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  •  Thanks, and thanks for the KosMail earlier. (5+ / 0-)
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    Yeah, bastrop and I have a good time. We are very fortunate that we're siblings who like one another. We can disagree, that's for sure. Sometimes we're both wrong, and his wife--who is intellectually superior to both of us--occasionally sets us both straight, so to speak.

    Let's just say that as a family, we're pretty intense in everything we do together.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 08:18:44 PM PDT

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    •  My pleasure...always. You two do so much for the (4+ / 0-)
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      rest of us...it seems only fair we should return the favour with good  wishes and stuff.

      There was never any doubt in my mind that strong, good women had more than a little to do with you two becoming the men you are.  :-)

      Hugs,
      Marti

      "Live with no excuses and Love with no regrets."

      by The Marti on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 08:25:40 PM PDT

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      •  Strong women were, indeed, a big part of it. (4+ / 0-)
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        Our matriarch, by the time bastrop and I were born, was our "Nan". She was born in 1894 and died in 1986, so we both knew her. Perhaps I more than bastrop. I was very close to her, and she took care of me when I was a toddler. In fact, she was the one that taught me how to play the piano. She was very musical.

        Nan had a sister, Gladys, with whom she was very close (I remember Aunt Glad, bastrop may not) and the rest was a brood of brothers. As a result, she was a formidable hunter and horsewoman (she taught my father and uncle how to shoot, as a matter of fact).

        Then there's our grandmother. She really was something. Career woman, and as bastrop said, nearly always right.

        Then there's our mother. Also from a family of girls (she has one half-brother). Don't mess with her, either as soft-spoken as she tends to be. She and I like to takes drives in the car when she visits me and cuss in a gratuitous way.

        Women who were not at all embarrassed to be a woman did, indeed, form our worldview. On the other hand, let's not forget their husbands who not only tolerated, or encouraged, but expected that behavior in a woman.

        All in all, I would say that bastrop and I, and earlier generations in our family, were raised just right, as goldilocks might say. WAY ahead of our time, that's for sure.

        Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

        by commonmass on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 08:43:57 PM PDT

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        •  That explains a lot...and echoes in my own life/ (3+ / 0-)
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          family....strong women, and the men who appreciate them.
          That is what really makes for "family values"...not that faux excrement the R's peddle.

          Plus...truly strong women are a lot of fun.  Ask their menfolk..or, I guess, where appropriate, their women folk.  :-)

          "Live with no excuses and Love with no regrets."

          by The Marti on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 09:30:40 PM PDT

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