Chat Away

@jonfavs: The first speech I ever wrote at age 4 was a real Mother’s Day barnburner. Love you, Mom!

100 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 4 vetivera24
    May 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Afternoon all and wishing everyone a Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day

    • 5 vetivera24
      May 11, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Lovely comments, prose and poetry from the last thread. May all our creative endeavours give hope and solace to one another.

  2. 6 Nena20409
    May 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to all TOD mothers.

    Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom in Heaven.

    Now I can go read the rest of the posts since last night.

    Congrats on Your Gold, HOPE44

  3. 8 GGail
    May 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Good West Coast Mother’s Day Sunday Chipsticks & TOD family!

    Congrats Hope44 on First!!!

  4. 9 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    • 10 vcprezofan2
      May 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      D-ette, honey, you are a real treasure! I have never heard that before, but I ❤ ❤ it! My grandma was *my* real mother, although my mother was right there. TY, and a very happy aunty-mommy day to you!

  5. 11 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm

  6. 13 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm

  7. 14 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm

  8. 15 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm

  9. 19 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm

  10. 20 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:33 pm

  11. 21 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    • 22 Nena20409
      May 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm


      I wish her daughter was also in the picture too.

      Happy Mother’s Day Dr Jill Biden.

  12. 23 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm

  13. May 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Congrats on 1st, HOPE!!

    Our Ambassador has a very informative, active Twitter TL, btw.

  14. 25 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm

  15. 26 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:44 pm

  16. 27 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm

  17. 29 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm

  18. 30 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm

  19. 31 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm

  20. 32 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:48 pm

  21. 33 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:48 pm

  22. 34 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Enjoy your day everyone!

    • May 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Enjoy your Day Dudette! Anything special planned? My son and family just drove up and will be frying fish for us, plus other stuff! 🙂 ❤

    • 38 HZ
      May 11, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you, Dudette. I have always loved the great work of Mr. Alvin Ailey. The beauty that he put together in his choreographs of “Cry” with Judith Jamison as the “Prima” was just brilliant. This beautiful Ballet dedicated to Black mother and All mothers became one of his most beautiful pieces. I have the photo of the dress that they had to make over for Ms. Jamison for this performance. A lot of beautiful history and one of the most brilliant performances by Judith Jamison. Thanks for bringing this great dancer and choreographer, Alvin Ailey to our TOD family. A celebration for all mother, I feel. Beautiful mothers all over the world., to you all be forever loved by all of us.HZ

      Meet Ms. Judith Jamison in LA at the Music Center. What a joyful experience. Every time I walk into my music room/library, that painting facing me as I enter. I dedicated that room in memory of my mother since she loved reading, singing, and playing the piano. One of my favorites in my modest condo. HZ

  23. 39 nathkatun7
    May 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the Wonderful Mothers at TOD!

  24. May 11, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Chips, Happy Mothers Day to Danny’s Mom!
    An open invitation from my boys to yours. . . 😍 Big fenced in yard and. . .

  25. 49 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm

  26. 52 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm

  27. 53 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 3:24 pm

  28. 54 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm

  29. May 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    “..With the clock running out on the seventh and final round of the 2014 NFL Draft on Saturday evening and the St. Louis Rams holding two of the last eight picks, Rams coach Jeff Fisher turned to general manager Les Snead and team president Kevin Demoff and said, “Let’s go get Michael Sam” — and the NFL changed forever……

    …..Late Friday night in Fisher’s office, as the coach met with Demoff and Snead, the subject of drafting Sam came up, and it was quickly dismissed. Yet privately, Fisher was contemplating the possibility that, if Sam remained on the board in the draft’s latter stages, he could simultaneously get value and strike a blow for acceptance and respect. On Saturday, as pick No. 249 neared, Fisher decided it was time to welcome Sam to the Rams’ family. He called Rams owner Stan Kroenke and told him of the plan, receiving a favorable response……

    …At 5:48 p.m. CST, the pick was called in, and the war room grew silent. Fisher rose from his seat and walked over to the pair of large television sets in one corner of the room, and scores of coaches, scouts and other Rams officials joined him. A couple of minutes later, when the pick was flashed on the two screens, the room erupted in applause, and Fisher began receiving hand slaps from nearly everyone in his vicinity. A few minutes later, as he paced excitedly around his office, Fisher revealed to me that he’d been privately considering the Sam move for several days. “I’ve been thinking about it,” Fisher said. “Look, he’s a good football player. We’re glad to have him. We got better when we took him. And we’re gonna do everything we can to get the most out of him. It’s exciting.”

    It’s also historic — and until about 15 minutes before history was made, only one man had a clue what was about to happen.

  30. May 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    “In developing countries, clean drinking water is not a given. According to the World Health Organization, every year, around 3.4 million people die from water-related illnesses. To put it in perspective: That’s roughly equivalent to Los Angeles’ entire population. Accessing clean water often means waiting in line for a truck to haul it to you, boiling it (an energy-hungry option) or running it through a ceramic filter (expensive). But the truth is, more often than not people don’t clean it at all.

    A new project from the Water Is Life organization is looking to simplify the purification process with a high-design solution. The Drinkable Book, as it’s called, looks like something you’d keep on your coffee table, but it’s actually a full-on water purification system…..

