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Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 13 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

Twin terrorists caught

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jan 11. 7 Replies

Canada: twin terrorists caught before going to Mideast Saturday, January 10, 2015 By Martin Barillas L-R: Carlos and Ashton Larmond The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested and charged a pair of 24-year-old identical twin brothers on…Continue

Betty Bowers Best of 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 4. 33 Replies

Happy New Year, everyone!  Now that we're off on another 365-day stint of sniping at believers, leave it to America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, to sum up the year past from her holier-than-EVERYBODY point of view! Have You had YOUR Betty today?!?Continue

Tags: 2014, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover Dec 28, 2014. 23 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2014. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by booklover on November 13, 2014 at 9:09am
Spud, I've always had dark brown hair, but very, very pale skin and light blue eyes. I had a few bad sunburns when I was a teen, but no problems so far. I've always used a ton of sunscreen w/ a high SPF on my kids. My BIL had some cancerous spots removed from using tanning beds!
Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 7:52am

Sorry about your headaches Randy.  I wonder why you don't have skin problems.  Do you have light or dark hair?

I'm blond, so the few times I've spent too much time in the sun has taken it's toll.  I've had 7 skin cancers removed from my face and hands, but they were all basal and squamas.  No melanomas.

My new dermatologist did send in a piece from one of my spots to see if it might be cancer.

Too bad young people don't think about what they're doing will affect them in later years.  I would have wore more sun protection and taken better care of my teeth.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 13, 2014 at 7:37am

Nice to hear from both Patricia and Chris. No migraine--just a sinus headache and "no-caffeine" headache (couble whammy) this morning. I'm fasting in prep for a blood test this morning. Nothing like Carl's. Routine for a Dr. visit in a month.

Spud, OUCH! As much as I've been in the sun all these years, with no sunscreen, I'm surprised I never had any problems. My father and a sister do.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 7:13am

Sorry about your migraines Chris.  I've never had them either, and don't think I could stand them.

My medical news is good.  I've had lots of annoying itchy spots and growths on my face for years now that dermatologists haven't taken care of, if they didn't look pre-cancerous.  

But yesterday I saw a new dermatologist, complained about how annoying and itchy they are, so he froze and burnt 35 of them, after his nurse gave me about 50 numbing injections.  He said she was going to treat me like pincushion, and she did.  No biggie though.  Needles have never bothered me.

I considered not going shopping afterwards as I had planned, because with all those bandages, I was afraid I would freak people out.  I did go, and no one seemed freaked, so I only told one person not to worry, that I didn't have anything catching.  Haha.

So far, the spots are looking good, and I'm happy to get those things removed.

Comment by booklover on November 13, 2014 at 4:23am
Chris! Glad to see you posting! I'm so sorry you have migraines! I've never had one, but I have read about them. I imagine it's awful. :(
Patricia, that's such a healthy attitude! I love how you don't put yourself into positions you don't want to be in. I try hard not to also! I usually have a panic-attack if I'm somewhere I don't want to be, and I know I can't leave when I want to. Or it causes acid-reflux! I also don't tolerate as much anymore. Maybe that's why my sister and I are on the outs right now! That's never really happened before, but I won't get into it with her right now. I need some breathing room. How one of us turned out to be a Liberal Atheist, and the other a conservative deist, is beyond me! Guess which one I am. Ha ha.
Comment by Patricia on November 13, 2014 at 2:06am

Ask anything you like Plinius.

I am always sort of waiting for the next episode as he's had so many, but mostly I live for today, the fact he is here today & try not to futurize (my new word) too much.

After I had cancer & it's treatments, I found I could not think of the future at all. Tomorrow will come whether we're here or not, & I can't live for tomorrow. I also have absolutely no patience for many things now, & try not to put myself into positions I don't want to be in.

Comment by Plinius on November 13, 2014 at 1:31am

No doubt that you're happy that your husband is still around, Patricia, but what did it to you, all the watching and caring you did and not knowing if he would live? Perhaps I shouldn't ask.

Comment by Plinius on November 13, 2014 at 1:17am

Hi, good to see Patricia back! I haven't been away, just work and a double helping of migraine. I should lead a wishywashy life without all the extra tasks to avoid the migraine, but there's no one else to delegate them to - so I just go on. I enjoy Mindy and Joan's family stories very much - so many loving people! Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 9:33pm

Randy, does your home, without the visiting children and grandchildren, kind of echo their sounds after they are gone?

My house just rings with laughter, music and the memory of things that happened while they were here. The little five year old headed for the music part of the living room where I keep the ukulele, ocarina, Ozark harp, tambourine, drums, triangle, harmonica, maracas, castanets, and the dozen or so kazoos. There is also an old organ that doesn't work anymore, but they pretend to play the two keyboards and footboard. Before you know it, they each have an instrument of their choice and march around the house. The sounds they make are more like cacophony, but a wonderful concert to my ears.  

I am content!

Comment by booklover on November 12, 2014 at 9:24pm
Lol, Carl! Thanks! Somebody needs to keep track of me!
Patricia, it sounds to me like your husband will get to 80!! :)
 

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