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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 1, 2013 at 12:34pm

Group Hug for sk8eycat....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 1, 2013 at 12:30pm

Felaine, relax and make yourself a Bloody Mary.  (After you see the MD.)

Comment by sk8eycat on July 1, 2013 at 12:05pm

Oh, my friends!  Last night I wrote an eloquent (I thought) thank you for all your kind words and sensible advice, and my effing computer froze up before I could click "Add Comment."  When I was able to get back  in here, it was gone.  Naturally.  So I said a few dirty words and went to bed.

Yesterday was NOT my day.

I'm here, I'm all right, and I'm still carefully trying to get the rest of the red stuff out of my hair without causing more damage.  I just talked to my MD, and she chewed me out, too, for not going to the ER....

You all are right, and I was wrong...shrugs...I haven't been very intelligent lately.

Anyroad, I wish there was some way I could hug you all...I appreciate every one of you SO MUCH!

And Joan, please send some of that cold rainy weather down here!  It's been in the triple digits for almost a week.  MUCH too early....whatever happened to "June Gloom" in SoCal?

(I'm hoping that the hills aren't so dry that the city has to cancel the annual fireworks show...or move it to one of the high school football fields that we can't see from here.  I love those elaborate displays.  They're magic...I keep saying, "Wow!  How do they DO that?")

Cheers, and thanks again.  And I think I'll stop using "bloody" as a cuss word.  For a while anyway. *snicker*


Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2013 at 11:49am

We have a little mom and pop hardware store that has been here as long as I. The clerks are all retired tradespeople and they help with all kinds of home repairs. Yesterday, I went with my tale of woe about the squirrels breaking the shoelace holding a bird feeder in the Blue Spruce. The clerk went right to the spot and handed me flexible wire coated with some substance.  PERFECT! 

Yes, Carl, I love watching them, even if I do have to engage my local hardware person to help me keep the thing in the tree. When I have more energy, I will make a birdfeeder that is not as pretty, but more durable. 

Mindy, your story of the terrible fall, and your daughter's reaction is priceless. One of those little pieces that delights even as it evokes compassion. I call this kind of story "Minddroppings;" I borrowed  it from Neil deGrasse Tyson. Just little vignettes, along the order of  Isaac Bashevis Singer.

I'm my garden for breakfast with the birds and squirrels. Cary woke me up early this morning so I could get outside in the cool air before heat builds up. Got quite a big of chores done out here and I am pooped. Tomorrow and the rest of the week I will be useless, after four hours of chemo. I'll use the time to do some writing. 

Felaine, how is your healing going? And your shower door? 

Hi Grinning Cat. Always a joy to see you grinning face. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 1, 2013 at 11:08am

Felaine, take care of yourself! I'm glad you're okay.

Mindy, thanks for the laugh with the black cat.

A button I have:  "I'm not superstitious -- it's bad luck."

(Neil deGrasse Tyson had some choice words on superstition: "I'm not worried about kids. I'm worried about grown-ups, okay? These are the ones who vote....")

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 1, 2013 at 9:35am

I like that black cat, Mindy. Funny.  :)

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2013 at 7:19am

LOL booklover! Black cat crossing my path is Dido, wanting me to serve food.

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2013 at 12:09am

Take care Sk8eycat, I hope you're well soon!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2013 at 9:50pm
TFA, yes indeed. A lovely canopy of tress surrounds my home and one can watch them moving from tree to tree, without catching a glimpse of them. Then, all of a sudden, they burst into my yard and start their attempts to the bird feed. I have a special place for squirrels to eat, but they prefer the bird food site.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 30, 2013 at 9:46pm

Joan, aren't squirrels fun to watch?  Especially when in pairs or small groups.  They can be so playful as they chase each other around.


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