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Betty Bowers Reviews "When Christians Break Bad" by Bonnie Weinstein

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 17. 5 Replies

This is new!  Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, reading a book other than the bible???  True enough!  Seems as though some shiksa by the name of Bonnie Weinstein has recently penned a tome with the title: When Christians Break Bad: Letters…Continue

Tags: MRFF, When Christians Break Bad, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Bonnie Weinstein, America's Best Christian

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jul 30. 42 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jul 13. 9 Replies

Hilarious Must Read Letter To The Citizens Of The United States Of America From Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.Published by BhaviniA MESSAGE FROM THE QUEENTo all the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen…Continue

Consumers do not see this coming

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Meri Weathers Jul 11. 5 Replies

GRAIN & FOOD PRICES TO SOAR! China Trade, Farmers, Weather, and GSMWhat can I do to be more self-sufficient? 1. grow more of my food,2. eat lower on the food chain,3. find simple, less expensive pleasures, 4. build support community, 5. prepare…Continue

Tags: community, farmers, poverty

Evangelicals Breaking Up with Jesus (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 28. 10 Replies

Has evangelical Christianity lost sight of Christ?  Seems to me that there are a whole lot of evangelical Christians who are presuming to represent Jesus by not representing him or misrepresenting him or – let's be honest here – talking out of their…Continue

Tags: Franklin, Graham, Trump, Jesus, America's Best Christian

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 27. 15 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 15, 2019 at 11:04pm

One of the pleasant things about running in the local woods is sighting the various wildlife. Early Spring and late Autumn are best as there's less foliage. I think wind direction plays a rôle as to whether I'm detected early.

I know what you mean, Ruth. I have to work hard at keeping things on track without dementia. My concentration and memory are terrible. I've often blamed my depression diagnosis for that. A lot of mental energy is spent keeping the negative thoughts away so there's not much surplus for other things.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 15, 2019 at 8:39pm

I do envy your close contact with wildlife.

Two days ago, I got an unusual close view of a female deer. There's  grass field next to a turn we take, with some forest on the other side. We sometimes see deer grazing on the grass just outside of the forest on rainy days before sunset. This time I think the grass had just been mowed. The doe and her two foals were grazing further from the forest edge, probably taking advantage of the loose fresh mowings. She let me look right at her, giving me eye contact for a bit, before she decided to scamper away.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2019 at 7:42pm
Ruth, dementia isn't such a bad diagnosis, at least not yet! There are limits to what I am able to do, mostly a loss of mental agility, and that is frustrating for all of us in my family. As we get used to my limitations, we get more comfortable with my status quo. I can't cook without supervision nor take care of my small great-grandchildren, nor drive a car and that is the biggest bummer for me. I no longer take walks in the forest by myself and enjoy the help of my great-grandchildren when I want to wander about a bit.
I would like to be a part of a dementia research group for support and information sharing.
My pleasures these days, my family and friends, Dominic, our black lab., my bird feeding station and wildlife refuge growing in population in the meadow to the west of my bedroom. Two flocks of wild turkeys come daily, as well as deer, rabbits, and a chipmunk, I scatter greens out of my greenhouse for them at the feeding station and I save native wildflower seeds to scatter across the meadow. What the fowl don't eat may sprout next spring.
I am content.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2019 at 7:18pm
Loren, I belonged to a Civil Air Patrol Group when I was in high school and loved it. I didn't get a chance to go to a camp, however.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 15, 2019 at 6:21pm

Ian, I can't see myself being part of "many committees and research groups" after a dementia diagnosis. I'm lucky I can still get to local doctor appointments and stores, absent that diagnosis. It's already  harder to read scientific news articles that aren't in my field.

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Comment by Loren Miller on September 15, 2019 at 7:26am

The following was in my YouTube feed this morning.  It reminded me of the summer of 1967, when I attended a 10-day Civil Air Patrol glider encampment and learn how to fly a plane that had no engine, no motive power other than air currents and my own understanding of those dynamics.  Those were 10 days I will never forget.

Once you've flown and actually piloted the aircraft yourself, you are never the same person again.  Just ask Harrison Ford.

Comment by Plinius on September 15, 2019 at 12:55am

Thanks Ian, that's a very good text!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2019 at 10:48pm
Randy, I meant hemp.
Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2019 at 10:35pm

I hoped it might interest you, Joan. You have the spirit that tackles problems rather than giving in to them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2019 at 6:55pm
Randy, I hope help provides the kind of crop and income that can support you and your family. Farming presents a high risk, financially. With the weather change, Our only response can be flexibility.
 

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