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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky yesterday. 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 Ian Mason on March 8, 2013 at 10:49pm

Joan, it's nice to hear that your motor is still running.

I can just about remember having chickens, Mum boiling the washing in the "copper", the zinc bath hanging in the shed outside, lighting fires in the morning. I also thought that vaccinations, with a needle the size if an eight-inch nail, were torture but I'm alive to tell the tale.

I remember that our first TV was a big event (one of the places my Mum cleaned were getting a new one and gave us their old one). Telephone meant walking to a phone box, dialling and putting in coins. And there were two Germanies where people were killed for trying to move from one to the other.

I agree, not the "good old days". I raise my morning-coffe-cup in a toast to progress.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 8, 2013 at 10:27pm

Have a great time, Melinda.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 10:03pm

sk8eycat, I have been having trouble with the top row not showing "Link, Photo, Movies, "T", paperclip, Bold .... I surely do miss them when they are not there. Sometimes, I just don't send something interesting because I don't have those handy tools. 

Do I hear myself complaining?  YES! Loudly and with a few "sheist kopf" thrown in. I just now realized that in my old days, I had to find a piece of paper, an envelope, stamp, write the thing using a dictionary, put it on the mail box hoping the mailperson would stop that day or go to the post office 4 or 5 blocks away and put it in the slot. Joan, just remember!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 9:55pm

Grinning cat, great list of things from long ago. The young don't understand, but they sure have some interesting changes ahead of them as science marches on with all new kinds of technology.

I'll have to write my own list for my kids so they will learn about one-hole outside toilets, using a pump in the kitchen to get cold water, of taking baths once a week, heating water in a kettle on the stove so the whole family could bathe using the same water, chipping ice from the ice chest, cooking with wood, starting a fire winter mornings, slippers frozen to the floor, chickens raised in the back yard, killing a chicken or two every Sunday and pulling feathers and singeing the skin with newspaper fire, making pillows out of chicken down, using lard for shortening and to butter our toast, listening to Amos 'n' Andy on the radio, going to the movies for a quarter, watching horses pull harvest machines, huge family dinners every single Sunday, growing our own vegetables and fruits, and meats, wailing and pleading on our knees to god with tears running down our cheeks, babies dying from whopping cough, teenagers dying from scarlet fever,  the "Poor Farm". 

Those were not the good old days. I am so grateful to be alive and see all the wonderful talents in medicine and engineering, and technology. These are the good old days. 

I just completed my yearly check up for all my body parts. I have four more years on my pacemaker, my lump on my breast turned out to be nothing, the breast exam didn't hurt one little bit, my teeth all are in my head in the right places, my seeing problems can be solved with corrective lenses and cataract surgery isn't yet indicted.

Now, how could I ask for anything more.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 9:35pm

Melinda, I just got off the phone with my daughter and I described your trip with your family and how much I enjoy learning about all of you and having such fun and interesting things going on together. I hope your trip is full of wonderful events, that you just soak up all the special time building memories for the days when you rock in a chair with your memories, your hair turns white, you teeth turns brown with flat edges , and a few wrinkles cover your face. Laughter, built from good time together, makes growing older so much better.

My daughter and one of my granddaughters joins me on Sunday for "girls day"! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 9:28pm

A few of my favorite physicists on this just released video. Hope you enjoy!

Symphony of Science - Secret of the Stars

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 8, 2013 at 7:50pm

Melinda, I hope you'll have had a wonderful time!!

A bit of humor: 25 things you'll have to explain to your kids one day

including "How sometimes when you called your friends, you'd have to talk to their parents first", and "what this was":

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 8, 2013 at 6:09pm

Have fun Melinda.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2013 at 2:08pm

Where did the top row of "buttons" go?

Ian, I had a wonderful dentist for 45 years (since I was in high school), but have been going through hell since he retired 10 years ago. He would always stop working, inject more "stuff," and wait for it to take effect before continuing.

This one did knock $50 off the bill....

Comment by Steph S. on March 8, 2013 at 10:43am

Joan that is a cute photo - love all the posts - trying to read back through and get all caught up.

 

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