"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mop Philosophy Monday

 I went crazy buying flowers at the grocery store this past Saturday.  Guys, I'm a bit worried about the old state-of-mind, these long winters don't agree with me one bit.

  More evidence of Over The Top Flower Buying:  I even bought tulips for the bath:


The Bawth Tub is happy for the floral company.
 Should we discuss Quatrefoil Statement Necklaces?
 It's a visual discussion.

This is a Tory Burch skirt.  Add white shirt and there you have my vision.
 I know you're thinking about Scout, you'll be happy to know the training is going really well, she is exceedingly friendly, and getting bigger by the day.
After all she is a Dog With A Blog and belongs to Mop Philosophers world-wide.  We are only the caretakers here, we understand.

How about Random Facts? My friend Jen asked me to do this, once you read her blog you will be happily agreeing to any requests as well.  Here we have it:

11 Random DaniBP Facts

1.  I lived in Missouri for a year and absolutely loved it.  Perfect climate, would move back in a second.

2.  I lived in Newfoundland for two years, I'd go back there too.

3.  My great-grandfather was a rum-runner, or so family legend goes.

4.  I was attacked and mauled by two German Shepherd guard dogs (who knew me, until I entered the security gates of my friend's property by myself, well she gave me the code) when I was 18 years old.  Scarred me for life.

5.  I am now an avid dog-owner.

6.  I was trapped in Paris in 2010 during the Icelandic Volcano Disaster.  Trapped in Paris: a gilded cage.

7.  I'm married to MrBP, as you know, but you may not realize that he is an Environmental Lawyer who did graduate work in... Constitutional Law.

8.  I did a course in University that exclusively studied The Lord of the Rings.  I've been a massive Tolkien fan ever since.

9.  When I go down-hill skiing I'm pretty certain I'm going to die by the end of the day.

10.  I once painted a portrait of a fish butt, actually I painted two of them.  The Bobster (Dad) still has one hanging in his kitchen.  The other one is in MrBP's boardroom.

11.  I dream of owning a shack-by-the-sea.

I hope your week is stellar.  I'm planning a blog break until our next book club on March 29th.  Have you read To Kill a Mockingbird yet?  Please do, and come back on the 29th with all thoughts and observations.  Everyone is welcome and we'd be pleased to hear your thoughts even if you have read the book long ago or only managed parts.

Be well and Carry On, as we do!  Mop Philosophers are a special breed you know.
xoxDani



63 comments:

  1. Glad that you took up the challenge....always nice to know some up close and personal things about you Dani.

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    1. Thanks Hostess! Have a good week, I must come over and get caught up with you.

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  2. The quatrefoil necklace is beautiful. I'm terribly canine-phobic. No reason really, have been ever since I was a child. Random fact #4 would scar me for life.

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    1. Anon funny thing is I was always scared of big dogs anyway, I still get a fear when I see a big dog but most dog owners are terrific and really have done the job training. It's not often dogs are trained to attack and really unfair in my opinion. Drug and police dogs are awesome but trained attack dogs, not so much.

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  3. Number 4 is horrendous Dani, I don't know how you got over that an damaged to become dog owner.

    Those orange roses in the blue tea cup are just so pretty. Flowers in the bathroom - that's haute glam!

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    1. I'll 2nd Tabs all around. Have noted (and Pinning) how well that orange and blue work together.

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    2. Thanks Tabs and GSL, orange and blue=tres classic.

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  4. Beautiful flowers! I love the ones in the bathroom.
    Scout is so cute. I'm amazed that you've overcome your dog fear. I am quite scared of them, and have only ever been growled at. I can't imagine how terrifying it would be to be attacked!
    Love the necklace. It is truly lovely.... And I'm tempted to copy your J Crew dress now there's an extra sale. I've not bought any thing from J crew for ages!

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    1. Ruth it was awful, really scary! Get the dress, it would be fabulous on you. It's nice and swingy and you could wear it to work, it's cool without being too fancy.

