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   Shimmer128  I had the day planned out. Spend it alone, go out to lunch, see a movie. Get through the day. At the last minute, a friend invited me over to her house with lots of family and LOTS of delicious food. Then I told them that I had heard of this free tree lighting/concert with Pentatonix and the Isley Brothers. So we went there and saw fireworks and heard Pentatonix sing. In person!!!! (and the Isley Brothers ) I was so thrilled. If you aren't familiar with them, go look them up on Youtube, they are just fantastic. And the best part....I didn't have to go alone.
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   Gram77  What a day for you! Seems like you were being watched over today.
4 hours ago .

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   Balogreene  Oh Shimmer, how wonderful. Grinch me would have said no, and stayed alone. What a lovely experience.
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   Iacta alea est  The Isley Brothers have the distinction of being the longest continually performing band of the rock & roll era. The Beach Boys are second. And for those of you who would say 'what about Chuck Berry?', Berry is a solo act. But I'd still ay to see any one of the three....especially the Isley's.
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   Fireball27  Happy Thanksgiving to all my L.Dotter friends and their families. We are all so lucky to live in the U.S. People like you are the reason this country is so great. I often wonder about other countries, and why they are so backward. My friend was from East Germany, and the city he grew up in was over 1000 years old! We sent him off to meet his maker wearing the Proud to be an American T-Shirt he loved. I'm proud to have known him. If any of you have seen the movie "Night Crossing" you will understand what life was like for him and his family in East Germany. That movie is a true story about a family trying to escape to the west in a homemade hot air balloon. My friend got his family out in 1976. It was almost impossible, but he made it happen.
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   Gerty  Hope you had a great Thanksgiving too! Husband and I were stranded at home with 8 in. of snow over 1 in. of ice but managed to make it 'special' anyway.
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   Shimmer128  If anyone else lives in GA (I live near Atlanta ) and would like to have an Ldotter get together, please contact me. I just moved up here and it's sort of lonely.

12 hours ago .

   Shimmer128  The strangest thing. I can't post on the Recipe Thread 2 or 3. I did post, but starting yesterday, it won't let me anymore.
14 hours ago .

   Allsogreat  Happy Turkey Day safe and eat a lot...
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   Straitpath  I am up early here in Utah. I want to wish this wonderful Connection family a great Thanksgiving day. I am grateful for Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. I am thankful for the Gospel, for my husband and family and for America. Love.
15 hours ago .

   Gerty  Amen.
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   Gram77  Does any one know why the Grand Jury in Ferguson decided to announce their decision at night? Seems like crowd control would have been a bit easier to control in daylight.
Tuesday at 10:04 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Wicked deeds done under the coverage of darkness.
Tuesday at 10:23 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, Fox was saying that the people in charge (law enforcement, the mayor, etc ) wanted kids to be home from school and rush hour to be over so that people were home from work. Fewer innocents in danger.
Tuesday at 11:05 EST .

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   Gram77  Let's see did that work? I will never understand what gets solved when business are broken into and destroyed.
Tuesday at 11:21 EST .

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   FL Homeschool Mom  Saw the Thanksgiving thread on the mother site and thought of a great idea. A Lucianne cookbook with recipes from the cooking threads with all the proceeds supporting the Lucianne web site. Just a thought. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Tuesday at 09:45 EST .

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   Shimmer128  Oh yes! What an idea! And we all know what recipe would take front and center in that cookbook! In fact, it ought to have that name!
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   Shimmer128  The Whore Squirrel Cookbook
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   Hollyhock  Too funny. The perfect title.
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   Gerty  Would it not be better to read in the headlines that the Grand Jury COULD NOT indict Officer Wilson rather than that they DECIDED NOT TO indict Officer Wilson?
Tuesday at 05:46 EST .

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   Gram77  Oh Gerty, you are so right!
Tuesday at 06:13 EST .

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   Fireball27  Right Gerty. I'm betting we'll see headlines with the "Republicans say" Wilson not guilty line. Not the Grand Jury said so. You remember when Clinton's man testified that he set up donations to the DNC from an Indian Tribe trying to stay the only casino in the area? Even though this testimony was live on C-SPAN, and the guy admitted to recieving money for the DNC, the media reported it as "Republicans say" DNC got donations from tribe.
Tuesday at 07:25 EST .

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   Hollyhock  You got it right Gerty. They wanted revenge not justice. Now the professional rioters and looters can pack up and move on to the next job. They may have been successful in turning Ferguson into the next Detroit. Business owners have lost their livelihood, inventory and buildings not to mention employees are now unemployed. There is big money behind this outrage.
Tuesday at 09:35 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I couldn't stand it anymore. I suggest even if you are on a limited income, try to do the same, as best you can.

