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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

Tags: surreal

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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 29, 2016 at 10:56pm

Oh, Flying Atheist, thanks for sharing the pictures of your parents anniversary. Very nice.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 29, 2016 at 10:55pm

Plinius, I empathize with your needing two days of rest and recuperation after working two days. I'm soooo glad I have adequate retirement from teaching. That was due to unionization. Since I left the profession, most teachers get short shrift in private schools and academies.

To update everyone on my situation: During August my husband got a shoulder replacement, and I only got to the gym 12 times. My blood sugar and blood pressure both got out of control. I'm on three BP medications now. My endocrinologist wanted me to see if exercise and diet would be adequate, with my current medication. I had to change my whole lifestyle around to go to the gym for an hour, 6 days a week, before breakfast. I'm not used to it yet, even after a month. My blood sugar keeps getting worse, in any case, and she's not returning my calls or email. Mostly I'm so achy and tired and brain dead that I've fallen behind in everything. Haven't lost any weight either. I've been irritable, grumpy.

image source, captions mine

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2016 at 9:49pm

Best wishes to your folks, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 29, 2016 at 8:22pm

I've been very busy lately.  This past weekend we celebrated my parent's 60th (!) wedding anniversary.  Family started arriving in town the Wednesday before from Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, California, and Washington states.  We had a very nice Italian buffet on Saturday and then dessert at an Aunt's house afterward.

My out-of-town family are Cubs fans, so attending a game is often on the agenda during the summer.  The Cubs won 9-2 over the Cincinnati Reds.  Wrigley Field is always a fun and festive ballpark.  We walked there from my sister's house which is only four blocks away.  Convenient with no transportation worries. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 29, 2016 at 7:57pm

Hello and happy Autumn to all of you.  I'm finally catching up here.  I think I've been missing in action for about one week.  I did try to sign on a couple days ago but was getting an error message.  I see that's already been discussed here.

Chris, I'm very sorry to hear about your recent health issues.  Is this all newly diagnosed?  I don't recall any mention of this in the past.  Of course I wish you well. 

I'm in the same situation of trying to avoid any falls.  I just saw my neurologist yesterday and he was quite surprised at my confidence, "normal" gait, and the speed of my walking.  I don't use a cane indoors because all the surfaces are flat.  However, I never go anywhere outside without it.  And I purposefully walk slower outside for safety.

Comment by kathy: ky on September 29, 2016 at 1:58pm
Thank you Loren. You always answer my question
Comment by Ian Mason on September 29, 2016 at 1:12pm

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2016 at 11:39am

My apologies if I wasn't more clear, Kathy.  By "browser-dependent," I meant that the site may behave differently when accessed by different browsers, whether MS Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or some other application.  Right now, the more I look, the less I think that's the case, though I am not 100% sure.

I should also say that I don't think this is a malware issue.  I think that there are problems with the Ning engine (Ning is the base site which supports Atheist Nexus and a LOT of other websites).  A week or so ago, the problem got so severe that it took Ning.com down, which took us and everyone else with it.  Right now, I think we're still looking at the fallout from that original incident.  Indeed, our little home here is currently behaving better, POSSIBLY because Ning woke up and smelled the coffee.  My problem is that I remember this past May, when things were a LOT worse.

All I ask is that, if you experience a problem, use the "Report an Issue" link and give me a shout as well.

Comment by kathy: ky on September 29, 2016 at 11:33am
Loren, can you please add more information. Browser dependent is? Is this like a virus thing or troll thing? I'm not tech savvy.

Is suspicious when a member goes through and 'likes' everything to the point that's all I can see in the Latest Activity? A member im not familiar with did that a week or so ago.
Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2016 at 10:45am

Joan, A|N's behavior recently has been bad enough, but more than one person is having problems with these Error 500s.  It seems to be logged-in and possibly browser-dependent as well.  If you see ANYTHING ODD going on with A|N, please give me a shout!

 

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