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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Saturday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 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 on Friday. 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

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Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2014 at 1:24am

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2014 at 12:57am

Lovely pictures, music and hugs. Thank you, all of you.

I've probably posted thid before but it's my seasonal favourite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2mh5zPj7Lc

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 9:35pm

Time to use the "Wayback Machine."

Me in the Spring of 1983, finishing up first year of college, with a fellow jazz band trumpet player. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 9:17pm

Joan, thanks for posting the saxophone quartet.  It brings back tons of memories of my college days.  I spent five years as part of a saxophone quartet.  Most often I was the soprano player. 

Phillip Glass brings back lots of memories as well.  I was first introduced to his music by his famous Songs From Liquid Days album which I fell in love with and still play today.  I also had the privilege of seeing him perform live as part of a subscription music series at my college's fine arts auditorium.  His music is very mesmerizing and surreal......and yes, unmistakable.  As a musician I've never actually played any of his music, but I know it's difficult due to the riff repetition, the constant changing meter and the counter-syncopation.   

I'm also a fan of the Kronos String Quartet.  Phillip Glass has written much music for them and they have collaborated on many projects.  Kronos plays on the above-mentioned album, Songs From Liquid Days.    

Comment by kathy: ky on December 21, 2014 at 9:12pm
Cat, those are very good.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 8:39pm

Patricia, what can I say?  I love the train video!  lol 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 8:38pm

Sk8eycat, those changing photos are really cool.  Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 21, 2014 at 8:19pm

From one of my cousins:

Watch what happens when you LEFT  CLICK ON EACH PICTURE.... HOLD IT AND DRAG YOUR MOUSE GENTLY FROM LEFT TO RIGHT  ON THE ORIGINAL PHOTOS AND IT WILL BECOME THE EXACT SAME LOCATION TODAY ... 70  YEARS LATER.


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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2014 at 6:02pm

Chris, a wonderful group hug and Yuletide greeting! 

Felaine, a great idea to include those "Down Under". 

Carl, very seasonal images to get in the mood for the season. 

Patricia, such beautiful winter scenes! We have no snow either. 

Rick, your train and tracks just amaze me. What a wonderful way to spend time. Thanks for sharing. 

To all my Atheist Nexus friends, a very happy Winter Solstice! The Wheel of the Year has started a new turn. So happy to be alive, breathing and participating in celebrating the shortest day of the year. 

I'm on my way to Laura's for the week. Joy, peace and love to all. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 2:51pm

 

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