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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller 13 hours ago. 9 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. 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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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 Ian Mason on September 18, 2015 at 8:30am

I hope the celebration goes well, Randy. Shed a tear, share a laugh and raise a cheer as a tribute.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 18, 2015 at 8:00am

Thanks, all. We're having a "Celebration of Life" Saturday. Gratefully, my two religious sisters didn't push for a somber funeral. It's been a tough week, but with each passing day..... I was lucky to have my father for as long as I did. He was not only my dad, but my friend. I'll miss him.

Comment by kathy: ky on September 14, 2015 at 7:14pm
Randall, my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Carl, that is wonderful news about your health.

Joan, l miss Felaine also. As Chris said at the time she died from poverty. That's a brutal truth about the US. I've heard people say we have the greatest healthcare system in the world. Sadly that's only true if a person can afford to spend without question.
Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2015 at 3:13pm

Very sorry to hear of your father's death, Randy. I hope it helped a little being with him at the end.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2015 at 12:04pm

Felaine's death is a symbol of all that is wrong with USA health delivery. We can make a difference for others, even if it is too late for our dear friend. I'm in the fight for universal health care in my country; the funny, sarcastic, irreverent, relevant, cynical nature of her comments ring in my ears. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2015 at 11:49am

Thanks Carl.   I hope I can get an in-home internet service also.  Several times a day now, I would like to access the net, but have to write down a reminder of what I want to know or do, for the times I'm at the library.

Glad to hear your good news.  Waiting to hear more good news after the transplant.

I've always thought Spike Jones was a hoot.  There's a movie called I.Q. that I enjoy watching every year, that has a very funny scene where a Spike Jones Tune is played.  Meg Ryan's a teacher and hears Spike for the first time when the head of the university plays her the tune on his new "stereo" system.  She looks startled when the craziness starts.  The university head says.  "Isn't the sound great?  It feels like you can just reach out and touch him."  Meg replies, "Or slap him!"

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2015 at 11:28am

Randy, I'm sorry for your loss of your father.  It sounds like you loved your father as much as I did mine.  Mine died at age 95, but it wasn't a sudden shock like your experience was.  Mine was in slow decline and was in so much pain, with such little mobility, and with a mind that was going, that we all felt relived that he was finally out of his pain.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2015 at 11:07am

Randy, I am sorry to learn of your father's death. You spoke fondly of him and I enjoyed when you told of visiting him. Just think of all the changes he saw in his lifetime! What a remarkable time to live. 

Born during that period after WW I, the Great Depression, WW II, conquered diseases, space flight, transplanted organs, and family planning, to name just a few. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 14, 2015 at 9:46am

Randy, I'm so sorry to hear about your family's loss.

Comment by Pat on September 14, 2015 at 8:45am

Randall, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. However, I am envious. I never had a good relationship with my father. And, when he died, it was no great loss to me. I've always envied the relationships of people like you and your dad. You are fortunate in that you have something I will never enjoy. Wonderful memories of him. 

 

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