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    Listening to the book, American Dirt. It's a...

    Listening to the book, American Dirt. It's a heart wrenching story about about a woman and her 8 year old son trying to flee Mexico to find safety in the U.S., after her entire family was murdered...
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    Here is an image that might put a smile on your...

    Here is an image that might put a smile on your face. Daughter sent it yesterday. Dahlia had her "hair done", complete with bows!
    Does it come through on your phone, Virginia?...
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    Little William is adorable and you look so happy,...

    Little William is adorable and you look so happy, Agate! Thanks for sharing.
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    Had a wonderful weekend! Both kids brought the...

    Had a wonderful weekend! Both kids brought the grandkids for a Valentine's weekend visit. Tula taught Everett and I how to play UNO. They also went to the beach early Sunday morning while Nana...
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    Happy Valentine's Day

    Happy Valentine's Day to all my friends on Braintalk! Hope you are all feeling well and your day is filled with love.:love_heart:
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  6. So sorry I missed this! I'm sure you wore it...

    So sorry I missed this! I'm sure you wore it well, even if you're not feeling well. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Happy Birthday Parsi!...

    Happy Birthday Parsi!
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    Just started 'Where the Crawdads Sing' by Dehlia...

    Just started 'Where the Crawdads Sing' by Dehlia Owens.

    For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome...
  9. Happy Belated Birthday, Sunshine!...

    Happy Belated Birthday, Sunshine!
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    I hope it's not but there's this article....

    I hope it's not but there's this article.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2790794/
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    Virginia - What mortgage interest can I deduct...

    Virginia - What mortgage interest can I deduct 2019?Interest expense: Homeowners can deduct interest expenses on up to $750,000 of mortgage debt from their income taxes, though when they itemize...
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    Thanks agate. I don't know why that didn't work....

    Thanks agate. I don't know why that didn't work. I copy and pasted like I always do.
    The "Thanks" isn't showing when I hit it either.
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    Taxes. . . ughhhh! Thanks to our current...

    Taxes. . . ughhhh!
    Thanks to our current president, for the 2019 tax season, there's a new limit: You may deduct up to $10,000 ($5,000 if married filing separately) for a combination of property...
  14. Thread: Jim's Journey

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    Just catching up tonight on your heart wrenching...

    Just catching up tonight on your heart wrenching but inspiring documentation of your life with your loved one's. Both you and Jim astound me with your incredible strength and amazing love for each...
  15. Thought of Rose when I read this that my SIL...

    Thought of Rose when I read this that my SIL posted on facebook. Scary!
    https://ktla.com/2020/01/20/child-attacked-by-mountain-lion-in-lake-forest/
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    Sorry for your loss, Jeanie. Hugs.

    Sorry for your loss, Jeanie. Hugs.
  17. Yep, I worry about my two cats since I've seen...

    Yep, I worry about my two cats since I've seen coyotes in my own fenced backyard. I never let the cats out before 9 in the morning and have them in by 2 in the afternoon. Only one of my cats even...
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    And that's why my daughter lives far from here....

    And that's why my daughter lives far from here. She couldn't afford to buy home here but wanted to buy a home rather than be a renter all her life. Unfortunately home values have not gone up in the...
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    FYI - Is property tax in California based on...

    FYI - Is property tax in California based on purchase price?Although there are some exceptions, a property's assessed value typically is equal to its purchase price adjusted upward each year by 2...
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    Besides the gentrification issue, many companies...

    Besides the gentrification issue, many companies are locating in areas of the country where the cost of living is cheaper. These locations can offer lower home prices, taxes ect. . . . at least...
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    The Brail Institute has an audio book program...

    The Brail Institute has an audio book program that's free. My mother used it. My older brother would pick out books for her from a list regularly.

    After my stint in the hospital I was set up...
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    Learning new things here! Thanks for educating...

    Learning new things here! Thanks for educating me, Agate, never heard of graupel.
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    Low tunnel? I have no idea what you speak of! I...

    Low tunnel? I have no idea what you speak of! I assume heating systems are different across the country and I'm on the other side of the continent with quite different weather, humidity, etc., but...
  24. Thread: Van?

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    Yes, we lost a strong and supportive voice when...

    Yes, we lost a strong and supportive voice when we lost Catdancer:sorrow:
    As they say, you never fully realize what you've got until it's gone.
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    I haven't participated in this thread because I...

    I haven't participated in this thread because I have great difficulty reading. I either fall asleep or have double , even triple vision when trying to read much.
    My sweet daughter gave me a 3 month...
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    Welcome back Jendie, glad to see you posting...

    Welcome back Jendie, glad to see you posting again! I know why you adopted Karma . . . you have a kind, compassionate heart, that's why! It's a new year with new opportunities to look at life...
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    I'm back after 6 days in the hospital with...

