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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

Tags: surreal

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

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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 19, 2013 at 11:07pm

Joan, I agree with you that we have to be smart about our health. Thinking of you.

Patricia, thanks for the good news about organized religion in Canada.

Walking outdoors in nature is supposed to be helpful for depression, booklover.

Thanks for keeping in touch.

Hugs.

Comment by booklover on May 19, 2013 at 4:54pm

Hi Everyone!  Had a nice weekend in Green Bay with my Mom.  We were visiting my Sister and her family.  I am always glad to be home though!  My daughter is going through a rough time again with depression.  It breaks my heart. 

I agree with Loren, Joan.  Cancer doesn't stand a chance against you! ~ Mindy

Comment by Loren Miller on May 19, 2013 at 2:14pm

Hey, Joan!  I'll be thinking good thoughts, but You're TOUGH!!!  That cancer doesn't stand a chance against you!

Comment by Lillie on May 19, 2013 at 2:09pm

I have a Siamese kitty just like the "cat food" kitty and she prefers my food, too.  However, she doesn't get it.  The vet gets on my ding dong if I don't feed her properly because she has allergies.  Her name is Fiona., an elegant cat with an elegant name.

Comment by Steph S. on May 19, 2013 at 1:29pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 19, 2013 at 1:27pm

Joan I am always thinking of you.

Sk8eycat - thanks for the pictures

Comment by Patricia on May 19, 2013 at 1:24pm

Canadians turning away from organized religion - by Ron Csillag - RNS

Liked one of the comments too...."grow up".

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 19, 2013 at 1:03am

Just a little attempt at some levity, trying to lighten things a little. That's all.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 19, 2013 at 12:58am

Tony, "...the rest of us silly monkeys,"?

Please.

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 19, 2013 at 12:50am

Dear Joan.

 

     You are about to embark upon a journey that some of us have gone through, some have seen close family/friends go through, and some that have never been touched by.

     To say my thoughts are with you is true, but somehow seem inadequate to the journey you must now undertake.

     To say that you are loved by your friends here is an understatement. Most, if not all of us look forward to hearing from you. Your kindness, joy, caring compassionate voice speaks to us through your writings. Your humanity shines like a beacon on the shore. The veil of darkness withdraws ever more.

     You have a singular voice that speaks of reason tempered with compassion at the rest of us silly monkeys, hooting stridently at times while flinging our poo. You “get” us. We are a better community for having you in it.

     I’m generally not one for advice, but if you will permit me, I would like to give some.

     Listen to yourself. Your body will know how much you can do, when to push it physically, when to rest. Lean on your family and friends. They will be there for you just as you’d be there for them. When it’s time to cry, cry. Time to laugh, laugh. If you are feeling mad and angry, let it out. They will understand, as will the medical personnel. Just be. Stand courageously in the sun, head held high as you beat back this disease. On that note I have no doubt.

     We will be waiting to hear how things go, so post only if you feel like it. We understand.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”  
―     Douglas Adams,     The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

 

                                                                 -Tony

 

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