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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

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 Plinius on February 24, 2016 at 5:31am

Thanks for the kind wishes, and I love that picture, Carl, it´s just right! Tomorrow I get some help for the pc, so perhaps I,ll be able to mail again. I lost the teaching material I wrote in the last half year, that´s what you get if you forget about backups..

Yes Joan, our household consists of Rien, Chris, Dido and Luna.

One thing that also happened this week, was a very pleasant experience. The VCR broke down and we found one on internet offered for free. When the owner found out that we travel by public transport he wouldn´t hear of us going there to pick the thing up, but he brought it by car, came in for coffee and enjoyed himself enormously telling long stories. So kind!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 23, 2016 at 12:42pm

Good luck, Chris. I don't know if it's a subjective feeling with no rational basis (probably) but problems do seen to come in swarms.

Glad to hear that the rest of you are being taken care of by your support teams. Love the pic, Carl.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2016 at 12:11pm

Carl, what a perfect photo for Chris!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2016 at 12:10pm

Chris, what stress you must be feeling. So many things, so fast. Dido's liver infection was the cause of his weight loss? He survived! I hope your new computer works well for you and is easy to learn. 

Rien, is that your partner's name? I have not heard it before. It has a strong and stable sound to it. 

Peace!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 23, 2016 at 12:05pm

Oh, boy, Chris!  That is a terrible week!  Glad to hear that Dido is OK and that you're back online.  Next up:  taking care of that broken molar.  I wish ALL of you well.

Comment by Plinius on February 23, 2016 at 11:51am

What a week! Dido just survived an infection in the liver, while I was running to and from the vet the pc crashed so badly that we scraped some money together to buy a new one. So we´re running around getting the thing working and trying to find the programs we need, etc. Rien breaks a molar... This will be the end of my piggy bank! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2016 at 11:33pm

Now, we need to work to get universal health coverage. Preventive care cuts down on too-late-diagnoses. A simple test of blood can catch so many things before symptoms appear. My being anemic was a total surprise to me because I take my daily iron pills, as directed. The doctors now look for the cause of my anemia. 

I feel fine, just overwhelming fatigue. But then, I am entitled! I worked very hard all my life. I  enjoy my lethargy.  

Carl, I am happy you have such excellent care. What an experience for you, your sister and family! I hope you can do what you know how to do, or can retrain into something interesting. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 22, 2016 at 10:19pm

Joan, I have had excellent care throughout all my recent medical episodes.  In addition to my kidney surgery there is a tremendous amount of post-surgery after care and treatment, so it continues.  When I left the hospital in November I had a two-page list of all my future scheduled appointments going all the way into 2017.  I just had my 3-month follow-up kidney biopsy last week.  Constant monitoring of my condition is critical.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2016 at 7:57pm

Randy, which day will we ring out celebrations of your birthday?

I am very grateful for our modern medical care. I have regular checkups and had early diagnoses of any of my ailments that in my parent's day would have caused their deaths much sooner. My doctors have all been outstanding educators, explaining options, pros and cons, and had data to show effectiveness. I made informed choices; I was in charge of my health care. They also offered information about alternative treatments. I feel very confident in my medical care, both from the doctor's diagnosis and choices of surgeries, radiation, chemo and medication, and the outstanding care of the nursing and assisting staff members. 

Carl, how do you feel about your care? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 22, 2016 at 5:44pm

In Darwin's era living to 73 was quite an achievement.  Just think about the difference in available medical treatment between now and in the 1800's.  There's no doubt Darwin died a sickly man at 73.  He was born in 1809.  Life expectancy was approximately 40 years at that time.

Randy, I'm sure running a farm kept you quite physically active.  Although I've always read that farming ranks high as one of the most dangerous professions. 

 

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