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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 Plinius on August 15, 2014 at 2:27pm

Sk8eycat, can't you make a hedge of nettles, hogweed or other plants that keep people at a distance? Or find things that keep the dogs away? I'd hate such passers-by!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 2:12pm

Wow, Patricia.  That photo is very disturbing.  And you just know those adults think they are doing that poor little girl a favor by giving her a demonstration of the plight of Jesus. 

When I was in high school I attended Lutheran summer band camp.  One day during the church time we were all given large 5-inch nails just to press the tip against the palms of our hands.  Believe it or not, I still have that nail in my toolbox.  It's been too large for any project I've ever done.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 12:37pm

It's amazing what desperate people will do in public.  Twenty years ago I lived in a neighborhood that was pretty "sketchy."  Right out on the sidewalk in broad afternoon daylight were prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers, and yes, condoms laying around in the grass, etc.  I know exactly what you're talking about, Felaine.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 12:21pm

Carl, I don't have much desire to go white water rafting either.  Almost drowning in the ocean when a couple of things went wrong while scuba-diving was enough for me.  I would still go scuba-diving if I had the chance, but would be much smarter, and take more precautions.

I went rafting down a river in California once, but it was quite calm water.  Very nice for enjoying the scenery.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 12:15pm

Wow Felaine, you have worse slobs and theives than I do!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 12:06pm

Idaho: We don't do much gardening anymore, but our house in on a corner in a suburban neighborhood, and we often look out the windows and see people walking by helping themselves to oranges and avocados from our trees.  AND half of them are walking nasty little dogs that poop on our lawn, and leave it there.  The man we pay to mow the lawn (mostly crabgrass) gets very upset about these slobs, and so do we.

PS: Our side street is very dark at night, and people park there to smoke pot and have sex.  We also find used "roaches" and condoms tossed in the parkway in the morning....   Gah!

At least they've stopped tossing junk over the back fence into the pool....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 10:31am

Bertold, yes, I'm in total agreement with you about cigarette butts being trash as well. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 10:30am

Throwing cigarette butts out of the car is bad, but what frosts my tush the worst is throwing them in my garden.  I garden my front yard, and areas between the sidewalk and road, so I get some in my gardens every day.  It's like they don't even think.  Just toss them anywhere.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 10:27am

Thanks, Spud.  I listened to his wedding podcast yesterday, as a matter of fact.  I've been a huge fan and regular listener of his since he first emerged on the atheist scene. 

I'm typically not a thrill-seeker either but to be honest, I wouldn't mind jumping out of a plane (with a parachute, of course.)  I would do that before I go white water rafting.  For some reason, dying in the water seems worse to me than going 'splat' on the ground.  lol

Comment by k.h. ky on August 15, 2014 at 10:22am
I recycle everything l possibly can. The hatchback of my little car is always full of plastic and papers. Recycle bins are few and far between in the country.
I've always composted too. If I could find a place to put vegetable scraps that's where they went.
Another thing I don't understand people not doing and a huge issue between me and my daughter. If I'm at her house and see a pile of newspaper's l throw them in my hatch and take them out with mine.
 

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