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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Friday. 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

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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

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21. 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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 21, 2017 at 3:37pm

I didn't know Ronstadt was atheist either.  I can't find it mentioned on Wikipedia.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 21, 2017 at 3:26pm

I've always been a Linda Ronstadt fan.  Never knew about her atheism until now.  She has sung a wide variety of styles in addition to her great pop music.  I own her albums of 1940's ballads which she recorded with Nelson Riddle and orchestra, and her album in Spanish, "Songs of My Father."  She is part Mexican.    

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2017 at 3:25pm

Plinius, what a special way to announce support for a pride walk. We have much to learn from your country's position. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 21, 2017 at 3:05pm

Beautiful Plinius.  I participated in a pride walk quite a few years ago, but it didn't have anything nearly as inspiring as that.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 21, 2017 at 2:54pm

That is EXCELLENT, Chris!  Thank you for sharing it!

Comment by Patricia on September 21, 2017 at 2:08pm

Excellent!

Comment by Plinius on September 21, 2017 at 2:02pm

My first pride walk this weekend. Rotterdam lit one of the bridges in rainbow colours.

Comment by Patricia on September 21, 2017 at 2:01pm

Lovely singer!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2017 at 2:01pm

Ian, what can I say? I started to watch the video, "http://channel.louisiana.dk/video/michael-kvium-circus-europe

and could not watch! it was too grotesque. 

I just now watched it and the power of his paintings and his words moved me close to tears and rage. 

The European, who survived WW I & II with their lives and families torn apart, their cities left in ruin, their political and social structures shredded, and we (U.S.) citizens wonder why European countries do what they do. 

We, in the U.S., bear witness to the inhumanity of slavery with a nod of our heads and a flick of the fingers before we turn away and go about our business of having a vacation at the beach, al la Michael Kvium. Decade after decade, year after year, century after century and we continue to have de facto slavery. Why? For whose benefit? Who loses? Who wins? 

We, in the U.S. bear witness to the inhumanity of sex role stereotyping with a blink of an eye and turn of the head before we turn away, not seeing, not saying, not doing anything to make changes. 

My grandmothers and mother worked for equal pay for equal work. They didn't want to be coddled; they willingly worked very hard at their arts and crafts. Yet, they were discounted, trivialized, even demonized if they disagreed or made attempts to better themselves. Any woman who to dared to poke her head out of the kitchen sink was knocked back to her proper place. 

My granmothers were too smart to be relegated to the kitchen and cleaning up messes made by others. They had hopes and dreams while they lived under the jack-boot of patriarchy. They did what they could to rise above their station in life. They hoped their daughters would fare better. Their daughters tried even harder to climb out of the scrub bucket and were knocked back into aceptable behavior. 

I heard Maya Angelou recite her poem at an appearance in Spokane; she wrote of the black woman and it rang bells for me as a white woman. 

No Images

She does not know
Her beauty,
She thinks her brown body
Has no glory.

If she could dance
Naked,
Under palm trees,
And see her image in the river
She would know.

But there are no palm trees
On the street,
And dishwater gives back no images.

~ Waring Cuney, “No Images,” American Negro Poetry, Arna Bontemps, ed, Hill and Wang, N.Y. 1963, p. 98

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 21, 2017 at 1:30pm

Thomas, I love the voice of Linda Ronstadt.  I've not been privileged to hear her live, but relive her great singing on CDs.  

I have a DVD where she appears on the Muppet show, singing the wonderful Blue Bayou, as well as other songs.  

Her face is so very attractive and her attire on that show is almost like a nightgown and greatly adds to her attractiveness.  When I lent it to my religious son-in law, I got the comment from him and his wife that her dress was inappropriate.  Typical religious hatred of anything approaching sexual attractiveness.  

 

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