I went to the grocery yesterday. An elderly couple, he in a Veterans cap,she in one of the mobile cart thingies. They were both having a tough time getting around due to age. I got curious. Started following them around while not making myself obvious. I watched them pick up items, look at the price , them put them back. I got hacked. I started picking up the item and putting it in my basket which was pretty empty at the time.

Then they hit the meat dept. They bought almost nothing after picking up untold items, looking at the price, and putting them back. At that point, I had had it. I picked up a load of things they had looked at. Hauled back to the produce dept and loaded up. Then milk,cream,cheese,bread, a pie.. I was on a roll. I had a bit of time to spare as they were slow and the lines were very long. I bolted into the mgrs. office and told him what I was doing. Told him I'd be paying in cash,and gave him some cash for the bagger to make sure everything was loaded for them. These precious people will not worry about having meat ,but will feast for a while. And I don't think I've ever done something that made me feel so good. I've done this before, but smaller. I went big yesterday. I will do it again. Best damned feeling I've had since I can't remember when. And I grabbed a lot of staples, 5lb flour, 5 lb sugar, 2 lbs butter. 2 huge jars Jif peanut butter,etc. And thank you for your service Sir. I hope you had 2 of those ribeyes last night and finished with those strawberries and cream. Damn, that felt good. So VERY good.
November 23 at 16:19 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Way to go Flaming Sword. That is a great way to restore someone's faith in humankind. I know, it was done to us. We were in the store picking up an apple(for the parrots ),a jug of drinking water,and a loaf of bread. The lady in front of us was checking out, the checker advanced the items on the belt, I grabbed them and said "this nice lady does not want to buy our groceries!" And somehow while I was chatting with Hagar, the checker rang up our items on the woman's bill. She loaded her groceries, said goodbye, and I stood there with my money waiting for the checker to ring me up. When she said they were already paid for I almost fell in the floor. We went directly out to the parking lot but she was gone. I knew she worked at WalMart and we finally tracked her down the other day and properly thanked her. Wow, it makes you feel SO GOOD. We are always on the other end of the gifting.
November 23 at 16:55 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I don't want to be tracked down, but thank you for your comments. From one who was the recipient,you should know.. I think no matter what end you are on, it's a wonderful thing. I dropped close to $400.00 but I swear it felt like someone had dumped a million on my head after it was done. I almost made me wonder if I did it because I wanted to help, or because of the boost it gave my ego. Whatever. All involved are happy. And as a side note. . I lost someone in June who meant more to me than I could ever explain. On his birthday in May, and for Christmas, I used to spend about 350-400 for each gift. He was the most generous loving ,person who ever lived. I know he's smiling down on me ,as this is the sort of thing he did often.
November 23 at 17:08 EST .

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   Phooey  Well done, good and faithful servant.
November 23 at 18:40 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  One day, the scripture about doing your charitable works "in secret" so that the left hand doesn't know hat the right hand is doing, got laid on my heart. And I tried to figure out how to do something totally anonymously. While still a bachelor, I used to go to the market every day after work. While picking up groceries for that days dinner, I'd always toss in a few extra staples or canned goods. I'd get home each night and put the "extras" in a cardboard box. About every 2 weeks the box was full. Then, after finding the location of the nearest food pantry, I'd set my alarm for 2 or 3 in the morning. I' drive to the pantry, circle the block a few times to make sure no one was up late or could possibly see me. Once I was sure there was nobody who could possibly see me, I'd stop my truck, dash to the door with the food, and hightail it out of there. On the drive home I'd be laughing like a crazy person. I never got spotted and it was/is the greatest feeling to accomplish this with no one knowing where the gift came from. Jesus sure knows what he is talking about.
November 23 at 21:52 EST .

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   StormCnter  Lovely thoughts, lovely intentions, lovely gestures and I admire each of you for following through.
November 24 at 07:28 EST .

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   Allsogreat  Thank you....from an old Vet....
November 24 at 09:42 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  It was meant to be. I normally carry very little cash. I did this day because I was going to look at a used freezer from an individual buyer who would only take cash. Do not tell me He didn't already have that planned :- )
November 24 at 13:25 EST .

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   BirdsNest  In our case the amount was small, under $5, but the gesture surpassed that by a million times. We were speechless,and totally blown away. That kind of thing stays with a person. We have seen the lady twice since we thanked her and told her how much it meant to us, each time she smiles a beautiful smile and we are lifted up again.

A couple of years ago, in WalMart in another town, we were behind a lady who had bought a bunch of ingredients to make a dessert. One item rang up a high price and she asked the checker to remove it from her bill. When it was our turn, I paid for that item and took it to the lady and told her Merry Christmas. I also explained that my dirt poor grandmother said "Never skimp on dessert" and it was our pleasure to do this for her.
November 24 at 15:19 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  " 'tis better to give than to receive" I say it again, He knows what He is talking about.
Monday at 21:58 EST .

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   FL Homeschool Mom  Loved hearing these stories. It does feel awesome helping others.
Tuesday at 09:54 EST .

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