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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 12 hours ago. 21 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 11 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

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

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 9, 2014 at 1:49pm

That works Patricia.  Thanks!

Did you make those?

Comment by booklover on August 9, 2014 at 1:08pm
Great pictures, Carl! So great how you have gotten to travel so much. I would love to go somewhere in Europe someday, with my husband and kids. My daughter wants Italy, my husband wants Ireland, my son wants France. I'm not too picky, I'll let them decide.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2014 at 12:04pm

Me and my partner at the time on top of the Eiffel Tower in 1998.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2014 at 11:34am

I thought I'd share this photo.  I shot this in 1998 in Holland.  There was a beautiful cat perched on a wooden crate in such a picturesque setting. 

(Chis....this was in Zaandam, outside Amsterdam at the Zaanse Schans historic village.) 

Comment by booklover on August 9, 2014 at 10:53am
Thank you so much for saying that, Carl!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2014 at 10:02am

Hi Frank.  Welcome to the site.  I see you are retired military but are still on the bridge of a ship.  Are you now piloting ships in the private sector? 

Mindy, you have the right attitude and are also talking the correct path regarding you daughter.  She needs to focus on herself right now and I wish her the best.

Comment by booklover on August 9, 2014 at 9:35am

Thanks, Joan.  The deed is done.  I just worry that the cat she gave my daughter could have gotten it, and then passed it along to my cats.  The Vet said she may or may not have gotten it, but some cats can just live with it for years and years.  He said lets not test her, because there would be nothing we could do about it anyway.  My daughter leaves for her new University on Friday, and she does NOT need to think about this.  She needs all her mental energy to finish school.  We aren't going to tell her that it was Feline Leukemia.  She will worry so much, she'll get depressed again, and the whole bad cycle will start again.  Nobody knows how much time they have anyway.  Not a person, nor a cat.  We just all have to find something that makes us happy each day.  That's all I can handle! :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2014 at 9:30am

Mindy, thinking of you, your mom. 

Comment by booklover on August 9, 2014 at 8:17am
Thanks, Spud. Randy, that's great! Sorry about your cat, Frank. :( I'm here at the vet right now with my mom. I didn't go into the room with her though.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 9, 2014 at 8:13am

Good news Randy.

 

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