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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2015 at 2:36pm

Carl, I am very happy to read your words, even as it saddens me that you have been through so much. The very good news is you have high spirits and a positive attitude. That will carry you far. I think of you every day and send you all the positive energy that quantum physics or whatever energy that can go from one person to another. 

I don't know if Chopra has grasp of what such energy can or can't do. For this time period, I claim positive energy can flow between you and your friends. 

Love your Pi day contribution. It is a keeper. 

My warm thoughts to you, always. 

Fondly, Joan

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 16, 2015 at 2:16pm

I'm a little late for Pi day, but here's my contribution, none the less.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 16, 2015 at 2:11pm

Hi, Joan.  Thanks for asking about me.  I just spent nine days in the hospital.  I went to have a heart echo-gram and stress test.  After they took the initial images, they compared them to an echo I had one month earlier.  Within one month's time my heart pumping had deteriorated from 40% to 20%.  (Normal heart pumping percentage is about 60%.)  As a result, they cancelled the stress test and decided to admit me to the hospital.

The doctors scheduled aortic valve replacement surgery within the week, but unfortunately I contracted a viral infection and the surgery was postponed until my lungs cleared up.  I was ultimately released from the hospital this past Friday so I could finish recuperating at home (away from all the hospital germs) and regain my health, making me as strong as possible for my upcoming heart surgery.  That surgery has now been rescheduled for this coming Wednesday. 

At this time, I'm actually feeling very well.  Dialysis has removed a lot of fluid buildup that was in my body and around my lungs.  I've lost weight as a result and my face is thinner (which is a good thing.)  Barring any unforeseen circumstances, surgery will happen on Wednesday.  I'll have about a 4 to 6 week recovery period and then I should be ready for my kidney transplant.

Whew!  Long explanation.  At times it seems as if my plans have changed daily.  Mentally I'm doing great.  I'm looking forward to having this all behind me.     

Randy, congrats on your new grandchild. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather.     

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2015 at 12:30pm

@ Carl, just want you to know that I am thinking of you. I don't need an answer back, but hope your plans progress and that you are in good spirits. 

Comment by k.h. ky on March 16, 2015 at 11:11am
Joan, the bandaid contact did exactly that. Protected the eye from the rubbing of the eyelid. Kinda surprised me. Having worn contacts for many years they were often the cause of eye abrasions.
Randy, another gchild is wonderful news. I'll never have more tthan the two and two halfs l have.
Everyone else : l hope you have a beautiful day like it's going to be here. Temps mid - seventies.
Comment by Ian Mason on March 16, 2015 at 9:19am

Spring is good. It's sort-of on the way in Denmark, coquettish and giving us the cold shoulder between the sunny spells.

I've seen 3 bio-pics in the last week: Mr. Turner, The Imitation Game and Theory of Everything. All different and all very good. Time and money well spent.

Comment by Plinius on March 16, 2015 at 8:20am

Congrats Randall! I hope there's a good year for you in store.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 16, 2015 at 7:59am

For some reason, Indiana is a major flyway for Sandhill cranes. They go right over my house. And yesterday, there must have been thousands flying noisily north. They stay at a preserve (Jasper Pulaski) north of me about 60 miles for a moth or so, before flying further north. Amazing birds. Certainly a sign of Spring! Supposed to hit 70 today--Hurray!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 14, 2015 at 2:20pm

If you want more accuracy than 3.1415, then wait until 9:26 PM.  Wait another 53 seconds and you'll be at 3.141592653

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2015 at 1:36pm

Happy pi day! (More precisely than usual: it's 3/14/15.)

(More pi, pies, and pirate pie-rats in "Food")

 

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