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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 2 hours ago. 2 Replies

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 Randall Smith on February 9, 2015 at 7:55am

Love it, Patricia!

It's only Feb. 9th and freezing, but I saw a flock of robins. I'll be looking for Sandhill Cranes any day now!  At least the snow has melted.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 8, 2015 at 10:40pm

R'amen, Patricia.

Yes, Randall, an interesting subject. One of my cousins did a lot of work on one side of my family and found a half-brother that was a secret and that his Dad wasn't his Dad. Scandal!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 8, 2015 at 7:57am

FYI, Ian, the discovery was the death date of my great great grandfather Wm. Henry Smith: 1842 -Mar 2, 1901. His grave site has no tombstone and no obituary was ever found. I spent $25 to have an expert from Ft. Wayne (IN) library investigate. I won't go into detail, but it's interesting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 7, 2015 at 2:51pm

I think I saw that movie. As I remember, it was a tear jerker.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 7, 2015 at 2:42pm

Joan, Charing Cross Road is the home of bookshops, new and used. It's the place I almost always visit when in London. The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square is at one end if I also want to feed my appetite for art. This is where you might have heard the name:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/84_Charing_Cross_Road_%28film%29

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 7, 2015 at 12:30pm

Randy, I agree, genealogy is a labor of love. 

Ian, I like the punometer. The Charing Cross Road rings a bell for me; was it in one of the BBC TV series perhaps? I like the name.  

Comment by Ian Mason on February 7, 2015 at 11:16am

That's good rock. Thanks.

What was the discovery, Randall? If you don't mind me asking.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 7, 2015 at 10:20am

I like "The Black Sea".  It has some life.  And I'm glad to hear "The Tea Party" say "No politics... Just Rock and Roll".

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

I made a genealogical discovery (finally!) that I shared with my near-97 year old father, which made him happy and reflective. He pulled out a photo album I'd never seen before (or don't remember seeing). Wow! All these people I've been researching came alive--names with faces. All this genealogy stuff is a labor of love.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 6, 2015 at 3:07pm

They sound like fun stories, Felaine. I'll keep my eye out on my next trip down the Charing Cross Road.

 

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