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  1. dahlia

    Would you list a mission on a resume?

    Maybe along a similar line - Years ago, I was looking for shared office space to practice law. My resume at the time included working with the HIV/AIDS coalition of the city's bar association, doing estate work for this population. This was fairly early on, before the AIDS cocktail had started to change life expectancy. I had one guy tell me to take it off of my resume. People would wonder why I was associated with this group - was I gay? Did I have AIDS? Without a personal connection, why would I be working with these people? Would AIDS patients be coming into the office? I guess the idea of providing legal work for those who needed it was an ethical concept that escaped him. btw - I only had 1 gay male client under this program. All the rest were females who had been given HIV by their male partners, including husbands.
  2. Mormons can't watch Star Wars????
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    I never thought about it this way, but you're probably right. Most descriptions in menus tend to focus on the quality of the food (grass-fed) or possible allergens (nuts, lactose, gluten, etc.). I don't recall seeing anything about wine. Sometimes a dish will have a name like 'chicken in white wine sauce' (is that a real thing?), but usually I bet the chef just adds it to the sauce and doesn't think twice about it.
  4. A couple of weeks ago, our sister missionaries showed up at my door unexpectedly. 😓 I noticed that they were wearing pants. I thought this was great, but I also thought pants were only approved for sisters in locations where the Zika virus was present. Apparently that's not the case. In light of all the pants discussions that have been going on, I decided to be a good Mormon for once and ask my bishop about wearing pants to church. I'm not trying to start a revolution, I don't want to protest, I just wanna know. Long story short, he doesn't care. Just come to church. I specifically asked if I had to dress up for tithing meetings and temple recommends, which I have always done, and he said no. Thank goodness. It gets cold here. Sometimes I'd like to wear dress pants, as that is what I usually wear. We've always been welcoming to new people, no matter what they had on. I can't imagine anyone saying anything to my face if I wore pants one Sunday, but I wonder if people would talk amongst themselves?
  5. I admit to not having read all of the responses, and I understand the Church wanting a child to have a mother and father, but does this mean a single person should not adopt, especially an older child who may be hard to place otherwise?
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    Yeah, but everything I've seen on cooking shows says the cooking wine is full of salt and isn't the quality of 'regular' wine. I dunno. If I hadn't had wine in restaurant meals and found it added an extra something missing in my home cooking, I'd say it's not worth the trouble...
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    I like pomegranate juice just fine, but as a diabetic, I've had to stop drinking juices, so I'm stuck with the same problem. Good idea, tho.
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    Topics for Ministering Letters?

    These are good ideas. I'm gonna admit that my first thoughts are not about the Scriptures, but about how the Church as a whole is a positive influence in my life. To the OP, if you find some applicable Scripture for everything else you're saying, fine, but sometimes people, especially less actives, just want you to talk to them, as individuals, and don't want Scripture thrown at them. Back when we had home & visiting teachers, I enjoyed talking to them about adult things and adult living, work, local happenings, maybe Conference, etc. I'm so glad we got away from telling the same lesson to each other all around the ward. That said, some people just don't want to be bothered any more. I gather from Sunday School that can be difficult for some LDS to believe.
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    Now that I have your attention... My understanding is that we can use wine in cooking. I enjoy cooking, but even before joining the Church, was not much of a drinker, so never kept wine around the house. I would like to start cooking with wine, which I've had in restaurant meals. Here's the problem. Wine seems to come in these big bottles. From my reading, you can't keep it around very long once it's open. It's not gonna last the two weeks it might take me to get to it again. If anyone here cooks with wine, what do you do with the remainder? Lots of recipes only call for a cup or 2 of wine, plus you're told to buy regular wine, not cooking wine, which is full of salt. I'm cheap and don't want to spend $5-7 for a bottle just to throw most of it down the drain. On another note - so far retirement is weird. Around 9pm I still want to make my lunch for the next day.
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    In case you didn't know

    Yup - I never eat in the car. God gave us tables and TV trays for a reason.
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    Heart attacks are no fun

    I'm sorry to here this, and happy you are here, too. For those who don't think about it, one of the best things you can do is to have regular aspirin in your purse or whatever guys carry. Keep them at home, and now that I think about, maybe in the kitchen/living room and wherever else you keep your meds in the house. I retired last week and turned 66 yesterday - these things are on my mind. True story - our research center was hosting an international conference. The dean of our program came by to welcome the attendees, and ended by saying he needed to get home to watch the election. This guy is a New Yorker and hyped up on his slow days. Anyway, I guess George Bush winning a 2nd term got to him , 'cause he had a heart attack. He had to step down as dean, but like you, was home soon. He taught and reduced his administrative work, got more exercise, and "made the necessary changes" until he retired a few years later. He is still enjoying an active retirement from what I see on FB. I always think of that - there's no reason to get over excited by stuff - you don't want to give yourself a heart attack. Stay well, Neuro.
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    Mormon retreats?

    Thanks. I'll look through some of these. I must be the worst Mormon on the planet - I don't think I want a structured setting with a lot of people talking to me. I want to be left alone to read and ponder. I need to be in a cloister somewhere where it's mostly silent and you eat plain meals made by old nuns or monks. Shoot, I'd even like a place where you participated in making the meals (I just don't want to wash dishes).
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    In case you were wondering

    Nosferatu? (the real one, not the new tv program) Freddy Kreuger?
  14. Hey gang - Well, I finally turned in my notice at work and plan to retire at the end of July. I've been thinking that I might want to do a retreat to break mentally from work and go into the different mental & spiritual state of retirement. I've been looking locally and it seems that a number of Catholic groups run retreats for individuals. Being a former Catholic, I don't have a problem going to one of these. I appear to be open to people of all faiths, seem relatively new-age-ish, and you can be left alone - no exposure to Catholic teachings. I would like to read the BOM and maybe some other Mormon theology and just history of the Presidents; it would be great to do this in a retreat setting. Do Mormons have retreat centers? Do they do retreats? What do people do who just want to take time out to recharge and be introspective? It's been awhile - how are y'all doing?
  15. We have very bad weather here. I like to get it serviced before and after the winter. Usually I only need the $33 fluid and overall review. Most of my repairs, and there haven't been many, are due to the time that the piece of machinery has been used, rather than the amount of use. The service guys say that some people drive their cars hard and need things replaced, etc. all the time. My stuff doesn't get abused, but you do need to replace a belt or something every now and then. It works for me.