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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 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

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6, 2017. 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, 2017. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27, 2017. 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, 2017. 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 Chris on December 18, 2017 at 4:54am

Oh, my gosh as a child I saw someone naked  or walking  around after a bath .

Go back a few years and sleep  in a bed with your parents and  numourous kids in a  one bedreoom house.

.. I dislike this time of year because it brings out the worse of people and goofy religious ideas unrelated to reality.

Comment by Chris on December 18, 2017 at 3:53am

On wall paper.

Skip trowling seens to look better and in a way proves the dwelling is sound.

The blow on  knocked down texture looks terrible and cheap..

Comment by Patricia on December 17, 2017 at 6:49pm

At that age, I didn't know we were supposed to be screaming scared etc. The guy walking past with his coat open & his schlong flapping out his fly as he walked was hilarious.

The other girl reacted the same, although we only knew each other by name & were not friends. The next day at school we burst out laughing again as soon as we saw each other.

It never entered our minds to report it either, as  we just thought the guy was weird.

I don't recall hearing the adults freak out over things like this, so we didn't either.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 17, 2017 at 6:41pm

That upright walker seems like a good idea.  Glad I don't need one, but if I do, I'll look into it.

Patricia, I hope your laughter made that guy feel foolish.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 17, 2017 at 3:55pm

Thanks for sharing your fire "adventure", Randall. Glad to hear you had normal blood work.

Patricia, that laughter response when you were so young was ideal.

I hadn't seen an upright walker before either. I use a three wheeled walker for any lengthy excursions (i.e. a block or more). Discovered that if I put too much weight on it, my wrists suffer. This design spreads the pressure across the entire forearm, which seems better. Or if you had two devices, you could alternate.

Comment by Patricia on December 17, 2017 at 3:13pm

Sounds good Ian.

Joan, some old guy exposed himself to some of us as we got out of school when we were about 10 or 11, I looked over at one girl, & she looked at me too, & we both started laughing.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 17, 2017 at 3:04pm

I've been away for the weekend helping my daughter and her husband move from a flat in Copenhagen out to a house in the suburbs. It will take them some time to turn the house into a home but I'm sure it will be nice when they finish. They didn't expect so much work but there were some surprises when they stripped the old wallpaper: some old wooden panels and an old door for a start. Fortunately his father is a DIY wizard and can help them with a lot.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 17, 2017 at 2:58pm

That does look scary, Randy. Good that you were able to get things under control.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2017 at 1:56am

 Randy, these backyard fires get out of control very fast. When the call comes in, Laura, Michelle, Jared, and Jacot head out in their gear. Very many calls come right at dinner time. I think the afternoon wind picks up and that is when people seem to have their trash burns. 

Overheated dryers cause a lot of fires, too. Laura has a rule; no one uses high heat or prolonged dry. Even if the dryer just smokes, the house filles with that acrid smoke that never seems to go away. 

When I was about ten-years-old, we had a fire when the coal bin caught fire from a hot furnace and took out the center of our home. It was during WW II, and there were no building supplies or plumbing. My Dad was away building airfields in Alaska when it happened, and Mom had to be a good problem solver. That was the time when it was widespread for men to be sexually aggressive with women and she had to deal with that. Men seemed to think that because our men were away fighting or working in the war effort, the women needed "comfort" (translate that into sexual intercourse). After the war, we had all the charred wood pulled out and new plumbing. We could still smell that awful smell. 

The sexual harassment wasn't as bad for my generation, although I had two things happen to me. A man exposed himself to my cousin and me; we were about ten years old. Connie knew what that "thing" was and started screaming and running. I didn't know what it was and it was dark outside; I couldn't see, I tried to figure out what he was doing, and I think I scared him with my innocence. He took off. 

The second event was when I was in high school and working at a dry cleaning plant. The owner kept trying to touch me, and I ran through the clothes trying to get away from him. One time, a lot of freshly cleaned clothing fell to the floor; he stumbled over them.

Has a sexual predator confronted any of you men? I don't suppose it would be easy for you to protect yourself if the predator were bigger than you. 

These were frightening events. I hope our young girls and boys never have those experiences. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2017 at 1:15am

I have never seen an upright walker before. This looks like an excellent replacement for the walker. My Dad had upper body strength to his last day but his legs gave out on him. 

 

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