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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Loren Miller on July 5, 2015 at 6:50am

Hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th in the States.  Solon, Ohio, next door to us, puts on a pretty decent fireworks show every year, but this one I thought was especially well done.  A couple samples:

Comment by Plinius on July 5, 2015 at 2:41am

I hope you can enjoy the concert, Ian! It will probably be cooler then, much better to be in a crowd, even if it's a bit wet.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 5, 2015 at 1:45am

It is a good picture, Carl.

That sounds like a really pleasant day, Chris.

Denmark is having a heatwave at the moment but it's not set to last. Unfortunately there will be showers and strong winds on Wednesday when I'm going to an outdoor concert with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Such is life and we have to take it as it comes. Plus take an umbrella.

Comment by Plinius on July 4, 2015 at 2:27pm

A NEW picture? Really Carl! I thought you used an old pic from the time you were young and healthy!

Today I went to the museum where my husband works. It reopens in a new (old) building at the end of the week with three new exhibitions. You can imagine the last minute stress and there are loads of work still to be done. So I spent a day in a cool sousterrain mounting pictures and brushing the museum cat.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2015 at 10:24am

Joan, thanks for the compliment about my new picture.  I took that photo last week.  I thought it was time for an update.

Chris and Joan, I hope you are managing the heat OK.  Believe it or not, the other evening I went out to meet a friend for coffee and had to wear a jacket.....on July 1st!!  It was 59 degrees F / 15 Celsius.  Unbelievable for the Summer season. 

Joan, the photos of the fires in Washington are overwhelming and heartbreaking.  Such horrible destruction.  With all that said, the photos are "beautiful" though.  Did your Cary took those?

Hello, Ian, welcome back from your excursion.  Sounded like great fun. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2015 at 10:11am

I'm a little late in responding:

If it is indeed true, as Ruth says, that displaying a donation badge will encourage others to donate, then I guess they should be visible in some manner.  I sincerely want AtheistNexus to continue and prosper.  

I've made a donation to this website but I have no intention of using it any differently than before.  I'm not interested in any additional "exclusive perks" for donors only.   

I really like Grinning Cat's suggestion and artwork for the redesign. 

I also like Sk8eycat's idea of putting the badge next to the name instead of on the avatar.  

And speaking of YOU, Sk8eycat.....don't you ever leave here!  That's an order on behalf of all your adoring fans here. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 4, 2015 at 10:06am

I remember that song, Felaine. Pleasant and relaxing, just like the title.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 4, 2015 at 10:04am

Something topical for American buddies.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2015 at 9:40am

My neighborhood has been flooded with bangs and booms for the past week already.  People can't even wait until the actual holiday to light their fireworks.  And....by the way......fireworks are illegal in Chicago.  But it's so prevalent, you would never know it.  One only needs to drive across the state border into the state of Indiana to legally buy fireworks.  My upstairs neighbors were out in the alley this past Thursday setting off fireworks at 11:00 pm.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 4, 2015 at 9:06am

I agree, Randy. This is my least favorite holiday because the poor dogs get terrified at all the noise. I had to get them sedatives from my vet.

 

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