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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia 15 hours ago. 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 Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 11:16am

Carl, Your snow fall and travel conditions present such formidable barriers to getting your tasks done, it would be easy to become discouraged. Do keep your spirits up, especially with such uncontrollable factors. 

I have never driven in the Chicago area except on the freeways. Where I-90 and I-80 come together, from north of Chicago going east, driving presents nightmares, even now just remembering it. I wonder if the nerves ever get used to such chaos? 

I wonder if there is a way to reframe the delays into something that gives you calm? What is that big word that I can never remember? ... oh yes, equanimity. I'm not sure I could do the reframe for myself, but that would be my goal if I were in your shoes. 

I know it gives you no comfort to know that we have had only 66% of our needed snow pack in the mountains and virtually none at lower levels. If this isn't climate change, I don't know what evidence one needs. 

I used Chris' video with audio to get to sleep last night. A very pleasant experience. Thanks, Chris. 

Here is another, "I wonder" if sleeping will help pass the time. I used sleep throughout the worst of my cancer treatments and it helped me. Perhaps it will help you pass the time. Certainly, going for long walks is not an option. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 10:18am

Patricia, you wrote that you are not "well educated". From my perspective, there are different kinds of education.

Some have a formal education, and not all formal education is healthy or supportable or intelligent. The madrasas, for example, or the church schools that teach dogma instead of the inquiry. These people live in the answers. 

Some people have an informal education based on an inquiring mind and a skeptical nature. They doubt and want evidence for a concept. These people live in the questions. 

Some people have a deliberate ignorance and have no interest in evidence. They consciously reject data if it conflicts with their dogma. They live in the answers. 

Patricia, in my humble opinion, you have a natural inquiring mind and will not settle for dogma. That is one of the reasons why I admire so much. 

Comment by Ian Mason on February 3, 2015 at 10:15am

I feel like I've been abducted by aliens :-) I've been to the hospital and been probed in a place that doesn't usually get probed, manually and with an ultrasound device. The good news is that there doesn't seem to be anything abnormal, taking age into account, so no tissue sample taken for biopsy. A new blood test in 6 months is advised. I am relieved.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 2, 2015 at 10:46pm

Wow, Chris.  Eleven hours!  It's very relaxing.  I've been listening off and on all day.  Thanks!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 2, 2015 at 10:40pm

I hope your waiting is soon over, Carl.

Like the soothing garden, Chris.

Comment by Pat on February 2, 2015 at 7:29pm

Carl, take care and take it easy. I had a stent put in my heart about 8 months ago. Pain in the a$$, well, in the chest, BUTTTTTTT...... I'm still alive and stalking the courtrooms of Southern Illinois, as you will be stalking the airlines at O'Hare. Keep 'em honest.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 2, 2015 at 7:19pm
At least I'm not covered in snow and ice. So far so good!
Comment by kathy: ky on February 2, 2015 at 7:18pm
I don't care for text speak or spelling either. I'm afraid I'll forget correct english and spelling if I stopped using it. I use Lol because I have such an odd sense of humor l don't know if others know that I'm teasing or joking.
Carl, just keep on keeping on. I had a heart cath a year or so ago and it wasn't bad. I know that's not like surgery. Remember that we are all pulling for you.
Comment by Plinius on February 2, 2015 at 1:13pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_7f14NkOyU

something to ease the waiting?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 2, 2015 at 12:13pm

We got blasted with snow here in Chicago.  The final tally is 19 inches (48 cm).  Schools are closed and lots of people staying home from work today.  I was scheduled for a doctor appointment at 9:45 this morning but I had to cancel.  My sister was going to pick me up and drive me there but many of the streets are still not drivable.  In my condition, I don't have the strength to navigate on foot through all this snow and take two buses and a train to get there.  I get out of breath just walking around my apartment.

I'm expecting a decision this week from the kidney transplant team concerning my surgery.  I have a feeling that they will want me to have heart surgery first before having a kidney transplant.  Ugh......the waiting. 

 

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