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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?

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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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:19pm

Great photos, Felaine.  That's one thing I love about traveling, being able to regularly visit and see landscapes that are vastly different from the flat prairies of Illinois.  Every type of terrain is beautiful in its own respect, and natural prairies are filled with wonderful types of grasses and wildflowers.  Chicago is in a great location on the shores of picturesque Lake Michigan, but I've always loved seeing mountainous terrain.

We don't have mountains here.  We don't even have rolling hills.  About the best we can do are our ridges.  These are the long stretches of sloped ground common in this area where the edge of ancient glaciers sat that formed the five "Great Lakes."

Comment by k.h. ky on August 15, 2014 at 9:12pm
Lovely neighborhood Sk8eycat. It certainly did change as things in life tend to do. I think l would be tempted to post a sign for people to pick up after their dogs and leave the damned fruit alone.
Although it probably wouldn'tdo much ggood.
Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:01pm

I forgot to add that I get very freaky in places where the land is 100% flat, and I think taking an ocean cruise out of sight of land would affect me the same way. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 8:56pm

This shot was taken 4 years after we moved in...and the ONLY time it snowed and stayed on the ground longer than a day.  There were only 7 houses on our street then, with a couple more under construction, and the school one block up the hill had opened the previous September (1948).

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 7:26pm

Chris, a hedge or a fence around our front and side yard would look awful in this old neighborhood; part of the attraction is the openness.

As for the trash that lands in the parkway (the lawn between the sidewalk and the street)...we are responsible for the upkeep, but it is actually City property.  View of hills from our front lawn....crabgrass.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 4:19pm

Mindy, I was thinking you had more cats, but couldn't remember.

Comment by Plinius on August 15, 2014 at 2:27pm

Sk8eycat, can't you make a hedge of nettles, hogweed or other plants that keep people at a distance? Or find things that keep the dogs away? I'd hate such passers-by!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 2:12pm

Wow, Patricia.  That photo is very disturbing.  And you just know those adults think they are doing that poor little girl a favor by giving her a demonstration of the plight of Jesus. 

When I was in high school I attended Lutheran summer band camp.  One day during the church time we were all given large 5-inch nails just to press the tip against the palms of our hands.  Believe it or not, I still have that nail in my toolbox.  It's been too large for any project I've ever done.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 12:37pm

It's amazing what desperate people will do in public.  Twenty years ago I lived in a neighborhood that was pretty "sketchy."  Right out on the sidewalk in broad afternoon daylight were prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers, and yes, condoms laying around in the grass, etc.  I know exactly what you're talking about, Felaine.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 12:21pm

Carl, I don't have much desire to go white water rafting either.  Almost drowning in the ocean when a couple of things went wrong while scuba-diving was enough for me.  I would still go scuba-diving if I had the chance, but would be much smarter, and take more precautions.

I went rafting down a river in California once, but it was quite calm water.  Very nice for enjoying the scenery.

 

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