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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by k.h. ky on May 3, 2014 at 6:29pm
Booklover, it is funny.
Comment by Ian Mason on May 3, 2014 at 6:16pm

Patricia, do like Calvin (and Hobbes) mother: MAKE them go outside and build snowmen.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 3, 2014 at 4:21pm

Patricia, is there a quiet, private place where you can duck inside, sit down, close your eyes, think of nothing but your breathing, and do some slow, deep breathing for a minute or two?  You know, inhale for a count of 4, hold it for the same anout of time, exhale for another count of 4, and hold that for a count of 4...repeat as needed.  It doesn't really take long, and helps immensely.  IMHO

It has worked for me, even when I am feeling suicidal (which is often)...

Comment by Ian Mason on May 3, 2014 at 1:52pm

Joan, the best SF revovles around "what if?" ideas. As an example, a Star Trek episode where Lwaxana Troy falls for a man who's culture expects self-administered euthanasia when a person reaches a certain age. This is considered a preventative measure, ensuring that no-one suffers the indignities of dementia and the like. The burgeoning romance leads to a conflict of course but the main point is "what if?" How do we cope with situations where the rules and norms are different? Writers like Isaac Asimov, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K Dick, Ursula LeGuinn and Iain M Banks are masters of this and are well worth reading. Launch yourself into a new adventure - it's worth it, I promise.

Hope you have a pleasant time indoors with the family, Patricia. Drinking hot cocao while looking at a snow-covered landscape is a simple but sublime pleasure.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2014 at 12:14pm

Ian, I should have said there is a lot of bunk in OUR culture that needs debunking. Sorry for my mistake. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2014 at 12:11pm

OK! OK! OK! My education is stunted. You guys sure know how to wake up an uneducated old woman who wears diabetic shoes, shaves her head, and likes "Somewhere over the Rainbow" and Judy Garland. 

I have made a list of your music likes, am downloading them into iTunes and will commence my musical education. 

Now, as to sci-fi and other outrageous fiction, you might have something to offer me; I am even willing to give that damnable fiction a try. It seems you wise men and women enjoy it and there must be some reason for all your wisdom. But this! You have to be kidding!

Hehehe 

Comment by Ian Mason on May 3, 2014 at 9:16am

Just got through the local ½ marathon. A slowish time but there are lots of hills and a strong headwind. My son-in-law also took part and now he, my daughter and her mother are going to eat here. Very nice.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 3, 2014 at 8:47am

My wife and I finally got around to trying Piada last night, and I have to say ... not bad at all!  I had a Steak Piada (a "piada" might as well be an Italian burrito!) with diavolo sauce (not too hot, but nice character!), chopped romaine and Parmesan - excellent!  My wife had their Chicken Fritte Pasta bowl, also with diavolo sauce and some other accents - also pretty darn good!  I should also mention that my side dish was their Lobster Bisque - not much lobster, but the proper bisque taste was absolutely there.

If you've got one of these places within shooting distance, I'd say absolutely give 'em a try!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2014 at 12:35am

Ian, Yes, you have talked about Randolph before, but not this story, if I remember correctly. In any event, there is a lot of bunk remaining in your culture that needs de-bunking. 

I like the way you put it, "A 'stop, look, listen, breathe, enjoy' day is something we don't value enough."

Comment by Ian Mason on May 2, 2014 at 11:41pm

Lots of really good posts that make me smile. Thank you very much.

Joan, I might have mentioned this before but here goes: Randolph Churchill (Winny's son) once read the Bible for a bet. His reaction: "Isn't God a shit?!" Even as a child I wondered about that Egypt story. Why did God harden Pharao's heart? Wouldn't it have been easier to soften it and avoid all the deaths? While there might be some semi-pleasant platitudes scattered through That Damn Book there's f-all common sense most of the time, only generous amounts of malice.

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your Day of Reason, doing the things that give you pleasure and giving yourself the time to soak up the everyday beauty of your surroundings.A " stop, look, listen, breathe, enjoy" day is something we don't value enough.

 

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