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Originally posted by gypsycat
I have been a lurker on this site for quite a while. But with all the world events, and the general atmosphere of somthing big is going to happen that I have been feelin, and the many, many dots that seem to be connecting, I have been lurking quite a bit. I guess you could say I have almost become a stalker, lol. I have decided to make an honest person of myself and become a member. I hope I can make a contribution to this site, as a lurker I have already gotten a lot from it, but to be honest I am feeling a little bit intimidated, and I am not overly computer literate, I would love to get a super cool avatar, I wasn't aware you had those until after joining but not sure how and don't want to make any mistakes til I know what I am doing. Any advice from seasoned members or in the know newbies would be greatly appreciated,.
My interests in the topics here are almost as varied as the topics themselves. I try to keep an open mind, and find that a lot of things that do not seem to be connected just seem that way because we do not realize the path that connects them is there. One of my favorite quotes since pre-teen years MANY years ago was "there are more things in heaven and on earth . . . than are dreamed of in your philosophys. Well I guess that is enough for my first post (probably too much) Thanks for reading.
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