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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 16, 2016 at 3:47pm

Ian, yes, in some way I do have serenity while I have more determination to work the issues that matter to me. 

* Early detection of cancer, 

* Permaculture,

* Peaceful negotiations training,

* Restoration of war-torn peoples and countries.

If we don't want refugees, we had better work to improve living conditions in peoples' homelands. 

On the other hand, there is a burning coal were my heart used to be.I don't know how one recovered from the death of a child. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 16, 2016 at 3:13pm

Randall, 'lovely' is not old-fashioned in England and is a word I'm fond of.

Glad to hear the good news, Carl. Keep up the good work. Thanks for showing the alternative to housework.

Sorry to hear about your back, Chris. I think the Danish expression for that is 'witch-shot' (hekseskud). I had one of those a few years ago and it was very uncomfortable.

Joan, you seem to have reached serenity and doing so without praying or accepting bullshit. I take my hat off to you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 2:47pm

Randy, your daughters have a special father. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 2:41pm

Christ, sorry to learn of your lumbago. 

I don't work that way anymore, not because I am wise, but because my body hurts too much. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 2:30pm

Yes, Carl, smudging is as effective as praying cleaning a house and many other chores. It is not the physical exercises that did the trick for me, it was using tools t change my attitudes. Once I examine the old, learned attitudes, beliefs and customs, and learned healthier ones, I was free of internalized imperatives.

"Love your husband to the lord," to I am worthy of respect and love.

"Turn the other cheek," to I only have two cheeks and they are not for hitting.

"Crucify myself daily in imitation of the crucified christ," to Fuck you!

Sounds easy and healthy? Yes and no.

anyway, setting limits, refusing to be assaulted, standing up or myself, were beliefs well worth developing. 

So, any of you lads and ladies who suffer under the boot of an authoritarian personality, run, don't walk, to the nearest exit and create a life worth living. 

Comment by Plinius on November 16, 2016 at 1:29pm

Congrats Carl! And you're right, bad news must be taken in moderate doses.

I had an overload of work, tried to finish everything in a short time and was rewarded an attack of lumbago. That will teach me! But today I went to work again and had everyone laughing with my stiff movements.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 16, 2016 at 1:11pm

Glad you got a good report, Carl.

Also, thanks for keeping us abreast of proper sage smudging technique! Just looking at the pic zapped away all my negative energy. (I'll be sure to contact my physician if that condition persists for more than four hours.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2016 at 12:54pm

In order to maintain my sanity I purposely stayed away from a lot of news since last week's tragic political event.  That definitely helped....some. 

I got a chuckle from the following joke and thought I'd share it. 

I hope everyone is doing well.  I had a cardiology appointment yesterday.  All is working well, just like a normal heart.  No need for another appointment until one year from now.

Possible first snow this weekend.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2016 at 12:38pm

Randy, perhaps you can update your vocabulary and say that the visit with your daughters was groovy. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 16, 2016 at 6:54am

Several things:

My three daughters had a lovely time together last week ("lovely--an old fashion term). The visiting two have returned home (Calif & Hond). They are super daughters. I'm so lucky (ages 38,41,43).

Golf and garden season is over, so I'm cutting firewood in my 7 acre woods. I lost 40-50 large trees and many more sapplings in a summer storm. I'm determined to clean it up. We'll log out and sell the large trunks.

Has anybody been watching "The Durrells in Corfu" on PBS Sunday nights? Good show. I'm interested because I was in Corfu last May. Wonderful scenery.

 

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