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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 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 Plinius on July 2, 2015 at 3:21am

Sounds good, Felaine! Please send me a cricket... For Dutch standards we have a heatwave here, last night was a record of 25°C, add 2° for urban areas. Weather forecast: tomorrow 36°C - 96°F. I'm dancing to get some rain and thunderclouds together!

I like the statues very much!

Comment by Ian Mason on July 2, 2015 at 3:07am

That sounds remarkably relaxing, Felaine.

Here's G.B. Shaw.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 2, 2015 at 2:33am

Chris, I'm not bragging, but this house  was built in the late 1930s with central heating; dad had the system rebuilt with A/C added in the late '50s.  It's expensive to run all the time, and not necessary, anyway.  Southern California IS a desert, and the evening temps do drop dramatically when the sun goes down.

I have all the windows open, listening to a cricket choir right now

Comment by sk8eycat on July 2, 2015 at 2:23am

Ian, that's a VERY classy statue!  I love ones that are casual and lifelike.  (I'd like to see one of Robert Heinlein sitting next to Ginny, with Pixel between the two of them. I have a Polaroid shot like that somewhere around here....)

Comment by Plinius on July 2, 2015 at 12:06am

How you can stand such hot weather! Here it's damp, stuffy and hot and I'm busy raindancing.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2015 at 11:26pm

Another writer who was unique. James Joyce.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 10:39pm

I hope you find some relief from the heat, Chris. 

It is 92 outside now, at 8:15 PM

I saw a statue based on Kafka's Metamorphosis in Berlin outside a convention center. It was such a grotesque piece, I cannot forget it. However, I can't find a photo of it in the many places I have looked and Googled. Sadly, I didn't take pictures during my many adventures. 

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2015 at 11:12am

Then we're all young, Ian! Getting off-line now, it's 31°C in this room. Perhaps the cellar is better now.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2015 at 10:47am

A quote from Franz Kafka:

: “Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 9:03am

Ian, I wonder if there will ever be an appreciation of the aging population. We do present a dilemma for the "Sandwich" generation. 

I marvel at how Laura can get me to my medical care, help my granddaughters and fill in to care for my great-grandchildren and manage her own business. She would not be able to do these tasks if she worked for wages. 

Not everyone is entrepreneurial. It is interesting to observe her with her children. As young adults too often do, they get into financial troubles with their credit cards and then come to her for help in budgeting to get free of debt. She coaches beautifully, never blaming, always encouraging and offering sound advice.  

Young people need to learn how to manage their financial matters. They have closed ears to any advice until they get in over their heads, and then they welcome information. Laura knew that and handled her girls beautifully. Even the great-grandkids learn from her. I am so very fortunate to have these individuals in my family. 

 

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