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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 Plinius on March 22, 2015 at 2:15am

Zooming back already, Carl, hurray! I hope you'll have a nice and easy recovering time.

I love those stories! One of my in-laws - father-i-l was in Rotterdam 1940 when the town was bombed. He was at work as an electrician in someone's apartment when the block caught fire, and he didn't know what to do. He decided to follow a black cat that was there, and they both survived the bombing in a kitchen cupboard - later he always spoke with the deepest respect about the wisdom of cats.

Comment by k.h. ky on March 21, 2015 at 10:58pm
Ian, family history is facinating. An acquaintance found out her gfather was left when his mother died and he used the last name of the family who raised him. So his 'relatives' weren't related to him at all.
Comment by Ian Mason on March 21, 2015 at 10:14pm

Hurrah! That's great, Carl. As you've realised, we've been thinking about you. Very glad to hear that you're on the mend. Things aren't the same without you.

Also glad to hear that your husband has got his new knee, Ruth. A friend of mine had that a couple of years ago and is very glad for it.

I don't know if I've posted about this before, Chris. A cousin of mine looked into the family history and found out that his Dad wasn't his Dad and that he had a half-sister he knew nothing about. This caused some strain in family relations. Going further back, a middle-aged widow in the family married again, to a man named Singular Onion Gallehawk. His parents must have been strange.

Joan, my grammar and pronounciation are quite eccentric. Estuary English plus university education all stirred up by living in another country and speaking another language in everyday life. My family comment on it sometimes when I muddle my syntax.

Have a great Sunday everyone. Hope the church bells don't disturb you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 10:12pm

Carl, welcome back! You can't even begin to imagine how happy I am to see your The Flying Atheist back online! You sound like you are in excellent shape, emotionally. Your poor body will take a while to catch up. I won't bug you, however, here is a very pleased hug for you, {Carl}. May your recovery be quick and soon pain free. 

Comment by k.h. ky on March 21, 2015 at 10:04pm
Carl, glad to hear it. It took my post twelve minutes to hit the board. Major drawback of living in the middle of nowhere. Lousy internet service!
Comment by k.h. ky on March 21, 2015 at 9:42pm
I hope Carl is comfortable and doing well.

@Chris, a quick family story. My favorite uncle, who lived in Chicago, wore a huge handlebar mustache. When I saw him without it l asked why he shaved it.. Seems he came home one freezing morning, pulled his sweater off over his head and broke half of his mustache off above the lip. He never wore a mustache again.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 21, 2015 at 9:30pm
Hey, gang. Just checking in. I had a successful surgery on Wednesday and I'm recovering nicely. I will have to do some in-patient physical therapy at another hospital as a result of my legs being so weak from my kidney disease. Of course I have some lifting restrictions. I've been using my arms to help myself in and out of chairs and bed. I'm no longer allowed to do that, as the pressure may damage my incision. Time to work up my lower body strength.

Thanks to all of you for the well wishes and kind words.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 5:07pm

Spring in Spain Calpe Costa Blanca Spanien 

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 5:02pm

@Carl, just to let you know we are thinking of you. A gentle group hug. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 2:05am

Ruth, I wish a speedy recovery for your husband and an easy time of caregiving for you during his recovery. 

Six inches of snow, today?! Oh! dreadful. By April 23, there should be no snow or ice to deal with as you go to the facility. Oh dear, who knows?

 

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