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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover Apr 14. 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

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Comment by booklover on March 6, 2013 at 9:34pm

I'm sorry about your Dad Nerdlass! They don't know yet how he died.  He actually fell in the a.m. outside, but then he came in, took a shower, and got dressed for work.  His wife left for work, then Mike-was his name, never showed up for work.  She came home and found him dead on the couch.  His Dad had a massive heart attack, so they don't know if the fall did something, or he died as a result of the fall, etc.  I'm sure they will do an autopsy.  Just shocking even when you know death can happen to anyone at any minute.  It'll be really sad tomorrow at my husbands work. :(

Comment by Nerdlass on March 6, 2013 at 9:15pm

What did he die of, might I ask?

50 is too young. That's how old my dad was when he died from a massive heart attack. :(

Comment by booklover on March 6, 2013 at 8:53pm

Joan, you are so nice.  Thank you very much.  I figure my looks may be fading, but I'll always have my blue eyes for a good feature! lol.  It's odd, my husband has brown eyes, which are dominant, but both my kids got blue eyes.  I tell my husband, see? I am dominant! :)

I never liked those shows either.  I have heard that men like The 3 Stooges much more than women like them. I don't know if that's true.

Yes Felaine, use a heating pad!!!

Sadly, one of my husbands friends that he works with didn't come to work today.  His wife found him when she got home from work, dead. He was 50.  This guy's father died the same way at the same age.  He was an Atheist, and a really cool guy.  It's just so unexpected. :(

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2013 at 7:48pm

Here is spritely bit of sunshine with a great attitude, especially in this era. Wearing Nothing New: Jessi Arrington

It looks like she has fun and so do her companions. 

Comment by Patricia on March 6, 2013 at 6:59pm

Gray now, but was a redhead!

Comment by Patricia on March 6, 2013 at 6:39pm

I had all my teeth pulled & the heating pad was well used. Get better soon Sk8eycat.

I always thought L & H, & Stooges were just stupid!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 6, 2013 at 6:32pm

Sk8eycat, you're not a redhead, so maybe it's another reason such as a tooth infection. Your experience is uber scary. Thanks for the billboard link. It's good to see us getting a message out.

I never liked Laurel and Hardy or the Three Stooges for the same reason, Joan, excepting for the "Who's on first" routine which was relatively nonviolent. I was glad when NCIS toned down the head slapping. The early shows were disturbingly violent in that regard.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2013 at 6:18pm

Melinda, I like your photo very much; so pretty, sprightly, and fresh. I like seeing your whole face, even as your eyes are stunningly blue. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2013 at 6:16pm

Felaine, I am very sorry to learn the pain you experienced with that extraction! I have not a clue what will make it feel better; I trust Melinda. 

Comment by Patricia on March 6, 2013 at 6:15pm

I've talked & discussed & had professional help over the years & nothing made me feel any better so I'm done. I don't have a problem with my daughter Joan, it's just I didn't want her put in the position between her grandmother & me. My daughter is brainwashed into religion which has to be a closed subject, but other than that, we get along fine. She just doesn't 'get' things anyway so I can't waste my time or breath on trying to make her understand things she can't, & as an atheist, I'm in secondary place anyway. As for good ol' mummy, nothing can mend things enough to get all warm & fuzzy. If she wants to make a light relationship with me, I'm willing, but I'm going no further.....I can't get into it anymore.

 

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