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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2015 at 1:06pm

Let's hear it for Depends! One of the side effects of ageing, or chemo, or radiation, or broken ribs, or abstructed bowel is Depends! I don't know what the cause, but I am ever so grateful for those diapers for the aged. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2015 at 12:59pm

Ian, I am impressed, both of the marathon and sobriety. Good for you! 

Comment by Ian Mason on May 14, 2015 at 11:57am

I am. or will be soon. Off to Copenhagen tomorrow and then on to Naples on Saturday. I will be thinking of you though.

Comment by Plinius on May 14, 2015 at 12:27am

I think I can't go on holiday, but it IS quiet here! I have some six weeks of teaching to do and in the meantime I try to learn more about bad knees.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 13, 2015 at 7:26am

Everybody on vacation here?

I heard on the CBS evening news last night that the percentage of non-religious Americans has risen from 22% to 30% in the past ten (I think) years. They actually used the words "agnostic" and "atheist", usually taboo. So yeah, good news!!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 8, 2015 at 7:33am

Joan, hope you're doing well. You sound chipper enough. My hygienist daughter is one and the same vegetable farmer. How she juggles both jobs, plus being a pregnant mother of two amazes me.

Speaking of the farm, I dug huge holes for 3 hours yesterday for fruit trees--an orchard being another addition to the already full land use. What a transformation from corn and soybeans of 3 years ago. It's so exciting for me to watch (and be involved in) the progress.

Comment by Plinius on May 7, 2015 at 11:00am

Thanks Joan, I'll be careful. I went back to the GP today, to get a note for a specialist. That's one step on the road to a new knee.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2015 at 10:53am

Ian, Congratulations! Very fine milestones. 

Chris, do be careful about keeping your balance. What should have been a simple fall for me resulted in a broken arm, broken ribs, and a five-day stay in the hospital with a blocked bowel. Life is too short to spend it in such agony!  Do take care of yourself. 

The dumbing-down of USA by TV programming and news got to me and I find much more interesting programming on the internet by selective watching of things that interest me. 

Randy, your daughter chose a great profession for a woman. I suppose you got the lectures on how to brush your teeth and care for your gums when she was in training. 

Comment by Plinius on May 7, 2015 at 10:49am

A wonderful record!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2015 at 10:38am

A Global Milestone: CO2 Passes 400 PPM

"For the first time since record keeping began, carbon dioxide levels have surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) globally, according to newly published data for March. CO2 emissions are the main driver of climate change and have risen more than 120 ppm since pre-industrial times. The planet has warmed 1.6°F over that period as well."

For the first time since record keeping began, carbon dioxide levels have surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) globally, according to newly published data for March. CO2 emissions are the main driver of climate change and have risen more than 120 ppm since pre-industrial times. The planet has warmed 1.6°F over that period as well.

 

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