I was supposed to stay away today. Christmas embroidering is taking longer than expected, and I should be halfway done with a cardinal by now, but I'm not. I poked my head in to see what's up, and I got sucked in. I tried not to lurk, trying to break that new habit, but I'm not very successful today.

Y'all are having some great discussions. I'm just not sure everyone is listening. I adore this site because we all come from different backgrounds and different experiences. I appreciate the varying points of view so much. I tend to stay in the shallow waters, with the fluff, because that's what I feel comfortable contributing. So for all the Hiddles gifs and random tv show thoughts, you're welcome. I hope it brightens your day.

I love that we can also have the serious discussions about the major issues. I love reading the fights. That's how we learn. "As iron sharpens iron, so man sharpens man." ~Proverbs 27:17. Discourse is essential for progress. I love that we can have true discussions here. It's important to listen to your opponent, and not just shout anger at them, insisting that they're wrong. We are not speaking with our voices; we have to think things through in order to type them up and hit "enter." Take the time to think about how your words will be taken. Think of the tone, and if it's misinterpreted, say so and apologize. There is strength in admitting mistakes. There is strength in recognizing what another sees, particularly if that's not what you see. That's what I love about this place! I hope you do, too.

I love reading the fights because they force me to think, and to form my own opinion on subjects that I may not normally pay attention to, but that are important subjects, all the same. Please remember to embrace everyone here as participants in discussion, and listen to what they have to say. Their points are just as valid as yours. If you came here to shout at people, because you're mad and need to rant for a while before being talked down, that's okay too. Just remember to mark your post as such, or flag your comment before you delve into the rant. Please recognize that you need to rant. I love that that's okay here, too. If you want to troll because you enjoy being contrarian, we will play along, but you really ought to say something first.

I don't really know my point. I wanted to say something about the tone, I guess. That's all.

And because there's a Hiddles gif for everything.....