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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan 5 hours ago. 9 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 on Tuesday. 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

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat on Friday. 11 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

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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

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Aljam

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 booklover on November 27, 2012 at 7:48am

First of all Ian, Great cat-walking pic.  That's about how you can walk a cat! lol.  I'm sorry for what you have to go through Ian, and what you've gone through.  You're right, it's always worse when it's your child/children.  Why do they say 'atypical' in front of your diagnosis?

Grinning Cat, Love that song.  Of course I sang it too! :)

Tony, that is a very good song to have stuck in one's head.  I hate sad music, but that song is uplifting!

Steph, you are just so kind and good. You make everyone on here happy.

And Joan, I didn't think you implied anything! I LOVE your advice and wisdom!  Keep it coming!  I tell my family about all of you and the great things you all say, and the nice things you all say, etc.  I love what you said about being an old Mother Bear and hibernating!  That is what I am aiming for!

This IS a great forum, and I come here first thing in the a.m. too! Thanks SO MUCH Ruth for starting it!

Joan, thank you for the compliments, and I want to be like you.  You are such a neat woman!

I find my cat pictures on Facebook.  I just love them too.  Animals are so good for our outlook on life I feel.  They live so simply and don't worry.  Plus, they're adorable! lol.


Have a great rest-of-the-week my friends.  And we are all friends here.  That is for sure. ~ Melinda

Comment by Ian Mason on November 27, 2012 at 1:55am

One more with the "puss in box" theme.

Comment by Steph S. on November 27, 2012 at 12:12am
Those are beautiful songs Tony and Joan.
And Melinda - you are a good mom with a wonderful family.
I enjoy your company - such a great place to be.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 26, 2012 at 11:13pm

Tony, what a wonderful tune to get caught in my head. Thanks. 

Melinda, you do all the right things to stay healthy and feel comfortable. I didn't mean to imply you are not. I'm rather enjoying the old lady I am becoming and even liking my anger as a good thing. There is a lot to be angry about. And, the really good news is there are some things I am doing, can do, will do but not right now. I love hibernating. I feel like an old bear mother, past her child rearing time and just lolling all about. My kids even poke their noses in every once in a while to see if I am OK and then they go about their business as need be. I've got these wonderful flabs that hang down between my elbow and shoulder and if they get any bigger, I shall be able to fly!

You are a great Mom, and you have wonderful kids. Great things to celebrate! And it seems your husband is a kind and gentle man ... what more can we desire?

I love this group so much and feel very comfortable with everyone. I come here to relax and enjoy and even to quiet down after a busy day of writing and doing whatever needs doing. How you find all these fun and funny cat photos is beyond me!. Please do keep sending them. I have grown accustomed to their frolics. 
Muppets "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face" skit performed live at...

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 26, 2012 at 10:48pm

You know, sometimes you get a song stuck in your head. Been singing this one off and on all day, so I decided to share it. Don't know why it just popped into my head, but it did.

'The Hills Are Alive' from The Sound of Music. Hope you guys enjoy.

http://youtu.be/p_-lKpxLK3g

Comment by Steph S. on November 26, 2012 at 10:03pm
Ian I also come here first thing in the morning. It's such a wonderful group with such nice people!
Comment by Lillie on November 26, 2012 at 9:52pm

Why do cats love a box?

Comment by Ian Mason on November 26, 2012 at 9:37pm

Feel for you, Melinda. I've been a "troubled soul" all my life, diagnoses: always with "atypical" in front (depression, OCD, ADD, ADHD). Then my daughter was diagnosed with anorexia.What a nightmare! It hurts so much more when it's your young ones.

Fortunately she made an almost full recovery.

About 18 years ago I took someones advice about how to deal with a crisis and started taking regular exercise and haven't looked back. It sooths the mind and keeps some sort of limit on the waist - although that has expanded since I stopped smoking. I may have to (gasp) EAT LESS! Almost unthinkable :(.

Anyway, all the best to you all. Love being here. This is my first stop when I turn on my laptop in the morning.

Comment by Steph S. on November 26, 2012 at 8:05pm

I love that Grinning CAt - I am like singing that song.

Thanks for sharing what's going on with you Melinda. I'm good at listening - you can talk to me anytime. : ) 

I love all the pictures posted here! Thanks Melinda, Ian, Grinning Cat, and anyone else I might have missed.

It's always a joy coming here to be with you all.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 26, 2012 at 7:06pm

Thanks for all the pictures, wise words, and sharing about what's going on with your lives!

A "mew"sical note:

She's a grand old cat
She's a high-flying cat
And long may her proud tail wave
It's the emblem of
The cat we love
So handsome and clever and brave
Oh, the black and white
It's a horrible sight
If you happen to be a rat
May old acquaintance ne'er be forgot
Keep your eye on the grand old cat.


(Tune: "You're a Grand Old Flag"
 Words: sent in to the Department of Folk Song
 of A Prairie Home Companion)

 

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