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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Plinius on October 23, 2016 at 11:15pm

Sad news, Joan, I'm so sorry for your loss. And I'm very happy how you all stayed with Cary and helped him through the weeks.

Take good care of yourself now! It's very hard to survive your child - I've seen that in my parents-in-law - but I know you can work it out with the help of your special family. Cary will be remembered here, from your stories and from your deep love for him shining through.

 

Comment by kathy: ky on October 23, 2016 at 11:14pm
Ruth, that is beautiful
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 23, 2016 at 10:55pm

Joan, sorry I'm late. A bit out of touch.

My deepest concern. It seems the whole family came together well, supporting Cary's choice. Hugs.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2016 at 9:03pm

BenGee, I recognized from your first comment that you have unhappy memories of your family. It is an honor to include you in our family. This is a safe place to discuss, disagree, and discover our world. The only requirement of Atheist Nexus is that you do not find evidence of god. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2016 at 8:56pm

Randy, one more thought. Yes! grandparents exist "to work on table manners, however. That's what grandparents do!"

Comment by BenGee on October 23, 2016 at 8:52pm

Joan, I've always thought that adoption was the best way to go. Passing on my mind, my memories, my life and sharing that is more important than passing on my genes, and it doesn't matter if you're sharing that with someone who has your gene's its precious.

Now I kinda wanna have a child, mostly though because my family taught me that I was inferior that my genes weren't worth passing on, which may be partially to blame for why I think adoption is so awesome (they tried to say I was mentally disabled my entire life). So my desire to have a kid if I can now is just a big fuck you to  everyone who tried to tell me I was genetic garbage. Though lol first i'll have to find a girl who likes me enough to make a kid with me and start a family. Even if I have a child with a girl I'd also adopt without hesitation. NO child EVER deserves to feel unwanted, you don't have to be an orphan to learn that, and EVERY child with a loving parent biological or otherwise I think is quite affected by that love.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2016 at 8:46pm

Carl, as always, I feel your friendship as tho we had met in person. Thank you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2016 at 8:44pm

Bertold, some say that an adopted child is not as precious as a genetically born child. NONSENSE. Cary was as loved by all family members and we all grieve his death and value our memories of him. This pain is so deep because of him, not because of his genetics.

The sweetness of his care for me is priceless to me and to our family, the ideas and times we shared, the joys and sorrows were as real to us those who have the same blood lines. 

Yes, "outliving a child" is the hardest thing I ever experienced. 

Thank you for your comments, they comfort and empower me. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 23, 2016 at 7:53pm

Joan, I wept when I read your message about Cary, so please know that I am grieving with you and your family. Although we are not close in distance, we are close in friendship. I send you my love, hugs and support.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 23, 2016 at 7:13pm

Joan, outliving a child must in some ways be one of the hardest things this life could ever demand. You did it with incredible grace and power. As ever, you're an inspiration.

 

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