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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 6, 2015 at 7:05am

Joan, your mentioning of Diamond Lake reminds me of all the 4ths spent watching fireworks at my grandparents cottage on DIAMOND LAKE(!) in southern Michigan. Wonderful memories--swimming, fishing, boating, sunning, eating, etc.  It just occured to me that my own adult children have never heard about those glorious days, at least not from me. They know little about my childhood--never asked.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2015 at 2:50am

Chris, Laura's home is 50.1 miles north from my home, farther into the mountains and a higher elevation. It is a lovely rural area with lots of wild animals that present a risk for small domestic animals. The larger animals seem to survive OK. There have been bear and cougar sightings in this forest area although we have seen no signs of either one this summer. 

Deer have a routine path past my bedroom windows and I occasionally see them. They move so quietly, I only notice them when I see movement in the forest. Skunks and raccoons visit us regularly. Wild turkeys come by every day or so, with young chicks getting bigger each day. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2015 at 2:42am

Oops, I got the timing off. They all ate here and then went to the fireworks whil I went to bed

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2015 at 2:38am

Loren, thanks for fireworks displays; yours is as close as I got to one. I don't enjoy crowds, especially when it is hot. My granddaughters and their families went to Diamond Lake where they have a community display and many people around the lake shoot off their own. Our little Brookyn, almost one year old, jumped at the sounds and smiled at the sights. They all came back to Laura's place where Larry smoked a brisket for 23 hours in his smoker. Everyone contributed and we had a splendid meal. Such good cooks in the family. I pooped out about 9 PM and the party continued until 1 AM. 

Comment by Plinius on July 6, 2015 at 2:36am

Is Laura's house far from your old house, Joan?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2015 at 2:21am

I can't take the heat! Early morning feels and looks grand, I enjoy getting up and doing what needs to be done outside, and come in when the heat saps my energy. A nap, some cold water, and I have energy again, but not for outside. It has been remaining hot during the evening, which is unusual for this NW location. 

I am at Laura's this week and the morning temperatures feel refreshing. I have breakfast outside and with a sweater. Afternoons are hot, even though the temperatures tend to be cooler in summer and colder in winter. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 5, 2015 at 10:28pm

Thanks for the fireworks and statues.I like the one in Winslow Arizona best.

Sometimes fireworks cause bird die-offs. I have mixed feelings about them.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 5, 2015 at 7:49pm

I stayed indoors and missed the show entirely this year.  I have been hearing sirens since the show finished last night; don't know if it's brush fires, "private" fireworks injuries, or drunk drivers.  Or a combination.

I just hope people kept their pets safe...animal shelter workers say that July 5th is their busiest day....people looking for pets (mostly dogs) that panicked and ran from the noise and flashing lights.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 5, 2015 at 6:50am

Hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th in the States.  Solon, Ohio, next door to us, puts on a pretty decent fireworks show every year, but this one I thought was especially well done.  A couple samples:

Comment by Plinius on July 5, 2015 at 2:41am

I hope you can enjoy the concert, Ian! It will probably be cooler then, much better to be in a crowd, even if it's a bit wet.

 

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