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Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2014 at 10:52am

I just sent this message to Richard: 

I confess to being a Victorian prude,

however, I have seen enough of kissing men, and kissing women, and kissing men and women for a lifetime. I am more interested in how people think and what people think. It is in challenging fallacies that we get closer to dealing with real problems with real solutions. 

There are family and friends I am trying to influence to see non-belief as an option. I can't fight that battle and homophobia at the same time. Let the LGBTQ fight their battle and I will join in support of them. I certainly do not expect them to take on non-belief as a cause. 

Please replace the kissers with Secular meditations, Freethought quotes, or Brights principles. Anything but what is there now. 

Joan Denoo

Comment by Plinius on August 2, 2014 at 12:14am

Those are so beautiful, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2014 at 4:26pm

Bask In These Breathtaking Waterfalls From All Over The World.

Needing a moment of relaxation, and wanting to see something beautiful, then sit back, relax, and enjoy these. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2014 at 2:59pm

Mindy, I can relate to you being so glad Molly Mae is not in pain anymore.  We felt the same way about my dad when he went.

I also wish people could go like that at the end of their lives if they so choose.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2014 at 2:50pm

Grinning Cat, I like the quote about each new kitten becoming it's own cat.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 31, 2014 at 10:57pm

To my friends who have lost their Mollys this week, my sincere sympathies.  I know how much it hurts....been there, done that more times than I can count.

To Grinning Cat: that is such a sweet quote.  I must be more than 50 cats old by now; my parents had cats for 10 years before they had me, and we have have always had cats ever since then.  A lot of them were "dumped" at our house when it was still safe to let them roam outside (and every effing neighbor blamed US for any cat damage that they found in their yards, as if we were the only cat fans for miles....they even blamed us for the free-roaming dogs that buried bones in their flower beds....)

We stopped letting our cats go outside when the greedy developers started building ticky-tacky houses up in the hills and destroying coyote and mountain lion territory back in the 1980s.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 31, 2014 at 10:48pm

Joan, it's good to see the Swedish language expanding with a gender-neutral pronoun, that's a more natural extension than "they" for "she/he" in English.

A commenter on the 2012 article about divided opinions on the pronoun noted: "Well, like it or not, it's apparently taking hold. The other day two separate Swedish friends of mine both used 'hen' in normal conversation."

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 31, 2014 at 10:38pm

Comment by k.h. ky on July 31, 2014 at 10:19pm
I like this very much Grinning Cat.
Comment by Grinning Cat on July 31, 2014 at 9:49pm

Mindy, I'm also sorry to hear about Molly dying! (And then having to deal with the "Rainbow Bridge" nonsense.)

I think Irving Townsend's quote about "Another cat? Perhaps..." could apply to dogs just as well!

"Another cat? Perhaps.
For love there is also a season; its seeds must be resown.
But a family cat is not replaceable like a worn out coat or a set of tires.
Each new kitten becomes its own cat, and none is repeated.
I am four cats old, measuring out my life in friends that have succeeded but not replaced one another."

 

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