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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 19 hours ago. 20 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

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 6:57pm

We now have 7 inches of new snow and it is still falling. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 6:38pm

Felaine, what a pretty site! It must have been hard to see it develop, however, the street is a pretty one, with lots of trees and shrubs. I don't know how you can maintain lawns with the water situation as it is. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 6:36pm

Joan, when I worked at KCET I was either a volunteer or a temp, so I didn't know the full-time staff except for the people I worked with directly.  Especially not the technical guys.  Val is much younger than I am, and seemed to be totally focused on his work whenever I saw him.  But he WAS good-looking.

He's been concentrating on architectural photography for the past 15-20 years

Everyone I knew got fed up with KCET's management policies at one time or another, and left.  They actually hired a hatchet man and made him Vice President...one day he "downsized" by firing about 15 gay employees from all departments, and nobody spoke up in their defense.  That was a year or two after I decided not to go back (I had two sick parents to take care of at home by then.)

KCET recently left PBS, and sold the studio to (Ewww!) The "Church" of Scientology.  I would have been grossed out even if they'd sold the lot to the Los Angeles Diocese, but to the El-Ronners?  Gack!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KCET_Studios
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Oh! I "invented" a word last night: "Crasstians."  It applies to professional xians of all types, but especially praying politicians, TV evangelists, and ostentatious behavior like Timmy Tebow's grandstanding act of kneeling on the football field..

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 6:05pm

Patricia, how far can you travel with the scooter, mand do you have to negotiate any hills?

The closest market to our house is about a mile and a half, opne way.  And it's all downhill from here, so coming back would be mostly uphill...especially the last block to the house.  The front walkway is fairly level, but the driveway (around the corner) is fairly steep. 
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Speaking of neighborhoods changing, when we first moved here (1945) the area was semi-rural with a huge vinyard and winery one block uphill from us.  There were 7 houses on our 2-block street.  This is how things had changed by 1949. (The one time it snowed here, and stayed on the ground for 3 days)
And this is how our street looks now:

Lotta changes, eh?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 2, 2014 at 3:50pm

Scary ladder photos, Joan.  You couldn't pay me to be in some of those situations.  At least Patricia and her ladder were on terra firma. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 2, 2014 at 3:43pm

I always feel melancholy when I drive through my old neighborhood and past my childhood home.  I have a lot of wonderful memories of growing up there and the many fun families and friends who were so important at the time.  It was my entire world.  But so much has changed.  The neighborhood looks run-down.  People have erected big iron or chain-link fences in front of their homes.  It seems very uninviting and cold.  Exterior re-modelings have brought about an unfamiliar look to the area.  At the end of my street where I attended grammar school, they built a big addition to the school right up to the boundary of the sidewalk, eliminating a big grassy hill where I went sledding in winter as a kid and played among the dandelions in summer.  How fortunate we are to be able to live out our lives with such memories. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 3:33pm

Patricia, I like the being inventive part! Your description of the ladder  on your scooter gives me nightmares. So happy you made it home! Safely! I know you are wise how you use ladders!!!!!

Fun With Ladders

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 2:43pm

I have never used the feature on my computer, "Search Google for this Image". I found it and the place where the picture was taken. 

CLOUDED LEOPARD 1

CLOUDED LEOPARD 2

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 2:31pm

Felaine, funny video clip; did he play tricks when you were there? 

Patricia, your scooter looks so cool and a handy thing to be able to use. That cat is an amazing animal with a sweet face. 

Mindy, I find it bitter/sweet to go back to former homes of loved ones. Everything changes, yet I can sometimes see remnants of former memories. Your cat and face in the window evokes memories as well. I would be worrying as well with a loved one on wet or icy roads.  

Comment by Loren Miller on March 2, 2014 at 1:40pm

WHOA!!!  Now THAT is a PUDDY-CAT, Patricia!

 

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