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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 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

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 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

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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 9, 2013 at 11:01am

I'd eat it, no worries.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 9, 2013 at 10:55am

Here's a funny "slice of life" story.  I don't think I would have had the guts to follow through with the same actions as this writer. 

I Ate My Sandwich Out Of The Garbage And I Feel Fine

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2013 at 4:26am
Yes, I realize Anita was pregnant at the end, and was disappointed that she continued to be in denial about her husband. I hoped she would kick him out. Melanie's last scenes, with her morbid look, smoking and drinking after her grand flirtation with religion also surprised me; she could have come out on the other side with strength and self confidence in her own wisdom. The story of going from lonely to lonelier, pessimistic even as there were laughs, probably tells of the human condition more than my happy ending wishes.
Comment by Ian Mason on April 9, 2013 at 4:13am

Such good videos, Joan. The one about Ryan Air is only slightly exagerated. They have been trying to find a legal loophole that will enable them to have pay-toilets on board.

At the end of the play Anita was pregnant for the second time and Melanie had switched from God to booze but a lot was left open. The one review I read before seeing the play, in the Times Literary Supp, said that the casting was inspired, the acting superb but that the original play was in need of a good editor who could tighten it up a bit. Does that help?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2013 at 2:42am
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2013 at 2:37am

Baby Elephant Navann's Outing

Danger! Extreme cuteness ahead!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2013 at 2:06am
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2013 at 12:36am
Ian, I just finished watching the internet 1987 version of "Quartermaine's Terms" with John Gielgud. It is outstanding, leaving me with questions about the characters. I assume Simon Gray's play will answer those questions; What happened to the characters Melanie and Anita?
I would love to see the London version with Atkinson.
Comment by Ian Mason on April 9, 2013 at 12:16am

My instinctive reaction to the death of Thatcher.http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Jn8K8EA7-Q

Comment by Ian Mason on April 9, 2013 at 12:14am

That's the one, Joan, with Atkinson playing the part of St John, a rather sad and lonely man who tries to be nice to everyone but just gets ignored or trampled on. One of the great comic talents.

 

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