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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 16 hours ago. 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 yesterday. 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 Ian Mason on August 31, 2016 at 10:22pm

8 days of short, intensive courses finished. I now know a very little about: warehouse layout, ordering and despatch of goods and Microsoft Navision, which I found to be a minefield. I'm glad it's all over.
The teacher was an idiot. He took an instant dislike to 2 people in the group and showed it AND took too much of a liking to one of the women, leading to a poorly-hidden affair. Him a married man with small children!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 9:44pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 9:43pm

Putting this here since it doesn't quite fit in Atheist humor.

Though they murdered six million
In the ovens they fried
The Germans now too
Have God on their side

--Bob Dylan

[Buckle translation: God with us]

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 31, 2016 at 3:22pm

I used Search Google by image and learned this: 

 plaza de la revolución "Revolution Square" is a municipality (or borough) and a square in Havana, Cuba.

That is as far as I could go.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 2:43pm

I really miss Pat as well. He brought a wonderfully sardonic sense of humor and a magnificent way with words to us all.

Comment by Daniel W on August 31, 2016 at 2:34pm
Joan, Im not related to the guy in New Jersey and probably not to the German one. There is probably a remote historic connection to the Rhine Valley wine country village of the same name. The family lore was, they emigrated from Baden after a priest, my ancestor's brother, told the local baron that my ancestor killed one of his deer. There may be no truth in that at all.

Glad I've been saying Denoo correctly. that is also a distinctive name.

Kathy, there is nothing wrong, and often a lot of good, in discretion. It gives a place to express what we need to express, and otherwise could not.
it helps us feel more safe.

I hope Im wrong about Pat, and he resurfaces.
i really liked him too.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 31, 2016 at 2:16pm
I really liked Pat. He was close to the area I live in and very funny.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 31, 2016 at 2:14pm
Daniel that's good to know. The only reason I don't publish my name is family and the area I live in. I often say things about the place I live and family members that they would find hurtful.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 31, 2016 at 2:01pm

Daniel, you made the only choice that made sense when you worked. A new leaf has turned and I am happy to read your full name. "wokenhime" That is distinctive enough and easy to pronounce, especially having those clues. 

Facebook lists two:

Daniel Wachenheim
and 
Daniel Wachenheim
Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey
By the way, Denoo rhymes with   the new'  with the accent on the second syllable. 
Comment by Daniel W on August 31, 2016 at 1:37pm
Joan, I'm really glad your procedure went so well. They are usually routine with quick results, but everyone is different. As it turned out, that's awesome.

Im going to assume we've lost Pat. He never had such a long dry spell. There was no indication that he was unhappy with Nexus. He was an older gentleman with heart disease and diabetes. Im grateful he was here. He was a good guy. If I'm wrong, that would be a happy thing.

I never knew Pat's last name. If we knew that, we could at least check for an obit, and have some closure.

Regardless of that, Thank you Pat for being here.

Partly for that reason, and for sveral other readons, and after some internal debate, I'm going "Full Monte" with my screen name again. I hesitated because I truly value privacy, and a less than 100% open screen name, meant I could be open and not self censor here. The old screen name helped me feel a litle safer about career risks, but that's done too. A new leaf requires turning. So be it.

The pronunciation of the first part rhymes with "Wok" and the last part rhymes with "time".
 

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