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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 37 minutes ago. 39 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

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We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 5:58pm

Randy, I agree, stay in my home as long as I am able. I was happy at Laura's and being with all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on Laura's branch of my offsprings. They were very kind and loving to me and watched over because of all the animals on the acrage and the wild things that come and remind us they were there first. 
I was very sick when I went there and weak. I felt vulnerable and helpless. As I tended to the chores of family life in the country, I regained my strength, health, and stamina, I lost my sense of helplessness. Coming home is what I need to do. I miss each family member and Fire District 8 members who drop in, and the lovely neighbors who also enjoy country life. The animals were a special treat for me and I miss the dogs, cats, and chickens. I even miss the ceyotes that howl through the night. Of course I miss the greenhouse and I am happy to say that we harvested all the vegetables that survived the Newport area freezes and I planted every growing big with spring vegetables. The ediple pod peas were so good, as was the lettuce and spinach. The onions hadn't matured when I left and the tomatoes and peppers looked healthy. 

The family assured me I was welcome back and they seemed happy when I told them I wouldn't bring back all those bookcases and books. They are not interested in the books, but they jumped at the chance to get extra shelves for arts and crafts. Craig will get my library, which is about as fine an applied social and psychological reference source one can find in Spokane. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 1, 2016 at 4:45pm

Randy, thanks for inquiring about me.  You didn't miss any updates while you were in Greece.  During that time A|N was experiencing many outages, so there wasn't much to miss.  Glad you had good travels with your daughter.

Not much has changed with me.  I'm attending physical therapy twice per week and it definitely is helping to strengthen my legs.  Of course with my condition the goal is only to maintain strength, not to bulk up my muscles, as over exercising is counter productive and could excel any muscle deterioration. 

At this point, I'm basically retired and adjusting to a new lifestyle.  Overall, life is good.  Perhaps I could work in some capacity in the future, but for now my life as been in so much transition and adjustment that I wouldn't be able to commit to steady employment - at least not at this time.

My parents are in the process of getting ready to move from their home into a two bedroom apartment in a retirement community.  My three siblings and I recently got together for one week to help them sort through all their (many!) possessions.  This gave my parents the opportunity to give away certain items to each of us that they personally wanted us to have.  Additionally, we got to choose and acquire family items had special meaning to us.  The six of us had a rather fun time with lots of laughing. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 1, 2016 at 6:53am

Yes, Joan, I too was surprised to hear you have moved back to Spokane. You sound happy and content. And I concur with Bertold.

Thoughts of moving occur to me every now and then. As long as I'm able, I'll stay where I am.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 1:27am

Oh! Bertold, what a nice sentiment to hear. Thank you. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 1, 2016 at 1:17am

And you're one of mine.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 1:08am

Krebs is one of my heroes. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 1, 2016 at 1:05am

Joan - As Maynard G. Krebs used to say, You're a real human being!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 12:58am

Quiana, I know you knew! I just wanted to join the fun!

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on June 1, 2016 at 12:20am

I know that Joan, it was a joke.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 12:05am

Yes, I have moved back into my home and plan to stay here, happy, content, and proud of having created this peaceful place.
My daughter and her family took very good care of me and nursed me back to health. Some of the boxes remain at her home and safely put in a moving van that they own and keep on their property. My boxes contain books from my vast library that Craig wants. No one else in the family cares for books, so it is working out just fine. I brought my kitchen items back and gardening things. These are my two favorite places. They mostly remain in unpacked boxes, and that is just fine; I have another ten years, at least, to unpack them. I am happy beyond my ability to speak to be back home.
Oh my goodness, don't be depressed about my talking about my death and sorting things for my heirs. My life has been so full, the decisions I made all those years ago to leave my husband was the only choice I could make, and I am finally coming to terms with that. I was frightened that I had made a wrong choice. All I have to do is look at my children and know that if I had made any other decision, I would have subjected my kids to a childhood of fear and brutality. As it is, my legacy to them is a broken string of family violence. None of them use violence to solve problems or conflicts; they all learned interpersonal relationship skills ---- from me! Their dad went on to abuse another family; my father gave my mother a beating and weeks later she died. It stopped! Here! With my children and me!
Qiana that is not a photo of god, it is the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Even if it is a faux photo, it still is a good likeness to our great FSM.
Now, in the memory of the Great Giant Teapot, I dance with the stars under a clear sky, so very happy to be alive.

 

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