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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 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

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 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

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

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Comment by sk8eycat on August 23, 2013 at 6:53pm

Stph, that little ORNJ kitty looks very much like my Pumpkin.  And he has come out of his shell a great deal now that Jerry has "left the building."  He has never been an Only Cat in all of his 14 years; I think he's enjoying it.

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Ruth, yes, I always see hummingbirds at the feeders when I stay at Sue's house. sometimes 2 or 3 will come from different directions, and then "scold" each other about who was first...even though the feeders each have 3 openings for group meals.

One pair comes back every spring to build (or refurbish) their nest in a camellia bush right outside her den window.  I have photos....

Those little birds know a good thing when they find it.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 23, 2013 at 6:44pm

Richard, WELCOME!

ENJOY!

Comment by Steph S. on August 23, 2013 at 6:37pm

Hi Richard - nice to have you here.

How is everyone. Weekend is here.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2013 at 9:02pm
Hi Richard, glad to see you on this site. I noticed you responded to my article on problems with the forests caused by climate change; a great concern of mine. This is a friendly and caring group. Managing life's challenges is a bit easier with the wise and sometimes entertaining comments that come through here. We all care about health, family, friends,and the planet.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2013 at 8:56pm

Patricia, I really like PZ Meyers. He says a lot with few words. 

"Religious beliefs are lazy jokes with bad punch lines."

~ PZ Myers

Probulos, I. M. (2012-12-03). Over 365 Quotations for Atheists Agnostics and Secular Humanists (Quote Books) (Kindle Locations 297-298). I. M. Probuluos. Kindle Edition.

Comment by Richard C Brown on August 22, 2013 at 8:19pm

I just want to Hang Out for awhile.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 22, 2013 at 6:05pm

Patricia, I loved the article, but I don't know anybody to send it to.  I've been an open atheist for so long that all my "friends" who couldn't handle that vanished years ago.  99.9% of my friends are also atheists, or indifferent to religion but are afraid of the "A"-word.

I guess that's a project I could get into...getting rid of the undeserved, old Cold War baggage that a simple little word carries around.  Now, how do I start?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 21, 2013 at 7:44pm

Thanks for sharing your therapeutic cat sitting experience, sk8eycat. Did you see hummingbirds at any of the feeders?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2013 at 5:00pm

Mindy, I'm pleased that you and daughter are excited and happy.

For quite a while after I joined Atheist Nexus, I kept seeing a place to create a badge.  Seems like it was near the top of the page.  I was always thinking about creating one, but Patricia's post got me going.  It was difficult finding where to go this time, but once I got there, creating the badge was easy.

The place to click on is now found at the bottom of the page towards the right.  It says "Badges".

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 21, 2013 at 1:45pm

Felaine, I'm glad to hear that your catsitting "vacation" did some good!

Road Rage Cat reminds me of a joke article I saw years ago, about new cars that run not on gasoline/petrol but on vitriol. They convert anger into energy, and unlike other cars, they're actually most efficient on clogged streets and highways during rush hour.

 

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