    I'm back after 6 days in the hospital with pneumonia. After a great Christmas, first my DH came down with a sore throat followed by the worst congested cold I've ever seen him with. Of course I had...
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    Does California get snow? This shot was taken...

    Does California get snow? This shot was taken Saturday by my son on the way home.
    c-c-c-cold!
    http://www.braintalkcommunities.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=5350&stc=1
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    Oh shoot, I get the same "invalid signature". I...

    Oh shoot, I get the same "invalid signature". I was so looking forward to seeing that little cutie and his dance!

    Sorry you're not feeling well, Virginia. UTIs are not fun.
    And don't let the...
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    Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing!

    Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing!
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    I feel the gifting at Christmas time is overdone....

    I feel the gifting at Christmas time is overdone. One of my brothers is a FedX driver and he is inundated with gifts and boxes of chocolates from customers over the holidays. My neighbor is a...
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    For Agate's dancing grandson...

    For Agate's dancing grandson
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkCyfBibIbI
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P8RU_dHyi4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P8RU_dHyi4
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-MBfn8XjIU&list=R...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-MBfn8XjIU&list=RDEMfZEnh_DCg6w8P70MXI0VsA&index=36
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    Could a Cure be on the Way?

    A friend sent this to me. A cure and a fix to the damage already done would be nice, even if it doesn't happen in my lifetime.

    https://www.lifnano.com/about
  36. Thread: RIP Catdancer

    by nuthatch
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    Hooray! I'm finally on line again after over a...

    Hooray! I'm finally on line again after over a week with no internet. I did get the memorial info with pictures of Ann, obituary, etc. from Ralph, including the phone number and code for the...
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    Prayers for you, Jeanie. Hope you can nip this...

    Prayers for you, Jeanie. Hope you can nip this in the bud, before it becomes a major painful event.
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    Hahaha! I remember that old verse! Everett did...

    Hahaha! I remember that old verse! Everett did amazing well with those little rollers. He managed to keep them on his spoon and plant every single one in his mouth . . . many at a time. Only one...
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    Had a lovely Thanksgiving. Our daughter-in-law...

    Had a lovely Thanksgiving. Our daughter-in-law and Everett came up on the train on Wednesday. Everett enjoyed the train ride and even got to meet a bomb sniffing dog, Gigi and his police handler,...
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    So glad your brother called you, Virginia. ...

    So glad your brother called you, Virginia. Brothers seldom express their feelings for/to their sisters, at least that's my experience with my four brothers. Sisters need to hear that occasionally! ...
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    Oh Virginia, I know how difficult and painful all...

    Oh Virginia, I know how difficult and painful all this is for you. While you want to keep the closeness with your family, it's just too much to keep up what was once easier. I'm glad that you...
  42. Who writes these stories? Entertainment writers...

    Who writes these stories? Entertainment writers for Animal Planet? Howie?
    I would guess that Sasha , being the friendly cat she was, adopted or was adopted by another human, who moved from...
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    Music -revisited

    I started a music thread long ago, but what happened to it, I don't recall. Music is very calming to me and often lyrics express feelings I'm having even though some probably weren't written with...
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    agate - Daughter makes easy potatoes that are...

    agate - Daughter makes easy potatoes that are quite tasty. Had them with dinner tonight.

    Cube some potato, then drizzle with olive oil and stir until coated. Sprinkle with onion powder, paprika,...
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    Posted at the same time, Virginia! Did the Tear...

    Posted at the same time, Virginia! Did the Tear Drops grapes taste like . . . of course not!
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    Remember when I posted about the delicious Moon...

    Remember when I posted about the delicious Moon Drops grapes I was given awhile ago? Well, last week my hubby made a trip to Trader Joes to pick up a few things. Later that afternoon he brought me...
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    Cold weather is once again upon us, so it's time...

    Cold weather is once again upon us, so it's time to warm the old bones with soup!!
    This recipe is a favorite of ours. It's more like a stew than a soup. It's called Potato Basque Soup but so as...
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    Sam says you better quit talking like that,...

    Sam says you better quit talking like that, Howie!
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  49. Thread: RIP Catdancer

    by nuthatch
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    As I recall, she was Uppitycat on this forum for...

    As I recall, she was Uppitycat on this forum for a time after the forum went down once.

    I've been here 20 years and Cat Dancer was here when I arrived!
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    Burrrrr, it's cold! The fountain was frozen this...

    Burrrrr, it's cold! The fountain was frozen this morning, ginko tree leaves turned brown overnight, morning glories are suddenly dead too. It was expected to get down into the 20s, maybe even the...
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    What a thoughtful thing to do, jingle. Kudos to...

