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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Nov 30. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by k.h. ky on July 16, 2015 at 12:27am
Randall, that is wonderful about rebuilding the soil.
I'm concerned about such things. The environment that is. The horror stories of the dust bowl aren't that far in the past.
And the recent rulings against the EPA...
Comment by Ian Mason on July 15, 2015 at 12:00am

Two of you now cultivating the soil, Randall and Joan. Exciting.

Got back from England yesterday evening. A very pleasant visit, although my sister-in-law has been very poorly. She has severe spinal problems and has been stuffed with painkillers to the point where they do more harm than good which meant going through the horrors of morphine and benzo-diazapam withdrawal. Fortunately she's improving now and will be sent on a pain-management course in a couple of months. She also feel more clear-headed than she has done in years. I tried to do my bit to help by doing a lot of listening plus cooking, ironing etc. My brother has to work full time and having to be her carer as well has been very wearing for him.

Comment by Plinius on July 14, 2015 at 9:02am

That ís exciting, Randall!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 14, 2015 at 7:17am

I'm not sure if I'm weird (although I've been called that), more like different. Nonetheless, I think I belong in that group.

I had my daughter, son-in-law, and their two kids over for fetticini two nights ago. I wanted to discuss the future of my farm, since they're taking it over (sustainable vegetable/animal crops). This will be the last year any acreage will be in corn or soybeans (cash rented). 150 years is enough. The soil is depleted of natural minerals. It's going to take a long time to restore it back to health. And it won't earn any money. But that's what we all want. I've taught conservation, and now I get to practice what I've preached--on a large scale, not just my own personal garden. Sort of exciting.

Comment by Plinius on July 14, 2015 at 1:29am

I have no idea what's that about, but my pc surprises me very often. Why does Always Always begin with a capital letter? Did I do that? How?

When I'm old and retired I'll take my first computer course...

Comment by Loren Miller on July 13, 2015 at 7:34pm

Tip of the Day for Ruth: An ALT-ernative is ALT-2-4-8 for the trusty ° sign!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2015 at 7:20pm

I forgot to tell you I also made from Larry's starter two sourdough breads, one with jalapeno peppers and the other loaf with rosemary. Both seemed to pass muster. 

The greenhouse arrived in two bundles this morning. The building begins. 

GROWING DOME® GREENHOUSE KITS

Comment by sk8eycat on July 13, 2015 at 1:18pm

Odder otters

... Park Reality, Sea Otter Hand Holding, and the Great Auk Extinction

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 13, 2015 at 12:38pm

Thanks for sharing your day, Joan. You should be a writer. I chuckled when I heard you'd fallen asleep sitting at the dinner table.

Loren, I often discover I'd somehow made a choice online without knowing it. Do that on my keyboard too. It took me  week to figure out why alt-0-1-7-6 wasn't giving me a degree symbol, till I found my Num Lock button mysteriously off. Glad you got your blog fixed.

Hugs to all.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 13, 2015 at 12:10pm

I want to join the weirdos group too!. We have a popular bumper sticker out here that says :"Keep Portland weird."

 

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