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10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

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 Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 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

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 4, 2017 at 1:26pm

What I like about the Spring season is that all the fountains get turned on again.

Chicago's Fabulous Fountains from Julia Thiel on Vimeo.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 4, 2017 at 12:46pm

Joan, we had a overnight frost warning here two days ago, so Old Man Winter is not quite ready to begin his slumber for the season.

I'm glad you have fond memories of Cary, despite their melancholy nature.  Living, growing plants are a beautiful and appropriate way to honor and remember life.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 11:30am

Oh, not are you an idiot like me, but do you love jesus as much as I do?   I just couldn't resist making it a little closer to the truth.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 11:27am

I guess it is a religious person.  Perhaps saying two things.  One, you're following too close, and two, are you an idiot like me?

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 11:26am

Daniel, I'm not sure if that's a religious person or not, with that following Jesus this close sign.  What say you?

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2017 at 10:57am

Lovely, warm, sunny weather arrives giving the forest reminders that spring just sprung. My seedlings in the greenhouse planted to go into my raised beds in the meadow look robust. The wise gardener in this far northern climate knows there will be another spring freeze, at least that is the typical pattern.

Laura and I drove into Spokane yesterday, 50 miles south of Newport, and the trees, shrubs, and bulbs blaze with color. We visited my home, and because I grow only perennials and the soil is fertile, the spring flowers put on their yearly show. The neglected garden doesn't matter because a day or two of work clears out all the overgrowth. We can get it beautifully groomed in just a few hours.

I no longer have the strength or stamina to do that kind of labor. However, I have two fine men who helped me over the past 20 years, one of them helped me plant the original design; he has a green thumb! He loves my design as much as I do. The other is a skilled gardener, prunes the tall shrubs and trees that I can't reach, and he does an almost as beautiful job as Cary did.

Cary grew into a first-rate gardener; he would have made a comfortable life using those skills had he lived. He didn't particularly like gardening, but he did needed tasks. As I walked through the garden paths, I saw trees and shrubs he planted and maintained. I had a quiet moment of tears and grief in a quiet corner under the Blue Spruce. Beautiful memories of him inspired me to have faith in the ability of humans to recover from addictions and create honorable lives.

I returned to my northern forest home with a feeling of contentment. My great grandchildren learn skills that suit their temperament; we honor their inherent nature even as we all work very hard doing the necessary chores.

I hope your day fills with wonder. 

Comment by Plinius on May 4, 2017 at 12:02am

That sounds very useful, Spud! 

Comment by Chris on May 3, 2017 at 9:06pm

Thanks for the post about the labor movement Joan.

Many younger people may not know how difficult the struggle for an 8 hour work day, overtime, and the abollishment of child labor was.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2017 at 4:42pm

Today I received a free energy saving package from my electric company.  In it was a 5 minute shower timer, a digital thermometer  for checking water and refrigerator temperature, an LED night light, and 9 LED light bulbs rated for 22.8 years.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2017 at 5:08pm

A chill just ran down my spine as I read the State Dept.'s report on labor struggles. If the U.S. State Dept. wrote such a report, what will reports reveal under the influence of tRump and his State Dept.?

 

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