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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 22 hours ago. 5 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 Thomas Murray yesterday. 4 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

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Tony Carroll on November 11, 2012 at 10:07am

I don't know Melinda. Could very well be. Also could be staged. It's from a "foodie" site, Slice of Life. They post photos that are staged. Some more examples;

and this;

another one;

all these are beautiful still life type photos, so they are staged. Just makes me wonder if the gourds/melons are also.

Whatever, it is beautiful. I like it!

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 11, 2012 at 9:21am

A gourd/squash/melon arbor. My question, how did they do that? Get them to grow that way?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2012 at 2:13am

Ian, what a horrid thing to happen to that man! How cruel. Jeez from where do they, KKK, think in those terms? It is just beyond my understanding. Well, we know the Radical Right is way off base, but I had no idea that far off. 
Steph, a nice scene for going off to bed.
Patricia, those bears look so warm and cuddly, even as I know better. 

Well, it is bedtime and I have had a wonderful day. The snow is so pretty and today we had blue skies. Bitterly cold and very beautiful. 

Night, Night. 



Comment by Plinius on November 11, 2012 at 1:53am

That's horrible, Ian. But it seems smashing someone's spine is not a handy way to make him change heart again.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 11, 2012 at 12:51am

A change of heart can be a dangerous thing. One Wizard of the KKK saw the error of his ways after many conversations with a Danish photographer and started preaching peace, love and understanding. He still does, but from a wheelchair. His former "brothers" smashed his spine.

Thanks for the posts everyone.

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 12:14am

That's real cute Patricia!

Sweet dreams my wonderful friends.

Thanks for the link Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2012 at 4:38pm

When I was high school, 60+ years ago, we had Knight's Diner, a refurbished railroad car, with the best hamburgers in town for $1.25. We couldn't afford to go often, but once in a while we splurged and enjoyed the nice fat, juicy, well endowed hamburger. 
Frank's Diner is in the same location and makes the very best fried cod in town!  Nice and greasy, loaded with batter that turns into a crisp coat when deep fried. Couple of times a year, maybe, and it is well worth the splurge. 

Years ago the infrequent visits were because of money, now it is because of high fat, carbohydrates, and salt. 

The more things change, the more they stay the same. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2012 at 4:20pm

booklover, I can easily see how memes work to put a suggestion in a mind, so by focusing on negative, our mind thinks of the negative. If that is true, then by focusing on a positive, or silly, or ridiculous meme would that act as a seed of thought? 

For example, if we had memes of NOMs that poked fun or ridiculed those who oppose same sex marriages, i.e. National Organization for Marriage, would that help or hurt? 

"Religions have every right to exclude whom they want to exclude, but it’s the state and federal governments which should either not be in the marriage game at all or allow every citizen to participate.
Read more at http://hypervocal.com/news/2011/anti-gay-national-organization-for-..."

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2012 at 3:26pm

National Organization for Marriage (NOM) 

What is that all really about? Why do they obsess about such a matter? 

Who cares who marries whom?

Comment by sk8eycat on November 10, 2012 at 2:53pm

Hmmm...I don't know.  I've seen diners all over the US that were made out of old railroad cars, but the wheels and undercarriage and other mechanical stuff had been removed.  That was also a long, long time ago; I don't know if those old diners still exist.  (I do watch "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" when I get a chance, but that's more about the food than the "architecture."  And the food is often revolting. To me.)

 

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