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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

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

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Comment by Ian Mason on April 2, 2015 at 9:13am

Close. Chris. A teasing or making-a-fool-of letter.

Comment by Plinius on April 2, 2015 at 8:40am

Thursday is ok too: I finished Aunt's paperwork at last and sent it off to the judiciary. It's a fight every year because I'm so bad at bookkeeping....

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 2, 2015 at 7:58am

All Fridays are good :-)

Comment by Randall Smith on April 2, 2015 at 7:37am

Gee, I'd almost forgotten it is Easter time. Palm Sunday slipped by me, and tomorrow is "Good Friday". In the past, all these events get a lot of media coverage. Perhaps "the times, they are a-changin' ". we can only hope.

Comment by Plinius on April 2, 2015 at 2:34am

Sound like a nice tradition, Ian! Gaekkebrev - gekkenbrief - letter from a madman?

Comment by Ian Mason on April 2, 2015 at 2:18am

A happy Spring holiday/Easter/Peshak etc. etc. to you all.

Lovely music, Joan.

I've just got my first "gækkebrev" in years. A Danish tradition of sending an anonymus paperclip letter. If I don't guess who the sender is, I owe an Easter egg. I think it's my daughter as she'sdropping by tomorrow.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 1, 2015 at 10:08am

Good morning, Earth! blue skies, frost on the garage roof, part of the living room clean, 99% of the rest to get attention. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 31, 2015 at 8:09am

Joan, My son in law is very knowledgeble about soil science.  In fact, he's a featured speaker at Purdue and other gatherings. It just takes time to build the soil back up in a natural way. Fertilizer speeds up the process.

PBS showed part 1 of its cancer show last night (Part 2 tonight). Interesting. It's done by Ken Burns. Can anybody explain Burns' hair? It's grotesque!

Comment by Plinius on March 31, 2015 at 7:54am

It's a nice storm, Joan, I enjoyed it very much. Lots of fresh air. A bit difficult to walk in the wind but not a real problem. Some of the people in my course stayed home this morning, but they are a bit frailer than I am. The wind is still bellowing and whistling, the streets are full of broken twigs and some dead umbrellas, but all is ok.

Why I like the wind? This is the Randstad - a conglomerate of towns and villages from here to the north of Amsterdam. The rural areas between residential areas are filled up with industry, but if you look carefully you might find a few green patches with cows. The moment that there's no wind you can feel your lungs deteriorating, so I vote for wind every day and regular showers of rain.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2015 at 2:58pm

I'm not into parties, either. I like the idea of you becoming more active with your atheism. We need every effort that can happen. Do you have any ideas of how you will do that? You write powerfully, and I suspect you are a powerful speaker. I have a hunch you would be good with a college age group. You talk collegeze. 

Also, you have enough memory to be able to take on any challengers and do them one better. I love that about you. 

Reason Rally 2!!!!!!!!

I wonder where they consider holding it. 

When Silverman held American Atheists conference in Salt Lake City, I didn't like the idea at first. However, articles and videos revealed it to be a most interesting place to have serious discussions with believers, as well as debates and presentations. Getting into the middle of a hornet's nest offers some risks, as well as some surprising benefits. Remember the discussion panel with Mormons and atheists discussing differences and similarities and challenges?

I wonder how the numbers were for membership in American Atheists. I'll find out. 

That being the case, the deepest bible belt would be the identified hornet's nest. 

 

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