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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 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

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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 Joan Denoo on January 29, 2014 at 8:29pm

Ian, a beautiful and brainy daughter. You must be very proud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2014 at 8:28pm

I still have a hard time knowing how to respond to someone's loss, even at my age.  My next door neighbor died last year.  Her husband the year before.  Her son came over to tell me and I just didn't know what to say to him, mainly because I don't know him that well.

A coincidental occurrence happened today as I was getting my blood drawn for a LAB report, the woman drawing it said "You look familiar."  I couldn't place her face and asked if she knew my dad.  She said no.

After a couple of minutes she said "don't you live next to where my parents used to live?  I live around the corner.  Then I knew who she was.  I didn't recognize her because I've never talked with her before.  I've talked to her husband and son and most of the rest of their relatives that live in this area. 

Anyway, we talked about her mother & father as well as mine.

And, she did a good job of drawing blood.  The last time I had a lab, the young guy lost the vein and had a lot of trouble finding it again.  Had a big bruise for a week.  Never going to that place again.

I had a good discussion with my new doctor today that may be an agnostic.  I plan on feeling him out to see what his religious beliefs are (or lack thereof).  But so far I like him!

Comment by booklover on January 29, 2014 at 7:18pm

The guy wasn't at work today, of course, my son said.  I don't know if he'll say what happened.  I know my son would never ask.  Just so sad.

Comment by Patricia on January 29, 2014 at 6:44pm

So sad about the baby! Lots of low birth weight babies don't die so it has to be something else.

Great news Ian, congrats to your daughter!!! 

Comment by booklover on January 29, 2014 at 3:46pm
Ian, congratulations to your beautiful daughter!!! That's terrific!! I'd be proud too! :)
Comment by Ian Mason on January 29, 2014 at 3:25pm

My daughter, having finished university as "Kandidat Magister" (Advanced Degree/MA) with the next-highest grade. A proud Dad, me.https://plus.google.com/photos/117651753549220715564/albums/5974354...

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2014 at 2:42pm

Mindy, I was at the lab yesterday for another blood draw and it was standing room only. I asked the technition if the work load has changed recently. He said "Big time". Whatever is causing the overloads is real and has an explanation. 

Sorry about your son's friend's loss. Tough for young people to deal with death issues, especially babies and children. The grief must be very deep for the parents. I like you husband's response. 

Comment by booklover on January 29, 2014 at 2:24pm
Where is everybody? Well they still haven't called to give me the results from the heart-monitor I wore last week. They haven't scheduled my son's MRI for his knee either. Doesn't anyone do their jobs in a timely manner anymore? Just frustrating. I called, and they had reasons.
A young man my so works with, and his girlfriend had a baby girl yesterday that died at birth. She was full-term, and didn't even weigh 5 lbs. I am thinking there had to be something wrong, and not just low birth- weight? Anyway it was sad. I could tell my son was upset. The company he works for is family- owned, and they are religious. His co- worker and his girlfriend are catholic. My husband told my son to tell his friend a simple "I'm sorry." My son is an Atheist (yay), and probably has no experience dealing with religious people regarding something sad like this.
Comment by booklover on January 28, 2014 at 5:40pm

Good comic Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on January 28, 2014 at 10:41am

It could have been different.

 

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