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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 booklover on June 11, 2014 at 11:14am

I could ask them Joan, but it's been 33 years since they lived in that house.  It's considered a bad area of town now.  Still I could drive by and see if they still have the flowers in their backyard.  I will think about that!

The thing that didn't come through was just a picture of the "trinity."  The Father shows Carl Sagan, The Son shows Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and The Spirit of Science shows Bill Nye!  A much better trinity! :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 11:11am

Oh, yes! I found it: 

Perfect! Father, Son, Spirit. Now, this makes sense. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 11:08am

Mindy, I had to ask permission from present owners of the homes my grandparents lived in to get root cuttings or seeds, starts of one kind or another. Could you get some starts by going to your grandparents' former homes and asking for permission? Everyone seemed very willing and even happy to share. One family even let me dig up some bulbs. 

I just figured out that Laura's Generations Garden involves seven generations. That is some kind of dynasty! 

I should have brought back root stock from the ancestor's places I visited in Plymouth Massachusets and England. What a heritage that would be. 

Mindy, your second comment 9 minutes ago did not come through. 

Comment by booklover on June 11, 2014 at 10:51am

Comment by booklover on June 11, 2014 at 10:50am

That is such a wonderful idea for a garden Joan!  I love that!  I wish I had saved some of my grandma's flowers for my own yard.  She had lovely flowerbeds.  Huge lilac bushes too.  Swings hung from a huge tree in her yard.  I spent so many hours of my childhood playing in my grandparents backyard. Even thinking about it now brings back that comforting feeling. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 9:26am

Peonies evoke memories of my grandmothers' gardens. When driving through the Palouse in Whitman County, there are many abandoned farms, with houses caved in, gardens gone to weeds and always, there are peonies and iris growing lushly. They survive heat and cold, wet and dry, wind and stagnant air. 

Laura has a "generations garden" at their place in the forest. It has plants from her great-great grandparents, grandparents, and from my garden. Her grandchildren live in a house on the same property.

Comment by booklover on June 11, 2014 at 9:11am

My mom and I just saw some peonies last weekend and couldn't remember the name.  I just remembered yesterday! That is a beautiful picture Joan.

I will be very happy for you when you are all done with your stressful extra work and can relax Chris!

It's a rainy day here.  The mobile vet is coming to look at our poor dog Molly.  Her big van is a veterinary office on wheels.  Molly isn't doing that great.  Sometimes I think she's on death's doorstep, then the next minute she's up and barking at someone who dares to use the sidewalk in front of our house, lol.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 11, 2014 at 2:16am

Peonies remind me of my childhood home.  My mother had them planted in the back yard garden.  Her peonies and irises were always my favorite. 

Chris, I'm glad to hear that all your hard work will be coming to an end soon.  Yes, you deserve a long rest and your "me time" back. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 11, 2014 at 1:32am

Your well-earned rest is in sight. Very glad to read that, Chris.

That's a fun (dog-head) photo, Joan. Stealing.

Comment by Plinius on June 11, 2014 at 1:22am

Thank you, Joan, it's lovely! I put it on my desktop, so it will make me smile for many days! I'm doing the last lessons of the season, only a summer course goes on till the end of July. And we hope to move brother-in-law somewhere in the next month. The stuff is almost packed and we've put away an enormous load of rubbish since January. We're really looking forward to the end of this project - there are caretakers that need info,furniture to be bought and assembled, moving and unpacking everything, the unfriendly cat to be taken care of, the old apartment must be sold - after that I'm going to sleep for a month.  

 

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