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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 Jan 22. 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 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!! :)
Comment by Patricia on November 12, 2014 at 9:20pm

Thanks, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 9:11pm

I am getting behind on reading mail again. Being retired means I don't make time for the things I love to do, and one of my greatest pleasures is reading A/N mail.

My cousin from Hayden Lake, Idaho, came over this morning for our annual autumn chat ... we have one in the spring and several throughout the summer, if possible. It feels so good to chat with her. She and I hold very similar views on gardening, economics, politics and religion, and when we differ, we don't get angry or make a fuss.  I enjoy these topics, and so does she. Her father was the superior court judge and he was very hard on her. Thankfully, she was able to pull away from his influence and created a successful business of her own. Hard-headed business woman with deep feelings of compassion for those who can't break away from traditional values. She is now retired and about to do her yearly migration to live in the south.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 9:07pm

Patricia, I am so happy you are posting on A/N again. I missed your bright humor and insights. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 8:16pm

Oh! Yes!

"Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, 

"It is sweet and fitting to die for the homeland,

BUT, read on:

sed dulcius pro patria vivere, et dulcissimum pro patria bibere. Ergo, bibamus pro salute patriae." 

"but sweeter still to live for the homeland, and sweetest yet to drink for the homeland. So, let us drink to the health of the homeland."

Comment by Patricia on November 12, 2014 at 7:48pm

The first heart attack at age 42 should have killed him. Then at 47 he had another, with a blood clot breaking away & lodging in his brain 2 days later, giving him the stroke. Seeing 50, & then 60 was really something, & now 70. The medical people said his will to live was very strong. He wants to see 80, & he just may do it.

 

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