First of all the avatar is really me. Joined Lush to read some erotic stories but have found a whole lot more. Have attempted to actually write a few stories and had positive support. One of my likes is to have discussions with interesting people about a variety of subjects. There are so many excellent writers on this site and am looking forward to improving my writing skills. Some of these authors are so well written I would actually like to read some their writing outside the erotic category. I sold my business and have early retired. Being in my fifties and retired gives me plenty of time to read and write. I like to chat with interesting people but don't cyber. I prefer the real thing. Have made some friends here on lush but not long after I joined I formed a very loving friendship with an exceptional writer. Knowing this young woman has changed my life and I promote her stories more than my own. If you have not had a chance to read her work, log on to SweetestSins and give Lexi your support. She and I have co-authored a story together called Princess of Persia - War of the Gods. Presently I am writing short stories and poetry. BTW most of the mods here are awesome people that volunteer their time and help immensely with newbie writers like my self. Eroticism seems to be a great way to learn how to write dialogue and create story plots. If you want to add me to your friend list do so. I respond to all emails and comments.
Actually, most Americans simply don't bother to vote at all anymore. We have one of the lowest voter turn-out rates of any of the world's democracies (not that we're actually either a democracy or a republic anymore!). Disillusionment with all the money and corruption in American politics, added to voter suppression and gerrymandering by Republicans has all but rendered our elections a farce! The only ones who turned out for last November's midterms were the rabid right, who just keep falling for Fox News propaganda, and vote out of hate and fear. OVERTURN CITIZEN'S UNITED! Beth,We've been over this before but I'm in California, the left coast. Our state has been has been gerrymanded by the democrats. Big whale billionaires are influencing from both parties. The thing about being independent, as I am, it frees me from party loyalty. That is part of the problem. Fox News has a few idiots that twist and reshape the "news" to formulate their positions but so does CNBC, and CNN. It is so hard to get fair and balanced information that most people have given up. Your total hatred for republicans taints your opinion for us non affiliated voters. You have a lot of worthwhile things to say and I testify to that. I will always support limited government because I think it has become too big and too hungry, plus it manages things poorer than private enterprise. The war on drugs and war on poverty has been lost and should be revamped and re formulated. Both parties are at fault. The corruptness is so rampant in politics the phrase, honest politician has become an oxymoron.
The labels: I a m a registered democrat, and consider myself as leaning to the left, more so socially then anything else. I actually actively campaigned for Mr. Obama in the last election, mostly based on his vision of American politics needing a drastic make over/change, and have to admit that I’m a little disappointed that the promised change hasn’t come fast enough.I find myself voting Green Party almost as often as I do democratic – I think that a two party system breaks politics, to be honest, and wish that there was a wider variety of viable candidates so that it wasn’t always a matter of voting for the lesser of two evils, which seems to be the case a lot. I think that the lobbiests are largely responsible for a lot of policies that aren’t aimed at making this a better country but, rather, putting more money in the pockets of a few. I think that I sometimes fall into the so called social-list camp in that the wealth of this country should be spread out a little more. Not to say that those who have a lot haven’t earned it, but there are a lot of us who’ve worked hard all our lives and dealt with bad breaks who have very little and will never really get to enjoy the luxuries that some do. Really, it’s hard not to feel this way when you look at CEO’s getting mind staggering bonuses while laying off those who can barely feed their families. While I don’t have any ideas of how to fix the huge disparity between the classes (and yes, we HAVE became a class based system here) I wish that it was being addressed as one of THE most important issues in the US. A few personal views on specifics. The death penalty. Abolish it. One, it ends up costing us SO much more then life imprisonment and I believe that killing for ANY reason is never justified (although, I admit to times when I’m angry enough as some vile act to want there to be blood spilled, just like most of us). Guns. Really, if you’re willing to be responsible and safe, I don’t see any issue why you shouldn’t have a gun if there’s a valid reason for you to own one. This includes hunting (although I am staunch animal rights supporter, and a vegetarian, I won’t force my views of hunting on anyone else. Mostly my issue is with the inhumane treatment of animals used for mass production of food – visit a slaughter house or a chicken farm someday, and you’ll never be able to eat meat again, trust me on this). That said, NO one needs to own automatic weapons – they are only made for one thing – killing people. Most handguns fall into the category too. sadly, the people they kill are just as often innocents.Health care. This one makes me so angry I could scream. I’ve seen the bills. I was treated for Lymphoma at the age of 19 – fortunately, my dad had insisted on keeping my insurance going. Here’s a few personal facts. A biopsy including an overnight stay in the hospital - $20,000. 