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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 Patricia on July 25, 2013 at 1:33am

We use metric in Canada too Chris. Over 30* here too & it gets more & more unbearable as we get older. I hate heat & always have, so will be very glad when it goes.

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 Patricia on July 25, 2013 at 12:33am

I've had all my teeth extracted Ruth, & believe me I know what mouth pain is, & I don't envy you in the least. I'd be hollering ''enough already....I'm not here to support your family..... just pull the damn thing & be done with it!!!''

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.  :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2013 at 3:24pm

He's everywhere, just like Santa:

Comment by Loren Miller on July 24, 2013 at 3:21pm

Feh ... both of 'em can take a long walk off a short pier, for all of me.

 

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