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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 Lillie on June 5, 2013 at 4:52pm

Joan, your soup sounds delicious and I don't have stomach problems.  Patricia, my favorite pies are coconut cream and French Silk.

Comment by Lillie on June 5, 2013 at 4:49pm

Believe it or not, one of my male cats was stuck in a chair just like this one.  He and his brother were playing chase and he discovered he could not proceed through these narrow slots.  I was at the dentist so he had to stay stuck for several hours.  I had to dismantle the chair with a crowbar and he made a trip to the vet.  He did lose the use of his back legs for a day or two but thankfully this was only temporary.  I guess they really do need 9 lives.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 5, 2013 at 11:42am

Been SO busy working and have now just caught up with all the past comments.  Beautiful weather here in Chicago.  Bright, sunny and warm days.  Cool evenings.  Perfect. 

Felaine, sorry to hear about your episode.  You're lucky you didn't injure yourself when you passed out.  I'm glad you're OK. 

Mindy, I hope your "down" period ends soon.  Like others in this group, you have a realistic understanding and approach to your condition and I commend you for your "take it as it comes" attitude.....as hard as that may be at times.  Hugs to you.  You have my moral support.  

Joan, sounds like you are progressing nicely as much as you can in your situation.  You are a person of true, unwavering inspiration.

Patricia, my two favorite pies:  cherry and pumpkin.  But you'll never see me turn down a slice of apple!!  Yummy as well. 

Steph, love the photo of your friend and his cat on the swing.  I think maybe the human was enjoying the experience a bit more. 

I hope everyone is doing well. 

 

Comment by booklover on June 4, 2013 at 3:57pm

Steph, I love the cat in the swing pic! lol. 

Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2013 at 2:11pm

I like your vegetable stock recipe, Joan! Thanks, I'm going to try it.And I'm very glad that your train is on steam!  

Comment by Angela on June 4, 2013 at 11:30am
What a cute pic Steph!
Comment by Steph S. on June 4, 2013 at 11:21am

Comment by booklover on June 4, 2013 at 8:34am

Joan, that sounds wonderful and so healthy!  Unfortunately for me, or fortunately?, my appetite is not affected.  Ice cream and milkshakes actually make me feel better.  It is the cold heaviness I think.  My symptoms are absurd.  I feel like what I have is just bizarre.  I just need to concentrate on the good days and hope the Gastroenterologist in Madison can come up with something!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2013 at 9:50pm

Oh, I forgot, I grind in a coffee grinder-turned spice grinder: 

1/4 t per cup of stock, ground fennel or flax seeds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2013 at 9:29pm

Mindy, this may not work for you, but what I find helpful through this period is to make a nice rich vegetable stock, I make about 4 or 5 quarts at a time and freeze them. For the stock, I use

2 cups diced onion,

1 cup diced carrots,

1 cup diced celery,

a couple of sprigs of thyme from the garden,

and about a dozen parsley stems, not leaves, from the garden, 

6 peppercorns,

2 bay leaves.

These go into a stock pot and add just enough cold water to cover. I don't put any salt in the stock. 

Bring to a very slow simmer for 2 hours.

Strain the solids from the stock and pour into quart jars. 

I use one of the Corning Ware-like covered cups and microwave one recipe of soup with 1/4 teaspoon Tumeric, about 1/8 teaspoon Real Salt (the kind with natural minerals) and a little freshly ground pepper ... not much. 

The first couple of days, I microwaved only veg stock, then added a small amount of rice, maybe a tablespoonful, and microwaved it. then I started adding just a few carrot slivers. I kept adding things each time until today, I had one fresh asparagus spear, one small head of brussel sprout leaves, one of those little bok choy heads, some slivered carrots, a wee bit of onion cut into tiny bits. After microwaves the soup cup for 5 minutes. I top each cup with a handful of fresh parsley from the garden.

This strategy seems to be working for me. I offer it as my solution to my lack of appetite and not wanting to eat. I am still advised not to eat fresh vegetables, at least until my digestive system behaves itself.  

I have little snacks through the day. Greek yogurt with sourdough bread, a daily choice of avocado, unsweetened apple sauce, a banana, a blueberry muffin. 

I also make a nut treat which includes raw, unsalted walnuts, pecans, and cashews that I dry roast in the oven at 150 degrees F for a couple of hours. This makes the most delicious bit of crunch, either on my muffin and bread or in my soups. 

I can't eat my beloved Dave's Killer bread ... too many seeds. 

Today is really the first day I enjoy my meals. This old Conquer Cancer Train is chugging right along. Your train is different than mine, but there may be some commonalities in our raunchy stomachs and digestive systems. Bon appetite. 

 

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