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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover Apr 14. 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

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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

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 Plinius on March 2, 2013 at 10:45am

Thanks Melinda and Ian - it works well to reward myself for duty, I've slept off my headache and my roof garden plants look happy!

Comment by Ian Mason on March 2, 2013 at 9:49am

Iggy Pope would at least be more entertaining :-)

Well done Chris. Motivation with a reward is a good way to get duty done.

Comment by Steph S. on March 2, 2013 at 9:28am

HAHA - so funny

Comment by Steph S. on March 2, 2013 at 9:27am

Oh booklover the Facebook cat and the liquid cat are just so good. Love them. So many great pics for my collection. I love that weekend cat Ruth and Napoleon Iggy pope is funny. Maybe the new pope will look something like that. hehe

Yes, it is best just to change the subject when religion is brought up - if you want to remain friends. I can see the conversation getting heated when discussing religion with a theist.

Comment by booklover on March 2, 2013 at 7:33am

Chris, doesn't it feel so good to get something accomplished that you weren't looking forward to doing? Now you get to do something that sounds great!

Ruth, I thought that sign about lowering abortion rates put it aptly! I hope you have a good weekend too!

It was fun out with my friend last night, but she did say a few religious things.  I just changed the subject.  I can't take much of that!  There was a terrible accident a few blocks from my house about a week ago.  3 teens that were breaking into cars in the catholic church parking-lot were running from police.  They crashed head-first into a neo-natal nurses SUV and her car wrapped around a light-pole.  She died.  They lived.  My friend said she told her daughter to say a prayer.  So I said why would a loving 'god' let her die, and them live.  Of course she said she didn't know, but  'god' would forgive them if they were really sorry. AAaaarrrrggggghhhhh!

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 2, 2013 at 1:32am

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2013 at 1:17am

Yes, time flies and for me it's a good time now! I worked through a nasty packet of administration and it even looks quite acceptable! I haven't got a good way with numbers and get a horrible headache on top but I finished it! Yeahh! And now I can go and plant the first seedlings in my roof vegetable garden! I was looking forward to that!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 2, 2013 at 12:06am

Yeah, march 2013 already. Time whizzes by.

Grumpycat really is a viral meme. He's getting outside of the grumpy ghetto I see.

Thanks for the “Things that lower abortion rates” sign, booklover. That’s so on target.

Proof reading being outsourced to Asia now?

 Good hypothesis, Ian. That’s plausible and would explain so much.

Happy weekend, all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 1, 2013 at 11:01pm
In 1969 we lived at Ft. Hood, TX; a news report said a farmer was plowing his field, dropped a tool and he didn't see where it landed but heard a "thunk". He looked into what looked like a hole and began the discovery of a sink hole. I piled the kids, 3 5-year olds, and headed to the farm. He opened up an entry way and offered people looks inside. We arrived at his farm and there were no other tourists, but he took us into the cavern and into a crystal room. I looked for it on Google and find dozens of sink hole/caverns in that area between Fr. Hood and San Marcos. Sadly, my children don't remember that adventure. There were walls of crystals, some the size of pencils and some 4-6" thick and 2-3 feet long. Sorry, I don't remember the name of the farm, but it was near San Marcos off I-35.
Here is a great site for karst topography of that area:
http://www.esi.utexas.edu/outreach/caves/texascaves.php
Comment by Steph S. on March 1, 2013 at 5:35pm

Oh thanks so much booklover -you are so sweet. I hope you enjoy your time tonight with your friend and have a great time on your trip with your family. I hope you get some great pictures.

 

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