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Comment by Steph S. on January 29, 2013 at 5:17pm

That sounds wonderful Melinda - I hope you all have a good time.

I love the lolcats you posted. Very funny. Cats are so wonderful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2013 at 5:15pm

Melinda, I know what you describe about being in the company of like-minded or accepting people. It is freeing to freely chatter without having someone jump down my throat. I do try, really hard, to give as good as I get with a little pepper thrown in for emphasis. It doesn't stop people from being caustic about non-believers, but they are just more polite during their next encounter. 

Hope you have a great evening ... 

And thanks for the great photos of cats and T.P. Priceless. 

Comment by booklover on January 29, 2013 at 1:59pm

In that case, here's another one for you sk8eycat!! :) Love your story about the "decorating!"

Comment by sk8eycat on January 29, 2013 at 1:50pm

What IS it with cats and TP?  LOL!  I love ALL of them. 

We had one 30+ years ago who "decorated" the entire house with just one roll when we were all at a day-long family gathering.  It llooked like he took hold of one end and very carefully dragged it in and out of each room.  Spectacular!

Comment by booklover on January 29, 2013 at 1:37pm

Comment by booklover on January 29, 2013 at 1:36pm

Great sign Grinning Cat! :)  Cute cozy cat Steph.  Going to an Atheist friends house for dinner tonight with some other women.  Knowing her, they will all be liberal, and at least agnositc if not Atheist, so I can relax and be myself! :)~ Melinda

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 29, 2013 at 12:46pm

A much more positive church sign:

(from one of many sources around the web)

Comment by Chris Dodds on January 29, 2013 at 11:44am

I saw the picture of the sign that Tony Carroll posted here and I realize that these messages are simple examples of xtian arrogance.  But sometimes churches don't need signs like that to mark their arroganceor create feelings of unease.  Case in point, there's a church just down the road from where I live that doesn't have the kind of sign where you can just put letters on to create message, like the sign in Tony's photo.  The only sign they have on their lawn just tells us the name of the church.  Until early last years, that church was called the Rock Creek Church.  It's now called the Cross Fire Church.  They don't need any other sign than the one they've got to make me feel nervous.  Luckily I don't know anyone who attends their services.

Comment by Steph S. on January 29, 2013 at 10:17am

Comment by Steph S. on January 29, 2013 at 10:15am

Melinda I just saw that FedEx cat and laughed - really funny.

 

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