Itzl AlertingAs you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group is for us to check in at to let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It's also so we can find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. Members come here to check in. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here.  We care!
We have split up the publishing duties, but we welcome everyone in IAN to do daily diaries for the group!  Every member is an editor, so anyone can take a turn when they have something to say, photos and music to share, a cause to promote or news!

Ok, we have a current diary schedule.  If you would like to fill in, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMom a Kosmail with the date. If you need someone to fill in, ditto. FSNMom is here on and off through the day usually from around 9:30 or 10 am eastern to around 11 pm eastern.

Monday: BadKitties
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So, this morning I read Ojibwa's wonderful diary and it made me think...

Imagine if time travel was possible. Imagine standing in the desert sun, watching as the pyramids rose towards the sky. Were there chants or songs, as the heavy stones were moved?  What was it like, to have a king that was a god, and to build his tomb? Imagine standing in the sand after the pyramid was done, and thinking, "...."?

Imagine being an explorer in the 15th century, boldly sailing the seas, while thinking that the earth was flat. And that if you ever reached the horizon, your ship would fall into nothingness, perhaps into the gaping maw of a giant dragon. Imagine finding land, and being greeted by people totally unlike you.

Imagine being a Neanderthal. Did they know where babies came from? Did they form family units? Or was it--long before Darwin--a Darwinian existence in which only the strong survived? In a time before money, or land owning, was there status? Was everybody equal? Was survival collective? Were there wars?

Imagine living in ancient Rome, before Christianity. Imagine sitting at the feet of one of the great philosophers, and pondering his wisdom. Or watching one of the great courtesans, as she was carried through town in a palanquin, on the shoulders of four stalwart young men.

 Imagine going west in the 19th century, to a hardscrabble land, and claiming your 40 acres. Imagine looking for gold and silver, working hard all day, and sleeping in a boarding house or perhaps a shack at night, dreaming of riches.

Imagine being in Italy during the Renaissance, when the world exploded with art and genius. Or France, during the Revolution. Or London, in the Victorian Age, while Victoria mourned Albert, gone too soon. Death became a culture, young rakes flourished, and furniture legs were deemed unseemly.

Imagine living during the mass hysteria in Salem, when a sideways glance at a cow that later failed to give milk meant to be declared a witch, and death.

Where would you travel to, and why?

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