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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Tuesday. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Tony Carroll on November 11, 2013 at 10:41pm

Ran into this while tooling around youtube. Have watched it over and over again. Wanted to share with you all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2013 at 10:17pm
Loren, This is what I watched the first time I opened your site:
SEAN FAIRCLOTH – “YUGEN” (WITH ZEN PENCILS)
http://skeptisketch.com/
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2013 at 10:10pm
Oh, this is funny! I just rewatched the video and it is of two goofy people on a trapeze. that is funny!
I don't see the video I watched the first time I opened this link.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 11, 2013 at 9:33pm

And now for something COMPLETELY different:  aus Deutschland, die Maiers!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2013 at 8:27pm
Loren, I love it! Perfect. Exactly what I need to be saying! and hearing! I have goose bumps!
Word of the Day: Yūgen (幽玄)
Yūgen (幽玄) is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. In the Chinese philosophical texts the term was taken from, yūgen meant “dim”, “deep” or “mysterious”. In the criticism of Japanese waka poetry, it was used to describe the subtle profundity of things that are only vaguely suggested by the poems.

Yūgen is said to mean “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering”.

Yūgen suggests that beyond what can be said but is not an allusion to another world. It is about this world, this experience.

(Ortolani, 325). Ortolani, Benito. The Japanese Theatre. Princeton University Press: Princeton, 1995
Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2013 at 8:07pm

Those are cute and funny pictures Flying Athiest, Booklover and Loren. Yes, new week has started already. Can you believe how close the holiday season is? wow - where did the year go?

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2013 at 8:06pm

Comment by Loren Miller on November 11, 2013 at 7:01pm

Here you go: two minutes and twenty-nine seconds of inspiration, courtesy of Sean Faircloth, Zen Pencils and SkeptiSketch:

Comment by Randall Smith on November 11, 2013 at 7:48am

I agree with Patricia! Here it's Monday morning, and I don't have to go to work! And teaching 7th graders was work!

And to Ian: I'm just now getting used to being called "Granddad". After all, my father was always "granddad". I'm too young!

Comment by Plinius on November 11, 2013 at 12:30am

Congrats Ian! They say parenting is never over, but you can enjoy yourself knowing that your children have a good time.

 

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