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  5. Tulips in the bathroom is fantastic. This necklace is really a statement piece. I enjoyed reading those facts and learning more about you. Scout is lovely and I wonder how you can be a dog owner after reading #4. I will be missing you during the break. Take Care.

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    1. Hi Steph don't worry I'll be around. Just not posting, trying to really attack my house and I have to get some jobs underway too, not immediate but things that need planning.

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  6. OMG, are we doing a BOOK CLUB about to Kill a MB? I AM IN girlfriend.

    Mr FF used to have a planning and environment practice…he's a barrister (wig. gown.), but these days he does other stuff too something to do with gas, leases, mining etc. He's way doing a trial now. True story.

    I wanted to marry Atticus so long as he looked like Gregory Peck. I loved that all the ladies wore that natural shade of polish, I never got over Boo helping the kiddies and I wanted with all my heart to know what the hell a chiffonade was and what baked squirrel smelt like.

    Pls let me know the book club details because I want to work shoppe Miss Maudie and everyone else. x

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    1. FF it would so wonderful if you would join us: mark the date Saturday March 29th, I'll have the post go up around 1amEST, not sure what time of day that is for you? Everyone drops in and comments throughout the day, it's good fun!
      Not optimal when MrFF is away I'm sure, MrBP does board hearings and sometimes has to travel, be away, be completely immersed in work for 18 hours a day, you know what I'm talking about for sure.

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  7. It is amazing that you got over the dog fear and now have a dog of your own - that is rare indeed!

    Missouri is one of the few states I have not been and now I am very curious.

    Love the necklace - I have my eye on a necklace but prices have risen...oh well.

    I was going to tag you too so I will just link back to this page - like a numbskull I wrote my facts on Tab's page! I didn't realize I should have done it on my own page? hehe

    Have a lovely break and see you at the book club xx

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    1. Naomi I still don't trust some dogs, which isn't good because they know when we are afraid of them.
      I would never say you were a numbskull darling! That's one way to do it and avoids having to post about it. That necklace is delightful but there's nothing real in it. It's quite large so definitely a statement and not my usual thing, though it's good to break out sometimes isn't it.
      I'll be around the blog, I'm just breaking to get my spring cleaning and organizing done, time to focus!

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  8. too funny - I have always associated Missouri with that ultra violent movie Missouri Breaks! Gotta rethink that!

    The flowers are beautiful! My house tulips everywhere right now and I am so happy!

    Scary about the german sheperds. How long did they attack you before someone intervened? I would be scarred for life! I love dogs, but I avoid german sheperds, rottweillers, and pitbulls like the plague!

    I am a third of the way through To Kill a Mockingbird, Haven't read it in nearly 40 years and I love it. The movie is a favourite here and Forrest can recite whole scenes from it!

    I like the necklace as well!

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    1. Wendy Missouri is a really beautiful state with loads of parks and trails, and the people are super friendly!
      The dogs lived around the corner from me, my friend's family were really wealthy, they had security gates at the front of the driveway. I let myself in (my friend had given me the code, she knew I was coming by for a swim) and I was making my way to the back of the property when the dogs saw me and attacked. I wedged myself between the glass door/front door but they got me pretty good. It was terrifying! And I knew those dogs!
      But they saw me alone and were trained to attack/protect. Sad isn't it?

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  9. Like I said in your earlier post, I am really enjoying To Kill a Mockingbird. For some reason I think the classics will all be like Grapes of Wrath...incredibly painful to read. Never can have too many flowers, unless budget doesn't allow. I will be buying at least three bouquets today "just cuz". Your random facts were fun, except the mauling bless your heart. Bebe tagged me so I guess I should do mine soon...just so lazy right now.

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    1. BB I'm lazy too, super lazy, which is why I'm taking a blog break to get things done, I'm giving myself two weeks to do a spring clean and some redecorating. It's needed, and then hopefully it will be spring and I can be outside all day with Scout.
      I'm so happy you are enjoying the book! It will be a great discussion!

