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The Dragonflies'Lair ~Thread XVIII~ Valentine's Day 2008
Poets of The Dragonflies' Lair | February 13, 2008 | Soaring Feather

Posted on 02/13/2008 7:18:25 PM PST by Soaring Feather






Origin of Valentine's Day

Find out how this special day originated way back in the 3rd century


Valentine's Day originated way back in the 3rd century. Saint Valentine was a priest in Rome during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. It seems the Emperor was having trouble recruiting members for his army because the men didn't want to leave their wives and children for the long military expeditions which would last for months and even years. Claudius then decided that banning marriages in Rome would solve this problem. The Emperor had Valentine condemned to death for defying his order and marrying couples in secret.


As Valentine awaited execution, his admirers would come to the jail bearing notes of support and flowers. As luck would have it, his most ardent admirer turned out to be the daughter of the prison guard. She would visit him for hours. The day of his execution, February 14 in the year 269 AD, Valentine wrote her a note expressing his gratitude for her love, support, and friendship and signed it "Love from our Valentine".


As it turned, out, the festival of Lupercalia (an ode to the god of fertility and a celebratoin of sensual pleasure) followed close after Valentine was executed.



During the festival, boys would draw the names of girls and they would pair up for the festivities. The name Valentine was linked to this romantic festival.

In 496, Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honor Valentine as a saint.





I gave my love a cherry
That has no stone,

I gave my love a chicken
That has no bone,

I gave my love a baby
That's no cryin'.

How can there be a cherry
That has no stone?

How can there be a chicken
That has no bone?

How can there be a baby
That's no cryin'?

A cherry when it's buddin',
It has no stone.

A chicken in the eggshell
It has no bone.

A baby when it's sleepin'
Is no cryin'.


Old Appalachian song






The Apple Dumplings and a King



"Very astonishing indeed! strange thing!"

(Turning the Dumpling round, rejoined the King)

"'Tis most extraordinary, then, all this is;

It beats Penetti's conjuring all to pieces;

Strange I should never of a Dumpling dream!

But, Goody, tell me where, where, where's the Seam?"

"Sire, there's no Seam," quoth she; "I never knew

That folks did Apple-Dumplings sew."

"No!" cried the staring Monarch with a grin;

"How, how the devil got the Apple in?"


Dr. John Wolcot


The Cow

The friendly cow all red and white,

I love with all my heart:

She gives me cream with all her might,

To eat with apple-tart.

She wanders lowing here and there,

And yet she cannot stray,

All in the pleasant open air,

The pleasant light of day;

And blown by all the winds that pass

And wet with all the showers,

She walks among the meadow grass

And eats the meadow flowers.


Robert Louis Stevenson










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To: NY Attitude; Lady Jag; All

Yup, it was red dye. Wasn’t there a big hullabaloo over red dye some years back?


101 posted on 02/15/2008 11:48:44 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: NY Attitude

LOL, you rat fink!


102 posted on 02/15/2008 11:49:21 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: Soaring Feather

Yes, red dye, yellow dye and blue dye were all mentioned as causing cancer. But, they have allowed these same dyes back into the food that we eat.


103 posted on 02/15/2008 11:52:09 AM PST by NY Attitude (You are responsible for your safety until the arrival of Law Enforcement Officers!)
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To: NY Attitude
A very dark yellow that looked red.

Hmm...wonder what they used . . . wonder if it was bad stuff.

104 posted on 02/15/2008 11:54:18 AM PST by Lady Jag (Always look on the bright side of life)
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To: NY Attitude

Sheesh, is it true we are what we eat??


105 posted on 02/15/2008 11:55:01 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: Soaring Feather

Rat fink? Who Me? LOL.


106 posted on 02/15/2008 11:58:01 AM PST by NY Attitude (You are responsible for your safety until the arrival of Law Enforcement Officers!)
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To: Lady Jag; NY Attitude
A very dark yellow that looked red.
Hmm...wonder what they used . . . wonder if it was bad stuff.


