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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller 15 hours ago. 9 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. 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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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 The Flying Atheist on January 18, 2017 at 1:05pm

Bertold, speaking of alcohol, one of the weekly podcasts I listen to is the BBC's "In Our Time" with Melvyn Bragg.  Last month his panel discussed "The Gin Craze" that occurred in Britain during the 18th Century.  Very interesting listening.  Here's the link if anybody is curious.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b084zk6z

By the way, I highly recommend the "In Our Time" podcast in general.  It covers a vast array of subjects and time periods.  I really look forward to new episodes. 

Comment by kathy: ky on January 18, 2017 at 12:46pm
Randy, did you come home to rain? It won't let up here. This is the second week of it and more rain in the forecast for the coming week :(
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 18, 2017 at 11:20am

From National Geographic--

Our 9,000-Year Love Affair With Booze

Alcohol isn’t just a mind-altering drink: It has been a prime mover of human culture from the beginning, fueling the development of arts, language, and religion.

Drinking is such an integral part of our humanity, according to McGovern, that he only half jokingly suggests our species be called Homo imbibens.

Comment by Plinius on January 18, 2017 at 10:19am

Hello Randy!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 18, 2017 at 9:20am

Good to have you back, Randy. Two more days of normalcy before all hell breaks loose!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 18, 2017 at 9:14am

Welcome back, Randy.  Glad you had a good time. 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 18, 2017 at 8:15am

Reporting in after two glorious, sun-drenched weeks in Florida's panhandle. They call it the "forgotten coast", but there seemed to be lots of cars on the roads. Beaches are virtually bare of people (not bare people). All in all, a nice getaway, but it's good to be home. Lots of catching up to do.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 17, 2017 at 9:06pm

That't thinking ahead, Joan. The Norwegians seem to be good at that. They've also put a lot of the income from North sea oil aside for a rainy day.

Comment by Gary S on January 17, 2017 at 8:36pm

I really enjoy that picture Bertold. :)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 17, 2017 at 5:24pm

 

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