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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 19, 2015 at 12:45pm

Good morning world! Sun shines, expected to be 62 degrees today, green begins its yearly commencement, my muscles hurt from yesterday's spreading of 3 yards of manure, I am happy, and all is right with the world.  

My older cousin reminded me that we are in our 80th year and I reminded him we are elders. To my way of thinking, that is an honor not many enjoy.  

My thoughts and yours as well are of Carl. His vulnerable body continues to take terrible hits. If anyone can survive all that, Carl will. 

I offer a bit of spring imagery and sound to get is into the swing of coming spring. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 19, 2015 at 12:14pm

Chris, this dreadful news provides no reward for all the work you have done for others. With flat feet, unequal leg length, weak ankles and X-legs, that means your spine gets distorted. Not a good way to go into your Golden Years. 

Now for the reality check. 

Is there anything you can do to have less deterioration and pain?

Are you doing those things? 

Are they working? 

If the answer to those three questions is 

"Yes," then you solved the problem.

"No," then you have some choices to make. 

1. Do more of something, do less, or do something else. 

2. Roll up into the fetal position and become a zombie. 

3. Use feelings: cry, moan, depression, anger, sadness, fear.

4. Allow the reality to define you. 

5. Think of yourself in terms of universal time, from the Big Bang realizing that you exist in just a sparkle of time.

6. Decide how you react to your personal reality.

7. Pay attention to the story you tell yourself about the problem, i.e. "nobody wants my opinion. So I'll get used to it" is your story. 

When we get our story wrong, we get our future wrong. 

8. Listen to your story and decide if that is your desired future story. 

Chris, I hope this isn't just boring material to you. My intention is to offer a process to change what is happening to you as being a "winner". You observed people who needed help, and you did what you could to help them. You knew people needed to learn a new language, and you developed a plan and worked it so that you could help them. You grew up in a dysfunctional home and created a different lifestyle for yourself and your partner. Now your body shows the ravages of overwork, not enough rest, perhaps not enough laughter. Whatever your reality, you can turn it into your victory.  

When I see the words "Chris" or "Plinius", I think of a person with courage, intelligence, healthy instincts. I observe pro-activity, a good heart, skills, care, compassion, talent, and empathy. I admire you and feel honored to have such a trustworthy and steadfast friend. 

Comment by Plinius on March 19, 2015 at 11:22am

He didn't tell me, but I've had flat feet all my life.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 19, 2015 at 10:16am

Sorry about your knees and legs little mermaid.

Did your GP say why you have flat feet?

Comment by Plinius on March 19, 2015 at 5:05am

Another fine mess I've got myself into... My GP told me that the heavy work of the last fifteen years has worn out my knees. On top of that he told me that I have flat feet (I knew that), weak ankles, and legs of unequal length that are slowly turning into X-legs. I think that I'm far too young to turn into the Little Mermaid, but nobody wants my opinion. So I'll get used to it.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 19, 2015 at 3:25am

Carl's operation should be over by now. I hope it went well and that we hear from him soon.

Comment by Plinius on March 19, 2015 at 1:51am

I know the Flemish are always ready for fun, Joan. You know how I think.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2015 at 4:31pm

Carl, don't watch this unless you are prepared to laugh!

For those needing a laugh, I just want you all to know that we Belgians stand out in unusual ways. 

I know, Chris, I'm resorting to nationalism again. But, what the heck! 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 18, 2015 at 1:00pm

Joan, you have impressive gardening energy. I haven't even removed last year's dead Asiatic Lily stems yet.

My well wishes for Carl too!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2015 at 12:37pm

Good morning world! I just came in from a couple of hours in the garden, I am exhausted and ready for a nice nap. Cary and I spread 3 yards of manure over the boxes and piled the rest where I get access to it easily.  

I hope everyone has a great day. I trust my snoring doesn't wake you up! 

 

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