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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 sk8eycat on January 12, 2014 at 10:57pm

I wanted to explain some of the history of Culver, but it would have taken too much time and space...one small example is that Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner trained there before and after they became US and World Pairs Champions, and several of my friends from Holiday (and before) taught there.  It's one of the "homier" ice rinks in SoCal. 

There's a big rink here in Burbank, but they are so snotty about who is allowed to teach there that most people don't bother with the place.  They want ALL their teachers/coaches to have national titles at the very least, whether they have the ability to teach and encourage kids or not. Plus they are nervous, even after all these years, about skin color. Can You imagine that?!  Culver has NEVER cared about color...except the color of money. Which they are still raking in. It's the landlords, who don't even live in California, who want to try condos or a (money-losing) mall.

After all these years, and all the champions and ice show stars who have come out of that rink, the place should be declared some sort of cultural/sports landmark.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2014 at 9:12pm

PLEASE spread this around ASAP:

You know I rarely send petitions to friends, but this one is important to ME.  The people that own the land that Culver Ice Arena is on want to get rid of it, and build condos, or something equally stupid.  After 52 years, there is so much permafrost under the rink that if/when they cut off the refrigeration, they'll end up with a useless swamp.
Please read the petition, and if you are so inclined, sign it Monday before 6PM Pacific Time..
Thanks!
Felaine, aka La Bruja del Hielo

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/990/371/335/save-the-ice-rink-in-culver-city/

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2014 at 4:10pm

I don't know if the kitten in that video was having a nightmare, or if dogs are dreaming when their paws twitch while they are asleep.

  In humans, we are paralyzed during REM sleep.  At least some of us are; I have had what are called "waking dreams" when I'm half awake, try to move or yell, and can't do anything for a minute or two till I'm fully awake.

(Had one episode where I heard something outside my bedroom window...probably an animal...my dreaming mind thought "prowlers!," and I tried to yell, just made incoherent noises...couldn't move, scared my sister half to death.  She called 911, but by the time the police and EMTs got here I was fully awake, and terribly embarrassed.)

Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2014 at 1:59pm

Vibes for (((((Molly))))) and for (((((Mindy))))) who has to take the hard decisions.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 12, 2014 at 11:45am

I didn't even know cats could get Alzheimer's.

It's good you found a more competent vet, Chris. I hate it when you go to a vet, or a human doctor, pay, and get no help.

Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2014 at 10:55am

I had two cats with Alzheimer's. In the end they both became unhappy, their voices sounded like calls for help. They were put to sleep before their lives became too difficult - that is, I hope that we understood them well enough and did the right thing. But you're never sure.

Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2014 at 10:03am

You must know that a healthy Bengal will demolish everything in sight when you do something he doesn't like. But when you go to the vet with a Bengal putting his head in your armpit for comfort, then he's really ill. So for his sake and for my neighbour's.... she loves her cats more than anything.

Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2014 at 12:37am

Yes, I'm the catsitter when my neighbour is on holiday. They are very special and intelligent cats. Two years ago Cicero ate a piece of a toy that caused stomach ache and I became convinced that he needed treatment. He agreed with that or he would never have stepped into his travel basket. He is a very strong cat and cannot be forced. The vet said that there was nothing wrong. We went to the vet and back again FOUR times and then to another vet. There he got the treatment he needed badly and was healthy when my neighbour came home. Now I get the special treatment: he always stops to talk to me and he's always happy to see me. This is my hero:

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2014 at 12:09am

Chris, you have actually known this breed! What a challenge. Do you cat sit them? 

Comment by Plinius on January 11, 2014 at 11:54pm

Such a wonderful video, Sk8eycat! I think we all want to be that kitten.

 

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