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How To Tell A Good Joke

  Telling a good joke can be a fine art. In our family it is an emotional connector, an indicator of mental health, and a boost to positive energy.   While humor is subjective, there are some general principles that can help increase the likelihood of successful pulling off a knee-slapping pun or cracking a witty story.  Here are some tips on what's required to tell a good joke: 1. Know Your Audience: Understanding who you're telling the joke to is crucial. Different people find different things funny, so tailor your joke to your audience's sensibilities.  When my husband and I were "new" together, I was invited to a few events with his family. These were lovely, warm European folks who sometimes inserted jokes in their language into the general dinner conversation. When I looked rather lost, my then-boyfriend attempted a translation of the joke that they had all laughed uproariously at.  I don't remember what it was, but I do remember thinking, "Ick! Tha
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Unveiling the Truth: A Critical Review of The Way - 2X2s and Church With No Name

  Recently I was struck by a newspaper article about a woman in her 40s, Lyndell Montgomery, who had been part of the religious sect called 2 X 2 s or "The Way" or even "The Church with No Name".  Montgomery had recently charged a leader/ministering member of the 2x2s with child sexual abuse that happened when she was 14. She lives on the Island that we live on (maybe even in our community). I am interested in the diversity of memoirs by people who were spiritually abused. And I have some scattered recollections of knowing people who were part of this particular sect.  I have a blog page listing more than 25 books that I have read about spiritual abuse .  In the eye-opening little book, shown above, we delve into the dark reality of spiritual abuse within "The Way," an enigmatic organization also known as 2X2s or Church Without A Name. Through research and firsthand accounts, the book exposes the damaging effects of spiritual manipulation within The Way. R

Plant-Based Chicken Pot Pie Soup

  This chick'n pot pie soup is hearty and tasty. It is made with about 140 g of Butler's soy curls and makes about 6 adult servings.  Ingredients CASHEW CREAM 1/2 cup cashews soaked and spun up smooth in 1 cup water (set aside) SOUP water or veggie broth for saute 8 cups water 2 red onions, diced 2 ribs celery, sliced fine 2-3 cups mushrooms, sliced 3 medium carrots, diced 1 medium potato, peeled and diced 1 tablespoon chicken-like seasoning 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 2 cups frozen peas 1/4 cup parsley, fine chopped 140 g. dry soy curls and hot water to cover 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper NOTE: You may wish to make baking powder biscuits to eat with the soup. You can find recipes online, ask your Grandma for her recipe, or prepare a commercial mix. METHOD : 1. Saute onions, mushrooms, and celery.  Saute for 5 to 10 minutes. 2. Add in seasonings 3. Add in carrots, and potatoes, and add water to cover. Cook until tender. 4. Cover soy curls in warm water for 10 minutes.

Vancouver-- A Living Choice

  You're young. You're single. You are looking at places you would like to live. Vancouver, British Columbia is one of your "first dream choices".   Here are some of the pros and cons to making a move to Vancouver: Pros: Natural Beauty: Vancouver is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, including mountains, forests, and ocean views. The city’s beauty is unparalleled. Outdoor Activities: You can enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, and water sports all year round. Stanley Park, with its seawall and beaches, offers endless outdoor recreation. Cultural Diversity: Vancouver is a Sea Port and a melting pot of cultures, languages, and cuisines. You’ll find a rich tapestry of people from around the world. Education: Vancouver has excellent post-secondary schools and universities. Simon Fraser University (SFU) sits on top of a mountain in Burnaby. The University of British Columbia (UBC) is renowned for its academic programs. Healthcare: Canada’s universal healthcare system

The Best Small Dog for Retirees

Terry-Berry Muffin in the Daffodils Choosing the best small dog for retirees involves considering various factors such as temperament, size, energy level, grooming needs, and companionship. While there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer, several breeds stand out as excellent choices for retirees due to their adaptability to a quieter lifestyle and their ability to provide companionship and joy to their owners. Soft little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel One of the top contenders for retirees is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel . This breed is renowned for its gentle and affectionate nature, making it an ideal companion for seniors. Cavaliers are small in size, typically weighing between 13 to 18 pounds, which makes them suitable for apartment living or smaller homes. They are known for their adaptability to various environments and their love for human companionship. Cavaliers are also relatively low-energy dogs, enjoying leisurely walks and cuddle sessions on the couch, making them p

Happy International Women's Day OR Happy Virtue Signaling Day? 2024

Happy International Women's Day 2024 A friend just wrote "Happy Virtue Signaling Day" on Facebook. The comment "Happy Virtue Signaling Day" in reference to International Women's Day suggests a negative and dismissive view of the observance. Here are some potential implications and criticisms that this comment may be alluding to: Virtue signaling refers to the perceived outward expression of moral values or progressive views, especially on social media, in order to gain approval from others rather than out of authentic belief. The implication is that some people or organizations publicly celebrate International Women's Day not out of genuine support for women's rights, but to portray themselves as virtuous or progressive. It suggests that International Women's Day has become more of a symbolic gesture or superficial trend, rather than promoting substantive progress on women's issues. Critics may view some of the messaging and social media post

Celeriac Soup-- Four Versions

Celery Root and Root Vegetable Soup So one day this Spring-- a chilly day-- our resident son came home from town with an ugly bulbus "root vegetable" that I remembered from the days with my German mother-in-law as "celery root" or celeriac.  It is not the root of the celery most of us are familiar with, the stalks we use in our morning juice, but a root vegetable on its own with a wimpier version of stalks that can grow from it. I looked up some recipes and we innovated. We love this root vegetable. It has a mild celery-like flavor and combines creamily and harmoniously with many other vegetables and flavours. He brought home a few more of these roots and the following soup recipes evolved.  The recipes are: Creamy Mushroom and Celery Root Soup Celery Root and Sauerkraut Soup Root Vegetable and Celery Root Soup Classic French Onion and Celery Root Soup 1. Creamy Mushroom and Celery Root Soup 1 celery root, peeled and diced 1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced