are always emotional and dramatic issues when family members step outside what that family considers appropriate behavior - and it's up to them to seek the help they need, professional or otherwise, to balance their relationships.

I have personal beliefs about how I expect people to behave, but I have the intellect to know those beliefs are shaped by my culture and the exposure I have had to various thoughts and beliefs through a lifetime of experiences.  I know that how I believe I should feel and behave is also shaped by that same experience and the genetics and the essence that is me.  Sometimes those feelings change according to how I feel and how I think at different points in time.

How I see myself and how other people see me is often a great distance apart.  I have been described in very horrible terms by people in my life - those descriptions based on their disappointment in their own expectations more than my behaviors - but their beliefs are still very real to them.  Even on Facebook from complete strangers I have been maligned for stating a belief - the ugliness reaching far beyond the subject at hand to characteristics a stranger would have no way of describing.

My point is that I will continue living life as best as I can from my perspective - and I will have acquaintances, friends and colleagues who see life similar and believe I am okay.  There will be others who see life so differently that I will not be on their list of people to know.  That is also okay.  There are people who see life so differently that I will have difficulty understanding their behaviors and their points of view.  I will just accept that as part of the variety in life unless it intrudes or threatens my part of the world.  I may comment, but I will try very hard not to be judgmental.

Just as the plant and animal kingdoms are infinite in their variety and the behaviors of and within each species, we are but one more species of animal with infinite variety.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:40 am

Yes, Abe, dressing up is harmless, whereas fooling people into believing that plastic surgery can turn men and women into women and men is harmful. 

I was brought up on films like Old Mother Riley, a series starring Arthur Lucan and his wife Kitty McShane. Lucan took the part of the mother and his wife the part of the daughter. I never questioned that Old Mother Riley was a man dressed up as an old woman. When I found out, I accepted it immediately, and it made sense. With a child's mind, the only confusion was that I couldn't understand why such a lovely young woman was married to an old man. It never crossed my mind that a young man could dress up as an old woman! 

As children we learn from everything we see. The learning process of watching those films make it impossible for me to see a man dressed as a woman and not be able to see the man underneath all the make up and clothes. Transsexuals such as the author, Janet Monk, cannot conceal their male behaviour, which is innate. They have to learn how to behave like women by observation. Real women don't have to do that. Men and women can spend the day working side by side in the garden, for example, with no physical difference in their dress (jeans and t-shirts) or behaviour, but after a shower and change, a woman becomes a woman just because she is one. Takes no effort at all.

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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:22 am

Shelagh, what you say makes good sense. 
Hmmm.  In afterthought you wouldn't have made the post if it didn't. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:19 am

We suffer from very early prejudices. One of my great aunts looked like Old Mother Riley; she could have been a stand-in. Like Barbara Bush, she looked old enough to be my great uncle's mother. I knew from a very early age that young people did not like to be perceived as old (Bobby Charlton wore a lock of hair across his bald pate to conceal his baldness for years). It seemed less odd to me that a man should dress as a woman, as actors do in pantomimes, than it did for a young person to dress as an old person. Old prejudices die hard (pun intended!).

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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Jun 04, 2015 12:48 pm

That's fine for those who are imprinted with their male or female genetics.  Many people are not so well imprinted and have distributions of hormones such that whether they are male or female is a question.  The variations are infinite and experienced differently by those who feel the challenges.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:03 pm

Intersex is a biological condition. Transgenderism is a mental problem (gender dysphoria). The use of plastic surgery to solve a mental problem is medical quackery.

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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Jun 18, 2015 4:37 am

My dad is ninety!




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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:49 am

Congratulations!  A very nice appearing gentleman.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:48 am

Shelagh, you are fortunate to still have your Dad.  People are living longer.  I remember my mother saying that (according to the bible) we were promised to age 70.  Medicine has helped people live longer.  I have a neighbor that reached 100 this past March.
Every day is a gift at that age.  Allowing the person to do or eat whatever they choose is the best gift one can give.  Listening to whatever they have to say, even if it is often repeated, is important.  The older people get, the more they tend to revert to memories of their early life, especially their childhood.  They may not remember what was said five minutes ago, but they can remember what happened 50 years ago.

