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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover Apr 14. 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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2013 at 4:56pm

Patricia, I read so much pain, or frustration in your post and when family has "sides" or "issues" it is really hard. My daughter hated me for years and it hurt. Thankfully, those days are gone. I hope you are able to discuss how you feel with your daughter, honestly and in non-blaming ways, just speak your truth. It may or may not make things better between the two of you, but what have you got to lose?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2013 at 4:50pm
I understand what you mean, Ruth, I don't care for slapstick the way I once did, and how they milked for laughs. I didn't and don't like Laurel and Hardy or the Three Stooges ... too much laughing at pain. However, this sketch tickled my funny bone. I would love to see a set that make you laugh. Or anyone!
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 6, 2013 at 2:21pm

Wow, your daughter looks so much like you, booklover. Both beautiful too. I only started looking like my mother after I got old and a bit jowley.

Cute cat triumph moment, Steph.

I wasn't too impressed by the Carol Burnett elephant sketch and the blooper discussion, even though I used to watch her show sometimes. I think internet use has changed my taste in humor. I became impatient with the extended laughter and extended lead up discussion. These days I'm used to instant gratification, as with LOLs. That walk in humor history taught me how much I've changed.

Comment by Patricia on March 6, 2013 at 2:05pm

Thanks.....just the way it is.....any wonder we like to keep to ourselves?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 6, 2013 at 1:31pm

Patricia, sorry about your moronic family.

Comment by Patricia on March 6, 2013 at 1:27pm

Update....

After receiving the birthday card in January with the apology from 'mother of the year', I sent a thank you note which was returned yesterday as undeliverable.

As there was no alternative, I therefore had to ask my daughter if her grandmother had moved.....answer....yes......out of California & back to Canada.....into my daughter's city.......a year ago! This from a girl who doesn't want to keep secrets!!!

I never wanted her caught between the issues I have with 'mother' in the first place, & it never seems to stop no matter how long it's been!

It was my daughter to tell me when good ol' dad had died, not mummy doing the calling, & it's not as if she was that broken up considering they didn't love each other anyway.

I guess they can now try to out-xian each other as 'mother' left a book of moron at my daughter's place several years ago, which she threw out, considering my son-in-law has the 'right' religion & morons are an evil cult....which the internet told him, so not first-hand knowledge. Oh well......... 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2013 at 1:25pm
Melinda, Shauna looks so much like you and I agree with others, you both shine with beauty and joy.
Comment by Patricia on March 6, 2013 at 1:13pm

Church ready for hot Pope

05-03-13

A 24-YEAR-OLD swimwear model called Cassius has emerged as favourite for the Papacy.

He's divine

He’s divine

Senior clerics hope to assert the scandal-hit Catholic Church’s heterosexuality by choosing a manly young leader with dark looks and strong muscles.

Rather than limit itself to a pool of grizzled cardinals, the Vatican is recruiting via networking websites like Man2Man.

Using the login Ecu-MEN-ical, it posted: “Are U a religious guy lookin 4 a fun role? Defined body type and basic Bible knowledge required.”

Model and aspiring actor Cassius replied: “Soundz cool. Tell me more plz.”

The toned young man, whose main interests are working out and fun, has since impressed cardinals with his physique and laid-back attitude.

A Vatican spokesman said: “Cassius has great charisma and is used to being on podiums, although mainly in the context of dancing to hard house with his shirt off.

“Often he parties all weekend, which is great training because a Pope needs stamina. He prefers men-only venues so he isn’t tempted by females.

“He’s also introduced us to poppers which are like a fun type of incense.”

The last good-looking Pope was St Sixtus II, who is described in an ancient deuterocanonical text as ‘pretty ripped with great arm definition’.

 

Comment by booklover on March 6, 2013 at 12:54pm

Thanks Ian!  I'm sure Shauna will have a great day!  She is on her way to the DMV to get her new driver's license that proves she's 21.  I don't know about other state's in the U.S., but here in Illinois, their picture is turned the other way on their license, how do I explain this?  It's a rectangle of course, and from 16 to 21 your pic is on the short side of the rectangle, so your info is all sideways?  Then when you turn 21, everything is the regular long way on it.  I probable made NO sense at all. LOL.  Anyway, it saves bartenders, people who sell alcohol, police, etc. the trouble of looking for your birthday.  They can tell you are under-age by the way your license is.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 6, 2013 at 12:33pm

Shiny, happy people! I hope you have a great day, Melinda.

 

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