    ….Each page is its own little filter that can clean up to 100 liters of water (that’s around a 30-day supply). This means each book can provide a single person with up to four years of clean water. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon and University of Virginia developed a special kind of paper that’s coated in silver nanoparticles, which kill bacteria. “Some socks use silver nanoparticles to prevent fungus from growing on athletes’ feet,” explains chemist Theresa Dankovich, the project’s lead scientist who has been researching this process since 2008……”

    • 58 MightyPamela
      May 11, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      If only we weren’t so determined to destroy and contaminate our worldwide supply of water. Look at you #Kochbastards

  31. 59 carolyn
    May 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    In church today, our associate minister, Lori, had special prayer for the girls of Nigeria and their parents. She had put slips of paper with the first names of the girls, as many as she could find, on the altar table, and for those names she couldn’t find, she put “Unknown. Child of God”. After church we were to pick up names to take home and keep praying for. It was very moving, and people certainly took the name slips, some people more than one. The teenagers and children took more than one each, I know. A moving sight was a young mother standing at the table with her two children, picking up names. It is wonderful to attend a church where today’s problems are a focus.
    Our pastor always says “…..for the only world we have……” we must act and give.

    • 60 carolyn
      May 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      A small but important correction. The one kind of slip said “Child of God. Name unknown.” Which is much better than the way I had remembered it. The girl isn’t unknown, just her name at this point.

  32. 61 GGail
    May 11, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Gabby has a beautiful tribute to Mothers on here and I don’t know how to post it…Please someone help!

    • 62 vcprezofan2
      May 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      So, G x2, what have you done with everybody? This place is unusually quiet – not many mice stirring at all!

  33. 63 kathleenp444
    May 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    “Michael Sam Rams Jerseys Are Already For Sale And The Demand Is Reportedly ‘Ridiculous'”


    • 64 anniebella
      May 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      I want to see can the guy play NFL football, I don’t give a dam that he is gay. He was a good college player, now it’s time to see what he can do in the NFL.

  34. 65 hopefruit2
    May 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    As far as we’re all concerned, Glen Greenwald can go sit on a rusty chainsaw, and hit the Power button.

  35. May 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Comment of the Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry Department of Information Policy on the true public opinion in the South-Eastern regions of Ukraine

    The clumsy attempt of the so-called referenda is not just illegal and illegitimate for a number of reasons, it tries to hide a bald statement of the fact that the vast majority (70%) in Ukraine’s east prefer unity, whereas mere 18% support secession, according to recent surveys conducted by the authoritative Pew Research Center in Ukraine in April.

    The similar results were made public earlier by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) together with the Mirror of the Week (Dzerkalo Tyzhnya) weekly. According to the polls, about 15% of people living in the South-East of Ukraine want their region to be part of Russia, whereas in Donetsk region this figure is 27,5%.

    However, opinion surveys also indicate that the fundamental grounds for protest are of economic origin or are related to security concerns, and not, for instance, a language issue. Only 6,5% of people living in the South-East of Ukraine are concerned with imposing Ukrainian language.

    The problem is that this vast majority of true Ukrainian patriots and supporters of united Ukraine are being intimidated by the pro-Russian terrorist groups and under the threat of live they are afraid to voice openly their protest against the bandits and their collaborators.

    Ukrainian government is committed to an inclusive political dialogue that will address the immediate needs of this important minority, resulting in the constitutional reforms on decentralization and empowering the regional communities. In the meantime, presidential and local elections due on May 25 are one of the principal ways to ensure that the interests of this minority are duly represented in power.

    Thus, holding fair and free elections all over Ukraine is the top priority for Ukrainian government as a follow up to Geneva accord of April 17.”


  36. 77 yardarm756
    May 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    • May 11, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Hahahahaha! Thank you, Yardarm756DD! Isn’t that the truth! Happy to see you back here, on the bridge, keeping the good ship TOD on course. Smooth sailing again. X

  37. 79 anniebella
    May 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I heard that the young lady who introduce FLOTUS yesterday at Dillards University was from Nigeria.

  38. 80 vcprezofan2
    May 11, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    President Obama’s legacy: A foundation for peace
    Let’s be honest – after the terrorist attack on 9/11 this country went on a bit of a freak-out…wars, torture, Gitmo, terror threat levels, TSA, warrantless surveillance, etc. Its easy to simply blame the Bush/Cheney administration. But the truth is, they got re-elected after most of that was underway. So there’s plenty of blame to go around.


    I can understand the arguments the President’s critics make against his implementation of a War on al Qaeda. But they are left with either making a case that the threat doesn’t exist or offering alternatives to deal with it. I almost never hear either one. That’s why a few years ago I began to speak up about the need to end this particular war and to track the Obama administration’s signals that they were attempting to do so.

    We are now six years into the Obama presidency and not only is Osama bin Laden dead, but there have been zero attacks by al Qaeda on American soil. Last year, with very little fanfare from his critics on the left, the President called for an end to this “indefinite war.” Other than preventing another great depression and passing/implementing health care reform – I believe this will be his great legacy.


  39. May 11, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Can anyone explain what this is all about??

  40. 91 Nena20409
    May 11, 2014 at 6:47 pm
  41. 94 Nena20409
    May 11, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Clippers won?

    Holy Smokes. I stopped watching at 7 mins plus for they were behind in LA by 7 points. Yes, in Basket Ball with 7 minutes left 7 points is nothing. But I was not a fan for both Teams……but was wishing the Clippers to triumph after all they have been through. So now the series is 2-2.


  42. May 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm

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