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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan 2 hours ago. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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

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 May 31, 2015 at 2:58am

We didn't put in the stone layer in our hugelkulture because we live on a sand hill, probably a part of the moraine of the last Ice Age. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 2:55am

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 2:53am

There goes my computer, repeating a sentence that I edited. Why "10-year-old Ethan and I created a strawberry patch." repeated at the end of the narrative is beyond me. Even when I read my comment before posting, this ghost of a former sentence gets tagged onto the end. If anyone knows why this happens, I will be most grateful to learn how to stop it. 

10-year-old Ethan and I created a strawberry patch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 2:46am

The morning started with a heavy downpour, lightning and thunder. We thought our work day would have to be delayed. About mid-day, the sun came out, the sand was moist but not wet. Laura, Larry, my two granddaughters, Michelle and Laurie, Michelle's five children all showed up and took those jobs that matched their skill level and interests. My great-granddaughter, Brooklyn, entertained us all through the day. She walks now, is getting a vocabulary of a few words and lots of experimenting with her voice. 

The three dogs and a herd of cats joined in. 

Zac cut down five trees; Larry, Jacob and Travis drove the tractor with a backhoe and a loader. They dug two large hugelkulture trenches, the kids filled them with slash and old and new logs, then Travis covered them over with sand to form a fire break. The wood will become like a sponge and store water. The sticks will decompose and provide humus to the sand. 

Laurie took charge of the kitchen and Brooklyn and prepared the most excellent dinner with the help of 14-year-old Katelynn. Larry smoked three racks of ribs and BBQed lots of hamburgers. The girls made potato salad and cabbage salad, and Laurie made a chocolate cake topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. 

Eight-year-old Austin pulled grass out of a patch of Earth so that 10-year-old Ethan and I could prepare the soil for strawberries. Six-year-old Noah gathered glaciated pebbles to create a walkway. 

We all worked hard, ate well, laughed a lot and created memories that will last a lifetime for these young people. My memories will stay with me as I get older. I feel such pride and respect for this very healthy family. Not a cross word was spoken, nor any sign of criticism. There was a lot of teaching and learning going on. I was so proud of 16-year-old Jacob as he learned how to drive the tractor, dig the trench, and move sand around. He made a lot of mistakes and Larry very firmly and gently taught him how to manage the backhoe and loader, and how to place the out-riggers. When Jacob became frustrated, Larry encouraged him to climb back in the seat and try again. Jacob comprehended the skills. 

I am tired, very happy, and confident my family will be able to meet the changes taking place in society and have the sense of being self-sufficient. 

10-year-old Ethan and I created a strawberry patch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 2:08am

Chris, I know how your aunt felt after such a fall. It does something to one's sense of vulnerability. I now walk with a cane or a walker. Larry built a handrail off the back porch because I wouldn't go down them. If I fell, I would land on concrete. Been there, done that!

Yes, 80 years old and a fall is quite different than being 50 and fall. Something happens to the psyche. I am so glad you are there for her. My family does not hover, however, they are there when I feel vulnerable. 

Comment by Plinius on May 31, 2015 at 1:00am

Thanks for the video, Ruth, I enjoyed it very much! And yes, it's it's a clear metaphore for life, as Joan says - but it wouldn't be so appealing in a less beautiful setting! 

A sign of returning health, Carl, when you start to feel jealous! Good! I'd love to go with Ian too, but no chance. We expect a detailed report, Ian!  

We'll visit Aunt today - a few days ago she fell and hurt her jaw and a few remaining teeth, but the worst is that it scared her very much. I took her to the dentist - she was so shaken up that she wouldn't do one step on her own and I had to hold her hand all the time. To be 80 years old and scared!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 12:15am

Ruth, the video showing balance is a perfect metaphor for life and living. Take what one has, put it into balance with living. When the situation changes, rebalance one's life. 

Indeed, it is relaxing, watching the creation of balance, observing falling out of balance. Restore, Renew, Refresh with a new creation. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 30, 2015 at 11:48pm
Ian, as a flight attendant I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm jealous of all your travels. You go to so many fantastic places and do a lot of fun activities. When I travel....it's all work. LOL
Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2015 at 10:10pm

Getting worked up about my trip to Dublin next month. First: The Who live - the main reason for going, but have now booked seats at the Abbey Theatre for two plays, an old Sean O'Casey and a new special commision. Starting off with a guided walking tour though. This should be fun.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2015 at 10:09pm

That's a fascinating video, Ruth. It makes me want to try.

"New normal" is something I missed the first time. A good expression that's worth remembering.

 

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