Well, I am a little twisted from it. A slight yellow cast to my lily white complexion. Just kidding. ;0) Forgive me, I am a little warped today.
107 posted on 02/15/2008 11:58:53 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: Soaring Feather; NY Attitude; MEG33

That’s what it’s still used for! Thanks for the reminder of lard for pie crusts. Not being a baker, I needed your help.

You had a cow, Feather?


108 posted on 02/15/2008 11:59:05 AM PST by Lady Jag (Always look on the bright side of life)
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To: NY Attitude; tomkow6

Well, if it ain’t you it’s Tomkow!


109 posted on 02/15/2008 11:59:33 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: Lady Jag
LOL, I did not have the cow, mom owned the cow~! OMG, too funny.

110 posted on 02/15/2008 12:01:55 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: Soaring Feather

Thank you!Last night it was the male who came..my favorite came the night before..I did see a fox feeding several days ago..I have no robins yet this year..but the usual visitors are here. It is really not very busy at the feeder lately.

I saw red everblooming roses in bloom yesterday when I got my car from the shop..(It was a brake problem.)

There are beautiful pansies in bloom in some yards. Spring is in the air.

Today it’s cloudy and a cooler 50.


111 posted on 02/15/2008 12:02:21 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: Soaring Feather

It was a time of war when margerine came out. Another wartime food invention was Scrapple. Now talk about something that was thrown together from left over meat products. As a youngster I wasn’t sure about it but Mom said to eat it and meat, sugar, shoes, gasoline and other things were rationed.


112 posted on 02/15/2008 12:02:24 PM PST by NY Attitude (You are responsible for your safety until the arrival of Law Enforcement Officers!)
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To: Lady Jag
That’s what it’s still used for! Thanks for the reminder of lard for pie crusts.
My number one pie baking daughter always uses lard, she always reaps in the praise.
113 posted on 02/15/2008 12:03:49 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: Soaring Feather; NY Attitude

Red dye (#10?) might have been the most recent nasty dye, but there have been many.

If you have a collection of paints like an artist might, a look at the labels will show how many colors are toxic and the base chemicals are or were, depending on findings, used in dyes.

Well, look at China. Lead brightens colors and they’re still using it. China exports most of the toys they make because even Chinese won’t buy them.


114 posted on 02/15/2008 12:04:33 PM PST by Lady Jag (Always look on the bright side of life)
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To: Soaring Feather
I am a little warped today.

Too funny.

115 posted on 02/15/2008 12:04:47 PM PST by NY Attitude (You are responsible for your safety until the arrival of Law Enforcement Officers!)
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To: MEG33

Oh glad to hear favorite raccoon is still around. I know how much love and care you have invested in here recovery.

I am so jealous, you have Pansies blooming.

We may have Snow Drops blooming, I’ve not been in the back yard, the painters have stuff all over the place. Hope they have not killed my Clematis Vine. I will have a cow for sure.


116 posted on 02/15/2008 12:08:07 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: Lady Jag
One more year, hey girl?

I haven't decided yet. I feel a strong pull to go home and stay home, but three companies have asked me to come back over here.

Just when I've decided I'll go home for good in the spring, something exciting happens here and I feel like I don't want to go away just yet.

So my stance now is, I want to come home, but I haven't ruled out coming back. Does that sound like a politician, or what? LOL

But I will be home in April and for an extended amount of time, even if I do decide to come back here.

I need a break.

117 posted on 02/15/2008 12:10:00 PM PST by Allegra (Posting without being logged on since 2001)
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To: Lady Jag; NY Attitude; MEG33


118 posted on 02/15/2008 12:11:15 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: Lady Jag; Soaring Feather

We had a cow,too..all during the WW2 years...We had a large Victory garden and chickens on land about two blocks from our house..We ate well..A lot of canning took place..including peaches and pears from our trees.

We moved to a larger town then and had no more chickens nor a cow after the war..My dad always had a garden going..


119 posted on 02/15/2008 12:13:19 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: MEG33

I remember the Victory Gardens, we always had a garden but never called it that.

