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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 Grinning Cat on June 2, 2016 at 6:46am

"I wouldn't mind dying — it's that business of having to stay dead that scares the shit out of me." — R. Geis

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 2, 2016 at 3:34am

Talking to my oldest best friend, and he tells me a story I'd never heard. An optimist and a pessimist are simultaneously pushed off the roof of the Empire State Building. As they plummet past the 50th floor, the optimist says So far, so good.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 1, 2016 at 9:52pm

Hmmm - the link works fine for me on Windows 10 and Chrome. You could go to YouTube and search for Steve Wynn - God Doesn't Like It.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 1, 2016 at 8:24pm

Great theme song for Christians:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHs7Vq_JpFY

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 1, 2016 at 7:02pm

Joan, I also missed the news -- glad to read that you're happy, back in your own home!

Qiana, that picture looks very much like a melding of the FSM, a longhaired Ceiling Cat, and Yoda! Maybe they're all aspects of the same being. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 6:35pm

Carl, I am very excited to read your update and the things you can do now. If you like to write, or if research brings you pleasure, being retired opens up golden opportunities, or if you like tying fishing flies, or making bamboo furniture or talking with friends, you are now free!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 5:58pm

Randy, I agree, stay in my home as long as I am able. I was happy at Laura's and being with all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on Laura's branch of my offsprings. They were very kind and loving to me and watched over because of all the animals on the acrage and the wild things that come and remind us they were there first. 
I was very sick when I went there and weak. I felt vulnerable and helpless. As I tended to the chores of family life in the country, I regained my strength, health, and stamina, I lost my sense of helplessness. Coming home is what I need to do. I miss each family member and Fire District 8 members who drop in, and the lovely neighbors who also enjoy country life. The animals were a special treat for me and I miss the dogs, cats, and chickens. I even miss the ceyotes that howl through the night. Of course I miss the greenhouse and I am happy to say that we harvested all the vegetables that survived the Newport area freezes and I planted every growing big with spring vegetables. The ediple pod peas were so good, as was the lettuce and spinach. The onions hadn't matured when I left and the tomatoes and peppers looked healthy. 

The family assured me I was welcome back and they seemed happy when I told them I wouldn't bring back all those bookcases and books. They are not interested in the books, but they jumped at the chance to get extra shelves for arts and crafts. Craig will get my library, which is about as fine an applied social and psychological reference source one can find in Spokane. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 1, 2016 at 4:45pm

Randy, thanks for inquiring about me.  You didn't miss any updates while you were in Greece.  During that time A|N was experiencing many outages, so there wasn't much to miss.  Glad you had good travels with your daughter.

Not much has changed with me.  I'm attending physical therapy twice per week and it definitely is helping to strengthen my legs.  Of course with my condition the goal is only to maintain strength, not to bulk up my muscles, as over exercising is counter productive and could excel any muscle deterioration. 

At this point, I'm basically retired and adjusting to a new lifestyle.  Overall, life is good.  Perhaps I could work in some capacity in the future, but for now my life as been in so much transition and adjustment that I wouldn't be able to commit to steady employment - at least not at this time.

My parents are in the process of getting ready to move from their home into a two bedroom apartment in a retirement community.  My three siblings and I recently got together for one week to help them sort through all their (many!) possessions.  This gave my parents the opportunity to give away certain items to each of us that they personally wanted us to have.  Additionally, we got to choose and acquire family items had special meaning to us.  The six of us had a rather fun time with lots of laughing. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 1, 2016 at 6:53am

Yes, Joan, I too was surprised to hear you have moved back to Spokane. You sound happy and content. And I concur with Bertold.

Thoughts of moving occur to me every now and then. As long as I'm able, I'll stay where I am.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 1:27am

Oh! Bertold, what a nice sentiment to hear. Thank you. 

 

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