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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky on Saturday. 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

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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 9, 2013 at 8:45pm

I'm quite happy about the breakthrough from Russia, giving us a way to avoid war. Horray!

BTW, the stock market was happy too. Our portfolio jumped up over $1,000.

Overall it's been a good day.

Comment by Steph S. on September 9, 2013 at 5:19pm

That is really cute Flying Atheist. I love it.

How was everyone's Monday?

Just back to hectic work schedule. Trying to get back to the Nexus as often as I can.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 9, 2013 at 1:15pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 6:38pm
I love willows and quaking aspen as well, but my place is too small. My cousin has them on his place on the Pend Oreille River, and they are lovely, especially when the willows hang over the river. A nice spot for a canoe trip and lunch stop.

I hope your elms escaped the various elm beetle infestations and fungus that devastated USA, UK and Scotland.
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 7, 2013 at 6:22pm

I love weeping willows and quaking aspen.  I'll just remember to plant them away from anything they can bother.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 7, 2013 at 6:16pm

Patricia, what a strange neighbor.  Nice, except for bull-headiness about that tree!

Joan, I knew about the poplars weakness, but didn't know about the aspens, willows, elms, and maples causing problems with foundations, drains, sewers, & sidewalks.

I do know about a problem with elms that bothers me a lot.  They produce horrific numbers of little seeds that cause hundreds of little trees to pop-up in my yard every year.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2013 at 5:25pm

I know willow trees are very invasive with their roots, but I think they are some of the most beautiful trees.  They're enjoyable to watch when the wind kicks up.  There was a willow tree right across the street from my childhood home.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 5:13pm

Ruth, I am with you when it comes to trees. They not only add shapes and textures and lovely homes for birds, they offer year round pleasure. I have not planted poplars, aspens, willows, elms or maples because they cause problems with foundations, drains, sewers, and sidewalks. There are so many other trees to choose from that do not create problems.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 4:55pm

We notice loss of trees in forests of the northwest, especially the forest Laura lives in. The trees migrate to higher elevations where there is not enough moisture to sustain their growth, so the young new forests do not thrive. I have no idea what the liability is for a neighbor's tree falling on your property; I would surely want to know my rights. 

Whispers from the Ghosting Trees

2. Shifting Baselines

3. Scientific Evidence that Trees are Dying – Across Species, Ages and Locations

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 4:33pm

Questions on: Poplar Ron Smith, Horticulturist, NDSU Extension Service

poplar tree problem roots

poplar tree dead branches

Patricia, the roots of a poplar are shallow and subject to allowing a tree to be blown over in a wind storm. They also are subject to many diseases and pests that weaken the branches. Preventing spread of roots can be done, but is a big job. Sorry I don't have better news for you but I sent the sites that may be of help in finding a solution. 

 

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