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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:03 pm

Thanks, DK and Abe. Yes, I think you can eat and drink anything you want if you make it to ninety!

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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:21 pm

My mom is 96 her next birthday in September.  She is as sharp as when she was 50.  She forgets nothing, present, past or future.  I count on her when she's here to help me remember things - or to call and remind me when she returns to Michigan.  I think it was growing up on a farm that did it.  They walked to church and to school and ate from the farm and the little grocery her dad owned.  She never gained an ounce of fat in her life, a nice figure at her age still, and if the doctor said she ought to eat less salt - she ate no salt.  He said to watch the sugar.  She gave up sugar.  She led a very disciplined life and climbs up and down the stairs to the basement a dozen times a day.  When I go home to Michigan and go up and down those stairs, I get a pain in my legs! Her life was not perfect and like all people, had some real challenges with health and with caring for her husband for ten years with Parkinson's and Alzheimers until he passed in his 70s.  She didn't have it easy, but she always lived in the present not the past.  Each day is a new day for her.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:23 pm

DK.  You are blessed to still have your mother.  She sounds like a remarkable woman.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:07 pm

My precious stepmother lived into her late 90s - and was only 4 foot 11, all love.  She was my best friend in life and from whom I learned acceptance, forgiveness and unconditional love.  Her life was full of trauma yet she always moved forward and forgave.  I miss her awfully sometimes, wishing I believed she was still there for me to chat with in a Heaven, but that's a myth.  She is in my heart for sure and in my memories for ever.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:05 pm

Mum and Dad on his ninetieth birthday:


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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:34 pm

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                 Shelagh..

                               You can see the great love they have for each other and they 
     still look beautiful at their age..God Bless them..

                                                       Cheers..Joe... Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:12 am

Yes, Joe, they have been together now for sixty-seven years!

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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Sat Jul 25, 2015 3:27 pm

Shelagh,

What a lovely couple. You are indeed lucky.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:50 pm

:-)  Just lovely!
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:24 am

A video has been posted on Reddit showing the moment an entire school performed a spine-tingling haka as a tribute to their former teacher, who died in his sleep.

The incredibly emotional and powerful performance was put on by current and former students at Palmerston North Boys' High School on New Zealand's North Island.

Dawson Tamatea had taught at the school for 25 years, when he unexpectedly passed away on Sunday. The video, which was originally posted on Reddit, has since had more than 350,000 views.

The haka is a traditional Maori dance, war cry or challenge, as well as a display of a tribe's pride, strength and unity.


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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Wed Jul 29, 2015 10:03 am

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                                " FANTASTIC !"

                                  Cheers.....Joe............ Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Sun Aug 16, 2015 3:48 am

On our wedding anniversary twelve days ago, we spent the day looking at summerhouses. One particular style was only on show in Wiltshire, a three hour drive away. We called in at a couple of other sites along the way. It took the whole day but we gained a good insight into what we didn't want. Two days later, we drove over to Cardiff and found what we were looking for. We spent the weekend cutting down a tree. On Monday, with the help of a work colleague and his son, and a hired truck, my husband picked up the summerhouse. With my help, my husband spent the next three days extending the patio. Yesterday, the three men erected the new feature in the corner of the garden. Now we can relax!


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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Sun Aug 16, 2015 7:38 am

Stunning.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:57 am

Nice little yard house...I see the flowers are you handy-work Shelagh.  Your mum, and dad are living history. They lived things most of us have only read about. We should always remember to thank those who came before us for what we have today. Your folks generation was the best this world has ever seen. The young people today think they are it. Most don't understand they would still be living in caves if those, "out of date people," had not built the foundation of all we have. I bow to the generations past.
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