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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

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 18 hours ago. 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 on Thursday. 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

Tags: surreal

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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 23, 2016 at 10:57am

Good afternoon, all. You might enjoy this musical video about Steampunk.

It's 70°F here, and our heat's off again. Horray!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 23, 2016 at 7:36am

I still have another willow-- not all is lost. You're right, Carl, about the root system. I won't miss the catalpa with it's caterpillars every other summer.

Looks like Bernie did alright in Tuesday's primary/caucus.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2016 at 10:27am

Willow trees have always been one of my favorites.  Their beautiful, billowing branches portray the perfect summer tree, swaying and dancing in the summer breezes.  There was one across the street from my childhood home and it was fun to watch during windy thunderstorms.  They need a lot of ground to grow in because of their extensive root system.  They can cause lots of problems with sewage pipes and building foundations in crowded urban areas.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 22, 2016 at 7:55am

Too bad about the catalpa tree, Randy. My grandpa had a couple of yooooooge ones on his farm, and they were magnificent.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 22, 2016 at 7:37am

It hurts to do, but I'm having some trees topped and/or removed from my yard this week. A catalpa tree is hollowed out at the base and could fall on the house. And a huge willow tree is out of control with dead limbs falling all the time. Some apple trees are being pruned, which isn't so bad. At least I'll get a little firewood out of them all. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 20, 2016 at 1:16pm

I saw no sample photos on that link, Ian.

We had to put our heat back on, after being off for  ... was it two weeks? I feel bad for the wild birds and flowering trees caught in these fluctuations too, k.h. ky.

I understand Autumn has brought no relief to Australia.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 20, 2016 at 1:14pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 20, 2016 at 10:03am

Thanks, Ian.

Yes, Happy Spring to all. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 20, 2016 at 8:14am

Surely, good will triumph over evil, although I wonder, especially after the Bush/Cheney years. I wonder who Trump would choose for VP--another Sarah Palin? Perish the thought.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 20, 2016 at 6:21am

Do you suppose that Donald Trump understands that, if he is elected president (Please, NO!), he becomes the leader of ALL of the United States, not just those who support him at his rallies, but those who protest against him?  Does he get that dissension is at least as important an element of democracy as agreement is?

The rather obvious answer is no, and I doubt Donnie is even aware of that.

 

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