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Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

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degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

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Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

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Introducing Douglas Murray

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

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I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2012 at 12:01pm

I agree with you all about kids and lack of courtesy, but not about arising time.

In the summer, I want to get out and get things done before the searing heat hits, so I get up at 4 AM.  I can tell I'm in the minority because most stores open at 8, or 9 or 10AM.  A pox upon them!

Comment by dr kellie on August 11, 2012 at 10:55pm

Thanks.  It is never graphic.  Just enough affection to disturb the parents, not the children.  I would never hurt a child.  Even though I don't like them:)

Comment by Steph S. on August 11, 2012 at 7:52pm

sk8eycat you hit the nail on the head when you said that lack of manners and common courtesy is a sign of a dying culture. That's so true.

I could also mention college students and how they behave in class. They get out their phones and text away while you are trying to give them notes in lab. What I usually do is just stop everything and just stand there and that gets their attention and then they stop talking and stuff. Plus I tell them the longer it takes me to finish the longer they will be in class.

Unruly kids really make me mad too. In theaters they run up and down the aisles and in stores also.

Sounds like a cool idea Dr. Kellie. Make them leave. Cool.

I'm also not a kid person Patricia. I agree completely.

Comment by dr kellie on August 11, 2012 at 7:32pm

I have a little trick up my sleeve when it comes to kids in public.  I have been known to make out with the woman I am with right in front of them.  I get some mean looks, but it always gets them moving along to a new table.  Works at the movies too. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 11, 2012 at 6:14pm

@Patricia: I hate mornings, too.  One of the few advantages of being retired (and broke)! 

Now if I could just train Hairy Jerry that 6:30AM is NOT head-bonking and/or feeding time...he can't or won't eat kibble, so I need to feed him 2 or 3 times a day.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2012 at 6:10pm

Ruth,thanks. 

"Too soon old, too late smart." - "Te snel oud, te laat slim."

Comment by sk8eycat on August 11, 2012 at 6:08pm

One other thing that annoys me in restaurants, even coffee shop franchises like Denny's, is parents who can't or won't control noisy disruptive children...whether they are too busy yakking on their phones or not.  I have left a tip for the wait-staff and walked out before my order was delivered, or even before I had a chance to order, more than once because I lose my appetite in noisy places.

Same thing for unruly children running around loose in stores with no responsible adullts in sight. 

When I was about 4, I started whining in a store because I wanted something that Mom refused to buy for me.  She grabbed me by the arm, hauled me out of there, and told me very quietly that if I could not behave myself, she would never take me anywhere with her.  Ever.  She didn't have to tell me twice.

30 years ago Robert Heinlein wrote that one symptom of a dying culture is a lack of manners...common courtesy.  I think we're there.

Comment by Steph S. on August 11, 2012 at 4:16pm
Great one Patricia! I'm not a morning person myself.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 11, 2012 at 4:05pm

Stealing that one, Patricia :D

Comment by Ian Mason on August 11, 2012 at 4:04pm

Nice cats, booklover. Unusual but very charming.

 

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