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Happy ❤ Day 🙂

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  1. February 14, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Same to you queen of hearts and blogs!

  2. 4 GGail
    February 14, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Chips, did you also know that today is Di Maria’s birthday?

  3. February 14, 2015 at 1:14 pm

  4. 22 vcprezofan2
    February 14, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Hi. TODobots! It’s …

  5. February 14, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    US Ambassador to Denmark ….

    French Ambassador tweeting from the floor at the site of the shooting ….

  6. February 14, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  7. February 14, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    you have to ask why this is…

  8. 59 HZ
    February 14, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    A wonderful gift to all of our sisters and brothers who will have a little more peacefulness and able to express their love with a little more peace of mind during those difficult and needed medical times. Just knowing that they can take their children to a doctor is pure peace IMO.

    I wish all who have and will continue to sign up and remind their family and friends to sign up on a beautiful ‘Day of Expression of Loving Care’:
    Happiness to all of my TOD family and my Chips on this lovely day.

    The weather out here is greeting our beloved president with kisses of bright sunshine and glorious blue skies. Enjoy every moment of your game today and all the other days for that matter. Mr. President, welcome to Cali. We love you so much. HZ

    • 60 mtmarilyn
      February 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Happy Valentine’s Day to our lovely HZ. Hope you have a beautiful day!

      • 61 HZ
        February 14, 2015 at 2:38 pm

        {{{{{{{{TY, mtmarilyn}}}}}}}}}. Your lovely comment last evening was graciously appreciated. HZ

        • 62 mtmarilyn
          February 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm

          Just want you to understand how much your posts mean to all of us TODDER’s! This is a very special community!

          • 63 HZ
            February 14, 2015 at 5:52 pm

            Mtmarilyn, I feel all of the love and care deep within my heart and soul. I trust Chips with my very being. And those who know me would be the first to truly Amen that thought. I felt the warmth, intellect, and deep actions of respect for PBO coming from Chips and her beautiful space from the very moment that I stepped into this family.

            Chips’ beautiful spirit and brilliant mind set the tone from the start; , and I knew then, that I was in a right space where I could listen to truths, read truth, learn from others, and share my political appreciations on a level that represents a man that we all had just worked so hard to elect as our 44th President. My moments of enjoying my journey with the TOD family lift my spirit daily. Thank you all so much.HZ

        • February 14, 2015 at 4:41 pm

          We LOVE you, HZ, and are very grateful that you and your neighbors are taking good care of our POTUS while he gets some much-needed rest and relaxation in the sunshine.

          Sending you a big bouquet from all of us at TODville. {{{{HZ}}}}

          • 66 HZ
            February 14, 2015 at 5:57 pm

            {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ TY, my love.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} You all up north started the journey off pretty nice for him. I love SF. Spent some lovely post wedding days up there years and years ago. The city of romance, great respect for the fashion culture, and delicious foods.

            Have a great weekend, meta. HZ

    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      February 14, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      HZ, I’ve so missed your inspirational presence. I hope you’re doing well and are having a peaceful winter. Happy Valentine’s Day!

      • 68 HZ
        February 14, 2015 at 6:06 pm

        {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ TY, jackieG.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} My biological clock is a little messy during these golden days, so I do not get to greet my TOD family in these early morning hours with a few “spring in the steps spoken words,” but you all give me so much inspiration in these golden years. I hope you all will remember that daily. You lift me up! HZ

  9. February 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm

  10. 70 sjterrid
    February 14, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Happy Valentines Day to the TOD community.

  11. 71 kasai
    February 14, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    (¯`•.•´¯) (¯`•.•´¯)
    *`•.¸(¯`•.•´¯)¸.•´ ♥
    ☆ ♥ `•.¸.•´ ♥ º ☆.¸¸.•´¯`♥ Happy Valentine’s Day (((((TODS)))…..Danny too:-)

    .`•.¸.•´ ★
    ¸.•´.•´¨) ¸.•¨)
    (¸.•´(¸.•´ (¸.•¨¯`* ♥

    Here’s a message how PBO and I feel about y’all!

