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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 5 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 Thomas Murray yesterday. 4 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

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 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

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2015 at 2:57pm

Geez, Ruth.  What a bad spell you're having right now.  Sorry it has piled up on you all at once.  I hope you get some relief soon.

Are you also having below normal temps in PA? 

Comment by Plinius on January 10, 2015 at 1:31pm

I hope you feel better soon, Ruth!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 10, 2015 at 12:26pm

Sorry you having such a hard time Ruth. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 10, 2015 at 12:21pm

Hi. Just yesterday on a nature program I learned that a pair of barn owls has to catch 8 voles a day to keep their babies alive, which adds up to 2,000 voles a year. No doubt they also catch lots of mice in that quota, Joan.

booklover, how about a picture of your daughter's winning snow sculpture. Woah! -7! Aagh.

Sorry I've been out of touch. During two weeks of bronchitis I was entirely sedentary. Also I couldn't face eating seafood. As soon as I'd mostly recovered from that, I got severe arthritis in my left hip. Hence I've not kept up with all of you. I'm eating wild salmon again, for my low inflammation diet, and back to exercising and stretching at the gym three days so far. Only marginal pain improvements so far. Hopefully after a few days it will ease up and I'll return to full functioning. The pain makes me brainless as well as making everyday stuff an order of magnitude harder. I'm not allowed to use NSAIDS or even drink alcohol, so no relief there. I've been using a lidoderm patch after the gym, and resting a lot on my side.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 10, 2015 at 10:56am

Patricia, very cute owl.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2015 at 10:23am

Mindy, I heard this morning that Rockford is getting ready for a big snow and ice sculpture festival this week.  It sure is cold enough!

Stay warm everyone.   

Comment by Randall Smith on January 10, 2015 at 7:56am

Guess I have to agree with Bertold's "cuteness quotient" comment!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2015 at 10:46pm

Thanks, Randy, for the lead to  Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper's Wife and The Human Age. They go onto my To Read List 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2015 at 10:36pm

Happy anniversary Mindy and hubby. May the coming years be full of interesting discussions, fun time, and building happy memories for those years that are Golden. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2015 at 10:25pm

Patricia, I am beginning to have a fondness for owls. They would help keep the mouse population down, wouldn't they! 

Athena with owl Louvre.

 

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