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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller 16 hours ago. 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

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 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

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

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 16, 2013 at 8:19am

Felaine, I'm glad to hear your good news.  I just bought a powerful LED light on sale, so I'm glad they gave you LED lights.  They have no mercury, don't break, are the most efficient, and can be turned off & on as much as you want without reducing their life.  Some can even be dimmed.  

That Hitchens' book sounds good.

Joan, sorry about your bad day, but glad to hear you have such good support.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 16, 2013 at 5:50am

Good things happen sometimes, Felaine. Enjoy them.

The best way to avoid wasting food? Feed it to me! I admit to having a "very healthy appetite", to put it politely. It's a good job I'm an exercise junkie too.

Joan, it sounds like you've got a great team there and I'm sure that helps. Even that old sceptic Hitchens said there was a link between morale and health. All the best to you and yours.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 16, 2013 at 3:44am

Joan, I wish you the the best (of all possible outcomes).

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 1:24am

Today was the toughest day for me as far as procedures go. I had an EKG of my heart, which is normally just as easy as watching a heart pump blood through the arteries, but I am getting pretty tender from all the procedures that have taken place. A hematoma developed and we drained as much blood from it as possible. However, I go in next week for a procedure to reopen the wound and clean out the dried blood. We had to delay chemo until all this was completed. Now, we are back on track of the Cancer Conquering train, all team members are on board and expect good results.  

Laura and my two granddaughters go with me as they are able; they are as excited by all the protocols, and equipment as I. Michelle is taking training for emergency medical care in her volunteer fire department role and Laurie just completed home health care training. With their training and my daughter's good, calm, sensible approach, we all seem to be thriving. 

Cary does a beautiful job of keeping track of all my drs appointments and medication. He also takes on the house and yard and cooking and washing up. I have it so easy, and all because of this fantastic family. My son and his family in Colorado send me their positive energy, so we are all teamed up in this together. 

Comment by Plinius on May 16, 2013 at 12:44am

Good news, Sk8eycat! Wonderful to hear!

Comment by sk8eycat on May 15, 2013 at 11:56pm

PS: Melinda, I absolutely LOVE "Daisy Cat"!  Such a studious look on his face!
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To everyone, I am finally getting some help from the Beautiful Downtown Burbank DWP!  A Green Home inspector came yesterday AM to check the plumbing, electrical outlets, and the attic.  I was scared that he would take one look, and recommend that I lose my Lifeline eligibility.

NO WEIGH!

He replaced showe heads, and faucet thingies with much better ones, Gave us some LED 12.5 Watt light bulbs that are as bright as(or brighter than 60 W bulbs), set up an appointment for us to get decent insulation installed in the attic, and set up another appointment for us to get a brand new Energy Star fridge in exchange for the one I bought in 1984.

At NO CHARGE TO US AT ALL! 

Why do I cry when someone does something nice for me?

Comment by sk8eycat on May 15, 2013 at 11:41pm

Re: wasting tomatoes. 

How many of you have read The Missionary Position; Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens?  He describes an incident in Rome one summer when everybody seemed to be having bumper crops of tomatoes, and many donated the extras to one of her convents there. They couldn't even give them away (because nobody needed them), so the nuns prudently canned them to save for winter. 

MT pitched a fit and fell in it, saying that preserving food demonstrated a lack of faith in the ability of their imaginary friend to provide for them.

The woman was nucking futz...even the most fanatic fundamentalist would figure that preserving the overabundance, to be used during a time of shortage, and giving thanks, was the proper thing to do with a gift from what's-his-name.

If you haven't read the book, DO!  And then whenever someone uses the old bitch's name as an example of caring for the poor in your presence, give them a good slap upside the head. And tell THEM to read the book.

Comment by Plinius on May 15, 2013 at 11:34pm

You're right FA, it's so strange to see people waste good food so senselessly. Here food is wasted too, but people start to come to their senses. I see more Transition Town ideas coming up now, but perhaps that is because I read a little about it. A very nice project is a vegetable garden where volunteers grow food for people on benefit. I regret that I cannot take part in it, my bad back won't allow it.

And finally I'm getting into a holiday mood! Next week we're off to Naples for a few days!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 15, 2013 at 5:21pm

I just don't get it.......

Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Tomatina

Of course we waste much food here in the US as well.  We live in an era when food has never been so plentiful or readily available, yet still, millions of people around the globe are starving.  (Sorry to bring down the mood.)   

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 15, 2013 at 4:26pm

I also hate seeing good food wasted.  Especially once I started putting a lot of time and resources into growing my own.  

The hardest for me to watch is watermelon being smashed because I love eating them so much, and can't grow many on my small property.

 

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