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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 24. 9 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

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

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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

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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 sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 6:06pm

I wish our musicians would play "the Star-Mangled Spanner" with that kind of brio instead of like a dirge...and I also wish there was a law against the warblers who add extra notes and drag them out when singing it at a sports event.  GAGS me!

Do other countries play their national anthems at every effing little game?  Little league soccer, or whatever?

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 12:11am

Oh, that's WILD!  Almost a "Depends Moment""!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 7, 2014 at 10:43pm

Okayyyy...this is from "Steam Bath" produced by Hollywood Television Theatre, at KCET, my alma mater.  (Or one of them.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESDwlXua9dU

They ran this every night for a week, and I watched each broadcast.  (Wasn't Bill Bixby handsome?)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 7, 2014 at 9:57pm

An amusing bit, excepting for the tinge of homophobia and nudity taboo.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 7, 2014 at 9:51pm

Jazz envy, I haz it. Happy weekend, everyone!

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2014 at 11:37pm

As you realize, Napoleon, I have problems with you and sometimes you make no sense to me at all. When you do ring my bells, they are as clear as crystal and make good sense. Kind of like wake-up call to some truth. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 6, 2014 at 10:08pm

Sk8eycat, a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned about attending a Johnny Carson taping back in 1988......Pete Fountain was the musical guest for that show. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 6, 2014 at 10:01pm

I had the honor of seeing Woody Herman and his Big Band three times in my life.  Twice in high school in a concert setting.  The third and final time I was probably just 21 and able to legally get into bars/clubs.  Woody was performing at Rick's Cafe Americain here in Chicago.  A classic jazz club.  A fairly small room.  Small round tables tightly arranged together and each with a candle.  I was seated right up front, an arms length away from the piano.  And before me, just several feet away, was one row each of saxophones, trombones and trumpets.  A wall of intense, electrifying music fronted by Woody Herman and his clarinet.  It's one of those unforgettable and sublime musical memories.  

When I used to work in downtown Chicago, my office was just three blocks from The Jazz Showcase, another infamous jazz club.  Occasionally by boss and I would go have dinner after work and then head to the jazz club.  I recall seeing both Tal Farlow and Ray Brown perform there. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 6, 2014 at 8:26pm

Oh, la!  It seems like 100 years since I've been to a jazz club (Shelly's Manne- Hole in Hollywood)A friend worked there as a maitre d' and he would slip me in...

We also used to hit a lot of the better clubs in the French Quarter when we played New Orleans...different kind of jazz, but fun.  Double fun to actually meet, and shake hands with the likes of Al Hirt and Pete Fountain. (Sometimes the musicians who toured with us would sit in with the "big names" for a few sets.  So cool!)

Them wuz the dayz.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 6, 2014 at 7:33pm

No argument, Carl, though I'd likely opt for a snifter of a good single-malt.  It's one for the desert island, for sure.

 

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