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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 1 hour ago. 19 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 yesterday. 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 on Monday. 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 Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:31pm

Spice, the Old Mama Cat  came out of the barn and had breakfast with me on the patio this morning. We had a sweet nose rub, and I gave her a brushing. Laura does a beautiful job of keeping all the animals well groomed and it was easy to groom her long hair.    

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:27pm

Ian, I am very sorry that these stressors come, one with another. Take good care of yourself. I hope your Mum and step-mum are relatively free of anxiety.  Memories mean a lot to older folks and I know you have the patience to hear the same ones over again. Funny how old memories pop up from out of no where, giving sweet thoughts to enjoy.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:22pm

Napoleon, I like your badge. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:20pm

Mindy, a belated Happy Birthday to your husband! Nice he has a few days off to celebrate. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:19pm

Chris, thanks for the Noctilucent Clouds and Aurora Over Scotland; I am reposting o Facebook. These remarkable scenes give me goosebumps. 

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2013 at 2:17pm

Poor Ian, it's really bad when you've got TWO demented old ladies to care for, I do hope you get enough time for yourself. Here we've only got one: Auntie (Alzheimer's and vascular). I know all about the three same conversations in ten minutes, but most of the time she's so overjoyed to see us that I don't mind the endless repetitions. The memory may be gone: the love stays.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 19, 2013 at 1:39pm

Hello all.

Got back from Enlgand a week ago but haven't been in the mood for writing much. The time there was a bit mixed.

Had a meeting (at last) with a specialist doctor concerning my Mum's dementia. From the symptoms Mum displayed during the meeting and from what we as a family could relate the doctor decided that she shows signs of 3 types of dementia: Alzheimers, Lewy bodies and vascular. Her rate of decline is also alarming, for us and the staff at the care home. She's also lost 16 kilos since admission in December.

My step-mum is also in a care home now. She talks about returning home "when she gets over this" but hasn't stood up without support for nearly 6 months now so I doubt that will happen. She's also getting so forgetful that you can have the same conversation 3 times in 10 minutes. Not a good sign.

On the good side, I spent some days with my "little" brother and his family. He and his wife have just had their silver wedding anniversary so we went to the church where they got hitched and re-took some wedding photos 25 years on, recceding hairline and chubby stomachs included. It was a real pleasure to spend some relaxed time with them.

Here at home: I've harvested my gooseberries and the honeysuckle is having a burst of late flowering. There are some blueberries on the way and lots of tomatoes although there might not be enough sun now to ripen them so they'll end up as chutney.  The mint is doing well but starting to go to seed. Must get it eaten of preserved soon. Not a bad crop for a little balcony.

Hope things are going well for all of you. I will try to keep up in the future. Hugs to each and every one of you.

Comment by Lillie on August 19, 2013 at 12:03pm

Happy Birthday Chris Booklover and Bill Clinton

Comment by Steph S. on August 19, 2013 at 10:12am

Nice badge Napoleon !

How is everyone?

Happy Birthday to your hubby Booklover!

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 19, 2013 at 8:20am

Chris, the noctilucent cloud display was STUNNING!  Thanks for posting that!

 

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