  12. February 14, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Love’s Holiday…Earth Wind Fire…

  13. 82 jackiegrumbacher
    February 14, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    My day has been made. Not only did we have long phone calls with both our children, we got to spend over an hour with our little granddaughter on FaceTime. Then a beautiful bouquet of red roses and carnations came to my door from my husband. I cannot ask for more.

    • 83 desertflower
      February 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      🙂 Wonderful! My day has been made, too. One of the 3rd graders that I tutor shared her progress report with me today and though I only tutor her for math and reading…she went up in ALL of her grades..sometimes as much as 2 entire letter grades!! Holy moly, am I so proud of her for being responsible for her learning!!!! This is why I what I do:)

      • 84 desertflower
        February 14, 2015 at 4:31 pm

        Did I mention that her mom was BEAMING today when she shared that?:)

      • 85 jackiegrumbacher
        February 14, 2015 at 4:32 pm

        And we’re proud of her tutor for helping her see how much she could accomplish with a little effort. We will both sleep with happy smiles tonight.

        • 86 desertflower
          February 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm

          Thanks, jackieg:) Funny that you said that because her mom couldn’t believe how quickly this happened. Only been seeing her since just around Oct/Nov time frame….she was amazed. I didn’t do anything, really. She made the commitment to be a good student. See what happens! 🙂 I am more than thrilled right now.

    • February 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Ah Jackie, what a perfect day! And what a sweetheart Mr Jackie is!! 🙂

  14. 90 desertflower
    February 14, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Yeah…careful what you wish for, Turtle:)


    Another way of putting this is that the Senate Democrats can filibuster as much as they want and they don’t have to have the remotest fear that anyone will ever hold them accountable for it. That, ironically, is a lesson that Mitch McConnell taught them while he was serving as the Senate Minority Leader.

    I think it’s even better for the Democrats than it was for the Republicans. The Republicans were filibustering things that the president had proposed. Those things were mostly poll-tested and quite popular with the general public. But what the Democrats are opposing isn’t popular. No one gives a shit about the Keystone pipeline. No one wants the Homeland Security department shut down. No one is going to wants guns in every purse or more abortion restrictions. No one wants sanctions in Iran.

    • 91 jackiegrumbacher
      February 14, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Df, the supreme irony our our times is that no one wants what the Republicans propose and yet people elected them to the majority. If Americans don’t want crappy legislation that undermines their health, safety and financial well being, they might consider getting out to vote next time. I will not, however, hold my breath.

    • February 14, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      but there is a difference in the Filibuster…when the GOP filibustered it was to obstruct…they filibustered bills that they had supported in the past..McConnell filibister a bill he had introduced his self….it was part of their strategy to make the President a one term president…when the Dems filibuster it is to prevent the deportation of dreamers…i think that we have to say this…it is NOT a tit for tat

  15. 93 JER
    February 14, 2015 at 4:42 pm

  16. 94 yardarm756
    February 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm


    St. Valentine’s Day


    1989 GPS The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System is put into orbit.

    1989 Bhopal gas leak Union Carbide is ordered, by the Indian Supreme Court, to pay $470,000,000 in restitution for the 1984 leak that killed 3,329 people.

    1989 $1,000,000 bounty is offered by the Ayatollah Khomeini for the killing of Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses.

    1980 CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite announces his retirement.

    1961 McDonald’s Hamburger University graduates its first students.

    1946 Computers U.S. War Department announces its use of ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), the first general-purpose stored program electronic digital computer. It could calculate 1,000 times faster than anything previous. It required 18,000 vacuum tubes and 130,000 watts of power.

    1931 Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, opens.

    1929 St. Valentine’s Day massacre Members of Al Capone’s gang – dressed as policeman – gun down seven members of Bugs Moran’s gang in Chicago.

