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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera on Thursday. 3 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

Your favorite photobombs?

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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

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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 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

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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

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Comment by Brent Feeney on July 30, 2014 at 2:51pm

While I'm here *LOL*, wanted to give everyone an update on what's been going on with my mom.

As you may or may not know, I left a job I had at an area Walmart the first part of February after being told to take a transfer from stocking groceries to maintenance or be fired. Took the transfer, found I couldn't do it and turned in my resignation.

As some of you may also remember, I have been having a fairly rough year and a half; my dad died of Parkinson's complications in January 2013 and my mom had a stroke in October 2013. The damage was minimized fortunately but it has affected her some.

Not long after that, mom had to go into the hospital with a case of congestive heart failure. The good news is that she was able to get better and was released from the hospital a couple of days after she went in.

Right at the end of the Winter Olympics, my sister asked me if I wanted to come over and help take care of her so she and my other sister could both go back to work. I accepted and spend the week over with mom, my sisters and a nephew and niece over on the Illinois side of St. Louis, returning to my place in St. Louis city on the weekends. For the most part, it's worked out pretty well.

I brought up the idea of trying to get into a program where I could be paid to help take care of mom, and not long after, they had an interview with an state agency office, who then referred me to another company called Help at Home, a Chicago-based company with an office in Wood River, IL, not far from where mom lives in Glen Carbon (between Collinsville and Edwardsville, for those familiar with STL-area geography).

Submitted an application, passed all the checks, took three days of required training and now I'm being paid (at least part-time; she was approved for 17.5 hours/week) to help take care of mom. It's been a big help, no doubt, but I'd still help out even if I wasn't getting paid. At least being paid helps get the bills at home paid.

I do basic stuff for her; cook breakfast, get her lunch, clean out floors, make sure she gets her meds, help her out, generally make sure she has what she needs. It's pretty difficult at times but rewarding as well.

I hope everyone's doing well too. I should contribute more often to this group, I'll admit.

Comment by Brent Feeney on July 30, 2014 at 2:42pm

Mindy and Randy, sending you all good thoughts and wishes on the loss of your dogs. I'm a dog lover myself (though i do have plenty of room in my heart for cats too) and I hate to hear what's happened to your dogs.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2014 at 8:40am

Randy, your wrote, "The Ray Rice case is a good example."

I had to look up his name to figure out what you meant. 

February 15, 2014, domestic violence arrest, with an unconscious woman with Ray Rice coming out of an elevator. The article didn't say what caused the unconscious state, but by deduction from he arrest, I assume it was a domestic violence incident. 

March 28, 2014, marriage of Ray Rice and his girlfriend!  

Alarm bells, sirens ringing, whistles blowing. This is not the end of any domestic violence, it is merely the first of many incidents until the girlfriend/wife wakes up from her denial and delusions and realizes she is being treated as an object, a thing, a non-person. I do hope she and Rice get some powerful counseling ... not the mamby pamby kind of feel good therapy, but the deeply rooted exploration of the thinking minds of each one. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 30, 2014 at 7:22am

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your notes of sympathy. Your words bring tears to my eyes. I am going to the humane society today to see what they have. 

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2014 at 6:18am

Another Molly who leaves an empty place! I'm sorry for your loss!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2014 at 5:26am

Mindy and Randy, I'm sorry for your loss.

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2014 at 1:50am

http://www.atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/project-brother-in-law

I put this story in a blog, but I get the feeling that today my English is not what it should be. Feel free to correct.

Comment by Plinius on July 29, 2014 at 11:54pm

That's horrible, Randall! I do hope Molly didn't suffer long.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 29, 2014 at 1:41pm

Oh, Randy! That is the WORST!  I don't know what else to say, except please adopt another dog....just not right away.  YOU need time to heal a little bit first.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 29, 2014 at 12:40pm

Randy, that's a terrible way to loose a pet.  I'm really sorry to hear your news.  Now what to do?  I would imagine there are a large number of adoptable dogs just waiting for a loving home to keep you company and to continue their role as man's best friend.    

 

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