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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 21. 81 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

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Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

Richard Dawkins, Growing Up in the Universe

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 14. 2 Replies

Here is an oldie, the young Richard Dawkins teaching kids about the universe. I especially like the one demonstrating how the eye evolved. This should answer those who believe it was impossible to evolve an eye. Continue

Tags: universe, teaching, Dawkins, Richard

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Comment by Ian Mason on December 6, 2012 at 12:19am

That's a very charming video, Patricia. Sort of says "it's natural to be nice".

Bonjour, monsieur. Vive la Marianne!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2012 at 6:25pm

Joan, I was SO proud to be working at KCET when Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" was in production there; I got chills sneaking onto the sets when they weren't in use. 

But the biggest thrill of all was when the series finally aired, and Sagan explained so clearly about supernovae and how "We are ALL made of star stuff."  And on another episode, when he looked right into the camera and said, "Evolution is a fact," I jumped up, cheered, and clapped my hands. (I was watching it alone at home.)

I do not understand why so many people have a problem with the fact that we are descended from blue-green algae and other life forms.  Even the buybull says Adam was made out of dirt, so what's the diff? ("Ashes to ashes, dust to dust."  That's their dogma, so what are they whining about?)

Comment by Ian Mason on December 5, 2012 at 3:45pm

Joan, that sounds like a happy nest of children, perhaps because you are so positive in your view of life.

Felaine, hoping for the best for you.

I've now found out that my flight WAS cancelled due to weather and not an airline fuck-up. The problem is that England grinds to a halt at the first hint of snow. A cross-channel rail trip would be something like a 24-hour trip, pehaps longer. A direct flight takes 1½ hours plus travelling time on the ground and the usual standing in queues, about 5-6 hours in all and is a lot cheaper if booked well in advance. Oh well, I've lived in Denmark for nearly 26 years and this is the first time it's happened so the odds have been pretty good. It's just bloody annoying that it happened now.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 3:30pm

Melinda, Oh! Yes indeed! enjoy the Winter Solstice and your daughter! Time slips by so quickly and being with a loving daughter is about the best treat I can think of. Right up there with being with loving sons and all their offspring. They do the cooking, now, and hosting the parties and I can simply wallow in the joy of it all. 

I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to shake off the old mantle of myths and fables that laid claim on my thoughts and actions for so many years, and I am free to think about things once forbidden. I can see myself as part of this fantastic universe and not destined to some terrible burning eternal fire or a place that some claimed to be paradise and I could only see boredom. 

My purpose in life is to be genuinely me, not some fabricated wretch that could never live up to another's expectations. My sense of direction comes from being awake and aware of events taking place around me. Some things I can change, some I can't, and some just feel so important to me I surge ahead as if I do make a difference. 

Having my origin being the exploding stars that produces all the elements that make you and me, and that we share our origins with everything on Earth gives me a great big kick in the behind. I really am! I am what I am, and so are you. Isn't that great news!?

The fact that I will return to the elements from which I emerged makes me just want to dance and sing and inspires me to breath each breath with a sense of wonder and meaning. 

Just as all these wonderful cats that appear on these pages, and the amazing birds that exist on the Earth means I am part of all of that and I am so damned grateful to have this life, aches and pains and all that. It is a price well worth paying to be conscious of it all. 

And my dear friend, you contribute to my joy in so many ways. Melinda, shine your light and sing your song, and dance your dance, and be all that you are. You and I can be partners in the dance of life and all who share these words create a web of life worth living. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2012 at 2:28pm

Ian, can you go by rail to the Chunnel, and get to England that way?  Or would that require too many train changes, visas and other gov't red tape?

Joan, yes, Sk8eycat and Felaine are the same split personality. My first name is the same as my mother's (Frances), so I've been called by my middle name (Elaine) all my life to avoid confusion in the house...I never bothered to ask my parents why they did that to me, and it's way too late to do it now.  It's caused all kinds of problems with tax returns Social Security, Medicare, contracts, etc., etc.

When I started working for The Pet Press (at home, via e-mail), Lori wanted to put my name on the masthead.  I was on Disability at the time, and I didn't want anyone to know I was doing any work at all, so I came up with a serendipitous nom de plume that was close enough to "feline" to make me happy.

An' dat's de trooooffff!

>^,.^/p>

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 2:20pm

Patricia, great news! A Yule Log ready to warm and brighten Winter Solstice? 

Ian, I can hear your frustration and need to get some reasonable service at a reasonable price. I do hope you get to your Mum and can sort things out. My thought go with you. 

Melinda, I love these "perspective" photos. The cat really does look drunk! Your aging comment rings a great big bell for me, with even a drum roll and blast of a bugle: "I am getting old!" My youngest granddaughter was going through some rough time appropriate for a young woman of her age and I was going through some rough time appropriate for my age ... but there isn't as much fun to look forward to going on the down-hill slide. 

So, I guess the best plan, at least for me, is to be a "participant observer" and observe my aching joins, tired back, weariness, disinterest in doing anything productive, and just soak up those delicious naps, and happily accept offers to open doors or carry heavy packages. One little old lady offered to help me get a jar off the top shelf of a grocery store and I asked her how tall she was ... she was an inch shorter than I am. Oh dear! when little short old ladies offer to help me, I must look pretty old. 

Well, the fun things are visiting with you guys each day, doing a bit of reading and writing, finding pleasure in my local grocery store and hardware store, and gleefully trek off to all those doctors' appointments. I even had the great excitement of having my yearly "serious" talk with my financial advisor this morning. Yippee!!

I planned to go testify against coal trains coming through Spokane last night and I was just too tired. I could have given such a strong speech that the plan would have been scuttled at once. Oh! Well! Someone else has to do the work now. I am too busy napping. 

Comment by Steph S. on December 5, 2012 at 8:15am
It's sad that people don't know the meaning of occupied Flying Atheist.
I have a "No Soliciting" sign on my door and apparently some people don't know the meaning of the word.
I hope everyone is doing well today.
Love the drunk cat Melinda and good luck on your lab work.
Enjoy being with all of you!
Comment by Steph S. on December 5, 2012 at 5:27am
Melinda cute cat picture!
Joan I am reading the story about your kids and enjoying your photos!
I hope everyone has a good day!
Ruth I hope you are doing well. Miss you!
Comment by Steph S. on December 5, 2012 at 5:25am
Felaine I hope you get better soon!
Your doormat sory is really funny.
Congrats on your sister making the frontpage of the Cheezburger site!
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 3:38am

Felaine, I have been trying to figure out who you are. I couldn't remember anyone by that name or a story to go with it. Now, I realize you are sk8eycat. Right? 
I am very sorry, I must have missed something and didn't make the connection. Indeed, I do wish you well; I would be "scared shitless" too.  Do get well soon. 

 

 

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