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Open forum, June 29-July 5

Interesting...we start talking about Greece and the Columbian comes up with an article from the Washington Post which spells it out well...

and the very last statement at the end of the article by Kyriakos Roussopoulos proudly displays the pride Greeks have for their nation!!!

It's most definitely a "GREEK" thing!

Thanks for sharing it, Columbian!!!

July 4, 2015 at 2:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, June 29-July 5


Here's wishing you a Happy Independence Day!!!

We should never take our freedom for granted!

July 4, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, June 29-July 5

Hawkman — July 4, 2015 at 2:19 p.m.

As long as there's cash...they'll have other nations willing to deal with them. I'm hoping they will start with a clean slate. Heaven knows they need it...8))

July 4, 2015 at 2:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, June 29-July 5

luvithere — July 4, 2015 at 1:41 p.m.

I agree with you, luvithere. I believe unfulfillable promises were made and it began as far back as 1961 with the Radical Party leadership by Karamanlis, through leadership of other presidents with the People's Socialist Movement as well as New Democracy which used to be run by Karamanlis (Sr). There was such a "Texas Two-Step" process with the leadership of Greece since 1961...screwing with the minds of a nation of poor people who wanted part of the profits of the western world in seeking a better life. It is definitely a nation of "Rich versus Poor." Sad to say...Greed has played havoc on the minds of the people in Greece. Now, the people are suffering at the hands of poor leadership and unfulfilled promises. It's no wonder so many Greeks have left their homeland to seek a better life. Speaking for my husband...he aches to visit home - how it used to be; but he will easily raise his glass with fellow Greeks, shatter the plate on the floor...shout out "OPA!!!!" dance and celebrate their nation...the heritage of their homeland even though the government there sucks! Tsipras...I believe is the only leader in Greece who could possibly turn things around for the betterment of the people. Only time will tell.

I think we still have a few Marks as well from relatives who live in northern Germany.

July 4, 2015 at 2:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, June 29-July 5

And Hawkman...most Greeks IN Greece right now are at a loss...have no direction. Their self esteem has been destroyed...they have been taxed to death. In the big cities, stores today have jacked the prices up so high...only those who were with cash, could afford to buy. Food is not a commodity. It is a luxury. Gasoline for cars is currently running about the equivalent of $7.00 per gallon.

The people in the small villages??? They have food. They have skills. They will be the survivors if the rest of Greece drops into a depression much like the Great Depression from way back when.

And most likely...the people in the small villages still have their drachma's. Hehe...we still have some drachma's from when we went to Greece in the 80's.

July 4, 2015 at 1:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, June 29-July 5

Hawkman — July 3, 2015 at 5:31 p.m.

Hey, Hawkman...Happy Independence Day to you!!!!

I haven't heard how my in-laws are going to vote but most likely...just like the country...their votes will be mixed.

As far as I'm concerned, they should vote NO...allow the expiration of any ties with the EU...return to the Drachma and close the borders. The biggest mistake for a nation whose only true asset being their rich history...was to open the damned borders and agree to allow someone from other nations control their destiny. And yes, if I were a Greek in Greece, I'd be voting a resounding NO!

What pisses me off the most about this "bailout" BS they kept feeding the Greeks...they kept providing funds even though they knew the Greeks were a poor nation with a bad economic climate. The EU took advantage of the Greeks and now...even if the Greeks tried to pay off their debt today, the price tag would still be going up due to interest accrued.

This my friend...reminds me of WW-II Nazi Germany trying to control the world. That is exactly what the European Union is doing...controlling the people of Europe...not because of race or ethnicity but by controlling all members financially. They damned well know they have control of the Greeks right now and it is best if the Greeks take drastic measures and cut all ties. Before the EU, the Greeks were self sustaining. There weren't a lot of big paying jobs...but that's because the people bartered and traded. They used their skills and would offer their skills in trade for food or products used to make clothing or linens. Yeah, it was a poor country...but it was a rich country to be proud of...

a country RICH in heritage.

July 4, 2015 at 12:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, June 29-July 5

Luvithere, thanks so much for the link. That is most definitely a destination place for me. I've been trying to find red trilliums for quite some well as the traditional whites and these will go under my big trees...protected from my ditch digging chickens, lol.

My garden contains multiple natives and butterfly attractants such as wild honeysuckle, service berries, evergreen huckleberries, butterfly weed, lavender, rosemary, sage, oregano, lilies, a HUGE dusty miller that has wintered over 3 years (a great butterfly attracting plant), bee balm, lemon balm and wild roses...just to mention a few. Of course, I have my grapes, apples, cherries, pears, blueberries and a slew of other bulbs and perennials...all intended to attract beneficial insects...hence the variety of bees. I provide a "mud bed" for the mason bees which also attracts wasps, sad to say, but I guess all insects have a right to survive...even the ones we fear or dislike.

We haven't seen that many varieties of butterflies, so I'm working on that segment of my garden as well as adding a "dry" garden in the middle of my grassy lawn...trying to eliminate large expanses of grass. My "dry" garden will have succulents and prickly pear cactus, grasses that withstand dry periods such as what we're experiencing this year, bachelor buttons, poppies, more lilies and heaven knows what else I decide to add which will take much less water than turf. I will also incorporate any other herbs which are drought and heat tolerant.

Phew...I've still got my work cut out for Bosky Dell will be on my list this fall for sure.

July 3, 2015 at 3:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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jacjak — July 2, 2015 at 8:26 p.m.

You are right, JJ...I appreciated the article. I think it's important that everyone considers adding plants to their landscape in order to attract beneficial bees.

And have a safe and fun Independence Celebration as well...along with everyone else!!!
Speaking of bees, hubby was working on a building in downtown Portland and noticed a lot of dying bumblebees along the curbs...nothing to do with what he was doing. He brought it to the attention of the locals as well as to my attention. The trees around where he works are infested with aphids which leads me to believe someone sprayed them. I just wanted to share a reminder to everyone to watch what they spray on the trees, shrubs and ground around their homes. It kills not only the bad insects; the good ones die as well. Even some of the organic sprays kill our beloved bumbles and honeybees!

I was happy to see a bumblebee in my yard yesterday, along with mason bees and honeybees as well as a few others which are predatory towards pesty insects that do damage to our veggies and fruit.

July 3, 2015 at 11:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, June 29-July 5

Hawkman — July 1, 2015 at 6:06 p.m. and nailingit — July 1, 2015 at 6:57 p.m.

That makes 3 households (including ours) manning the hoses...keeping vigil on the fallout of fireworks. I thought of putting a sprinkler on the roof, but that might be overkill.

July 1, 2015 at 7:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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vanwadreamer — July 1, 2015 at 5:01 p.m.

Nice statement about the basement dwellers...and I agree. It is a nice bunch with highly diversified opinions.

Regarding this weekend, we're stayin' put. We almost went camping for a couple of days at the coast but decided to lay low around home...use the gas grill a bit....keep the lawns watered and all that. Camping at the coast is fun IF you are allowed to have a campfire which this weekend..not gonna happen. The skeeters will be very happy.

We always have a pyrotechnics display to watch at all angles from our house. I don't think the dry, windy conditions will stop the pyro hobbyists.

July 1, 2015 at 7:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )