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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 sk8eycat on August 9, 2013 at 6:41pm

Joan, I have been out of it again...tech problems that have taken DAYS to clear up.  Obviously I don't yet know what everyone has been talking about, but I was wondering if you also enjoy Eric Idle's "Galaxy Song."  The one that starts with the line, "Life got ya down, Mrs. Brown." (or something like that)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq0lI-rSFJ8

It helps me a lot.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2013 at 12:07pm

@Loren, master of music for the emotions, I could surely use a great pick-me-up bit of music. Got any great ones? 

Of course I like, Eric Idle - "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" - STEREO HQ, "life is a piece of shit when you look at it, ... just remember the last laugh is on you!"

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2013 at 11:57am

Mindy, Patricia, Carl, and Chris, I feel your care and compassion and really do appreciate your reassurances and funny contributions. Laughter provides great medicine, especially as mind and body and emotions get all tangled up with chemicals. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2013 at 11:54am

Well, the first scheduling snafu. I was not on the chemo schedule this week and called to see if there had been a mistake. I went for my appointment with the radiologist and I had made a mistake. The appointment is for 1:00 PM not 9:00 AM. So I talked to the scheduler directly and in person, and it turns our that I have two more BIG MEAN chemo treatments and four more little ones. When I am finished with chemo I will start radiation. Today's appointment is with the radiologist to plan the treatments and set up appointments for the actual radiation.

I am feeling more comfortable about unknown future events; anxiety does not help, and I just have to muster my anxiety management skills and get on with life. 

Comment by Plinius on August 9, 2013 at 1:45am

Glad no one was hurt, Joan, but I think it was a big scare for the neighbourhood.

When you start radiation, does that mean that you're through with the chemo? Then I think the rest is easier. But the positive thoughts keep coming: ((((((((((((((((Joan)))))))))))))))

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2013 at 12:15am

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2013 at 10:39pm
Patricia, yes, by all means, slathered on often and heavy!
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2013 at 8:27pm
Spokane firefighters are fighting a defensive battle on a house fire near the intersection of 19th Avenue and Sherman on the South Hill.
http://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-news/firefighters-battling-south-h...
I live on 21st Ave, just south of the explosion.
Comment by booklover on August 8, 2013 at 8:27pm

Glad you liked it Loren!  I found it on Facebook, lol.  There are some good groups I follow on there that post things like that! 

Joan, glad no one was hurt!  We will OF COURSE be here for you Joan as you start radiation tomorrow!  I will be thinking of you and hoping everything goes smoothly! A big hug to you! ~ Mindy

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2013 at 8:10pm

OK my Atheist Nexus Cancer Support Team, I start radiation tomorrow and have no idea what to expect. Keep positive thoughts coming my way and maybe a funny cartoon or story to make me laugh. 

 

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