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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

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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 Ian Mason on July 27, 2017 at 1:42pm

Thanks, Chris. It's good to hear that Patricia and family are safe.

I've had mostly positive reactions to atheist t-shirts but that's in Denmark.

Comment by kathy: ky on July 27, 2017 at 11:28am
Thomas, I wore my godless heathens t-shirt to Vanderbilt hospital. One nurse asked if I was a heathen kinda joking. I told her I was an atheist. She took it well but didn't pursue it further.
Another woman outside said she liked my shirt. I noticed she was wearing a cross. I told her it offended most people. She said she didn't find it offensive and she was a minister.
I got plenty of dirty looks. Especially from a woman I walked into whose shirt said Not Today Satan :)
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 27, 2017 at 11:27am

Randy - I was a senior in hs and in my little redneck town was barely aware it was happening. As Bob Dylan said, "There's something happening here and you don't know what it is, do you Mr. Jones."

Comment by Plinius on July 27, 2017 at 9:32am

Yes, Randall, when she left A/N she asked who would mail with her, and we have kept it up. 

You mixed up our names, Spud - I'm the childless Dutch woman and Patricia lives in British Columbia....

Comment by Randall Smith on July 27, 2017 at 7:35am

Bertold, I did watch "Summer of Love". I was in my second year of teaching in Pomona (CA), but was fairly oblivious to the happenings in San Fran. I was a straight laced kid from Indiana, not into drugs or free love. I'm not sure I missed anything.

Chris, is Patricia the former A/N member you've shared her story with?

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2017 at 7:03am

Thomas, I've had a red Atheist pin for several years, but haven't worn it yet.  

I like my dental technician, as well as my doctors and nurses.   I don't think most of them are religious or strongly religious, but I don't want to irritate them in case.

I'm also not ready to have a discussion at a store.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2017 at 6:53am

Plinius, I'm glad to hear you have a son you could live with.

It sounds like Prince George and the Red Cross have been very helpful.  Better than I would expect from my community.

Comment by Plinius on July 26, 2017 at 11:43pm

Message from Patricia:

Wildfire Evacuee Status

British Columbia wildfire season has been devastating, & the season has barely begun. Global warming, & extremely dry conditions have affected our forestry, the ranches, farms, & wildlife.

A province wide state of emergency was declared on July 7th/2017, & very quickly evacuations began. 46,000 have been evacuated from several towns, villages, & our city of Williams Lake was ordered evacuated July 15th. The smoke has been absolutely terrible, & many of the fires were lightning caused. The hectares burnt is unfathomable.

We got out on July 11th as we don’t drive, are disabled, & preferred to leave on the provided school buses to do so, rather than waiting to be ordered to leave within 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 2 hours, whatever.

This way we were able to pack some necessities, our pet carriers, food, & head north to Prince George, with our 2 kitties. Our son happens to live here so we had a place to go as many did not, but as we all had to register at reception centers, many found places to stay with Prince George residents, RV parks, & the remaining people are staying in the university gymnasiums, etc. We are also registered with the Canadian Red Cross. As of today, we are 10,000 in Prince George alone.

We are fortunate that the Red Cross & the people here in town have been marvelous with their out-pouring of care & offers for laundry services, entertainments, things for kids, pets stations, etc., free of charge. We have all been provided with vouchers for groceries/personal necessities, & the government has provided an allowance for our son to house us for the duration. Anyone caught short when leaving at the last minute have also been provided with clothing vouchers.

Rescue has been provided for pets lefts behind, & many with horse trailers have rescued horses. Thanks to the SPCA, & private citizens.

Today marks a full 2 weeks since we left home, & it finally looks like things are beginning to get controlled enough for us to perhaps get the news we could begin getting back to our lives. It will have to happen slowly as we can’t all go home at once, but we’re trying very hard not to get anxious.

On the lighter side, we have our 2 kitties with us, our son has 5 cats, & a dog, so its rather an interesting time, but better than having our cats in their carriers all the time. We have our own bedroom, & the cats “argue” with each other under the door, & the dog just barks.

Since fences have burnt, there are cattle all over the roads, so going home could be an interesting ride.

We want to whole-heartedly thank the city of Prince George, the Red Cross, the courteous bus driver who lifted me onto the bus because I couldn’t manage the steep stairs, & everyone who has been so helpful during this dreadful time.

Most of all, we especially want to thank our son, for driving us around on his days off work, providing us with a safe place, good food, & his usual fun company.

Patricia

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 26, 2017 at 4:49pm

Atheist Apparel

Image source: https://www.zazzle.com/atheist+kids+clothing

The purpose here is not to advertise but to show an example of my question.

My question is,  Do you have a story or experience  that was caused by wearing an atheist apparel in general public?,  like going food shopping, festival, or a mall, (or even you dared ) wear one at a church gathering? The apparel could be a shirt, cap, tie, dress, or eve a button. I imagine that those of you did had confrontation with a Christian or Muslim and/or others or perhaps a scowl comment?

With enough courage, perhaps someday I could wear one in public?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 26, 2017 at 11:50am

To commemorate the 50th anniversary, PBS aired a special on the summer of love. Because of the angle I misread the street sign in the pic and thought instead of 600 it said God.

 

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