Scotties Toy Box

August 27, 2016

A question ?

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Questions, Ideas, History — Scottie @ 05:57

I have for years, well since I had this blog, way back to half way through 2007 if I remember right, signed everything I wrote on my blog or in comments on other’s blogs with “hugs”.

I started that because I saw another blog writer do it and his reasoning was he liked to hug.  I thought about it and I respected it.

See I had never been hugged until I was in my mid twenty’s.   I had never been hugged by my “mother” nor by my “father”.  I was so afraid of him if he tried to hug me I think I would have wet my self and died.  Not even the grandparents, who tried their best to protect me and help me, ever hugged me.

I had a sergeant who hugged me in the Army but he wanted me for his own reasons.   I don’t fault him, I got many things out of the relationship, but free hugs were not one of them.  His hugs came with a price.

The first hugs I got with no strings attached were from Ron.  My now husband.  He hugged me the first time we met and asked me to wait for him to get off work.  I did !

Over the years many have commented on my sign off of “hugs”.  Some made fun of it.  Most ignored it.  Some wrote me and told me they disliked it.  Some said they disliked it immensely and did not want me to use it on their blogs.  I did try to remember who disliked it and tried not to use it with them, but sadly I would soon forget and use it again for everyone.

I personally don’t understand why some people object to my offering virtual hugs, but some do.  Those that do seem very insulted.  I have gotten emails that were really violent in content.  I have to admit my thinking is by hugging everyone I am offering a warmth of acceptance.

 So now that I am more interacting on many other peoples blogs, and wanting to take their feelings into account, being a person who doesn’t like to cause others upset when I don’t need to, I have the following question:

Do I continue to use the sign off hugs as that is what people now know I do, or do I switch to simply signing everything with Scottie?  Scottie is my name and that won’t upset anyone or be misunderstood.  I am OK with that, I just wanted people to know I am using it with the implied hugs.

I am leaning toward using my name, Scottie , instead of hugs as that won’t upset anyone.  I guess those that know me will know that when they see my name I am also offering virtual internet hugs.  Maybe there are some people out there who needed them as much as I did.

With much love, much respect, as much understanding as I can give this is Scottie giving everyone the biggest hug I can.   Be well and be happy.   Scottie


Filed under: Animals, Funny Stuff, Pictures — Scottie @ 04:17


Learning is grand

Filed under: My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 03:22

I just learned something I never knew.  I do not have a great education and grammar was always hard for me.  I was greatly helped when spell check was introduced not as a special feature but as a standard for everything.  Of course in the case of spell check it helps to know which one of the choices to pick.  Hey that is not an easy thing if you can’t spell in the first place.  :)

I have always used the three dots… to mean an interruption in my thought or speech…a pause like a comma only longer.  I did this to better organize my thoughts or to give my readers time to absorb what I was writing.   This is wrong grammatically.

This thing with three dots has a name.  It is called an ellipsis.

I will post what it really is at the end of this post as the link I got it from is a bitch to deal with.

So while I was trying to do one thing , create a space for thought, what I really was doing was implying I was leaving out words or ideas.   Something totally different than I wanted to show.   When I think how I have used it in both my own writings and in the comments I have left on others blogs.. I must have sounded like a complete deranged idiot.

Here is the definition I got off the web.

  1. the omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are superfluous or able to be understood from contextual clues.
    • a set of dots indicating an ellipsis.
      sorry for the confusion.   Scottie   Many hugs.

What theist think when atheist are around.

Filed under: Funny Stuff, Religion — Scottie @ 02:28


If these two show up at my door , I am checking what was put in my last drink…

Filed under: Funny Stuff, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 02:08


If they paid taxes

Filed under: Criminal, Economics, Greed, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 02:01


it seems it is a matter of perspective.

Filed under: Bigotry, Harm, Ideas, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 01:26






August 26, 2016

Big Pharma and insurance company organized crime, … for those who rejected single payer health care as socialized medicine

Filed under: Economics, Greed, Harm, Health, History, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 21:55

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Can someone explain it to me.

Filed under: History, News — Scottie @ 21:42

I am reading the comments under the video I posted.   It is taking me forever, but it was pretty informative until the thread started into the Crusades and different groups started talking about what was the cause of them.  What reason did they need to go and fight for, and why did they conquer the areas they did.  Some are saying it was Islamic aggression which caused a need to fight back.  Others are saying it was trade routes to be opened.  One says it is to honor the Christian god so they went and took Jerusalem.   I am pretty lost here.   I had no education on the crusades in high school.   However I did see a TV show on them that said they were on a mission from the pope, that they were knights or mercenaries I was not sure, and that the pope sent them to get all this art and treasures.  On this thread I am reading there are two crusades but again everyone says different reasons.    It seems to come down to a religious basis as far as I can tell.  I was hoping maybe Ark, or Robert, or Victoria, or Nan, or ..( did not mean to leave anyone out but if I listed everyone here it would take all day as everyone in that group of blogs is really smart so I just listed a few off the top of my head ) …anyone…basically all and any of the group that goes to Ark’s blog, and the others in that group, as you all are well educated and pretty dang smart.  I already spent from 4:46 PM till now at 9:38 PM trying to read and understand this stuff.  First I had to look up some of the words used in the video, now I am stuck on history.   Getting tired at this point.   SO if some of you have a few minutes and can explain it simply to me I would really thank you.  Scottie   Hugs

PWNing Pence – YouTube

Filed under: News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 16:46

In this video Aron Ra shows clearly how totally ignorant of science Gov. Mike Pence is. Gov. Pence has no clue what a scientific theory is. Gov. Pence also shows how deep into religion he is. He is shilling for a discredited religious idea. He wants a biblical item of faith taught as science in public schools. Why would a person want this. Because studies show that once kids learn that there is an explanation that doesn’t include magic or a mythical imaginary being, they drop religion. People like Gov. Pence want to make sure no child learns enough to leave their church. They want to keep raking in the money to the church. In the video Gov. Pence shows how ignorant he is with his slurs on the words fact, and his repeating that evolution is just a theory. This man is running to be the vice president of the USA. Just think how a person so lacking in education, lacking in scientific background, so dependent on his religion will affect the public policies of this country. Think of the impact on education it will have. We must stop this travesty. Hugs

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