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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan yesterday. 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

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Lillie on August 25, 2013 at 2:30pm

Love your rebellion, sk8eycat.  lol.  I also hate DST.  I have an internal clock that doesn't switch easily.  I am always so happy when it changes back in November.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 1:37pm

I have NEVER understood why "they" bother with DST in the northern latitudes!  We rehearsed one summer in Minot ND, and it was daylight, or twilight till 11PM, and the local teens (yokels!) drove up and down the miniscule main street outside our hotel, with their car radios blaring, till midnight.  WE had to get up around 6AM to have breakfast and get ready for rehearsals at 8AM. 

Arizona is the ONLY state that doesn't "do" DST now, and I think they're wise.. I love it because I don't have to calculate what time it is there when I want to call my only remaining (and forever favorite) aunt in Winslow.

In the meantime, here's something that makes me feel wonderful every time I watch it... obviously I don't do it enough.

ENJOY, EVERYBODY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXtd7xq7URM

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 12:40pm

No apologies necessary, Ruth. I'm a "night person," myself, and I understand how addictive it can be sometimes.  I am also not fond of summer, it's either too hot and dry, or overcast and humid, and I've been having problems with hypoglycemia.  I HATE feeling sweaty (who doesn't?) 

I have a freezer full of good food, and I just haven't felt much like cooking...or eating... the last couple of weeks.

I did treat myself to a decent haircut (and many hugs and air-kisses) Thursday.  I love having Francisco fuss over me for a little while, and he gives a wonderful cool-water scalp massage that relaxes me completely, and relieves my almost constant headache for the rest of the day. 

The only problem I have with his salon is that most of the really good gossip is in Spanish, and I never managed to learn much even though I spent several months in Mexico City...50 years ago!

Anyroad, after I was feeling more like a human instead of a shaggy dog, I bought a 6-pack of A&W Rooty Beer and some vanilla ice cream, and as soon as I got home I built a giant root beer float (my fave!). HEAVEN!  I didn't even bother to buy sugar-free ingredients, or check my blood sugar after I drank the thing. 

Sometimes I just have to be "bad," and I feel so much better for it than I have in weeks.  In fact, I may run out to the pool, get naked, yell, "TITS TO THE WIND!"  And jump in.  If I do, you-all will hear about it.

[giggle]

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 25, 2013 at 9:34am

Sorry to hear about your PC, Ian. It's so frustrating to lose everything.

I've been an irregular member lately because I've been dealing with seasonal affective disorder. Yes, in the middle of Summer. For a month I'd been sleeping 11 hours, sometimes longer. It finally dawned on me that I'm not getting enough sunlight because I was going to bed at 2 or 3 AM. It's so easy to watch TV till midnight and then fall into the computer. Sleeping through most of the daylight turned into a viscous cycle.

In an effort to wrench my sleep cycle back to normal, some days I don't even get the computer turned on. I'm sitting in my sunroom now, as soon as I wake up, instead of heading for the computer as I used to do. It's beginning to work. Yesterday I did the gym routine I used to do ever so long ago, instead of the shortened version. Last night I only slept 9 hours 40 minutes. I have a way to go till my new day/night schedule is settled. I apologize for neglecting you so much.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2013 at 12:07pm

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2013 at 10:54am

If it's not one thing then it's another. Just got my PC back from the menders. There was a problem with it turning itself off when I watched TV or videos and the last time it happened it went back to near-factory settings so I've lost all photos, music, downloads docs etc. The shop said it needed a good cleaning inside to stop it overheating. That has been done but there are still problems so I may "disappear" again without notice. It may well be time to buy a new PC. My daughter tells me that 6 years old is ancient for a lap-top.

A good weekend to you all.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2013 at 8:28am

Thanks Joan.  Another interesting bit from Tyson.  

Yesterday, I think I spotted him playing a character on the TV sitcom "Sanford and Son".  It looked like a young Tyson, and I think it sounded like him.  I only caught a few seconds of that character, so I'm not sure.  Does anyone know if it was he?

I do know he was on an episode of "The Big Bang Theory".  There he was playing .... Playing?  No, I don't think he was playing himself.  He was just himself, not playing a character.  Anyway, it was amusing because Sheldon was upset with him for degrading Pluto.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2013 at 12:23am

Just for the fun of it, here is a Neil deGrasse Tyson clip:

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Earliest Evidence of Life on Earth

There is no such thing as a stable Earth. Oh joy! The only constant is change. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 23, 2013 at 8:30pm

Thanks, Patricia, for the book reference. Good point aobut not being responsible to phantasms. Your bread looks tasty. :)

Wow, booklover. You are far more involved with family than I ever was. I hope your daughter thrives in her new job. Exactly what is a puppy-niece?

Richard C Brown, thanks for announcing your interest. That’s a friendly way to join our group.

Napoleon, thanks for you sex education contribution. I’ve read about female genital mutilation for years but never saw it. That’s gruesome.

Sk8eycat, I’m glad to hear that Pumpkin is blossoming as an only cat. Watching hummingbirds is always so much fun. I had no idea they were so territorial. Perhaps that instinct is because real flowers have limited nectar, compared to feeders. Can she watch the nest from her den window, and see the baby?

Comment by Steph S. on August 23, 2013 at 7:01pm


Melinda congrats on your daughters job. Way to go.

Your Pumpkin is a beautiful cat sk8eycat.

So glad to be back here.

 

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