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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 2:05pm

Spud, how often do we hear, "You can't make a living doing THAT!" Whatever "that" is. Joseph Campbell put a lie to that statement. he said, "Follow your bliss!" People who are clever, creative, imaginative, visionary, can dream up the most creative ways to put their native skills to work. 

I hope you discovered your native talent and have been able to make it work for you. You have great insights and communicate them beautifully to us. Your talents exist and have value to a larger community. 

Your enthusiasm for gardening excites others! Does the time just fly by when you are tending to one task or another? 

A friend of mine in Colorado loves gardening so she went to the school and suggested making a garden with the children. The administrators took to the idea and helped her find financial support for the equipment. She had fun, so did the kids, and they had a harvest feast inviting family and friends to participate and celebrate.

Garden of eatin'

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 1:50pm

Spud, thank you for empathizing with me and sharing your story. Being a shy person didn't help you feel any better; I hope you can laugh now about your episode. 

This explosive experience is not unusual. During chemo I had them all the time. So, I stayed home and in fact, slep through most of it. I often had to get out of bed, clean myself up, wash the linens, floor and bathroom. It was just part of the protocol.

Yesterdays came totally out of the blue. I had no warning, no rumbles in my tummy or anything. Just  

No pain, no discomfort, no warning. Just BOOM!

Just part of the protocol of cancer treatment. It all goes into my memory file and one day I will laugh without turning red. I was able to laugh yesterday but felt so horribly out of control. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 12:23pm

Mindy, I don't care much for art, and have always thought it would be difficult to make a living wage unless one was extremely talented.  

However, I too think a person should be allowed to do what they enjoy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 12:21pm

Joan, I've not before heard that some either, but I like it.  I watched a few more videos with the song in them.  Looks like it's called the cup song or "when I'm gone".

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 12:14pm

Wow Joan.  Extreme embarrassment!  I imagine it was also frightening.  Did you ask your doctor about it?

I don't think I've ever told anyone about my most embarrassing happening, except maybe some of my family.  After your admission, I just may reveal what happened to me when I was about 11 years old.

I was an extremely shy introvert when young.  That's what caused the happening.  I was in school and had to go #2, but was too shy to ask the teacher if I could go to the rest room.  

When it got so urgent that I knew it would come out soon, I finally got the courage to ask, but it was too late.  As I stood up to go, out of my pants rolled this ball of fecal matter onto the floor.  I turned beet-red and hurried to the rest room.  

When I came back, it was cleaned-up.  I can't remember how embarrassed I felt at the time, and how much I avoided eye contact with the other students, but I'm sure I was greatly embarrassed for a long time.  

I still think of that once in a while and groan in embarrassment, even though I've not seen any of my classmates in 55 years.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 11:25am

A new day, the two week inversion in the weather cleared out and the sun shines, Four inches of snow fell, covering the snifter of frozen fog that had fallen to the ground, the trees and garden have a glistening layer of snow to create a winter wonderland. The stain came out of the pink shirt I wore yesterday, the same one in my avatar. I threw my coat away and the washing machine took care of the rest. 

Remember when President Bush I, sitting at a banquet table in Japan with all the dignitaries celebrating his visit and he suddenly had projectile vomit splayed out in front of him. I couldn't even imagine how embarrassed he must have felt ... but now I can. 

I have my heirloom seed catalogues open before me, bright sunlight streams through my bedroom window, my coffee tastes delicious as does my Dave's Devil Bread, spread with raspberry jam, flax seeds and yogurt. All is well. 

I hope all you dear friends have a lovely day. 

Thanks, Mindy, for your kind, comforting words. Now, on to getting ready for spring. Feb. 2 is Mid-Winter's Day, coming up very soon. Let's celebrate! The New Moon began yesterday, beginning a new cycle of the phases of the moon. Such a captivating orb to enjoy.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 3:23am

Well, this was one hell of a day. I was standing in the office supplies section of Walgreens when all of a sudden an explosion occurred in my panties that left a streaming gob of green goo running down inside my slacks, into my shoes and on the floor. 

I dashed to the rest room and mopped myself up as best I could, gathered some paper towels and cleaned the Office Dept as best I could. Then very meekly and embarrassed I came home with one mess that was strait out of hell. Even my coat and blouse. Nothing was untouched. I shall never want to face those dear people again I am so ashamed. 

I was feeling fine, never had an inkling anything was about to happen. It just exploded. Damn! F**k. 

An hour later I was so hungry I thought I was going to eat everything in the kitchen. Cary fixed a beautiful dinner, and I ate it with gusto and no problem. 

Go figure.

I hope your day was better than mine.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 12:40am

Mindy, that is so neat! I had never heard it before and watched the video several times trying to get the rhythms. I didn't even catch the "you're going to miss me when I'm gone." Love it! 

The developmental task of the individual is to reveal to the world his/her unique talents. We parents get it backwards, thinking we have to instill them with our ideas of who they should be. 

It is kind of like having a cup full of seeds in a cup. The gardener puts the seeds in the ground and discovers what the seeds produce. The gardener may want cucumbers and gets petunias. 

It is the same way with humans.  A mother contributes DNA from thousands of generations from her past, a father contributes RNA from thousands of generations from his past. What results is unknown until the ovum is fertilizes by the sperm, and that creates a zygote. The zygote develops into a new life and presents a whole new blending of DNA and RNA into a baby whose job it is to reveal him/herself to the world. 

Your daughter is revealing who she is. We can just sit back and watch! 

Well, each person has to learn to do the chores and stuff like that, 

I think I mentioned before having an exchange student from Thailand living with us. He became part of our family team in which he was expected to participate in chores. A few weeks into his stay he came to me and told me he was not created to serve. At home he had a nanny, a cook, a housekeeper, a gardener, a driver, ....... I told him that he who did not work did not eat. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2014 at 10:24pm

"People can do amazing things when they work together as a team, especially when they are fully devoted to what they are doing. This group of kids covering a great song called “Cups”. They are very well synchronized and at the end the final product is great."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 30, 2014 at 9:07pm
Hello everyone. I've been busy working. I don't always have the ability to respond to all the action here, but I always keep up to date with your posts. I'm glad to read about all the recent good news and reasons for celebration.....and I'm saddened by the tragedy of an infant death. I hope all of you are well.

Great, inspirational message, Joan. I find the creative process to be therapeutic as well.
 

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