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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2014 at 11:43pm

Chris, we were in Amsterdam for several days while the Gay Games were being held there.  We knew people from Chicago who were competing in bowling.  We stayed in a guest house in Zaandam with an elderly couple who were so wonderful.  They were like cool, hip grandparents.  Everyone there was so excited that Amsterdam was hosting the Gay Games in Holland.  Such a different atmosphere than the U.S.  

Yes, I got to see the Rijksmuseum as well as the Anne Frank House, which was extremely moving and reflective.  Everything was there as it is in her diary.  The big tree in the back yard, the church down the street whose bells she could hear ringing.  It felt rather surreal to walk down the main street around the corner after seeing old photos of Nazi soldiers parading down the same street in front of the same buildings currently standing.  Holland is a really wonderful country.  

Ian, I envy your concert and theater schedule.  I can't tell you how many times I've played Ralph Vaughn Williams music.  His music is standard repertoire for Concert and Symphonic bands.  I've played his music through high school, college and currently.  I wasn't familiar with his Pastoral Symphony so I looked it up on YouTube.  It has a vocal chorus, which is why I've never played it.  I've always been involved with instrumental-only groups.  Enjoy!

Comment by k.h. ky on August 9, 2014 at 11:04pm
Does anyone know how l can warm a bottle of ear wash before I use it on my dog? It's a rather large bottle and I'm afraid I'll over heat it in the microwave. I don't want to sit it in warm water because it will ruin the label.
Sweet E keeps getting an infection in the left ear. I've had her to the vet three times. I don't want to keep treating her with antibiotics.
I'm at my wits end.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2014 at 5:32pm

Carl, love your photos and the scenes of the cat with a windmill as background, and you and your partner on the Eiffel Tower. 

Ian, happy journey! Sounds like a great itinerary. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2014 at 5:25pm

Patricia, those pc wallpapers are stunning. You are going great guns with your new computer! It is fun to see your posts. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2014 at 5:15pm

Mindy, Carl said it beautifully. I send my best wishes as well. 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 9, 2014 at 2:58pm

Good pics, Carl, and wallpaper, Patricia.

I've had 2 cats, both run over very young. Decided not to get another.

Am off to England on Friday and have tickets to 1) The Globe, Anthony and Cleopatra plus 2) A Prom concert with The Scottish S.O. playing, among other things Vaughn Williams Pastoral symphony. Looking forward to both :-)

Comment by Plinius on August 9, 2014 at 2:57pm

Nice pics, Carl! You did the tourist route then: A´dam, Rijksmuseum, Zaandam, Marken.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 9, 2014 at 1:49pm

That works Patricia.  Thanks!

Did you make those?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2014 at 12:04pm

Me and my partner at the time on top of the Eiffel Tower in 1998.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2014 at 11:34am

I thought I'd share this photo.  I shot this in 1998 in Holland.  There was a beautiful cat perched on a wooden crate in such a picturesque setting. 

(Chis....this was in Zaandam, outside Amsterdam at the Zaanse Schans historic village.) 

 

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