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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Saturday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist 1 hour ago

Joan, thanks for posting Eva Cassidy's rendition of Fields of Gold.  Beautifully sung!

Joan, with that post and with Randy's description below of farm duties in Autumntime, you both provoke lovely images of the season.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo 2 hours ago

Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold

Eva's life, cut short by that demon, cancer, sings these words that move me to sweet memories of a lost loved one. 

Comment by Thomas Murray 5 hours ago

Plinius,

That church you went to sounds like a Universal Church.

Comment by The Flying Atheist 8 hours ago

Comment by The Flying Atheist 8 hours ago

Ian, thanks for posting such a beautiful song.  I'm reminded of another excellent song, "Autumn in New York."

These two versions are so wonderful, I had to post both.  

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist 9 hours ago

An interesting experience, Plinius.  Yes, all of the church "teachings" are basic human courtesies we learn as children.  Church for these folks is probably just for self-validation and for the community.   

Comment by Plinius 9 hours ago

Yesterday I was in a church for the first time in many years, because I wanted to hear the transgender choir they had invited. Luca sings in the choir now - different popsongs etc. so the members can exercise their changing voices. 

It wasn't a fundie church at all, on the contrary, they were welcoming all sorts of people without judging them, and they had planned this special service in the Rotterdam gay pride weekend.

The church service struck me as strange; everyone was encouraged to be kind to other people, and not to judge them because god is the one who judges. Rather sweet. And all the time I was thinking why people must be encouraged to be kind - they could figure that out themselves I should think. The sermon was a strange lesson; do the right thing and god will smile. Very weak, I felt. Doing the right thing is its own reward, but that wasn't said because then it's too obvious that nobody needs a god.

The church members were very sweet and ready to put the lesson into practice during the coffee break, the chosen recipients of the kindness  were the choir members - but most of the church people had no idea what transgender is. So we reversed roles and told them a bit.  

Very sweet people, and within half an hour we saw that the church members were lonely people, held together by a few strong women who mothered them. It felt like a day care centre for elderly people. So we said goodbye with smiles and kind words, but I won't go back there before I need a day care centre...

Comment by Randall Smith 14 hours ago

With 5 consecutive days 90 degrees and higher, autumn has been delayed around here, leaf color wise.
But farmers are busy combining soybeans. Corn will soon follow. That leaves a dusty haze in the atmosphere, making for gorgeous sunrises and sets.

Great song and artist, Ian. Thanks for posting it.

Comment by Ian Mason 21 hours ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEMCeymW1Ow

Nat King Cole sings 'Autumn leaves'

Comment by Plinius 21 hours ago

a beauty, Ian!

 

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