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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

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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 booklover on August 20, 2013 at 8:08pm

I'm impressed Patricia and Spud!!!  I don't know how!

Remember I told you guys my daughter wasn't going back to her university?  Well, she had no job, etc. and was trying to decide what to do.  Today she got hired as the hostess in a posh restaurant in our city!  Yay!  So at least she has an income, and can be in a nice environment, while she decides what path she wants to take now!  She is SO excited! lol. I am happy that she is happy, and is making some money now! ha ha.  I got offered a seasonal sales job, part-time, for of all things, during hockey-season. lol.  Our niece plays hockey on a traveling team, and our city has a minor league team and a big arena.  My sister-in-law said her friend that owns the stuff the team sells was looking for someone responsible.  I realize this is not exciting, but I haven't worked outside the home other than a few short spurts, or babysitting, etc.for over 22 years!  Also, I have a medical condition, and anxiety/panic-attacks.  I'm just going to tell myself that I'm going to do it to get out there back into the "real" world for the 3-month season, make a little money, and then, maybe I can look for a more permanent job doing something I'll even enjoy.  I'm kind of looking forward to having some money I earned myself, even though my husband has NEVER made me feel like his paychecks weren't OURS.  He's been great about that.

Thanks for listening my friends!  Hugs, Mindy

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Comment by Patricia on August 20, 2013 at 4:13pm

AHA!!!.........I figured out how to do it!!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 19, 2013 at 11:49pm

Thanks, folks. Your good wishes are very warming.

Glad you're back, Felaine and that you enjoyed a break. 

Comment by booklover on August 19, 2013 at 8:13pm
Ian, a big hug back to you, and I'm glad you at least got to spend some time with your brother! I remember how hard it was to watch my scholarly grandpa quickly decline into dementia. Very hard to watch. :(
Glad you are back Felaine, and. enjoy your haircut and treat!
I will pass along the birthday wishes to my husband!
Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on August 19, 2013 at 8:13pm
Comment by sk8eycat on August 19, 2013 at 6:39pm

I'm home, and thanks for all the good wishes, everyone!  I really needed to get out of this house for a few days, and not be reminded of Hairy Jerry every time I turned around. 

I spent 3 days glued to MSNBC, and then Saturday night A&E ran "Ground Hog Day." I'd never seen it before, and several friends had recommended it highly.  My reaction?: meh. I  guess I've read too many similar stories in Analog and/or Fantasy & Science Fiction. I knew everything that was going to happen....and the scene where the truck goes over a cliff and explodes spectacularly, turned me right off.  That does NOT happen in real life. Or maybe only extremely rarely.

Am I a cynic?  Or have I lived around the film industry too long (since I was 5 years old)?

Anyroad, it's good to be back, and now I can afford to have my hair cut, and take a friend to a local pub for bangers and mash.  NOT the best thing for  my diabetes, but I figure one meal like that won't kill me.  And I WANT it!  tee-hee!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2013 at 4:32pm

Poor Ian indeed.  Sorry about your dementia troubles, but like the sound of your delicious balcony crop.

And, Chris, it's nice to hear your auntie being overjoyed to see you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:31pm

Spice, the Old Mama Cat  came out of the barn and had breakfast with me on the patio this morning. We had a sweet nose rub, and I gave her a brushing. Laura does a beautiful job of keeping all the animals well groomed and it was easy to groom her long hair.    

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:27pm

Ian, I am very sorry that these stressors come, one with another. Take good care of yourself. I hope your Mum and step-mum are relatively free of anxiety.  Memories mean a lot to older folks and I know you have the patience to hear the same ones over again. Funny how old memories pop up from out of no where, giving sweet thoughts to enjoy.

 

 

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