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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

Tags: surreal

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 The Flying Atheist on December 6, 2015 at 9:15pm

Ian, at least you can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. You're doing a good thing by putting your own priorities first.  

Comment by Ian Mason on December 6, 2015 at 9:09am

Thanks, good people. The nice thing is I'll still be getting paid for 3 months afterwards. Then the hunt for a new job starts.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 6, 2015 at 7:56am

Gracious, Ian! That's not a good way to end your work (job) life. All I can say is hang in there. It won't be long. Then, FREEDOM!

Comment by Plinius on December 6, 2015 at 1:18am

Rooting for you, Ian! 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 5, 2015 at 11:07pm

I'm not feeling on top of things at the moment. I've been sent to a new workplace to serve out the last few weeks of my notice and I do not like it. I'm being rotated between three buildings on the same site and it's impossible to find a rhythm or get on top of things. On top of that it's difficult to get there with public transport. My emotional state has become uncomfortable, verging on depression so I've taken a few nights sick and am going to see the family in England for a pre-holiday visit and some relaxation. When I come back there will be seven nights work left that I have to drag myself through and then it's all over. What a relief that will be.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 5, 2015 at 10:57pm

There are good ways and bad ways of not growing up but if you don't want to take responsibility for things ( a partner, children, work) then stay clear of them. A healthy child-like part of your nature is often a plus and will help bonding with children. Unfortunately I fell into the former category when I started a family and have had to learn to grow up. It's taken a long time. I think that part of the problem is that men have often had to learn from scratch. Our fathers didn't know how so we couldn't learn from them. It's good that the world is slowly changing and that the lessons will be passed on to the next generation.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 1, 2015 at 10:22pm

There are still plenty of young men clinging to the irresponsibility of boyhood, unfortunately. I guess research would tell us what percentages changed over time.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 30, 2015 at 11:42pm

So many men of my generation grew up to remain boys. They wanted what they wanted when they wanted it, including sex. The men expected to be served by a non-complaining mother figure. The football heroes remained adolescent even until our 40th class reunion when I decided I had nothing in common with them. 

Many of the women of my generation bore the children of the young men, and many discovered they had to raise babies into adulthood without the emotional and financial help of the fathers.

It seemed strange to me that many fathers did not have the emotional bonding with their children that many mothers had.

Living with my daughter and her husband is an eye opener for me. They each have their businesses, they work together as a team on a joint enterprise, they share the tasks of doing the many chores of the household and of raising children. They both appear happy in their relationship and with the way they organize things.  

Witnessing the end of the patriarchal nature of my ancient family tree and the ease with which Laura and Larry share responsibilities gives me high hopes for the evolution of the family that occurred in my lifetime. I only wish my parents and grandparents could see the benefits to both men and women for this development in our family. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 30, 2015 at 8:02am

Loren, good post. I often wonder if others acknowledge and appreciate the good I do, despite being a non-Christian. I doubt if they would ever admit it, certainly not out loud!

On into December. With the Christmas season upon us, I rather dread (if that's the right word) the month. Take a deep breath, Randy! 

Comment by Plinius on November 30, 2015 at 12:48am

Thanks Kathy!

Thanks for that story, Loren! I'm going to use it.

 

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