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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

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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 Randall Smith on April 13, 2016 at 7:26am

One has to walk up some stairs (steps?) to get into my house. My mother would suggest I needed a railing for support. I pooh-poohed the recommendation. Now that I'm at the same age when she complained, guess what I just did? Yep, I put up a railing. I needed it because of my aching hip.

Happy 40th birthday to my wonderful son-in-law, who runs my farm (http://silverthorn-farm.com).

Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2016 at 1:14am

Yes, it works. A very enjoyable series!

Wonderful Randall, to walk such an end! But too much, I fear. I don't walk very much - back, knees and feet won't cooperate, but I try to be outside and moving at least an hour a day.

Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2016 at 1:10am
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 9, 2016 at 3:10pm

Glad to hear about your improved energy and stamina, Flying Atheist [Carl]. You’re lucky to not need your walker any more. Yeah, I’m kinda inflexible about names, sorry.

Ian, that personalized walker really had me laughing. I use mine mostly for the gym. It’s personalized with a blood pressure monitor snapped around one side, and a snap on hook to keep my gym card lanyard in place.

Randall, maybe it’s time to rethink charity runs. Ten days of pain is a “sign”. You limped for 3 miles? Your enthusiasm is laudable, but at 73 we need to avoid overdoing joint things. The other day I hyperextended two metatarsal joints just by bending over to pull a tiny weed from my raised garden. At our age (I’m approaching 72) it’s too easy to do permanent damage. We are still entitled to a piece of pie without guilt. <wink>

Joan, you make tending chicken sound like fun. I envy your joie de vivre.

Today it's been snowing here just north of Philly. I'm tired of Arctic Vortex. BTW, Paul Beckwith has a nice how to video on using the nullschool site, Be a Climate Scientist in 15 minutes.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 9, 2016 at 2:26pm

Good job to you and your daughter, Randy.  Praise and blessed exultation to the motivating power of pie.  Life's sweet, final reward.  

Yup, very cold here today as well.  Woke up to 26 degrees and snow on the ground! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2016 at 12:54pm

My exercise consists of walking about a city block on a gravel road through the forest to get to the chicken coop each morning. Yesterday, their breakfast was greens out of the greenhouse, cabbage leaves, and banana peels. The bucket of greens had disappeared before I finished cleaning their nests and changing their water. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 9, 2016 at 11:47am

Well done, Randall. Enjoy the pie.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 9, 2016 at 11:10am
Because it was very cold (25F), and my hips still ached, I decided not to even walk (let alone run) in the 5k event this morning. I was just going to support my daughter (who won her age division). But, the Ibu. kicked in, and I changed my mind, managing to walk (with a limp) the full 3 miles. Nobody over 50 was quicker (I'm 73). Heck, I wasn't even trying to "win". I wasn't even dressed for it. I'll probably pay, physically, but at least I won't feel guilty about eating a piece of pie later!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 5, 2016 at 9:37am

Ian, that's a funny Two Ronnies skit.  I remember watching their show in the 1970's on our local public television station.  In my experience, of all the English speaking groups, I find Australians the hardest to understand. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2016 at 7:21am

Joan says it all, Carl. Stay positive.

I've been thinking about a walker myself. In preparation for a 5k run this coming Saturday, I overdid the training. My hips are extremely sore, making it difficult to walk, let alone run. I've been popping pain relievers like candy. I keep thinking it'll go away, but it's been 10 days now. It appears I won't be running or walking for awhile. The 5k was to raise money for backbacks for school children, so I still feel good about contributing.

 

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