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  10. wishing and hopingMarch 17, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    I sincerely hope your blog break boosts up your spirits Dani. I love cold weather; but no sunshine and cold weather just don't mix well. My diving levels of Vitamin D in winter bring on very unbalanced emotions...Almost Jekyll and Hyde in nature according to the family.. Perhaps it's worth looking into VitD supplements?
    We can't possibly compare Scout's beautiful temperament (just look at those adoring eyes), to those German Shep. That dog of yours is strictly cuddlicious only.
    I can relate perfectly to 9, and 10 has me wondering what MrBP's clients think when looking at a painting of a fish's behind?! Have they ever asked?
    As for 8, university years unfailingly influence our lives in such amazing and unexpected ways. I consider them with great fondness. It will be wonderful to see how university life makes your Rascals grow.
    Look after yourself Dani. Perhaps some long, luxurious, languishing baths by those lovely tulips will help.
    Hope some of the comments on your post bring a smile to your face. Helen :)

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    1. Hi Helen, thanks so much, I write my blog for the comments and connections, it really makes my day. I hope clients and consultants don't find the painting weird, but it is an environmental law practice and so a bit different anyway, and it is a very small painting tucked in a corner!
      Yes those dogs were bred to attack, very sad when animals are trained this way. That was something I didn't think about at the time.
      I have been taking vitamin D all this winter, don't know if it has helped or not? I have been extremely tired and I'm hoping the spring will perk me up!

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  11. We're still having some winter weather in Texas too! I think spring will come none too soon! Enjoy your week Dani!

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    1. Susan I sure wish I lived in Texas just now! Thank you!

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  12. I was bit in the face by a dog in my teens. I know how that feels. Yet I'm a dog person through and through. Dogs are, after all, like people. Many different kinds of personalities and not all of them mesh with me.

    The necklace pictures are inspiring. It works with so many things!

    Love the flowers. Where I am everything outdoors is blooming. The orange blossoms are divine. The long winters are so difficult. They're the reason I no longer live in Saskatchewan. Too much dark and cold. I may be one of those people with seasonal affective disorder. I definitely do better in the sun shine.

    Have a good blog break, Dani. I'll miss your posts, but now I have something to look forward to!

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    1. DF I definitely suffer this time of year. I have to get one of those lamps, my mood is definitely affected, not depressed but a bit low. Speaking of depression isn't it shocking that L'Wren Scott is gone, some people suffer a darkness that they just can't reveal, it's so incredibly sad. What a strong beauty and a talent.
      It took me a long time to trust dogs and I had to force myself to it. This is why I am so enjoying raising Scout from a puppy, it's been my goal to have a really good bond with a dog, they are lovely creatures.

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    2. Such sad news. Who knows what her demons were. From the outside all one could see was her beauty and success. She seemed to have an enviable life. I wish she could have found peace here on earth.

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  13. I really hope we don't go from zero to 98 degrees like last summer; you need some warmth, sunshine, and yes, flowers.

    Scout is looking positively poised! Remarkable dog.

    Fish butt portraiture! My, you ARE a woman of many talents, as we all know. Have a good break-- go somewhere warm!

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    1. Lane I wish we could go somewhere, we are really really busy these days with family. I'm taking the break to get my house in order, I'm feeling really disorganized just now.
      Scout is very poised and how about that face!!

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  14. Love the Tulips by your bathtub! Agree with everyone else here about the dog mauling! Simply awful. It's lovely to know these things about you. Rounds out the picture a bit more:). Why on earth you paint a fish butt? Enjoy your blog break, we'll miss you.

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    1. Jennifer I do like to paint and draw bits of animals. I wanted to be an artist but really didn't have enough talent. It is a soothing hobby that I plan to get back to this spring, I'd like to draw while we are in England!

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  15. I'm so glad you took up the challenge! Being trapped in Paris is a guilded cage indeed! I'm also impressed that you are a dog lover after being mauled. Mind you, Scout is such a cutie and easy to love! You must show us the fish butt paintings at some point. You can be the group's artist-in-residence. Enjoy the blog hiatus and see you for book group.

