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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on August 20, 2012 at 8:54am

That selfcentred concentration of her on your concerns is horrible - I can imagine you feeling like a fish in a bowl. Reminds me of my ex-neighbour who was convinced that I was a witch.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2012 at 8:34am

Yes, booklover, I was careful what I did after that.  I felt like a fish in a fishbowl.  I probably would have been better off not listening in on her. 

I'm reminded of movies that explore what it would be like to be able to read peoples minds ("What Women Want" is one I like because it's so funny), but most of them show more negatives to the ability than positives, and I think that may be true.  At least true if the ability can't be turned off & on.

Back to my busy-body neighbor, I remember her telling one person how I was reading the scriptures in church that day instead of listening to the speaker (as if her watching and reporting what others were doing wasn't just as bad or worse).  Not that I thought reading the scriptures instead of listening to a boring speaker was wrong.

But the things that bothered me the most were things she saw me do that she couldn't quite make-out, so she made-up a story about what I was doing.  Usually a story that put me in a bad light.  Oh well, perhaps I got what I deserved by using my electronic ability to spy on her. :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2012 at 7:28am

Patricia, your pic reminds me of me & a neighbor 30 years ago.  We were on a party line, so if one of us were on the phone & the other picked-up, we could hear them.  I suspected she was a busy-body, so I created an electronic device & hooked it to my phone so I could listen to her without making a tell-tale click.  

What I did was probably immoral and against the law, but I did find-out she was what I suspected.  There were things she talked about me doing that she couldn't have seen without using good binoculars. LOL.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2012 at 7:16am

Thanks Tony.  It's inspiring to me also.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 20, 2012 at 4:25am

Sleep and laughter. They're real natural remedies.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 20, 2012 at 4:24am

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 20, 2012 at 3:47am

I found this quite inspiring.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 20, 2012 at 12:54am

Right, Joan. Will have to take a trip to Dublin one day. Bloom Day perhaps

Comment by Steph S. on August 20, 2012 at 12:28am
Oh hey Patricia! I just love that cute cat picture you posted! It's very funny! : )
Comment by Plinius on August 20, 2012 at 12:00am

LOL Patricia!

 

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