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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

Tags: poem

Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

Tags: life, joy, Richard Dawkins Foundation, Sean Faircloth

Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on September 8, 2012 at 11:54pm

Good night and sweet dreams! Now I need to go and read through the posts for the day. : )

Comment by booklover on September 8, 2012 at 11:49pm

Actually Ruth I just took it with my crummy camera on my phone!  I don't know how to Photoshop or anything. There was a lamp sitting right between me and them when I took it, so it was an accidentally cool-looking picture! lol

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 8, 2012 at 11:34pm

Good one, Joan. I shared it. As a retired biology teacher I was ROFL. Booklover, how did you get Dorka's eyes to glow. They're so sharp and the focus of the picture, which is otherwise soft. Was it Photoshopped for this effect?

Comment by booklover on September 8, 2012 at 10:35pm

oops, I meant everyone BUT the priest.

Comment by booklover on September 8, 2012 at 10:35pm

Derek, ha ha ha that is awesome! Flying Atheist, I totally agree.  Nothing is better than a really good laugh.

Once, when I 'tried' religion (I was raised by Atheists! :), I took my then 3 yr. old daughter to the kid's xmas mass.  She had on her pretty dress, etc.  The priest was talking about trust.  He told her to turn her back to him and fall backwards and trust that he would catch her.  He said "Do you trust me?"  she said "NOPE!" and hopped down from the stage and sat back down.  EVERYONE laughed buy the priest.  SUCH A SMART GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2012 at 10:22pm

So far, I've gone through my entire life laughing all along way.  I laugh at work, at home, with family and with friends.  It sure makes life so much better. 

Comment by Derek Bly on September 8, 2012 at 10:13pm

A silly voice, you say? I always told my kids that it was the responsibility of parents to embarrass them in public. It builds character. 

Years ago in Disneyland, when my eldest was about 14, we came upon the Sword in the Stone display. I was hauled out of the audience to show that the sword could not be pulled from the stone. Then a little kid comes up and pulls it out. Of course, the fellow dressed up as Merlin trips lock to release it. My son was embarrassed to see me up there, striking a knightly pose. 

Ah, but then the fun began. Merlin proclaimed the little kid could be king, but I would remain a knight. So I said, "Once a king, always a king," which Merlin repeated with his mike so everyone could hear. Then I added, "But once a knight is enough." Merlin started to repeat that, too, but went silent when he realized what he was saying.

The adults all got a good laugh, but my son was mortified!

Comment by booklover on September 8, 2012 at 9:47pm

@ The Flying Atheist, lol, he isn't embarrassed @ home, but sometimes I will say something in a silly voice in a store and he'll say "Mom!  You DO remember we're in public, right?" ha ha!  I forget not everyone understands my goofiness, but maybe it's better than a boring Mom? lol.

Comment by booklover on September 8, 2012 at 9:44pm

Awwww, Luna, Dido, Purryface, and Pumpkin are all beautiful!  I have 2 more Dale and Dora, and 2 that have died, but lived long, happy lives: Jo and Tibby.  All are/were rescues!Here is an old one of my daughter with Dora.  She is a dork, so we call her Dorka. LOL

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2012 at 7:32pm

Sk8eycat, thanks so much for sharing your recipe.  I'm gonna have to make it one of these days soon.  

Everybody, has such beautiful cats.  I wish I could have one.  Years ago I had a roommate that had two.  They were so adorable and much fun.  Great personalities.  Tigger and Shorty.  

Booklover, do you embarrass your teen-age son?  Stop that!!!!!  lol  My parents intentionally liked doing that to me when I was their last child living at home.  It sure brought them some laughs.  lol     

 

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