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Madame B.S. Bananas
Nov 27, 2021
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I have no idea. So, I have, ever since the dawn of time, shortly after I stopped wearing diapers and eating cat food, I have brought home every orphan, stray, cute, not so cute, creepy crawly thing I could put my hands on. (Oddly, later on down the road, most of my boyfriends fit well within these criteria.). My mother was very tolerant, bless her heart, and helped me to see the endless supply, in the world, to learn about something new. So with every different creature I brought home, came countless of nights researching it's specific needs, care practices if there were any, and specific details about how it would exist on its own in the wild, (if it were a wild thing). And I know that one can not call themselves an expert, until a fair share of the mistakes have been made, so let me just say, I was well on my way. Now let us jump ahead 25 years, past the fawn we found next to a dead mom on the highway, that we took home to nurse on our nanny goat... past the baby skunks I found in a bucket of their dead siblings, left to die on the side of a country road, that immediately became "my babies".... after dogs, and frogs, and horses, and goats... and squirrels and birds of all kinds.... and on and on..... after all that, I'll tell you what happened. I didn't go out hiking much anymore- for fear of what might find me. That phase didn't last too long, consciously, anyway, and I settled down, had a couple kids and took a break from Dr. Doolittle practices. That didn't last long either. Because like it or not, we are what we are, and I feel a very strong connection to my beastie buddies all around me. It was only a matter of time, before I was at it again. Only this time, my kids were helping it along. What could possibly go wrong? Single mom, two kids, one still in diapers, working as a farm hand, living in a little apartment in the foothills of a small town.... the scene is set. Cue the music, dim the lights, and enter stage left one little ball of fluff, with webbed feet, washing down the rapids of the river near our favorite picnic site... Had I known then, what one little wood duck could do to my whole world, (what I know now)... do you know what I would have done? Exactly the same thing. Scooped her out, stuck her in the pocket of my hoodie, taken her home and made her one of the family. If you would like to hear the story of my beloved duck, launchpad, let me know. I will put her story on the members page, for you to enjoy. My treat- some laughs, some tears, but I'll guarantee you remember the sweet story for years to come. I know I will never forget.
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Madame B.S. Bananas
Nov 22, 2021
In Welcome to the Forum
they say that there are two things you should never talk about on a first date, or a family dinner- religion and politics. Since we are at neither, lets talk about church. I went to a private christian school a portion of my academic life, so I've heard every speech I might hear when I open the door to two neck ties and startched white shirts, asking if they can share something with me..... I get it. And every week when I hear the same invitation to come along to the Sunday service, from me, you will always get the same cringe. Now, don't misunderstand, I feel like I am a very spiritual person, but I am not religious. I am almost, dare I say, anti-religion, but not all the way, and here's why- It works for people. And whatever it is that works for you, helps you find peace, purpose, helps you sleep at night, whatever, I say, "go for it." I don't need validation from any one else, and I understand that others may feel differently than I feel. that is all ok. My problem is that people get a little pushy with the personification of certain ideas and concepts, the trinity, for example, and just won't let it go. I find myself in heated debates, if you want to call them that, between myself and other people who feel just as connected, spiritually, to the rest of the world, as I feel, but who just don't understand how we can be as close to being on the same page as possible and yet I don't believe in some dude sitting on a thrown up in the clouds somewhere that knows everything about me, loves me, has a plan for me, and watches every move I make. Thats the Disney version. A fantastic story that people have identified with over time and that works for them. Great. Im just not buying it. I have a testimony of my own to share- but no one ever knocks on my door asking to hear it. The things I have seen, the stories I have lived, the stories I have heard from people I believe in and trust, all of these things, just don't jive with the pearly gates theory. For now, I will say this- I think that history has always been recorded by the winners of battles, not losers, and the more a message is passed down a line, the more distorted the story becomes. the Bibles of our time are crammed full of good stuff, stuff you could live by and be ok. And I understand that for the masses to understand the ideas they describe, without having lived the experiences themselves, personification of concepts, such as a father, son, Holy Ghost, etc. is a great technique for a writer to use, to make their point. As the times have gone by, however, I think the "masses" I mentioned earlier have focussed more on the metaphorical examples than the actual message the scriptures hold. This is just a theory of mine, and I do not recommend anyone adopt my way of thinking. It is full of holes and has, at times, driven me to madness and grief in the past. I only share because I feel constant pressure from people around me to surrender and love a Disney-ish character, that I feel is neither sitting up in the sky watching me, nor created me in his image. I can agree to the idea of something that connects us all, that is so much bigger than we all are that we can not understand it fully. There is a whole lot more to that, but I will save that for tomorrow. In the meantime, leave me a comment... what do YOU think happens when you die?
