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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 Ian Mason on October 19, 2016 at 12:40pm

Now and again a cartoon says more than a philosopher.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2016 at 12:32pm

Thanks for the link, Ian. I always remember Summertime Blues from the Live at Leeds album.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 19, 2016 at 12:24pm

Camus siad something about autumn being a second spring where all the trees are flowers. A nice thought.

Bertold, I remember The Dave Clark Five too. They were a bit of a joke among some music fans but I liked them at the time.

My inspiration for the bass and the notion that bass players are cool is, of course, the late, great John ' Thunder Fingers ' Entwistle of The Who. While the other 3 in the group were leaping about and wrecking things, he stood stock still and played a storm. Heard but not seen much in this clip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRHBPdSIecA

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 19, 2016 at 12:21pm

I like the fall colors from Chris and Loren.  We don't get much of a show here.  Wrong kinds of trees for the most part.  Lots of Elm.

Comment by Daniel W on October 19, 2016 at 11:28am

Chris and Loren, those are beautiful views.

Carl, nice summary of leaf colors.  I can confirm the ginkgo and maple, mine are changing color now too.  Also some odd ones, persimmons can be orange, red, or yellow.  Pawpaws are a nice yellow.  I have a plum with nice red leaves.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 19, 2016 at 11:25am

The Great Lakes Theater Festival presented Sweeney Todd a couple years ago, and it was the most memorable and powerful play among many outstanding productions I've seen at the Hanna Theater.  Here's the opening:

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2016 at 11:17am

The original version (I think) is a Rossini opera titled The Barber of Seville. The stage play with Angela Lansbury was amazing. The 2007 Johnny Depp/Helen Bonham Carter film was deliciously dark too. As one of the lines from the song goes,

To seek revenge may lead to hell

But everyone does it and seldom as well

As Sweeny Todd

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 19, 2016 at 10:52am

Bertold, I'm familiar with the Sweeney Todd story but have never read the book, seen a stage production, or a movie.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 19, 2016 at 10:37am

Beautiful fall photos Loren and Chris. I also love the windmill. What a fantastic view! Just read today that the fall colors in my area are behind schedule due to our recent warm weather. The article has a nice listing of the different colors.

Oak — red, brown or russet

Gingko — yellow

Honey locust — yellow

Green ash — yellow

White ash — starts yellow, then grows purplish

Hickory — golden bronze

Dogwood — purplish red

Beech — light tan

Black tupelo (aka, black gum) — crimson

Red maple — brilliant scarlet

Sugar maple — yellow to burnt orange to red

Elm — major dud, its leaves just shrivel up and fall

Comment by Plinius on October 19, 2016 at 10:09am

Thanks Loren! We have seven of the old windmills here, and many tourists who want to see them, but NOT the new windmills! People are still fighting the new windmills because that is landscape pollution, they say. I really can't see the difference... People are funny.

 

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