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Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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

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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

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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 The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2012 at 8:55pm

Geeeez, Melinda!  What's going on over at your place?!  Is your house built on an old Indian burial ground?  Sounds like your home could use a good ole exorcism and purification.  I'll take out my crystals and try to send a positive aura your way. 

I have back troubles myself, so I know what you're going through.  The slightest movement can cause sharp pains or sometimes even cause my lower back to completely go 'out'.  That's when I'm walking around like Egor (if I can walk) and moaning like Frankenstein.  Good to know you have family with you in your time of need.  Once again, hugs to you.....but not too tight.  I don't want to hurt your back.  Get well soon! 

Comment by booklover on November 16, 2012 at 8:11pm

Love the video!  So, if bad things happen in 3's ;) I was making dinner and bent funny, got a bad pain across my lower-back on went down on all 4's.  So that should be it with bad things happening around here, right?! lol.  I'm in bed with a heating-pad, and my family is waiting on me.  That part isn't so bad. lol.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2012 at 7:26pm

Here's something to perk everybody up.  Try, just try, to keep your feet and legs still. 

Comment by booklover on November 16, 2012 at 4:59pm

Thanks Carl.  Sounds like you had a great time!!  Glad you got to have your whole family together. Maryland sounds lovely.  I've never been there.  Then you get to come back to our lovely weather! lol.  Yes, we've hit a bump in the road, but as long as everyone is safe, we'll get through it.  I just hope my daughter feels better mentally soon.  She and my son went out today, running errands and had lunch, so that was nice. :)

Ian, your book sounds good.  I love books set in England for some reason.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2012 at 2:38pm

Good afternoon Folks.  Just checking in.  Been quite absent from here lately, but I've been able to catch up on all the posts.  I was out of town for one week.  Spent a wonderful week on the road and back for a family wedding in Maryland.  My parents, brother, two sisters, their wife/husbands and all of their kids (my seven nieces and nephews) all together again for the first time in eleven years.  We really had a lot of fun together.  Maryland was beautiful.  Warm:  in the 60's and gorgeous fall colors still around on the trees, unlike cold, grey Illinois.  Spent an afternoon touring Mount Vernon (hadn't been there since 1972 when I was 8 years old.)

Melinda, sounds like Life really took a turn for the worse for you and your family.  I'm terribly sorry to hear about all the misfortune your kids are having to endure.   Hugs to you all. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 16, 2012 at 1:50pm

I've been wrapped up in a good book: "Fludd" by Hilary Mantel. Bleak moors, dark satanic mills and Catholicism in the north of England. Very funny.

Comment by Steph S. on November 16, 2012 at 11:26am

That's a funny LOL booklover.

Where did everyone go?

Comment by Steph S. on November 16, 2012 at 11:26am

Comment by booklover on November 15, 2012 at 6:55pm

Great pictures everyone!  Keep 'em coming! 

Comment by Steph S. on November 15, 2012 at 5:57pm

Tony I like Steve Martin too - thanks for the song.

That license plate is funny.

I liked the comic about cats Ian.

You have such a sweet mom booklover (Melinda). How nice of her.

I like the cat photo you posted Melinda. It's very funny.

I just love the face on that kitty.

 

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