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Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

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Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

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losing faith (TheraminTrees)

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Comment by Idaho Spud on February 26, 2013 at 3:23pm

Good one Melinda.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 26, 2013 at 2:24pm

Comment by Ian Mason on February 26, 2013 at 2:23pm

Sorry, but I haven't been paying attention the last couple of days. I've been absorbed in Hilary Mantel's "Bring up the Bodies", the follow-up to "Wolf Hall". Thomas Cromwell continues his ascent to the heights of power, this time by organising the downfall of Anne Boleyn and her family. In the first book it was possible to have some sympathy for him in his journey from son of a drunken, violent blacksmith to secretary to Cardinal Wolsey and subsequently a favourite of Henry VIII. In the new novel he's really turned into a nasty shit, ready to destroy anyone who crosses him and to take revenge on those responsible for Wolsey's fall from favour.

Will have to wait a year or two for the final volume of the three :(

Comment by sk8eycat on February 26, 2013 at 1:47pm

Melinda, I love the "higher power" comment.  I tried going to a 12-Step group (Adult Children of Alcoholics) for a couple of years, and knowing that I wasn't alone, and listening to other people's stories, did help me get over myself, but all the "god-talk" and higher power stuff (I never could say the first word of the "serenity prayer" out loud) finally got on my last nerve, so I quit.  Now I laugh about the whole experience.

Also, by the time I did quit, a couple of my closest friends in the group had decided they couldn't believe in supernatural powers, either.  I don't know if I can take credit for that, but I was rather outspoken about my lack of belief at times. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 26, 2013 at 12:43pm

Carl, your video brings back memories.  I never saw the show or movie, but those songs were on the radio when I was dating.  I liked The Age of Aquarius and especially Good Morning Starshine.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 26, 2013 at 11:20am

Chris, that's a mind-boggling video from NASA.  When the earth-size representation was shown on the screen I said to myself out loud, "Wow....."   The size of our universe and everything in it is overwhelming.  Thanks for sharing.

Melinda, LOVE the quote.  So true.  Consider it stolen and now in my possession.  :)

Comment by Steph S. on February 26, 2013 at 8:51am

Booklover that is such a sweet story about your mom paying for things for your family and how you pay for things for your kids - so sweet.

I really agree with the higher power quote - that's so true. They are hypocrites. 

Comment by Plinius on February 26, 2013 at 12:50am
Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 25, 2013 at 9:15pm

BTW, Steph, I checked out your photos from the Whopping Crane Fest.  Love the Tri-colored Heron.  Beautiful.  Where was this located?  I know Southern Texas and South Padre Island are big birdwatching places during the winter months. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 25, 2013 at 8:57pm

Sorry, folks, but I just couldn't resist.  Three more gems from "Hair" the musical, movie version........

 

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