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Surreal, I haz it

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

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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.

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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)

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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 June 21, 2013 at 4:42pm

Patricia, what a lovely sight! You, your red hair and purple hat and  LUMBAR-GHINI What fun. You are whimsical! 
Is your  LUMBAR-GHINI street qualified ... it must be, you said you carry groceries in it. You are an inspiration for me. 

Your husband's electric scooter looks fun ... you have an actual parade when you take off together. 

Do you live in an area that gives you road room? And do you have to have a motor vehicle license tab? 

This is about as close I could find for singing about driving your Lumbar-Ghini

The Laurie Berkner Band - Drive My Car

Comment by Patricia on June 21, 2013 at 4:14pm

For you Joan.....

My LUMBAR-GHINI

One of my many purples....taking my own pic...

 

My husband's electric scooter which is street worthy....

 

 

Our 40th anniversary  years ago....still in a wig at the time....

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2013 at 12:05pm

Chris, what a nice thought about the benefits of Alzheimer's. I have not thought of that. Delighted to learn your aunt wanted to play at a fairy tale park and "she lost herself in wonder and delight". Your commitment to your aunt reveals your fine  quality of character. Good for you!

Grinning Cat, I give up. You offer a nice little piece of gristle to chew on when things get tiresome. Interesting about a headache helping solve puzzles. 

Thanks for all your positive thoughts. This week is far more pleasant than last week. The good news, there are good and bad days, so I do experience relief. That gives me time to renew and refresh. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 21, 2013 at 10:35am

To be fair with the word puzzles, readers of Hofstadter's book also knew that the Tortoise had a headache at the time he was given the puzzles -- yet instead of interfering, it actually helped him solve them!

Comment by booklover on June 21, 2013 at 9:30am

Thanks Ian. :) 

Ruth, it was really cool to see that bear, if only very briefly!  I love your "Enjoy Summer" picture!  Happy First Day of Summer to everyone!

That's nice your Aunt enjoyed her day Chris.

You guys are all the best!  It really starts my day out right to get my morning coffee and come straight to Hang With Friends. ~ Mindy

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2013 at 6:26am

Thanks, Ian, but no thanks. What else can we do except try to create the world we want to live in? And Aunt was the one who spontaneously visited and welcomed me, when she found out that her nephew had a girlfriend; that was a wonderful gift to me!

Comment by Ian Mason on June 21, 2013 at 4:24am

Welcome back, Mindy. That sounds like a great break you've had.

Bon apettit, Joan. Glad to hear that your taste buds are working.

Chris, that must have been a moving experience with your aunt. It's all too seldom that family take that kind of trouble with their older relatives so thank you on behalf of carers everywhere, including me :-)

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2013 at 3:28am

I'm happy you're so strong, Joan, and I hope your chemo day goes well without discomfort.

A Positive Journal, what a wonderful idea! Now that I'm often in the old people's home I'll make a note on the positive side of Alzheimer's; Aunt, and some other patients I've met, manage to forget their unhappy memories. Bad marriages, unwanted children, rape, injury and abuse disappear as if they never happened, and a calm world of kind faces, flowers and woolly animals opens. It's quite a job to enable patients to enter that safe world and in the last two years I've learnt to admire the caretakers in Aunts' ward.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2013 at 2:31am

Grinning Cat, hey, I like the puzzle, 

"Find a common English word that begins with "he" and ends with "he", and 

Find a common English word that contains "adac". 
I'll give those a try tomorrow morning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2013 at 2:28am

Chris, I kind of jumped when you described your demented 78 year old aunt. Oh! I think my mind is still strong. That is another thing for which I am grateful. I'll write about lack of dementia in my Positive Journal. That little project works well to keep my focus on healthy things. 

 

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