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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 37 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 3 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 5 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

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Attacks in Canada Oct. 22nd/14

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist on Thursday. 4 Replies

This was devastating for us........…Continue

Granddaughters

Started by Donald R Barbera. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Nov 15. 6 Replies

I've got three grandsons and I love them to death, but my youngest son and his wife had a baby girl in January and I haven't  right since. Granddaughter has me wrapped up like my grandsons never did. What is it about granddaughters? Her name is…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 25, 2013 at 10:09am

No apology necessary, Ruth.  Besides, if you feel the need to "take it out" on us, that's perfectly fine.  That's why we're all here under the label:  friends.  I hope you can finally get some relief from your pain.      

Comment by Plinius on July 25, 2013 at 8:49am

toothache is horrible, Ruth, not trivial at all! I hope the problem will be solved tomorrow!

Comment by booklover on July 25, 2013 at 8:29am

Comment by booklover on July 25, 2013 at 8:28am

I don't think you've been taking it out on us Ruth!  And just because other people have other health/pain issues, this is YOUR issue, and you have a right to be upset about it!!  You don't need to apologize to us!  I can't believe they've let you go this long without taking care of it!  I'm sorry you've had to go through this, and I hope it gets resolved soon!  Hugs to you!

Comment by Plinius on July 25, 2013 at 1:18am

I love those Grumpies! And I'm still doing the rain dance, temperatures are still around 30, that's over 80 for you, so far too hot! But there's a thunderstorm rumbling in the distance, yippee!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 24, 2013 at 11:58pm

That's a hotlink, not my work, booklover.

I've been absorbed today reading the controversy over how likely a methane release from the East Siberian Ice Shelf will be in the next ten years. If it comes out all at once from that shallow marine area the estimated cost is the equivalent to the global income in 2012. My discussion summarizes it.

Friday morning I'll get a tooth extracted. An old root canal failed and the tooth can't be saved. I've been in a soap opera for the past four months involving my regular dentist, three specialists, five X-rays, pain whenever I eat, and plenty of money out of pocket. When my regular dentist's office called this afternoon asking me to cancel the extraction and consult again with her before doing anything I shouted at the receptionist. I've been so angry about the delay in treatment for a third of a year, while a low grade infection smouldered in my jaw, that I had trouble sleeping last night. Sure enough I was shuffled to another specialist (twice more). This has been spoiling my mood for months, and is probably why my recent posts have been so gloomy. Repressed anger. Sorry I took it out on all of you.

It's so trivial compared to your challenges. I feel small being so petty. Most of you are far greater and wiser than I when it comes to coping with health. You present role models to which I aspire but fail in this regard.

Comment by Lillie on July 24, 2013 at 6:13pm

Grumpy cat's owner must be getting rich.

Comment by booklover on July 24, 2013 at 5:38pm

That IS true Carl!  And I like your graphic Ruth! :)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 24, 2013 at 3:43pm

Thanks for the laugh, Flying Atheist. Yes, Grumpy Cat seems to be the new avatar for some deep seated Jungian archetype.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2013 at 3:24pm

At least Grumpy Cat is real.  :)

 

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