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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

Richard Dawkins, Growing Up in the Universe

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 14. 2 Replies

Here is an oldie, the young Richard Dawkins teaching kids about the universe. I especially like the one demonstrating how the eye evolved. This should answer those who believe it was impossible to evolve an eye. Continue

Tags: universe, teaching, Dawkins, Richard

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 9:52am

Patricia, I'm glad you've found an atheist doctor, and Sk8eycat, your secular jew specialist sounds like a keeper also.  

And, it would be a horror story to me also, if an eye surgeon wanted to pray with me before the operation.  There was a cat-lick hospital here in the past, but it thankfully went out of business.  The present one here appears to be secular, but there's a butt-load of mormons working there, and they ask for your religious preference when you first come to them.  I just said none.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 9, 2012 at 8:49am

Didn't really know where to post this, so I'm gonna put it here. It just struck me when I saw it. Just beautiful.

November 9, 2012

Hamar Portrait, Ethiopia

Photograph by Pascal Mannaerts

This Month in Photo of the Day: 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest Images

The Hamars are a people of East Africa living in southwestern Ethiopia in a fertile area of the Omo Valley. The gracious Hamar women, freeing pride and dignity even in the midst of the bustling weekly market, are easily spotted with their characteristic outfits. They take pride in their dress and accessories and win the prize as the most decorated of the Omo people. The traditional dress code for unmarried Hamar girls includes elegant cowrie-shell collars, seeded or glass-beaded necklaces, and decorated goatskin clothing.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 9, 2012 at 1:37am

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2012 at 1:10am

Marijuana: A New Perspective

"In 1969, Sagan wrote a deeply poignant and mind-bending account of his experience with marijuana for publication in “Marihuana [sic] Reconsidered” (1971). According to his writings, during these highs, a new world of aesthetic experiences opened up to him: 'The cannabis experience has greatly improved my appreciation for art, a subject which I never had much appreciated before. The understanding of the intent of the artist which I can achieve when high sometimes carries over to when I’m down… For the first time I have been able to hear the separate parts of a three-part harmony and the richness of the counterpoint… The enjoyment of food is amplified; tastes and aromas emerge that for some reason we ordinarily seem to be too busy to notice. I am able to give my full attention to the sensation. A potato will have a texture, a body, and taste like that of other potatoes, but much more so.'”

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2012 at 12:58am

It's a horror story that you cannot be in a hospital or clinic without being confronted with everyone's fairytales! Why don't these people just shut up and work? It sound very unprofessional to me. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 8, 2012 at 10:31pm

A priceless post-election editorial cartoon by Clay Bennett:

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 8, 2012 at 7:57pm

Hey Melinda, just heard the Frito Lay company is having to make an emergency airdrop of Cheetos in the Denver area. :) lol!

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 8, 2012 at 7:11pm

Pass the twinkies, dude.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 8, 2012 at 6:49pm

Spud, here's a horror story 4 U.  A friend in Tacoma, who IS a xian (but she tolerates me), had cataract surgery a few years ago, and just before they rolled her into the OR, the ophthalmologist came in the room and asked if he could pray with her before the operation.  SHE thought it was nice of him.  I told her I would have been off that gurney and out the door so fast.....  The last thing I want is a surgeon in any specialty who believes she/he needs supernatural help to do his/her job.

The young genius who fixed my spine in '09 is a secular Jew....we laughed at the "scarecrows" on the walls in the Cat-Lick horsepistol where he did the repair work.  It is kinda weird that they have state-of-the-art surgical equipment, but they still need mythical ornaments on the walls.  (It's the only hospital in town, and it's owned by an order of nuns....)

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2012 at 6:18pm

Thanks Joan.  Sounds like a good idea.  It's time for me to shut the computer off, so I'll talk to you about it another day.  Good nite all.

 

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