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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Tuesday. 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 The Flying Atheist on December 19, 2015 at 12:40am
Sad story about the cat, Chris. I hope your b-i-l is doing OK.
Incredibly "wrong" weather here too. It's finally gotten seasonally cold here after a LONG stretch of spring-like weather. The grass is still bright green and trees, bushes and flowers are blooming! And next week is the winter solstice. It's eerie.
Comment by Plinius on December 19, 2015 at 12:19am

What I did this week?

The last lessons of the year. Explained and sang "Imagine" five times, Played games and got a lot of appreciation. 

A xmas dinner with Aunt in the care home. Met some more of Aunt's fellow sufferers and their family - nice to talk to them. The menu was full of dead animals - I ate only the veggie parts. Aunt was happy with her presents but overwhelmed by the big occasion.  

I went to help handicapped b-i-l take his cat to the vet. As usual I looked at the greenery during the busride, and saw a d... a DAFFODIL?! Not even one, there were about a hundred daffodils in full bloom along the next few kilometres. And when I paid more attention, I saw flowering daisies and yarrow and even cow parsley - half a year early or late, I wondered. Catkins in every other tree. An allergy warning about lambs tails on tv. The weather goes straight from autumn to spring.

The cat wasn't well at all - we knew that already but b-i-l didn't want to know it or do something about it - like every autist he doesn't want change in his world. So he had a hard time when the cat was diagnosed with severe diabetes and put to sleep withing a few hours. Poor Tisja! Her character didn't allow two insulin shots a day and a daily bloodsample to check blood sugar levels.  

Saturday morning now, and at last I have some time to do the shopping, washing and cleaning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2015 at 12:20am

Comment by kathy: ky on December 17, 2015 at 8:30pm
Chris, that's funny.

Randy, l think it's the holidays. Celebrate or not the stores are crammed full of people who do. And my daughter, her spouse and their children have winter solstice dinner here. It's like xmas dinner minus the tree and ornaments. ; )
Comment by Plinius on December 17, 2015 at 8:01am

I'll tell you when I've shovelled these chores....

Comment by Randall Smith on December 17, 2015 at 7:54am

Hope everybody is doing well. It's been sort of quiet around A/N. I notice only a handful of members are online at any one time, and there are few comments. New members seem to join and then abandon us. It's difficult to socialize with ones self. Since we don't (as a rule) celebrate Christmas, what's the excuse?

Comment by Plinius on December 17, 2015 at 2:15am

Congrats Ludwig! I liked the google animation/puzzle!

Comment by Plinius on December 16, 2015 at 11:08pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2015 at 2:32am

Chris, oh good, I was looking at the correct bldg! A lovely spot in a beautiful city. I like the architecture. Everything looks so green.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2015 at 2:29am

 

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