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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 Ian Mason on August 27, 2013 at 9:56pm

Nothing wrong with a ramble, Mindy. I agree with the "library" quote.

It's useful to catch a moving ball when it's heading your way, Chris. Do you know how hard a cricket ball is?

After some periods without a pc (holiday, pc broken) I've found that I can live without one most of the time and have read a lot more, the way I used to. Latest: "London: the biography" by Peter Akroyd" ( Over 800 pp), and "Breakfast of Champions" by Kurt Vonnegut.

Have a new lap-top now and am having to spend time learning some basics for Windows 8. Still haven't found how to access the media player so as to hear my favourite radio stations, KCSM and Radio Mozart but can hear the BBC, a good thing when the Prom season is in full swing.

Peace and love, all.

Comment by booklover on August 27, 2013 at 7:49pm

from booklover :)

Comment by booklover on August 27, 2013 at 7:47pm

Good Evening Friends!  I am trying to simplify my life in many ways.  I spend too much time online.  I deleted a lot of "favorites", and am only going to go to the sites I love the most.  Of course AN is top priority! :)  I did un-join some groups though.  Even though they are wonderful, I never read or contribute to them.  This is my very favorite group and where the majority of my friends are!  I have gotten rid of SO many things, and I wasn't a materialistic person to begin with!  I only kept what was useful, or meaningful, and decorations that I love that make my home show who my family is.  I feel lighter and better every time I get rid of something that takes up my time that I don't enjoy doing, mentally or physically.  Less stuff, less to clean.  Less clogging my mind, happier Mindy. My kids both have jobs now, Cole is still in our wonderful Community College.  My daughter's job is turning out to be an awesome fit for her while she decides what to do with finishing her education.  She's in a great frame of mind!  I even decided, though I love my dog with all my heart, she will be my one and only dog ever.  I am truly a cat-lady, and with my medical issue, on the many days I don't feel well, a big dog is just too much.  I also won't ever get another long-haired cat.  Beautiful, but SO much grooming, and they HATE it.  I know some cats love it.  I hope my 10-year old Lab lives another couple of years at least, and I'll always be happy my kids got to experience growing up with a dog.  We are ALL cat people though!

Sorry for the rambling!  Just relaxing and reflecting on things tonight.  Hugs to all of you.~ Mindy

Comment by sk8eycat on August 27, 2013 at 2:04pm

Joan, I don't think I was particularly disciplined, I just couldn't stand still whenever I heard music. Some of my earliest memories are of making up my own "dances" to "The Nutcracker," "H.M.S. Pinafore," and whatever Glenn Miller or Andrews Sisters stuff was playing on the radio.  I had never actually seen ballet or any kind of dancing till I began taking lessons when I was six.

I first saw ice skating when I was eleven, after Dad bought a TV set.  I roller-skated on the sidewalks with all the other kids, of course, but it has snowed here only once in my lifetime.(We went bonkers.)  "Frosty Frolics" was a summer replacement TV show, broadcast live from a big rink in Pasadena.  I was HOOKED! Obsessed.  Gliding looked so much more graceful than tippy-toeing across a stage in those painful pink shoes. (I hated dancing en pointe.)
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Ian, I think most people are somewhat "mixed brain." I'm right-handed, but always hated sports that required hand-eye coordination...particularly soft(HAH!)ball. I never could catch the damned things...and I got hit in the face more than once trying.  They HURT! 

When I was in high school, my gym class had a short course in archery; I never managed to even hit any targets.  My arrows went all over the field. It was fortunate that I didn't hit a classmate, OR the teacher.

If I wasn't using my legs, I was a total KLUTZ!  (Never was able to touch-type, either...still can't.  For some odd reason, I became a whiz at using a 10-key...the numbers went directly from my eye to my fingers...may have been using my left eye at the time. I dunno. So I spent 40 years as a bookkeeper. I actually enjoyed it.)

Comment by Plinius on August 27, 2013 at 1:50pm

And I'm lefthanded -eyed and -footed but I have a squint in my eyes that prevented me from skating or ball games. I can see the ball well enough, but with the extra time I need to find out where it is exactly...  I NEVER caught a moving ball! But who needs a moving ball?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2013 at 10:39am

sk8eycat you must have had great discipline to learn and do all that you did. You must feel great self-respect and pride. I didn't have that kind of dedication. Your beautiful personality shines through. 

Carl, funny exaggeration! I guess "freedom" has many definitions and different priorities. I wonder what her reply would be. Perhaps, "You idiot, what about MY freedom!" I think I was pretty cross about cleaning up the cat-litter boxes. Don't want to do that again. 

Patricia, having trained rats to perform, I can just imagine someone spreading tasty food on the mouthpieces and letting the critters do their thing. 

Ian, your "mixed brain" sounds interesting. I wonder if the new research on brain/mind function will explore this phenomenon?

Mindy, I like learning of your pom-pom history! Do you still like to perform? Not everyone likes to ... perhaps we are born with the ability to stand in front of others. My daughter was terrified of public speaking, became a volunteer fire fighter and now she is a tiger when speaking to schools and groups about preparing homes for fire protection or when she is teaching safety and techniques to new fire fighters. I am amazed at her achievement.  

Comment by booklover on August 27, 2013 at 9:20am

My cats do to Lillie.  I'm always sweeping around the boxes and putting it back in.

Comment by booklover on August 27, 2013 at 9:18am

I've never heard of that Ian!  Interesting!  I'm coordinated.  I was a pom-pom girl in high school, and I loved performing our routines to music in front of everybody.  I wish I still had that body! lol.  I'm glad I don't have that same brain anymore though! ha ha.

Love the cartoon Carl, and what a cute GIF Patricia!

Comment by Lillie on August 27, 2013 at 9:17am

I am right handed and left eyed and so are most of my family.  My son was career military and had to learn to shoot with his left hand.

Comment by Lillie on August 27, 2013 at 9:15am

My cat puts the litter on the floor.

 

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