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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 Joan Denoo on October 29, 2015 at 5:04pm

Just a wee bit of NW history to brighten up a cold, rainy day:

October 29, 2015 - November 4, 2015

"This week in 1926 Washington rolled out the red carpet for Queen Marie of Romania, who was visiting the state at the invitation of philanthropist Sam Hill. On November 2 the queen arrived in Spokane with her 85-person entourage and was feted with a reception at the Davenport Hotel. The next day she traveled to Goldendale, where she dedicated Hill's Maryhill Museum of Art, which was still under construction. After the dedication the royal party spent the night in Portland, then visited Longview the next morning.  

"When the Queen arrived in Seattle the afternoon of November 4, she was greeted at the King Street Station by thousands of well-wishers, then left in a motorcade for a tour of the city that included a visit to Roosevelt High School and ended with a dinner reception at the New Washington Hotel. On November 6, Queen Marie completed her tour of Washington in Blaine, where she rededicated the Peace Arch, which had been built by Sam Hill a few years earlier. From there she headed east, making another brief stop in Spokane on her way back across the continent and home again to Romania."

Hill's Maryhill Museum of Art looking across the Columbia River into the wheat fields of Oregon.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2015 at 2:29pm

Another of our favorite, Betty Bowers: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2015 at 12:04pm

New update about my activities in Uganda From Bwambale Robert

Bwambale's "core aims and objectives {are} to ensure Science and Reason prevail on the African soil". Photos of their facilities, students, sponsors, and teacher reveal an active Humanist effort to educate students for healthy living and working.  

 core aims and objectives to ensure Science and Reason prevail on the African soil.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 28, 2015 at 7:39am

When I flipped on the TV to watch the World Series, I was struck by seeing Alex Rodriguez and Pete Rose doing the pre-game analysis. What's wrong with that, you ask? Well, they're disgraced current and former major leaguers, one for using steroids, the other for betting on his own team, both charged and found guilty. Surely they could come up with more respected figures

Comment by Randall Smith on October 27, 2015 at 7:40am

$190 later, I think my dog's nose condition is clearing up. She "breaks out" with bleeding sores. Some viral thing according to the biopsy. She's spending the day indoors with me while it rains (finally!). The wind is knocking off the colorful fall leaves. Boo. Good day to clean house.

Comment by kathy: ky on October 26, 2015 at 6:39pm
Joan, it is so like you to know felaines birthday! I hope she knew how much she meant to all of us.
In-laws! I also have issues with the only one l have but it seems to be a personality clash from word go. I don't think anyone wants to see their children marry someone older with children. Odd that the grandson l brag of so often came from that marriage.

Life has a way of working out.
Comment by Ian Mason on October 25, 2015 at 2:50pm

That's a remarkable story, Joan. Your son-in-law must really have loved your daughter to be willing to make great changes. He must also have been aware of his problems and wanted to change. Life among your family and surrounded by nature sounds beautiful.

I'm starting to have doubts about my son-in-law. Last time I was there, during the summer. I found out that my daughter was the one going out to work and doing all the shopping, cooking, cleaning etc. while he was busy 'working on his thesis.' I don't know what will happen now he's started work too.

I still think of Felaine regularly. A remarkable life and a fighting spirit lost too soon.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 24, 2015 at 2:20pm

I miss her too, Joan. It's great that you have a custon-built greenhouse. We haven't had a hard frost here yet, just a bit of "powdered sugar" on the grass. I'm glad you're happy in your home with your daughter now.

I seem to have missed the streaming of Sleep.

Randall, I'm sorry to hear the Amtrack trip was so disappointing. I'd always imagined going cross country that way as a delight. I hear you about your son in law. Joan's story about Larry's turnaround is encouraging. My sister's choice of husband is in that same ballpark. One reason I don't enjoy visiting her.

Like Flying Atheist, I have a bit of cultural-event envy, Ian. But I'm too cheap to pay for streaming live theater when there's so much "free" (already paid for) entertainment.

Have a good weekend, all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2015 at 1:04pm

Randy, I know what it feels like to be happy to be home. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2015 at 1:01pm

Today would have been Sk8eycat's 76th birthday. Felaine, I miss you. 

 

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