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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

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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 Patricia on April 20, 2013 at 5:13pm

The answer to the ''why me?'' thing is.......''why not you?'' Why should ''you'' be exempt from what the rest of us have to deal with in real life? What makes ''you'' so special? Sure, some things are pretty awful to have to go through, but go through it, ''you'' will, like it or not.....just like the rest of us!

Comment by Ian Mason on April 20, 2013 at 2:43pm

Joan, I love those old musicals too, even though they were before my time. I've seen Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate, Pal Joey and a few others in London through the years. Took my daughter to see Guys and Dolls when she was a teenager. Of the newer ones I enjoyed Hairspray best. Can't stand Lloyd Webber at any price.

Comment by Patricia on April 20, 2013 at 1:36pm

nice n clean.....

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2013 at 12:57pm

Tell Dido, that I have a very special fondness for black cats. "Ebony", of all my cats over the years, was my favorite.  

Comment by Plinius on April 20, 2013 at 12:31pm

Thanks, Carl and Joan! Dido almost blushed when I told him!

I'm so glad you feel good, Joan! You're right, there's no sense in saying "Why me?" or people would say it when they won the lottery...

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2013 at 11:41am

Chris, a wonderful photo of spring flowers and bright cat. A very special image. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2013 at 11:38am

Melinda, you are in my thoughts this weekend. 

Mother and daughter, here and now,  

remembering the past, remembering the future. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2013 at 11:29am

Good morning everyone! It is a great day; I took only two hydrocodone/acetaminophen since the surgery. I have been virtually pain free for two full days and nights and needed no pain relief; there was none. 

Ladies, get those mammograms, catch it early, and the whole process hurt for just a few hours and that was controlled with Rx. Nothing hurt up to the day after surgery. Not anywhere near as much pain as pricking my finger for my blood sugar ... and that does not hurt at all. So, pain is not a reason to put it off. 

Oh, yes, there has been some pain receiving those wonderful hugs my family gives. We learned very quickly I am in a one-arm hug stage of healing. I shall collect "IOU" hugs for later. 

Also, ladies, instead of saying, "Why me?" say "Let's get on with the procedures."

A hundred years ago, when I was a senior in high school I was chosen Lilac Princess for our city's spring Lilac Festival. We had the usual stuff that draws in crowds of shoppers. Our guest star that year, Gordon MacRae, received news he was chosen to star in the film, "Oklahoma." I have a special spot in my heart for the film, and the easier, less complicated times of 1954. Here is to the beauty of life and all that entails. 

Gordon MacRae - OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING from the film Oklahoma...

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2013 at 10:17am

Loren! Wow! I'm wide awake! Not only are you profound, you are funny profoundly! 

Comment by Steph S. on April 20, 2013 at 10:02am

Here's a another birthday cake Melinda!

 

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