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The myth of religions

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 3 Replies

The creation myth of civilizations instructs men to dominate, to conquer, to go forth and multiply. No reasonable person would pay attention to such a god. No hunter-gatherer receives such a senseless message from wise elders.However, that idea…Continue

Tags: masculine, violation, imperative, go forth and multiply,, conquest

Winter Driving, Preparing for the worst

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1. 2 Replies

Now that we enter the time the Celtics called Imbolc, a pagan celebration of the beginning of spring and season of new life, I ran across this video on preparing for winter driving. It offers reasons for each thing he puts in his vehicles to be safe…Continue

Tags: prepare, driving, winter

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 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

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6, 2017. 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, 2017. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2017 at 11:39am

Chris, Good news! I like the evolution of the word and knowing that NEWS is not in reference to the four directions. To think such an ancient word has modern implications provides an interesting play on words.

Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Patricia on December 5, 2017 at 1:32pm

I'm 1.52 M. & now 70.3 kg. Don't know BMI.

Comment by Plinius on December 5, 2017 at 1:24pm

Same for me, all the ancestors were short and fat, built for a northern climate. I'm strict about my food, almost no starch, no added sugar etc. but I'm 1.57 M and with a weight of 78 kg I also get a BMI of 26. 

Comment by Patricia on December 5, 2017 at 12:39pm

I agree with the poverty/weight issues with many. Nutritious foods are expensive compared to the cheaper starchy filler foods, as well as eating too many times per day, in between snacking.

I don't over-eat, snack, or enjoy sweets but come from a long line of short heavy people. In the last 4 years, I have managed to unload about 33 lbs., but unfortunately I am still 5 ft. nuthin......

Comment by Ian Mason on December 5, 2017 at 12:39pm

I'm 90kg = 198 pounds. That is slightly overweight as it gives a BMI of 26.7. I keep trying to lose that little bit but it's stubborn and won't go away. I'm reasonably fit though. My recent DNA test said that I would tend to weigh about 4% above average because that's how my ancestors survived the last Ice Age. I'm also an enthusiastic eater, even though I have a healthier diet that most people.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 5, 2017 at 11:23am

Hi from just north of Philly. Our thermometer says 63°F, and a mosquito is trying to get in through our sunroom window.

My 206 lbs is way above the U.S. average. But my mother looked very much my shape at this age.

The tabloid/gutter press, Faux News, and the right wing echo chamber muck is swallowed whole here too, Ian.

Comment by Plinius on December 5, 2017 at 10:38am

I shouldn't say anything because I've got weight trouble too, but this is horrible. And I think that people are not overweight from the good life but from poverty. Here you can see the same trend.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 5, 2017 at 7:29am

I recently read (from Zero Sugar Diet) that the average U.S. adult male weighs 195.5 lbs, female, 166. Whoa! 69% adults are "overweight" whatever that number is.  In 1961, a man averaged 165. Talk about inflation!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 4, 2017 at 10:59am

I've just come home from visiting some family in England. Very nice indeed.

One of the things I saw was the tabloid/gutter press and how many people swallow the muck whole. Quite frightening, really. Any view that's more intelligent and balanced is regarded as left-wing propaganda.

Comment by Chris on December 4, 2017 at 8:22am

I just found this :

Myth: the word “news” derives from the four cardinal directions.

While this potential origin of the word news seems plausible enough, it isn’t true.  The truth is, the word news can be traced back to late Middle English around the 14th century as a plural for the adjective “new” or “new thing”.  This is a somewhat rare instance of an English adjective becoming a noun when made plural.   Making this leap from “new” to “news” in English is thought to have been influenced by the Old French “nouveau”, meaning “new”.  “Nouveau” in its plural feminine form becomes the noun “nouvelles”, meaning “news”.

Before the 14th century, instead of using the word “news”, English speakers typically used the word “tidings”, more or less meaning the “announcement of an event”.  This Middle English version started before the 11th century and stems from the Old English term “tidung” meaning “Event, occurrence, or a piece of news”.

 

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