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The End of the World ... Again?!?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Pat on Thursday. 5 Replies

Uh, guys and gals?  Hate to tell you, but the world ended the other day.  And the hell of it is, I MISSED IT!  Yeah, too busy with other stuff, mowing the lawn, enjoying the company of my wife, and taking care of puddy-cats, and I just MISSED it!One…Continue

Tags: AronRa, prophecy, end of the world

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity

Started by dudaboli yev. Last reply by Donald R Barbera on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity Sam Harris offers his case against the Christian god conceptSamuel Benjamin "Sam" Harris is an American author, neuroscientist, philosopher, the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a non-profit…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan Sep 2. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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

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Comment by Plinius on March 16, 2015 at 2:38pm

That's the best Pi I've seen so far!

Glad to hear from you Carl. I'll be thinking of you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2015 at 2:36pm

Carl, I am very happy to read your words, even as it saddens me that you have been through so much. The very good news is you have high spirits and a positive attitude. That will carry you far. I think of you every day and send you all the positive energy that quantum physics or whatever energy that can go from one person to another. 

I don't know if Chopra has grasp of what such energy can or can't do. For this time period, I claim positive energy can flow between you and your friends. 

Love your Pi day contribution. It is a keeper. 

My warm thoughts to you, always. 

Fondly, Joan

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 16, 2015 at 2:16pm

I'm a little late for Pi day, but here's my contribution, none the less.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 16, 2015 at 2:11pm

Hi, Joan.  Thanks for asking about me.  I just spent nine days in the hospital.  I went to have a heart echo-gram and stress test.  After they took the initial images, they compared them to an echo I had one month earlier.  Within one month's time my heart pumping had deteriorated from 40% to 20%.  (Normal heart pumping percentage is about 60%.)  As a result, they cancelled the stress test and decided to admit me to the hospital.

The doctors scheduled aortic valve replacement surgery within the week, but unfortunately I contracted a viral infection and the surgery was postponed until my lungs cleared up.  I was ultimately released from the hospital this past Friday so I could finish recuperating at home (away from all the hospital germs) and regain my health, making me as strong as possible for my upcoming heart surgery.  That surgery has now been rescheduled for this coming Wednesday. 

At this time, I'm actually feeling very well.  Dialysis has removed a lot of fluid buildup that was in my body and around my lungs.  I've lost weight as a result and my face is thinner (which is a good thing.)  Barring any unforeseen circumstances, surgery will happen on Wednesday.  I'll have about a 4 to 6 week recovery period and then I should be ready for my kidney transplant.

Whew!  Long explanation.  At times it seems as if my plans have changed daily.  Mentally I'm doing great.  I'm looking forward to having this all behind me.     

Randy, congrats on your new grandchild. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather.     

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2015 at 12:30pm

@ Carl, just want you to know that I am thinking of you. I don't need an answer back, but hope your plans progress and that you are in good spirits. 

Comment by k.h. ky on March 16, 2015 at 11:11am
Joan, the bandaid contact did exactly that. Protected the eye from the rubbing of the eyelid. Kinda surprised me. Having worn contacts for many years they were often the cause of eye abrasions.
Randy, another gchild is wonderful news. I'll never have more tthan the two and two halfs l have.
Everyone else : l hope you have a beautiful day like it's going to be here. Temps mid - seventies.
Comment by Ian Mason on March 16, 2015 at 9:19am

Spring is good. It's sort-of on the way in Denmark, coquettish and giving us the cold shoulder between the sunny spells.

I've seen 3 bio-pics in the last week: Mr. Turner, The Imitation Game and Theory of Everything. All different and all very good. Time and money well spent.

Comment by Plinius on March 16, 2015 at 8:20am

Congrats Randall! I hope there's a good year for you in store.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 16, 2015 at 7:59am

For some reason, Indiana is a major flyway for Sandhill cranes. They go right over my house. And yesterday, there must have been thousands flying noisily north. They stay at a preserve (Jasper Pulaski) north of me about 60 miles for a moth or so, before flying further north. Amazing birds. Certainly a sign of Spring! Supposed to hit 70 today--Hurray!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 14, 2015 at 2:20pm

If you want more accuracy than 3.1415, then wait until 9:26 PM.  Wait another 53 seconds and you'll be at 3.141592653


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