Welcome to Under The Greenwood Trees.
This group is designed to be a safe, private and quiet place, so saying that I ask that members respect one another.
Obviously in 2013 this is the time to actually talk things through and attempt to understand one another. We are part of the change that is occurring. Hence respect for one another's differences, whether of an individual's private opinion, religion or race, (amongst other subjects) is called for urgently.
In the event of any disagreements ... please take it from the wall and into private chat. It's not fair on other members. We are all old enough to deal with any situations as adults.
The Chat Box.
To change your name - left click on the name you've been given. This takes you into another box to type your name in and then underneath this, you can pick out an icon for your picture image.
Word of warning if you come in here by phone you will find your name has to re-entered if you don't set the chat to sign you in automatically -- tick the box at the bottom when you change your name. I always switch the group off when I go from my phone to the computer - - I don't have it running in both places at the same-time.....it messes my chat icon and name up.
Play with the chat and you'll find it gets easier x
Group Admin---Linda Mann.
Linda has vast experience in life. She is a thoughtful lady, with a big, kind heart. I've recently asked her to become the group admin.
I cannot be here as much as I'd like to be. When I'm able to get to the laptop - I can do the group justice, meanwhile my phone allows me to say hi mostly, so, I'm very relieved that Linda who is like-minded was around for me to get to know and then ask.
This is also a vehicle for Linda to gain experience towards starting a group herself one day.
I'm really happy to say she accepted. (Sounds like a marriage proposal doesn't it??)
Thank you Linda --- we are lucky to have you xxx
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Just press that little box and we won't become a pest and you can pop in here in peace.
That's Just The Way It Is.
The gnome was just as you would picture him. Red stalking cap, beard, short, fat round nose, blue bib coveralls, red elf shoes. Thats just the way it is.
The gnome wandered through the forest in little circles. There was nothing else he could do, afterall, there were no flatscreens in the forest and he could never watch CSI ...... anything! Thats just the way it is.
Until one day a subdivision of houses went up on the very edge of the forest. They built all sixty-one houses three meters away from one another......in three days! Thats just the way it is.
The gnome eventually took note, and, having grown tired of endlessly retracing his own steps in the forest, for centuries, entertained a great plan.
He could save himself and all of his fellow gnomes from the horror of living without flatscreens!
The subdivision of houses soon gathered about itself a few businesses, he noticed. A small school, a quick shop, a Donut shop, a u storage place, and, most importantly, a nursery.
One dark and misty night, during a very full moon, that no one could see, the gnome executed faze one of his plan.
He blundered through the fog and eventually found his way to the nursery. Then he began his endless, mind numbing, circling. In this way he explored the outside displays of many new kinds of plants, of wonderous waterfalls and fountains. Another of stepping stones. But after awhile he found another gnome!
Or, so it seemed, at first.
This other gnome was frozen stiff ! He was horrified at the evil magic that had done this! He reached out and touched the long straight arm and......yep.....frozen to stone. He felt the big metal ring in the fist of the gnome. It moved! But the poor black gnome would not. Strange.
Not because daylight was coming, the gnome stood next to the frozen black gnome. And then he froze himself.
A little magic, from time to time, does go a long way. Thats just the way it is.
Daylight arrived and so did the humans.
Days went by and other gnomes began to show up, having heard about the poor black, frozen ring holder. The gnomes lined up in support.
Soon, humans began to take the gnomes home and place them around their houses.
And it was no different for the gnome. He found himself in a small garden. A tiny garden. But he could see through a window a giant flatscreen!
As fate would have it, the human that lived there, worked in an advertising firm. One day he took the gnome to work and presented an idea to his boss. The gnome was catapulted into fame overnight. He got to travel the entire world. He did travel commercials.
After a while, the gnome found that he was doing the same thing as he had always done : travel in circles. Sure, the circles were much larger, and he now had his own flatscreen, but circles none the less.
But, all of the gnomes, now had jobs and homes.
They could all watch their flatscreens and their tiny gardens.
Thats just the way it is.
By Chuck Milton.