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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 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 Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 1:19pm

Ian, you are so right about Thatcher! We need any more of that ilk. But then, we don't need any more Reagans.

I was thinking of some of our traditional black women who not only had to fight slavery; many had dominating husbands. I suppose that is why the black women I knew and worked with were exceptionally bright and confrontational. They took an effective leadership role in their families and work; they were exceptionally well-trained teachers. 

Native American women often reveal excellent leadership qualities. One woman in Spokane said the Indian men didn't stand up to the challenges and lead their people. They took on leadership roles in the tribe, created an outstanding alcohol and drug treatment center that even white go and are helped. It isn't the "Let go, let god" crowd. The women required personal responsibility. They had a lower recidivism rate than other alcohol treatment programs. 

I just have a hunch there is a woman leader in the pipeline of women who are rising in politics, and she may be black or of either Indian heritage, or Asian culture. 

We need to start training our sons and daughters to assume leadership roles. My son Craig has two young sons. They are going to be effective leaders because of their home and school environment. 

The hosts of last night's dinner and today's cruise are both retired teachers. They trained their kids to be leaders. I met them last night and their families. What an incredible family! 

We have to stop doing what we are doing with our kids and start raising them to be adults. Too many kids learn how to be adult kids. We don't need any more kids. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 1:08pm

I'm using a tape player very little now because I have most of what I want on disk.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 1:07pm

Every time my tape player quits, I find another one at a thrift shop.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 1:03pm

Ian, do you have a thrift shop or some place people send their unwanted equipment? Jeeze, I would give it a try, especially with your treasures. I share your sadness. 

I have the same problem, except mine aren't treasures, they are simply the old stuff of no further interest to me, so I am not going to try to find a player. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 30, 2016 at 12:56pm

I have done a terrible thing but I had to. After the last remaining video player in Denmark (mine) chewed its last tape, my VHS collection has been put for the rubbish collectors. Sob :( All the things I'd recorded from the telly, gone; from Stephen King to Shakespeare and lots of old classics. Who else remebers the original 'Ladykillers'? Alec Guiness; "It's only a penny on each insurance policy" Danny 'One-rund' Green; " No-one's gonner 'urt Mrs Lopsided", and the rest of the gang. I'm going to comfort myself with tea.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 30, 2016 at 12:56pm

A woman at the helm doesn't mean progress. Margaret Thatcher, anyone?

That said, yes, the principle is a step forward.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 12:27pm

I meant to say When a smart, charismatic black or Asian woman rises

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 12:25pm

I had dinner last night with a group of retired teachers and scientists who gathered for an anniversary of a mutual friend. One of the guests was a woman astrophysicist! I have trouble spelling it. 

I have to use a conversion chart to get any idea of what the people who use Celsius experience.

When a smart, charismatic woman rises, she will be able to accomplish the feat of being first woman POTUS.   

Being with educators and scientists last night was like being with a breath of fresh air. They didn't talk chit-chat as usually happens when a group who don't know each other get together. One came from S.E. Asia, others from all over the U.S. The conversations revolved around climate change, the U.S. election and its process, and cancer. Our host is battling cancer, and she wanted to say goodbye to their friends. 

I will be spending this afternoon with them cruising around Coeur d'Alene Lake. Sadly, the temperatures have gone sky high after an excellent refreshing start of summer. If lore is correct we will have a rough end of summer. 

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2016 at 9:43am

We're waiting for the first atheist black woman as president of the US...

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 9:14am

I see a lot more temperatures given in Celsius degrees as time goes on, but I still don't have a good idea of how hot or cold that is (unless it's -40°C, 0°C, or 100°C).  I have to be near my calculator that converts, or look-up a conversion on the net, or use my regular calculator by dividing °C by 5, multiplying that result by 9, and adding 32.

 

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