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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 5 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 Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 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

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 1, 2015 at 12:05pm

Thanks, Randall. I could use a good week.

We left our skylight open last night, and it rained.

I agree about the governor taking his own advice.

Good luck next year at Kilimanjaro, Ian.

Randall's right on about your humor, Sk8eycat. Thanks for the cat-cane story. I hope you heal quickly.

Hugs to all, Ruth

Comment by Randall Smith on June 1, 2015 at 7:38am
Felaine, as you know, life's a bitch. And getting old is even bitchier. Despite your health issues, your sense of humor is 100% pure. Your way with words is great!

Everybody else, hope you have a good week.
Comment by Idaho Spud on June 1, 2015 at 7:27am

Chris, I didn't think of that, but after you mentioned it, I hope the governor took his own advice also.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 1, 2015 at 5:24am

There's many a slip 'tween cup and lip, etc. etc. But I've just put my name down for the local gym's annual outing in Jan. next year. Kilimanjaro, one of the world's toughest hill walks. A case of middle-age panic, I think. Do it before it's to late. There's a lot of things I didn't do when I was younger due to anxiety and alcohol so I have to make up for them now.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 1, 2015 at 5:19am

The things politicians say still amaze me. I don't know why as I should be used to it by now. I hope your fighting spirit is still intact, Felaine and that you're getting better.

Comment by Plinius on June 1, 2015 at 1:17am

I hope the governor took his own advice! Feeling any better today, Felaine?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 31, 2015 at 11:51pm
Ian, you're absolutely right. It's shameful, and I would say unethical, for a "developed" country like the US to have such a disparity in health care coverage. With a military budget of $615 Billion (18% of our total budget), we would certainly be able to take a small percentage of that and provide universal health care for all our citizens. And we should also be able to partly assist developing countries that cannot provide even minimal medical care.
Comment by sk8eycat on May 31, 2015 at 10:43pm

@Flying A: My sister WAS home, but she's missing some brain cells (Asperger's syndrome, I think)...She heard me hit the floor, but I had to call her several times to bring my steno chair to help me get back on my feet.

@Ruth...I NEVER take Tylenol/acetaminophen.  The doctor I went to for 40 years (until he retired) told me it's practically useless for women under any circumstances, plus being a liver-killer. 

I was told years ago that I do not qualify for MediCal for some obscure reason.  My sister has Medi-Medi, but she has never been on anyone's payroll.... if that has anything to do with it.   I need to talk to a social worker with a brain to see what I am eligible for.

I just remember back in the early '80s that the governor of Colorado said, during a SPEECH!....that it was our DUTY to die as soon as we reached retirement age.  If that's what the GOPhers want, they are going to have to legalize physician-assisted suicide first.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 31, 2015 at 10:06pm

Heh!  The only Chinese proverb I know by heart is really a curse, "May you live in interesting times."  I sure am!

I am now using my walker for the time being.  It makes carrying things (like a plastic mug of water) awkward, but not as awkward as "crawling on my belly like a reptile."  (If you remember that old song.) 

Pumpkin is fascinated by the whole process; he's been doing figure 8s in front of me when I'm trying to get anywhere.  Many years ago, when Mother was recovering from a bone graft (after removal of a tumor in her thigh), she had a cane with 4 little "feet"...very handy, really. One of the cats we had at the time must have thought it was an alien animal with a long neck; she would do that "thing" that cats do when they're investigating something; Get down on the floor and pat at it with one paw facing upwards. 

The 2011 Triforce Awards

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2015 at 4:11pm

I hope you feel better soon, Felaine. The lack of proper health care in a developed country is a disgrace. Have you considered the padded underwear? It does offer some protection for hips at least.

"Kære børn har mange navn." A Danish saying meaning 'loved children have many names'  Similar to Joan's Chinese proverb.

 

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