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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

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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2013 at 12:52pm

Sometimes a friend I'm with is surprised when I do a bit of "unlittering": picking up someone else's trash.

That venerable momily applies: what if everyone (or a lot of people) did it, leaving a place they pass just a little cleaner?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2013 at 11:50am

Ian, thanks for the descriptions. "The Dragon is "Evidence - The Trail Continues" and is made of bottle tops and plastic lids. It's a symbol of the trail people leave behind them, like slugs leave a trail."

It reminds me of when the kids were small we often camped and the first thing I had them do was go around our campground and pick up anything that could hurt them, like bottle caps, aluminum pull tags, cans and glass. We had a contest to see who could bring in the most "treasures". Then they each would make strings out of the aluminum pull tabs and had a peg for each child where they hung their strings. They developed a habit of keeping an eye out for such treasures and their strings revealed their own interests in bring in more. At the end of the camping trip, we had a camp fire and celebrated the winner as champion "Treasure Tracker". I see my great-grandchildren have the same tradition. I wonder where they learned that!?

"Sputnik Returns" is an image of how dangerous it can be to rely too much on technology."

These images you shared have great imagination and ingenuity. Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2013 at 11:39am
Carl, love the "old habits" photos. Reminds me of the old woman I met in China who scolded her daughter-in-law for submitting to her husband's demands. Her message was, "don't let him bind your mind like my family bound my feet. Foot binding was a crime against my body, mind binding was a crime against my mind."
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 20, 2013 at 10:57am

Loren, that cartoon's cannibalistic edge contrasts with the banal presentation, making it all th more creepy.

Your gardening cat picture is just what I need to start my morning off cheerfully. My husband and I have been coping with an intestinal bug of some sort the past five or six days. That's why I've been participating less. Thanks for asking.

Your bottle tops and plastic explanation of the Dragon is enlightening, Ian. The sculpture means so much more knowing that.

Have a good day, everyone.

Comment by Steph S. on June 20, 2013 at 10:23am

Comment by Steph S. on June 20, 2013 at 10:21am

How is everyone?

It is getting hotter outside. Summer is here.

I hope everyone is having a good day.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 20, 2013 at 9:12am

Methinks the buybull is more deadly than a grenade.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 20, 2013 at 3:54am

Carl, the penny just dropped. LOL

Comment by Ian Mason on June 20, 2013 at 3:53am

Good one, Loren.

The Dragon is "Evidence - The Trail Continues" and is made of bottle tops and plastic lids. It's a symbol of the trail people leave behind them, like slugs leave a trail. "Sputnik Returns" is an image of how dangerous it can be to rely too much on technology.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 20, 2013 at 1:49am

Chris, speaking of old habits........

 

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