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Surreal, I haz it

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

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara on Saturday. 7 Replies

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 on Thursday. 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

Tags: stories, bedtime, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Lillie on December 14, 2012 at 12:01pm

And he is so pleasing to the eye!

Comment by booklover on December 14, 2012 at 8:03am

Tony, Hugh Jackman is an awesome actor and singer!  I saw an interview with him.  I can't wait until the movie version of Les Mis comes out soon with him in it!!!!

Have a nice Friday Peeps! :) ~ Melinda

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 14, 2012 at 6:00am

From the London revival of Oklahoma. Hugh Jackman singing 'Oh what a Beautiful Morning'.

http://youtu.be/KNEUtN21cuU

Have a beautiful morning, my friends. And a better day. I'm off to work.

Comment by Plinius on December 14, 2012 at 1:06am

I like that lion, Ian! Reminds me of

Sunt Leones

By Stevie Smith

The lions who ate the Christians on the sands of the arena
By indulging native appetites played what has now been seen a   
Not entirely negligible part
In consolidating at the very start
The position of the Early Christian Church.
Initiatory rites are always bloody
And the lions, it appears
From contemporary art, made a study
Of dyeing Coliseum sands a ruddy
Liturgically sacrificial hue
And if the Christians felt a little blue—
Well people being eaten often do.
Theirs was the death, and theirs the crown undying,
A state of things which must be satisfying.
My point which up to this has been obscured
is that it was the lions who procured
By chewing up blood gristle flesh and bone
The martyrdoms on which the Church has grown.
I only write this poem because I thought it rather looked   
As if the part the lions played was being overlooked.
By lions’ jaws great benefits and blessings were begotten   
And so our debt to Lionhood must never be forgotten.

Stevie Smith, “Sunt Leones” from New Selected Poems. Copyright © 1972

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 13, 2012 at 10:31pm

I also had the nickname 'juice man' in high school because I hated drinking milk (still do) and for lunch I always washed down my food with a couple of these cheap, flavored juice drinks.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 13, 2012 at 5:41pm

Spud, I think my personal preference is Felaine..."feline" wth an "a" in the middle.  There are times when I think I'd really like to be a cat, even though their lives are so much shorter than our are.

Flying None (tee-hee!), a discussion/conversation about nicknames would be fun!  I've told you most of mine already; I don't think I want to talk about the one my best friend in elementary school gave me.  For some reason we went through a "baby-talk" phase in 2nd or 3rd grade, and I ended up stuck with that damned name through high school!  (People wrote it in my yearbooks!  Gah!)

I also get a giggle out of all three of  my initials: FEH.  Spelled "feh," it's a Yiddishism for "ugh!"  or "ick!"

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 13, 2012 at 4:38pm

Ice witch, I don't dislike any of your names.  I'm just trying to find one that I can remember and remember how to spell. lol.

Comment by booklover on December 13, 2012 at 4:18pm

Carl, my mom calls me "Dear Child" when she sends me cards, etc.  Not in a serious way, we don't remember how it got started.  Most of our family doesn't call each other by our real names.  My son will answer to anything I yell down the stairs to him. lol. Mindy is the official nickname of Melinda, which everyone in "real life" calls me.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 13, 2012 at 4:08pm

Ian: Lion 1 - xian 0.  Too bad there weren't more lions.

There is a certain type of person who needs to feel persecuted, whether they really are, or not.  If they're not being persecuted, they'll invent their own....and broadcast it.

When FFRF reminds people that putting any religious symbols and/or praying to their imaginary friend on publicly-owned property is unconstitutional, they immediately start wailing that we are trying to outlaw their particular fantasies altogether.  I think they enjoy it; it makes them feel important.

They scare me... willful ignorance scares me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 13, 2012 at 4:07pm

I think this would be a fun topic to discuss......what nicknames have you had during the course of your lifetime?  My best friend from high school still calls me 'Mag' which is short for Maggot.  Ahhhh...only the best of friends could get away with that.  My two sisters endearingly call me 'The Creep.' 

 

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