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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 on Tuesday. 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 Ian Mason on August 30, 2013 at 1:35am

That's rough, Mindy. Bipolar can be a real bastard.I know a few people with the problem. Stephen Fry (the actor) made a documentary about his (ando thers) experiences with it that, I think, can be found on YouTube. With the right kind of help it is possible to learn to live with it but it's an uphill struggle. When I was younger and had a diagnosis of angst my family just said that I should "pull myself together". That was FUCK ALL HELP! All I got was guilt feelings about being so "weak". I feel for you and your friend.

I love trains too, so much that I tend to fall asleep in them.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 30, 2013 at 1:33am

Thinking, or saying, that someone with a bi-polar condition should "snap out of it" is unbelievably cruel. 

My sister is an Aspie, and I'm still hearing "friends" tell me that she's been spoiled, enabled, etc. They haven't lived with her for 69 years...I HAVE!  My parents tried everything, but nobody had even heard of Asperger's Syndrome when we were kids, and psychologists of those days had pretty weird ideas about any  form of autism.  They usually blamed the mother for being "cold."  I remember seeing my mother crying because even as an infant my sister hated to be cuddled and held the way most babies do. 

Mom loved babies and children, she bugged me about giving her some grandchildren until I (joyfully) told her that I had hit menopause. (I never told her about the abortions.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2013 at 1:13am

sk8eycat , love the 5s and 10s with the cat! 

I remember train rides as a child and loved it. The rhythm makes for nice relaxation exercises ... Not so good for walking and swaying. I felt like a klutz. 

Napoleon, I do not like to care for long-haired cats. They get so many mats and resist any attempt to get rid of them. I would too, if I had long tangled hair. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2013 at 1:07am

Brain/Mind disorders present terrible challenges. I am so sorry to learn of your friend, Mindy, and her struggles. Trying to help seems fruitless, especially when the whole body influences what the brain/mind does. "Snapping out of it" requires more than possibly can be handled by some. If she feels helpless, with no options, she is indeed, stuck. With all the different protocols she had must leave her in utter chaos, or a zombie. I don't know which is worse. 

Comment by Plinius on August 30, 2013 at 12:39am

Bi-polar can be bearable with the right treatment, but some sufferers I've seen also incurred two or three drug addictions, and that's another way of steadily getting worse. But ´snapping out of it´, what a crazy thing to demand!

Comment by booklover on August 29, 2013 at 9:32pm

Felaine, Cute GIF!  Sadly, meds haven't helped her, electro-shock therapy (I know it's called something different now, but I can't remember what) hasn't helped, being in-patient, out-patient, etc.  She has just steadily gotten worse.  What infuriates me is that her family, basically her mom and brothers, think she should just "snap out of it."  REALLY?!!!  Ugh.  There's not much I can do, because she won't let people come over and she won't answer her phone.  She has a boyfriend she met at a group-meeting for people with bi-polar, and he seems to be good to her, but her daughters resent that she spends all her time with him and not them.  I'm not really part of their lives anymore, I just miss my old friend. :(

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 6:07pm

booklover...OMG! That's frightening!  Meds can't help?

Comment by booklover on August 29, 2013 at 6:01pm
Glad to hear from you Ruth! Lillie, you are right about the cloud in Ruth's picture. :)
I just instant-messaged with the daughter of a friend who has bi-polar 2. That's what she calls it. She's been so bad she was like a zombie. She has been "poking" me on Facebook, but that's it. I think it's her way of communicating. Her daughter said she will update me tomorrow. I don't feel like my friend will ever be alright enough to even go get a cup of coffee again. It's sad. Her dad was just like she is, and he killed himself. :(
Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 5:59pm

PS: IMO the best long train ride in the US is the Coast Starlight...Los Angeles to Seattle...or the reverse.  Beautiful, historical scenery once you get out of Los Angeles County.

I mentioned before that I love trains...my ideal vacation is just to get on a train and just RIDE!  I don't care where, and I really don't want to have to debark anywhere.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 5:54pm

A HIGH FIVE (and TEN) to y'all!

Cool High Five-ing Cat

 

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