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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

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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 Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 7:50pm
sk8eycat, since there are no electrical parts to go bad, I bet there would be one tucked away in a second hand shop somewhere.
Comment by sk8eycat on March 28, 2013 at 7:41pm

Comment by sk8eycat on March 28, 2013 at 7:38pm

Loren, I could dance to that music forever...if I still had a body that could do what I want it to.  Oh, well...nothing to stop me from doing choreography in my head.

Thank you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 7:12pm

Patricia, that sounds about right. I understand it rises quickly because of the vinegar, so I will have some fun fooling with it. Wish you could join me for a slice. 

Comment by Patricia on March 28, 2013 at 6:27pm

OOOOOOOPS Joan,

Forgot.....let the bread loaves rise about 45 minutes before baking......GEESH!!!!!!

Canadian flours are also different than the US, so I don't know what the results would be.

I modified this recipe a little after looking at it in print.......

 

 

I get 3 loaves out of this.....

4 cups water

tsp sea salt

1/4 cup olive oil

very rounded tbsp honey

tsp cider vinegar

1 1/2 tsp yeast

1 cup fresh ground flax seed

3/4 cup bran

whole wheat flour

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Knead enough flour until dough is flexible without sticking. Let rise an hour or so, then shape into loaves, let rise for about 45 minutes, & bake 350°F. for 40 minutes, or desired doneness.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 28, 2013 at 6:23pm

Disappointing news from Kentucky: their legislature overrode the governor's veto to pass a "religious freedom can trump civil rights" bill, which says laws and regulations "can't 'substantially' burden someone's 'sincerely held religious belief' unless there is a proven, 'compelling governmental interest' in it" (The Courier-Journal). The bill, which becomes law in three months, could be used to challenge laws in Louisville, Lexington, and other cities that protect LGBT people from discrimination. It could also be used to challenge statewide civil-rights protections for racial minorities and women.

There's plenty of discussion on the bill in both Atheist News: Religious beliefs could trump state law and LGBTQI Nexus: Ky. seeks to legalize LGBT discrimination.

Comment by booklover on March 28, 2013 at 6:14pm

Joan, you have such a wonderful outlook on life!   Remember how I told you guys my father-in-law says goofy things and we call them "Steveisms?"  There is a restaurant we love called Salamones.  He calls it Salmonellas.  He seriously doesn't know what he's saying. Who would eat THERE?!!! LOL

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 28, 2013 at 6:07pm

Prognosis is excellent. I'll live to be 100.

I really hope so, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 6:02pm

Melinda, What a sight! Cats guarding against a dog invasion!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 6:00pm

Well, I am on board the breast cancer train joining the Club of Cousin Cancer survivors. I got the diagnosis two weeks ago after I had a biopsy with positive diagnosis for cancer. I am in the diagnostic phase now. I had my first Breast Oncologist appointment yesterday and I am so incredibly impressed with her. She spent an hour with me telling the kinds of cancers I have, offered options, made recommendations and gave me a book personalized to my particular case. Her staff are just lovely, very efficient and friendly at the same time. We laughed a lot. 
Tomorrow is the Chemical Oncology doctor. 
April 1 is PEM a radiology test
April 2 is the Radiology Oncology doctor. 
April 3 is the Surgeon again.
I am not complaining in the least. If this had happened to my mother or grandmothers, they would not have had the early diagnosis, or treatment options that I and my two cousins had. I am a very interested, curious, observing patient of my own patientry. Kind of like sitting outside my own body and observing what all is going on. 
Prognosis is excellent. I'll live to be 100. 

I feel great, have a positive attitude 

I had great ambitions for my garden this year, and it seems I will be enjoying the garden but as a passive observer.

 

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