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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 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

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

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 9, 2013 at 9:42pm

re: Destructive Trees...Liquid Amber

They have very shallow roots, and if they are near a sidewalk or patio, they push the concrete up at the joins, and trip people.  Their seed pods are big and prickly, too.

My friend Sue had one planted in her parkway by the City of Los Angeles. (Parkways and sidewalks are City property). When it did become dangerous, and she wanted it removed, the City told her SHE had to pay for it!  Where is the logic in that?

She finally got fed up and did pay to have it cut down, and the root system dug up.  The City "very generously" put in a new level sidewalk.

A long time ago we had Catalina Cherry trees in the parkways in our neighborhood.  They were always messy; the "cherries" were inedible, mostly seed (about the size of the large marbles gamers use to "shoot" smaller marbles out of the circle), attracted wasps and other stinging insects.  Feh.  They finally developed big galls and started looking raggedy all over, so THIS city removed them, and gave us a choice of replacement trees or no trees.

I am SO glad I live in Beautiful Downtown Burbank, even if they finally did let Walphart open a store here this year. (We've been fighting that sleazy, money-grubbing outfit for ages.)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 9, 2013 at 9:23pm

Not everyone in here is a grandparent, and I'M not even a parent (at least not a "people parent"), but this is so sweet I just had to post it for everyone:

Happy Grand Pawrents Day

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 9, 2013 at 8:45pm

I'm quite happy about the breakthrough from Russia, giving us a way to avoid war. Horray!

BTW, the stock market was happy too. Our portfolio jumped up over $1,000.

Overall it's been a good day.

Comment by Steph S. on September 9, 2013 at 5:19pm

That is really cute Flying Atheist. I love it.

How was everyone's Monday?

Just back to hectic work schedule. Trying to get back to the Nexus as often as I can.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 9, 2013 at 1:15pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 6:38pm
I love willows and quaking aspen as well, but my place is too small. My cousin has them on his place on the Pend Oreille River, and they are lovely, especially when the willows hang over the river. A nice spot for a canoe trip and lunch stop.

I hope your elms escaped the various elm beetle infestations and fungus that devastated USA, UK and Scotland.
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 7, 2013 at 6:22pm

I love weeping willows and quaking aspen.  I'll just remember to plant them away from anything they can bother.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 7, 2013 at 6:16pm

Patricia, what a strange neighbor.  Nice, except for bull-headiness about that tree!

Joan, I knew about the poplars weakness, but didn't know about the aspens, willows, elms, and maples causing problems with foundations, drains, sewers, & sidewalks.

I do know about a problem with elms that bothers me a lot.  They produce horrific numbers of little seeds that cause hundreds of little trees to pop-up in my yard every year.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2013 at 5:25pm

I know willow trees are very invasive with their roots, but I think they are some of the most beautiful trees.  They're enjoyable to watch when the wind kicks up.  There was a willow tree right across the street from my childhood home.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 5:13pm

Ruth, I am with you when it comes to trees. They not only add shapes and textures and lovely homes for birds, they offer year round pleasure. I have not planted poplars, aspens, willows, elms or maples because they cause problems with foundations, drains, sewers, and sidewalks. There are so many other trees to choose from that do not create problems.

 

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