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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:14am

Ian, I will try again to get the site to you. The projects at BiZoHa Campus in Uganda are exciting.


Muhokya, Kasese Province, Uganda.

The Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS)

Bwambale Robert's Page

"We are situated in Muhokya in the beautiful Rwenzori region of Kasese Province, Uganda.

"Our project was launched in February 2015 to provide a safe and nurturing environment for some of Uganda's most at-risk children, and to provide them with a high-quality science and reason based educational curriculum."

Comment by Ian Mason on October 29, 2015 at 9:41pm

I'm afraid I get a 'page not found' from your Ugandan link, Joan. I have nothing but admiration for those secularists and atheists active in those parts of the world still in the thrall of superstition.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 29, 2015 at 5:37pm

Interesting piece of history, Joan. It reminds me of a limerick I heard years ago about the consort of King Carol II of Romania:

Have you heard about Magda Lupescu?

She came to Romania's rescue

It's a wonderful thing

To be under a king

Is democracy better I esk you?

I studied for a couple of quarters in Romania back in the 70s.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2015 at 5:04pm

Just a wee bit of NW history to brighten up a cold, rainy day:

October 29, 2015 - November 4, 2015

"This week in 1926 Washington rolled out the red carpet for Queen Marie of Romania, who was visiting the state at the invitation of philanthropist Sam Hill. On November 2 the queen arrived in Spokane with her 85-person entourage and was feted with a reception at the Davenport Hotel. The next day she traveled to Goldendale, where she dedicated Hill's Maryhill Museum of Art, which was still under construction. After the dedication the royal party spent the night in Portland, then visited Longview the next morning.  

"When the Queen arrived in Seattle the afternoon of November 4, she was greeted at the King Street Station by thousands of well-wishers, then left in a motorcade for a tour of the city that included a visit to Roosevelt High School and ended with a dinner reception at the New Washington Hotel. On November 6, Queen Marie completed her tour of Washington in Blaine, where she rededicated the Peace Arch, which had been built by Sam Hill a few years earlier. From there she headed east, making another brief stop in Spokane on her way back across the continent and home again to Romania."

Hill's Maryhill Museum of Art looking across the Columbia River into the wheat fields of Oregon.



Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2015 at 2:29pm

Another of our favorite, Betty Bowers: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2015 at 12:04pm

New update about my activities in Uganda From Bwambale Robert

Bwambale's "core aims and objectives {are} to ensure Science and Reason prevail on the African soil". Photos of their facilities, students, sponsors, and teacher reveal an active Humanist effort to educate students for healthy living and working.  

 core aims and objectives to ensure Science and Reason prevail on the African soil.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 28, 2015 at 7:39am

When I flipped on the TV to watch the World Series, I was struck by seeing Alex Rodriguez and Pete Rose doing the pre-game analysis. What's wrong with that, you ask? Well, they're disgraced current and former major leaguers, one for using steroids, the other for betting on his own team, both charged and found guilty. Surely they could come up with more respected figures

Comment by Randall Smith on October 27, 2015 at 7:40am

$190 later, I think my dog's nose condition is clearing up. She "breaks out" with bleeding sores. Some viral thing according to the biopsy. She's spending the day indoors with me while it rains (finally!). The wind is knocking off the colorful fall leaves. Boo. Good day to clean house.

Comment by k.h. ky on October 26, 2015 at 6:39pm
Joan, it is so like you to know felaines birthday! I hope she knew how much she meant to all of us.
In-laws! I also have issues with the only one l have but it seems to be a personality clash from word go. I don't think anyone wants to see their children marry someone older with children. Odd that the grandson l brag of so often came from that marriage.

Life has a way of working out.
Comment by Ian Mason on October 25, 2015 at 2:50pm

That's a remarkable story, Joan. Your son-in-law must really have loved your daughter to be willing to make great changes. He must also have been aware of his problems and wanted to change. Life among your family and surrounded by nature sounds beautiful.

I'm starting to have doubts about my son-in-law. Last time I was there, during the summer. I found out that my daughter was the one going out to work and doing all the shopping, cooking, cleaning etc. while he was busy 'working on his thesis.' I don't know what will happen now he's started work too.

I still think of Felaine regularly. A remarkable life and a fighting spirit lost too soon.


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