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   Bettijo posted on Pet Peeves  I just went through my "Contacts" in my email account looking for one I had not used in years, and realized I could not identify at least half of the addresses. People should put something identifying them in their email address; not My email address contains my first name. When I manually enter someone's email information, I always identify the person by name, but I think my email account automatically adds addresses from incoming emails. I am going to print out my contact list; file it away, then delete every unknown address.
Yesterday at 07:41 EST .

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   StormCnter  Bettijo, I use AOL for my email, primarily because it's easy to set up in the way you wanted to do. When I put an email address in the Address Book, I can put whatever further details I want, such as first names. Then, if I am writing an email and type in the first name of the person, AOL calls up the names in my Address Book that might match.

As for Lucianne posters, I get a lot of mail from L-Dotters and I don't necessarily want to add all of them to my Address Book. I agree with you that "" doesn't immediately tell me that email address belongs to "Sue". So, I set up file folders in Saved on AOL. Each folder has the email address plus the first name of that person, example:
23 hours ago .

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   Bettijo posted on Weird But True  Maybe this washing machine should add a note that you have to remove your clothes from your body before trying to wash them.
   July 24 at 10:56 EST .

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   Rake King  You can thank the Personal Injury Lawyers for stupid tags like this, and on almost everything you buy.
July 24 at 11:19 EST .

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   MeiDei  Darwin Award Avoidance!
Friday at 20:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  Speaking of Darwin Awards - here's the top 10 for 2013.
Yesterday at 21:41 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Crafts  I lost the site where I got this idea, but basically the designer said to purchase 1/2 inch dowels a couple or so inches longer than container and you can see the rest.
   July 24 at 09:37 EST .

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   Gerty  This is great! Not only do you get to store the various ribbon spools together neatly, but you avoid trying to keep those loose ends from unraveling.

Thanks for posting.
July 24 at 19:52 EST .

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   NotaBene  This is a great idea. I like anything that makes life easier. Thank you Bettijo for posting this.
Saturday at 01:21 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Crafts  I just found a wonderful web site which gives you estimates of how much yardage you need to make anything from bedding to slip covers to clothing.
July 23 at 17:41 EST .

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   NotaBene  I used to do a lot of sewing. I did all the drapes in our house. This website I wonderful. Great find.
Saturday at 01:23 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  We have lots of problems, but I think one problem with our country today is that nobody is allowed to fail. Everyone (including individual, banks, and motor car manufacturers ) have the right to fail. We learn more from our failures than from our successes. Students need to experience failure early in life when the ramifications are few and minimal so that they will understand how to handle failure later in life when it has more serious and long-term consequences.

Case in point: Years ago I was teaching an elective course in high school. A student did not turn in all of his assignments and he failed. His mother came to see me to beg me to allow son to complete assignments during exam week. I told her that would not be doing student any favors as he needed to learn the consequences of his actions. He failed. As a senior he retook my course and did well. Several years later I had younger brother in same class. Younger brother was doing A-B work. Mom came to see me again. This time she asked me to fail younger brother. She said that experience has done more to wake-up older brother than anything else. Naturally I refused her request again. I suspect Mon had always bailed her sons out of any difficulty they got into as a result of their poor choices. Young people need to learn that choices do have consequences and there will come a time when Mom cannot bail them out.

Young people are not learning this lesson today and as a result they are growing up to be irresponsible. They have been taught they are “victims,” therefore they are not responsible for their predicaments due to poor choices. We must hold individuals and businesses (not to mention government and elected officials ) responsible before we can turn this great country around.

Just my opinion. Comments welcome.
July 22 at 11:25 EST .

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   Gerty  I don't believe students 'need' to fail. However, when they do fail (on their own ), they really need responsible adults who can provide the guidance the student will need to learn the proper and productive coping mechanisms. These adults can be teachers, parents, religious leaders, etc.

OTOH Let's not forget the enormous amount of help that is possible from others of their own age!
July 23 at 06:27 EST .

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   Bettijo  When I said young people need to experience failure, I meant they should not be bailed out by loving parents who try to shield them from hard knocks. They need to experience the consequences of their actions/choices. They need to learn that all actions/choices have consequences. When they are young these consequences are usually minor but the lessons learned are major. By learning the correlation between actions and results early, hopefully they will learn responsibility and make better choices in the future; therefore avoiding more serious consequences for more serious bad choices. One mistake we (parents, teachers, society ) make today is we try to "give" self-esteem to students. Self-esteem can only be earned, it cannot be "gifted." One way to acquire self-esteem is to "get up" after falling, failing, or being knocked down. If we rush in and rescue them, we deny them the lesson to be learned that helps build self-esteem. Recovering from a set-back makes a person stronger; being rescued does not. "What does not kill you, makes you stronger."
Friday at 23:05 EST .

