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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia 17 hours ago. 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 kathy: ky on July 25, 2017 at 9:28pm
Daniel, that sounds like the kind of church my family attends. And that I attended. They call themselves southern baptist but they behave more like Pentecostal.
Comment by Daniel W on July 25, 2017 at 9:01pm

Joan, what great memories!  As Carl said :-)  You would have been fun to know in high school!

Wow, John Birch Society.  My Baptist Church was run by them and they dominated every aspect.  I didn't rebel at the time, but was such an outsider I wasn't relevant.  I did ask questions that got put off.  At my church, you couldn't play cards, smoke, dance, drink, let alone do drugs.  Of course, two couples traded spouses - literally, they divorced and married each others' divorced spouse.  The men stood on the sidewalk between sunday school and worship service, smoking and were clearly hung over.  White only church, of course.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 25, 2017 at 8:50pm

Wonderful memories, Joan!  Your Latin activities sound like a lot of fun, especially the dinner!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2017 at 7:59pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2017 at 7:45pm

I have a photo of me with the Chad Mitchell Trio singing a song to me in Latin and I have no idea where that photo is. 

Chad Mitchel was a year behind me and in my Latin classes. He even had a trio at Lewis and Clark Highschool in 1954, later became well known as the Chad Mitchell Trio in the 1960s. 

He was a social activist and wrote songs that made the students cheer and teachers cringe. 

Ballad of Sigmund Freud by Chad Mitchell Trio

Reprise The Chad Mitchell Trio with John Denver

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2017 at 7:33pm

Another thing we did at our senior Latin dinner, was dressed in ancient Roman Toga (men) & Peplos (women).

We wore sandles, and wove olive branches to put on our heads. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2017 at 7:21pm

I was a loner in high school. Didn't like the cliques, the smoking, drinking, sexing. It was all too stupid to even care about. I loved school and learning and libraries. Classes got me out of the house of fights and into the worlds of science, history, and Latin; loved them all. 

I held office in the Tri-Sci club and we planned for terific convocations, i.e. dip a rose in a bucket of dry ice and then throw the rose on the stage floor to shatter into tiny shards. We planned trips to farm fields, the heating supply for the city, a trip to Hanford, stuff like that. We were a busy group and full of new experiences. 

I entered the science fair every year with one concoctions after another. One year I made acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin. It was dark gray and no one wanted to try it, nor did I.

In Latin, I made a scroll out of butcher paper that Ed Froats, our butcher, gave me, I turned two spindles on the lathe with Dad's help, and kept track for an entire year of all the words in English I could find that were based on Latin. I rolled up the scroll on the spindles and turned it in as my senior Latin class project. 

We had a Latin dinner at the end of my senior year in which those who love Latin as much as I joined together for a final party. We served a menue out of the history books. 

Here was a menu: 

GUSTATIO

(hors-d’œuvres)

French Bean and Chick Pea Salad,

Cauliflower, 

 Broccoli in Celery mint Sauce,

Green Bean and Leek Salad
 

PRIMAE MENSAE

 (Main Course, First Table) 

Honey Glazed Ham,
Dried Peas with Leeks and Coriander,
Carrots with Cumin Sauce

SECUNDAE MENSAE 

(sweets, fruits)

Stuffed Dates Fried in Honey, 
Fresh Grapes,

Custard,
Fresh Figs,

Pomegranates.

(Sorry, I could not get the formatting to work properly.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 25, 2017 at 5:40pm

I know what you're saying, Thomas.  I wouldn't mind hanging out with my high school art teacher.  She was a great person.  

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 25, 2017 at 5:26pm

  My high school daze in southern California were the middle '70s. Over 40 years and I have not been to a reunion nor seen any of my class mates since then. I  didn't even bother to go through with the graduation ceremony. I made sure I shook the dust off my shoes on the last day of high school.The only things that kept me alive in high school were the two classes ceramics and photography, and wrestling. The ceramics and photography classes I was allowed to repeat over and over again and still build up credits. If there was anybody I wish to see again is my English teacher and my wrestling coach.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 25, 2017 at 5:10pm

I'm proud to be a resident of the Island of Misfit Toys.

 

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