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Blog Etiquette (Woman Wielding Words) October 2, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Mindfulness, People.
38 comments

As many of you know, I avoid controversy on SLTW at all costs by always agreeing with anything that anyone else says . . . even if they want to complain that I painted a zebra when they thought it should have been a giraffe.

I am a doormat in front of an open door allowing all manner of ill-mannered beings to enter, walk all over me, and deposit their baggage wherever they want . . . while chastising ME for tripping over it. ;)

Not.

Everyone has the right to say what they want to say when they want to say it . . . but they don’t have the right to say it on SLTW unless I agree that it adds to the discussion rather than detracting from it.

Lisa’s latest post definitely adds to the discussion:  Discussion, Debate, and Blogging Etiquette

Aah . . . that’s better!            

Related posts: Rules of the House * Life is NOT A Free-For-All * The Queen of Hearts * Insanity * The Debating Game * A Quick Vent (The Idiot Speaketh) * Standing Up (Odd Ramblings)

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Artwork (“Ziggy the Zebra”) by Jan Philpot ~ a talented artist, prolific writer, retired school teacher, and compassionate humanitarian.  ♥ ♥ ♥

It’s Going To Be Cold This Winter October 2, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Nature.
32 comments

Wikipedia ~ South Dakota (in Public Domain)

In early fall, the Native Americans on a remote reservation in South Dakota asked their new chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild.

As a chief in a modern society, he had not been taught the old secrets.

When he looked at the sky, he couldn’t tell what the winter was going to be like.

To be prepared, he told his tribe the winter was going to be cold and they should collect firewood before the snows came.

Several days later, he had an idea.

Using a pay phone, he called the National Weather Service and asked, “Is the coming winter going to be cold?”

“It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold,” the meteorologist replied.

The chief went back to his people and told them to collect more firewood.

Wikipedia ~ AT&T Phone (in Public Domain)

A week later, he called the National Weather Service again, “Does it still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?”

“Yes, it’s going to be a very cold winter.”

Even thought the weather seemed mild, the chief encouraged his village to collect every scrap of firewood they could find.

Two weeks later, when the weather remained unseasonably warm, the chief called the National Weather Service again, “Are you certain the winter is going to be very cold?”

“Absolutely,” the man replied. “It looks like it’s going to be one of the coldest winters we’ve ever seen.”

“What makes you say that?” the chief asked.

“The Indians are collecting firewood like crazy.”

Original Source: Unknown

Footprints in the Sand October 2, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Gratitude, Happiness, Poetry.
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Ignoring constraints,
the roots of the Banyan tree
explore new vistas

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One step at a time,
we transfer identities
and replant our roots

 Joy in the details
at the dreaded D.M.V.
Residents, at last!

Exhilarated
And utterly exhausted
We sip chilled champagne

Footprints in the sand

 Fun Fact:  The first banyan tree in the U.S. was planted by Thomas Alva Edison in Fort Myers, Florida.  The tree, originally only 4 feet (1.2 m) tall, now covers 400 feet (120 m).

Related posts:  Sidey’s weekend theme ~ Footprints * Wet With Forest Dew * Footprints (View From The Side) * Through the Lattice (Kate Shrewsday) * Footprints (Adeeyoyo) * Footprints (Johnell47) * The Game Is A Foot (Worth Doing Badly)