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  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @DhammaDragon said:
    @federica has been really swallowed up in the samsaric charm of the City of Love...

    You have to be kidding me... my daughter and her partner live a good hour by car, outside Paris... Getting to Paris means getting on a local train to Paris Gare du Nord, then taking the Metro to wherever you want to go... We saw a small portion of Industrial Paris, from afar, at a hill-top view point.... which just happened to be in a local cemetery....

    I wonder when she'll have time to bob up to surface.... O.o

    Well, the best I can say is that it was an experience.... At least I spent a great week with my Mother....

    BunksBuddhadragon
  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    Welcome back @federica, we woz mostly goodly Buddha Bunnies ...

    While you were gone:
    Bodhi Trump (the well known comb over) and Bodhi Pence (some sort of hell bent Christian) have been selected as world leaders. You could not make this stuff up ...

    Thank Buddha for Dharma!

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Yes, thank you @lobster, I have indeed been away, however, the news has not entirely passed me by... my daughter may live on the outer outskirts of Paris, but the abode is neither subterranean nor were we in any way troglodytic.... Thank you, nevertheless for the updates... Having followed a few threads on here in the past day or so, I see the discussion has focused largely on the political demise of America... I see every sensible American in a state of mild confusion...

    lobster
  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    Fede: PLEEEEEAAAASSSEE!!!
    Share with us some Parisian joie de vivre, not just talk of industrial sights and a cemetery!!

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Ah, Qu'elle est belle, Paris en Printemps! Malheureusement, c'est Novembre, et l'atmosphère - dehors que dedans - était sombre...
    Malgré tout ça, j'y suis, j'y reste, et tout va bien!

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Anyone near California willing to receive some specialist seeds for me and post them on to me? I found some specialist oriental seeds on line, but the company is USA-based and does not ship abroad. Will naturally pay all costs....

  • silversilver In the beginning there was nothing, and then it exploded. USA, Left coast. Veteran
    edited November 2016

    @federica said:
    Anyone near California willing to receive some specialist seeds for me and post them on to me? I found some specialist oriental seeds on line, but the company is USA-based and does not ship abroad. Will naturally pay all costs....

    Well, I'm in CA, will that do? :grin:

    I don't see why I couldn't lend you a hand with that.

    Just fill me in on the particulars.

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I shall PM you fithworth...

  • DairyLamaDairyLama Veteran Veteran

    @federica said:
    Ah, Qu'elle est belle, Paris en Printemps! Malheureusement, c'est Novembre, et l'atmosphère - dehors que dedans - était sombre...
    Malgré tout ça, j'y suis, j'y reste, et tout va bien!

    Ou est la gare? :p

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    je ne sais pas, mais le singe est dans l'arbre, et la plume de ma tante est dans la chambre.

  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    À la gare, je fume un cigar, avec Edgar... qui est un connard... ;)

  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    Que? :3

    I wonder what exotics @federica is growing. The other day we passed an old man who was unofficially transforming the land by a river bridge. He had made a metal sculpture of scrap found in the river. Was planting winter flowers around nature provided shrubs and trees. He is a seed ...

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Veteran Australia Veteran

    Have started watching the Country Fire Authority website today.....hot winds blowing from the North and 38c predicted. It's that time of year again O.o

    Cool change on the way though apparently!

    Shoshin
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Mother Nature keeping her children on their toes....

  • DairyLamaDairyLama Veteran Veteran

    @Bunks said:
    Have started watching the Country Fire Authority website today.....hot winds blowing from the North and 38c predicted. It's that time of year again O.o

    Sheer luxury! :p

    lobsterBunks
  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran
    edited November 2016

    Tee Hee.
    Iz that me near the Yin-yang? [lobster iz cosmified] o:) ... probably just a vase ... B)

    BunksBuddhadragon
  • silversilver In the beginning there was nothing, and then it exploded. USA, Left coast. Veteran

    I found this little bugger near my car earlier this week, and he crawled up on my neighbor's car wheel - cute, isn't he.

