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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev 14 hours ago. 2 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G yesterday. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 25. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

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Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2016 at 1:10am
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 9, 2016 at 3:10pm

Glad to hear about your improved energy and stamina, Flying Atheist [Carl]. You’re lucky to not need your walker any more. Yeah, I’m kinda inflexible about names, sorry.

Ian, that personalized walker really had me laughing. I use mine mostly for the gym. It’s personalized with a blood pressure monitor snapped around one side, and a snap on hook to keep my gym card lanyard in place.

Randall, maybe it’s time to rethink charity runs. Ten days of pain is a “sign”. You limped for 3 miles? Your enthusiasm is laudable, but at 73 we need to avoid overdoing joint things. The other day I hyperextended two metatarsal joints just by bending over to pull a tiny weed from my raised garden. At our age (I’m approaching 72) it’s too easy to do permanent damage. We are still entitled to a piece of pie without guilt. <wink>

Joan, you make tending chicken sound like fun. I envy your joie de vivre.

Today it's been snowing here just north of Philly. I'm tired of Arctic Vortex. BTW, Paul Beckwith has a nice how to video on using the nullschool site, Be a Climate Scientist in 15 minutes.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 9, 2016 at 2:26pm

Good job to you and your daughter, Randy.  Praise and blessed exultation to the motivating power of pie.  Life's sweet, final reward.  

Yup, very cold here today as well.  Woke up to 26 degrees and snow on the ground! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2016 at 12:54pm

My exercise consists of walking about a city block on a gravel road through the forest to get to the chicken coop each morning. Yesterday, their breakfast was greens out of the greenhouse, cabbage leaves, and banana peels. The bucket of greens had disappeared before I finished cleaning their nests and changing their water. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 9, 2016 at 11:47am

Well done, Randall. Enjoy the pie.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 9, 2016 at 11:10am
Because it was very cold (25F), and my hips still ached, I decided not to even walk (let alone run) in the 5k event this morning. I was just going to support my daughter (who won her age division). But, the Ibu. kicked in, and I changed my mind, managing to walk (with a limp) the full 3 miles. Nobody over 50 was quicker (I'm 73). Heck, I wasn't even trying to "win". I wasn't even dressed for it. I'll probably pay, physically, but at least I won't feel guilty about eating a piece of pie later!
Comment by Qiana-Maieev on April 5, 2016 at 2:52pm

I remember a Two Ronnie sketch about "M" "N" "X".

(Ham and eggs)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 5, 2016 at 9:37am

Ian, that's a funny Two Ronnies skit.  I remember watching their show in the 1970's on our local public television station.  In my experience, of all the English speaking groups, I find Australians the hardest to understand. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2016 at 7:21am

Joan says it all, Carl. Stay positive.

I've been thinking about a walker myself. In preparation for a 5k run this coming Saturday, I overdid the training. My hips are extremely sore, making it difficult to walk, let alone run. I've been popping pain relievers like candy. I keep thinking it'll go away, but it's been 10 days now. It appears I won't be running or walking for awhile. The 5k was to raise money for backbacks for school children, so I still feel good about contributing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 5, 2016 at 2:26am

Carl, you are an inspiration to me. Your resilience and positive attitude encourage me to remember to live in the present moment, finding the pleasures that come from simple things; a great family and friends, delicious food carefully prepared. Each breath and each day are a triumphal declaration of being alive, expressing joy and anger, gratitude and sorrow, hope and grief. 

I like Ian's "Personalized" walker. It stimulated the imagination. 

 

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