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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 2 hours ago. 1 Reply

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray 2 hours ago. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 22 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2014 at 10:09am

Are you down there Carl? Watching this with sweaty hands - I can get dizzy standing on a newspaper. But really great views!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2014 at 9:38am

This is absolutely crazy wild.  Two men doing maintenance work on one of the two antennas atop the John Hancock building here in Chicago.  Great views from high up.  Hold on to your seats!

 

Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2014 at 9:24am

My favorite is the Fisher King

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101889/ but I'm always attracted to ´down and out´ stories.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2014 at 8:14am

Hello, everyone!  Happy Wednesday.

It's funny how the movie Jumanji keeps popping up as a favorite.  It is for me, too.  In plain and simple terms, it's a fun movie with great special effects. 

Mindy, it's wonderful that your daughter is excited about being out on her own and returning to school.  Sorry you're going to miss your grandcat, though.  I know you mentioned about only adopting cats from now on.  Is that something you have planned for the near future or further down the road?  Wish I could have one.  [shedding tears]    

Comment by Randall Smith on August 13, 2014 at 7:36am

Spud, thanks for reminding me of Jumanji, a good movie (with Robin) with good (for the time) special effects. That's about as scary of a movie I ever care for.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 12, 2014 at 7:54pm
Joan, I agree with that. Manic is exactly what he was.
Comment by sk8eycat on August 12, 2014 at 5:49pm

PS: I never watched "Mork & Mindy;" as an adult fan of real SF, I thought it was stupid.

However, somewhere around here I have an old VHS tape of a Robin Williams stage concert that I love....not too "blue," and had one hilarious (to me) bit where he acted out what it would be like if an NFL coach and a Broadway choreographer found themselves in each other's professions.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 12, 2014 at 5:42pm

When I was in elementary school, the "Talking Mule" movies were a big deal in the theaters. 

My legal first name is Frances (with an "e"), though I've never used it for anything but paying taxes and banking....or when I'm being snarky.   Every school year would begin with a new teacher calling out "Frances Hampton" for the first roll call, and I would have to correct her....while the entire class broke up, brayed, made me feel rotten..

I never, ever had any desire to see those ghastly movies.

Felaine (Frances Elaine)

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2014 at 4:47pm

Carl, I didn't like his standup routines either; they were too manic for my taste. His movies, on the other hand, stood out as masterpieces in my opinion. As you, I especially liked Dead Poet's Society, Mrs Doubtfire, as well as Good Will Hunting, Popeye, and Awakenings.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2014 at 1:58pm

I liked his comedy, except when he got too blue, which he did way too often.

 

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