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Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

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Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

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TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 15, 2013 at 12:03pm

Here's a few dog tricks to lighten your Sunday. Enjoy!

Comment by Steph S. on September 15, 2013 at 10:01am

I love that Al Capone picture Melinda and that is a wonderful picture of you Ian.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2013 at 4:54am
Your mentioning Koyaanisqatsi reminds me of a discussion with Michio Kaku, physicist, in which they discuss being ready for the coming challenges.

Dr Michio Kaku Are We Ready For the Coming 'Age of Abundance?'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp76w5ujzcU&list=PLPblR4bWCoxkA3...

Having grown up in an Age of Authority, with hierarchical systems, knowledge that flows from top management down to obedient workers, and finding many flaws in the system, I am grateful to see a new vision of leadership and participation and a new Age of Team building. This new age, represented by the development of huge projects, such as space exploration, requires a more democratic form of leadership, with information flowing in all directions, from the source of problems to the cooperation of team members. I hope the process catches on.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2013 at 4:31am

WOW! Carl, that is an amazing water park, beautifully designed, brilliantly engineered, and complex beyond my imagination. I marvel at the designer, and wonder at the engineer who made it happen. 

Chris, beautiful photos from your home! The unique shapes of buildings such as in the painting by Johannes Vermeer, The Little Street, painted in 1658, and the windmill.  

Koyaanisqatsi is a memorable piece, haunting in its theme, enhanced by Glass's music.  An oracle's tale such as told by the oracles of Delphi, Greece.  

Comment by Plinius on September 15, 2013 at 1:35am

That fountain is really special, Carl, I enjoyed the info too! Life out of balance and Koyaanisqatsi - the same film I think. And the music by Philip Glass is beautiful!

Grey days belong to this country, most people don't mind it, provided the gloom is not weeks on end. And yes, I often photos from my window. This is how today looks:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 15, 2013 at 12:38am

Hi, Chris.  Glad you liked the Chicago videos.  You mentioned Koyaanisqatsi.  He directed the film Life Out of Balance.  I saw it a few years ago.  Stunning cinematography.  And the film soundtrack is by Phillip Glass.  I've always admired his music ever since I saw him perform live when I was in college mid-80's.  What a grey, gloomy day you've had.  Was that photo taken from your window?   

Ruth, I don't blame you for not wanting to watch Donny and Marie. LOL  It was posted 99% as a joke and 1% for the nostalgia factor.  That "green light building" in the video isn't a building.  It's actually a hi-tech fountain/art display that illuminates in many colors and several images.  Here's an interesting video on how it works:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_Fountain

Welcome back, Ian.  Sounds like you had what I call the perfect holiday.....where you get to explore and learn.  Those are the most rewarding excursions that you always remember.   

Hey, Steph.  Hello and thanks for popping in.  You seem to be eternally busy.  When do you sleep?

Mindy, thanks for all the cute pics.  :)  Are those your two cats on top of the sofa?  They are cute.   

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2013 at 11:10pm

Great pic, Ruth. Stealing it.

That's what I think too. Do things while you can. There's an Irish toast that says something like "enjoy life while you can because you're a long time dead". BTW, the oldest member of the group I was travelling with was 87! She didn't walk the gorge (only one other of the bunch did) but kept up with the rest in every other activity, including drinking and smoking!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 14, 2013 at 9:50pm

Patricia, the wife fed his hamster of course. Probably grumbling under her breath too.

Thanks everyone for the entertaining LOLcats and gifs.

Sorry, Flying Atheist, couldn't bring myself to listen to the Osmonds. That green light building in Chicago is interesting, as well as the fountains and sculptures. How can it be so clean-looking? Where's the air pollution?

I didn't know that story about the cat hotel, sk8eycat.

Hope you enjoy the new restaurants, booklover.

Ian, thanks for the picture of you in Crete. You give me travel envy, but that's partly youth envy. I couldn't walk a 10 mile gorge any more. I'm glad you can and you get out there. Carpe Diem!

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2013 at 9:50am

That's a dangerous kitty!

Back again from my 2nd tour to Crete. Won't even try to catch up.

Walked Samaria gorge (16km/10 m) saw Knossos and the Museum of Archeology in Iraklio plus a few other sites I didn't see the first time round. Have put on a few pounds but am now back to a diet that isn't 50% fat.

Hope you're all well.

Comment by Plinius on September 14, 2013 at 1:08am

I love those videos, Carl! Very beautiful, and there's something from Koyaanisqatsi in it. Here it's Saturday 8 AM, rainy and very quiet:

 

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