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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 6 hours ago. 20 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2014 at 10:30am

Carl, yes, the San Antonio river walk is so lovely. We were stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center. There was a market in San Antonio, a galleria, that had a lot of Mexican nationals there with their families. It was an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with Mexican mothers and their children. Very friendly, and generous people, good bargainers as I remember. I enjoy Mexican food music, colors, architecture, and history. 

While there, my three children were pre-school age and I became acquainted with a curator of Witte Museum. He gave me a map to a dig they were working on. To get there, I had to drive on dirt roads, open and close barbed wire fences, and stare at those huge beasts that they grow in Texas, the famous beef steak providers.

When I got to the dig, a group of archeologists were in the pits with dental scrapers working on individual bones of the pre-christian native population. My three 3-year old children observed this for a while and then occupied themselves under the shade of a tree. One of the archeologists came to me and asked if I knew what my kids were doing. Investigating, I found them burying sticks in the dirt in the form of human bones, covering them, and then "doing" a dig. It was a most precious moment. Their education in archeology began in a dry, dusty, scorpion and rattler infested ancient graveyard. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 15, 2014 at 9:09am

Randy, now you mention it, I've noticed the same thing.  Doctors moving constantly.  Especially the ones I like the most.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 15, 2014 at 7:33am

I'm meeting with my new doctor this morning. It's a "get acquainted" session which I think is a good idea. I like knowing someone before he sticks his finger up my rectum. My old doctor "transfered" to another location. This will be my 4th doctor in the past 6 years. Whatever happened to the good old days when your family doctor was for a lifetime?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 15, 2014 at 6:21am

Joan, have you been to the Riverwalk?  It's quite nice.  Even in the intense heat of the Summer, it must be 10 to 15 degrees cooler than at the higher street level sidewalk surrounding it.  It's lush with green trees, foliage and water.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2014 at 2:19am

Carl, your photos of San Antonio bring back lovely memories. 

Comment by Plinius on September 15, 2014 at 2:13am

That's quite another view of Texas, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 14, 2014 at 11:07pm

If anyone here has the chance to watch the documentary "The Fabulous Ice Age" that Sk8eycat and I have been discussing, you really should.  It's well made and was very enjoyable to watch.  It has lots of interesting tid-bits, stories and colorful film footage of a truly lost icon of Americana entertainment.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2014 at 11:04pm

Felaine, I had forgotten about crickets! When we lived in Texas we used a snow shovel to get to the car during certain times of the year. When we stepped on a pile of crickets there was an eerie crunch, crunch, crunch. The crows loved the dead feast. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 14, 2014 at 10:59pm

I don't wish to insult our good friends here from Texas, but the only redeeming quality I enjoy about Texas is sipping margarita's along the Riverwalk in San Antonio.  It's a beautiful setting with some great restaurants.     

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2014 at 10:56pm

sk8eycatMatthew 6:5-15 makes sense to me. 

 

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