    1924 IBM International Business Machines Corporation is founded.

    1918 Tarzan The first movie featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan character, Tarzan of the Apes, is released.

    1918 Gregorian calendar is adopted by Russia The previous day had been January 31st.

    1912 Warfare The first diesel-powered submarine is commissioned, in Groton, Connecticut.

    1912 Arizona becomes the 48th state.

    1899 Voting The U.S. Congress approves the use of voting machines in federal elections.

    1876 Telephone Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray both file a patent for the telephone. A long legal battle ensued which Bell ultimately won (1888).

    1859 Oregon becomes the 33rd state.

    1849 Presidential First James Polk becomes the first U.S. President to have his photograph taken.

    1843 Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! The circus event that inspired the Beatles song is held. John Lennon got the idea for the song from an antique poster advertising the circus. Many of the lyrics, such as “the Henderson’s will all be there” and “through a hogshead of real fire,” also came from the poster.


    1960 Meg Tilly (Margaret Chan), American actress. Film: The Big Chill (1983) and Agnes of God (1985, title role).

    1946 Gregory Hines d. 2003 American actor, dancer. Film: History of the World Part I (1981), The Cotton Club (1984), White Nights (1985), and Tap (1989). He made his Broadway debut at age 8.

    1944 Carl Bernstein American journalist. He and Bob Woodward uncovered the Watergate scandal while working for the Washington Post.

    1934 Florence Henderson American singer, actress. TV: The Brady Bunch (Mrs. Brady).

    1932 Vic Morrow d. 1982 actor. TV: Combat! (Sgt. Chip Saunders). He was killed while filming Twilight Zone-The Movie.

    1927 Lois Maxwell Canadian actress. Film: Miss Moneypenny in the first 14 of the James Bond movies.

    1921 Hugh Downs American Emmy-winning news anchor, TV personality.

    1913 Jimmy Hoffa d. 1975 American Teamster boss (1957-71). He disappeared outside of a motel in Detroit, Michigan (1975).

    1894 Jack Benny d. 1974 (Benjamin Kubelsky), American comedian, famed for his violin concertos.

    1865 Carl Thomas Anderson d. 1948 American cartoonist, creator of Henry.

    1864 Israel Zangwill d. 1926 English-born writer, Zionist. He founded an organization called the Jewish Territorialist Organization (1905), to try to create a Jewish homeland, the location of which did not necessarily have to be in what is today the state of Israel. Quote: “The way [George Bernard] Shaw behaves himself is very refreshing in these atheistic days when so many people believe in no God at all.” Source: Fifth 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said Writngs: Children of the Ghetto (1892) and The Melting Pot (1908).

    1859 George Washington Gale Ferris d. 1896 American engineer, inventor of the Ferris wheel. It was constructed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition at Chicago. His ride was 250 feet in diameter, took 20 minutes per revolution, and had a capacity of 2,160 people.

    1819 Christopher Latham Sholes d. 1890 American inventor. He invented the first commercially-successful typewriter (1868), which was manufactured by E. Remington & Sons. He also coined the word “type-writer” and created the QWERTY keyboard layout (1873).

    1760 Richard Allen d. 1831 American clergyman. Born a slave, he helped establish the first African American U.S. church (1816), the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Philadelphia, of which he was bishop, making him the first African American bishop in the U.S. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church

    1722 Georg Christian Füchsel d. 1773 German geolgist. He originated the concept of statra, rock layers that each represent a certain epoch of time.


    1988 Frederick Loewe b. 1904 German composer of Lerner and Loewe, together they wrote My Fair Lady (1956) and Paint Your Wagon (1969).

    1948 Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown b. 1876 American baseball Hall of Famer. He had the use of only three fingers on his pitching hand, giving him a natural knuckle ball.

    1891 William Tecumseh Sherman b. 1820 American Civil War general (Union), known for his destruction of Georgia and his statement “War is hell.”

