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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.

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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

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

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Comment by Steph S. on April 14, 2013 at 9:44pm

Comment by Steph S. on April 14, 2013 at 9:43pm

Tony love the smurf picture.

Very cute and made me smile.

Booklover I just love the turtle pic with the quote.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 14, 2013 at 5:46pm

Change of plans: Sue just called and said she cancelled the first part of her tripp because she's been sick for 3 days.  So...she certainly doesn't need a cat-sitter till she's feeling like a human being again.

I'll still be here for 3 more days. Ta-daaaaa! 

The Smurf Baby really cracked me up...I hated the Smurfs for years, when I was working for JCPenney Adv., and had to hunt up samples for photography....eww.

Comment by booklover on April 14, 2013 at 9:43am

LOL, the smurf picture! :)  You made me smile big also!  I hope everyone has a relaxing Sunday!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 14, 2013 at 7:47am

Tony, the Smurf-eating baby is funny to me also.

Comment by Tony Carroll on April 14, 2013 at 5:54am

Okay, this is just cute and silly, and made me smile real big.

Wonder how they taste? lol :)

Comment by Plinius on April 14, 2013 at 1:30am

" the arias of rot that rise at empire's end"

That is beautiful, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 12:38am
Here is a new, to me, version of the 5-step problem solving process.
The Secular Life Coach: Critical thinking:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=488603757867890&set=a.4...
Comment by sk8eycat on April 13, 2013 at 9:04pm

Thanks, Chris, that sounds encouraging.  I've been noticing that Jerry is eating more often, but he eats less than usual each session.

Years ago I had a vet who makes house calls come euthanize a sweet old orange fellow who was in kidney failure.  It cost 10 times the price of an office visit, but it was worth it.  We sat on the floor in a patch of sunlight; in was very peaceful. She first made a clay pawprint plaque for us to keep, lit a candle, and read a short poem (I was VERY glad she didn't read the "Rainbow Bridge" thing!), and gave Lyle the drugs.  He was so weak that the first shot, the anaesthetic, probably stopped his heart.

I wish I could afford to do something like that for Jerry, but it's just not possible.  I was still working full-time when we had Lyle's "funeral."  However, The Animal Hospital I took him to is always very calming...no hysterical dogs in the waiting room, and stuff like that.  (There is a cat specialist closer to us, but I don't like him. Very brusque "bedside manner.")

I'll stick with Media City and "Doc Liz."

And no matter what happens, I'll still have my little Pumpkin.  He's 14 years old, and still roars around the house like a kitten.  Or sits on my knees and purrs when I'm trying to type. 

 

Comment by Steph S. on April 13, 2013 at 8:37pm

 

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