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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

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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 July 21, 2013 at 12:33pm

Glad you liked the annoyed cat Ruth!  Don't worry, no one judges you here.  We just care about you because you are our good friend.

Our first cat we had to have put to sleep years ago was named Jo.  I didn't know that in the middle of the night his blood-pressure had gotten so high that it detached his retinas, and he was blind.  How scared he must have been all night!  I found him downstairs hiding under a table.  It still makes me sick that I didn't know, and he spent his last night alone and scared.  After they put him to sleep at the vet, I was crying so hard I could barely write the check. :(

I'm so glad we have each other here to talk to.  I love cat-lovers! :)

Comment by Ian Mason on July 21, 2013 at 11:48am

Welcome, John Kennedy Opiyo. Enjoy yourself here and be sure that you have the support of good, kind people.

Felaine, loosing a pet is hard. Feel free to vent, We understand and feel with you.

Joan, I wouldn't want to be without the benefits of modern society but we really do need to learn responsibility. Life wouldn't be so hard without, for example, huge neon advertising signs. I reflect sometimes on the root of the word "luxury", from the Greek "lux" meaning light. There were times when light was a luxury for 90% of people. Shouldn't go back to those times but a little moderation would benefit here in the over-consuming West. We could learn to appreciate the darkness/night but of course without "god" coming into it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2013 at 11:31am
Randall, The night sky, diversity of flora, fauna, and elements, opportunity, and possibilities all reside in the perception of the individual and require no god to make them magnificent and preferable. To refer to nature and god in the same paragraph reveals more about the writer than about the nature of these things. Personally, I think referring to god creates a dumbing down of society. Ya, I am pissed when I read such drivel as well.
Comment by Loren Miller on July 21, 2013 at 9:03am

You're not the only one to be pissed off by Bogard's presumption, Randall.  May I heartily recommend you write NatGeo and register a bit of indignation with them?  Somehow, people need to understand that awe and wonder need not be coupled to some imagined super-being, that the beauty of this reality stands amazingly well all on its own.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2013 at 8:16am
6:00 AM, 58 degrees F, and I am headed to the garden until the heat drives me in for the day. Mosquitoes keep me inside in the late afternoon, so I have 5-6 hours of wallowing in the pure pleasure of plants, birds, squirrels, and a new visitor, a Siamese cat intent on catching birds. I hope my fences around the feeding stations protect my little friends. The fledglings sit on wires or shrubs, fluttering their wings, mouth wide open waiting for their parents to provide food. Bird-parents are not yet at the time when they fly away in the presence of a fluttering offspring.
Ruth, what a nice comment to read, your appreciation for balance. It seems I have a wider, longer perception of events and that moderates the present messes we experience. I believe most problems, conflicts, and chaos are opportunities for solutions and my job is to find ways to make life better.

"People could rationally decide that prolonged relationships take up too much time and effort and that they'd much rather do other kinds of things. But most people are afraid of rejection."
~ Albert Ellis
Comment by Randall Smith on July 21, 2013 at 7:46am

Is there no escape? From Bright Nights, Big Problems, a National Geographic article by Paul Bogard, he writes, "Most of us have lost this opportunity to be awed at the sight (night sky), to feel similarly inspired to create, to change our lives, to gain a greater understanding of our God."  I don't know about you, but I bristle when I read that. Perhaps he meant nothing by saying "our God". Still, was it necessary?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 21, 2013 at 12:10am

Thanks for the upbeat note, Joan. I agree. Chaos can generate the energy to make necessary changes. I do have a vision for humanity surviving in a more mature form. Sometimes my mood is dark and I post that way. I appreciate your balance. What would we do without you! What would I do without you!

Sorry about Hairy Jerry, sk8eycat. We’re with you, whatever course you take. If he were my cat I would have him put down humanely. It's very fast and virtually painless (just the needle). I waited until my first cat was having convusions for a couple of days, though we knew she was deathly ill. Later I felt guilty for making her suffer so long. Cancer is painful, and we don't realize their pain because they  instinctively conceal it. Frankly, when I saw Mushroom's pupils overdilate a second after the morphine injection, I thought that might be a nice way for me to die were I terminally ill. I tear up thinking about the event, but it felt right. It's better than a pet hiding, as they do when in severe pain at the end, and dying slowly, all alone, afraid and in pain. Ach. There I go again with an excursion into the bad parts of life. I hope you don't all think me bipolar or something.

Thanks for the hilarious annoyed cat picture, booklover.

Your funny meme is also a hoot, Flying Atheist.

I have to mellow out.

Comment by booklover on July 20, 2013 at 7:05pm

Welcome John Kennedy Opiyo!  Glad you found our AN Family!  Join right in!

Carl, I live pretty close to you, and my daughter will live really close to you at the end of this year.  She's pretty awesome if I do say so myself! :)  I love your graphic! lol

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 20, 2013 at 3:18pm

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2013 at 2:54pm

Many thanks to all of you who have offered virtual shoulders for me to cry on.  Especially Joan; You really undderstand.  Well, so does anyone in here who has ever had to deal with this kind of situation.

I wish we could have caught Jerry's tumor early  enough for it to be removed and treated, but I think it was already too late when I adopted him 2 years ago.

 

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