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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 June 5, 2013 at 11:42am

Been SO busy working and have now just caught up with all the past comments.  Beautiful weather here in Chicago.  Bright, sunny and warm days.  Cool evenings.  Perfect. 

Felaine, sorry to hear about your episode.  You're lucky you didn't injure yourself when you passed out.  I'm glad you're OK. 

Mindy, I hope your "down" period ends soon.  Like others in this group, you have a realistic understanding and approach to your condition and I commend you for your "take it as it comes" hard as that may be at times.  Hugs to you.  You have my moral support.  

Joan, sounds like you are progressing nicely as much as you can in your situation.  You are a person of true, unwavering inspiration.

Patricia, my two favorite pies:  cherry and pumpkin.  But you'll never see me turn down a slice of apple!!  Yummy as well. 

Steph, love the photo of your friend and his cat on the swing.  I think maybe the human was enjoying the experience a bit more. 

I hope everyone is doing well. 


Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2013 at 2:11pm

I like your vegetable stock recipe, Joan! Thanks, I'm going to try it.And I'm very glad that your train is on steam!  

Comment by Angela on June 4, 2013 at 11:30am
What a cute pic Steph!
Comment by Steph S. on June 4, 2013 at 11:21am

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2013 at 9:50pm

Oh, I forgot, I grind in a coffee grinder-turned spice grinder: 

1/4 t per cup of stock, ground fennel or flax seeds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2013 at 9:29pm

Mindy, this may not work for you, but what I find helpful through this period is to make a nice rich vegetable stock, I make about 4 or 5 quarts at a time and freeze them. For the stock, I use

2 cups diced onion,

1 cup diced carrots,

1 cup diced celery,

a couple of sprigs of thyme from the garden,

and about a dozen parsley stems, not leaves, from the garden, 

6 peppercorns,

2 bay leaves.

These go into a stock pot and add just enough cold water to cover. I don't put any salt in the stock. 

Bring to a very slow simmer for 2 hours.

Strain the solids from the stock and pour into quart jars. 

I use one of the Corning Ware-like covered cups and microwave one recipe of soup with 1/4 teaspoon Tumeric, about 1/8 teaspoon Real Salt (the kind with natural minerals) and a little freshly ground pepper ... not much. 

The first couple of days, I microwaved only veg stock, then added a small amount of rice, maybe a tablespoonful, and microwaved it. then I started adding just a few carrot slivers. I kept adding things each time until today, I had one fresh asparagus spear, one small head of brussel sprout leaves, one of those little bok choy heads, some slivered carrots, a wee bit of onion cut into tiny bits. After microwaves the soup cup for 5 minutes. I top each cup with a handful of fresh parsley from the garden.

This strategy seems to be working for me. I offer it as my solution to my lack of appetite and not wanting to eat. I am still advised not to eat fresh vegetables, at least until my digestive system behaves itself.  

I have little snacks through the day. Greek yogurt with sourdough bread, a daily choice of avocado, unsweetened apple sauce, a banana, a blueberry muffin. 

I also make a nut treat which includes raw, unsalted walnuts, pecans, and cashews that I dry roast in the oven at 150 degrees F for a couple of hours. This makes the most delicious bit of crunch, either on my muffin and bread or in my soups. 

I can't eat my beloved Dave's Killer bread ... too many seeds. 

Today is really the first day I enjoy my meals. This old Conquer Cancer Train is chugging right along. Your train is different than mine, but there may be some commonalities in our raunchy stomachs and digestive systems. Bon appetite. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 3, 2013 at 8:28pm

sk8eycat, the drama cat video was mildly amusing, but disturbing too. Just imagining such self-inflicted suffering in cats is uncomfortable for me.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 3, 2013 at 7:07pm

You don't have to belong to Flakebook to see & hear this's cool.

Cat Diary Entries:

PS: I'm okay, but I still rarely feel like eating anything...I think I'm going to stir fry some veg later.  I have a kit with everything I need, plus I bought some extra bell pepers and snow faves!  We'll see how it turns out.
Comment by Steph S. on June 3, 2013 at 11:20am

sk8eycat so glad that you are OK. So happy to have you back here with us.

Mindy I love the pole-dancing cat.

Just busy here will school-work.

Off to a slow start.

How is everyone doing?

Comment by Plinius on June 3, 2013 at 1:03am

Take care, Felaine! I'm glad you're back!


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