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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 23 hours ago. 16 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

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

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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 9, 2016 at 3:10pm

Glad to hear about your improved energy and stamina, Flying Atheist [Carl]. You’re lucky to not need your walker any more. Yeah, I’m kinda inflexible about names, sorry.

Ian, that personalized walker really had me laughing. I use mine mostly for the gym. It’s personalized with a blood pressure monitor snapped around one side, and a snap on hook to keep my gym card lanyard in place.

Randall, maybe it’s time to rethink charity runs. Ten days of pain is a “sign”. You limped for 3 miles? Your enthusiasm is laudable, but at 73 we need to avoid overdoing joint things. The other day I hyperextended two metatarsal joints just by bending over to pull a tiny weed from my raised garden. At our age (I’m approaching 72) it’s too easy to do permanent damage. We are still entitled to a piece of pie without guilt. <wink>

Joan, you make tending chicken sound like fun. I envy your joie de vivre.

Today it's been snowing here just north of Philly. I'm tired of Arctic Vortex. BTW, Paul Beckwith has a nice how to video on using the nullschool site, Be a Climate Scientist in 15 minutes.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 9, 2016 at 2:26pm

Good job to you and your daughter, Randy.  Praise and blessed exultation to the motivating power of pie.  Life's sweet, final reward.  

Yup, very cold here today as well.  Woke up to 26 degrees and snow on the ground! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2016 at 12:54pm

My exercise consists of walking about a city block on a gravel road through the forest to get to the chicken coop each morning. Yesterday, their breakfast was greens out of the greenhouse, cabbage leaves, and banana peels. The bucket of greens had disappeared before I finished cleaning their nests and changing their water. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 9, 2016 at 11:47am

Well done, Randall. Enjoy the pie.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 9, 2016 at 11:10am
Because it was very cold (25F), and my hips still ached, I decided not to even walk (let alone run) in the 5k event this morning. I was just going to support my daughter (who won her age division). But, the Ibu. kicked in, and I changed my mind, managing to walk (with a limp) the full 3 miles. Nobody over 50 was quicker (I'm 73). Heck, I wasn't even trying to "win". I wasn't even dressed for it. I'll probably pay, physically, but at least I won't feel guilty about eating a piece of pie later!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 5, 2016 at 9:37am

Ian, that's a funny Two Ronnies skit.  I remember watching their show in the 1970's on our local public television station.  In my experience, of all the English speaking groups, I find Australians the hardest to understand. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2016 at 7:21am

Joan says it all, Carl. Stay positive.

I've been thinking about a walker myself. In preparation for a 5k run this coming Saturday, I overdid the training. My hips are extremely sore, making it difficult to walk, let alone run. I've been popping pain relievers like candy. I keep thinking it'll go away, but it's been 10 days now. It appears I won't be running or walking for awhile. The 5k was to raise money for backbacks for school children, so I still feel good about contributing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 5, 2016 at 2:26am

Carl, you are an inspiration to me. Your resilience and positive attitude encourage me to remember to live in the present moment, finding the pleasures that come from simple things; a great family and friends, delicious food carefully prepared. Each breath and each day are a triumphal declaration of being alive, expressing joy and anger, gratitude and sorrow, hope and grief. 

I like Ian's "Personalized" walker. It stimulated the imagination. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 5, 2016 at 1:21am
Comment by Ian Mason on April 5, 2016 at 12:42am

Personalize!

 

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