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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Tuesday. 1 Reply

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

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2017 at 1:15am

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2017 at 1:00am

Sorry to hear that,Carl.

Comment by Plinius on August 23, 2017 at 11:03pm

That's bad news, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2017 at 3:09pm

Ian, sounds like a very nice day.  I hope you get to do and see some great Art and eat some great food in New York.  Enjoy!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 23, 2017 at 2:31pm

Been walking all day in NY. The Hudson River park is a lovely place. There's shade, sun, a cool breeze, and greenery. There are cyclists, runners, power-walking seniors, families and playgrounds full of children. A real pleasure.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2017 at 2:12pm

Randy, I'm glad you were able to see the eclipse as well.  In fact, I'm happy for anyone here who had that wonderful opportunity.

In 2024, Carbondale, Illinois is once again lucky enough to get 100% totality.  Since I missed this last one, and I don't have a car, I should seriously look into taking the train there and back on that day.

I have always loved hiking and taking walks, especially in nature settings.  Unfortunately, that is an activity I can no longer enjoy like I used to.  Uneven surfaces cause huge risks of losing my balance and falling.  Even on flat surfaces I need to pay close attention to each step I take.  Running errands outside is both physically and mentally taxing.  I can't enjoy walking because I need to constantly look down and monitor each step.   

Comment by Loren Miller on August 23, 2017 at 7:54am

Mostly I watched the eclipse on The Discovery Channel and CNN, but seven years from now, I'll be watching it live and in person, 'cuz the next one has Cleveland in its sights!  How neat is THAT?

Comment by Plinius on August 23, 2017 at 7:48am

Walk while you can! I was never very strong but I liked to walk very much. Now that my back and knees cooperate only reluctantly I miss the walks. The best I can do is take public transport to get out of town and take a calm walk for an hour, then take transport home. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 23, 2017 at 6:57am

I'll add my two bits worth of eclipse news.

I, too, saw totality, but not without enormous headaches dealing with traffic. I couldn't cross the Ohio River south of Evansville because it was at a standstill. I backtracked over the Wabash into Illinois. State parks were jammed. I had to park on the side of the road to observe the eclipse. But it was worth it! Amazing sight. And few clouds, luckily. As Carl mentioned, driving out and back into Indiana, it took at least twice as long. I was exhausted from driving. I stayed at a motel overnight.

By the way, I did two major hikes in state parks (IL and IN), 5 miles each, and saw only one other hiker total! What, nobody walks any more?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2017 at 6:36am

Here in Pocatello, the garbage and recycling pick-up people were given the day off because of the expected traffic.  They were several hours later than normal the next day, probably because there still being a lot of traffic.


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