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We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 5 hours ago. 9 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 9 hours ago. 1 Reply

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Daniel W on May 31, 2016 at 1:51pm
Joan, I didnt know you moved back to Spokane! Sorry I have not been in the loop! Well, Im glad you can be wherever makes you happy!

Ian, when my parents died, I just let go of everything. i figured their obligation to me ended when I became an adult. The rest was gravy. I did say, If no one wanted the family photos, going back 4 or 5 or 6 generations, I would take them. And 2 furniture items. I actually regret that, because the photos feel like an obligation to be their caretaker no one else living cares about, and the one furniture Item That I got feels sort of the same way. Its an old oak dresser.

Joan, glad you have Cary there to help out.

My main job after retiring seems to be to get rid of stuff. I took 3 carloads of items to goodwill, and 2 carloads of books to the public library used book sale. I filled up the recycle bin and trash bin several times over. It helps that with retirement,
I quit all the stress eating and junk food and none of the old clothes fit now, so off to goodwill with most of my clothes. Im down to one closet plus one dresser, that's all I use or need.
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2016 at 1:32pm

Ian and Chris, I am at the other end of the teeter totter with trying to sort out my things and where they are to go after my death. Craig and his family are not able to come north for several reasons, the high cost of medical care being one. He and his family are not able to show me what they want so I am arbitrarily listing my dining things as theirs. They can give them to another family member if they want. Laura's family come here often and I know what they want, mostly the kitchen items. I have a lot of gadgets they may find useful in their cooking. Cary gets first choice on all that is in the house. The family agree with that decision because he takes such good care of me. 

By the way, I am happy that I moved back to my home. I want to die here, hopefully in my garden or bed. 

I feel very good, my doctors' appointments all are within a mile of my home, my longtime friends live here, and you know how much I love my garden. I wish I had chickens, however, I know I will not always be able to care for them, especially in the winter time or when I am feeling so punky, and Cary would have to do the work. I don't want to impose on him any more than I do. He does an amazing amount of work here and helps me as much as he can. He is still a crotchety middle-aged man and even a burned out light bulb becomes a big deal. I just put an imaginary wall up to deflect the grumpiness and go about my business.

You know, life is so full of burned out light bulbs and replacing them can be interesting. 

Well, happy day to each of you. 

Comment by Plinius on May 31, 2016 at 11:54am

Sorry for your loss Ian. And try hard to stay apart from the inheritance hunters. I found out that even taking some care of an elderly relative makes you suspect in some peoples' eyes: very sad and quite disgusting.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2016 at 2:27am

Got back from England yesterday. My stepmothers funeral went well. The 'old' vicar from our village came out of retirement for a day and did a very good job: a short service at the cremetorium with a lot of personal things. Everybody was satisfied. The bother started a couple of days later. Where there's a will there's a relative. I'll spare you the details but I'm glad I live the other side of the North sea.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2016 at 2:22am

Nice job, Daniel.

A rule of thumb I use with religious people is; I don't care what you believe, only what you do. If you cultivate religion for profit, turn a blind eye to the abuse of children and other followers, restrict access to education or in any way hinder reasonable progress or try to force your beliefs on others then you are WRONG. Of course this isn't valid every time and in every situation but it's a viable starting point.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 10:00pm

Ruth and Qiana, you are right, ask believers about their hypocrisies. I think their humanitarian aid should include working to change the political structure that creates poverty and injustice. Starving and homeless people need food, shelter, water, and sanitation. 

Thanks for your insights. 

Comment by Daniel W on May 30, 2016 at 9:14pm

I can't handle LOL cat.  Each to their own.  My sense of humor is defective.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 8:45pm

Daniel, your kitchen gets more attractive every time I see it.  You have done a beautiful job of remodeling your home.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 8:43pm

As to the discussion about LOL Cat Bible, it is a total waste of time! I wondered why so many people were writing such crazy words and upon examination, made no sense. It is worse than psychobabble. I realize I am in a group pf people who love cats and I hope I get by with my heresy. 

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on May 30, 2016 at 8:16pm

Looks beautiful, Daniel.

 

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