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    critic

    many lovely folk have just disappeared

    I reckon we need to appreciate that there are several factors at play.

    R.I.P To our friends that have moved on.

    Perhaps we should focus upon the positive? like there are still some nice folk with nice thoughts to share?

    gardening a pleasure or a chore

    Just a thought 🙂

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    #1698367
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    Bryan

    Not sure whether discussions can ever be resuscitated and back to former glory.

    Well I live in hope! there does seem to be some who wish to through stuff into the fan but I (and I hope a few others) ignore they mostly. Anger promos anger.

    At Home, At Peace and Causing Trouble In South Taranaki

    #1698368
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    Bryan

    Not sure whether discussions can ever be resuscitated and back to former glory.

    Well I live in hope! there does seem to be some who wish to throw stuff into the fan but I (and I hope a few others) ignore they mostly. Anger promotes anger.

    At Home, At Peace and Causing Trouble In South Taranaki

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    #1698370
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    Anonymous

    How anybody would think that this sight would still stay the same since 2007?   Back then Dave/Richard would converse with one and sort out problems….move on… the whole format changed from the site being sold/whatever…people didn’t know how to navigate the new site, when once nimble fingers were able to sew/quilt etc couldn’t do it any more, people, unfortunately, died, some were banned, but what IMHO was the straw that broke the camels back was the terrible things said during the gay debate.  As I say ……nothing stays the same and one must move on…….nearly forgot, plus women are more assertive!  😉

    #1698371
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    lilith7

    I might be tempting the fates by saying so but it seems the problems with gobbledegook when doing a C & P may have been fixed.

    I came across an article recently about how e readers, social media  & the internet generally have to some extent changed our brains & the way in which we read. Where once we read in a much ‘deeper’ way what we now do is to instead ‘skimmming’,’word-spotting’ & browsing in a very fast & superficial way. We’re not doing much in the way of critical analysis now,just skimming the surface & the concern is that unless we can change that,it could even put our democracy at risk.

     

    https://now.tufts.edu/articles/slow-down-reader

    “Maryanne Wolf needed to test a hypothesis. A longtime researcher on how reading on screens changes the brain—and not for the better—she was coming to suspect that what she’d been warning others about had happened to her. Her test was simple: reread Hermann Hesse’s Magister Ludi.

    She had read it when she was young and loved it, and was gleefully looking forward to it.

    Scanning all those emails and browsing all those articles online had indeed taken a toll. She simply couldn’t sustain what she calls deep reading. “It was as if someone had had poured thick molasses over my brain whenever I picked Magister Ludi up to read,” she writes.

    In her new book, written as a series of letters, she lays out what happens in the brain as we read, details what she calls deep reading, and proposes ideas for how to raise children as readers in this digital age. She also issues a larger warning for us all: shallow reading is damaging our democracy.

    Make time for deep reading, she suggests, which allows for critical analysis, the ability to take on alternative perspectives of others, and the lessons of empathy that grow there. It is “a sanctuary, a place where we can become immersed, and through that immersion, transcend our daily lives,” she said. “How very sad it would be if we lost that very special holding place for the quieting of our thoughts.”

    https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-09-18/your-paper-brain-and-your-kindle-brain-arent-same-thing

    Manoush Zomorodi, managing editor and host of WNYC’s New Tech City, recalls a conversation with the Washington Post’s Mike Rosenwald, who’s researched the effects of reading on a screen. “He found, like I did, that when he sat down to read a book his brain was jumping around on the page. He was skimming and he couldn’t just settle down. He was treating a book like he was treating his Twitter feed,” she says.

    Neuroscience, in fact, has revealed that humans use different parts of the brain when reading from a piece of paper or from a screen. So the more you read on screens, the more your mind shifts towards “non-linear” reading — a practice that involves things like skimming a screen or having your eyes dart around a web page. 

    “They call it a ‘bi-literate’ brain,” Zoromodi says. “The problem is that many of us have adapted to reading online just too well. And if you don’t use the deep reading part of your brain, you lose the deep reading part of your brain.”

     

     

     

    #1698390
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    don021

    Not only is reading changing our brains but overfast speakers are doing the same thing. It is one t6hing to hear what a gabbler is saying but another thing to understand what they are saying. Weather is important to all of us, so many E mails and conversations begin with commwnts on the weather, yet our evening weather man on TV is given so little time to give us the details that his speach is too fast to fully comprehend. Similarly with the newsreader, speed up the news and fit another ad. in seems to be the objective.

    #1698421
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    Anonymous

    Sorry Don021, I’m not able to answer your query.  By me, its not pronouncing dialog words….omg I have to say “what did they just say”? Of coz in the States the each area pronounces things different.  So one is always on their toes.

    Always nice hearing from you Don and you take care and enjoy your summer, and planting what ever your heart desires around your property.

    #1698431
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    joybel

    As this in not a political thread may I ask a gardening query. Do my daffodils have to brown off before lifting from the large pot I would like to replant?

    #1698461
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    arandar

    I think so, Joybel, I was taught to leave them to die back all the way before digging them up for replanting.

    I’m sure there are others here who know far more than me. I looked at my thumbs the other day and despaired – they still haven’t gone green but are a rather ominous brown grey colour… rather like too many of my plants in my newly establishing garden.

    Arandar

    #1698481
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    supergold

    Joybel, I waited until my daffodils died off then I removed the pot and, without disturbing the soil around the bulbs, placed them in the garden. They blossomed again this year without a problem.

    Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)

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