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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller 13 hours ago. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2014 at 7:02pm

Ruth, what a terrible experience you have with installing alternative power sources. The technology just hasn't reached the consumer yet. I would continue to look for a reputable installer and product.

I called the owner of the company that installed my, wonderful furnace and asked him when they are going to start installing and performing the maintenance on them. He said is it is still our of the price range of most homeowners, but the cost is coming down. The problem is storage ... meaning batteries ... and when that is solved, the solar systems will be affordable for middle income families. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2014 at 5:43pm

Randy, I enjoy your writings about your family gathering. The food you describe sounds so good. I have probably had a persimmon, but I don't remember it. I will have to go on a hunt to get one. I await your description of your family's activities and hope your health doesn't dull the edges for you. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 6, 2014 at 3:52pm

If you wondered where I've been the past month, we tried to getr a solar panel installation for back up power. <sigh>

I made the mistake of buying a system really meant for a remote cabin, not a suburban townhouse. We tried to get a solar contractor to install it, and an electrician, and finally the electrician recommended personally by the seller. None would install it. They all said, "Send it back."

Tomorrow FedEx is supposed to pick up the boxed generator, batteries, and solar panels for return to the seller. We lost over $100 in various fees, plus tons of time, energy, and stress.

We then looked into gasoline generators. Totally wrong for someone with a microscopic yard, and no place to safely store either the generator or spare gas. <sigh> We're too far from gas lines. Finally we've given up on getting emergency power.

Just spent my entire day boxing the damned system up, setting up a Fed Ex account and getting mailing labels. Naturally I forgot one wire, which I'll have to mail separately.

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Anybody have positive experience with back up power?

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 6, 2014 at 3:09pm

So do I, Carl!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 6, 2014 at 2:39pm

Carl - I also want to wish you luck tomorrow!

Comment by Pat on November 6, 2014 at 2:29pm

@Carl. Good luck on the appointment tomorrow. If it's any source of comfort, my daughter was the victim of a hit and run in Chicago about 6 years ago, and her leg was broken in about 4 places. She went to Northwestern, and to this day, walks and runs without a limp, and bicycles about 15 miles a day. The care she received was absolutely excellent.

@Randall. Persimmon pudding sounds mighty tasty. Sorry about the cold, but persimmons are high in anti-oxidants; especially vitamin C. You may be multi-tasking. Enjoying great food while at the same treating the symptoms. Enjoy the time with your family.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 6, 2014 at 11:17am

Glad to hear that Charlie is adapting and having fun.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2014 at 11:13am

Carl, my thoughts remain with you as you prepare for tomorrows appointment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2014 at 9:30am

Randy, I can tell through your writing how excited you are to have your family with you.  Enjoy your time together and all the great food. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 6, 2014 at 9:04am

Enjoy the festivities, Randall. The persimmon pudding sounds fantastic!

 

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