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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

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

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 4:51pm

Patricia, how old is Purr-Dee?  Most cats start getting that high cheekboned look at around age 15...depends on if they are shorthairs or not, and most Persians never get that look because of their facial bone structure.

Little Pumpkin turned 15 in January of this year, and has always been small and skinny...his totally feral mother was not even a year old when she had Pumpkin and his 2 litter-mates.  Mr. P and one other had birth defects; Pumpkin's was correctable, and Tripod's was not.  (Pumpkin's umbilical didn't seal up, and he was so tiny that Dr. Mullen couldn't help him till he was about 3 months old...so he peed through his belly-button, and we had to wash him as often as possible to prevent skin damage.)

The mobile vet I spoke of in a previous post adopted Tripod..

Their mother was too feral to be adopted, and we found a place for her at the Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2014 at 1:33pm

In honor of the cats and dogs in our lives and the joy they bring, here is a little photo I found (from stock). 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 1:30pm

Carl, I think that quote about science, or a paraphrase of it, is MUCH older than Neil de Grasse Tyson.  BUT I can't remember where or when I first read it....could have been something Asimov or Heinlein said/wrote back in the late 1940s, for all I know.

BUT Tyson put it out there for the knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers to think about, and freak out. Science doesn't need their approval, it just IS.

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I just wish there was a way to keep the TP crowd, and people who need to expose their semi-automatic people-killers in retail stores from breeding. 

Just remembered something from one of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novels...a young woman yelling at a chubby past-middle-age man driving an expensive sports car on Wilshire Blvd.: "Sorry about your penis!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 12, 2014 at 12:49pm

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 11:23am

Mindy, I've been thinking of you and your Molly, and remembering what we went through with Jerry-Cat last year.  He also had a squamous cell carcinoma on his jaw, but was determined to keep on keeping on.  MUCH too long! 

The vet gave him an Rx for trans-dermal Prednisone cream that I could rub inside his ear (instead of trying to shove a pill down his throat), and it seemed to help for a while.  But I kept him too long, and had months of guilt afterwards.  He was such a loving cat, and beautiful.  The vet told me that cats and dogs with white or pale-colored fur, are much more likely to develop that type of cancer from exposure to the sun. 

Last month's issue of The Pet Press had an article on treatments by a veterinarian oncology specialist...I didn't even bother to read it.  Too painful, and how the *bleep!* do you explain to an animal that something as ghastly as chemo might help.  Just might.

We went through that with my Mom in 1984, and it did work, but she was aware of the risks, and gave her consent.  Animals are different.

Keep Molly as comfortable as possible, lavish love on her, and I think she will tell you, in her own way, when it's time. 

Having access to a mobile vet helps enormously.  We had one 20 years ago, and she was wonderful, but after serving in Bosnia with the Army K-9 corps, she'd had enough of everything, came home and sold her practice (to someone I didn't like much), and retired.

Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2014 at 8:34am

What a beautiful rose, Joan! Thinking of you all, people, dogs and cats.

Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2014 at 8:05am

Mindy, I can't stop myself from posting a picture of my friend Plinius, who died of jaw cancer. We brought him to the vet on the first day that he showed pain, and kept thinking if that was not late..

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2014 at 7:51am

Mindy, very sad news about Molly. I am so sorry. 

Patricia, I love the name, Purr-Dee! Sorry to learn of her decline.

On the other end of the life-cycle, Randall, your Molly grows into adulthood chasing butterflies. The circle of birth, development, decline and death occurs throughout time bringing joy and sorrow. My thoughts are with each of you today. 

Cary's photo of the Peace rose in his garden taken June 10, 2014. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 12, 2014 at 7:26am

Mindy, reading about your Molly makes me want to love my Molly more. She's a one year old mastiff (mostly). Loves to chase butterflies. Sure am sorry about your dog and your sadness.

Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2014 at 1:06am

Poor Molly! I hope you can give her some good times while saying good-bye.

 

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