8 sessions of chemo, a combination of 5 drugs per session. I don’t know the exact cost, but I DO know that just one of those drugs cost $5,000. Not for the whole run, EACH session. Not to mention all the other costs associated with it. Tell me how any one can survive this without help? Currently, I pay my insurance out of my own pocket – my job doesn’t provide it. Fortunately, when my dad passed, he left me a trust fund to help me with this, otherwise my choice could easily be food and shelter vs health insurance. One major illness can destroy a family, no matter how hard they work. Hospital costs and insurance are SO out of control in this country. That needs to be fixed. What they current admin decided on did not go far enough and why people fought it so vehemently, I do not understand.Legalize drugs. Really, this is a no brainer to me. Someone wants to get high, let him. Unless he’s doing something dangerous, he’s not hurting anyone. Don’t let him drive, don’t let him work that way, but I’d rather be around someone high on pot then around a drunk, and alcohol is legal! Tax drugs, cut out the criminal side of it – just use Amsterdam as a model, damnit!I should also add that I consider myself a feminist and a humanitarian – equal rights and treatment for everyone, no matter their race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, everything, and yes, that means the good with the bad – if you want to be treated equally, that means you should be prepared to do the dirty work as well. Oh, and I think it’s a travesty that religion has seeped into politics – keep them separate. We should not be basing our laws on religious dogma – just because someone believes that abortion, for example, is against God’s will, doesn’t mean that applies to someone of a different faith. I want my laws to be based on what is best for this country and the individuals in it, not on some obscure verse in a bible/quoran/whatever written millenia ago.that's it, for now! :)xoxosprite You said pretty much what I think. Some of that has come about since I've joined Lush and had long discussions with Bethany Frasier. I am fiscally conservative socially liberal. I think the best answer against poverty is JOBS. Tax the rich more but manage regulations. There is no reason why 70% of our manufacturing has to be exported. For the sake of environmental reasons we shut down factories here and export the manufacturing to china which has no regulations and are the number one polluter. I was a manufacturer and have more horror stories than you would care to hear about the back breaking costly regulation that force you to take out loans or shut your doors. How about the government provide grants to assist with the expensive retooling in private business. Jobs are preferable to assistance. Another thought is revamping the educational system to include training in skilled labor. College is not for everyone. As far as separating the religion and politics. That is assuming that a persons beliefs can just be turned on and off. I am a disciple of Christ. Not a zealot judging the world. But Jesus's teachings are part of me. Love your enemy, take care of the poor, the widows, and hungry. "That which you do to the least of my brethren you do unto me." He also said, " Judge not lest you be judged. For as you judge, you will also be judged." Or... "Why bother about the speck in your brothers eye when you have a log in yours."The point on healthcare is valid, but the Affordable Care system is not affordable. We need a single payer system. I find it humorous that most of the people that rail on healthcare love it when they are on Medicare, which last time I checked was a single payer system. Medicare for all!!! The law says abortion is legal and I support the rights under the Constitution. All of them. including guns and freedom of expression and religion. I hope in the case of free choice that the choice is life. And I applaud what you said - equal rights and treatment for everyone, no matter their race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, everything, and yes, that means the good with the bad – if you want to be treated equally, that means you should be prepared to do the dirty work as well.
I will probably provide the most succinct answer in the thread. ;-)My politics, summed up: Socially liberal, fiscally conservative.~ Rascal This.
I sleep in the buff. Get up and fix my coffee and then shower. I forgot I had friends staying with me. Yup. Walked out to fix coffee in the nude. My friends wife was already up. I looked at her shocked face while she sat at the breakfast bar and rather than run, just said "morning."
