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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 1 Reply

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 Idaho Spud on November 24, 2014 at 6:43am

Nice train layout Patricia.  Those cows were making quite a ruckus. : )

May have told this story before:  When I was a youngster, I wanted a train set, so when a paint the food products contest came along with a train set as second prize, I colored them all, and was disappointed when I won first prize, a bicycle.

I won first because mom helped me, and she was a good amateur artist.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 24, 2014 at 2:01am

Felaine and Patricia, you've given me a wonderful idea.  Set up and run a boutique hotel that has a cat available to stay with the guests in each room for the night. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 24, 2014 at 1:55am

Wow, Patricia.  Your husband's train layout has come a long way since last time you posted a video.  He's been working hard I can tell.  Lots of very nice scenery has been added.  What a great hobby.  I know from first-hand experience how much fun it is.  

I like falling asleep to recordings of rain and thundershowers.  Tonight it's not working, as it is approaching 2 AM here as I write this.  I also listen to old radio shows from the 1930's, 40's & 50's as I drift off to dream land,      

Comment by sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 1:29am

Purrrr-purrrrr-purrrrrr......the sweetest, most relaxing sounds on Earth....cats and the surf.  (I spent the first 5 years of my life living next to the ocean in Hermosa Beach.  I still have some tapes of the ocean...and seagulls... that I listen to when I need to relax.)

Comment by sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 1:22am

Do the guest rooms come with a cat to sleep with?  ; > )

Comment by sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 1:05am

What a FABulous layout!  I always wanted a real model train, NOT one of those 3-rail toy Lionel sets.

Can I come visit, and learn how to run the trains?  Please?

PS: Does he have any passenger cars?  I used to have a brass engine and tender, plus a custom passenger car with the Holiday On Ice logo painted on the sides.  It was a gift from a platonic lover at MAD Magazine....and I had the whole thing on the credenza behind my desk at work.  When the new owners fired all of us, they wouldn't let me take the train with me....claimed it was company property.  I couldn't afford to sue them...

Broke what was left of my heart (my favorite co-worker was dying of AIDS...that was hard enough to handle.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 23, 2014 at 2:52pm

Happy Thankshallowistmas to you too, Idaho Spud!

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 23, 2014 at 2:31pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 23, 2014 at 1:32am

Hay Loren, I accidentally ran across a site with snippets of The Newsroom while looking for something else. These are great scenes. Now I am going to have to go find the longer versions; these just tease. Is The Newsroom on this season? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 22, 2014 at 2:14pm

Patricia, great find! I like the shorter version and it says what the whole book says. Good summary. 

Now, let's throw the book out and build a life not based on superstitions. Seems like a great burden lifts from my shoulders. Life is short, it can be hard, there are things that can make it more meaningful and fun. 

 

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