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  1. But Caster Semenya, a South African runner who is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 800 meters, who have naturally high levels of testosterone compared with most women wasn't allowed to compete in that race. 😳
  2. When you are trying to show off:
  3. Grandparents offering money, paying for school, etc, but also doing so with some semblance of control. If these grandparents did work hard to provide for their families, do they have the right to expect such things? Well, they can offer but their children can choose not to accept it? I think it's naive to think they will pay for all these things and expect nothing in return. This doesn't mean the grandparents are right but I don't think the parents are as oblivious as we might think. They want the cake and eat it too: They don't mind the grandparents to pay for school fees, and yet they don't want anyone telling them anything about their children. They want grandparents to babysit their children most of the day for free, but they get angry if the grandparents feed their child a particular food, etc. They don't mind to live under their roof, but you can't tell them anything even though they aren't paying any rent. You can't have it both ways, if you don't want others to use money as leverage or as a way to manipulate you, then don't accept it if you don't need it.
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    Blessing of “release”?

    Samuel W. Richards diary provides an interesting account (he was in NY at the time before his mission, circa 1846). “Sister Lincoln who was very sick with a cancer” requested that he and several other elders visit. Finding her in good faith, but not expected to live, the men sang and prayed with her. They administered the sacrament of bread and wine to her. Then she was anointed with oil unto the day of her burial which was sealed by the laying on of hands and prayer.” This isn't the only case, there are quite a few more in Church history. Wilford Woodruff diary also provides another interesting account after a meeting with the First Presidency, stating that "Church leaders were called upon Sister Gray who had a canser (sic) in the breast which was eating her vitals & rotting her flesh. Presidet (sic) Young Cannon, & myself laid hands upon her. She wished us to pray that she might spedily (sic) die as she could not live. Presidet (sic) Young dedicated her to God for her death & burial. In about 12 hours she died."
  5. Everybody knows that raisins are the devil's fruits and dates look like cockroaches. 😳
  6. “What makes me think that? I think the evidence is all around us, birds sit on power lines, we believe they’re charging on power lines, we believe that bird poop on cars is liquid tracking apparatus.” 😳 Sorry... I....can't... 😂🤣
  7. Diana Damrau, I cannot find the right words to describe her talent. Her vocal control is out of this world!
  8. A number of people who self-identify as "progressive" have decided that orcs, the common fantasy villain monsters, are somehow racist stereotypes and that they're "coded" to be black. As such, they're screaming, shrieking, and otherwise demanding that orcs no longer be used as a villain race because to do so is to perpetuate real-world racism. I'm not into games but how in the world anyone sees an orc and they associate it with black people? Makes no sense whatsoever! But then again, in one of my trips I was asked if "Mormons" don't drink coffee because we're racist. 😳
  9. As Lehi was growing up, did his lineage remain a mystery to him and he only discovered it with Laban's brass plates? No, of course not. Jews are very particular about their genealogy, just because Lehi didn't have tangible proof until he saw the plates doesn't mean he didn't know which tribe he came from. A couple of interesting quotations about this: Lehi’s ancestors (from the tribe of Manasseh) were likely refugees who had fled from the Northern Kingdom during or prior to the destruction of Israel by the Assyrians. As refugees they may not have been able to bring records with them, even if they had once had them. They may have had a general knowledge of their northern ancestry through oral tradition, but may have been unable to prove this or know it in full detail running all the way back Joseph, about ten centuries earlier. After Lehi and his sons obtained the plates of brass, they had proof of what they had previously only believed from oral tradition, hence Lehi then “knew that he was a descendant of Joseph” through Manasseh and could prove his important status as such (1 Nephi 6:2; Alma 10:3). “We have now to notice the ridiculous statement that Lehi did not know ‘the genealogy of his fathers’ till he had the plates from Laban. That is, he actually did not know what tribe he was of, although he was a married man with a grown up family. Now to fully understand the nonsense of this, we must bear in mind that every head of a family, except the tribe of Levi, had an estate given to him by Joshua, which land could not be sold. If there had been nothing else therefore to tell him, the very possession of this estate was public proof, as plain as the sun at noon day, of the tribe to which he belonged; besides which we know there was nothing about which a Jew was more particular than his genealogy, which was kept in public registers, down to the time of Christ. If Lehi and his children did not know they were descendants of Joseph, we must also assume that when he married, his wife’s family did not know the tribe of their new relative, and that in their intercourse with other Jews, they had never heard of it. Why it is just as impossible as for a man who is walking every day to be ignorant that he has the use of his legs.” Anonymous, A Few Plain Words about Mormonism (Bristol: Steam Press, 1852), 6–7.