I've been waiting a while to post my own thoughts on this one because I didn't want to unfairly steer the convo or discussion in one way or another. The post was really meant to provoke thought on the whole concept of female beauty in the industry with that ever-underlying vein of debate over 'personality vs looks', and judgment - for one viewpoint or another. Straight up, if I was running the marketing or PR at SI, Dove, Maxim, Vogue or Playboy, I'd only be after maximum profits. If I knew that bald guys with handlebar moustaches in speedos would sell the maximum number of mag copies or products, that's what I'd feature. It would have little to do with what I personally find attractive in my own life. Clearly ads are geared toward the majority of whatever that demographic finds aesthetically pleasing. When it comes to SI... the models are chosen to appeal to a very specific demographic of guys, which is a readership of 78% male, with a median age of 37 yrs old, and an average income of 60K. The majority want to see the best of the best, the fit hotties, the 'dream girls' that they maybe don't get a chance to date or have sex with in regular life. They are practically biologically programmed to respond to healthy bodies in their prime. I think Ashley Graham is a beautiful girl, but I'm not offended that bigger girls are often excluded from these types of magazines. They feature what sells. I've seen this questioned in the past and how mainstream beauty images are blamed on the industry and that only featuring fit, beautiful people in mags, hollywood movies, and advertisements somehow fosters or warps our own impressions of what we find attractive. That if there was more representation of body types and looks, that we, as a society, would become more all-inclusive and accepting and more likely to focus on the inside rather than the outside. For the most part I disagree with this argument, with one caveat. Extreme versions of beauty do have the capability of distorting younger minds (particularly of teenage girls). They have yet to understand that fashion and beauty is sold as a fantasy and in efforts to differentiate, images can be taken to bizarre levels. I think the industry has made an effort to curb the 'glamour' of eating disorders in recent years, but they have yet to cut down on the photoshopping - which I personally think makes images less attractive. The more glossy they make the photos, the more the models start to appear computer-generated and they all start looking the same. I think it also speaks to the irony that many mainstream women's magazines have chosen to feature a 'plus-sized' model on their covers in recent years only to find that those issues aren't selling as successfully compared to issues featuring typical models. So, women aren't buying into it either, despite lots of PC lip-service about wanting diversity. Money talks, so you can't blame the magazines or industry for not featuring more body diversity if consumers aren't responding to it. Ultimately we drive these industries, not the other way around.As an off-topic observation - I do find it interesting that many people ardently subscribe to the idea that looks don't (and shouldn't) matter and that it's only about the personality and heart of a person etc. yet they would feel totally comfortable putting down the looks of a certain segment of the population and being totally exclusionary (eg. this guy or girl is too muscular, that girl is too skinny, she has implants - blech!, she wears too much makeup, there's nothing to hold onto etc). If looks don't matter, why would it be ok to bash any of these people either? Maybe they're wonderful, smart people with a heart of gold. How is it any different than saying someone wouldn't date an overweight person or a guy with a small dick etc?A couple of years ago, I made a thread about breast implants in the 'Ask the Guys' and I remember reading the answers and opinions over the years which were about 95% negative with many mean-spirited comments about how disgusting it was and one guy even went so far as to say that he wouldn't even be *friends* with a woman who had breast implants. Nobody said a word to the contrary or got their back up at all. But if anyone were to say they refused to be friends with overweight people, I'm pretty sure they'd get a healthy dose of forum-smackdown. I think it's just something worth thinking about when people put out there that skinny girls are just a bag of bones or how unattractive their bodies are, or how fake breasts = fake girl and it's a total turn off, while feeling virtuous or morally superior about stating a preference for an all-natural thick and curvy girl that at the heart of it , they're really no different than the people saying that want a fit guy or girl with a beautiful face. Skinny-bashing can hurt the feelings of a naturally thin girl that doesn't put on weight easily just as much as fat-bashing hurts bigger girls that are having trouble losing the pounds. And saying how revolting someone finds breast implants probably doesn't go over well with women who are post-mastectomy or were just looking for that extra boost of self-confidence and went up one cup-size. Looks do factor into attraction. There's nothing wrong with being into one look and not another. And whatever criteria you go by doesn't make you more or less superficial than another person's criteria. Saying "personality is the only thing that matters" is a fair opinion, but you have to live by that one with zero judgment and zero preference. When it comes down to it - let's be real - very few do. Anyway - good discussion in this thread from everyone. I've enjoyed reading the different viewpoints so far! :) Ashleigh,As usual your opinions are well thought out and intellectually superior to anything I can come up with. I'll be smart and agree with you. A dear friend of mine suffered from anorexia. She almost died. That's why I promote fitness. It is not a body type. There are so many factors involved that it can not be encapsulated in a simple formula. I can say that skinny or obese are not heathy. To say fat is beautiful is as ridiculous as saying that skin and bones is. We live in a society that eats calorie rich foods and gets little exercise. Of course the average body image is going to be heaver. Will fat sell? Nope! Won't happen. The plus size girl in the magazine is still far from the plus size in society.