    BuddhadragonBunksShoshinlobster
  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    @silver said:
    I found this little bugger near my car earlier this week, and he crawled up on my neighbor's car wheel - cute, isn't he.

    Totally cute, @silver <3

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @silver said:
    I found this little bugger near my car earlier this week, and he crawled up on my neighbor's car wheel - cute, isn't he.

    You betcha :) a love of mine from way back...

    silverBuddhadragon
  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    ^^. I find insects fascinating creatures. Lot of rain yesterday, lot of rainbows ...

    silverShoshinBuddhadragon
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
    edited November 2016

    There was a white rainbow over a scottish moor the other day....

    A stunning shot of a white "fog bow" has been captured by a photographer over Rannoch Moor in the west of Scotland.
    Melvin Nicholson was out on the moor, south of Glen Coe, on Sunday when the "unbelievably beautiful" white rainbow appeared.
    Mr Nicholson said: "It is a colourless rainbow that is made up of tiny water droplets that cause fog.
    "It's an amazing thing to witness and can generally only be seen if the sun is behind you when you are looking at it."
    He said an isolated windswept tree, framed by the fog bow, completed the shot,
    "It was just beyond magical and one of those days that you'll remember for a long time to come," he added.

    From BBC Regional News.

    lobsterDairyLamaShoshinsilver
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited November 2016

    A smile, a wave, a friendly nod of the head, and a hug...These all add up to community

    I've been downsizing my teapot collection, have given quite a few away...BUT I just couldn't resist this one, it was in the New Hope Op shop ( I was looking for a pair of 3 1/4 length black pants when the eye consciousness spotted this beauty

    ...and the rest is history ....Craving, won out again...Damn you desire... :)

    silverlobsterBuddhadragonVastmind
  • DairyLamaDairyLama Veteran Veteran

    Nuffink like a nice cup of Rosy Lee.

  • upekkaupekka Veteran Veteran
    edited December 2016

    started to write the seventh book
    four are published
    two put to the rubbish bin
    publishing this one is a plan (as @lobster says iz plan)

    this is the first time i use computer facility to write a book, a dhamma friend shows me how to use the technology

    i visit the forum now and then to see what is happening with my 'one of good friends'

    <3

    ShoshinBuddhadragon
  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    Good luck with the book @upekka. Putting knowledge into a useful/skilful format is hard. It is one thing to have understanding, quite another to improve understanding ... <3

    Bunks
  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    On Insight Timer we have two groups which act as sort of Water Cooler area.
    Is there a thread on our site where we can just distend, stop posing as enlightened beings,acting new agey and come back to being simple human beings?

    Is it here? I need a coffee break.
    No, let's better make it a green tea break.
    Strong matcha whenever possible...

  • upekkaupekka Veteran Veteran

    @DhammaDragon said:
    green tea

    aha!

  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    @upekka said:

    @DhammaDragon said:
    green tea

    aha!

    Join me, @upekka!
    This round's on me...
    Just pick your choice

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @DhammaDragon said:
    On Insight Timer we have two groups which act as sort of Water Cooler area.
    Is there a thread on our site where we can just distend, stop posing as enlightened beings,acting new agey and come back to being simple human beings?

    I don't believe any thread, forum or sub-forum requires those criteria to be met....

    Is it here? I need a coffee break.
    No, let's better make it a green tea break.
    Strong matcha whenever possible...

    General Banter is a whole sub-forum for discussions which are either not Buddhism-related, or have slight links, if any. Start a thread of your choice, should you wish to.

  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    Never mind, Fede.
    I feel well in this corner <3

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Oh, ok then.... :)

  • upekkaupekka Veteran Veteran

    @DhammaDragon said:

    Join me, @upekka!
    This round's on me...
    Just pick your choice

    I am happy to have whatever you offer, thanks DD (DhammaDragon)

    Buddhadragonlobster
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited December 2016

    Well it's that time of year again where I need to air out my ol' birthday suit, so this morning before work, I took off to the beach for a bit of a sun and a dip...
    Only a couple of people were on the beach when I got there, a Spanish friend and this guy with a dog...Anyhow they left soon after I arrived (I seem to have this effect on people:) :wink: ) and I had the whole beach to myself...