    What a thoughtful thing to do, jingle. Kudos to you!
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    Happy Halloween from the elusive Snowy Owl!...

    Happy Halloween from the elusive Snowy Owl!
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    I have a friend in Santa Rosa. Their house was...

    I have a friend in Santa Rosa. Their house was one of the two houses that did not burn down on their street two years ago. I texted him yesterday and he responded that they are in a mandatory...
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    Linda, how's your head feeling these days?

    Linda, how's your head feeling these days?
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    Sunshine - I know your daughter is in CA. Hope...

    Sunshine - I know your daughter is in CA. Hope she is not in one of the fire zones and her power is not shut off. Is this the daughter coming for a visit?
    Enjoy your visit!
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    Just checking in to find others are concerned...

    Just checking in to find others are concerned about us. We are a long way from the fires, which are raging both north and south of us. We haven't even had the high winds that other areas of...
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    Tula called tonight to tell me she misses me. I...

    Tula called tonight to tell me she misses me. I miss them terribly too. Then daughter sent me game cam pictures they downloaded just today . . . turkeys, a raccoon, a deer, a fox, but these are...
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    Just catching up here. Sorry to hear of your...

    Just catching up here. Sorry to hear of your mishap, hope you're on the mend now.
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    Hi to all my MS family, Sorry I haven't posted...

    Hi to all my MS family,
    Sorry I haven't posted for awhile. I tried to check in last night but got a message that Braintalk was unavailable.
    Spent the week with my darling granddaughter and...
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    There's beautiful kindness in your heart, Laz. ...

    There's beautiful kindness in your heart, Laz. I'm sure you made his day. You made mine by sharing that lovely moment. Thank you.
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    Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs...

    Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite!*insane My Dad used to say that to me every night!!

    I'll just say, sweet dreams, Virginia!
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    Happy Anniversary Ann & Peter! Today our...

    Happy Anniversary Ann & Peter!

    Today our neighbor gave us some "interesting", flavorful, sweet grapes. Tom is a crop manager who works throughout the San Joaquin Valley (California's largest...
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    Thinking of Jeanie and wondering how her trip to...

    Thinking of Jeanie and wondering how her trip to and the reunion went. Hope all went well and she's enjoying time with family today.
  64. Thread: RIP Catdancer

    by nuthatch
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    Thank you, Agate. I would love to make a...

    Thank you, Agate. I would love to make a donation in her memory. The charity does not necessarily need to be MS related, just one that Catdancer favored. Her lifetime of fighting for social causes...
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    You're both in my thoughts and prayers tonight....

    You're both in my thoughts and prayers tonight. (((Laz)))
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    Computer problems are a pain in the bun-bucket! ...

    Computer problems are a pain in the bun-bucket! (I just made up that silly term . . . I'm sure you get the gist!)

    Speaking of mountain lions, a friend who I haven't seen in awhile came for a...
  67. Thread: RIP Catdancer

    by nuthatch
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    Thank you SuzE-Q for posting the link to that...

    Thank you SuzE-Q for posting the link to that thread. It was wonderful to read that thread in its entirety four years later and see that so many came together to encourage and support her in her...
  68. Thread: RIP Catdancer

    by nuthatch
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    Stunned to hear this news. Catdancer has been...

    Stunned to hear this news. Catdancer has been such a helpful presence on this forum for over 20 years. May she rest in peace.
  69. Thread: Crispr

    by nuthatch
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    Crispr

    Will it work for MS in the future?
    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/crispr-gene-editor-first-human-clinical-trials
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    Hi Ann! So good to see you here and to see...

    Hi Ann! So good to see you here and to see everyone did not leave.
    I was in tears yesterday when I finally came on and read all the drama. I usually read the forum later because of the time...
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    Awwww, they may drive you crazy or more like...

    Awwww, they may drive you crazy or more like around and around in circles :friendly_wink: but you know you love them anyway! Glad you got to go out to dinner with family and even had a good phone...
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    Where oh where did my "Thanks" button disappear...

    Where oh where did my "Thanks" button disappear to?
    Ditto what Virginia said too.
    This mother hen is wondering where Howie and Sam are hiding?
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    Words of wisdom, Sunshine. I believe Agate...

    Words of wisdom, Sunshine.

    I believe Agate has always had good intentions and is a very valued member here.
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    This is and always has been an MS support group. ...

    This is and always has been an MS support group. Politics were not discussed in any thread other than the thread that was fairly recently created specifically for that, with permission from the...
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    I am very saddened to read this thread today. ...

    I am very saddened to read this thread today. This whole thing has been overblown, resulting in many having their feelings hurt. I don't feel that anyone ever had bad intentions and hope you all...
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