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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller on Monday. 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 26, 2012 at 10:23pm

Happy thoughts as you drift off to sleep tonight.

Comment by Steph S. on August 26, 2012 at 6:06pm
Joan I am enjoying your posts and I love the cartoon and your tomato picture.
You are right that no one can define you - even though they want to pigeon hole you into a category or label - you are you and unique!
I know I am not like anyone else. And it is my responsibility to define myself. No one else can define me - but me.
You are right those bigots are hateful to other people and act like they know everything. They are just puppets!
Wonderful words Joan!
Comment by Ian Mason on August 26, 2012 at 5:21pm

Thanks for those posts, Joan. I think you're right about those people who are so damn sure they "know" all the answers. Their thinking has become part of the "fossil record" of human society.

The CRS pic is great and I am stealing it. You've even given instructions how to.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2012 at 3:42pm

My response to a newly "come out of the closet homosexual:"

you take on two very formidable foes, religion and gender orientation. Expect a rough ride! People who hate people who are different seem to love their "god" whatever that is.

You are on a track that holds great promise for humanity and the Earth. Have you noticed how people with such strong hate-values also do terrible things to other people and to the planet? They feel entitled! They "know " the right answer and seem unable to consider other options. 
Living in the answer means being a puppet to some ideology. 
Living in the questions means looking, asking, inquiring, exploring, experimenting,, being, doing, belonging, thinking and participating. There is no one who can define you. That is your job. You are the scion of a long line of successfully reproducing parents with living children. You are part of that long line and it is your responsibility to define yourself to the world.

Please let me know if you disagree with my statement and why.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2012 at 2:34pm

Red Brandywine tomatos can bear fruit up to 1.5 lbs (0.7 kg), requiring 80 to 100 days to reach maturity, making it among the slowest maturing varieties of common tomato cultivars. I am unable to grow it in Spokane without early and late season protection. I shall try again next year.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2012 at 2:09pm

" incipient CRS (Can't Remember Shit). " Oh yes, I know the feeling.
via Emmette Hutto

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2012 at 10:19pm

sk8eycat, that is a wonderful water fountain. They must feel like royal cats!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2012 at 10:17pm

sk8eycat, I don't know how other computers work,

first, I place the curser where I want the photo to be placed; 

then I go to the top row of features and pick "Image".

It brings up an "Add Image" and

select from computer photos,

or copy and paste the "URL" in "choose file".

Then select the "layout" you prefer.

I usually size mine to 300 "width";

press "OK".

If that doesn't work, sorry. 


Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2012 at 5:01pm

Saddened too by the loss of Niel Armstrong. The "space race" was a big part of my childhood in the 60s and the leading figures were my boyhood heroes. The world feels a little older and bleaker this evening.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2012 at 4:57pm

When in doubt, ask Wiki.

Schulz often touched on religious themes in his work, including the classic television cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), which features the character Linus van Pelt quoting the King James Version of the Bible Luke 2:8–14 to explain "what Christmas is all about." In personal interviews Schulz mentioned that Linus represented his spiritual side.

Schulz, reared in the Lutheran faith, had been active in the Church of God as a young adult and then later taught Sunday school at a United Methodist Church. In the 1960s, Robert L. Short interpreted certain themes and conversations in Peanuts as being consistent with parts of Christian theology, and used them as illustrations during his lectures about thegospel, as he explained in his bestselling paperback book, The Gospel According to Peanuts, the first of several books he wrote on religion and Peanuts, and other popular cultureitems.

From the late 1980s, however, Schulz described himself in interviews as a "secular humanist":[44]

I do not go to church anymore... I guess you might say I've come around to secular humanism, an obligation I believe all humans have to others and the world we live in.[45]
 

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