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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 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 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

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 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

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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 Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 9:34pm

Loren! Yum Yum! what a spread. The place looks spotless and you can see the food being made. 

I wonder when piada italian street food will come to Spokane? So many places came and went. We must not be big enough to support such a place. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 9:31pm

Carl, I forgot to acknowledge the difficulty you experience as a traveling man. I suppose you have your favorite spots in cities with which you are familiar. Do you have a favorite city, or eatery, from all your options. 

We have about four restaurants that we favor here in town. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 9:24pm

Carl, I share your love/hate relationships with salad bars and for the same reasons. Not knowing what goes on behind the swinging doors of restaurants, I like to put my trust in the small, family owned cafes that are particular about their places. I often go into the kitchens for a chat, just to see how they are managed. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 18, 2014 at 8:25pm

Cleveland just got its first Piada restaurant, maybe 10 minutes from where I live.  So what is Piada?  Have a look here ... and try NOT to drool on your keyboard!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 18, 2014 at 7:33pm

I have a love/hate relationship with buffets and salad bars.  On the positive, I love the vast array of foods and being able to sample things in small or large portions.  Same thing with salad bars.  I love a good "garbage" salad and being able to add lots of different vegetables. 

On the negative side, I cringe at the unsanitary conditions of some of them and at some of the people using them.  I'm finicky as to where I'll partake in a buffet or salad bar.  

Of course, when you order food off the menu, who knows what's going on behind the scenes in the kitchen!  Everything in life, I guess, is a gamble to a certain degree.  Since I travel for a living, I've eaten more than my share of restaurant food.  I haven't had any major complications so far. 

Comment by booklover on April 18, 2014 at 7:03pm
Oops! To Your joke, not to You joke.
Comment by booklover on April 18, 2014 at 7:03pm
Well Carl, my in-laws always take us to the same restaurant for "Easter brunch." It's a huge buffet, and many delicious foods. I will find a dessert I want and that will be my birthday cake! Ha ha to you joke, lol. I always want to laugh when I see people at the other tables (not everyone!) praying. It just looks so funny to me. Also, it's MY birthday, so I'm not dressing up, AND I claim any chocolate rabbits.
Comment by sk8eycat on April 18, 2014 at 6:19pm
Comment by Loren Miller on April 18, 2014 at 1:52pm

Any Grey's Anatomy fans out there?  If so or if not, something happened in yesterday's episode which bears on us more than a little.

You might want to have a look

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 12:53pm

I invite you to take a look at a new version of my life written in response to: 

Joan Denoo commented on Mike Mitchell's blog post Why You Shouldn’t Announce Your Atheism

 

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