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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Friday. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

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10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

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Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2013 at 3:07pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 2:50pm
OH! Melinda, "a handful of nuts" means walnuts, cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, peanuts, ... I can't stop laughing!
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 2:46pm
Of course we share concern about dumbing down of USA and loss of vital research. Some people believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, that dinosaurs and Homo sapiens co-existed, that a super-human energy created all that is in six days, and some external being answers prayers, etc.
I am faced now with people saying they will pray for me. I don't need prayers, I need well trained scientists to facilitate management of my cancer. I need assurance that all have licenses and have credentials testifying to their knowledge, that they are held accountable when/if mistakes occur, that test equipment is sterile and does not infect me, that people know, based on evidence, what to do.
Yes, there is an emotional aspect of cancer, however emotional needs can be met by family and friends who express care for my wellbeing. I live abundantly in well educated, thoughtful, kind, compassionate members of my support team. All is well.
"Scientific Savvy? In U.S., Not Much"
"Dr. Miller, who was raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, when it was a dying steel town, attributes much of the nation's collective scientific ignorance to poor education, particularly in high schools. Many colleges require every student to take some science, but most Americans do not graduate from college. And science education in high school can be spotty."

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/30/science/30profile.html?pagewanted...
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 12:54pm

Thanks to Krozan Darshandhari, from Lalitpur, Nepal.

Secular Holidays by Season

Comment by Ian Mason on March 30, 2013 at 11:55am

Breakfast? Having lived in Denmark for 27 years I've become a convert to good, dark rye bread and probably eat more than most Danes now. If I've been to the gym on the way home from work in the morning, then porrige, boiled with skimmed milk and as a little treat pineapple chunks. A good breakfast should keep your mouth shut and your bowels open.

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 10:42am

Oh I love that Melinda! I need to do that with the real life ones too.

I am glad you are feeling better Joan. I am thinking of you and wish the best for you.

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 10:40am

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2013 at 9:00am

Have faith.  Good one Melinda.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2013 at 8:39am

Love apricots!  Not impressed with apples unless they are picked green or crab. Just like me :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 3:53am

I feel wonderful Chris. The back of winter begins to break, a few nights  with 40 degrees F temperatures and I can put some things in. I will be out of business for a little while, but the imperative to not use my arm means I can sit in the garden with the birds, squirrels and neighbors' cats in addition to just absorb all that loveliness.  Like you, Chris, I feel better when I eat lower on the food chain. Your menu sounds perfect to me. I love raw, unsalted nuts that I roast myself. Especially walnuts! Nothing better than a handful of nuts. Thanks for asking. 

I Googled Frans de Waal's "The bonobo and the atheist" for videos, and there are many! I watched these short one:

Incredible new spider with an absolutely astonishing skill

Morals Without God? Frans de Waal and Jeff Schloss discuss at Emory...

 

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