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  2. LizzieLou

    Death of Beloved Companion (My Whippet, Miss P)

    She sounds wonderful! I'm so very happy for you both :D
  3. Francesonly

    Death of Beloved Companion (My Whippet, Miss P)

    Lovely colours. I got a new dog (2 in 4 months) after my last one passed. Especially with rescues if you find one that fits, there's a fated quality to the match. Have you considered Flyball with your dog?
  4. LittleMiss

    New (again) from the UK

    Hello! I didn’t know if people were still using this site. Not much seems to get posted.
  5. I finally got a chance to watch the latest Cinema Musical Version of "The Color Purple",starring Fantasia Barrino and Taraji P. Henson,which I thought was beautifully done.____Inspite of the enormous talent and artistry portrayed by the great cast,I did have some noteworthy criticism of some of the keypoints that were edited and/or blacked out,which would have really made this movie version of Alice Walker's Remarkable Book about remarkably strong women,who followed their hearts,even more contemporary,ordinary,and a champion of tolerance,as we now know it. Since it was decided to sneek peak at a more forward look at the subtle acceptance of lesbian love and how it eventually gave Celie's character more self confidence because Shug's character had no problem letting everybody know how much she cared about Celie through her bold displays of public affection,WHY HIDE THEIR KISS?? I was,and I'm still confused about that scene.Who in the world would have been offended to see those two gorgeous women kiss on screen.I truly doubt that either of them would have objected to an actual kiss being shown.That was so very strange to me,and it was definitely shade thrown at the LGBTQ Community in my opinion._____ Am I reading too much into the lesbian kiss that wasn't really a kiss or was there enough there to display enough positive light on Celie and Shug's love for each other?
  6. HeatherP in NS

    New (again) from the UK

    Hi from Canada! I’m a newbi!
  7. HeatherP in NS

    New to site

    Hi, just getting used to site. Saying hello!
  8. keltheimpossible

    Death of Beloved Companion (My Whippet, Miss P)

    We were very lucky. And she was the huge love of my life! But Speck (new dog, see post quoting mods) claims that Miss P and she are in communication through their microchips. She remains a presence in our lives, and I must say gives Speck some advice on how to be a most mischievous Speck! Here's another favorite picture of her. A friend had brought me a scarf. Miss P stuck her head in bag, sure it was for her, and emerged like this:
  9. keltheimpossible

    Death of Beloved Companion (My Whippet, Miss P)

    I had determined never to get another actual dog, though I WAS planning on getting one of Xiaomi's Cyberdogs when they became directly available to U.S. customers. However, a colleague and dear friend began sending me photos of "whippets" listed for adoption. I use quotation marks b/c upon investigation I would find no apparent whippet involved in said dog, other some wishful thinking on someone's part. But that got me looking at dogs needing homes. And thus lead me to the WORLD'S BEST SPECK! She's a 22 lb Jack Russell/Blue Heeler mix, small but mighty!, and only a little over 1 year old. My vet described her as "A definite working dog that somehow got shrunk!" She's very fiercely protective of me and extremely sensitive. If she thinks I'm upset, she rushes to comfort. She loves loves loves peanut butter, and I've named a new cookie "Speck cookies" b/c she also loves these: cashew butter oatmeal cookies. She has amazing powers: jumping, levitation (pretty sure), climbing trees, opening bags, untying knots. But a strong chewer and destroyer of any toy except Extreme Kongs. Fetching that involves leaping is very much a favored game, and my fenced in deck is her spot of choice, weather-permitting. She likes to keep an eye on the neighborhood and fusses if she sees anything she wants to get involved in. Such a fusspot and a yenta! When she cuddles, she looks like a bear cub. I'm totally smitten, in case you can't tell!
  10. LizzieLou

    Death of Beloved Companion (My Whippet, Miss P)

    Hi Kel, I'm so sorry for your loss. What a blessing she was while she was here! And that portrait is so beautiful - she's so beautiful. I love those wings. You were lucky to have found each other.
  11. lesbotronic

    Death of Beloved Companion (My Whippet, Miss P)

    That's terrible. I'm so sorry. I've lived my whole life with cats or dogs or both. I'd never trade them, but that multiple of mine have died and I'm still here remains profoundly upsetting, still. I've always coped by adopting someone new. It didn't actually make anything better on the grief front, except as a distraction. I'm not saying I know what's best for you, just sharing that for me I just couldn't NOT adopt someone new? I've been asked a few times if adopting someone new "too quickly" wasn't actually disrespectful, because wasn't that like replacing them? I never agreed because I loved each of mine enough to know they were always irreplaceable, all along. It's not a disrespectful thought, it's just plain wrong. More like I needed the distraction of a new companion who needs me to take care of them now, to help me cope with the loss of the last one . . . because I really do miss them JUST THAT MUCH. But I didn't mean to make this post about me. I hope you're doing a lot of whatever's best for you. Miss P looks elegant, yet full of personality, exactly like a beautiful gracious hostess. And if your portrait hung anywhere well-populated with dog enthusiasts, interest in whippets would rise, for real. Who wouldn't want to meet her?
  12. Francesonly

    Death of Beloved Companion (My Whippet, Miss P)

