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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 18 hours ago. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

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If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2017 at 8:26pm

On! Oh! Chris ♂ I will be more specific in the future.  

I have no doubt National Geographic Magazine will become another megaphone for the beliefs of a few imposed on the many. I will be watching to see if the magazine stays true to its mission. 

"National Geographic, a global nonprofit membership organization, motivated by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling, to change the world." 

• Our Human Story: Exploring where we came from, how we live today and where we may find ourselves tomorrow;
• Critical Species: Revealing, celebrating, and protecting the diverse creatures that share our world;
• Our Living Planet: Understanding the intricate and interconnected systems of our changing world;
• New Frontiers: Searching for the “new” and the “next” — using the latest technology and science to visit places no one has ever been and find answers no one has ever found."

(emphasis mine)

I will be watching for any signs of biblical stories that tell of the 6,000 or 10,000-year-old earth, or of humans co-existing with dinosaurs. The supernatural stuff may appear, and if so, I intend to be a firebrand opponent. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2017 at 8:14pm

My husband had a knee replacement. It's great now, all fixed. Just surgery recovery to endure and physical therapy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 20, 2017 at 6:11pm

Plinius, like Joan said, I'm sorry about your walking troubles.  I can relate a little because my knees are giving me a hard time going up & down stairs.  Not nearly as bad as yours, but I may get there someday.

My dad's knees gave him a great deal of pain in the last few years of his life and so he mostly just sat.  He didn't want to have his knees replaced with artificial ones, as a friend scared him about it.  But dad had a hip replaced and it gave him good pain-free service.

If my knees get bad, I'll definitely consider artificial ones.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 20, 2017 at 6:04pm

Carl, I was looking for a phrase to use instead of "I hope", and I like what you said: "my best to you".

I don't like using "I wish", and other such terms anymore because since leaving religion, I don't really wish anymore, but have a hard time thinking of what to substitute for them.

I hope is not as bad as I wish, but still sounds a little too much like daydreaming.  Maybe I'm wrong.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2017 at 5:52pm

Chris, I am sorry to learn of your continuing problems with your knees, walking, and climbing stairs. You are wise to see an orthopedic specialist. Hopefully, they will find a remedy for you. 

If I remember correctly, you have an elevator to your apartment. Do you have to use a stairway to climb to get to your garden?

Life seems to offer more stairs as we get older than when we were youngsters.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 20, 2017 at 5:35pm

Pinius....Lets hope you do not have kneasles....crossing my fingers for you....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 20, 2017 at 4:39pm

Chris, my best to you for you medical appointment.  I know all too well the difficulties of stairs...and also being out of balance when I walk.  Do you have many stairs to get into your home?  I'm quite lucky I don't have any in my current location.  Any future apartments of mine will have to have an elevator.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 20, 2017 at 2:27pm

I hope to hear good news about your knees Plinius.

Comment by Plinius on January 20, 2017 at 2:21pm

At last I made an appointment at an orthopedic clinic, high time I get some help with my poor knees. Walking is difficult, climbing stairs more difficult.... you all know stories like that. So I can sit back, wait for the appointment and allow them to help me.

Comment by Chris on January 19, 2017 at 11:59am

Thanks for the information about Nat Geo Joan.

I havent seen the GIZMODO web site before.

 

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