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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan 17 hours ago. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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

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 The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2014 at 8:51am

Patch Adams?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2014 at 8:43am

I was never a big fan of the standup routines by Robin Williams but he was outstanding in many of his movie roles, both comedic and dramatic.  Dead Poets Society and Mrs. Doubtfire are two that immediately come to mind.  Comedians often excel in dramatic roles. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 12, 2014 at 7:38am

So many comedians have suffered with depression. It's sorta like the "jolly fat person" persona--a form of compensation. I always thought Williams was trying too hard to be funny. He's at peace now.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 11, 2014 at 10:56pm

Felaine, that is funny.

Very sad about Robin Williams. There have been quite a few people who could cheer others up with their humour but suffered in private.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 11, 2014 at 7:55pm

It is really sad about Robin Williams. Such a talent!

Comment by Pat on August 11, 2014 at 6:30pm

Funnier than hell, Felaine.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 11, 2014 at 6:28pm

Joan, for years I was a regular riser between 4:30 and 5:30 AM.  I loved my early morning routine.  Some how I've gotten away from that schedule and have been up quite late for the last couple of years.  I'd like to get back to the early morning schedule.

Brent, glad to hear you're OK.  What a tragedy!  For those black boys who are still alive after not shooting each other, it seems we are shooting those who are left. 

This is such a huge social problem that will take a generation or more to solve.  The black on black gun crime here in Chicago is so out of control.  There are so many pieces of the puzzle which need to come together to fix this.  Between Saturday night and Sunday morning alone there was one person shot to death and 10 wounded.  This is a pretty standard weekend in Chicago.  There are gun deaths and people wounded throughout the week as well, just not as many.  Holiday weekends are worse, as are warm weather days.  There's a reason Chicago now has the nickname "Chiraq," 

Comment by Brent Feeney on August 11, 2014 at 6:21pm

BREAKING NEWS: Actor Robin Williams dead aged 63. Suicide suspected in death. From Yahoo News: https://celebrity.yahoo.com/news/robin-williams-dies-suspected-suic...

Comment by sk8eycat on August 11, 2014 at 6:01pm

Actually, I think it's a PREYing mantis, NOT Praying....but it's funny, anyway:

Actually, I'm an Atheist

Comment by Brent Feeney on August 11, 2014 at 5:16pm

I'm sure you've been hearing about the shooting death of a teen and some subsequent rioting and looting in Ferguson, MO, near St. Louis.

Wanted everyone to know I'm fine; I'm currently east and south of where teh rioting is; Ferguson is a northern St. Louis County suburb of St. Louis (the city and county are separate entities and have been since 1876).

 

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