    So sorry for your loss Kel. Our animal companions touch our lives so deeply and I believe we need to grieve just as we would for our 2 legged loved ones. xxx Frances
  13. My companion of 13 years, a much-adored whippet known as Miss P, died after a brief but very hard decline at the first of the year. I think the entire town where I live mourned her loss, as she was a such a recognized fixture here. The former mayor told me that she had been granted the status of "official dog of the Historic District" because visitors commented on her grace and beauty so often. She made a point of being welcoming to all who entered her domain and was especially kind to strangers. Most of what I know about being a decent person I feel I learned from her shining example. She was the best thing that ever came into my life, and I will be forever grateful for her love. I've attached a gift I made for her before she died.
  14. LittleMiss

    New (again) from the UK

    Hi, I’ve just recently joined (again). I was here before a few years ago. I'm in my late 40s and live in the UK. Looking for fellow lesbians friends and connections
  15. SoniaF

    Coming out, again...?

    Coming out .. I think I first realize I had an interest in women when I was a young girl. Growing up on the farm, we “farm girls” always had a more Tom-boyish look about us for good reason. The only opportunities we had to put on dresses and a tiny bit of make-up was on Sundays as our family prepared for church. I admired the well dressed ladies strolling through town, or business women heading to their offices. I guess that admiration turned into “aren’t these gals really pretty” and there was a certain draw to them. I thought about what it would be like to be in their large closets full of high heels, dresses and fancy under garments. I began to day dream of having someone like that dress me or ask me to try on their clothes. Well .. without going into too much detail that’s where my attraction for women began. I suppressed it all my life .. married a man (still married .. not happily) and 3 beautiful kids. I’ve had less than a handful of “flings” .. the latest one lasting the longest. But .. my family doesn’t know.
  16. My sister was 22 when I was born. Imagine your mother visiting you, with your new baby in hospital, & 6 mths later you're visiting HER having your SISTER! PS: My sis already had a son who was 2-1/2 yrs when I was born. I was born an aunt w/niece & nephew!
  17. Then make folders in your bookmarks for Mexico & CA (tax-related) & get to work. Grab some sites/articles and bookmark them. When you have time, read through it. I'd probably start with CA tax stuff because it may sway your choices.
  18. Thanks for the tip! Yes I'd have 2 pensions.
  19. I was honestly surprised at the 65 yr old woman & she works part-time. You'd have a CA pension of some sort? A good start if you're interested would be to join a few forums like expatforum.com and similar. You can ask about bringing pets. https://www.expatforum.com/threads/moving-abroad-does-make-expats-happier.1511188/#post-15191284 Portugal & Spain are also popular, but more costly.
  20. The USA gov't scares people from moving. Then, they continue to sniff around for any money they can take (yes, the USA takes money earned in other countries! FATCA
  21. So many people have left the US and I won't say it's not possibly bumpy for some, but I still say it's a good bet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyg-61NUI5Q
  22. I guess my takeaway is if you can live elsewhere, why not. You can always go back, but you likely won't & will instead move again, but not to your "home country". Best to all of you. PS: plenty of youtube videos telling you it's not a bad thing to leave the USA: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=usa+messed+you+up
  23. Thanks a lot for this post. Watching this from frigid northern Canada and thinking about retirement from a whole new lens. I'm the youngest by 12-14 years in my family, so when I retire they may not even be alive and I'm not close to either of my daughters, so there isn't that to keep me here. Not sure how my long haired dogs would like Mexico though.
  24. When I'm not in the acute stages of grief so can think more clearly, I'll view these. Thank you.
  25. I was born in FL, USA. Fate had me moving often throughout my life there. I'd travelled as far as the Persian Gulf in that time. In 2007, fate moved me (w/2 children in tow) to AU. Since that time (& even before), I have always been curious about moving to another country. I'd move from AU in a heartbeat right now if it would help me in my life. I believe a LOT of people currently "living" /surviving in today's US could do a LOT better if they moved. This is also true of some Aussies, depending on their lives/lifestyles. I'm going to share a couple of videos I ran across last week. One single woman is in her 40's, the other is 65. Both chose to move to Mexico and they told their tales in short video-biographys. I'm sharing this because friends of my own aren't happy/are depressed in the NE US & I'm working to shift them to somewhere (I believe strongly, based on their visits here) that will give them back their daily joy. Maybe this will inject a sense of wanderlust in someone here? ;) https://www.cnbc.com/video/2021/08/07/inside-retiree-420-month-mazatlan-mexico-apartment.html https://www.cnbc.com/video/2023/12/21/i-live-better-in-mexico-city-than-in-the-us.html
  26. I'm in total agreement with you.We have,indeed,lost a lot of great shows,but there is some hope that some may return and many new good ones are definitely in the works. I'm really enjoying the Mini Series" Fellow Travelers" on Showtime,right now.It's provocative,creative,and revealing.What I find most interesting about this great show is how bold it is,regarding the truth about hypocrisy in politics and so called American Values.Bravo to Showtime for delivering this brilliant artistry.I highly recommend watching "Fellow Travelers". It's certainly another intense reminder of how far we've come in the struggle for LGBTQ Equality,and the pain endured by our LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters to get to this pivotal point in Our Movement.
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