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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith May 27. 9 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on August 19, 2013 at 6:39pm

I'm home, and thanks for all the good wishes, everyone!  I really needed to get out of this house for a few days, and not be reminded of Hairy Jerry every time I turned around. 

I spent 3 days glued to MSNBC, and then Saturday night A&E ran "Ground Hog Day." I'd never seen it before, and several friends had recommended it highly.  My reaction?: meh. I  guess I've read too many similar stories in Analog and/or Fantasy & Science Fiction. I knew everything that was going to happen....and the scene where the truck goes over a cliff and explodes spectacularly, turned me right off.  That does NOT happen in real life. Or maybe only extremely rarely.

Am I a cynic?  Or have I lived around the film industry too long (since I was 5 years old)?

Anyroad, it's good to be back, and now I can afford to have my hair cut, and take a friend to a local pub for bangers and mash.  NOT the best thing for  my diabetes, but I figure one meal like that won't kill me.  And I WANT it!  tee-hee!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2013 at 4:32pm

Poor Ian indeed.  Sorry about your dementia troubles, but like the sound of your delicious balcony crop.

And, Chris, it's nice to hear your auntie being overjoyed to see you.

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

 

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