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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 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, 2017. 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

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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19, 2017. 99 Replies

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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27, 2017. 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, 2017. 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 July 21, 2016 at 10:46pm

We're having part of that heat wave here, just north of Philly. I keep the AC on, including in the car. I get a headache fast at 82°F or above. It's been low to mid 90's, and that will go on for days.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2016 at 9:29pm

When I was growing up it was quite ordinary to be out in the sun for long periods of time.  I had countless sunburns in my youth.  People didn't take the issue of sun overexposure as seriously then. 

I think the Coppertone ads from that era certainly speak that sentiment.  We always had Coppertone available in our house during the summer.  Ironically I rarely used it.  To me and other kids it seemed like an adult product for sunbathing....and kids didn't sunbath.  We just played outside exposed to the sun.

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2016 at 9:06pm

Just read today the heat wave encompasses many states and is affecting around 80 million people.  For me, air conditioning is a necessity.  Without it I feel sick, I don't eat, and my concentration gets muddled.  I basically start shutting down in weather like this.

I actually had my air conditioner off from this morning until mid-afternoon.  My apartment was able to stay cool enough from running it while I slept during off-peak usage hours at night which are billed at a lower rate per kilowatt.  It lowers my bill and takes some stress off "the grid."  

A couple or a few heat waves is common here during the summer, so this is not extraordinary.  However, which each passing year the overall average temperature is steadily increasing.

Right now as I type this there is loud thunder and lots of lightening as a severe thunderstorm has just arrived.  Tomorrow will feel worse with all the additional moisture.  But we do need the rain!

Comment by Plinius on July 21, 2016 at 10:00am

Good news, Joan, glad to hear!

The weather seems more or less average, with some highs and lows, hard to note a change when it's your environment. The winters are softer, not much frost and a lot of rain.

No air conditioning here...

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2016 at 7:54am

Joan, I'm glad to hear the good news about your eyes.  I'm curious.  What do your glasses correct for?

I never did sunbathe, but 50 years ago, when I was in California, I often went to the beach, and 2 or 3 times, got a bad sunburn.  That's probably the main reason I've had 5 skin cancers removed in the last 20 years.

I don't remember if skin cancer was mentioned much 50 years ago, but I'm sure It's more common knowledge now, so young people today have less excuse for damaging their skin than I did.

But, young people don't pay much attention to the harm they can do to their bodies that won't bother them until they're 50 or 60 years old.  What happens to them at that age seems to be of no concern.  I think I was also not much concerned when I was young.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 21, 2016 at 6:17am

Good news, Joan. 

Yes, it's hot. My old farm house stays cool in this heat, but with the humidity, I may turn on the AC. I'm concerned about mold.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2016 at 1:01am

@The Flying Atheist, @Plinius has the temperature been unseemly warm this year? I hope you have air conditioning! 

The people who fail to realize the risks they take by sunbathing may have to go through some harsh treatments as a result. I feel toward them as I do toward smokers, if they know the risks and take them, then I have little sympathy for them. For those who don't know the risks, I wonder under what log they have been sleeping? 

We have unseasonably cool weather and light rain showers, very pleasant. I wonder how the wheat and pea fields do in these weather conditions?

I had my yearly eye exam today, and all is well. Eye pressure, good; cataracts not needing surgery yet; no sign of damage due to diabetes; need a new prescription for my glasses. Good to go for another year. 

Comment by Plinius on July 20, 2016 at 10:51pm

We've just had two days like that, Carl, horrible! But still people go to the beach to get skin cancer - I really can't understand that! Today (not 6:00 yet) starts with light clouds, so I hope it will be cooler.

Happy Thursday to all!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 20, 2016 at 2:02pm

Well, an excessive heat wave warning has been issued for my area starting tomorrow.  Temperatures will be in the 90's with high humidity and it will feel like between 105 and 115 degrees.  Ugh!  This is the kind of weather I absolutely hate the most.  I'd rather deal with 0-degrees with a foot of snow.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2016 at 11:22am

Carl and Chris, I agree, job splitting is one option and one that makes sense if the income is enough to sustain a family. Otherwise, a wage-worker would have to have two part-time jobs in order to maintain a home, food, health care costs, trasportation, etc. Two part time jobs present problems for scheduling and transport to and from work. 

 

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