  10. Welcome to the evil side*, sister. We’ll make a conservative of you yet!!! 😂 You guys call me "liberal" or "progressive" (a term I use often to describe my views) BUT I don't think they fit into any particular "box". For example: I believe in legal immigration and at the same time I can empathize with those who are fleeing certain countries. But not to the point where they now jump the line and leave behind those people who have been patiently waiting for years. I believe in fairness, the system is a mess and people shouldn't be waiting for decades to be reunited with family. Then, racism. I don't believe when people say minorities use the "race card" for everything. This isn't always the case, there are genuine cases of racism taking place daily and cannot and should not be ignored or automatically categorized as using the "race card". Also, people assume too many things when they see someone from another ethnicity or culture , they automatically assume the person is illegal, uneducated, they can't speak English or they are on welfare. This mindset cannot be right and I blame this to ignorance, particularly lack of exposure and traveling. The most "exotic" places people go is Hawaii! Real exposure to people of other cultures and races is needed to stop prejudice. What happened to George Floyd was horrible and yet some people chose to talk about his character rather than what was done to him and this isn't good. When the Black Lives Matter movement started, I understood the reason why because no one wanted a repeat of the 50's and 60's but things got out of control rather quickly, destroying property, hurting others, etc to the point of profiting from this and certain individuals becoming millionaires practically overnight. I also don't agree with the extent in which we engage in political correctness. It feels as though there is a new term we all have to be careful to use. I cannot keep up with them and I find myself having to explain what I mean when I'm not inclined to do so. And yet at the same time, I deeply believe in respecting every individual and I truly care how they feel and I don't wish to purposely offend anyone. I am just concerned with people losing their jobs or being accused of things they didn't mean. And don' get me started with cultural appropriation...GOOD CULTURE IS MEANT TO BE APPROPRIATED! Unless we are segregationists. (sorry for the long post and hijacking this thread 😳)
  11. Yes, the whole piece has that sultry-tone to it due to the story itself.
  12. I have lived in different countries with diverse demographics. Maybe one day I will start a thread discussing my findings, but the impact that culture and traditions have in certain races and ethnicities cannot be ignored. Just last week, talking casually about the Royals with an acquaintance I was accused of being racist because I said Meghan Markle's body language during the Oprah interview showed signs of deception. I didn't get upset... I laughed because that's what I do when I hear something absolutely and ridiculously absurd.
  13. Another goodie is the waltz from The Merry Widow: This is wonderful. Rest in peace Hvorostovsky, a spectacular voice.
  14. I love the harmonies on this piece; the product is exquisitely lovely.  One of the interesting things about opera is that a lot of songs turn out to be (lyrically) not nearly so highbrow, and even at times rather unimaginative when translated into English. This is one of them (as I understand it they’re basically saying “come down into the pond and swim with us” over and over, or somesuch thing). This is my favorite part, my eyes water when I hear it... so profound and moving : Suivons le courant fuyant Dans l’onde frémissante D’une main nonchalante Viens, gagnons le bord, Où la source dort et L’oiseau, l’oiseau chante. Basically, yes Lakmé and her servant Mallika are picking up flowers as they get ready for a bath in the river. I think it is Lakmé who describes the beauty of nature which surrounds them , particularly beautiful flowers such as roses, jasmine and the like. I love this piece, it is such an elegant aria! Habanera is another of those songs (link below, conducted by the matchless Gustavo Dudamel, whose hair I could watch all day) YES! I love this piece (did you hear Maria Callas' version? Unbeatable!). Gustavo's hair is always distracting to me. He needs to shave it off.
  15. That said: our minds do irrational things when we are consumed by guilt (and by extension, rationalization and self-justification) over our choices. We lash out, we think we see judgment where it isn’t really there, we become obsessed with getting forms of validation that we shouldn’t reasonably expect from others. If I’m spiritually going off the deep end, it’s entirely possible for someone to do everything right in their approach to me—and for me to still dismiss them as an overbearing, judgmental putz and to shut them out of my life. In my mind, that’s what perdition is—in Spanish and Portuguese “perder” means “to lose (something)”. A person in perdition is, literally, lost to us. Thought-provoking post JAG and very true (in its entirely). I always remind others that the way someone behaves towards them (depending on the circumstances) shouldn't be taken personal because in many occasions it is actually a reflection of how they view themselves. Forgiving ourselves isn't always a straight and easy path but a journey with baby steps. Ultimately, all of us make choices and we can only do our best to love, support, understand and share each other's burdens.