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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller 12 hours ago. 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

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 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

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

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

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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Comment by k.h. ky on July 16, 2015 at 12:27am
Randall, that is wonderful about rebuilding the soil.
I'm concerned about such things. The environment that is. The horror stories of the dust bowl aren't that far in the past.
And the recent rulings against the EPA...
Comment by Ian Mason on July 15, 2015 at 12:00am

Two of you now cultivating the soil, Randall and Joan. Exciting.

Got back from England yesterday evening. A very pleasant visit, although my sister-in-law has been very poorly. She has severe spinal problems and has been stuffed with painkillers to the point where they do more harm than good which meant going through the horrors of morphine and benzo-diazapam withdrawal. Fortunately she's improving now and will be sent on a pain-management course in a couple of months. She also feel more clear-headed than she has done in years. I tried to do my bit to help by doing a lot of listening plus cooking, ironing etc. My brother has to work full time and having to be her carer as well has been very wearing for him.

Comment by Plinius on July 14, 2015 at 9:02am

That ís exciting, Randall!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 14, 2015 at 7:17am

I'm not sure if I'm weird (although I've been called that), more like different. Nonetheless, I think I belong in that group.

I had my daughter, son-in-law, and their two kids over for fetticini two nights ago. I wanted to discuss the future of my farm, since they're taking it over (sustainable vegetable/animal crops). This will be the last year any acreage will be in corn or soybeans (cash rented). 150 years is enough. The soil is depleted of natural minerals. It's going to take a long time to restore it back to health. And it won't earn any money. But that's what we all want. I've taught conservation, and now I get to practice what I've preached--on a large scale, not just my own personal garden. Sort of exciting.

Comment by Plinius on July 14, 2015 at 1:29am

I have no idea what's that about, but my pc surprises me very often. Why does Always Always begin with a capital letter? Did I do that? How?

When I'm old and retired I'll take my first computer course...

Comment by Loren Miller on July 13, 2015 at 7:34pm

Tip of the Day for Ruth: An ALT-ernative is ALT-2-4-8 for the trusty ° sign!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2015 at 7:20pm

I forgot to tell you I also made from Larry's starter two sourdough breads, one with jalapeno peppers and the other loaf with rosemary. Both seemed to pass muster. 

The greenhouse arrived in two bundles this morning. The building begins. 

GROWING DOME® GREENHOUSE KITS

Comment by sk8eycat on July 13, 2015 at 1:18pm

Odder otters

... Park Reality, Sea Otter Hand Holding, and the Great Auk Extinction

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 13, 2015 at 12:38pm

Thanks for sharing your day, Joan. You should be a writer. I chuckled when I heard you'd fallen asleep sitting at the dinner table.

Loren, I often discover I'd somehow made a choice online without knowing it. Do that on my keyboard too. It took me  week to figure out why alt-0-1-7-6 wasn't giving me a degree symbol, till I found my Num Lock button mysteriously off. Glad you got your blog fixed.

Hugs to all.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 13, 2015 at 12:10pm

I want to join the weirdos group too!. We have a popular bumper sticker out here that says :"Keep Portland weird."

 

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