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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Saturday. 5 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 Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 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

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2017 at 7:21pm

I was a loner in high school. Didn't like the cliques, the smoking, drinking, sexing. It was all too stupid to even care about. I loved school and learning and libraries. Classes got me out of the house of fights and into the worlds of science, history, and Latin; loved them all. 

I held office in the Tri-Sci club and we planned for terific convocations, i.e. dip a rose in a bucket of dry ice and then throw the rose on the stage floor to shatter into tiny shards. We planned trips to farm fields, the heating supply for the city, a trip to Hanford, stuff like that. We were a busy group and full of new experiences. 

I entered the science fair every year with one concoctions after another. One year I made acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin. It was dark gray and no one wanted to try it, nor did I.

In Latin, I made a scroll out of butcher paper that Ed Froats, our butcher, gave me, I turned two spindles on the lathe with Dad's help, and kept track for an entire year of all the words in English I could find that were based on Latin. I rolled up the scroll on the spindles and turned it in as my senior Latin class project. 

We had a Latin dinner at the end of my senior year in which those who love Latin as much as I joined together for a final party. We served a menue out of the history books. 

Here was a menu: 

GUSTATIO

(hors-d’œuvres)

French Bean and Chick Pea Salad,

Cauliflower, 

 Broccoli in Celery mint Sauce,

Green Bean and Leek Salad
 

PRIMAE MENSAE

 (Main Course, First Table) 

Honey Glazed Ham,
Dried Peas with Leeks and Coriander,
Carrots with Cumin Sauce

SECUNDAE MENSAE 

(sweets, fruits)

Stuffed Dates Fried in Honey, 
Fresh Grapes,

Custard,
Fresh Figs,

Pomegranates.

(Sorry, I could not get the formatting to work properly.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 25, 2017 at 5:40pm

I know what you're saying, Thomas.  I wouldn't mind hanging out with my high school art teacher.  She was a great person.  

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 25, 2017 at 5:26pm

  My high school daze in southern California were the middle '70s. Over 40 years and I have not been to a reunion nor seen any of my class mates since then. I  didn't even bother to go through with the graduation ceremony. I made sure I shook the dust off my shoes on the last day of high school.The only things that kept me alive in high school were the two classes ceramics and photography, and wrestling. The ceramics and photography classes I was allowed to repeat over and over again and still build up credits. If there was anybody I wish to see again is my English teacher and my wrestling coach.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 25, 2017 at 5:10pm

I'm proud to be a resident of the Island of Misfit Toys.

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 25, 2017 at 5:05pm

Bertold,

Thanks for that cool story about Ewiges Leben.

...and that to everybody who chipped in on suggestions for wines.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 25, 2017 at 4:52pm

That is a very haunting song, even to this day. It's always been one of my faves. Never been to a class reunion either. Great bunch of curmudgeons we are!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 25, 2017 at 3:40pm

I watched video of Ian's reunion and the music in the background was an instrumental of the saddest song I've ever heard.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 25, 2017 at 3:11pm

Just yesterday I got an invite to my high school reunion, and tossed it. Haven't been to one for either high school or college that I can recall. Fellow students weren't all that important to me in high school. Had a few friends, mostly boyfriends, in undergrad at Albright, that didn't survive graduation. It was a religious college, but not pushy about it. At least I was lucky to go to a public high school. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 25, 2017 at 2:09pm

Coincidentally, my high school just had it's last graduation class this past June.  It is now closed for good after years of shrinking enrollment and lack of funds.  Another religious school (Lutheran) bites the dust, as so many churches have.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 25, 2017 at 2:05pm

I went to my 10-year reunion (with some trepidation) and it wasn't enjoyable at all.  I haven't been to another reunion activity since.  

My best, and closest friend that I met my first year is still my best, and closest friend to this day.  I didn't keep in touch with anyone else, and that's fine with me.  I got one, awesome, lifetime friendship out of high school and that's good enough for me.   

 

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