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Eat vegetables, Be happy

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 3 hours ago. 8 Replies

An association between the amount of fruit and vegetables people ate and their happiness? Yes indeed. People who ate 7 portions of fruits and/or vegetables a day were the happiest.…Continue

Tags: vegetables, fruit, diet, happiness

Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud yesterday. 59 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

Forest Fire

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jul 21. 14 Replies

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change.org

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Jul 16. 6 Replies

There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be…Continue

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

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Comment by Plinius on September 27, 2013 at 1:12pm

You have scared them,Tony, very naughty! They saw the ANTICHRIST waving and grinning. Very funny story!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2013 at 12:50pm

Ruth, something is goofy with my computer; I tried to "Like" your comment about breakfast with protein and fat and respond with appreciation for the information. I couldn't post, so hope you see this.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2013 at 11:27am
Yum, Bangers and Mash! It is right up there with Bubbles and Squeak!
Comment by Tony Carroll on September 27, 2013 at 11:26am

Comment by Tony Carroll just now           Delete Comment            

Well, was out early this morning, got home and guess who walked up the driveway when I stopped. Jehovah's Witnesses! An older lady, middle aged man, and a young man, guess about 15-16.

They introduced themselves (can't remember names). Before they even started, I said " Either mormons or jw, right? And since you're not in the mormon uniform and carrying bom, I'm guessing jw's. " I know I skipped way ahead in the script for them, as evidenced by the looks on their faces. Have to admit, it was fun.

Well the older lady responded yes they were jw, and wanted to share their news with me. Here is where it got interesting. The man said "before we get started, can we have a word of prayer?". I said no. The look on the teenagers face was shock. Literally. Like he couldn't believe what he heard. The older couple, however, that was really interesting. Their faces looked like stone. Total shutdown. After a beat, he asked why. Damn, my mind was racing. Of all the myriad answers I could give. I had already blown their scripting out the water, so how to continue. So I simply said to them, "I'm an atheist. Don't believe in any dieties". The lady said "sorry to have taken up your time" and they walked away.

The most interesting thing about this small exchange was the reaction of the teen. His face showed his thoughts and emotions. I mean you could see the shock, uncomprehension, horror, disbelief, incredulity all flashing across his face. The adults were able to control it. He wasn't.

Oh, the very last thing. As they were getting in their van, they looked in my direction as I was still standing in the driveway. So I smiled real big and waved at them. Seemed like they couldn't get going fast enough. Like I said, it was fun

Comment by sk8eycat on September 26, 2013 at 10:05pm

Steph...what I did today: Took a friend to a local pub/restaurant (owned and operated by a Scottish/British  ex-pat family); I had Bangers & Mash, and I am so full I can hardly move.  Had a GREAT time!   *;) winking

Comment by sk8eycat on September 26, 2013 at 10:01pm

For all I knew, the stories we were taught in Sunday school could have been written by Hans Christian Andersen or the Brothers Grimm. 

We started going to church when we moved to Burbank when I was in kindergarten. Dad wanted to establish himself quickly because he was planning to open his own accounting practice, and joining the local church was one way to do that.  It happened to be a very relaxed place, more into having community social events than telling us we were going to burn in hell.  Dad and the minister hit it off immediately, and the Rev. made him Treasurer...Rev. had been doing the books himself, and was overwhelmed.  Actually, we didn't call him "Reverend" anything... he was Mister to everybody.  (Well, he was "Art" or "Arthur" to the grownups.)

I think I was in 4th or 5th grade when I rebelled and refused to go to church any more.  I was having dance classes almost every day after school and all day on Saturdays, and I said I wanted a Day Off. 

I don't know if I ever really believed in god or Jesus, I just wasn't interested. I tried to believe when I was in high school...tried very hard, but I just couldn't.  I'd listen to my classmates when they got up and "witnessed" during services (this was at a totally different church...Bapnit), and wondered why none of that stuff ever happened to me.  I was so naive that it never occurred to me that they might be lying.

(re-posting to correct some typos.  I have an orange purr-monster between me and the keyboard.)

Comment by Patricia on September 26, 2013 at 6:30pm

Yes, Sk8ey, the questions just compounded themselves as my age & reading abilities increased, & nobody's answers ever satisfied me........all I got was ''you ask too many questions''.....surprise!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2013 at 5:18pm
sk8eycat, "In the beginning....we lied."
Yes, I think that correctly names the situation. One lie leads to another and pretty soon everything gets so chaotic, no one can separate the fabrication from fact ... unless, of course, one throws out the entire belief system and goes with direct observation and critical thinking, with experimentation and doubts.
Comment by Steph S. on September 26, 2013 at 4:08pm

How is everyone?

I'm reading all the posts here. I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

Comment by booklover on September 26, 2013 at 4:02pm

I'm sort of an odd-ball because my son was homeschooled from 4th grade up, but we joined a secular homeschool group.  His best friend was also homeschooled, and their family are Atheists as well.  I know most homeschoolers are really religious.  We met quite a few nutjobs.  We stayed away from them. lol.

 

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