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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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 The Flying Atheist on May 4, 2017 at 12:46pm

Joan, we had a overnight frost warning here two days ago, so Old Man Winter is not quite ready to begin his slumber for the season.

I'm glad you have fond memories of Cary, despite their melancholy nature.  Living, growing plants are a beautiful and appropriate way to honor and remember life.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 11:30am

Oh, not are you an idiot like me, but do you love jesus as much as I do?   I just couldn't resist making it a little closer to the truth.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 11:27am

I guess it is a religious person.  Perhaps saying two things.  One, you're following too close, and two, are you an idiot like me?

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 11:26am

Daniel, I'm not sure if that's a religious person or not, with that following Jesus this close sign.  What say you?

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2017 at 10:57am

Lovely, warm, sunny weather arrives giving the forest reminders that spring just sprung. My seedlings in the greenhouse planted to go into my raised beds in the meadow look robust. The wise gardener in this far northern climate knows there will be another spring freeze, at least that is the typical pattern.

Laura and I drove into Spokane yesterday, 50 miles south of Newport, and the trees, shrubs, and bulbs blaze with color. We visited my home, and because I grow only perennials and the soil is fertile, the spring flowers put on their yearly show. The neglected garden doesn't matter because a day or two of work clears out all the overgrowth. We can get it beautifully groomed in just a few hours.

I no longer have the strength or stamina to do that kind of labor. However, I have two fine men who helped me over the past 20 years, one of them helped me plant the original design; he has a green thumb! He loves my design as much as I do. The other is a skilled gardener, prunes the tall shrubs and trees that I can't reach, and he does an almost as beautiful job as Cary did.

Cary grew into a first-rate gardener; he would have made a comfortable life using those skills had he lived. He didn't particularly like gardening, but he did needed tasks. As I walked through the garden paths, I saw trees and shrubs he planted and maintained. I had a quiet moment of tears and grief in a quiet corner under the Blue Spruce. Beautiful memories of him inspired me to have faith in the ability of humans to recover from addictions and create honorable lives.

I returned to my northern forest home with a feeling of contentment. My great grandchildren learn skills that suit their temperament; we honor their inherent nature even as we all work very hard doing the necessary chores.

I hope your day fills with wonder. 

Comment by Daniel W on May 4, 2017 at 10:17am

Photo snapped at a local coffee shop. 

Comment by Plinius on May 4, 2017 at 12:02am

That sounds very useful, Spud! 

Comment by Chris on May 3, 2017 at 9:06pm

Thanks for the post about the labor movement Joan.

Many younger people may not know how difficult the struggle for an 8 hour work day, overtime, and the abollishment of child labor was.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2017 at 4:42pm

Today I received a free energy saving package from my electric company.  In it was a 5 minute shower timer, a digital thermometer  for checking water and refrigerator temperature, an LED night light, and 9 LED light bulbs rated for 22.8 years.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2017 at 5:08pm

A chill just ran down my spine as I read the State Dept.'s report on labor struggles. If the U.S. State Dept. wrote such a report, what will reports reveal under the influence of tRump and his State Dept.?

 

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