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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 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

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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

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21. 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

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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

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2017 at 4:16pm

Another gem by Philip Appleman from his book of poems, Karma, Dharma, Pudding & Pie:

ET TU, GALILEO?

 

“The Eagle has landed.”

                              --first man on the moon, 1969

“Maybe Darwin was right, after all.”

                              --Pope John Paul II, 1996

 

Here in these devout Italian digs,

Hung with bleeding hearts and dying Jesus,

TV shows astronauts with little picks

Chipping chunks of greenish lunar cheeses.

 

The Vatican’s abruptly overrun

With cardinals and bishops in collision—

The Pontiff pleads for prayer, but everyone

Is watching heresy on television.

 

Oh, Galileo, your retaliation

Is palpable as papal persecution:

Apollo shines your sunny vindication

On Copernicus, the pill, and evolution.

 

By satellite, TV now tells the popes:

Look what comes of knocking telescopes.

Comment by Patricia on August 30, 2017 at 4:07pm

It was, & is, pretty grim. We were evacuated for 18 days.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 30, 2017 at 4:04pm

That looks nasty, Patricia. I'm very glad your safe and with us again.

Carl, your suggestion of Chicago is hereby noted. I know there's some good art there plus the blues in the music world. Could I combine that with a literary 'pilgrimage' to New England?

Comment by Patricia on August 30, 2017 at 3:38pm

Comment by Patricia on August 30, 2017 at 3:36pm

This is what life has been like for us for the last few months....

http://globalnews.ca/video/3617222/title-stunning-view-of-williams-lake-fire-from-soda-creek-road/

Comment by Patricia on August 30, 2017 at 2:56pm

OKOKOKOKOKOK.......my BUTT is back here.......& I followed it!!!!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 30, 2017 at 2:43pm

Ian, I'm happy to hear you had a good vacation and a positive experience while in the US.  Next time you'll have to make it a little further west to Chicago.  Lots of good food, museums, and sights to see.  In the meantime, enjoy your rest while you regain your energy.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2017 at 2:35pm

I just started an excellent book by Naomi Klein.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 29, 2017 at 2:38pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 29, 2017 at 1:41pm

Bertold, you found another real treasure! I'm sharing. Thanks. 

 

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