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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 5 hours ago. 1 Reply

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G 22 hours ago. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

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Comment by k.h. ky on Sunday
Carl, they (med staff ) always pull a sheet between me and whatever they're working on. I must look like a fainter : )
Joan, happy the surgery worked for you. That's wonderful.
Randall, congrats on the run.

Carl, if Joan and Ruth are the matriarchs can I be the problem child?? The sister that is troubled because she believes in the flying spaghetti monster.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on Saturday

Randy, that's a great accomplishment.  Congrats!

Joan, when I had a muscle biopsy earlier this year I decided I wanted to put on my big boy pants and watch the procedure.  However, the staff made me turn my head and not look.  They even put up a barrier sheet.  The possibly of me fainting or freaking out was something they didn't wish to contend with if they could avoid it. I guess I can't blame them.  At least there was dialog between us for the duration of the procedure with explanations and updates. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on Saturday

Spud, thank you for the lead to the story of Katharine Blodgett Gebbie; she was quite a remarkable woman. I am particularly interested in learning that four of the scientists under her leadership earned Nobel Prizes. 

Thanks for the lead. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on Saturday

I appreciate the good news about your surgery Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Saturday

Congratulations, Randy. That is a marvelous feat, and I bet you will be running for another 20 years. Those who keep running seem to run until they "square the morbidity curve"! 

What part of you takes the most wear and tear as you run all that distance? Did you celebrate afterwards, and what does celebration look like for you? 

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on Saturday

Good to hear, Joan. Glad you brought us up to date.

Continued good recovery.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Saturday

Oh! My Gosh! The surgery went so well I failed to write about it. Not one instance of pain, no aches, just a big bandage that I can take off but I am doing some chores and don't want to break the wound open. 

Covered, except for a tiny hole through which the surgeon did his magic, he did his "slit, slash, blood, and gore"  task.  Before he closed me up, he had the nurse take my "tent" off so I could see the incision. No blood, just a tiny little hole where he showed me the muscles, tendons, and whatever else was under the incision. Then, the nurse covered me again, he sewed me up and bandaged me with what looks like a very impressive wound, and I came home. No pain even now! The surgery itself only took 15 minutes. It was all the prep work that took up most of the day. 
I am getting some circulation into my fingers; my fingernails turned pink. I have trouble typing because of the bulk on my hand but no discomfort. 

I'll have my right hand done Sept 12.

Laura told me carpel tunnel syndrome surgery is the latest fad; it may be a fad, but it feels so good to begin to have the feeling return in my fingers again. 

Thanks for asking, Qiana and Carl.

Carl, I love the concept of being a matriarch. The best part of it is I have a longer memory than most people, and I can remember wash tubs, boiling water on the stove, wringing out hot sudsy laundry and hanging wet fabric on a clothesline. I also remember the task of going to the forest to cut wood, bringing it home and while the men cut it into pieces to fit the stove the women prepared a huge meal. That was very festive to me, but I would not go back to that unless I just had to. 

I am most grateful for having lived this long so that I can have access to all kinds of information; I can do the kind of research that is fun, not the old routine of sitting in a library with stacks of books around me trying to follow a thread.  

I also love economics, and it is easy to follow lines of thought and learn new ways to collect and analyze data. 

Gardening is still the love of my life even as there are things I no longer can do. 

Carl, feeling happy and content is just about the best thing I can feel; your happiness and contentment pleases me greatly. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on Saturday

Congrats Randy.  I'm not going to mention how far I can run.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Saturday

Every once in a great while a tornado forms over eastern Washington and when it did, it was a major news item. 

On JULY 23, 2014, huge thunderstorms hit Riverside, WA, on Hiway 2, destroyed 20 trailers in a trailer park and left behind large swaths of downed trees. We see the effect today as we drive on Hiway 2. I can't even imagine what the central states experience when such terrible winds blow each year. 

Comment by Randall Smith on Saturday

Whooee--I made it! On a whim, I signed up for a 5k run a month ago. I don't know what made me do it. I haven't seriously run in 3 years. I guess I just wanted to prove I still could do it. I'm a little crazy that way. Well, in the month of training (so-called), I never could run the full 3 miles without stopping. But I did today! I had a time goal, too, which I met. Won my age group (65+)! However, I was the only entrant, tee hee. I guess old people just don't run anymore. There weren't even any walkers in my age group. All in all, it was pretty exhilerating. And no heart attack!

 

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