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   MeiDei  You nailed it Bettijo. Best to learn young.
Yesterday at 09:47 EST .

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   Bettijo  “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” -Mahatma Gandhi
Yesterday at 05:46 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Household Hints  Can somebody advise me on what kind of light bulbs to purchase to get the equivalent of 100 watts?
July 22 at 10:47 EST .

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   Gerty  It depends on the type of bulb you are thinking of buying. However, it has been my experience that the equivalent wattage is stated on the product's packaging.
July 23 at 06:17 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  Technically the watts are a measure of the power used to light the bulb. Since most modern lights have been tweaked to lower the power used, and the amount of energy being used, watts are not very useful. Look for the lumens on the bulb. Lumens measure the light output of the bulb. If you want to compare watts ( old style ) to lumens (new style ) just pick up a package of the old style bulbs and see how many lumens they produced. Then buy the newer bulb with a similar number of lumens. As Gerty said, it is usually on the packaging somewhere in the smaller type.
July 24 at 22:50 EST .

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   Balogreene  We just took down a two-bulb? four foot long fluorescent fixture, and replaced it with a "track"-style, 4-bulb fixture, that uses halogen bulbs. First, may I say, my sister did all the work herself and I am very proud of her. But, we wanted to be able to aim the lights. We have a very small kitchen, but the work areas are scattered. We will be able to light the areas we want lit.
I know halogen gives off heat, it was only recently I heard they use a lot of power too, but, sister chose the fixture. The kitchen has never been so bright, and it is not a harsh LED type of light. I really like that.
Mom uses halogen lights for reading. No longer the pole lights, with up-aiming bowls, she has a pole lamp, with an adjustable arm at the top, and a rectangular thingy, where the bulb is hidden under a plastic cover. Really lights up her chair and Kindle.
July 25 at 00:15 EST .

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   Bettijo  Found this comment on Internet:
"In my workshop I replaced my standard bulbs with all halogen & what a difference it made. I can see much better with this lighting which of course makes working on projects easier. They are hotter bulbs so it may increase the warmth of the area a small amount. I am willing to pay that price."

This, along with Balo's comment above, will lead me back to Home Depot's lighting department.

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WW: Thanks for the lesson on wattage vs. Lumens. Learn something new every day. Are you a science teacher?
Yesterday at 08:22 EST .

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   Balogreene  Betting, thanks for the site.
Yesterday at 12:47 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  You caught me, Bettijo. I teach chemistry and physics in a high school.
Yesterday at 20:25 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  The Elephants Knew

And some will say there is no God.
Try and tell that to the elephants.


Lawrence Anthony,
a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books including the bestseller,
The Elephant Whisperer.
He bravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe
from human atrocities, including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo
animals during US invasion in 2003.

On March 7, 2012 Lawrence Anthony died.
He is remembered and missed by his wife, 2 sons, 2 grandsons, and
numerous elephants.

Two days after his passing, the wild elephants showed up at his home
led by two large matriarchs. Separate wild herds arrived in droves
to say goodbye to their beloved 'man-friend'.

A total of 31 elephants had patiently walked over 112 miles
to get to his South African House.

Witnessing this spectacle, humans were obviously in awe not only
because of the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these
elephants sensed about Lawrence's passing, but also because of
the profound memory and emotion the beloved animals evoked
in such an organized way: Walking slowly, for days,
making their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat
to his house. Lawrence's wife, Francoise, was especially touched,
knowing that the elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well over 3 years!

But yet they knew where they were going. The elephants obviously
wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring their friend
who'd saved their lives - so much respect that
they stayed for 2 days 2 nights without eating anything.
Then one morning, they left, making their long journey
back home.


   July 21 at 19:45 EST .

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   MeiDei  Some things are pleasantly beyond comprehension. I'm a believer.
July 21 at 21:14 EST .

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   Gram77  This gives me the shivers. Bless these huge beasts
July 22 at 20:39 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Jokes  I think it was Coach Tonto Coleman, the late SEC Commissioner and former Assistant Athletic Director under Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech who used to tell this joke. Or it could have been the baseball coach, Joe Pittman (I think was his name ) who was there at the same time. (Any of you remember the name of the baseball coach, my age is catching up with me. ) Anyway, I hope I can do this joke justice.

