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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

Tags: surreal

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 Plinius on July 30, 2017 at 8:22am

Still cobbles, I think, Randall. And it's quite different from cycling on asphalt. When I grew up there were cobbles everywhere, and you had to prevent that your bicycle wheel got stuck in the tramrails, or you made a nasty fall.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 30, 2017 at 7:56am

Lots of stuff to comment on, but I'll restrict myself to reflect on my visit to Brugge 50 years ago (gulp!).

I recall the city walls and moat. I remember a hay cart being pulled by a horse through the city. And mostly, I remember how difficult it was to ride a bike on cobbled streets! Mercy! It would be fun to return, although I'm betting it hasn't changed much. I am curious about the streets, however.

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2017 at 7:43am

Joan, Brugge is a lovely town, very well-kept and beautiful. I've enjoyed my visits very much!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2017 at 6:27am

Ian, two hours before domestic flights is the rule of thumb in the US as well.  Depending on the airport and the time of day, you may be surprised how quickly you get through security.

For international flights leaving the US (your return trip) the general rule is to arrive three hours before flight time.

You're a seasoned traveler, so I'm sure you know all about the liquid restrictions for your carry-on bags.

One regulation which is brand new, and is expected to be implemented over the next few weeks and months concerns electronics.  Laptops were always required to be taken out of bags and placed in a separate bin for x-ray screening.  Now, any electronic items larger than a cell phone need to follow the same procedure.  This basically applies to iPads, tablets, E-Readers, etc.

I'm glad to answer any questions for you that I'm able to.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2017 at 5:48am

Joan, thanks for that picture of the Milky Way over Monument Valley.  I saved it.  It's beautiful and amazing.  I checked to see if it was photoshopped and it appears to be a real picture.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2017 at 5:31am

Chris, I enjoyed seeing your current home town of Schiedam. It looks so clean and well cared for. The narrow streets imply that horses and wagon probably moved through them at one time. Your home town is ancient, compared to mine. Yours was founded in 1309 whereas mine was in 1873. Of course, I like the windmills, the facads of the buildings, tile roofs, cobble or brick streets, and the water looks clean. 

If I remember correctly, my ancesters in Brugge, Belgium, used dogs to pull carts of coal and produce through their narrow streets. 


Comment by Ian Mason on July 30, 2017 at 5:29am

Chris, that looks like a lovely town. No wonder you thrive there.

Joan, what was LBJ like? I've seen a documentary that said where it not for the Vietnam war, he would have gone down in history as a more progressive president than Kennedy.

Carl, I'll make sure I see the Parthenon. I expect to come back from the trip tired and sated with experiences.

A practical question. How long should I allow for getting through airport security? In Europe people are asked to turn up two hours before their flight. Is that enough in the U.S.?

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2017 at 3:32am

No Carl, I wasn't born here and I grew up in Rotterdam, where I stayed for 50 years. But I like Schiedam better, although we have unattractive suburbs too. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2017 at 3:21am

The wondrous beauties of space never cease to impress and awe me.  But personally, I prefer Snickers over Milky Way.   he he


Ian, your upcoming trip sounds like a lot of fun.  Did you know there's a full scale replica of the Parthenon in Nashville?

I've not been to Greece, so for me this was the next best thing.  It's quite beautiful.

Washington DC is a beautiful city with all its iconic structures, monuments, and museums.  It has a wonderful vibe.  It's both quintessentially American and extensively international.  There's lots to see and do.

Regarding New York City, whatever you desire, you'll find it there.  New York is an amazing city of orderly chaos.  All your senses will be delighted and disgusted.  I say that with love and respect for New York City.

Chris, I'm glad Patricia, her husband, and their home are safe.  I can't imagine the stress and fear of having to evacuate, not knowing what conditions you'll return to.

Thanks for posting the article on Schiedam!  It's so quaint and visually charming.  It looks and sounds like a wonderful place to live.  The canals, bridges, bricked passageways, windmills; it's all there!  Is that where you were born and spent your childhood?

Joan, the more you talk, the more amazed I am with all that you've done throughout your life.  You're an incredible woman!    

Comment by Plinius on July 29, 2017 at 11:59pm

Someone sent me this, about the town I live in. Nice pictures. 


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