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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

Tags: surreal

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 Idaho Spud on November 9, 2017 at 10:28am

What was the most impressive part of the tour Randy?  

My wild guess for myself would be the great wall.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 9, 2017 at 8:37am

So, have I missed anything important during my 3 weeks in China?

I'm still digesting all that happened. When you go from Beijing to Xi'an to Lhasa to the Yangtze River and Shanghai, by bus, train, plane, and boat, it's all a big swirl. We saw all the major attractions--Forbidden City, Great Wall, Terra Cotta soldiers, panda zoo, Three Gorges Dam, etc.--museums and temples, shopping districts, and so much more. 

We were entertained, educated, elucidated, enchanted. The food was terrific, weather good, group okay (15 of us), leader great.

There were several glitches in the programming (like we couldn't see Tian'anmen Square because of the Chinese National Congress was meeting), which were disappointing, but that's life. I would have also liked to have visited the rural side of China.

The worst part was picking up a nasty cold on my last day. Readjusting to the 12 hour time difference hasn't helped. Time for another nap!  Happy to be back home.

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2017 at 4:07am

I think child prodigies are often made, in the sense that the parents decide to have a child prodigy, sometimes even if the child isn't really talented. So those children have no option but to cope with anything they're introduced to, and that makes them grow up very quickly. 

I remember a classmate with a below average intelligence. Nice girl, she would've been totally happy in child care work, but her parents wanted her to have a PhD. The pressure on her was enormous, and she everything to come up to her parents' standard, losing sleep and skipping everything nice to study things she'd never benefit from. I never had much reason to trust parents, but in these cases..

Comment by Chris on November 9, 2017 at 1:20am

Idaho Spud

On mail. 

Do you have a post office box for a street address?

Oregon tried to solve that mainly for emergency respone teams.  That also helped the mail delervery system. During that 'upgrade' RR (Rural Routes) were changed to street addresses.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2017 at 12:38pm

More about my mail.  I saw in the postal service images this morning, that someone had put the letter delivered to me by mistake, back into the system, so the computer had put it back in my group.  

I caught the mailman, and he gave me my letters only.  I told him what happened and he said is this the one?  He had noticed it being wrong and had pulled it out of my group.  I said, "I guess the computer makes mistakes sometimes."  He said, "yes, it happens all the time."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 8, 2017 at 12:40am

One thing that really fascinates me about child prodigies is the pure worldly and adult emotions they express at such young ages.  For me, music is very emotional and personal.  One of the joys of listening to music is being able to connect with it via the lense of my own past experiences.  Fervent love, shattered romance, yearning, sexual ecstasy, despair, acquiescence;  these are the trophies and the scars I've acquired through maturity after my childhood years.  Yet, child prodigies somehow are able to tap into and express these seasoned passions at such naive ages.    

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 7, 2017 at 10:08pm

Nice, Chris. thanks for sharing the video of Emily Bera.

Comment by Chris on November 7, 2017 at 8:14pm

Emily Bear and Alma Deutscher are the same person.  What's going on with the name difference?

Comment by Chris on November 7, 2017 at 8:11pm

Sometimes I receive mail for my neighbors. I just take it to them.  When mail is further away I write "Forward" on it. 

Comment by Loren Miller on November 7, 2017 at 6:10pm

As it comes to prodigies, CBS News 60 Minutes recently had an encounter with a 12-year-old phenomenon, one Alma Deutscher, who is as vivacious for her young years as she is talented.  A very fun interview, to be sure!

 

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