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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 24. 9 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

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

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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 August 6, 2017 at 2:41pm

Spud, 2.5 months is a long time to go without a lot of rain. Is that common for your area of Idaho this time of year?

I also love the rain.  I like the visuals and the sounds of a raging thunderstorm.  I also enjoy a brooding, cloudy, rainy, and windy day from inside a cozy, warm house.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 2:40pm
Maybe I can get my family to pray the clouds away that day. Lol
Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 2:39pm
In that case I'll do it Carl. In all my reading I've not seen that.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 6, 2017 at 2:34pm

Kathy, Paige is one incredible child!  If I may throw my opinion your way regarding the solar eclipse.  I think it would be worth the extra travel time to see 100% totality, if only to experience the "diamond ring" effect.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 2:00pm
Joan, if there's extra credit to be had she does the work. When she was eight she was recommended for college weekend classes. Just a little thing they do for the brightest ones. I took her to WKU in Bowling Green for four Saturdays. They just did fun stuff. Experiments, word games, math games. She's starting the ninth grade in exellerated​ algebra 2.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 6, 2017 at 1:09pm

Kathy, that child sounds like the kind of student every teacher loves in her classroom. They usually want extra projects and the fun begins. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 6, 2017 at 12:21pm

Thomas, I like your reference to https://secularstudents.org/.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 11:20am
How did she do it​?? That child has never been one to back down from an arguments or a position she takes. She makes her own decisions. Yet she remains a popular kid who makes perfect grades.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 11:14am
Thomas, thanks for the link. Paige is the child who questioned me endlessly (with great disapproval) about why I am an atheist from the time she learned of it. She went to the local vacation bible school gatherings regularly but her parents never attended church. Her mother is agnostic, her father is a fundamentalist. Her mom's best friend is atheist and her oldest brother.
She hasn't mentioned religion to me in a couple of years. Then she openly refused to join the prayer circle during dance team practice though everyone else did.
That's how I learned, two weeks later, that my girl actually listened during the discussions we had over the years. I made a decision years ago that to normalize atheism we need to openly admit we are atheist. I wish I had started years before then when my daughter was very small.
Comment by Thomas Murray on August 6, 2017 at 10:42am

Kathy,

Your granddaughter IS brave. How does she do that she can self assert their atheism in front of other kids? There is so much peer pressure and on-line bullying. She must be getting a lot of support from you and her family.

You are probably already aware of this website, but just in case :

https://secularstudents.org/

 

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