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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by Loren Miller on May 20, 2013 at 5:19am

It's that time of year again:

EVERYBODY Draw Mohammed!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 20, 2013 at 12:22am
Oh! I just read this page of comments from each of you, and I am overjoyed and overwhelmed with feelings of support and care. Yes, it is tough! I am up to it. And I have heard from so many who have been through it, I know the outcome will be restored health.
Tony, you have a way with words and images that inspire me and I am sure each one of us. Your gift of tender expression feels so ... comforting. Thank you dear friend.
Patricia, your "Canadians turning away from organized religion" reassures me. I feel especially strong about awakening others to the possibility that there is another way to live and this is a perfect example. I don't intend to tell others how to live or what to believe, I just want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to consider other options.
Steph, your cheering tulips remind me that I have this incredibly season to provide me comfort as I work at healing, and have you as a friend.
Lillie, I am happy to learn of Fiona, an elegant name for a fine cat. She is a lucky kitty to have such good care.
Loren, I know you are on my team, you always have been. I value your friendship and good sense and funny way of prodding me.
Mindy, I am really glad to learn you had a nice visit and sad about your daughter's depression. I know she has good medical care, and you are a good sounding board. Does she feel that she is not up to the task of adulthood? Living in such a chaotic world as we have right now can even put old, experienced people on edge. Perhaps she feels overwhelmed. Don't let her read my economic or political stuff. She needs more stability and I can't be good for her on those issues. The only thing I can think of is find things you know she can do and encourage her to do them. Another option might be to volunteer in an animal shelter. Sometimes caring for other living things might help. I like Ruth's idea of walking in nature. I think about you and your daughter and do hope she gets beyond depression to full living.
Ruth, what can I say that I haven't already said? Well, you are a great inspiration to me, clearly showing the way to express what it means to be a free thinker, and encouraging me/us to avoid poo virus. Your contributions on climate change educate us all so we can spread accurate information to others. Your funny bone delights me, always sending a message both happy and pointed.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 19, 2013 at 11:07pm

Joan, I agree with you that we have to be smart about our health. Thinking of you.

Patricia, thanks for the good news about organized religion in Canada.

Walking outdoors in nature is supposed to be helpful for depression, booklover.

Thanks for keeping in touch.

Hugs.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 19, 2013 at 2:14pm

Hey, Joan!  I'll be thinking good thoughts, but You're TOUGH!!!  That cancer doesn't stand a chance against you!

Comment by Lillie on May 19, 2013 at 2:09pm

I have a Siamese kitty just like the "cat food" kitty and she prefers my food, too.  However, she doesn't get it.  The vet gets on my ding dong if I don't feed her properly because she has allergies.  Her name is Fiona., an elegant cat with an elegant name.

Comment by Steph S. on May 19, 2013 at 1:29pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 19, 2013 at 1:27pm

Joan I am always thinking of you.

Sk8eycat - thanks for the pictures

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 19, 2013 at 1:03am

Just a little attempt at some levity, trying to lighten things a little. That's all.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 19, 2013 at 12:58am

Tony, "...the rest of us silly monkeys,"?

Please.

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 19, 2013 at 12:50am

Dear Joan.

 

     You are about to embark upon a journey that some of us have gone through, some have seen close family/friends go through, and some that have never been touched by.

     To say my thoughts are with you is true, but somehow seem inadequate to the journey you must now undertake.

     To say that you are loved by your friends here is an understatement. Most, if not all of us look forward to hearing from you. Your kindness, joy, caring compassionate voice speaks to us through your writings. Your humanity shines like a beacon on the shore. The veil of darkness withdraws ever more.

     You have a singular voice that speaks of reason tempered with compassion at the rest of us silly monkeys, hooting stridently at times while flinging our poo. You “get” us. We are a better community for having you in it.

     I’m generally not one for advice, but if you will permit me, I would like to give some.

     Listen to yourself. Your body will know how much you can do, when to push it physically, when to rest. Lean on your family and friends. They will be there for you just as you’d be there for them. When it’s time to cry, cry. Time to laugh, laugh. If you are feeling mad and angry, let it out. They will understand, as will the medical personnel. Just be. Stand courageously in the sun, head held high as you beat back this disease. On that note I have no doubt.

     We will be waiting to hear how things go, so post only if you feel like it. We understand.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”  
―     Douglas Adams,     The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

 

                                                                 -Tony

 

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