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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 6:36pm

Joan, when I worked at KCET I was either a volunteer or a temp, so I didn't know the full-time staff except for the people I worked with directly.  Especially not the technical guys.  Val is much younger than I am, and seemed to be totally focused on his work whenever I saw him.  But he WAS good-looking.

He's been concentrating on architectural photography for the past 15-20 years

Everyone I knew got fed up with KCET's management policies at one time or another, and left.  They actually hired a hatchet man and made him Vice President...one day he "downsized" by firing about 15 gay employees from all departments, and nobody spoke up in their defense.  That was a year or two after I decided not to go back (I had two sick parents to take care of at home by then.)

KCET recently left PBS, and sold the studio to (Ewww!) The "Church" of Scientology.  I would have been grossed out even if they'd sold the lot to the Los Angeles Diocese, but to the El-Ronners?  Gack!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KCET_Studios
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Oh! I "invented" a word last night: "Crasstians."  It applies to professional xians of all types, but especially praying politicians, TV evangelists, and ostentatious behavior like Timmy Tebow's grandstanding act of kneeling on the football field..

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 6:05pm

Patricia, how far can you travel with the scooter, mand do you have to negotiate any hills?

The closest market to our house is about a mile and a half, opne way.  And it's all downhill from here, so coming back would be mostly uphill...especially the last block to the house.  The front walkway is fairly level, but the driveway (around the corner) is fairly steep. 
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Speaking of neighborhoods changing, when we first moved here (1945) the area was semi-rural with a huge vinyard and winery one block uphill from us.  There were 7 houses on our 2-block street.  This is how things had changed by 1949. (The one time it snowed here, and stayed on the ground for 3 days)
And this is how our street looks now:

Lotta changes, eh?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 2, 2014 at 3:50pm

Scary ladder photos, Joan.  You couldn't pay me to be in some of those situations.  At least Patricia and her ladder were on terra firma. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 2, 2014 at 3:43pm

I always feel melancholy when I drive through my old neighborhood and past my childhood home.  I have a lot of wonderful memories of growing up there and the many fun families and friends who were so important at the time.  It was my entire world.  But so much has changed.  The neighborhood looks run-down.  People have erected big iron or chain-link fences in front of their homes.  It seems very uninviting and cold.  Exterior re-modelings have brought about an unfamiliar look to the area.  At the end of my street where I attended grammar school, they built a big addition to the school right up to the boundary of the sidewalk, eliminating a big grassy hill where I went sledding in winter as a kid and played among the dandelions in summer.  How fortunate we are to be able to live out our lives with such memories. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 3:33pm

Patricia, I like the being inventive part! Your description of the ladder  on your scooter gives me nightmares. So happy you made it home! Safely! I know you are wise how you use ladders!!!!!

Fun With Ladders

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 2:43pm

I have never used the feature on my computer, "Search Google for this Image". I found it and the place where the picture was taken. 

CLOUDED LEOPARD 1

CLOUDED LEOPARD 2

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 2:31pm

Felaine, funny video clip; did he play tricks when you were there? 

Patricia, your scooter looks so cool and a handy thing to be able to use. That cat is an amazing animal with a sweet face. 

Mindy, I find it bitter/sweet to go back to former homes of loved ones. Everything changes, yet I can sometimes see remnants of former memories. Your cat and face in the window evokes memories as well. I would be worrying as well with a loved one on wet or icy roads.  

Comment by Loren Miller on March 2, 2014 at 1:40pm

WHOA!!!  Now THAT is a PUDDY-CAT, Patricia!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 2, 2014 at 11:57am

Love the cat photo, Mindy.  Beautiful, cute, artistic, introspective.  It's a fantastic picture on several different levels.   

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 11:20am

Mindy, That's a double-AWWWWWWWW! 

 

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