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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

Tags: surreal

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

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

Tags: stories, bedtime, Betty Bowers

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Comment by booklover on April 30, 2013 at 9:16am

Too many posts to comment on!  Joan, thanks for all the awesome pictures!

Ruth, "Nope" was too funny!  So was the sign that was not in use! lol :)

Carl, I figured the bear wasn't harmed, but I can't stand it anyway! lol.  My Mom won't go to ANY movie where an animal is hurt or sad, even though she knows it's not real! Even a cartoon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tom, interesting diagram about the solar-system! Thanks!

It's supposed to be 80 degrees here today, and then cold and rainy the rest of the week. :(

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 30, 2013 at 3:46am

Joan, thanks for the bird info.

Damn, another male top and female bottom scene.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 30, 2013 at 2:49am

Joan, I'm committed to questioning authority, in this case Daniel Dennetts'  “There’s simply no polite way to tell people they’ve dedicated their lives to an illusion.”

He knows no polite way and is denying responsibility for his lack of knowledge.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 30, 2013 at 2:36am

The Well of Lonliness is one of the most depressing books I've ever read...try ANYTHING by Rita Mae Brown.  Rita WILL is her autobiography.

Venus Envy is a hilarious and touching novel about a woman in her 30s who has been told she has incurable cancer, so she writes letters to family and friends, telling them exactly what she thinks of them, AND that she's gay.  Then the doctor discovers her records have been mixed up with another patient's, and that she only is suffering from extreme stress and bronchitis.  The rest of the book is the aftermath.

Six of One, Loose Lips, and Bingo are also funny, touching, and semi- autobiographical about a small town that straddles the Mason Dixon Line, and begins with her own mother's 5th or 6th birthday.  Bingo is fairly close to the present...late 1980s, IIRC.

The mystery series she's co-written with her cat, Sneaky Pie start out pretty good, but the later books kind of got on my left nerve.  Too much churchy stuff, or something. Maybe it's because the original Sneaky Pie died about 10 years ago, and she's now collaborating with Sneaky Pie II.  But you will learn a lot about small-town Virginia, and Virginia attitudes in general. No gay characters that I can recall, but the animals have dialogue that the humans can't understand, and that is fun.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 30, 2013 at 1:03am

Re "I don't know good authors regarding LGBT":

If you include lesbian fiction, check out Radclyffe Hall's Well of Loneliness.

Published ~1930.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2013 at 1:01am

Tom, 

male sparrow has black throat and mask

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/house_sparrow/id

female has brown throat and breast.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/house_sparrow/id

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 30, 2013 at 12:59am

For folks who like to look at space pix: check out NASA's daily pic at

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

I open Firefox and get a new pic every day.

The Archive at the bottom of the page might still have links to pix back to 1995.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 30, 2013 at 12:47am

Carl, and you know  me...it was more like footlights coming on slowly, till they lit up the whole arena. THEN I felt something like a 200 lb bag of religious manure falling off my shoulders, and I realized I could fly. Well, it was more like zooming to center ice doing a fancy stop, and taking a bow....all within one heartbeat.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 30, 2013 at 12:40am

The indeed priceless bird pic several pages back?

Are we sure it's not a female bird stopping male left brain talk?

Comment by Plinius on April 30, 2013 at 12:33am

Your family sound wonderful, Carl, what a great place to grow up in! I remember that I stayed as close as possible to what I felt was right for me, without letting it show - just grow up and get out. 

 

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