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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 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 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 Chris on February 7, 2017 at 9:50pm

The book "Voyage of the St. Louis" is interesting reading and may have a run as 1984 is.

Comment by Chris on February 7, 2017 at 9:45pm

From the U.S. National Holocaust Museum.Early Warning Signs of Fascism.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 7, 2017 at 9:43pm

I saw that too, There was a comment somewhere recently that it was supposed to be a warning, not an instruction manual. Ol' George Orwell saw this coming.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 7, 2017 at 9:34pm
George Orwell's 1984 is having another big run too.
Comment by Chris on February 7, 2017 at 8:30pm

Malcolm Gladwell wrote some interesting books.  "Blink, the Power of Thinking With out Thinking" has a couple of interesting chapters about police shootings. "The Tipping Point" is another of his books about society.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 7, 2017 at 7:28pm

I'm quoting a friend:

I read in the StarTrib today that sales of Sinclair Lewis's 1935 novel, "It Can't Happen Here" are up 1100% since November! Amazon sold out in December, and the publisher ordered another run of 45,000. May I recommend this book to you? Lewis predicted our future with uncanny accuracy, right down to the smallest detail. You can get the ebook for free from the link below. I remember reading it as a lad of seventeen and thinking the premise totally unbelievable. Well! But now I have a suggestion for a promo to run on the front cover of it:
"Make 'It Can't Happen Here" fiction again.

[Feedbooks]

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 7, 2017 at 7:16pm

I agree with you, Thomas. While history is what we've done filtered through the lenses of the victors, literature is what we think we've learned from what we've done. Ignoring the canon of English lit, a couple of my favorite novels are Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess and Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Berniers. Illuminatus by Robert Anton Wilson is quite a hoot too.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 7, 2017 at 6:48pm
My all time favorite is still probably To Kill A Mockingbird. For atheist reading Sam Harris tops the list. His book Letter to a Christian Nation is wonderfully written. Dan Barker, Darwin of course. To many others to recall right now.
Comment by Thomas Murray on February 7, 2017 at 5:41pm

Hi Everybody,

I like reading and watching documentaries. I do not have a long list favorites and the books I pick to read are from doing researching the authors background and a college degree on the givin subject is a plus. On top of that, the authors own history is and can be just as interesting as the book she/he wrote.

I read anything and almost everything.

I personally believe that literature should be taught at beginning  elementary school level. Literature can and does expand young minds into world views, not the narrow religious view so many have learned. I even go so far to encourage my sons to read once banned books and have discussions about them and why they were banned.

So without further ado, my questions is...

Who is/are your favorite authors?, or What person or people you have read about that inspired you? What are the list of titled books your cherish?

Comment by Randall Smith on February 6, 2017 at 7:08am

That was some good football game (Super Bowl) last night. Most everybody in Indiana dislikes New England--the Colts rival--so Atlanta losing was tough to take. But, it's just a game. I did enjoy many commercials, a feature of the event. I even tolerated the half-time show. I must admit, Lady Gaga is talented.

 

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