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   Gram77 posted on Suggested Reading  I am considering reading Lights Out by Ted Koppel, but only if the library has it. Not sure I want to spend money but I am curious at to what he has uncovered with how the country stands with protecting our power grids. Any one else taking a look at this?
Monday at 12:56 EST .

   Balogreene  You know, he is such a lib. I too would not pay to read it. But, like talking to my sister, it is interesting to hear the other side (altho they are none-too-bright ).
Yesterday at 19:21 EST .

   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Thank goodness for you kind and intelligent people who are always willing to explain things to me. So......why can France close her borders and the U.S. can't and now I see on Lucianne that it may be that legally states cannot refuse refugees.
November 17 at 08:47 EST .

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   Tulsa  From the web, Gram77: France is roughly the same size as Texas if you include oversea territories. It is midway between California and Texas if you consider mainland France only.

Iows, Frances has a smaller area to close.

As far as refusing refugees, states have the right to do so, but it may cost them federal funding in some or several areas. It's how the feds control or limit the rights of states.
November 17 at 16:36 EST .

   Gram77 posted on Suggested Reading  3/4 of the way through Grisham's new book Rogue Lawyer. It's quite good but maybe not good enough to scream GET IT.
November 13 at 09:01 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, John Grisham has written a couple of books that I consider absolutely terrific. And, most of his books are page-turnable. I have cooled on him since the one he wrote about capital punishment.
November 14 at 06:47 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Suggested Reading  Finally, Robert Crais' new book (after a year's postponement ) will be in the stores tomorrow. No explanation for the long delay but I'm can't wait to get it.
November 9 at 07:54 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Suggested Reading  Just finished House of Thieves. Interesting ending and I wanted to turn the last page and find more.
November 7 at 13:45 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Pet Peeves  Big time pet peeve. As soon as November rolls around my phone goes nuts with a gazillion calls from every place known to man asking for money. Thank goodness every call pops up in the top left corner of my TV screen. That's the only good thing about all this and it prevents me from getting up and answering the phone. I'm not a scrooge and the Salvation Army is where I choose to help.
November 4 at 09:04 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Suggested Reading  Just started a book entitled House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure. I am 6 pages in and I have to say GET THIS BOOK!! I have never been hooked like this before.
October 31 at 22:15 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'll look it up, Gram. Thanks for the tip.
November 4 at 07:09 EST .

   Gram77 posted on Nostalgia  I was out late afternoon, around 5PM, and saw lots of little ones out in their costumes and bags for their goodies. The sun was still bright. When I was a kid things were safe every neighbor the kids and we knew them and it was night time. It's sad that this children can't have the thrill of being out at night.
October 31 at 22:09 EST .

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   Balogreene  Many things come to mind. We all know how "PC" costumes have to be these days. In the '50s my Grandmother made all our costumes. I remember the "bride", the "pilgrim", and the "gypsy", which today would be so un-PC.

In the house my folks bought in '55, the people across the street were "Scots", we would actually go into their house and get shortbread and cider. In the house they bought in '59, we had Scots across the street who did the same thing! Our neighbor made popcorn balls, someone down the street made candy apples.

We did it all after dark. Life was wonderful!
November 1 at 00:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  Growing up in a major inner city a way back when .. we didn't trick or treat, instead it was customary for a house party. We all showed up in costumes, bobbed for apples, played pin-the-tail-on-the donkey, charades - and if parents were out of the room - spin the bottle! Then we went on scavenger hunts returning with our finds for a prize; had a specialty cake that hid little treasures & depending on what yours was - received a special prize. Pictures were taken & costumes were judged & awarded. Prizes would be games, books, big box crayons, candy, fruit & nuts. Then we returned all the scavenger finds as a group and went home. If Halloween fell on a school day we wore old clothes & carried a long sock full of powdered chalk knotted at the bottom which was aimed & smacked at all. : ) It was at Thanksgiving that we darkened our faces with burnt cork, became hoboes w/a stick & a bag attached & went begging "anything in Thanksgiving?" I wasn't introduced to "Trick or Treat" TP'd trees, pumpkin smashing & raw egg throwing (as tricks ) 'til moving to MA years later. But - streets WERE safe to roam at night.
November 5 at 08:53 EST .

   MeiDei  We also candied our apples & made popcorn balls as a party activity. Candy corn! Marshmallow pumpkins! Nougat w/p'nut butter centers... hmmm, good times; thanks for the memories.
November 5 at 08:57 EST .

   Gram77 posted on Household Hints  Looks like no one visits this site.
October 27 at 07:49 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Hi Gram,
Peanut butter bait works. Boric acid, on any drug store shelf.

You must be able to tolerate a massive parade of ants for about 3 days.Put in on your kitchen counter ,bathroom counter out of the way. Back corner? I put it in a jar lid. About a tablespoon. I make more than I need and keep in in a jar so I can replace it once a day or two as it dries up. When it starts to dry, they won’t eat it.

Usually the parade ends about day 3. And I don’t see one ant for 4-6months.
October 28 at 16:54 EST .

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   Gram77  Boy these helpful hints are way better than my $ 125.00 that wound up being useless. Many thanks, and incidentally I am happily stitching away. : )
October 28 at 18:08 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Finally, the time of year I wait for.......the windows are open!!
October 18 at 13:12 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, I'm in north Texas where it's been hovering around 100 for way too long. This morning, I had to kick the heat on for 30 minutes to offset the 55 degree temperature. I'm with you. I'm loving it.
October 18 at 14:31 EST .

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   MeiDei  We were down to 35 this a.m. & friends in a town about 20 miles northwest of us had S N O W ... this is two months too early for us. Our heat is on.
October 18 at 18:51 EST .

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   MeiDei  35 yesterday, 55 today, 70 expected Thursday then down to the 50's and colder 'til March or April.
October 20 at 00:03 EST .

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