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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2013 at 11:57am

Mindy, Patricia, Carl, and Chris, I feel your care and compassion and really do appreciate your reassurances and funny contributions. Laughter provides great medicine, especially as mind and body and emotions get all tangled up with chemicals. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2013 at 11:54am

Well, the first scheduling snafu. I was not on the chemo schedule this week and called to see if there had been a mistake. I went for my appointment with the radiologist and I had made a mistake. The appointment is for 1:00 PM not 9:00 AM. So I talked to the scheduler directly and in person, and it turns our that I have two more BIG MEAN chemo treatments and four more little ones. When I am finished with chemo I will start radiation. Today's appointment is with the radiologist to plan the treatments and set up appointments for the actual radiation.

I am feeling more comfortable about unknown future events; anxiety does not help, and I just have to muster my anxiety management skills and get on with life. 

Comment by Plinius on August 9, 2013 at 1:45am

Glad no one was hurt, Joan, but I think it was a big scare for the neighbourhood.

When you start radiation, does that mean that you're through with the chemo? Then I think the rest is easier. But the positive thoughts keep coming: ((((((((((((((((Joan)))))))))))))))

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2013 at 12:15am

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2013 at 10:39pm
Patricia, yes, by all means, slathered on often and heavy!
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2013 at 8:27pm
Spokane firefighters are fighting a defensive battle on a house fire near the intersection of 19th Avenue and Sherman on the South Hill.
http://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-news/firefighters-battling-south-h...
I live on 21st Ave, just south of the explosion.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2013 at 8:10pm

OK my Atheist Nexus Cancer Support Team, I start radiation tomorrow and have no idea what to expect. Keep positive thoughts coming my way and maybe a funny cartoon or story to make me laugh. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2013 at 8:07pm
We heard two loud explosions followed by two smaller ones at about 4:00 PM. Propane tanks blew up at a house two block away, the house is destroyed as well as three cars, a boat and two houses caught fire. Eleven fire units fought the conflagration in 92 degree heat. They had to rotate crews because of the high temps. No one was hurt. The smell of acrid smoke fills the air.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 8, 2013 at 8:04pm

Mindy, your sign is a KEEPER!  [cut-paste!]  And I'm glad you and Joan enjoyed Neil's musings!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2013 at 7:59pm
Loren, I like Tyson "Caught on Camera". He is smart and funny, with a script or on his own.

Melinda, Sounds like a good time was had by all. Lots of good conversation and food! Can't top that!
 

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