Mother, canned everything and for root veggies, we put them in sand in the cellar-well not potatoes. She canned beef, pork, venison, everything to have food for us. She was a woman alone with four kids to feed. Daddy dear took a powder, I have a hard time with Father’s Day, never knew him.


120 posted on 02/15/2008 12:18:15 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: MEG33; Soaring Feather; Lady Jag

We had a Victory Garden as well. WIth all of the current landscape being torn up to place houses literaly on top of one another, I do not think that Victory Gardens would be common place like they were should they be needed. Sad!


121 posted on 02/15/2008 12:18:35 PM PST by NY Attitude (You are responsible for your safety until the arrival of Law Enforcement Officers!)
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To: NY Attitude

Our city has set aside an area for Community Gardening. I think cities are doing more of this as people wish to grow their own-well some do.

I can garden in pots, but don’t.


122 posted on 02/15/2008 12:20:52 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: Allegra

Everybody needs a break once in a while and actually to me the fact you are indecisive about staying in the States or going back to Iraq is good news about Iraq.

You’ve been over there for how long now, five years or more? Do have an assessment to offer about life and progress in the area?

The first good sign that happened here was the rapidity at which Iraqi males changed into western dress after Hussein was hanged. That changed must be an expression of an attitude adjustment . . .


123 posted on 02/15/2008 12:23:46 PM PST by Lady Jag (Always look on the bright side of life)
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To: Soaring Feather

In this day and age, there are too many vandals that do not care about other peoples hardwork or belongings.


124 posted on 02/15/2008 12:24:35 PM PST by NY Attitude (You are responsible for your safety until the arrival of Law Enforcement Officers!)
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To: NY Attitude

Yupper, so true.

Years ago, in the Italian part of town, there were huge gardens straight up to the curb -they were behind chain link fences for the most part. Those folks had beautiful gardens and grew a huge amount of crops in the little space.


125 posted on 02/15/2008 12:28:49 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: Soaring Feather
Was the cow part of your mom's dowry?


126 posted on 02/15/2008 12:28:56 PM PST by Lady Jag (Always look on the bright side of life)
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To: Soaring Feather

I can understand why Father’s Day is hard..God bless your mother for being so hardworking and resourceful for you kids. Those war years aand the Great Depression were difficult times..I cannot imagine the added hardship of being without my dad.


127 posted on 02/15/2008 12:29:54 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: Lady Jag

More or less yes, my grandparents gave the cow to mom, we had chickens, too, and raised some pigs for butcher.


128 posted on 02/15/2008 12:30:25 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: MEG33

My beloved Mom was an angel with Iron Gloves. She was tough as nails and soft as velvet. She was beautiful, her laughter sounded like bells chiming. She remained beautiful until the day she died. She was a good woman.

She had what the Finns call SISU, it means guts, I have my share too. ;0)


129 posted on 02/15/2008 12:34:16 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: Soaring Feather
I am a little warped today.

And that makes you different today than any other day?


130 posted on 02/15/2008 12:40:44 PM PST by Lady Jag (Always look on the bright side of life)
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To: Lady Jag

Oh my, I didn’t think you noticed! LOL


131 posted on 02/15/2008 12:42:00 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: tomkow6

Paging Tomkow6, are you out there lurking, huh, huh??


132 posted on 02/15/2008 12:43:09 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: NY Attitude

I guess the open spaces around newer developments would be turned into community gardens in an emergency. Having a garden was always common in the small towns where I grew up..My husband and I had one at our last home. There was a space out of sight behind the garage we dug up...a tough go in that black clay soil N of Dallas. The plum tomatoes spoiled me forever. My DIL ate them like grapes.


133 posted on 02/15/2008 12:43:09 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: Soaring Feather; NY Attitude; MEG33
I grew up between two dairy farms and spent a better half my childhood at one of them. Loved it. Lots of fun and no responsibilities.


134 posted on 02/15/2008 12:44:57 PM PST by Lady Jag (Always look on the bright side of life)
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To: Soaring Feather

Indeed!


135 posted on 02/15/2008 12:47:21 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: Lady Jag
You’ve been over there for how long now, five years or more?