Gawd I hope so.
Well for me I do have enough after I sold my business. Retired at 49. What do I do? Anything I feel like! Hang out on Lush is one of them.
Yeah, but you know how to eat pussy like a girl *dreamy sigh* Every guy wants to think he can. I've got a short tongue, but I try hard. Attractive in that case is not as important because you're staring at a belly button. However, missionary means face to face. Lol
*This is the second part of a new series. I suggest you read Beginnings first. The Decision Unable to sleep, I watched Lexi in her slumber. She seemed so peaceful, but my mind was in turmoil over the events of yesterday and the decision that was before me. We have had a good marriage, not perfect, but strong and trusting. How could something so right go so wrong? I hate that I allowed this...
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When I look back at the anthology of my relationship with my wife Lexi, there has been a metamorphosis of sorts. I think every couple in love starts with the same exclusively monogamous, ‘till death do you part’ scenario. I remember I used to get fits of jealousy if a guy even checked Lexi out. If she flirted, I would go ballistic. How times have changed, as we are now invested in an open...
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My Valentine I think of desire, And when I do, I can only think of you, How you smile with your eyes, Making me joyful to be alive. I think of adventure, As we walk this twisting path, On uncertain roads from the past. Our journey is filled with the unknown, On trust alone we have built our home. I think of beauty, When we see the dawn, Bursting forth its new song, The birds...
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Reflecting on my life, I now realize Newton's third law of opposite and equal reaction applies to more than physics; it is also the rule of relationships. Unlike the video games we play on Xbox, the games we play with real lives have no do-overs, and might lead to dire consequences. You can spend a life-time shaping your character and establishing a reputation, to only watch it burst like a...
Added 30 Dec 2014 | Category Wife Lovers
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Anne has always said I'm a control freak, but after many years in business, I've learned the devil is in the details. Even the small things can change the course of events of your life. Oh yeah, I admit it, I'm that guy. You know, the one that won't go shopping without a list, the one that changes his oil exactly every four thousand miles. I plan my days like a weather report. I had...
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A Winter's Day That winter's day was pure and white, The nip of cold in morning’s light. A chimney’s smoke was twisting high, Reaching up in the grey blue sky. It took me back to my faded youth, A less complex time of trust and truth. The days were long and filled with joy, Our love was fresh, not brash and coy. The still air was broken by icy chill, ...
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For most people they want an uneventful life that holds very few surprises and we were no exception. There is a certain amount of security in developing a routine in your life. I think most of us become boring by choice. Our lives the past few years can be defined by our calendar. My wife and I go to the gym Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We dine out almost every Friday, but occasionally try...
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The Illusion Life is caught between light and darkness Caught between reality and desire A beautiful rose in bloom Is gone far too soon That child that was playing Becomes an old man praying The events we so carefully plan In time will turn into sand Power, money, and fame Can't endure the flames Let there be no confusion What seems so real is but an illusion ...
Added 20 May 2014 | Category Love Poems
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The longer I live, the more I believe the old adage that things are never what they seem. I am a generally easy going kind of guy, and until recently seemed to have had a fairly normal life. It appeared like I had it all. I was at the pinnacle of success, with a great job, a gorgeous wife, plenty of wealth, and a large home in the suburbs. This is my account of how my perfect life came...
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Questions of Love Is love but a fleeting feeling? Or something that is true? Is it just a passing emotion? Why is it drawing me to you? Is love about finding beauty? Why is there so much pain? Can it truly mend a broken heart? Can it make me whole again? Is it love that bonds us together? Or desire that controls our minds? Can my love be a soulful promise? Or did I just...
Added 06 Jun 2014 | Category Love Poems
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