Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday Thirteen #470

Stuff that came across my Facebook feed on Wednesday.

1. These people didn't leave a money tip for a waitress. They told her to go home and do her godly duty to her home and husband and make America great again. Again when? 65 a.d.?

2. A picture of a turtle.

3. A story in the local paper about a horse being saved after it somehow reached the loft of a barn and could not get back down.

4. An article about a vampire story, written before Dracula, about a lesbian vampire. The story, Carmilla, was written in 1871 in Ireland.

5. Several people had a conversation about global warming and the fact that it hasn't frosted here yet. Someone says it is because the earth has tilted on its axis.

6. An article from The Guardian in the UK that suggests that migraines originate in your stomach.

7. An article about a local author, Beth Macy, that suggests her second book, Truevine, just released on Tuesday, may be optioned for a movie. (Tom Hanks took the option on her first book, Factory Man.) *Note* I know Beth Macy personally.

8. Stuff about that fake Facebook "privacy" notice that seems to make the rounds about once a year. Just so you know, it makes no difference what kind of privacy notice and copyright crap you post on your Facebook page. You've already agreed to their terms just by using the service. If you don't like it, don't use it. That goes for practically every other service available online, including the one I am using for this blog (

9. Pictures of a cat doing gymnastics. Or sleeping. Or something. I am allergic to cats and hence not a cat person. I like to look at the pictures, though.

10. More crap about Wednesday's debate and politics than one person should have to see in a lifetime.

11. Several friends asking for prayers for health issues.

12. A librarian's version of Bohemian Rhapsody (from the U.K.).

13. An article about Christmas letters written in 1905 and 1907 discovered in a chimney in a house New York.

Unfortunately, for the duration of the remainder of the election, I have unfollowed (not unfriended) a few of my friends because I can't stand the political stuff. Depending on how things go, I plan to go back and "refollow" them around Thanksgiving, provided we're not in some kind of civil war or something. Hopefully by then the verbal garbage will have lessened.

I actually prefer seeing what people had for dinner to knowing what political party they support. Unlike my blog, which one visits of his or her own free will, I have to see the blathering that falls across my FB feed unless I take measures to stop it. So I took those steps until such time as videos of kittens and pictures of restaurant meals resume. I am also trying very hard not to post political items on my own time line so as to keep from subjecting my friends to the same.

It's not like I'm going to change anyone's mind, after all. Nor will they change mine.

My neighbors are dear to me, but I would just as soon not open myself up to political disharmony. If they come here and still read me, then they are dear friends indeed.

All are always welcome to Blue Country Magic, and in my heart until they break it (and often even then). However, my blog is not Facebook, and sometimes on that social media, my eyes freeze up and need a break.


Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 470th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday. 


  1. One of my FB friends, one who always posts pictures of his meals, posted a photo of his cat, properly barbecued. Looked delicious.

  2. love picture below too .I'm so sick of political posts but observe people's rights to do it .I just long for new idea, new kids and fun again .I believe it will be a landslide and she will surround herself with political favorites and all systems go

  3. Again, you've posted lots of interesting observations and thoughts, but I'm drawn to your friend Beth Macy. I'm going to look for her novel. Thanks.

  4. I have also unfollowed several people on FB due to their political rants. I just can't take it.

  5. Love this Facebook report format. I like political discourse but this election has been more challenging than any other race in modern time.

  6. Apparently migraines do indeed originate in the stomach for my dd. She turned out to be gluten intolerant. Her headaches were coming from gluten.

  7. 3 - A horse in a hayloft? There;s something you don't see every day!

    4 - Several people recommended Carmilla to me a couple years ago when I read Dracula, but I have yet to read it.

    10 - I'm so glad I had to work during two of the debates, and that the Packer game was on opposite the third. Good excuses for NOT watching them! :)


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