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We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 3 hours ago. 10 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 15 hours ago. 1 Reply

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

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

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ian Mason on May 25, 2015 at 10:18am

Back again after my tour of Copenhagen and Campagnia. It's been great. I met some good people and we had some sorting-the-world-out discussions plus a lot of laughs. My daughter has had her job extended until October and my son-in-law has finished his Masters thesis. Just the oral defence left. Good news all round.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 25, 2015 at 10:14am

Glad to hear that you're doing well, Carl even though dialysis can be a chore.

Ruth, I hope things will pick up soon. I saw the first episode of #1 Ladies and enjoyed it very much. My daughter did too and went on to read the books.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 24, 2015 at 10:42pm

Carl -- glad to hear your news, and that the dialysis is working out ok!

Ruth -- lots of hugs... hang in there!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 24, 2015 at 9:45pm

Thanks for your good wishes, all.

Carl, Flying Atheist, good luck with dialysis.

I had just enough time and energy to start returning to the gym, well baby steps, not my old routine. Hopefully my blood pressure is now well enough controlled so working out isn't dangerous.

The #1 Ladies Detective Agency was made into a tv series. We enjoyed several episodes, via a free HBO trial several years ago.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 24, 2015 at 10:56am

Carl - great news that your recovery is coming along so well! It's wonderful to "hear" your voice again!

Comment by sk8eycat on May 24, 2015 at 9:47am

re: Alexander McCall Smith's books; the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series is good.  I started reading them because they arre set in Botswana, and one of my classmates was there when they became independent from the UK....he fell in love with the place, and returned several times. 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 24, 2015 at 7:31am

CARL!!!  Great to hear from you, bro!  Hope all's well!

I may know the thickener stuff you're talking about.  My stepdaughter's little guy uses it because he as swallowing issues.  It's called Simply Thick, and there's the website for it.  Hope it helps.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 24, 2015 at 7:22am

Carl, reading your comment has made my day! I'm relieved and happy to hear you're doing so well. Sounds like you're on the road to recovery. What do you do while on dialysis? Read? You might enjoy Alexander McCall Smith's books. They're light and fun reading. (Strangely, they're catalogued under McCall.)

Ruth, ditto on the other comments. Take your time to return.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 24, 2015 at 6:28am

Ruth, take care of yourself and husband.

Carl, I'm glad to hear your good news.

Comment by Plinius on May 24, 2015 at 2:08am

Good news, I'm happy to hear it!

It's a long road, Carl, but it's wonderful that you do so well and that you're happy about it!

What a heavy job you have, Ruth! Don't apologise, just take care of yourself. We'll see you whenever you've got the time.

I'm not looking forward to a new knee, and my doctor doesn't want to make haste. First I get injections, and I can walk a bit easier now. It doesn't feel quite right - I mean that I still feel so young while my body is creaky. But I'll get used to it.

I'm very happy that our two patients are using less of our time - we need a bit of leisure. Aunt is happily retreating into Alzheimer's and when I phone brother-in-law that we can't visit him, he says:"Oh good, then I have a day off!"  I like honesty, but the Asperger sort of honesty is often a bit too much for me.

 

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