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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 November 6, 2015 at 10:56pm

Ian, I'm all for an English translation of your poems as well.  Either that or a pop-up picture book.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2015 at 4:20pm

Kathy, glad your cataract surgery went well and you can see clearly.

Bertold, very sorry to learn of the loss of your #1 dog. Happily, your description of playfulness on her last day and quiet passing occurred. 

Ian, how wonderful to be published! I hope we can read English translations, even if anything is lost in the process of translation.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2015 at 4:08pm

Laura told me it was about time I stopped complaining about not having a bird book and order one. She says, "Get 'er done", Larry says "Get 'er did". They believe in taking action, not whining.  

Dang! I love it when I hear my kids say back to me what I taught them when they were little!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 6, 2015 at 3:48pm

I'm with you on that, Kathy.Woody Allen had it right when he said I don't mind dying, I just don't want to be there. Thanks for your condolences, everyone. And Ian, congrats on publishing your poetry. are we going to be treated to English translations??

Comment by kathy: ky on November 6, 2015 at 1:42pm
Congrats Ian.

Bertold, I'm so sorry for your loss. I've lost many and have never been fortunate enough to have one pass quietly at home.
It's always like losing a family member. The loss of my last Boston, at twelves years old, happened two weeks before the loss of my mom. And hit me much harder. I knew my mom was going for several years. My dog went into seizures out of the blue, had a stroke, went blind and had to be put to sleep all within three hours.
Going in our sleep is the best any of us can hope for.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 1:04pm
Ian, that's wonderful news! Congratulations.
Comment by Ian Mason on November 6, 2015 at 12:40pm

Glad to hear that you'll be seeing soon, Kathy.

Condolences with your loss, Bertold. Yes indeed, as good as it gets.

Northern Europe is having a pleasant mild spell at the moment. Rather grey with drizzle but above-average temperatures.

And so: It's happened at last. I'm going to make it into print. A publisher has just accepted 10 of my (in Danish) poems for a 'new talent' yearbook in 2016. I don't know how many will make the final cut but I'm floating on air just now. The letter contained some compliments and constructive criticism. Very nice.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 11:57am
Bertold, sorry you lost one of your furry family members. Nice to hear she made the most of her final days.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 6, 2015 at 11:19am

We lost #1 doggie yesterday. She was just shy of 15, played till her last day and made her final exit at home in bed. As good as it gets.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 11:17am
I'm really happy to know that you're getting your vision back, Kathy.
 

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