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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat 18 hours ago. 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

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Patricia 22 hours ago. 4 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

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Tuesday. 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 on Sunday. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 21. 5 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

Attacks in Canada Oct. 22nd/14

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 20. 4 Replies

This was devastating for us........…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on December 22, 2012 at 2:55am

Happy solstice to you all!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2012 at 11:18pm

Wonderful owls photo, Ruth, and Tony, that cat with a scowl is becoming a very familiar face ... kind of fells like family. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 21, 2012 at 10:57pm

i have 4 minutes lift to wish you all a happy winter solstice!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 21, 2012 at 10:22pm

My husband and I seriously considered moving to Canada a few years ago after we saw the way the US was being taken over by the right wing. But Canada only wants you if you have much needed professional skills or are a millionaire who will bring the money. Ordinary folks need not apply.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 21, 2012 at 10:03pm

Patricia, I was seriously thinking about moving to BC after The Supremes handed the keys to the White House to Bush #2 in 2000, but I couldn't afford to then (without selling the house, which is co-owned by my Aspie sister...ie: she would never allow it), and I certainly can't afford to now.

I really wanted to move to the Vancouver area because one of my favorite authors lives on Bowen Island, and I also had an e-friend who (at the time) owned a catnip plantation in the Fraser (sp?) River Valley.  YESSSS!  She sold all sorts of organic catnip products on the net, and her parents owned a B&B closer in to town.  BUT she decided to raise babies instead, and sold the farm so they could move closer to schools and things like that.  Pity.

I still have dreams of taking some kind of rail trip across Canada some day....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2012 at 9:38pm

Patricia, so often I am shamefully embarrassed by the actions of our politicians and our citizens.  Your sentiments are quite valid. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 21, 2012 at 8:56pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2012 at 6:06pm

Joan, thank you for the sublime and eloquently-worded Winter Solstice Greeting.  My best wishes to you and yours now and in the coming year.  --Your friend Carl

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2012 at 5:46pm

Winter Solstice Greetings

Friday, December 21, 2012; 3:12 A.M. PST

 

Winter began in the wee hours this morning, celebrating begins with a big hug from my son, Cary, and a delicious breakfast of Dave’s Killer Raisin Bread with hummus and lots of home-roasted nuts, grape juice from my Concord grape vines, and spirited coffee.

For me, winter provides a time for dormancy, decay, decomposition, reflection, and contemplation; just the right environment to remember the past year, with all the joys and sorrows. It also presents a perfect time to “remember” the coming year with hopes and dreams of a better world for future generations. Realizing we do not have our meaning and purpose designed for us, we have the responsibility to create our own meaning and purpose.

Our work requires the same efforts that salmon, monkeys and robins, creatures of the sea, land and air, have: to food, shelter, and work toward meeting our basic needs. As human beings we can look to the stars and imagine the kind of Earth we want to leave our descendants.

Our minds have the capacity to observe events happening all around us and to create processes that enhance our own lives and also to maintain and perpetuate those things that create healthy living for all occupants of the Earth. We learn from the past and experiment and explore better processes of living for the future.

Our communities, from families, neighbors, towns, nations, and Earth need people who can solve problems and resolve conflict in non-violent ways. Easy to learn skills exist to enhance cooperation, negotiation and compromise in order for all living things not only to survive but also to thrive and flourish.

In the spirit of being part of something far larger than we, and made of the dust of exploding stars, may we aspire to health, meaningful work, loving communities, an inquiring mind, and connectedness with all that exists.

Happy Winter Solstice

Joan Denoo

 

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2012 at 2:55pm

Perhaps I was being naive, but I was really expecting more from the NRA. 

 

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