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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 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

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

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 July 31, 2013 at 11:12am

This crazy roller coaster ride I'm on gives me a terrific day followed by not so terrific ones. Today is my eleventh treatment, only five more to go. By Jove, I will make it. My energy level sits on zero and if I do any task, it takes me three or four days to complete it.

All my blood tests show excellent results, no problems as far as red or white cells, no problems at all with mouth sores as so many people report. A little problem with neuropathy, which doctors monitor and treat aggressively.
I start radiation next week, and I feel a bit anxious about that.

@Patricia, I forgot, did you have radiation? Oh yes, my lack of memory is a problem. That will change when I get through.
I have been impressed with how patient Cary has been with me because he has to deal with the daily ups and downs. He keeps me encouraged and makes me laugh at myself as this weird creature that is temporarily sharing our household.
My great amusement is watching Fat Tail Squirrel build her nest in an Arborvitae in my back yard. She cuts off small branches, carries them to her construction site, causing the whole shrub to shudder, then goes for some grape leaves and does the same thing. We wonder why she doesn't gather Mullein leaves, they are so soft.
The hummingbird group has grown to many birds. They flit so fast I can't count them. Some critter, perhaps a skunk or raccoon plows through the huge Monarda patch knocking them over. The hummers bravely stick their tongues into even those billions of blossoms near the ground. So far visiting Siamese Cat has not bothered them. He is more interested in the bird watering area under the Blue Spruce tree. Nothing grows under the tree and I have it limbed up so I can walk under it to fill the feeders and not hit my bald head. Cat has to cross a wide area to get to the birdbaths. I see no signs Cat has caught any birds ... no feathers, for example. Usually we see signs of a killed bird. The good hunter cat owners moved away this summer. Sadly, so did their children. I have no young children visiting me this summer. 

Comment by Plinius on July 31, 2013 at 7:40am

Is that your neighbourhood, Carl? It looks good. We almost never see snow that high, if we do it's often gone in a few days.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 31, 2013 at 7:17am

Chris, I don't own a car either, so I'm very reliant on buses and trains...and the occasional taxi.  I'm very lucky to live right around the corner from 2 bus lines that run 24 hours and each of those bus lines is a 10 minute ride or less away from two different train lines.  It's all very convenient. 

And I don't have to shovel out snow for a parking space in the winter!

    

Comment by Plinius on July 31, 2013 at 1:29am

I love that video Joan! Saw "Dancing with wolves", can dance with cats myself.

I do love public transport FA, I have to, because I've got no car. But sometimes I wish I had no nose either!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 30, 2013 at 11:34pm

Well, Flying Atheist, I'm a big fan of flossing. Had I a vote on the matter I'd support the right to public flossing with pride. Assuming people take lessons on how to not shoot tiny bits of old food at those nearby.

Love the Scottie Pinwheel and dancing pet raccoon. Thanks Joan

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 30, 2013 at 11:22pm

Thanks for your stories of falling-apart tooth, kitten seeping in a napkin holder (pics?), talking to yourself (I do that all of the time too), the koi ponds and news. Sometimes your shared stories are just what I need to get out of my own head.

Thanks booklover for the kitty Bill LOLcat.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2013 at 10:00pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2013 at 9:27pm
Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2013 at 8:08pm

I hope everyone is having a good week so far.  My highlight to date was last night coming home on the train from the airport.  I got to watch a man flossing his teeth.  Gotta love public transportation! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2013 at 8:06pm

Joan, I love the aquariums.  Especially the sink.  The guy who cuts my hair has a small aquarium in his shop.  It has only two fish but he was joking just the other day how one fish has cost him about $400. It seems that particular fish kept eating the other fish, and he's spent a lot of money buying new replacement fish.  The two in there now seem to be getting along for now. 

 

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