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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 4 hours ago. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by sk8eycat on November 10, 2014 at 9:40am

Randall....go to the Stash Tea web site; they have all sorts of loose teas....single varieties, and blends.  Plus tea ware, baked goods, and other accessories.

http://www.stashtea.com/

Comment by Randall Smith on November 10, 2014 at 7:10am

Joan, "shitty outlook on life"? Not you! Perhaps cynical, but not "shitty". Hope the tests, etc. turn out well.

As for tea, I prefer mine iced, mixing black and green loose tea leaves for steeping. Nowadays, it's difficult to find loose leaf tea. It's beer I never acquired a taste for.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 9, 2014 at 9:44pm

Ah, I didn't know what the test was for.  My mom had heart problems after she went through chemo and radiation, but in those days (1980s) the usual thing was just to fit her with a Holter monitor for a couple of days, and get the results from the tape.  I don't recall any dietary restrictions, but she and dad both stopped drinking coffee on their own when they started having medical problems....about the same time that "Mr. Coffee" machines hit the market. 

I never learned to like coffee....(backstage / Green Room coffee is dreadful!  So our family has always been major black tea and cocoa fans.  (And I HATE what the hyper conservatives have named themselves.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2014 at 8:41pm

I don't like tea, although I have lots of different flavors in my cupboard. I got out some grape juice that I processed from my Concord grapes and that will satisfy my taste buds. The thought of giving up coffee laced with chocolate is bothersome, but doable. I appreciate the suggestion, Felaine. I have nothing else to complain about. 

Thanks for the well wishes on the test. It is simply a routine check up for my heart. The procedure is not at all painful, just a little needle prick and nuclear energy surging through my body. I take a couple of hours nap and wake up for the test. Then to see my heart doctor. She will read the results. 

I will meet my new cardiologist for the first time tomorrow. I fully expect that my pacemaker will need to be updated, right on the time schedule they gave me those years ago. Laura is going with me.

I will ask my cardiologist for an ophtho-rectomy while she is at it so that I will not have such a shitty outlook on life. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 9, 2014 at 8:21pm

Joan, Do you have any herbal tea in the back of a cupboard, or someplace?  I hate most herbal teas, and am not really fond of green or white tea, BUT Stash Meyer Lemon tea is good, no caffeine, and most white teas might as well be caffeine-free.  (They're also too bland for my taste.)

Mulled apple juice or cranberry juice...either one is good heated with whole cinnamon and cloves, or allspice....or are you only supposed to drink clear liquids? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2014 at 7:54pm

OH darn, I have to give up caffein until tomorrow afternoon!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 9, 2014 at 1:39pm

Good luck with your test, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2014 at 1:13pm

Sunday morning, good morning all. OH in 45 minutes I have to stop coffee, tea, chocolates! until after my nuclear test. I am not to go near a pregnant woman after the test. Let me think about that for a minute ... I guess I should not go to anyplace that has pregnant women ... home, I guess.

A little Sunday morning fun:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 9, 2014 at 11:46am

Thanks for sharing pics and details of your family’s visit, Randall. If you haven’t taken sublingual B-12 to help fight your cold, I recommend it.

Sk8eycat, I agree with you about cell phone rudeness. Too bad an individual in a group cant’ just react that way. If you were alone with the offender, yes. Otherwise you’d have to overtly get the others to go along.

LOL, Joan. Cute comment on facebook unfriending.

I agree that storage is still a big problem for solar power at home, Joan. I was surprised that the system we bought and returned just had two lead acid batteries. Our house is flimsy, and I was shocked at how heavy the two solar panels were. Our roof might not have handled them with snow. I researched light weight solar panels, but that technology doesn’t seem mature enough yet. BTW, I made a mistake in not insuring the solar panel shipment, assuming that Fed Ex would handle glass carefully. Then the Fed Ex Ground guy who picked them up said they just stack boxes on top of each other in their trucks. So I might be out thousands. Will know in a week, I guess.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2014 at 8:25am

Charlie Girl is looking mature in that picture.

 

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