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Surreal, I haz it

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

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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

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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

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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 Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 11:25am

A new day, the two week inversion in the weather cleared out and the sun shines, Four inches of snow fell, covering the snifter of frozen fog that had fallen to the ground, the trees and garden have a glistening layer of snow to create a winter wonderland. The stain came out of the pink shirt I wore yesterday, the same one in my avatar. I threw my coat away and the washing machine took care of the rest. 

Remember when President Bush I, sitting at a banquet table in Japan with all the dignitaries celebrating his visit and he suddenly had projectile vomit splayed out in front of him. I couldn't even imagine how embarrassed he must have felt ... but now I can. 

I have my heirloom seed catalogues open before me, bright sunlight streams through my bedroom window, my coffee tastes delicious as does my Dave's Devil Bread, spread with raspberry jam, flax seeds and yogurt. All is well. 

I hope all you dear friends have a lovely day. 

Thanks, Mindy, for your kind, comforting words. Now, on to getting ready for spring. Feb. 2 is Mid-Winter's Day, coming up very soon. Let's celebrate! The New Moon began yesterday, beginning a new cycle of the phases of the moon. Such a captivating orb to enjoy.  

Comment by booklover on January 31, 2014 at 8:31am

Joan, what a horrible surprise you had to deal with!!!  I'm so sorry that happened to you!  Of course you were embarrassed even though it was not your fault.  Well there are other Walgreens!  I certainly hope that never happens to you again!!!!  I'm glad you had a good appetite later!  Our bodies do such bizarre things!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 3:23am

Well, this was one hell of a day. I was standing in the office supplies section of Walgreens when all of a sudden an explosion occurred in my panties that left a streaming gob of green goo running down inside my slacks, into my shoes and on the floor. 

I dashed to the rest room and mopped myself up as best I could, gathered some paper towels and cleaned the Office Dept as best I could. Then very meekly and embarrassed I came home with one mess that was strait out of hell. Even my coat and blouse. Nothing was untouched. I shall never want to face those dear people again I am so ashamed. 

I was feeling fine, never had an inkling anything was about to happen. It just exploded. Damn! F**k. 

An hour later I was so hungry I thought I was going to eat everything in the kitchen. Cary fixed a beautiful dinner, and I ate it with gusto and no problem. 

Go figure.

I hope your day was better than mine.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 12:40am

Mindy, that is so neat! I had never heard it before and watched the video several times trying to get the rhythms. I didn't even catch the "you're going to miss me when I'm gone." Love it! 

The developmental task of the individual is to reveal to the world his/her unique talents. We parents get it backwards, thinking we have to instill them with our ideas of who they should be. 

It is kind of like having a cup full of seeds in a cup. The gardener puts the seeds in the ground and discovers what the seeds produce. The gardener may want cucumbers and gets petunias. 

It is the same way with humans.  A mother contributes DNA from thousands of generations from her past, a father contributes RNA from thousands of generations from his past. What results is unknown until the ovum is fertilizes by the sperm, and that creates a zygote. The zygote develops into a new life and presents a whole new blending of DNA and RNA into a baby whose job it is to reveal him/herself to the world. 

Your daughter is revealing who she is. We can just sit back and watch! 

Well, each person has to learn to do the chores and stuff like that, 

I think I mentioned before having an exchange student from Thailand living with us. He became part of our family team in which he was expected to participate in chores. A few weeks into his stay he came to me and told me he was not created to serve. At home he had a nanny, a cook, a housekeeper, a gardener, a driver, ....... I told him that he who did not work did not eat. 

Comment by booklover on January 30, 2014 at 11:33pm
Cool Joan to see that video! My daughter is very good at doing cups, and my 14-year old niece is a singer and sings it beautifully while doing the motions with the cup! Fun! I know a lot of the words but I know the refrain is "you're going to miss me when I'm gone."
I'm sorry about your friends cancer returning! Yes, my daughter is happiest when doing art. I wish we hadn't talked her into Journalism. She's a gifted writer, but was miserable. Her passion is Art. So that's what she should do! I will do anything possible to help her get her art degree. She's already an art camp counselor during the summer at the University she's applying to, so she has great references.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2014 at 10:24pm

"People can do amazing things when they work together as a team, especially when they are fully devoted to what they are doing. This group of kids covering a great song called “Cups”. They are very well synchronized and at the end the final product is great."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 30, 2014 at 9:07pm
Hello everyone. I've been busy working. I don't always have the ability to respond to all the action here, but I always keep up to date with your posts. I'm glad to read about all the recent good news and reasons for celebration.....and I'm saddened by the tragedy of an infant death. I hope all of you are well.

Great, inspirational message, Joan. I find the creative process to be therapeutic as well.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2014 at 8:39pm

Mindy, my friend, Ed, was diagnosed with cancer about 8 years ago, he had radiation, and was in remission for several years. He experienced a deep depression, and the only thing that got him out of bed was his pottery. Cancer has reoccurred in his bones and he once again is in radiation treatment. His wife is one of my closest friends and we three had lunch together last week and he said he could not have survived that first round without pottery to keep his mind focused on something positive. He has a great support system and he is doing very well, enjoying each day that comes, and continuing to churn out these haunted houses. I just posted a few in my photo album, and you might enjoy seeing his whimsy.    

Comment by booklover on January 30, 2014 at 7:29pm

Thanks Spud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 30, 2014 at 7:26pm

Glad to hear the good new about your children Mindy.

 

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