    1808 John Dickinson b. 1732 American statesman, author, member of the Colonial Congress (1765). He wrote the Farmer’s Letters (1767-68), expressing opposition to the Townshend Acts of 1767.

    1779 James Cook b. 1728 English naval captain and explorer. He discovered the Hawaiian Islands, and introduced tattoos to the western world. He was killed by the natives of the Sandwich Islands.

    1400 Richard II b. 1367 King of England (1377-99).

  17. 95 desertflower
    February 14, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Happy Birthday, Arizona:) 103 years old today

  18. February 14, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    20 min before #Ceasefire deadline and all I’m seeing are reports of warfare raging …

    • 97 Linda
      February 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      The exact same thing happened when there was supposed to be cease fires between Israel and Gaza…..didn’t it ?

      Multiple attempts were made before it finally ended.

      CNN is acting like they never saw this kind of thing before……

      • February 14, 2015 at 5:07 pm

        Yes, CNN “acts,” Linda. That’s why I refer to all of them as #NEWSTAINERS.

        And, yes, Bibi didn’t stop until he had effectively annihilated Gaza. Whether Putin stops before his tanks are rolling into Kyiv is the only open ? for me at this point.

    • February 14, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      • February 14, 2015 at 5:05 pm

        President Poroshenko speaking to his citizens, now ….

        • February 14, 2015 at 5:10 pm

          One thing about this fella, he doesn’t bluster or bluff …

          • February 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm

            They conversed a bit earlier today, prior to the “ceasefire” …

            • February 14, 2015 at 5:41 pm

              Just posted ….

              “Kyiv, 14 February 2015 – Following the recent summit meeting in the Normandy Format in Minsk, the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), consisting of senior representatives of Ukraine, the Russian Federation and the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, today, 14 February 2015, held a round of consultations in the form of a video-conference with representatives of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

              Issues of the practical implementation of the “Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements”, adopted in Minsk on 12 February 2015, were discussed during the consultations. Particular emphasis was placed on full respect of provisions concerning the ceasefire, which should be strictly implemented from 15 February 2015 at 00.00 hours Kiev time, as well as the withdrawal of heavy weapons, as agreed in the Package of Measures.

              It was agreed that all actors will undertake all necessary measures aimed at achieving the above objectives and the speedy de-escalation of ongoing hostilities in the conflict zone, in particular in the vicinity of the towns of Debaltseve and Mariupol, which have seen the heaviest fighting in recent days.

              It was also decided that the Trilateral Contact Group will hold further consultations with representatives of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on a regular basis in order to facilitate the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements of 5 and 19 September 2014 and the Package of Measures of 12 February 2015.”

  19. February 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Chips, don’t know if you saw my Valentine’s greetings to you and Danny in the previous thread. Want to wish NW a Happy Valentine’s, as well, and thank both of you for sustaining this truly loving community.


  20. 107 Linda
    February 14, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    2 minutes in to the cease fire and CNN is already freaking out..

    Shelling is still going on ……will it hold ????


  21. 108 Linda
    February 14, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    BBC has live coverage of the ceasefire in Ukraine

  22. February 14, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I do not understand why everyone is not calling it as it is…….. there is no ceasefire…there is no peace accord……it reminds me of the fairy tale…The Emperor’s New Clothes…

    • February 14, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      It is ongoing conventional warfare, pf58 – In_Deed!

      Everyone knows it. This entire drill, as best I can see, is a necessary step to make as transparent as possible to the world that Putin is waging war and all the propaganda stunts in his bag of tricks can’t hide that fact.

      What happens next …. it’s warfare, i.e., most of what is going to happen is unpredictable. But, one thing for sure, the situation could not be more dangerous if Putin doesn’t halt the shooting.

  23. February 14, 2015 at 5:33 pm

  24. 115 JER
    February 14, 2015 at 5:34 pm

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