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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller 11 hours ago. 0 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

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 11 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by kathy: ky on December 15, 2015 at 11:28pm
Chris I like this a lot. It reminds me of the neighborhood l was raised in in the Chicago area as a young child. I liked it. We were in walking distance of anything we needed. Movie theatre, five blocks down take a right! City park, restaurant, grocery, clothing you name it! I didn't want to move to the country and have never really liked it. That's not true. I enjoy it very much in the spring and summer : )
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 15, 2015 at 7:52am

Good luck, Randy. I just got reamed at both ends, and Friday I get to have a wisdom tooth chopped out.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 15, 2015 at 7:37am

In a few minutes I visit my doctor for my annual physical. I don't expect anything unusual, but you never know. My blood tests were good. He'll ask if I've had my flu shot, and I'll say NEVER. Then we'll argue about its effectiveness. He may think my cholesterol is too high (266), but my HDL is 88, so the ratio is within recommended limits. We'll see.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 14, 2015 at 10:23am

That looks like a good place to live, Chris. And the other pictures show a clean and neat town. Gin and ships: sort of what one might expect of the Netherlands.

I've tried to find my road on Google street view but it's too unimportant to be included. I will have to take a pic at some point. I've also looked for Odder, Denmark via Google images but most show the nearby coast and surrounding villages rather than the town itself.

Comment by Plinius on December 14, 2015 at 2:07am

You won't find my roof garden, Joan, it's on the 3rd floor hidden behind the wall. My apartment on the 3rd and 4th floor.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2015 at 12:40am

Ruth, your temperatures just astound me. Our bitter cold weather that killed many of my greenhouse plants has turned to rain and mostly above freezing, night and day. Crazy weather.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2015 at 12:31am

I went to Google Earth and looked for a converted bank building with a general shape I knew your building to be. I looked for a roof garden and found none. Your beautiful city has so many lovely scenes, especially knowing it was or is industrial. It doesn't have that "industrial" appearance. Lovely parks, canals, buildings, all present a fine place to live.

Comment by Plinius on December 14, 2015 at 12:05am

What would you like to know Ian? I live in the old centre, in a converted old bank building. I like the mix of old and new buildings. There are some seven old mills here, and the other buildings connected with the gin industry, distilleries and pubs - draws a lot of tourists. It's nice to go out and see groups of them with admiring faces - (Waaa! an old woman just left a historical building with a shopping cart!) Three km. away the harbour industry - ships repair etc. Very busy there, and dangerous - the trauma heli flies over quite often.

Your turn to tell a bit about your surroundings - and you can pick the next one for a story!  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 13, 2015 at 10:36pm

Good night, All. It was 71 degrees F here today, 56 now at 11:30PM. Those roses are still hanging on at the gym though they look a bit bedraggled. Lots of fluffy dandelion heads in the grass from recent blossoms. For me this December is unprecedented. It was strange to see a neighbor mowing his lawn, with Xian decorations at the same time.

Schiedam looks interesting, with canals and modern high rises too.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 13, 2015 at 12:59pm

Schiedam looks like a nice town. A combination of old picturesque and modern. What's it like living there? I seem to remember you mentioning industry, Chris.

 

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