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Comment by Steph S. on May 17, 2013 at 9:42pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 17, 2013 at 9:39pm

Hey Mindy (Melinda) have a wonderful weekend at the game.

Love the cute pictures.

Ruth that is a beautiful bear and flowers.

Joan you are in my thoughts.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 17, 2013 at 2:46pm

Re: Hitchens' Missionary Position: The best place to look for it is at Half.com...IF you don't mind buying used books.  It's a very short (97 pages) trade paperback; I got my copy free when I subscribed to CFI's magazine years ago. Now it's all dog-eared and highlighed on many pages, and I don't dare lend it to anyone because I don't want them to think I treat all books that way.  BUT the facts are shocking.

Hitch wrote it when Agnes was still alive, in the mid-1990s, and I wish he had updated it later when more facts about her shoddy treatment of the "poorest of the poor" became public. The most surprising thing to me was that she was practically unknown in calcutta, and "helped" a very small number of people over the years.  Makes me wonder what goes on in the rest of the 500 mission she founded around the world.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 17, 2013 at 12:38pm

Carl, the photo of the cat with paws in box made me laugh. The cat's expression looks as though he is content, even with the wee little box.

Ian, Have a great time in England, and happy, productive visit. 

Lillie, love your cat and box story. Sounds so familiar. 

Tom, I sensed M.T. angst, too, and wonder if she ever had an opportunity or anyone to encourage her to trust her doubts. Even as I recognize here dissonance, ultimately, she was responsible for the manipulation and exploitation of the sick and poor. Perhaps her god and religious community see her as a saint; I do not.

Ruth, thank you for the lovely yellow color theme, so bright and fresh, and Teddy Bear with Smiley Face. This really does cheer me. 

Mindy, what a remarkable photo! I would be in heaven with critters like that sharing their lives with me. Happy travels and visiting. 

Comment by booklover on May 17, 2013 at 6:50am

Comment by booklover on May 17, 2013 at 6:49am

Have a great weekend everyone!  My Mom and I are going to Green Bay (Packers-ugh! lol) for the weekend to visit my Sister and her family, so I probably won't be around here until Monday. ~ Mindy <3

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2013 at 11:34pm

Joan, I send you positive energy too. Sorry to hear about the hematoma interrupting your chemo. My thoughts are with you.

Great Alan Alda quote, Melinda.

I always hate to see people throwing food. It's worse than fingernails on a chalkboard.

sk8eycat, thanks for the Mother Theresa story. The flower cat was a hoot.

Flying Atheist, your donkey balls video broke me up.

Take care, everyone.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 16, 2013 at 7:21pm

These tales about cats reminds me of a litter that shared the house my sibs and I occupied during the late 1930s. We named them for Snow White's dwarves, and when one of them ate a rubber band as if it was a sausage skin we named it Dopey. All these years later I still have a mental pic of the event.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 16, 2013 at 7:11pm

Joan, thanx for "ophthorectumy"; I know several people I can lay it on. We war vets have a sometimes jarring sense of humor.

My experience with Catholicism tells me that MT had no internal strength. For a while during my early teens, the rigidity of Catholic beliefs protected me from the results of the doubt, etc, that nuns again and again said was sinful. In 11th grade I decided that doubt is necessary before learning can happen.

I saw a sadness in MT's words about her silence and emptiness, about her not seeing or hearing. Catholicism's rigidity served its intended purpose in her life.

Comment by Lillie on May 16, 2013 at 4:57pm

My cats think any sized box will do.  It is so funny what they try to get in to.  Their favorites are my shoe boxes which is where I keep my shoes.  When I return home from an outing and shed my shoes, there is a cat or two in the box where I store that pair of shoes.  They are very indignant when dumped out to be replaced with shoes.

 

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