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We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 41 minutes ago. 5 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on February 3, 2015 at 8:55pm

Kathy, I'm 75, and my night vision was always bad, but I didn't sell my car till 2 years ago, and in SoCal, that's almost social suicide. 

I thought I would save enough on insurance, maintenance, taxes, and gasoline to pay for the occasional taxi.  HAH!  The cost of everything else went UP-UP-UP!

I think I'm going to register with our town's Sr. Nutrition program so that I'll be sure of having at least one meal a day....  I don't even know how much it costs these days.  We had it for Mother 20+ years ago...then it was $5 a week.  A real bargain!  And she liked the food.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 3, 2015 at 8:12pm
Carl, that video reminds me of when I was a child living in the Chicago area. School was rarely canceled. Down here it's canceled a lot. Far to many roads to have children riding buses on when the weather is bad.
Comment by k.h. ky on February 3, 2015 at 8:08pm
Ian, good news for you. Happy to hear it. As for driving it's a necessity in this area. No public transportation at all. I've done it so long l don't mind it. Except as we age our night vision goes. Mine's going fast.
If l were just beginning to drive l don't think I would start. I decided at this age l won't do anything l don't have to.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2015 at 7:21pm
Comment by Ian Mason on February 3, 2015 at 3:06pm

The probing was really just a few uncomfortable minutes. I know I'll have to get used to these things as I get older.

I've given up on the driving. My inner voice said "don't like this, don't want to do this" so I listened to it. Spent most of the time looking at the dashboard clock,getting into a worse and worse mood and wanting the lesson to be over. Me and machines don't get on well. Such is life.

I hadn't heard the cat quote before. I like it a lot. Thanks.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2015 at 2:09pm

Ian, it's great to hear about your good health report.  Despite the invasive intrusion, it's good to have peace of mind by being proactive against possible problems. 

By the way, how is your driving coming along?  You haven't mentioned it.  Are you ready for the Grand Prix? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2015 at 1:59pm

Patricia, I can't recall who said this or where I read it, but they altered a famous quote to read:  Curiosity killed the cat, but what a way to go. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 11:26am

Pat, I am very glad you are able to haunt the halls of the courtroom and contribute to the pages of A/N. 

Ian, those probings in "a place that doesn't usually get probed, manually and with an ultrasound device", miserable as they are, do give a sense of comfort, knowing all is normal. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 11:20am

Kathy, I very much appreciate indications of teasing and joking when writing. I am the last of the crowd to get sarcasm and teasing and jokes. People very kindly and gently let me know, "It's a joke, Joan!". I have been known to go off on a giant rant when I take something seriously, only to have egg on my red face.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 11:16am

Carl, Your snow fall and travel conditions present such formidable barriers to getting your tasks done, it would be easy to become discouraged. Do keep your spirits up, especially with such uncontrollable factors. 

I have never driven in the Chicago area except on the freeways. Where I-90 and I-80 come together, from north of Chicago going east, driving presents nightmares, even now just remembering it. I wonder if the nerves ever get used to such chaos? 

I wonder if there is a way to reframe the delays into something that gives you calm? What is that big word that I can never remember? ... oh yes, equanimity. I'm not sure I could do the reframe for myself, but that would be my goal if I were in your shoes. 

I know it gives you no comfort to know that we have had only 66% of our needed snow pack in the mountains and virtually none at lower levels. If this isn't climate change, I don't know what evidence one needs. 

I used Chris' video with audio to get to sleep last night. A very pleasant experience. Thanks, Chris. 

Here is another, "I wonder" if sleeping will help pass the time. I used sleep throughout the worst of my cancer treatments and it helped me. Perhaps it will help you pass the time. Certainly, going for long walks is not an option. 

 

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