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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 19 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

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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 sk8eycat on September 29, 2013 at 7:40pm

I don't know why, but "Fred" is a good cat name...IMO, anyway.  We had a (male) Fred when I was in my 20s...he was red, so he was "Red Fred."

Heard some hisses, and Pumpkin came out to complain about the interloper.  Fred is half-hiding in a cardboard carton that's lying on its side by the window wall.

Maybe I should put her personal litter box out there...

Comment by sk8eycat on September 29, 2013 at 7:34pm

Joan, there's also Bob, the Rain God...only sends rain when you don't need it or want it.  Oh, about 20 years ago the bishop or archbishop of San Francisco led a special service to pray for rain (there was a terrible drought) and a couple of days later it SNOWED in SF!  First time in 50 or 75 years. 

Everybody laughed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2013 at 7:30pm
I like Fred and Ginger! Well, maybe Freda
Comment by booklover on September 29, 2013 at 7:23pm

Joan, I'm going to use your excuse for not dusting! lol.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2013 at 7:20pm
sk8eycat, it has been months since I did any housework and a few cousins and friends drop by from time to time and I tell them the snifter of dust on my bookshelves is star dust, and I don't want to disturb it, it is too precious. They report that dust mites like my snifter and I do not let that deter me.

I look forward to your stories of your new addition to your household. Fred is a good name.

A.C. Grayling states that if someone wants to pray for you, say you will do the honors and then say, "Thank Fred for all these gifts bestowed upon me and my family!"

I don't know why Fred, it just doesn't sound like "god" I guess.
Comment by booklover on September 29, 2013 at 7:15pm

The cat won't mind a mess!  Congrats on your cat!  That's wonderful you took her in.  Maybe change her name to Freida?  Let us know how it goes!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 29, 2013 at 7:14pm

Well, if it weren't too late to change Pumpkin's name, I'd call him "Ginger"...because he IS a "ginger cat," and then I'd have "Fred & Ginger."

They are both out in the den right now, staring at each other.  Haven't heard any growls or hisses.  Yet.

OMNerves, it was SO good to see and really talk with John and Bjo again!  I met them a long time ago through "Trek" fandom...before any of the movies or spin-offs were even in the works.  They are a bit older than I am, and were involved in SF fandom long before "Trek;"

I think they actually met at a LASFS (Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society) meeting in the days when the professional writers were still involved with fan clubs and stuff.  I could listen to them talk about "the old days" forever!  (Bjo wrote the original Star Trek Concordance when all "Trek" was was reruns, and the short-lived animated series.)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 29, 2013 at 5:20pm

I'm just  embarrassed that our house is such a blooming mess, and I haven't the time or the energy to do very much about it before they get here. Old (1967) ankle problems have kept me from doing much without a walker for the last couple of weeks, and I can see dust, and papers, and books piling up all over the place.  Oh, well....I TOLD Bjo the house was a dump...literally.  I don't think the cat will mind.  BTW the cat is a female...named "Fred."  I have to find out why. 
MUST get dressed; they'll be here in an hour.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 29, 2013 at 2:13pm

That's great news, sk8eycat.  How fun!  What a lucky cat.  Looking forward to your stories as you discover a new personality living in your house. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 29, 2013 at 1:32pm

Well, folks, it looks like we are going to be a 2-cat family again.  A long-time friend and her husband backed themselves into a corner by signing their home over to a daughter & son-in-law for financial reasons, and to avoid probate, and the "kids moved in and decided that they wanted a couple of dogs.  The dogs are trying to kill the cat (and wrecking the house), and all the no-kill shelters are full.  I could NOT let this couple take their Only Cat to a city "shelter," so Pumpkin is getting a house-mate.

And I need to pick up a few hairballs before they come over.

I'll keep y'all posted.

 

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