    Until that is.... Ms Impermanence decided to burst my wishful thinking clinging mind space bubble with her safety pin and a gradual influx of sentient beings started to arrive...Bloody cheek, intruders on MY BEACH...But still it was nice and the ocean was refreshingly cool... Same again tomorrow :)

    Oh and other news... Our Prime Minster John Key has resigned ...Yes... out of the blue, he made a statement late this morning, saying it was "Family Issues" ...Well I hope it's not anything serious...

    lobster
  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    ^^. The only sentients, sounded like birds. What a lovely beach. Eh ma ho [dzogchen for 'how wonderful']

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @lobster said:
    ^^. The only sentients, sounded like birds. What a lovely beach. Eh ma ho [dzogchen for 'how wonderful']

    There's been a lot of jelly fish around, people getting stung left right and centre...However I didn't notice any when i went in for a dip...Only sharks :wink:

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited December 2016

    Only in Oz

    It looks like the roo is saying "WTF happen there ?"

    silver
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I have to say the kangaroo, is, like "What did you just do?? No, really... WHAT did you just do..??!" :lol:

    silver
  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran
    edited December 2016

    Using my geek superpowers (almost) I dedicate my newly developing 2017 YinYana (non existent dharma) to our beloved cult leader and moderator @federica

    http://tmxxine.000webhostapp.com/yy.html

    Don't worry you don't have to read it @federica - it is full of my usual madness :3

  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    Santa Claws has sabotaged our dishwasher again ... Pah! [grumble, rant, swearing, boiling lobster] >:)

    Back to mindful dishwashing? mmm ... I feel better already ... o:)

  • DairyLamaDairyLama Veteran Veteran
    edited December 2016

    @Shoshin said:

    @lobster said:
    ^^. The only sentients, sounded like birds. What a lovely beach. Eh ma ho [dzogchen for 'how wonderful']

    There's been a lot of jelly fish around, people getting stung left right and centre...However I didn't notice any when i went in for a dip...Only sharks :wink:

    I saw two seals the other day. I waved at them, one came in for a closer look, the other one was too busy eating a fish to bother with a silly gesticulating hooman. :p

    lobsterShoshin
  • DairyLamaDairyLama Veteran Veteran

    @lobster said:
    Santa Claws has sabotaged our dishwasher again ... Pah! [grumble, rant, swearing, boiling lobster] >:)

    Back to mindful dishwashing? mmm ... I feel better already ... o:)

    You have a dishwasher? Sheer luxury! We didn't even have dishes... :p

    lobster
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @lobster said:
    Santa Claws has sabotaged our dishwasher again ... Pah! [grumble, rant, swearing, boiling lobster] >:)

    Back to mindful dishwashing? mmm ... I feel better already ... o:)

    You think you got problems...

    lobsterBuddhadragonsilver
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    The Dutch IRS has decided to take some more of my money... hmm, yes, a good opportunity to practice, that is true (grumble, grumble)

  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    Thanks @federica that cheered me up. I might look at the news to get a sense of perspective ...

    @kerome, you pay your taxes? Clearly you are not as smart as Times 'person of the yeah', HH Dalai Donald - the legendary tax avoider - what a gal.

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @SpinyNorman said:

    I saw two seals the other day. I waved at them, one came in for a closer look,

    Buddhadragonsilver
  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    Mmmm.... I don't mind THAT kind of seals coming closer, @Shoshin .... <3

    Shoshin
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited December 2016

    Pomegranates...Yum..

    .I've just peeled one, loosened the seeds and now using a tooth pick to eat the seeds one by one.... :) I love pomegranates <3 (Well I'm actually squeezing the deep red juicy seeds between my teeth)...

  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    @DhammaDragon said:
    Mmmm.... I don't mind THAT kind of seals coming closer, @Shoshin .... <3

    Bring on the Great Seal (Mahamudra) - did I go naughty/off topic again?

    Buddhadragon
  • DairyLamaDairyLama Veteran Veteran

    Bunks
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