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The Good Old Days does anyone remember when...


untwisting the pretzel
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Um , I go the store to buy stuff and come back home and have it.I go to the farmers market to buy vegetables. I barely use the membership option where we have to make a card and go to the store , take a trolley and wait in line to take the things to home. I buy from online but not so often.What good old days is being talked about because I still do it this way which is considered old? ;)*popcorn
if you are still living “good old days” i truly envy you. good old days are good because they provide something good. someone got into a big fight with my father once because of using the word ”old” but i think old does not really have to be old but more good. that was my thought anyway.


Waitering for Godot
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I remember when neighbors knew each other and cared about each other.
When you could buy an entire house for the price of what you pay for a basic car these days.
When all you needed to watch TV was an antenna. No cable bills.
When gas cost less then 50 cents a gallon.
When you could actually afford medical care.
When kids could play in the yard or ride their bike to a friends house without fearing getting shot or kidnapped.
Yes, I even remember typewriters, phone booths and black and white TV.
When both parents did NOT have to work.
Yes, I am old. And wish some of these things could return.
I remember all this as well.

RE: antenna TV, I still have one...digital, but an antenna nonetheless. Cable TV sucks and is a huge ripoff. Haven't had it in over twenty years.


Waitering for Godot
SF Supporter
I totally get the music thing. I have no idea how to download music, I can just about find stuff on YouTube. I miss going to the record shop as soon as my pay for month arrived and coming out with several LP's complete with clear sleeves to protect the covers. Getting home, pulling them out of the cover and feeling the static coming off of them before putting them on the turntable and gently dropping the needle into place.
We haven't even got a CD player now. It's all programmed into a computer which I have no idea how to use..

And this year I'm soooooo missing live music. Had so many gigs lined up :(
I miss Turtles Records & Tapes, camping out for concert tickets, saving Turtles stamps for store credit.

I still have a huge collection of music on vinyl and cassette, even a portable 45rpm vinyl singles case..
There's always been talk about 'the good old day'. But truly, were they ever really good? Isn't just as the following song says:

Memories - Part One

Memories –
Light the corners of my mind.
Misty water-coloured memories
Of the way we were.

Scattered pictures
Of the smiles we left behind.
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were.

Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time re-written every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? Could we?

Memories, may be beautiful and yet
What’s too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget.
So it’s the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember,
The way we were. . .

Barbra Streisand​

Aquarius is the sign of group consciousness and friendship with all manifestations of life. For all of us the Aquarian age has brought with it the need for healing all our relationships. First in line are the ones with ourselves and with God. But all of them and especially the difficult and traumatic relationships are waiting to be transformed into friendships. This is a must when we are reaching the end of our earthly education, because anything that’s left unattended in our last lifetime necessitates another one for dealing with this issue.

Besides, a better understanding of how the processes of life affect every one of us does away with the need for trying to forget things. Finding it is a journey that starts with the discovery that humankind’s existence never has been and never will be a one-off thing, at the end of which we are snuffed out like a candle. The next step is the realisation that the spirit realm is humankind’s true home, from which every one of us emerges at the beginning of a new lifetime and returns to when it has run its course. Isn’t it good to know that anyone who has gone there before us is alive and well, and by no means dead?

The painful things that happen between people invariably serves the wise higher purpose of redeeming someone’s karmic debts. The parties involved, before entering their present lifetime, on the advice of the wise ones in charge of them in the spirit realm, agreed to attend to these. Knowing this makes it easier for me to reach out and connect with those who departed from this plane, without any possibility of healing my relationship with them. There were quite a few of them and without the understanding I have found by now, the memories of what happened would indeed be too painful to remember. But from where I am now, I feel a strong need to renew the love that once existed between us. It’s good to know that my suffering at their hands at least somewhat must have restored the balance of my spiritual bank account.

To me, understanding is a kind of magic key that has the power of unlocking our inner doors. That makes it easier to reach out for and forgive each other. First we need to forgive ourselves for needing the lessons that came our way, through the way we behaved in previous lifetimes. Then I like to thank the other one(s) for agreeing to play this part and forgive them for getting lost in the illusion of their earthly existence. Understanding and forgiveness together have the power of moving even the most traumatic experiences onto a higher and more mature spiritual level, where they belong.

