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Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 3. 58 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

Human Rights for Atheists, Agnostics and Secularists

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 27. 11 Replies

I just ran onto this YouTube video, promoting a change.org petition aimed at amending the United Nations charter supporting the abolition of all anti-blasphemy laws. The petition referenced by the video is…Continue

Tags: petition, anti-blasphemy laws, UN, United Nations

Something we should all think about.....

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jun 19. 2 Replies

Got this in my email today...........Patricia - There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it:Google Maps: Help people with mobility challenges. Make your maps accessible!By Randy…Continue

Religious Calling (Mrs. Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Jun 17. 0 Replies

Very curious - a Betty Bowers video with NO Betty Bowers!  Yahweh IS here, though, and he's gotten all 21st century with his own cell phone!!!  Can't help but notice that he's a bit selective with just WHO he wants to talk to.  Meh ... got to keep…Continue

Tags: cell phone, Yahweh, Betty Bowers

Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 15. 1 Reply

Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier. She was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Don Valley West, and she became the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January 2013.Kathleen is dedicated to building a better…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on May 20, 2013 at 5:39pm

Loren, if I draw an accurate copy of MoBombHead, does that mean I win a "free" scholarship to the Famous Artists School? ;>P

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 20, 2013 at 11:52am

Good day, All.  Just checking in.  Have a few days off work and can relax and sleep in.  Yay!  It's 11:30 AM and I'm still drinking my morning coffee.  I've been a bit sleep deprived the last several days.  Early morning wake-ups across four time zones doesn't help.  I'm not 20 years old any more!  

Mindy, I'm glad you and your daughter have such a close relationship.  She seems to be comfortable opening up to you, and that is important...for both of you.  A nice walk in a state park sounds very nice.  I enjoy that myself.  

Joan, I really can't add any additional expressions of caring and admiration for you that hasn't already been said by others.  Please add my voice to the group.     

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Comment by Steph S. on May 20, 2013 at 11:29am

That is cute booklover. Hope you are doing well.

Joan I am glad you are doing well.

Comment by booklover on May 20, 2013 at 8:40am

Comment by booklover on May 20, 2013 at 8:39am

Love the drawing Loren! lol

Thanks for the advice about my daughter Ruth and Joan. :)  She says she doesn't know what is wrong.  I don't think the med she's on is right for her. She is going to go talk to her therapist this week.  This is an inherited condition.  I remember feeling the exact same way she did when I was her age, but I didn't have meds yet.  I just thought something was wrong with me.  She and her best friend just went for a short hike in our State Park yesterday, so that advice was spot-on Ruth!  She was in a happier place when she came home.  I just tell her take it one day at a time, and find something that makes you happy every day. 

Hope you all have a good week!  Love the way to walk cats Ruth. :)~ Mindy

Comment by Loren Miller on May 20, 2013 at 5:19am

It's that time of year again:

EVERYBODY Draw Mohammed!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 20, 2013 at 12:22am
Oh! I just read this page of comments from each of you, and I am overjoyed and overwhelmed with feelings of support and care. Yes, it is tough! I am up to it. And I have heard from so many who have been through it, I know the outcome will be restored health.
Tony, you have a way with words and images that inspire me and I am sure each one of us. Your gift of tender expression feels so ... comforting. Thank you dear friend.
Patricia, your "Canadians turning away from organized religion" reassures me. I feel especially strong about awakening others to the possibility that there is another way to live and this is a perfect example. I don't intend to tell others how to live or what to believe, I just want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to consider other options.
Steph, your cheering tulips remind me that I have this incredibly season to provide me comfort as I work at healing, and have you as a friend.
Lillie, I am happy to learn of Fiona, an elegant name for a fine cat. She is a lucky kitty to have such good care.
Loren, I know you are on my team, you always have been. I value your friendship and good sense and funny way of prodding me.
Mindy, I am really glad to learn you had a nice visit and sad about your daughter's depression. I know she has good medical care, and you are a good sounding board. Does she feel that she is not up to the task of adulthood? Living in such a chaotic world as we have right now can even put old, experienced people on edge. Perhaps she feels overwhelmed. Don't let her read my economic or political stuff. She needs more stability and I can't be good for her on those issues. The only thing I can think of is find things you know she can do and encourage her to do them. Another option might be to volunteer in an animal shelter. Sometimes caring for other living things might help. I like Ruth's idea of walking in nature. I think about you and your daughter and do hope she gets beyond depression to full living.
Ruth, what can I say that I haven't already said? Well, you are a great inspiration to me, clearly showing the way to express what it means to be a free thinker, and encouraging me/us to avoid poo virus. Your contributions on climate change educate us all so we can spread accurate information to others. Your funny bone delights me, always sending a message both happy and pointed.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 19, 2013 at 11:07pm

Joan, I agree with you that we have to be smart about our health. Thinking of you.

Patricia, thanks for the good news about organized religion in Canada.

Walking outdoors in nature is supposed to be helpful for depression, booklover.

Thanks for keeping in touch.

Hugs.

 

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