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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat on Wednesday. 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 on Wednesday. 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 Nov 22. 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 Joan Denoo on December 27, 2012 at 11:09am
Congratulations Ruth! 800 and growing. Of course, people like excellent writing and reporting.
Comment by booklover on December 27, 2012 at 8:31am

Yay Nate!! Welcome, welcome!~ Melinda

Comment by Ian Mason on December 27, 2012 at 12:49am

Well done all, for getting through the ups and downs. Onward to the new year!

Comment by Plinius on December 27, 2012 at 12:45am

Survived! We did our two chores: demented aunt, who keeps on repeating the same remarks and questions every minute, and the second is Asperger brother-in-law, who keeps on giggling about nothing and never hears what I say. They don't like each other so we invite them on different days. I'm glad they enjoyed themselves - and I take the rest of the year off!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 26, 2012 at 11:52pm

Thanks for the cute cat pics, Steph and booklover. Three books in four days. Get well soon, Ian. You take any sublingual B-12?

Enjoy the days off, everyone. Hugs!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 26, 2012 at 2:25pm

Hope everyone has enjoyed the seasonal celebrations. I haven't been out much but on the other hand, I have recommendations for what to use those book-tokens auntie gave you on:

"The Etymologicon" by Mark Forsyth. An eccentric but logical whirlwind ride through the origins or English words and phrases. Will create an addiction and the overwhelming urge to tell people exactly what they're saying really means.

"Jingo" by Terry Pratchett. A fable for out times, set in (on?) the Discworld. Greedy, merchantile Ankh Morpork goes to war with the unstable desert realm of Klatch over a meaningless little island.

"Cider with Rosie" by Laurie Lee. An oldie but a goodie. I don't know why I've never read it before, just coincidence I think. Early 20th century childhood in a Cotswold valley. It lives up to the decription H.E.Bates gave it of being "one long prose poem".

There's something to be said for being a bit "under the weather" on days off. 3 books in 4 days :-) Have now started "No country for old men" by Cormac McArthy but work starts again this evening, so back to the old routine.

Love to you all.

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 26, 2012 at 1:57pm

Survived. Food was great, and only one prayer to suffer through. Though my son kept making faces at me during it, to try to get me to laugh. I'm an easy one to get to make laugh. But I made it.

Comment by booklover on December 26, 2012 at 11:30am

Love the LOL cat Steph!  My MIL (Mother-in-law) said ONE snotty thing, but I said something right back that she had no comeback for. :)

Comment by Steph S. on December 26, 2012 at 11:20am

Hope you feel better soon Ian.

Did everyone survive Xmas with the relatives?

Comment by booklover on December 25, 2012 at 4:31pm
Sorry about you throat Ian. Hope your virus goes away soon!
 

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