In the inner spiritual world there is no separation between anything and all is one. Every human being who ever existed, not merely those who hurt and wounded us in any of our lifetimes, are as much part of us as we are part of them. All of us are coming from love and to love our evolutionary journey eventually returns every one of us. Love and thought are the two most powerful forces in the whole of creation that connect all of us with each other, quite naturally. Nothing can wipe out or even disturb any love that ever existed between us. That’s why sending kind, loving and forgiving thoughts to anyone with whom we fell out, for one reason or another, works wonders for the healing process.

It’s not difficult to set this process in motion when one brings to mind the kind and noble things the other one did. As everybody has everything within, the worst as well as the highest, noblest and best, there must have been some. From the evolutionary point both of us are likely to have reached by now, their earthly personalities and the lessons we once took part in together, have faded away. Any pain we had to endure served the redemption of at least some of our karmic debts; who knows, maybe all of them.

The earthly personality is shed each time our spirit/soul returns for rest and recuperation to the spirit realm. The same happens to our physical body. It’s intended to serve as our vehicle for getting around on the earthly plane for one lifetime only. The physical body acts like an overcoat underneath which our body of light or astral body is worn. At any given time, the light body consists of as much light as our spirit/soul has so far been able to absorb from the Christ Star’s light. And each time we send kind, loving and forgiving thoughts to anyone, our own light increases.

Our earthly personality with all its quirks and idiosyncrasies is left behind at the gate of the spirit realm, so to speak. The memories of it are stored in our soul and from there we pick it up again, each time we enter another lifetime for the continuation of our learning process. Yet, for as long as we are in the spirit world, we are what we truly always have been and forever will be: a spirit/soul who is immortal and will never die. In that state, we are once more consciously aware of the wise higher purpose every one of our earthly lifetimes serves. We are young Gods in the making who are serving the first part of their apprenticeship on the earthly plane.

Mother Earth is a school and a place of learning, whose lessons provide every one of us with the same kind of education. It’s final stage has been reached when we have evolved into a Christed one, in our own right. Earthly life can then not teach us any more. Although taking part in this education is compulsory, nobody ever forces us to apply for another lifetime. We come of our own free will, as otherwise our energies will never be right for being released into exploring the higher and eventually highest levels of life.

Understanding the astrological background of the things that once irritated and annoyed me in someone’s behaviour, for a long time has been immensely helpful to me. Forgiving someone is easy when one understands that they could not help themselves, because their behaviour was part of their most recent lifetime’s lessons. It’s good to know that they agreed to play that particular role in my life, to help me redeem some of my karmic debts. They did this although my suffering at their hands undoubtedly created more karmic debts in their spiritual account. If that isn’t love, what is?

Forgiving these people is easy because I know that what happened could only come about for as long as they were what’s known as ‘ruled by the Stars’. Yet, even that is no longer with them, now the earthly personality of that lifetime has been shed. So what’s the big deal? In any case, I believe that, without knowing how the negative qualities of the Sun signs and houses can and do influence us, nobody has a chance of counteracting and uplifting negative into positive ones. That’s why I also forgive myself for not knowing any better, earlier on in this lifetime. Thanks and praise to the Highest for having learnt so much.

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untwisting the pretzel
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(that’s me too)

ok, this might be a slightly different category but i remember when coffee came in cans and you had to open it with a twist key that was a bit tricky to use and left you with a band of sharp metal that could easily cut you if you did not put it right away into the garbage (where it would not be recycled. but it was worth it just to hear the ssssssst when the seal broke and then the coffee fragrance first came out. the good old days!!!
I remember when after the World War II real coffee beans became available again. They would be ground in our good old coffee mill - ah, the smell of the beans and tasting real coffee again must have been good for the adults. We children were not allowed to have any of it because it was thought to be bad for our nervous system, which it probably was.


untwisting the pretzel
SF Supporter
my mom always said "coffee will stunt your growth" look! I'm only 5'6" but I'm pretty sure it was genetics and not the coffee. as for my nervous system, well, I'm nervous if that counts, but that too either genetics or childhood abuse. (I always grind coffee every morning btw)
My family home had a fair sized garden and my father was a very keen gardener, who planeted just about anything that promised to thrive in our climate of 450 metres above sea level. I remember my sister Brigitte and me sitting on his step ladder, quite a tall one and we were still comparatively small, one on each side. We shared a head of white cabbage fresh from our garden. I have no idea how we got hold of it. We were handing the cabbage to and from, taking bites out of it each time and enjoyed munching them with relish. And that's one of my happiest childhood memories.

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