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    1. Hi Jen, I'll take a photo next time I'm at the office of the fish butt painting, that's what we call it but it's really the tail end of a fish, iridescent. I think I did those paintings only because I had a bit of silver paint.
      I was not happy to be trapped in Paris, I cried every day, I was desperate to get back to the rascals, it was so weird not to know when we could fly home. MrBP was having a blast, completely unworried, and he kept my spirits up with dinners and champers!

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  16. Oh yes Dani; I'm looking forward to TKAM bookclub and I would love to hear Young and/or Little Rascal's take and I'll bring treats for Scout our other charming hostess and honoree.

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    1. GSL just so you know she's mad for liver treats.

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  17. Dani, I just think your being was geared up for Florida, and in place of Florida you got the longest winter in ages. Yikes.

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    1. Lisa we won't make this mistake next year, MrBP and I are both feeling the need for a warm vacation. We've had sun here for two days in a row, it's still cold but we're spending time outdoors, it's the only cure!

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  18. the first image of the orange roses in the blue and white tea cup or bowl is just stunning dani!

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    1. Thanks Janet, I had to cut them frighteningly short to get them arranged in that little pot, which is actually a sugar bowl.

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  19. There is no such thing as to many flowers. Especially for chasing away the winter doldrums. I mean, you could be using the hooch your great grandfather smuggled.
    Another testament to your hearty constitution is the fact that you are a happy dog owner after such an awful experience!
    I feel the same way about downhill skiing now-pummeling toward certain death. Always relieved at the end of the run.

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    1. Bebe glad to know I'm not alone re skiing. I can never understand people who love it, I always wanted to be brave enough to really give it a go but nope: scary.

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  20. Thanks so much for posting the flower shots! I was watching a Jamie Oliver episode last night where he was in the herb garden cooking. I almost started crying when I saw the masses of lavender and green behind him!! It amazes me that you are out at least 3 times a day with Scout--this weather has been so dreadful.
    Today is my birthday so I'm going to insist someone buys me flowers for the rest of this week!
    I love the blues and your necklace. I'm doing a blue colour story for my Italy trip--just not feeling the pink-red-orange right now.
    Find a sunny spot today and pretend it's warm!

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    1. Happy Birthday Dannie! I was thinking of you this morning. I'll take you out for lunch for your birthday, name the date.

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  21. I lived in Newfoundland for five years as a child, and I have it on my bucket list to go back. It's such a lovely place (in the short summer months, anyway).

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  22. Hi Dani, love your 11 Things post. We were also trapped by the volcano, in Rome, but were lucky enough to get on a train back to Budapest and only had to spend an extra night there. Friends of ours were stuck in Ireland for an extra week, which sounds nice, but it cost a pretty penny which they hadn't budgeted for.

    Enjoy your blog break - my husband is off for 3 days this week and we are tackling the garage, it's a disaster!

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  23. my blogging break has been, what, a couple of months? ha ha enjoy yours! :)

    I am not wild about bigger dogs either, despite growing up with dogs. I think it's because we used to visit family and friends who all lived on farms and each one always had a big guard dog on the yard, barking at the car whenever we arrived and basically surrounding the car until the owners yelled at the dogs to leave us alone. That's traumatizing for a little kid to have that happen every time you would have to go visiting with your parents to someone's farm. I understand why the owners had the dogs, but still ... I do love dogs though, well-behaved ones. :)

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  24. Dani we must think alike I have flowers all around the house this week too. Love the blue necklace. Are those clothed or a decorating project you have the necklace draped on? Either way I love the colors and prints. I am feeling overwhelmed to about the state of my house. Where do you begin ,I am all over the place and getting discouraged. I feel like not one room is complete. I have an old home which I love but nothing is easy.Well enough of me complaining and good luck to you on your spring chores.

