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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 Joan Denoo on July 29, 2017 at 2:48pm

Ian, do you mean Washington D.C.? That is a marvelous city with museums, libraries, The White House, Congress, The Supreme Court, statues, monuments and if you look you will see people of all nations, occupations, interests. I liked to go to the Mall, sit on a bench while my three little children played on the grass, while I talked to whoever sat down beside me. Some wore turbins, others wore funny hats, some looked like people with different birth places. 

Have a jolly good time!

I live in Washington State which on the west coast of the US. 

Washington D.C is on east coast. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 29, 2017 at 2:48pm

Joan,

Thanks for the pix....I now have it as wallpaper on my laptop. This is also the reason why I love the West, especially out in the deserts. The desert highlights the trillions of stars that it is beyond imagination.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2017 at 2:41pm

OK Loren, nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope suits me just fine. However, we have those encounters where people show disdain, or whatever, Do you have answers for their superstitions? Yes, I bet you do! But what about Spud, he is shy, has old memories of being part of the religious crowd, and needs to be ready for whatever shit they throw at him. 

Come on, Loren, give people such as Spud some ideas of how to respond and do it in a way that you feel good about yourself!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2017 at 2:36pm

The Milky Way over Monument Valley 
Image Credit & Copyright: Tom Masterson

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170726.html

This photo takes my breath away. Just imagine, in all this stuff of space, you and I are part a of it and we have the senses to see it and emote about it. 

Comment by Deidre on July 29, 2017 at 12:19pm

Hmmm...one thing to rid the world of. I would say bigotry. It's the one thing that keeps religion alive, and it's what causes a lot of wars. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 29, 2017 at 10:06am

Carl,

The public library system does share with other 7 branches in our county. We also can request and reserve books in advance and they will hold it for us. They will also request books from other counties. I just discovered the next door county library has the book you mentioned. So I can make that request.

   I like collecting book and reading. I did a little research on Michael Shermer and felt impressive enough to buy his books. I like the fact that he is a, "historian of science", among his other interesting career in his resume.

  It is a habit that I do a little research on authors before I buy a book. I don't just read or buy any book. Life is too short to waste time on a crappy read.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 29, 2017 at 8:48am

I'll be travelling all the way across the Atlantic for the eclipse. An old boyhood dream, to see one. I will be seeing more of the USA while I'm there, of course: Washington, Nashville, New York.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 29, 2017 at 8:21am

Randy, I look forward to your report on the solar eclipse, as any trail stories you want to share.

As much as I like science and information about the universe, you might think I was pumped up about the solar eclipse as well, but I'm not much interested.

I just can't believe I would be amazed enough to make it worth my time and money to travel 2 hours.

In my younger days I would have been immensely interested, but I've seen so many images and videos of the universe that seeing something like that in person isn't as compelling as it once was.

Besides the time and money, my vehicle has been acting up lately.  The trouble is either the starter, starter relay, or battery.  I don't want to go far until I get that resolved.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 29, 2017 at 8:01am

I'm beginning to get pumped up about the upcoming solar eclipse (Aug 21). Finally found and booked a motel room in southern Indiana, an hours drive or so from the totality (about 4 hrs from my house). I plan to spend some time hiking trails in S. Illinois while down there.

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.

 

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