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The word for today is Dialogue. Quite often that which we call dialogue with another person is more like verbal fencing. We must parry the thrust, keep our defenses up, move with quick wit to give thrust for thrust. How wonderful it is to engage in dialogue with another that consists of sincerity, good humour, trust, and a sense of caring. Remember that there are people all around you who long for such an exchange. You will find deep satisfaction in establishing yourself as a person who keeps confidences and can accept another for what he is without passing judgment.

Well, for me anyway, I've slowly been letting go of my ghosts, my shortcomings and my sadnesses, and a lot of it has been here through my blogs. It's probably too early to tell if any of it is working or not, but I like to think so and it feels like it is as long as I don't push it too much. Besides, if the placebo effect still works, then it still works!!

I've talked recently about family life, and feel very much better towards that with, one, single expectation. It was just assumed, and I was expected to get, perfect grades or do everything "perfectly", for that matter. Anything less, and I was a failure. Now, obviously, no such message was ever delivered...but that's not the point. The point is THAT WAS THE MESSAGE THAT WAS RECEIVED! That's too much for any kid to be asked to do, so the only solutions available to me at the time were to act out or wihdraw.

Acting out in our family would have been like having Disneyland in your back yard...and we didn't....so, guess what....withdrawal with a capital W!

You hear those stories from time to time about someone who never learned how to read, and being a raging success, or someone poor in math turning out millions and billions. I belong in that club, on a much smaller scale obviously. I spent 20 years "teaching computers" when I know embarrassing little about them. Most especially the hardware side of things, but not limited to that, certainly,as you are about to see. What I truly taught was programming logic. Oh sure I did the COBOL, and Pascal and flavour-of-the-day language to support what I did.....but I was literally afraid that a student would ask me a programmmg question that I wouldn't have the answer for. These fears became more and more frequent in direct proportion with the evolution in hardware.. I simply can't wrap my head around it.

So...I've decided that I'm going to ask questions here that may send your eyes rolling, or may be one where you say "Yeah, I was wondering that too". My point, after all that, is "I don't care what you think of the question, and if you're going to judge me the person by it, then I likely don't want to know you anyway. So there!!

Three quick questions for today:

1)I have spent most of today trying to figure out how to crop a picture (that is the right terminology, isn't it, when I want to chops chunks off the sides?). I have opened it with "View", and clicked on the little "rectangular" box. I can find I can draw the lines and "Save To" under the edit feature. What I CAN'T figure out is how to chop out of a really large picture that extends beyond the original screen. Picking up the (double-arrow) draggable thingy doesn't seem to have any help (There are three symbols of them at this point, and I've been very careful to pick the double-arrow one each time).

Unless I'm reading it completely incorrectly, The HELP Manual Help, unless you know exactly what you're looking for , which would question it's use in the first place, is as about as useful as a piece of used toilet paper.

2)For the last few days, I have been getting those "You may be transmitting data..blah blahh'''secure" comments when I got to post a comment on some blogsites (TC, you're one of them.) What's up with that?

3) Virtually since I've had the machine, I've had what looks like a rather strange hierarchy to all my files. I'll just hit you with one today. "My Documents" account is a subfield of "the system's (administrator's) Documents (and the My Pictures and all those other files along with it. Should it be? Does it matter (i.e. virus, etc.)

I understand from "doing the rounds" today, that this is your Thanksgiving Weekend. I hope many of you make it so much more than a family get-together.

.....and thanks for becoming friends over these past months. You have made a huge difference in a sick man's life.


O.K. I am no pro here but the issue with your Documents heirarchy doesn't matter as far as I know. Mine is pretty much the same as that.

I don't quite get what you are saying about cropping your pics.
I always crop my pics in Photoshop or in Phot Impressions.

What program are you using to edit your photos? Some are a real pain in the behindy!

As it is Thanksgiving today, I am here to tell you that I am thankful for you, for being my friend, for loving me for who I am, and for believing in me. I love you dearly, and for all that makes you YOU! I hope your day is a day of good health, and feeling well Rick. I love you.


Well, I hate to disappoint you, but I haven't a clue as to any of the answers.

2 weeks ago Richard Dreyfuss was on Bill Maher & he talked about civics and DIALOGUE. It was the first I'd heard about it & really made me stop & think. Your example of what happens is so correct. I'm going to try 'listening' more than speaking. Afterall, the more we listen to one another, the more we learn about them & the topic.

The other thing, about having to be perfect for your family. Doesn't that tie in with your fear of a student asking a question you don't have the answer to? If you don't know the answer, doesn't that reveal that you aren't all knowing & therefore, aren't perfect? I don't know the answer, but I'm wondering if you do.

You take good care of yourself! You are an absolute blessing.

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