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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 10 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

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

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 October 14, 2013 at 11:31am

Carl, you clearly have a compassionate heart! I can't think of a better way to spend a life; If basic needs are met, there is no reason to live in huge homes, drive expensive cars, have dozens of shoes, or any of the other extravagances one could choose. I really like the simpler life, with lots of laughter. It is the fun that comes with hard work, devotion to family and community that counts. Belonging fills a lot of empty holes in one's life. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2013 at 11:26am

Mindy, your news of your mother helping with your daughter's education debt reveals her generous and loving nature. However, it is a dirty shame that education debts cost so much and most families can't carry such a load. We desperately need help with education expenses. A rich nation should be able to take on that responsibility ... the whole nation benefits from well educated citizens. I am happy for your daughter and know it will be a big assist in getting her over this bump. 

Our nation grew in wealth and well-being with the education funds available for people returning from military service. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2013 at 11:18am

I spent the weekend at Laura's family's forest home and celebrated my great-grandson's 5th birthday with a houseful of kids running and playing in and out of the forest. The city kids, timid about their wilderness adventures, and my great-grandkids who also live in the forest, who are so wise about the flora and fauna of their 17 acres, I learn from them. We spent Sunday getting the farm machinery cleaned and stored for winter, blowing out water pipes, and Larry's grandson "burning" the nine wooden boxes Larry and his son built to grow next summer's vegetables. The burning was to prevent insect damage to the wood. They are so pretty! All lined up in rows of three with plenty of work space between the boxes. The two families' dogs joined in the celebration and the chores. Even the cats got into the act. The weather was crisp and sunny. They live on the north side of Mt. Spokane and the mountain range north of my home at a higher elevation. They have had killing frosts already. Although my granddaughter's home is on the county road and has all the trees cut and trimmed to protect from forest fires, my daughter's home is farther into the forest and out of sight of the other house. They continue to cut trees and thin to protect from forest fires. All the adults are volunteer members of Pend Oreille County Fire District 8, and the teen agers take the trainings that are appropriate for them. The fire district is more like a family then a civic organization. The help each other with projects, and one member is hospitalized with cancer. Many fire district volunteers turned out to clear the house of furniture and store it while some remodelled to prepare easy access for his care after he returns home. They then replaced everything back to normal. They also held a fund raiser to help with the family's extra expenses.  

Granddaughter Michelle and Great-grandson Noah

Comment by Loren Miller on October 14, 2013 at 9:03am

Something wistful and gentle for a Monday morning:



Eating muffin buns and berries by the steamy kitchen window.
Sometimes we do; our tongues turn blue...

Comment by Plinius on October 14, 2013 at 1:12am

What a lovely family you have, Melinda! It makes me happy to hear about such people!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 13, 2013 at 9:08pm

Offered with tongue firmly planted in cheek:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 13, 2013 at 8:02pm

Melinda, it's been said that "money isn't everything," but it sure comes in handy and can lift your mood by taking away a lot of worries.  You have such a wonderful, generous family.  

I've always thought, if I had a lot of money I would live a relatively unassuming life style.  Sure, I would live in a nice home/penthouse but not in some sprawling, overindulgent mansion.  I know I would find great pleasure in being a philanthropist and giving my money to worthy causes and organizations.  It would be fantastic to make a positive difference for other people. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 12, 2013 at 12:39pm

Melinda, that's hilarious. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 11, 2013 at 10:27pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 11, 2013 at 4:10pm

I like Twister Cat also, Mindy.  We had Twister when I was a kid.  Lots of fun.  I also love the grey color of that cat.  Beautiful. 

 

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