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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 0 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 2 hours ago. 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

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2017 at 1:44pm

If I don't know the year I use xxxx/01/21

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2017 at 1:43pm

Tom, I prefer the year/month/date with the year being four digits and the month and date two digits. Genealogy records use this style. 

1936/01/21

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2017 at 1:40pm

The Philadelphia Glassworks rattles memories for me, my paternal aunt's husband was from Philadelphia and a glass blower. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2017 at 1:38pm

For our Philadelphia friends:

Letter from Philadelphia Email Empire of Glass

Letter From Philadelphia Dyottville Illustration

(Courtesy AECOM, Digging I-95)

The Dyottville Glass Works

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 28, 2017 at 1:38pm
We yanks do make illogic a fetish, but sorting by date requires computer code that puts the three fields into decreasing order, or year-month-day.

Eyeballing successive records would be easier too.
Comment by Grinning Cat on March 28, 2017 at 1:06pm
Day-month-year makes more sense than month-day-year, but we 'murricans are used to the illogical system. And it lets us celebrate "Pi Day" on 3/14; April doesn't have enough days for 31/4. :)
Comment by Ian Mason on March 28, 2017 at 12:46pm

Belated 'happy birthday' Randall.

I've been trying to eat sugar-free too, mostly to try to reduce my waistline and weight. It's been gettting harder and harder to run any distance the past few years and I hope the loss of a few kilos will reduce the effort I have to make plus reduce the strain on my hips/knees/ankles. I do intend (like you) to indulge while on holiday in Athens shortly. Ruins and baklava! My idea of heaven.

I like to soak sultanas overnight then add them to porridge. Buttermilk on top of that is nice too. The sour complements the sweet.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 28, 2017 at 11:32am

...I heat up the fruits in the nukewave.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 28, 2017 at 11:31am

Randall,

I put hot raisins in my oatmeal, or any warm/hot fruit in the oatmeal. I dunno how it works but hot fruits makes oatmeal taste sweeter.

Comment by Plinius on March 28, 2017 at 9:35am

any device, Joan? Have you tried asking?

We could make a list. I'm from 25-2-1954, I think Americans would write 2-25-1954. Looks strange to me.

 

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