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Surreal, I haz it

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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 Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 12:54pm

Thanks to Krozan Darshandhari, from Lalitpur, Nepal.

Secular Holidays by Season

Comment by Ian Mason on March 30, 2013 at 11:55am

Breakfast? Having lived in Denmark for 27 years I've become a convert to good, dark rye bread and probably eat more than most Danes now. If I've been to the gym on the way home from work in the morning, then porrige, boiled with skimmed milk and as a little treat pineapple chunks. A good breakfast should keep your mouth shut and your bowels open.

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 10:42am

Oh I love that Melinda! I need to do that with the real life ones too.

I am glad you are feeling better Joan. I am thinking of you and wish the best for you.

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 10:40am

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2013 at 9:00am

Have faith.  Good one Melinda.

Comment by booklover on March 30, 2013 at 8:58am

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2013 at 8:39am

Love apricots!  Not impressed with apples unless they are picked green or crab. Just like me :)

Comment by booklover on March 30, 2013 at 8:17am

Oh Joan, I'm such a sicko! lol, when I read "Nothing better than a handful of nuts", my mind just went to the wrong place! ha ha ha, now you guys know how immature I am! LOL

I love the e-card Loren.

Steph, that cat picture is adorable!

Chris, your breakfast sounds great!

Have a good weekend everyone :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 3:53am

I feel wonderful Chris. The back of winter begins to break, a few nights  with 40 degrees F temperatures and I can put some things in. I will be out of business for a little while, but the imperative to not use my arm means I can sit in the garden with the birds, squirrels and neighbors' cats in addition to just absorb all that loveliness.  Like you, Chris, I feel better when I eat lower on the food chain. Your menu sounds perfect to me. I love raw, unsalted nuts that I roast myself. Especially walnuts! Nothing better than a handful of nuts. Thanks for asking. 

I Googled Frans de Waal's "The bonobo and the atheist" for videos, and there are many! I watched these short one:

Incredible new spider with an absolutely astonishing skill

Morals Without God? Frans de Waal and Jeff Schloss discuss at Emory...

Comment by Plinius on March 30, 2013 at 2:39am

It is, and the more basic I eat the better I feel. For the rest of the day: lots of veg and a little salmon, with a few nuts to snack.

How do you feel, Joan?

 

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