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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

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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

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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 Joan Denoo on July 25, 2017 at 7:59pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2017 at 7:45pm

I have a photo of me with the Chad Mitchell Trio singing a song to me in Latin and I have no idea where that photo is. 

Chad Mitchel was a year behind me and in my Latin classes. He even had a trio at Lewis and Clark Highschool in 1954, later became well known as the Chad Mitchell Trio in the 1960s. 

He was a social activist and wrote songs that made the students cheer and teachers cringe. 

Ballad of Sigmund Freud by Chad Mitchell Trio

Reprise The Chad Mitchell Trio with John Denver

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2017 at 7:33pm

Another thing we did at our senior Latin dinner, was dressed in ancient Roman Toga (men) & Peplos (women).

We wore sandles, and wove olive branches to put on our heads. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2017 at 7:21pm

I was a loner in high school. Didn't like the cliques, the smoking, drinking, sexing. It was all too stupid to even care about. I loved school and learning and libraries. Classes got me out of the house of fights and into the worlds of science, history, and Latin; loved them all. 

I held office in the Tri-Sci club and we planned for terific convocations, i.e. dip a rose in a bucket of dry ice and then throw the rose on the stage floor to shatter into tiny shards. We planned trips to farm fields, the heating supply for the city, a trip to Hanford, stuff like that. We were a busy group and full of new experiences. 

I entered the science fair every year with one concoctions after another. One year I made acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin. It was dark gray and no one wanted to try it, nor did I.

In Latin, I made a scroll out of butcher paper that Ed Froats, our butcher, gave me, I turned two spindles on the lathe with Dad's help, and kept track for an entire year of all the words in English I could find that were based on Latin. I rolled up the scroll on the spindles and turned it in as my senior Latin class project. 

We had a Latin dinner at the end of my senior year in which those who love Latin as much as I joined together for a final party. We served a menue out of the history books. 

Here was a menu: 

GUSTATIO

(hors-d’œuvres)

French Bean and Chick Pea Salad,

Cauliflower, 

 Broccoli in Celery mint Sauce,

Green Bean and Leek Salad
 

PRIMAE MENSAE

 (Main Course, First Table) 

Honey Glazed Ham,
Dried Peas with Leeks and Coriander,
Carrots with Cumin Sauce

SECUNDAE MENSAE 

(sweets, fruits)

Stuffed Dates Fried in Honey, 
Fresh Grapes,

Custard,
Fresh Figs,

Pomegranates.

(Sorry, I could not get the formatting to work properly.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 25, 2017 at 5:40pm

I know what you're saying, Thomas.  I wouldn't mind hanging out with my high school art teacher.  She was a great person.  

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 25, 2017 at 5:26pm

  My high school daze in southern California were the middle '70s. Over 40 years and I have not been to a reunion nor seen any of my class mates since then. I  didn't even bother to go through with the graduation ceremony. I made sure I shook the dust off my shoes on the last day of high school.The only things that kept me alive in high school were the two classes ceramics and photography, and wrestling. The ceramics and photography classes I was allowed to repeat over and over again and still build up credits. If there was anybody I wish to see again is my English teacher and my wrestling coach.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 25, 2017 at 5:10pm

I'm proud to be a resident of the Island of Misfit Toys.

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 25, 2017 at 5:05pm

Bertold,

Thanks for that cool story about Ewiges Leben.

...and that to everybody who chipped in on suggestions for wines.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 25, 2017 at 4:52pm

That is a very haunting song, even to this day. It's always been one of my faves. Never been to a class reunion either. Great bunch of curmudgeons we are!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 25, 2017 at 3:40pm

I watched video of Ian's reunion and the music in the background was an instrumental of the saddest song I've ever heard.

 

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