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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 6 hours ago. 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

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 Randall Smith on August 10, 2014 at 7:45am

The one and only time I was in Amsterdam was in 1967. But I remember well the Frank's house, the Rijksmuseum (esp. The Nightwatch), the brewery (where I got drunk on the free beer), the dirty canals, and much more. I'd love to return, but not bicycling Europe like I did back then.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2014 at 11:43pm

Chris, we were in Amsterdam for several days while the Gay Games were being held there.  We knew people from Chicago who were competing in bowling.  We stayed in a guest house in Zaandam with an elderly couple who were so wonderful.  They were like cool, hip grandparents.  Everyone there was so excited that Amsterdam was hosting the Gay Games in Holland.  Such a different atmosphere than the U.S.  

Yes, I got to see the Rijksmuseum as well as the Anne Frank House, which was extremely moving and reflective.  Everything was there as it is in her diary.  The big tree in the back yard, the church down the street whose bells she could hear ringing.  It felt rather surreal to walk down the main street around the corner after seeing old photos of Nazi soldiers parading down the same street in front of the same buildings currently standing.  Holland is a really wonderful country.  

Ian, I envy your concert and theater schedule.  I can't tell you how many times I've played Ralph Vaughn Williams music.  His music is standard repertoire for Concert and Symphonic bands.  I've played his music through high school, college and currently.  I wasn't familiar with his Pastoral Symphony so I looked it up on YouTube.  It has a vocal chorus, which is why I've never played it.  I've always been involved with instrumental-only groups.  Enjoy!

Comment by k.h. ky on August 9, 2014 at 11:04pm
Does anyone know how l can warm a bottle of ear wash before I use it on my dog? It's a rather large bottle and I'm afraid I'll over heat it in the microwave. I don't want to sit it in warm water because it will ruin the label.
Sweet E keeps getting an infection in the left ear. I've had her to the vet three times. I don't want to keep treating her with antibiotics.
I'm at my wits end.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2014 at 5:32pm

Carl, love your photos and the scenes of the cat with a windmill as background, and you and your partner on the Eiffel Tower. 

Ian, happy journey! Sounds like a great itinerary. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2014 at 5:25pm

Patricia, those pc wallpapers are stunning. You are going great guns with your new computer! It is fun to see your posts. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2014 at 5:15pm

Mindy, Carl said it beautifully. I send my best wishes as well. 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 9, 2014 at 2:58pm

Good pics, Carl, and wallpaper, Patricia.

I've had 2 cats, both run over very young. Decided not to get another.

Am off to England on Friday and have tickets to 1) The Globe, Anthony and Cleopatra plus 2) A Prom concert with The Scottish S.O. playing, among other things Vaughn Williams Pastoral symphony. Looking forward to both :-)

Comment by Plinius on August 9, 2014 at 2:57pm

Nice pics, Carl! You did the tourist route then: A´dam, Rijksmuseum, Zaandam, Marken.

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.
 

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