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Maria Stepanov Sommerfield
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Sunset on a weekend.  Did you have a good weekend?  

“If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.” 
― G.K. Chesterton
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Photo by me in Victoria B.C. at sunset on Saturday night. And because I am listening to this right now, which I read yesterday was sung while Sinead O'Conner was thinking about her mother: 

It's been seven hours and fifteen days
Since you took your love away
I go out every night and sleep all day
Since you took your love away
Since you been gone I can do whatever I want
I can see whomever I choose
I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant
But nothing
I said nothing can take away these blues
'Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you.
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In downtown Victoria there is a memorial to the Canadian Navy.  There was this statue of a lonely old sailor.  I felt like he needed some TLC.  
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"In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal." 

Love it, haha. 
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I really like this column, it's worth spreading around and reading.  
It can be hard to know what to do when you see bad behavior from parents. Readers offer ideas on how to handle the situation best.
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Here is the part you can not change in this situation: People make their own judgements from their own perspective and reacting to their own emotions. This makes an almost 100% incorrect decision to intervene. Oddly enough people, people dont have the same capability to see what is obvious and what is not, they also dont have the same common sense. 99 out of 100 times people should keep to them self. This is the reason why so many parents are sued now for simply disciplining their children in public, which has almost stopped now because the only way to combat that frivolous action was to stop disciplining the children, and as a result, you have what you see today in our children. College students who dont respect other peoples property and destroying hotels and motels, gang rapes on panama city beach with hundreds of other students standing by doing nothing, a complete disregard for authority figures such as police and public safety officials, and children who basically dont contribute anything to society, they just destroy it. These are your future voters. They are a product of one too many parents getting sued for trying to discipline their children at the playground or grocery store or anywhere public. We also taught our children its ok to sue our parents when we dont get what we want as children.
Although there is some great advice in this column, like approach the parent thoughtfully and ask if they need help, instead of judging the parent and asking the kid if he/she needs help combatting or defying  the parent. It's best to keep your own ideas of child raising to yourself and let everyone else raise their children the way they see fit. what is obvious here is that if a child is being beat up, such as blows to the face and body (other than the most padded part of the body, the butt) or having objects thrown at the child, then yes, approaching a parent and suggesting they stop what they are doing and take a few breaths and calm down. But again, people have different ideas of what is obvious and common sense.
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+Daniel Carelli It's probably because of the importance to apples to Greek mythology or Germanic mythology (Wagner was pretty much the original Pop Music icon, even though he was also a great classical composer). I've also heard it claimed that it is because of "confusion between the Latin words mālum (an apple) and mălum (an evil), each of which is normally written malum" (Wikipedia) however the meaning of the word is so clear from the context that I really doubt that is the reason.
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Have her in circles
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Seen at The Museum of Flight earlier today.
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+Katherine Bond Well the media's controlled by an evil coalition of New Yorkers and flaky Californians, but outside of the media, standards may vary more than you think.
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I saw Darth Vader playing the violin by the Canada Custom house.  Can you think of a caption for this?
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+Langdon Kennedy i like that
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I was walking in the downtown park in Victoria, BC this weekend when I ran into this handsome fellow.  He flirted a bit and walked away.  
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Oh, I left out part of my post, lol, I meant to say their is a goat on you tube that screams, its freaky, lol
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Hello Plussers!  I was away exploring beautiful British Columbia this weekend. As you can see it was quite the gorgeous weekend over there.  What have you been up to?
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Yes you guys got the exact location. :)
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“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”
― Carl Sagan
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My parents found that "boring". I cannot imagine how. It sends shivers down my spine (in a good way) every time.

... dammit, I need to go and listen to it again.
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“In my opinion, we don't devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.” 
― Bill Watterson
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 I have been digitally exploring the online Universe since 1997.  I am using Google+ as a blog as well as a creative outlet

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I am a mother of three small children and a wife of over 10 years; this is one of the most important parts of my identity and while I don't often write about my family this does not mean they are not an extremely important part of my life.  I have a degree in computer science, and am a certified systems administrator.  I love technology and the internet, and have been actively participating in social media before anyone even came up with that term.  I am a very avid reader, and I am fairly athletic.  I enjoy running and yoga as well as any outdoor activity.  I study mycology as a hobby and have been a ballroom dancer for many years, although lately I don't have a lot of time for dancing.   I have recently become a vegan and am experimenting with a plant based diet.

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  • San José State University
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