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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

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 Ian Mason on March 11, 2016 at 2:26am

Just returned from a few days in England. A very pleasant stay although it's clear now that my step-mum won't be with us much longer. She's 92 and can't even be bothered to eat and drink now. Her appetite for life has run out. The rest of the family are well, although my generation is begining to reach the stage of creaks and aches, knee and hip replacement etc. Such is life if you live long enough.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 11, 2016 at 2:20am

Indeed, Joan, country life has its less pretty side. The original 1920's Bambi novel by Felix Salten is sometimes considered an allegory of the the situation Jews faced in Europe.

Lovely photos, Carl. What a lovely place.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 2:14am

Randy, I think it was Dewey vs. Truman that the polling called listed phone numbers for their tally on election night and miscalled the election. I was a young girl and was disappointed because the voting results interfered with my favorite Saturday radio program, Let's Pretend. 

DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN

I am unable to bring the photo here. . 

Comment by Plinius on March 11, 2016 at 1:14am

Thank you Carl! The landscapes are familiar of course, but the photographer is really gifted!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 12:15am

Carl, Laura and I were not hurt; the headlight disappeared under the fender, and the driver's side front fender will need repair or replacement. It happened so fast. I saw it out of the corner of my eye to my right on the passenger side and it looked like it jumped over the car and hit the left headlight and fender. The poor thing struggled so mightily to get up and off the road. 

Donald, I like being so deep in the forest but it is not all green meadows with deer prancing through looking like Bambi's mother. They eat our crops and tear down our fences. Memories of The Yearling come immediately to mind. 

I am a city woman losing my naivety. 

Thankfully, we don't eat our poultry; they lay eggs, eat bugs, weed the garden and fertilize as they mosey around. . 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 11, 2016 at 12:13am

To everybody here (but especially to Chris) I just saw this post and had to share.  It's beautiful.  Enjoy.

20 Photographic Proofs That Netherlands Is Europe’s Wonderland

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 10, 2016 at 11:35pm

Isn't country life fun?  We've been living it for 25 years now, and we were only a little worried once, when a bobcat came out of the driveway just as we headed in.  The coyotes don't bother us much.  They eat the rabbits that eat our garden.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 10, 2016 at 11:29pm

Sad story, Joan.  You don't mention it, but can we assume no one in the car was hurt?  I hope you're all OK.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 10, 2016 at 10:48pm

Sadly, about a mile down the road on our way to Spokane, we hit a deer. The poor thing writhed in the road and we stopped, called Larry and we waited. Two men came along and they used a knife to kill her. Just then, Larry came with his gun and finished taking her out of her misery. Her back was clearly broken and she struggled mightily to get off the road and back into the forest. 

I'm having trouble with the forest, the coyotes coming right out in front of us to grab a goose or a chicken, and finding a beloved pet attacked by a clawed animal. 

We have three wonderful dogs that keep the cougars, coyotes and occasional bear away, but some wildlife kill and eat beloved animals. Poor old Rooster Cogburn was killed and One-Egg-a-Day Banty Hen was eaten by a raccoon.

Country life, with beak and claw, puts one close to nature. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 10, 2016 at 9:54am

Yes, Randy.  The demographic difference between collecting polling data information from land-line only phones definitely is known to skew results.  I have both a land-line number and a cell phone.  All the annoying calls I've been getting are on my listed land-line number.  I guess I didn't notice it as much in the past as I was constantly out of the house traveling.  I'm home all the time now. 

The recorded messages from politicians pleading for my vote or endorsing others has gotten so numerous and obnoxious.  I get calls for judges, state representatives, city alderman, board members for the Water Reclamation District, mayor, governor, county board, states attorney...the list goes on! 

 

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