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Resistance strategies from Yale historian Timothy Snyder,
a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (which includes former Secretaries of State), and consults on political situations around the globe:

"Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so."

"He says, "Here are twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today."

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We have a number of Thanksgiving stories from the years when we gathered in large numbers here. Robin Wood wanting blue potatoes, the invention of the Twinkie Tray, a sleepy Elisa trying to explain the three things Les Girls knows about women to Jim's mother…

But this year I am thinking about the time we stuffed and prepped a spectacular 28 pound turkey from the Lee Turkey farm.

There were a number of people in and out of the kitchen baking on the Wednesday, and someone (we will never know who) put the bottom oven rack in upside down.

So, the massive bird went in the oven around 3 am, and sometime around 5, the oven rack buckled and set the oven smoldering (fortunately, we never achieved full fire). There were sleeping people all over the house, including the living room floor, but we all slept on.

Except for Powzie, who galloped down the hall, jumped into bed with me, and began to smack me in the face.

She was not given to face pawing, (unless she was hoping to throw up a hairball on someone), so I kept trying to push her away. She kept coming back and smacking me until the smoke alarm went off, when she proceeded to glare at me like I was the most stupid human on the planet.

The kitchen, as you can imagine, was a mess, especially after the turkey and its pan were gently lifted out and salt was thrown on the oven to make sure no flame was live.

Fortunately, this was when Robin lived next door, so while team number one cleaned up the sticky mess, Lee Moyer - armed with my longest oven mitts - carried the 500 degree turkey bomb to Robin's, and it was set back to cook for several more hours.

We managed to get everything squared away before the arrival of Jim's parents, who liked to beat the traffic by arriving at our house around 4am (if my mom was riding with them, she would try to slow them down by trying to get them to stop at the diner for breakfast, but this only occasionally worked.) But no one got to go back to bed, so some of us began the after dinner tradition of napping much earlier than usual.

There must be pictures somewhere -- I'll have to give the old albums a poke.

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there is someone trying to get a Minas Tirith Battle LEGO Set Concept
approved for production by Lego. The pictures are worth a look, and for some unknown reason, the list of accessories made me laugh

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I am re-watching the parade of nations because Jim was at work while it was live.

Because I had to hear the announcers warn us a hundred times so we would not miss the US (because they would be coming in as Estados Unidos), here's a tip for you, NBC -

There is no such thing as the Portuguese Alphabet.
The countries did not file in according to the Portuguese alphabet.

The countries came in in alphabetical order, but under the name the Brazilians refer to them by.

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Tracy posted:
This, my friends, is Dave Carter's earliest professional recording. The trio is called Blue Cliff Ensemble. The song is "Anthem of the Dolphins." © David Robert Carter. That beautiful voice belongs to Karen Kitchen; that masterful piano work is Dave. Enjoy

Anthem of the Dolphins

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I just talked Jim into ordering his own birthday present during the prime day sales.

He now has almost 2 weeks to forget what it is so he can be surprised.

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The (sometimes violent) urge to write

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I wanted to update you guys on how I'm doing, but I've been debating how much I want to have posts about it loose on the internet. Certainly, I feel more secure about posts here than over on F*book, even though most of my actual family is there (the only reason I put up with it).

So, here's what I feel comfortable saying, and please feel free to email me (powzie @ gryphonsmith.com)

My first follow-up was with my regular gp. That went really well.
My hemoglobin was up to 10.5, which is nearly into a normal range for women, and almost twice what it was when I was admitted. They still had to stick me about 2 dozen times to get any blood to do the tests, though it was much better than in the hospital because Lou knows me as a person, and actually cared that she was hurting me. (Not that I didn't have some wonderful nurses in the hospital, but Lou is also a friend.)

My second follow up was with my specialist, and that also was better than expected. She couldn't find any sign of current bleeding, and the implant seems well and truly in place now. She actually said everything looks "great" which was more than I expected her to say. I actually feel really good now, and hopefully that will continue.

The not so good was that the tests show another problem. It isn't a big deal at the moment, and fortunately for me, the first treatment recommended for it is the implant I just got, so in a way I am ahead of the game. I will see her again in 2 months, and hope things go well enough to avoid surgery.

Now, maybe a little writing to keep my mind occupied.....

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It seems like every time I try to get back into posting here, something comes up.
This time it was an unexpected week in the hospital.

I won't be putting that on my list of favorites anytime soon.

I am home now, hopefully things get better ....

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