A fly ball went over the center fieldman's head, the next one went just to his right, the next one went just to his left, finally one went between his legs. The manager was so angry, he stormed out onto the field and said, "I'll play center field!" The first ball went right over the manager's head, the next one when just to his right, the next one went just to his left, finally one went between his legs.

The manager threw down his mitt and screamed, "Now, see what you've done! You have center field so messed up nobody can play it."

That is how I feel about Obama. I fear he has this country so messed up, nobody can straighten it out.
July 19 at 07:30 EST .

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   Gerty  I don't know much about baseball, MissBettijo. But I fully understand and agree wholeheartedly with your last sentence.

Lord help us!
July 19 at 10:57 EST .

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   Alice  Good joke, Bettijo, it gave me my first laugh of the day.

My husband and I agreed last night that what sets Obama apart is that he has demonstrated a weakness in the American system of government that we had not perceived in the past: the separation of powers depends on integrity rather than enforcement.

I'm sadly pretty ignorant of American history, but Obama's administrative actions seem unprecedented.

What is scary is that the Democratic Party as a whole encourages him and does not see a bad precedent in his expansion of presidential powers to re-writing laws. He is not operating in a vacuum; Pelosi, Reid, Debbis W-S, and on down through the ranks think he's a fine president -- including my own in-laws.

It's hard not to think we are toast when so many seem to happily accept what I see as looming totalitarianism.
July 19 at 11:38 EST .

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   Bettijo  @Alice:
Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, I paraphrase his quote, "The most important quality for a any leader, sport, business, military, or government, is integrity." Sadly, our current leader doesn't even know the meaning of "integrity."
July 19 at 12:31 EST .

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   Balogreene  @Alice. It's not so bleak (I hope ). It's easy and fun to learn history (at least for me ). Go on Amazon, subscribe to, check out the national archives free audible books (or the Connections reading page ). I have a Kindle, but, you can get the app for your PC (or MAC ), many books are free. It's amazing what you learn. I don't read a lot of fiction, and a lot of books are free on Kindle, or from various sources. If we don't know history, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes.

We've been here before as a nation, and have fought back. We just have to learn from the past.
July 19 at 23:18 EST .

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   Alice  @Bettijo, thanks for the paraphrased quote, and Amen!

@Balogreene, thanks, just checked out Bookbub, good idea!
July 21 at 14:21 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  “According to, there are currently 104,000 American kids waiting to be placed into homes. So how will flooding the foster system with illegal immigrant children and offering a high monthly stipend to house them alter the chances of all these American children finding homes?

For the answer, just contrast the above advertised rates for illegal kids [Breitbart recently reported that the federal government is offering (through a Southern California charity ) up to $6,000.00 per month (tax free ) to house illegal immigrant children.] with the 2013/14 statewide foster rates for American children in California. By housing a child 0-4, a household will be reimbursed $657.00 per month, and for children over fifteen, the rate jumps to $820.00 per month. Those who house six older children would be reimbursed $4,920.00 per month. So choosing to house American children instead of illegal immigrants would result in $1,134.00 of lost potential income – or, to put it another way, the monthly payments for two very nice automobiles.”
July 19 at 06:32 EST .

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   Gerty  Our own foster children deserve more---they are already starting out life with two strikes against them.

That is not to say that these illegal immigrant children do not deserve help. They their own countries, under the care of their own parents.
July 19 at 10:30 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Health & Diet  Read this article which includes the story about how one unvaccinated 2-year-old traveled to Kenya, contracted measles, returned home and infected 3,000 people. Just think what the thousands of unvaccinated children (and adults ) invading our southern border and being dispersed all over the country are capable of spreading.
July 15 at 07:42 EST .

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   Alice  Don't get me started... I'm saying this to myself, not you, Bettijo. Simmering, must move on now.
July 15 at 12:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  To add to the discomfort:
July 15 at 12:25 EST .

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   Phooey  Ring-a-round the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes!
We all fall down.
July 16 at 16:44 EST .

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   Gerty  Mr. Phoo---that had to do with....small pox? It was one of those horrors.
July 18 at 14:21 EST .

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   Phooey  Ms. Gerty, always heard the rhyme referred to the plague however, Wikipedia writer does not accept that notion.
July 19 at 12:52 EST .

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   Balogreene  Mom is flying home from Tulsa next week. Because they are flying even sick migrants commercial, I asked her (84 ) to stay in Tulsa another month or so, but she refuses. I am so concerned for her health.
July 25 at 00:06 EST .

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