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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 19 minutes ago. 23 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G Dec 15. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

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Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2012 at 1:52pm

For ALL CRANBERRY FANS!
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Jeff Smith's Cranberry Ice   
 
3 Cups fresh (or frozen) cranberries
3 Cups Water
1 1/2 Cups sugar (or 1 1/4 Cups Splenda)
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
 
Simmer the cranberries and water in a covered stainless steel pot until they are very tender, about 10 minutes.
Strain the berries, reserving the juice, and puree in a food processor with a little of the juice.
Add the remaining juice, sugar and lemon juice, and pulse a few times just until blended.
Chill in refrigerator, and then freeze in a Donvier-type ice cream maker.
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PS: I don't have a stainless steel pot of the right size, so I use one of my enamel-coated old DescoWare saucepans.  I think Pyrex would work, too...just don't use aluminum.  Felaine
 
PPS: The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American has pages and pages of cranberry recipes, from snacks to main dishes, sides, and desserts.
 
Beats a side of god swill any day! (Even though The Frug started out as a minister...)

 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2012 at 1:26pm

Oh, LA! The husband of the manager of the Cat Hotel played Timon (and other roles) in the stage production of "The Lion King" in Hollywood. 

They met when they were both in "Cats" on Broadway...she was the second dancer/singer to play Victoria, the little white cat, and he was a "swing boy"...filled in many different roles, but mostly Mephistopholes. Claudia played Victoria for NINE YEARS!  I can't imagine doing the same show every night for that long.

Comment by booklover on September 8, 2012 at 11:47am

Derek, Mere-Cat, lol! My daughter and I love plays-on-words.  I will have to tell her that one. :)~ Melinda

Comment by Derek Bly on September 8, 2012 at 11:43am

And, yes, I know that Timon in Disney was a meerkat!

Comment by Derek Bly on September 8, 2012 at 11:42am

Sk8eycat, one of former cats was named Timon. My son, who was in Grade 4 at the time, and my daugther, in Grade 3, found this very small kitten at the playground. They checked with people in the neighbourhood and no one claimed ownership, so he came to live with us.

He was so tiny that I just had to name him Timon because he was a mere-cat! Disney fans should get that and be groaning in unison!

Comment by booklover on September 8, 2012 at 11:38am

I meant Derek not Tony.  Lost my mind already today!

Comment by booklover on September 8, 2012 at 11:38am

Oh Tony!  lol  ;)  I am always singing silly stuff which I think is hysterical and my 18-yr. old son does not. ha ha ha

Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2012 at 11:26am

Derek, many years ago when I still worked part time at the Cat Hotel, we had a repeat "guest" whose name was URL.  That was long before I had a computer with a modem, if you can imagine that.  I had to ask her human what the name meant...the first thing he said was that he was a computer geek (HE said "geek") at Disney.  THEN he explained what URL meant, and that his particular URL was always dragging strange stuff home when she could sneak outside.

Comment by Steph S. on September 8, 2012 at 11:08am

Good morning everyone!

I just drank my coffee and came here first thing to read all the wonderful posts and look at the great pictures.

Hope all of you are enjoying your weekend.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2012 at 11:03am

I once drove all the way over to a ghod-awful mega-mall in Beverly Hills to a book signing. The crowd was incredible, but I got 2 copies of I forget which cookbook, and Craig was there too!  Yayyy!  They both signed the books.  Charming guys, both of them.  (Then I got lost trying to find my car afterwards.)

I don't remember the details of the scandalette; everybody I knew always knew he was bi.  BFD.  I'm just sorry that in those days he (and so many of the guys I knew from my ice show days) had to stay closeted.

I'll post the recipe (it's very simple, IF you have a Donvier, or something similar) when I get myself a little more focused; the cats woke me up at 5:30, and I wasn't able to go back to sleep.  I didn't even go to sleep till around 2 AM, so I'm more than a little foggy.

 

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