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    The black woman seems like she has a lot of knowledge (IMO) and the Santa Dad seems like he would be a cool guy to hang with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helpmeturnitoff
    The taoist boys need to get away from mommy & daddy for awhile though. How they're going to function as adults is beyond me if they can't even think for themselves.


    Karl really needs to learn how to get with modern times.

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    Taoist dad has serious emotional issues.
    He's basically brainwashed his poor kids into staying in the family nest forever because of his own unresolved problems.
    I would hope that Vickie being with the Abbotts was a wake up call (for the boys at least)

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    Grouphugs for Vickie and the boys.

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    Vickie - okay - better to use the name.
    Santa Dad - Karl?? If you love something, set it free!

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    Taoist Papa finally said that his brother died in Cali. while he was off in Thailand. That seems to be a big part of why he wants his family to stay together. He appeared to have a lot a guilt and sadness about being halfway across the world when his brother died and he Actually cried. Something I think he said was selfish and not real or some such thing last week. Looks like it could have been a good moment for him. Big mouth Vicki needs some pymt for that free therapy session.

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    What's Vickie's plan for the $50k? Putting the boys up in a place of their own?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unklescott
    What's Vickie's plan for the $50k? Putting the boys up in a place of their own?

    Earmark the boys travel money of course !

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    OMG!!! A mouse just ran across my living room floor. HOLY CRAP!! (off topic sorry - it scared the bejuujuu out of me!) Anyway, what is TAOIST?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Bannana
    OMG!!! A mouse just ran across my living room floor. HOLY CRAP!! (off topic sorry - it scared the bejuujuu out of me!) Anyway, what is TAOIST?
    History of Taoism:
    Tao (pronounced "Dow") can be roughly translated into English as path, or the way. It is basically indefinable. It has to be experienced. It "refers to a power which envelops, surrounds and flows through all things, living and non-living. The Tao regulates natural processes and nourishes balance in the Universe. It embodies the harmony of opposites (i.e. there would be no love without hate, no light without dark, no male without female.)" 2

    The founder of Taoism is believed by many to be Lao-Tse (604-531 BCE), a contemporary of Confucius. (Alternate spellings: Lao Tze, Lao Tsu, Lao Tzu, Laozi, Laotze, etc.). He was searching for a way that would avoid the constant feudal warfare and other conflicts that disrupted society during his lifetime. The result was his book: Tao-te-Ching (a.k.a. Daodejing). Others believe that he is a mythical character.

    Taoism started as a combination of psychology and philosophy but evolved into a religious faith in 440 CE when it was adopted as a state religion. At that time Lao-Tse became popularly venerated as a deity. Taoism, along with Buddhism and Confucianism, became one of the three great religions of China. With the end of the Ch'ing Dynasty in 1911, state support for Taoism ended. Much of the Taoist heritage was destroyed during the next period of warlordism. After the Communist victory in 1949, religious freedom was severely restricted. "The new government put monks to manual labor, confiscated temples, and plundered treasures. Several million monks were reduced to fewer than 50,000" by 1960. 3 During the cultural revolution in China from 1966 to 1976, much of the remaining Taoist heritage was destroyed. Some religious tolerance has been restored under Deng Xiao-ping from 1982 to the present time.

    Taoism currently has about 20 million followers, and is primarily centered in Taiwan. About 30,000 Taoists live in North America; 1,720 in Canada (1991 census). Taoism has had a significant impact on North American culture in areas of "acupuncture, herbalism, holistic medicine, meditation and martial arts..." 3

    P.S.- Taoists would tell you the mouse was trying to teach you something by running across your floor.

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