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  25. Gorgeous broach with all the blues and whites. Love knowing more about you - gosh how did you get over the dog thing? That is horrendous. Sounds like you are a stirling Sterling? dog owner with Scout doing the proper things. I still baby mine and it is not good. Dog trainer said he is still alpha with me - the only thing I'm good at is making sure he's in his crate at night

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  26. The more flowers, the better! Spring shouldn't be too far now!

    Scout looks more adorable each time i see her. She looks like she would have a lovely temperament.

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  27. Scout has such a dear face!
    Well, I shall miss you, but sometimes a break is a good thing. Hope it serves its purpose.

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  28. Love the flowers all over the house! We are doing the same here to brighten up this eternal winter...will it ever end?? Loved your list...I had two Rottweilers jump at me, straight through a glass door when I was nineteen, so can understand a little of what you went through...fortunately for me, the owners were right there and able to call them off immediately. But, I still have dreams about it. Have a good break....I'm so looking forward to BC with TKAM!! xoxo

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  29. Love that first pic of the orange roses in the blue & white porcelain! When is spring finally going to arrive??? At least it was nice and sunny today, it did sort of feel like spring might be around the corner... maybe... Such a scary story about the dogs attacking you, I would never be able to get over that. Honestly, I am a little scared of large dogs like pit bulls and Rottweilers that are known to be aggressive. Whenever I see one, I always keep myself in between the kids and the dog.

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  30. Hi

    I just started following your blog and I enjoy very much!:)
    PS: I would luv to buy your JCrew Frances dress in Lifesaver print when you're ready to sell;). Tiffany

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  31. FYI: my email is tkpeterson1978@gmail.com

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  32. I saw beautiful flowers today and meant to buy them. Forgot somehow. I hear I'll get more brain cells and youth back as my daughter ages. looking forward to it.

    Loved reading more about you!

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  33. Hi Dani, I've been a silent follower of your blog for some time and find your posts interesting and inspiring. I just wanted to share with you a recent design and architecture podcast about the quatrefoil which I thought you might enjoy. It's a beautiful design with a rich history - your necklace is a lovely example! You can listen to the episode here: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/the-fancy-shape/

    - Erin

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    1. Erin thank you so much for that! I loved it! So interesting that the quatrefoil migrated and found its way to architecture before becoming a religious symbol? Who knew? I always think of it as a stylized cross or as the four evangelists.
      Thank you for that link and thank you for reading my blog.

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  34. Love the orange tulips in the blue and white. What a sweeeeet baby girl!
    Oh what a terrible experience, being attacked. I'm so happy you were able to come out the other side a dog lover. I certainly wouldn't blame a victim of a dog attack for a lifelong aversion to dogs. My strongest annoyance with dog owners is when they assume all people love dogs like they do. You never know who has had a bad experience.

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    1. Stephen Andrew I am very sensitive to people who are nervous around dogs. That was something I had to get over (other fears I don't care about: skiing for example, I don't care), having this puppy is helping so much as I just love her.
      I'm so happy I found you through Janet I love your blog and your writer's voice.

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  35. Dani, Hope Spring is coming soon to you. I love your flowers. What a fab necklace. I think it's gorgeous and the color! Fun reading more about you. So scary about the dogs. I'm glad you are able to love them now. I was cracking up at number 9 ! We agree completely on 9 & 11! I also think my boys would be thrilled to have a mom who was schooled about Tolkien stuff! x Kim

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    1. Kim spring is not coming, another freezing day. I LOVE my dog Scout. We went for 3 walks today, that's love as I am so sick of winter.

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  36. Hi Dani, still getting a lot of pleasure in coming here and see the blue and white and orange. Also big news on Gwynnie today and the conscious uncoupling which is going to be hard to fit into normal conversation....

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    1. Jody did you read that essay? It sounded baloney to me. Divorce is really difficult and it brings out the worst in everyone. I guess the "goop experts" idea is to let it bring out the best? How to do that with the horrible splitting of a home, children and finances sounds a Herculean task rooted in fantasy.
      I'm still chuckling over Cy and the baseball fantasy league!

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