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Madame B.S. Bananas
Mar 01, 2021
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Seriously, ask me anything. Share with me, a bit about yourselves and give me some conundrums to disect. Maybe you have a dilemma you would like an unbiased oppinion on? Maybe there is a local business or attraction you'd like reviewed?? Im up for just about anything, once. C'mon, try me! I may not make anything better beyond making someone smile, but thats a chance im willing to take.
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Madame B.S. Bananas
Sep 03, 2020
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Let's play a "get to know you" game, and see where it takes us. I will start by creating 10 questions that I will then answer and post. Then, when you read my answers, you will also answer them and create 10 more of your own, that you will then answer, and post. You get the idea? At the end start a new post,, in which you will include a picture from whatever device you are on, that is niether of a person nor of any identifiable property, no caption. Others can add to the post by suggesting captions for it. The best one will win a prize.... Here goes... First musical/famous crush: Paul McCartney/ The Beatles Stupid childhood desire (pick one): braces Something ridiculous you believed, as a child, would actually work (once): I thought you could push REC on the vcr, proceed to dance around like an idiot in front of the tv, and it would then record you doing so. The cause of your biggest public laugh that you can remember: In theater watching the first South Park movie, the part where they shot Bill Gates over Windows 98. What was the last thing you lent to someone that you still have not got back: a flame thrower Where were you when the news of 9-11 aired for the first time: Dragging my but into work at a bar in Walla Walla , dark sun glasses on, do-rag tied around my head. Ever been naked in public? Pick the time with the most unusual circumstances: Playboy tv, november 1999 Weirdest teacher you can remember from (your) school years and why: Mrs: Tron, she was obsessed with black olives. Last time, if ever, you broke a bone: broke my foot kicking a frozen to the ground soccer ball (while throwing a bit of a temper tantrum) last time you were "stuck" physically, somewhere: I was on a front loader (tractor to you city folk) and had slid sideways, down hill and got wedged, front to back, perfectly between two trees. Ok, now its your turn, and dont forget to check out the pictures and leave your caption suggestions in the comments. Have fun!
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Madame B.S. Bananas
Sep 03, 2020
In Welcome to the Forum
So I get a random call today, from a man with a thick accent, who tells me this; that someone I 'knew' had recently traveled with such and such cruiseline and had entered me in a drawing to win a free cruise. (Psha.) And wouldn't you know it, I had won. (Snort) Soooo, normally I have no patience for crap like this, but today I was in the mood to waste time anyway, as I was stuck at home, awaiting a surgical procedure, for which I have to basically starve myself for, to take place,in a couple of days. Needless to say, I was being a bit of a snit anyway, as the starvation part has put me in an absolutely foul mood. I love food. Some days its the only fun I get to have. But I digress. Anyway, the man then asks if I would like to continue. "But of course," I chortled. "Great," said the man on the phone, "would you like me to tell you about all the wonderful inclusions in your VACATION PACKAGE?' He really did sound excited to tell me all about it. But then I replied, "Nope, just tell me how much it's going to cost me." And then he hung up on me. Why that struck me as hilarious, at the time, I may never fully understand. All I know, is that finalizing 'click' sounding out my phone ( I had it on speaker) made me laugh out loud. After which I returned to watching Netflix and didn't chuckle again the whole rest of the day.
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