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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

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Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Plinius on March 9, 2013 at 2:06am

Congrats with the results of your check up, Joan!

Ian, Grinning Cat and you woke a lot of memories of washing. One day in the week my mother was behind her ´tub´washing machine with a wringer. Heavy work to get all the wet things a few times through the wringer - her hands were damaged by soap, hot water and work - and then the drying began, with washinglines in the whole house and afterwards the ironing. Everyone was slightly smelly, because with the wash being such a hard job you had to use towels and clothes much longer. I remember the smell of a class full of children who lived the same way - nobody cared about a stain or two and you could still see the stains a week later. What changes!

Comment by Ian Mason on March 9, 2013 at 1:53am

Thank you, Joan. Your contributions are always clear-sighted and inspiring. I'm with you on working for the common good and the best possible world for each generation.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 12:04am

Ian, I love your memories! So human, and real. I can see your wash boiling on the stove and the zinc bath hanging, and the other memories .. oh yes, the vaccinations. Being close to Germany during that era and all that followed ... your memories hold value and need to be told.

So, the next generation don't want to hear about the old days, but if they do not realize times are not always good, they may be caught off guard if the economy goes bad, or if people war over land and property, or people with narrow minds get control over weapons creating chaos beyond our imagining.

Clean water, blue skies, fertile fields, and people working together for a common good is worth the effort. 

Thanks, dear friend. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 8, 2013 at 10:49pm

Joan, it's nice to hear that your motor is still running.

I can just about remember having chickens, Mum boiling the washing in the "copper", the zinc bath hanging in the shed outside, lighting fires in the morning. I also thought that vaccinations, with a needle the size if an eight-inch nail, were torture but I'm alive to tell the tale.

I remember that our first TV was a big event (one of the places my Mum cleaned were getting a new one and gave us their old one). Telephone meant walking to a phone box, dialling and putting in coins. And there were two Germanies where people were killed for trying to move from one to the other.

I agree, not the "good old days". I raise my morning-coffe-cup in a toast to progress.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 8, 2013 at 10:27pm

Have a great time, Melinda.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 10:03pm

sk8eycat, I have been having trouble with the top row not showing "Link, Photo, Movies, "T", paperclip, Bold .... I surely do miss them when they are not there. Sometimes, I just don't send something interesting because I don't have those handy tools. 

Do I hear myself complaining?  YES! Loudly and with a few "sheist kopf" thrown in. I just now realized that in my old days, I had to find a piece of paper, an envelope, stamp, write the thing using a dictionary, put it on the mail box hoping the mailperson would stop that day or go to the post office 4 or 5 blocks away and put it in the slot. Joan, just remember!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 9:55pm

Grinning cat, great list of things from long ago. The young don't understand, but they sure have some interesting changes ahead of them as science marches on with all new kinds of technology.

I'll have to write my own list for my kids so they will learn about one-hole outside toilets, using a pump in the kitchen to get cold water, of taking baths once a week, heating water in a kettle on the stove so the whole family could bathe using the same water, chipping ice from the ice chest, cooking with wood, starting a fire winter mornings, slippers frozen to the floor, chickens raised in the back yard, killing a chicken or two every Sunday and pulling feathers and singeing the skin with newspaper fire, making pillows out of chicken down, using lard for shortening and to butter our toast, listening to Amos 'n' Andy on the radio, going to the movies for a quarter, watching horses pull harvest machines, huge family dinners every single Sunday, growing our own vegetables and fruits, and meats, wailing and pleading on our knees to god with tears running down our cheeks, babies dying from whopping cough, teenagers dying from scarlet fever,  the "Poor Farm". 

Those were not the good old days. I am so grateful to be alive and see all the wonderful talents in medicine and engineering, and technology. These are the good old days. 

I just completed my yearly check up for all my body parts. I have four more years on my pacemaker, my lump on my breast turned out to be nothing, the breast exam didn't hurt one little bit, my teeth all are in my head in the right places, my seeing problems can be solved with corrective lenses and cataract surgery isn't yet indicted.

Now, how could I ask for anything more.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 9:35pm

Melinda, I just got off the phone with my daughter and I described your trip with your family and how much I enjoy learning about all of you and having such fun and interesting things going on together. I hope your trip is full of wonderful events, that you just soak up all the special time building memories for the days when you rock in a chair with your memories, your hair turns white, you teeth turns brown with flat edges , and a few wrinkles cover your face. Laughter, built from good time together, makes growing older so much better.

My daughter and one of my granddaughters joins me on Sunday for "girls day"! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 9:28pm

A few of my favorite physicists on this just released video. Hope you enjoy!

Symphony of Science - Secret of the Stars

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 8, 2013 at 7:50pm

Melinda, I hope you'll have had a wonderful time!!

A bit of humor: 25 things you'll have to explain to your kids one day

including "How sometimes when you called your friends, you'd have to talk to their parents first", and "what this was":

 

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