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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 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 Joan Denoo on November 21, 2016 at 2:41am

Kathy, angry, disgusted, fed up, and concerned. Yes, that sounds like my feelings, too. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 20, 2016 at 12:11pm

Kathy, I admire your boldness as well.

Randy, I'm like you in that respect.

Comment by k.h. ky on November 20, 2016 at 10:02am
Joan, not to worry. I'm not depressed in any clinical sense. Words like angry,

disgusted, fed up, and concerned would be more accurate.
Comment by Daniel W on November 20, 2016 at 10:00am

Kathy, I admire your boldness!  You rock!

Chris, I think of myself as a realist too.  I never fit into the glass half empty / half full paradigm.  For me it's at the 50% point.  That doesn't mean I don't feel hope at times, or feel down at others, or worry a lot or celebrate or grieve, but I concentration on, it is what it is.

Thomas, thanks for the advice.  I've used my Sawzall for several projects.  I may have to resort to that for this one too.  Oh, the drywall dust, gets everywhere!  I cover and seal off the room, but it still gets in through the tracks!  Dremel tool can be helpful for some things too, like removing the grout and tile cement.  I want to do as much as I can by hand, less mess and quieter, but it's good to know the tools are there if needed.  I used my sawzall to dig and cut out clumps of bamboo to plant elsewhere.  I was amazed that it worked.  I can't imagine anything else would have worked.

Ruth, hang in there!  Humanity is resilient, and creative, and resourceful.  Even if the majority of states voted Trump, the majority of Americans voted Clinton.  I imagine there will be realignment in both parties.  If we had to have a Repub, I'm glad it's not Cruz, or  Rubio, or Fiorina, or Santorum, or Huckabee...  I didn't want Trump in any way, but it's unpredictable and probably people will come and go in his admin as purists become a pain and sycophants become boring and who knows what else.

Randy, I'm also doing my best to avoid political news.  If a headline states "Trump" or anything else political, I make a conscious effort not to read further.  It can be a challenge, since most of my news is NY Times or Google News, but worth it.

Joan, I'm having that first cup of coffee now.  It's a true pleasure.  I imagine talking across the kitchen table with you as you sip yours.

Comment by k.h. ky on November 20, 2016 at 9:58am
I'm with Randall and Chris on the news strike. It's unbearable. The speculation started as soon as Obama was elected to his last term. Who was going to run the next time.
We never seem to get a break from political guessing games and theories.
And we never seem to get any real news. I use BBC, pbs, vice, and newspapers from all over the world.
I've got to get a couple more ffrf shirts so I can offend everyone :)
Comment by Thomas Murray on November 20, 2016 at 9:33am

Daniel,

If you do not have one, I recommend you buy yourself a sawzall. I've use mine to cut nails, metals,wood, holes, and I've it to prune trees and roots, cut wood for boarders around the garden, cut  firewood. Also it came handy to remove tiles and caulking.

Sawzal would be on my top ten tools must haves.

Comment by Plinius on November 20, 2016 at 8:09am

You could call yourself a realist, Randall, because the news ís depressing. I skim the news, I read background regularly, but I don't want to know about the daily bitching and biting. Much healthier...

Comment by Randall Smith on November 20, 2016 at 7:54am

While I don't suffer from clinical depression, local and worldly news does depress me. Therefore, I've made a decision to avoid the news and remain ignorant of all the negativity going on "out there". I know it's wrong, but for my own sanity, my head is in the sand.

Kathy, I admire your boldness (wearing the FFRF shirt)! And I thought I was being bold wearing a Bernie t-shirt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 11:59pm

Ruth, I wrote my comment about depression about the same moment as you wrote yours. I hear you and know of which you write. How to shuffle off the coil of depression with all the chaos enveloping us, I too, wonder about those others before us who faced sudden change in their lives caused by events beyond their control to change. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 11:04pm

Ah! depression! A useless emotion; it gets in the way of joy and adventure! It takes over and impedes thinking and laughing and crying and all other emotions that are so much friendlier. It covers one with a black cloud that blocks out the sun and moon and stars. It distorts even the most routine of pleasures, i.e. the first sip of coffee in the morning, the greeting across the fence with a lovely neighbor, the sound of a loved one who calls to see if I am OK. 

Finally, shed of the fog, I can imagine a preferred future, one that does not exist, but never will if we don't remember the possibility of a better life for us all. 

 

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