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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 Tony Carroll on November 9, 2012 at 8:49pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 9, 2012 at 5:20pm

Patricia, sounds like you've been faced with lots of adversity and have come out standing on top of it all.  Good for you!!!!!  It's obvious that the best part of you is your resilience from within. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 3:20pm

Booklover, glad to find another goal-hater :)

I never liked the smell of cigarettes, but I enjoy a small whiff of gasoline, skunk, and a sewerage treatment plant.

Coffee is another thing I enjoy smelling.  When I was mormon, I often thought of indulging in the "sin" of drinking coffee because it smelled so good.  When I finally escaped the Morg, I tried several kinds, but was disappointed.  I don't like it at all.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 1:43pm

Congratulations to you too Patricia.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 1:37pm

Joan, I got some rain & snow here as well (1/2 inch H20), but the snow is mostly melted now.

About setting weight-loss goals, with my personality, It seems to be counter-productive for me to set goals.  I've not set any goals for many years now because I often fail to meet them, and it depresses me when that happens.  That depression makes me quit trying, so it seems to me to be better to just try my best without any goals.

If you want to do something like brag to each other about what we've accomplished each week, I'm willing to try that.  I imagine it would be best to do it in the health section of Atheistnexus.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 1:27pm

I think you should be proud of kicking the cigarette habit Chris!  I've read that it's harder to kick than any other drug, so I'm glad I was raised in a non-smoking family and never touched any tobacco product.

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2012 at 12:35pm

! Good news for you, Booklover, I'm glad! I hate those mammograms.

You're lucky never to have started cigarettes, Joan! I grew up among chainsmokers - they probably thought that the temple of the lord must be tarred inside and outside - but I kicked the habit at last and haven't smoked for over twenty years, I'm still proud about that.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 9, 2012 at 11:50am

Truly amazing. Thousand Hand Guan Yin.

http://youtu.be/7vs-H7xLnrs

Comment by Ian Mason on November 9, 2012 at 11:29am

Hope the mammogram went well, Melinda.

Sagan's experience with MJ fits almost exactly with my first experience with tobacco! I experienced synaesthesia -I could SEE music - and felt that, for the first time I really understood harmony deep down in my soul. Probably why I got hooked for the next 39 years.

As far as mj goes, I loved the first few times and wanted to stay stoned all the time but then it turned nasty on me and caused severe panic attacks. That was probably for the best, otherwise I would have become a chronic stoner.

Weather here typical autumnal: mild, wet, windy and changes twice an hour.

Good weekend all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2012 at 10:55am

It is now official, my winter hibernation starts today; we had 2+ inches of snow last night and the garden is absolutely gorgeous! 
I have never had a cigarette in my mouth, nor have I tried MJ. My only experience with it was while in graduate school, every night students got high and acted so silly I just didn't want to participate. I still don't like second hand smoke, whether tobacco or MJ. That old victorian upbringing holds a tight hand, but at least I can disregard its chatter when I want to. 

I really am looking forward to winter, even if it predicted to be a "cold/hot" one. Last time we had such a winter I lost a couple dozen roses to the freeze/thaw patterns over and over. Everything was well protected, but it could not stand up to the fluctuations. So, perhaps more will die this winter. It's OK because it will open up room for more vegetables and fruits. 

Hope everyone is warm, well fed, doing something you like to do with someone you like to be with, and content. 

 

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