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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

Tags: surreal

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 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 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 The Flying Atheist on July 29, 2017 at 12:13am

Thomas, feel free to call Carl.  

I'm not sure what the library system is like where you live, but many communities are able and willing to shuffle books back and forth between branches as a service, since not all libraries stock the same materials.  That may be worth asking about.

I liked "The Believing Brain" and feel comfortable recommending it.  Of course taste in books is subjective, and I'd hate to have you spend your money and then not feel the same way I do.  Most of the atheist books I've purchased have occurred after I've heard an interview with the author, or the book has been recommended by other prominent or notable peers of the author.  Michael Shermer is well known among atheists and puts out quality material.

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 28, 2017 at 7:02pm

The Flying Atheist ( Do you have another name?),

I checked my library and they do not have "The Believing Brain". However, I do like buying books and so is this book worth buying?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2017 at 2:19pm

Thomas, yes, I enjoyed "The Believing Brain" very much.  It discusses a laundry list of common beliefs that people hold without any rational evidence, and explains why we are prone to believe them.  The book is an easy read about how our brains work.  I found it very interesting.

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 28, 2017 at 1:48pm

Thanks to all who answered about wearing the atheist logo apparel.

The Flying Atheist,

Is the "The Believing Brain" a good read?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2017 at 1:00pm

I've always loved June Foray's work.  She was a cast member on Stan Freberg's 1957 radio show, which is one of my favorites.  It was on for only one summer with fifteen episodes.  Great stuff!!

https://archive.org/details/stan_freberg_show

The Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons are definitely on my top five list of all-time great cartoons.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2017 at 8:21am

I remember all those voices of June Foray, but didn't know who did them.  However, I did know who Mel Blanc was.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 28, 2017 at 7:36am

We lost a giant yesterday, a giant in the world of voices: June Foray.  Being the cartoon nut that I am, I became aware of June a long time ago, seeing her credits on innumerable Warner Brothers cartoons, and of course as the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale.  She and Mel Blanc were the queen and king of such voices back to World War II, and her voice credits on radio likely date back even further.

Certainly there are still women who do such work ... but how many do it exclusively, as she did, and are as successful?  None that I know of.  She will be missed, but I can't imagine she'll be forgotten, though, not as long as we have Rocky and Witch Hazel and Nell Fenwick and Granny and too many other characters to count.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 28, 2017 at 7:13am

Ummm, Joan?  How about:nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope ... you get the picture, right!  [grin!]

Comment by Plinius on July 28, 2017 at 2:49am

'Those were the days' - such an earworm! It stays and jingles and irritates me. Apart from that, it's a very sad sentiment, longing after long past schooldays. Truth is - I've never been as happy, well-balanced and carefree as I am today. I really feel that I'm at the right side of sixty.

Do you long for past days?

Comment by Plinius on July 27, 2017 at 11:07pm

You remember right, Spud! No children, one cat and a transgender husband. 

 

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