More than four years now. (YEEEESH!)

Do you have an assessment to offer about life and progress in the area?

I have finally begun writing my book. There is so much material to cover - bad times and good times. I believe there will be a happy ending. :-)

The first good sign that happened here was the rapidity at which Iraqi males changed into western dress after Hussein was hanged. That changed must be an expression of an attitude adjustment . .

It took a while, since they had been pretty much a brainwashed society for decades, but they finally realized that we are the good guys. That was the turning point and the progress has accelerated since then. Once the coalition and the Iraqis had a common goal, it became much easier to achieve this.

It's chugging right along now and if we can keep the Democrats from derailing this, it will be quite the amazing success story.

136 posted on 02/15/2008 12:50:37 PM PST by Allegra (Posting without being logged on since 2001)
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To: MEG33; Soaring Feather; NY Attitude

My parents were city sorts of folks who moved to the country because of me, wanting to raise their kids there for some reason, so they didn’t know much about rural living when they bought two acres way out in the boonies.

Parts of the family moved into our neighborhood and one decided to try raising chickens. That began coming to an end when he tried to kill his first one with a bunch of us little kids around. Some of us were grossed out before we started chasing the headless bird while unc looked on completely dejected.


137 posted on 02/15/2008 12:55:48 PM PST by Lady Jag (Always look on the bright side of life)
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To: tomkow6; StarCMC

The Cubbies Catcher is very nervous.

138 posted on 02/15/2008 12:59:28 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: Lady Jag

I tried not to watch what it took to get them from the chicken yard to the point of plucking the feathers..The chickens were my responsibility to feed and water.


139 posted on 02/15/2008 1:00:55 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: Soaring Feather

WHY?


140 posted on 02/15/2008 1:04:04 PM PST by tomkow6 (................CHANGE We Can Believe............My "VOICES"!....)
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To: Lady Jag

Oh I have seen that more than once. If ya wanted chicken dinner on Sunday, someone had to separate the chicken from its head.

In our house it was Mother.


141 posted on 02/15/2008 1:04:46 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: tomkow6

WHY??

Well, it is gonna be a drafty season, that’s why.


142 posted on 02/15/2008 1:05:42 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: Lady Jag; tomkow6; monkapotamus; All

Guess what coming on DVD in special edition

MIDNIGHT Express GOD I feel old it is 30 year old movie LOL!

http://www.tcm.com/movienews/index/?cid=194045


143 posted on 02/15/2008 1:06:52 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Soaring Feather
That's why I hang here. You're a Strange Attractor.

From Wikipedia,
An attractor is a set to which a dynamical system evolves after a long enough time. That is, points that get close enough to the attractor remain close even if slightly disturbed.

144 posted on 02/15/2008 1:10:32 PM PST by Lady Jag (Always look on the bright side of life)
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To: Lady Jag
An attractor is a set to which a dynamical system evolves after a long enough time. That is, points that get close enough to the attractor remain close even if slightly disturbed.


And I love you, too.
It's the early life heifer experience. LOL

145 posted on 02/15/2008 1:13:24 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....then I fall off my perch...Thanks Tomkow)
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To: Allegra
Does it mean you are an organized person because you're writing a book? I'd need "Book Writing for Dummies."

J.K. Rowling wrote seven and is currently softening up to the idea of writing more. I construe that mean once you get rolling, writing gains a momentum of its own

if we can keep the Democrats from derailing . . .

I say that in a group to exposed all the Dems. Usually they respond with a low roar.


146 posted on 02/15/2008 1:31:34 PM PST by Lady Jag (Always look on the bright side of life)
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To: tomkow6; Soaring Feather; All

BBC wire breaking news report bomb blast hit tourist area in Mexico City at this time wounding 5 so far


147 posted on 02/15/2008 1:48:44 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: tomkow6

MINE


148 posted on 02/15/2008 1:49:30 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: tomkow6

MINE


149 posted on 02/15/2008 1:49:30 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: tomkow6

MINE


150 posted on 02/15/2008 1:49:31 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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