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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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 Patricia on December 30, 2017 at 12:57pm

I'd never heard of them Loren.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 30, 2017 at 10:30am
Comment by Grinning Cat on December 30, 2017 at 9:16am

Thanks, Loren, for reporting on the Trans-Siberian Orchestra performance, warts and all. I'm only familiar with them through a few sound and video clips so far, notably their version of Carol of the Bells.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2017 at 7:53am

Faced with that proselytism, I would consider walking out.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 30, 2017 at 7:49am

Win some, lose some, Loren! 

And I liked your "aside" about you know who. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 30, 2017 at 7:45am

My wife has wanted to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for a while, so I got us floor seats for a Xmas present and we went yesterday.  Their production values are first-rate, the light show impressively state-of-the-art, and sound was excellent if occasionally past the pain threshold.  Delivery was utterly professional.

BUT ... their attempt to tell an evocative Christmas story of a runaway who didn't know how to return home resorted to ham-handed schmaltz and sotto-voce proselytism, Christian leanings both in that half of the show and afterward were unmistakable, and in places, the match between the sonic and visual content was next to non-existent.  On top of this, when players on stage blatantly exhort the crowd for a reaction rather than earning that reaction with their musicianship, I have to wonder, in addition to being reminded of our current "chief executive" (if you can call him that with a straight face).

It was an interesting experiment, but neither I nor my wife will be repeating it.  Enow spake.

Comment by Chris on December 30, 2017 at 2:49am

Randall Smith on Tuesday

It pleases me to see more secular (i.e., sports) stuff on the telly shown on Xmas day than anything religious. From what I could tell, there was nothing associated with Christmas on TV, not even any old "cartoons" like Charlie Brown or Frosty the Snowman. No Mormon Tabernacle Choir, either. All the regular Monday shows were on with the addition of 2-3 football and 3-4 basketball games. This is a good sign for secularism.

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Some of the sporting events seem nationalistic, or tribalistic.

I agree Rahdall, though I'd like to see, or hear on the tele, or radio about the history of  winter festivals that includes prechristian folklore and how some of the myths came to being in todays culture.

I forgot now, but wasn't the image of Santa Clause as currently depected a Coke-a-Cola advertizement campain?

Comment by Patricia on December 28, 2017 at 11:25pm

This is a lot for one day, but we need months of winter snow to make a difference, & likely it still wouldn't be enough. Ideally it should snow some every day, with breaks in between for it to settle, before the next lot.

Comment by Plinius on December 28, 2017 at 11:21pm

Is that much snow, Patricia? Not enough I think. The news here told about snowpacks of more than a metre high.

Comment by Patricia on December 28, 2017 at 5:43pm

Dec. 28/17

 

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