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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover yesterday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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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

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 Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:05am

Funny Melinda. "....not a good decision."

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:02am

Felaine, I like "This is not....".

Comment by Ian Mason on March 31, 2013 at 4:14am

The secular hols are really good. I doubt employers will pay extra for working those days though or give people time off - yet.

Lots of fun cats, etc. Thanks all and good health to you.

Comment by Plinius on March 31, 2013 at 1:59am
Comment by Plinius on March 31, 2013 at 1:32am

Best wishes Ruth, pinched nerve pain is really horrible.

Daylight saving time starts today - means to me that I'll wake up at 5:30 the next month. But the weather is slowly - very slowly turning warmer. I can't delay planting seedlings in my roof garden, I'll risk another patch of night frost killing the new plants.  The beans, peas and some hollyhocks are already outside..

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 31, 2013 at 12:00am

Ruth, glad to hear you're feeling better.  For me to say that you're fondly thought about here can only be a tremendous understatement.  I hope you're enjoying the warmer weather.  Your front garden sounds nice.  No flowering plants here in Chicago, yet.     

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 30, 2013 at 11:44pm

Joan, I’m glad to hear of the optimistic forecast. Good luck. Thanks for the Mangosteen video. As a retired high school science teacher I second your opinion that science teaching in US high schools is spotty.

Cute takeoff on Shakespear, Idaho Spud. But it looks Photoshopped. The bird would fall over standing like that.

Napoleon, That “the Scream” takeoff is kinda creepy.

Steph, I love “wi haz an us” and pigtail chewing cat.

Sk8eycat, great argument, “This is not a difficult concept”. Visula presentation is so much more intuitive than words, words, words.

As for me, I’ve been doing better the last few days, but hardly find time to finish the news. *sigh* I’m due for a third steroid injection for pinched nerve pain management in 4 or 5 days, but this flare-up is already mostly over. My front garden has some nice Hellebores and crocuses. Life is good.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2013 at 11:40pm

Joan, thanks for sharing the link to the List of Secular Holidays.  I'm going to start putting those on my calendar and touting them to unsuspecting family members and acquaintances.  :)

Melinda, the liberal christian church I grew up in started a tradition back in the '70s when I was a kid and held a seder meal every year.  Well, the very first year when it was time to partake of the bitter herbs, we all naively chomped off a big piece of horseradish root and as a result the place just went to hell.......LOL.  Everybody was beet-red, coughing, choking, laughing and sweating buckets.  All decorum was lost.  I hated going to those meals (if you can call them meals.)  I couldn't wait to get home to eat some real food.

Comment by booklover on March 30, 2013 at 10:38pm

That's funny Carl.  My jewish cousins in Chicago had seder at their house, but I know the one that hosted it is an Atheist. One of my cousins is some big-shot rabbi in New York.  He and my Mom are first cousins.  She said he's always been a jerk and talked-down to people.  His daughter married a brain-surgeon.  They live in Chicago and keep kosher.  The took all their own food to DisneyWorld!!!!!  He walks to work on the sabbath.  I guess he can perform surgery then because it's saving a life.  Guess he has to take the stairs though, because you can't push a button on the sabbath! LOL.  SO silly. My Mom used to get so mad because when we had our family reunions in Chicago every year, everyone chipped-in (even though they were all rich~ we were the 'poor' relations), and it had to be catered by a kosher caterer which cost more, all because like 5 people kept kosher. 

And yes I have had apricots dipped in chocolate, and although I absolutely LOVE chocolate, I still didn't like it! :)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2013 at 10:29pm

So.....as you may know, I'm a flight attendant.  This past Wednesday a woman getting off the plane said to me, "Have a Happy Easter......or Passover, whichever applies.......well, not 'happy'.......sacred.  Good night!"  That just cracked me up. 

 

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