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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller 15 hours ago. 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

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 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?

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

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

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2015 at 9:18am

Some summer songs to get your weekend started right......

And one bonus song that is not summer related....but just too good to pass up......

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2015 at 3:30pm

Chris, your time of great stress took a lot more out of you than your iPod, forgetfulness is bad enough, and your family needs that stretched you so thin can knock even the most organized person. Good news that you can slow down and enjoy life, sort out old stuff and find such golden treasures. I think you had a good stress management process you used. 

Ian, I am such a book fanatic, all my walls have bookcases from floor to ceiling, wall to wall. Cary met the realtor who will manage the sale and reported back to me that the realtor remarked I have more books than some libraries. In 1975, when I started back to college and worked on family violence, not one library, public or private had any resources on that topic. I had to send to others libraries for inter-library loans. My reference material is now out of date and I doubt they will have any resale value. We plan to box up the lot that have barcodes and send them to a place that contacts book-sellers.  

Randy, I am a hoarder, but I am an orderly hoarder. My family will be meeting at the house August 1 to pack up the things I want to keep, plan a garage sale for things I don't want, box up the older books to give to American Association of University Women, and give my old business suits and dresses to The Hearth that gives them to women in transition and looking for work. All my garden equipment will come with me. 

I haven't heard from Felaine, for the last couple of weeks. Here is the most recent message she sent: 

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 23, 2015 at 11:28am

I haven't seen or heard from Sk8eycat lately.  Has anyone else?  I hope she's OK.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 23, 2015 at 11:25am

Wow, Joan, what an exciting and stressful time for you.  You're going through a lot right now.  Supposedly, moving tops the list of the most stressful situations to be in.  I know you'll have lots of support from your family.  All my best to you.

Chris, I laughed at your comment about reading in the shower.  I've gotten so used to wearing my glasses that I have actually stepped into the shower several times wearing them.  I've also gotten into bed with them also.  

What a great find, Chris, to rediscover your Ipod.  A little pot of gold.  Enjoy!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 23, 2015 at 7:18am

Yes, Ian, like newspapers, I'm afeared libraries and bookstores are doomed. Call me a "technophobe", too.

Joan, I hope you don't have to "clean house" like the one I saw on American Pickers last night. The late owner was a hoarder--the worst I've ever seen. Eager to see the greenhouse when completed.

Comment by Plinius on July 23, 2015 at 3:32am

Haha, I like that one, Ian! I just read everything, even shampoo bottles, but I'm not yet so far that I use my reading glasses in the shower...

Comment by Ian Mason on July 23, 2015 at 3:26am

A new start, Joan. Have a lot of fun with it. Also you with your re-start, Chris.

Here's one for all us bibliophiles:

Comment by Plinius on July 23, 2015 at 1:36am

Exciting times Joan! 

Here we're enjoying our holiday; nothing planned at all! The discovery of the week: my Ipod. I saw from the contents that I had put it aside back in 2009, when we got a lot of extra work and stress and forgot all about it. I've been in survival mode a bit too often in all that time - that makes me forget things. Today I'm learning all over again how to use it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 22, 2015 at 6:21pm

It is happening, the greenhouse is going up! I am taking photos but will send them later. I am excited! My box of seeds, hundreds of seed packets, that I accumulated over the years, will have a place to get started in our short growing season. I will begin with starting herbs to be transplanted in their permanant places in the spring. Other seeds will be started in very early spring. All my seeds are short-season varieties.

The realtor who will be selling my home called today and will have the appraisal done this week and it will go on thw market.

Oh dear! that means getting 41 years of clutter cleaned out, sold, given away, or trashed.

The new roof goes on in August.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 22, 2015 at 4:08pm

Randy, every time I visit the BMV I look around at the people there and think to myself, "Wow.  These people are actually licensed to drive."  It's pretty scary.   

 

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