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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 1 Reply

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

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by kathy: ky on August 30, 2016 at 8:46am
He was 83.
Comment by Randall Smith on August 30, 2016 at 8:40am

Gene Wilder wasn't very old, either. Probably died from heart ache, missing his ex, Gilda Radner.

I'm guessing that's a banana slug, mascot of  UC Santa Cruz. You have my permission to be one, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2016 at 1:16am

Ruth, very good news about your husband's recovery from shoulder replacement. 

Kathy, I didn't read your comment as funny and am glad that you were joking. I guess I spent too many years with people in emotional pain.

I'm glad now I worked as hard as I did because I am just a lazy slug enjoying my retirement. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2016 at 1:02am

R.I.P. Gene Wilder 

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 29, 2016 at 3:00pm

Joan, glad to hear that you (and others here) are doing OK!

I too tend to march to a different accordion...

(photo from Wikipedia)

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 28, 2016 at 5:53am

Carl, I probably mentioned this before, but a few years ago, I decided to not be a coward and watch when I was given a shot or blood was drawn.  I noticed that the prick registered in my brain as a little stronger when I watched, but I still watch because it's still only a slight prick.

I had one nurse that amazed me because her shot didn't even register as a prick.  She said it's because she took her time to find the exact location of the vein so she could push the needle in rapidly.  That made the pain lower or nonexistent.

On both my colonoscopies, I wanted to watch the monitor.  They let me on the first one, although I didn't see much because I was out most of the time.  The monitor was pointed away from me the second time.  I asked if I could get a video of the procedure, and they said no.  I think they said they didn't make videos.  Perhaps they didn't want complainers or hypochondriacs bugging them about some things they saw.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 28, 2016 at 5:39am

Is that why I'm so forgetful?  Could be part of it, but in my case, the inability to concentrate is the main problem.  Too many things distract me.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 28, 2016 at 3:06am

Glad to hear that you're all well. I haven't been around this week because I've been on courses and come home with a head full.

I've been the odd one in my family too. I read books instead of watching TV.

Forgetful?

Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2016 at 1:55am

I know that strategy, Carl, it's a good one!

Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2016 at 1:49am

Glad your surgery went so well, Joan! And great that it helps!

Good for you, Randall, with your running success! I'm a bit jealous, now that I can't even run to catch a bus.

 

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