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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 sk8eycat on August 24, 2014 at 12:40pm

I wish there was a way to divert rain to places that need it.  The entire southwest is ready to blow away...if/when we ever get a Dust Bowl-type windstorm.

Comment by Plinius on August 24, 2014 at 12:14pm

weather forecast - I found this on a BBCsite

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/paulhudson/posts/How-will-this-years-pre...

We don't expect long cold winters, Joan, those were 300 years ago. Our winters are mostly wet and cool, due to the main wind from the West. Nobody is surprised if there is no snow and only a bit of frost in the nights. But we might also get weeks of frost and snow when the wind turns East.

This summer we had a month of dry heat - wind from the East - and a cool wet month when the wind turned West.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2014 at 11:04am

I've been trying to catch up with things but haven't succeeded so I hope everyone is doing well.

Sorry to hear  about the lost crops, Randy. So much hard work and good food gone :-(

Carl, that is a stylish t-shirt. I think I would buy one if I saw one.

I think I might change my profile pic, if I can remember how. The new Doctor has a lined face and grey hair!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2014 at 10:20am

Randy, sorry to hear about the disastrous weather conditions that hit your family.  I heard that central Illinois and Indiana got hit especially bad.  I like your new avatar.  Looks like you're sitting in front of one of those old pull-lever voting booths that had royal blue curtains.  lol 

Joan, your zucchini meal sounds absolutely delicious.  Yumm.

Mindy, I know there are ice bucket videos floating around everywhere on the internet.  I just haven't watched any yet.  I did read a news article about very conservative christians that are asking there members NOT to participate in the challenge because the ALS foundation supports stem-cell research.  Can you F'n believe that?!  Those people are stupid beyond belief and for their own good.   

I just checked to see how long I've been on A|N.  I joined in January of 2011.  Only 3-1/2 years ago.  Seems I've been here much longer than that.  Everyone here feels like old friends to me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 9:38am

Chris, do you have a forecast for the coming winter? If I remember correctly, your part of the Earth has long, cold winters that create extraordinary tulips and other crops. 

Spud, thanks for that fun and the funny hug! I feel it! I won't go for the free hugs, either. I looking forward to your watermelon reports. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 9:34am

Randy, isn't it fun to see the world through the eyes of a child! And with the old tractors the cars and especially the ice cream. Life does not get any sweeter. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 9:30am

Carl, I cooked bacon on my grill skillet and then put sliced zucchini on the grill after pouring off the excess grease. I cooked them slowly until they had nice grill marks on both sides and the skin was tender. I toasted some garlic bread after the zucchini, and made a zucchini sandwich out of one of the slices and just ate the others by themselves. Lightly salted, nicely browned, with a sprinkling of pine nuts , they make a very tasty vegetable. 

Your  tuxedo T-shirt has real class. 

I agree, summer is moving far too fast. We had a few days in the high 90s but that was in July. Usually August is our miserable month for a long stretch of near 100 degrees. We only had one day over 100 degrees so far. The summer isn't over yet and so I am prepared for some surprises. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 9:21am

Randy, your news of your family's crop being washed away or drowned is terrible. Farming families can't take that kind of hit, economically and I imagine it hits their spirits as well. 

Our storms have been bad this summer, but not nearly as bad as your area. Our forecasts for winter will be hard on native plants. We are not used to warm, wet winters. Normal is a long winter with cold weather throughout the entire season. The last couple of years we have warm spells that often causes plants to break dormancy, and then they freeze with the next cold snap. Last year was terrible for that. Lilacs and tulips don't like those growing conditions, nor do the fruit trees and shrubs. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2014 at 7:57am

But I would pass-up this offer of a hug:

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2014 at 7:56am

Love these cute huggers:

 

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