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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

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Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 4:58pm

Oh! My Gosh! The surgery went so well I failed to write about it. Not one instance of pain, no aches, just a big bandage that I can take off but I am doing some chores and don't want to break the wound open. 

Covered, except for a tiny hole through which the surgeon did his magic, he did his "slit, slash, blood, and gore"  task.  Before he closed me up, he had the nurse take my "tent" off so I could see the incision. No blood, just a tiny little hole where he showed me the muscles, tendons, and whatever else was under the incision. Then, the nurse covered me again, he sewed me up and bandaged me with what looks like a very impressive wound, and I came home. No pain even now! The surgery itself only took 15 minutes. It was all the prep work that took up most of the day. 
I am getting some circulation into my fingers; my fingernails turned pink. I have trouble typing because of the bulk on my hand but no discomfort. 

I'll have my right hand done Sept 12.

Laura told me carpel tunnel syndrome surgery is the latest fad; it may be a fad, but it feels so good to begin to have the feeling return in my fingers again. 

Thanks for asking, Qiana and Carl.

Carl, I love the concept of being a matriarch. The best part of it is I have a longer memory than most people, and I can remember wash tubs, boiling water on the stove, wringing out hot sudsy laundry and hanging wet fabric on a clothesline. I also remember the task of going to the forest to cut wood, bringing it home and while the men cut it into pieces to fit the stove the women prepared a huge meal. That was very festive to me, but I would not go back to that unless I just had to. 

I am most grateful for having lived this long so that I can have access to all kinds of information; I can do the kind of research that is fun, not the old routine of sitting in a library with stacks of books around me trying to follow a thread.  

I also love economics, and it is easy to follow lines of thought and learn new ways to collect and analyze data. 

Gardening is still the love of my life even as there are things I no longer can do. 

Carl, feeling happy and content is just about the best thing I can feel; your happiness and contentment pleases me greatly. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2016 at 3:46pm

Congrats Randy.  I'm not going to mention how far I can run.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 3:40pm

Every once in a great while a tornado forms over eastern Washington and when it did, it was a major news item. 

On JULY 23, 2014, huge thunderstorms hit Riverside, WA, on Hiway 2, destroyed 20 trailers in a trailer park and left behind large swaths of downed trees. We see the effect today as we drive on Hiway 2. I can't even imagine what the central states experience when such terrible winds blow each year. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 27, 2016 at 3:06pm

Whooee--I made it! On a whim, I signed up for a 5k run a month ago. I don't know what made me do it. I haven't seriously run in 3 years. I guess I just wanted to prove I still could do it. I'm a little crazy that way. Well, in the month of training (so-called), I never could run the full 3 miles without stopping. But I did today! I had a time goal, too, which I met. Won my age group (65+)! However, I was the only entrant, tee hee. I guess old people just don't run anymore. There weren't even any walkers in my age group. All in all, it was pretty exhilerating. And no heart attack!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 3:01pm

I found an interesting piece on weather science that intrigues me. 

Atlantic 'weather bomb' opens new window on Earth's interior

"Earthquakes aren’t the only things seismologists listen for. Over the past decade, they have honed their talent for detecting the seismic waves generated by severe storms, including the echoes of Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. Ocean swells from these storms rattle around, creating waves that drum the ocean floor and move into the mantle. They can even be picked up by seismometers on the other side of the world. Until now, this circuitous weather tracking system has mostly been limited to high-speed P waves, which pass through rock with straight compressive force; S waves, with their distinctive perpendicular sashay, have remained elusive. In a new study published this week in Science, however, researchers tracked a 2014 North Atlantic "weather bomb"—a cold-weather cyclone seen here pummeling the United Kingdom—with a pattern of P and S waves, picked up by an array of 202 borehole seismometers in Chugoku district in Japan. The technique, if repeated for other storms, could give geologists a new tool for studying Earth's deep structures."

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on August 25, 2016 at 8:59am
Randy i wish you safety and no tornadoes. I think there were some there when I lived in W. Lafayette. Very scary. I slept through one once when I was in high school. Blew a tree over in the front yard, and blew the neighbors' garage into our back yard, and I didn't even wake up.

My vision is so bad. I keep reading that as tomatoes.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2016 at 8:47am

I would be worried too Randy.  A direct hit with one of those big boys would totally destroy your house and probably a large part of the farm.  A horribly bad day to say the least.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 25, 2016 at 8:43am

Carl (and others), yes, our locale (N central Indiana) had dozens of tornadoes yesterday, primarily in the Kokomo area (50 miles N of Indy). The nearest to me was about 15 miles. So fortunately, the farm was spared with only about an inch of rain and no winds. The tornadoes were not only unexpected (and not predicted), but huge--like a mile wide! 

I worry every time that one day I'll get hit. Up to now, tornadoes have by-passed me, one as close as a half mile.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2016 at 8:05am

I said test instead of text.  Is that just one of my random brain-farts, or because I've been reading  about you guys' teaching problems?  "I do not have the answer at this time."

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2016 at 8:01am

Ruth, yes, I often enlarge the test with control-plus, but sometimes the next page I go to is way too large.  Sometimes, the next page will have to be enlarged, and the next, and...

Plus, there are some things that will not enlarge.  Small information boxes, and the icons on the tool bar will not enlarge.

I've found one or two things that I like better, but overall....well, enough complaining for now.

Nightmares still?  How long have you been retired?

 

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