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10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on October 10, 2014 at 11:25am

Get better soon Deidre! I feel all right but I look like a dalmatian dog - the spots are red. Allergy, they say at the medical centre, but nobody knows what sort. I'm still lucky, it doesn't itch.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 9, 2014 at 12:46pm

I've done a Danube cruise as well, 30 some years back, and it was fantastic. Austria is one of the most beautiful places I've seen. I've spent a few summers there walking in the Alps, and it's some of my fondest memories. You can't go wrong, Randall. Enjoy!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 9, 2014 at 12:34pm

I've been down the Wachau valley by boat  in Austria (some 45 years ago!!!) and it was LOVELY.  Highly recommended.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 9, 2014 at 12:32pm

Loren, I'm glad I'm so familiar with Moldau, since my sound card is out. It's always been one of my faves. Speaking of rivers, I'm considering doing a cruise on the Danube next April. It's through the Nature Conservancy. Has anybody done it?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 9, 2014 at 11:17am

Lovely music, Loren!  Thanks for posting.  I really enjoyed listening to it. 

Comment by Loren Miller on October 9, 2014 at 10:45am

I refreshed myself of the following today, owing to a ... well, rather unusual association!  Still, Smetana's Moldau is a thing of orchestral beauty and very much worth your time, or so I believe.

Please enjoy!

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 8, 2014 at 12:39pm

Phlegmatic:  I had to look that word up.  It appears I'm mostly phlegmatic:

I am inward and private, thoughtful and reasonable.

I seek a quiet, peaceful atmosphere.

I have a rich inner life, if that means a vivid imagination.

I often appear ponderous or clumsy.

My speech is slow and hesitant unless I’ve studied and considered the subject for a great deal of time.

Calm:  I am until I see injustice or stupidity.

Caring:  I care about people and animals, but I will stop caring when it causes me too much mental anguish.  

Tolerant:  I am at first, but if someone is stupid and will not listen to reason, my tolerance approaches zero. 

Patient:  I’m not usually patient. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 8, 2014 at 7:03am
Oh Ian! You have used a word I love--phlegmatic! Hardly anyone knows it.
Deidre, I'm so sorry. That happened to me on my previous blog site. But on the bright side, it brought me to A.N.! However, don't you leave us.
Comment by Ian Mason on October 7, 2014 at 3:22pm

Deidre, I found the thread and yes, that sounds like a very unpleasant person who's posting his bile and venom there. Very sad and upsetting.

I've flown a fair bit over the past few years and never had such entertainment. It would brighten a flight up.

Attitude to life: phlegmatic/mildly cheerful pessimist. I'm also terrible at judging people's characters. I get it wrong most of the time. That means disappointments but also pleasant suprises. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2014 at 1:41pm

Let me see if I can find the words to express my view of "misanthrope" and "renewing faith".

There are some people who are good, decent, caring, upright, generous, compassionate, fair, trustworthy and loving.

There are some who appear good, etc., until one gets to know them better. It is these people who make me wait until I find out their character, then I either end my relationship with them, close the door, build a wall, create a boundary, or do whatever I have to in order to be separated from them. 

There are those who appear to be bad, indecent, uncaring, downtrodden, selfish, or hateful. These people join the crowd of those I want nothing to do with.

Sometimes I am wrong. Sometimes those who, at early contact appear to be bad, etc, however, they may be defensive, or self-protected, guarded and underlying these characteristics have what one could call the kind who is trustworthy. Only time and shared challenges reveal the true nature of people.

I am not a misanthrope. Nor am I a philanthropist. I guess I am more of a cynic than anything else I can find. What did Gump say?

I can't remember the words. Help!

Also, I can't remember the words that Annie Laurie Gaylor said about prayer that doesn't work. 

Sorry folks, my memory box isn't working today. 

 

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