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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 5 hours ago. 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 yesterday. 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 yesterday. 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 Plinius on April 8, 2014 at 7:05am

Welcome back Ian, and thanks for the pictures, I like them very much.

" many need help just to survive their families"

Very true, but the stories are told and shared here: we're in good company!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 8, 2014 at 6:57am

I imagine that at least a couple of you want to know how The Unbelievers was last night.  I will likely be a little while writing about that, but in the meantime, here's a little something to let you all know that yours truly wasn't just blowing smoke:

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2014 at 4:47am

Grottos at Rosh HaNrika, near the Lebanese border.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2014 at 4:44am

Smart wheels, Patricia.

Dome of the Rock and little brother.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 8, 2014 at 1:23am
Brent, good to see you back. I remember someone giving you a hard time a while ago about posting the details of your friends radio show. You made those posts before each broadcast. I never, ever viewed that as spam and I didn't understand why that person got all bent out of shape about it. It kinda came out of nowhere. I'm sorry it was enough to keep you away from here.
Anyway, I'm sorry you've had a rough time lately dealing with family health issues, but it's great to have you back with the herd.
Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2014 at 12:24am

As promised, a few pics: Jerusalem High Street and shops, 2,000 years ago. Potholes caused by a Roman demolition squad pushing bits of temple off the hilltop in the year 70.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2014 at 12:19am

Nice to have you back, Brent and to hear that you're bearing up under the strain. It sounds like life hasn't been easy of late.

That's a good weights and measures system, Joan.

A family should ideally help you to cope with the ups and downs of life, a secure base to help you survive the vagaries of your journey but it sounds like many need help just to survive their families. Very sad.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2014 at 12:03am

It is nice to learn of your life has improved through the years and you are much better. I expect you will be scooting around town all in purple. A very sweet image. 

Comment by Arp on April 7, 2014 at 11:27pm

Patricia, I'm very saddened to know what you experienced as a child. No child deserves that. May you have all the happiness now!

Comment by Arp on April 7, 2014 at 10:46pm

Hello comrades! Its nice to know many of you including Joan agree with my point of view.

 

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