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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 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

Tags: poem

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

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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 booklover on August 11, 2012 at 3:46pm

So beautiful! :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 11, 2012 at 3:32pm

Cool man.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 11, 2012 at 3:28pm

http://inoyan.narod.ru/kaleidoskop.swf

Run your cursor over this and let your mind EXPLODE. Great for old hippies :D

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 11, 2012 at 12:37pm

Thanks for the LOLcat laugh to start my day, Steph.

Joan, when you said, "I don't have to pretend to be interested in a boring topic and I don't have to engage in small talk. If I am going to talk or read or write it is about something that is of interest to me." I  said, "Yeah! *fistpump*"

Comment by Steph S. on August 11, 2012 at 11:13am

Your welcome Ruth! I appreciate all of you. So glad to be a part of this group.

I see people texting instead of talking to each other in restaurants all the time. I have been guilty of this myself. Sometimes we should just unplug from the phones. Or, you will have someone at the restaurant talking loudly on their phone. Really annoying.

Comment by Plinius on August 11, 2012 at 1:41am

You're right Joan, and I'm happy for you and for the fact that life gets better when you grow older. I'm only 58 but I feel lots better already - all the sourfaced grumblers from my past never prepared me for this! Finally I'm getting the messages my cats sent me: Let go and stop worrying! Relax and enjoy yourself!

I'll practice some purring now with Luna on top of the bookcase. Have a wonderful weekend all of you!

Comment by booklover on August 10, 2012 at 8:23pm

You are welcome for the quote Ruth.

Joan, I want to be like you when I grow-up! ;)  I'm 45 and I AM trying!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2012 at 5:13pm

I love the article, Ruth, about elderly are happier. That may be so, but for me, it is letting go of the little things. Everything doesn't have to be perfect, Just enough is good enough, dishes will wait and so will laundry. I don't have to have everything ready on time for everybody else's convenience. I am the master of my day and if I don't want to vacuum, I don't. I eat what I like and what is good for me and don't worry if other people like it. I don't give a damn what other people think, and when I encounter a jerk, I can make a decision to go the other way, or don't invite them to my place. If someone makes a racist or sexist or homophobic comment I find it my obligation to object, publicly. I don't like to shop and don't and my clothes closet is getting emptier and emptier. So I wear pants with holes in the knees, or shoes that aren't shined, they are comfortable. I don't have to pretend to be interested in a boring topic and I don't have to engage in small talk. If I am going to talk or read or write it is about something that is of interest to me. I love history and tracking down patterns over time.  These are the Golden Years.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 10, 2012 at 4:28pm

Thanks for the quote, Booklover. That's a great restaurant policy, sk8eycat.

Your happy Friday doggie brought a smile, Steph. I recently read an article that the elderly are happier because they choose to look at pleasant stuff. It made me think of the great LOLcats and dogs you share, making all of us happier. :)

Comment by sk8eycat on August 10, 2012 at 4:18pm
Beats the sh*t out of restaurants giving discounts to people who bring in a church bulletin!
 

Unplugged: L.A. Restaurant Offers Discount to Customers Who Forfeit Phones at The Door

 

We've all sat with someone who's tethered to their email, frantically texting with their boyfriend, or obsessively running a Tweet-by-Tweet of a meal. It's annoying, and it can be awkward to have to bring those etiquette to your dining partner's attention. Thankfully, one L.A. restauranteur has taken matters into his own hands.

 

Eater LA reports that chef Mark Gold of Eva has instilled a new policy at his farm-to-table restaurant on Beverly, offering diners who leave their cell phones with the receptionist 5% off of their final check.

 

We wish that more establishments would offer such incentives. In fact, we wish there were hands free dining police in restaurants.

 

What are your thoughts? Do you feel that this is a service industry, and people should be free to do what they want? Or do you wish more diners were somehow incentivized to shut down during dinner hours?

 

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