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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 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, 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 booklover on April 25, 2014 at 7:44am

Hi guys!  I need advice.  I KNOW I shouldn't be on Facebook.  This is what happened and I'm being wimpy about it.  When I had just given birth to my first child, I had already had a miscarriage, then I almost miscarried my daughter.  So I SAT.  And got FAT.  I had always been thin until this happened but I stayed on "chair rest" until I had her.  My then "best friend" was wanting me to be Matron of Honor in her wedding.  I didn't want to, as I actually didn't really even like her all that much, it was sort of a residual friendship from high school.  Then I had to have my gallbladder out.  Then I had a panic attack that was so horrible that I just felt utter despair.  So, this "friend" kept telling me I'd better lose the weight I'd gained, and all the other bridesmaids were thin, so I'd better get thin again before her wedding, etc.

To get to the point, I used to have a problem saying things to people's faces.  I wrote her a nice letter and said thank you for asking me, but I just can't do it right now, I'm having too many health problems, etc.  I even inferred that I didn't have the money, although that was a lie, and could I just be a guest.  She got really mad, etc.  We went back and forth, and the friendship ended.

Today I get a friend-request from her on Facebook, plus a message, "I want to see my old BFF (best friends forever, lol!)

I don't want to !!!!!!  Our time together was as young and pretty and thin, etc. and not based on anything substantial.  I am NOT that person anymore, although I'd take the thin part back. ha ha.

We live in the same city.  But it's a city of 150,000 people so it's not tiny.

My daughter says "F--- no!"  Well I just messaged the woman and said I have anxiety issues, and told her about my life, and asked about hers, but said it would be awkward to try and renew a friendship now. 

I guess I'm asking what you all think.  I think I know the answer. I just needed to talk this out.  Thanks for listening.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 24, 2014 at 8:28pm

Oh, Joan....thank you!  I'm still chuckling, but when I first figured out "Southern Tenant Farmers Union" I bellowed with laughter, and frightened poor Pumpkin off my lap. He's back, but not lying down...he stands on my bony thighs, and sticks his tail (a flagpole) up my nose.

And you said you had no sense of humor...Hah!

That's a keeper!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2014 at 8:04pm

sk8eycat , what has the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union got to do with Patricia's trip?

Oh, I looked it up. Thanks. Didn't know that!

Comment by Steph S. on April 24, 2014 at 5:59pm

Love the beautiful pictures and videos you all have been posting. Hectic here - but end of semester will be here soon. Then summer time. It is starting to really warm up here. Finally able to get outside and bike more. This summer I hope to go hiking at more state parks.

Comment by Patricia on April 24, 2014 at 5:40pm

I wouldn't say something like that to you Felaine!

We only have the fancy train service through here originating from Vancouver. We did the Rocky Mountaineer 3 years ago, & there is VIA RAIL through, but there is nothing to do just a local from Williams Lake to Prince George. It's bus or fly & I ain't gittin' on no errorplane!!! Some people will even hire a taxi for that trip, but I don't know how it would compare with the bus tickets.....which have gone up........a lot! 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 24, 2014 at 4:52pm

Patricia: If I'm being too nosy, tell me to STFU.  Is there no rail service between your home town and Prince George?

I am so disgusted with the lack of "small town" rail connections in the USA any more.  I mean...Pasadena, CA is not exactly a small town, but Amtrak closed the (historic) station and removed the tracks almost 20 years ago.  They also closed the station where I used to board the Coast Starlight (to go to Oregon & Washington) about 10 years ago, and moved it to another, inconvenient stop at the other end of the valley.

I'm sorry...I just think rail travel is more ecologically sound, economical, and much more comfortable and enjoyable than any other method.  But it sure ain't as great as it was 55+ years ago!

Comment by booklover on April 24, 2014 at 4:49pm

Ruth, that cat picture with the flowering trees is absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Nice Patricia!  Have a fun and safe trip!  Cool kitties and a dog to play with! :)

Comment by Patricia on April 24, 2014 at 4:17pm

Getting on the Greyhound bus tomorrow for a 3 hour trip to visit our son & his girlfriend for the weekend. That's about the max time for our travelling now, but it'll be a bit of a break. They are in the boonies with no internet service so am not taking the laptop. Looking forward to his cooking, & he will chauffeur us around to shop in stores we don't have here. Plus.....they have kitties & a dog!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 24, 2014 at 3:51pm

LOL, I hear you Mindy.

Happy Spring, all!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 23, 2014 at 8:50am

Mindy, I often have those feelings.


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