Yes light hearted socializing is nice but I agree with you, serious things need to be brought up too. I think it would be really cruel not to warn your friends of something bad that is coming or even possibly coming. I don't know about the rest of you but most of the people I know live in deep denial about anything controversial - they just don't want to hear it. They prefer to exist in their lala land then end up blindsided when something goes wrong. They are kind of like young people messing around sexually who don't think THEY will get pregnant or get some venereal disease because that kind of stuff only happens to somebody else.Sorry, posters,for getting serious for awhile. I really enjoy the light posts about gardening, cast iron, weather, cute animal stories, cooking, etc. I promise not to beat everyone over their heads with serious, and sometimes grim thoughts. But every once in awhile, I think that something is important enough to bring attention to topics that may be overlooked. Just scroll on by if you have no interest in these topics. Every once in awhile, I like to stir the pot and introduce controversial things. That way there is something for everyone, and if we just get to talking about the weather, and little else, we'll all get bored and our long-standing "bird thread" will suffer a demise. In addition, all you folks have diverse opinions and life experiences, and I have learned a great deal about a lot of things in the past two years, and I don't want this thread to end. Made a lot of good friends here, too.
I appreciate your informative posts Oglala.:)(...and others)