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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 June 17, 2013 at 3:08am

Oh, WOW!  I wanna skate to THAT!

Thanks.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 17, 2013 at 2:42am

I was once on a TU course at a place that used this as wake-up music: Sibelius: Karelia Suite - Intermezzo. I love it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtIw5AkUEsE

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2013 at 1:24am

Thanks for the link, Joan! I often use these exercises and most of the time they work well. But even so I'm getting shorter all the time; I lost about 6 cm. And the exercise, the painkillers and a little pampering calmed down the nerve and I'm almost back to normal again!

That is good news that you get a grip on your well-being through diet!

Take care of yourself, Ian, while taking care of others! It's hard when there is no comfort except friendship. I'll think of you.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 16, 2013 at 11:31pm

Ian, thank you for the "Box of Sunshine;" I really needed it today for a lot of reasons.  

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So...I hope this cheers everyone up the way it did me when I saw it in the newspaper:

'Ride of the Valkyries' rouses Caltech students for finals

In a long-standing ritual, residents at one of Caltech's dorms wake to Wagner's score during their stressful finals season.  

 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2013 at 10:51pm

Patricia, that is REAL pain. I felt like that a couple of years ago when I had (thanks to bad dentistry) continually infected teeth/abcesses. I was ready to take a pair of pliers and pull the things out myself. Glad that life is better for you now.

It's not been Fathers' Day in Denmark but I don't hear from my daughter when it is (5th June) Too many years of being a terrible father when I drank.

The bad news keeps on coming: the daughter of some good friends has taken her own life. In her early 30s, she had suffered from schizophrenia since her early teens. In her good periods she was a happy, smiling, caring young woman but in the end the delusions and the voices of the increasingly long bad periods were too much. Will be visiting her parents this evening along with some others. I hope we can be of some use.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2013 at 9:53pm

Patricia, your experience sounds dreadful. Did you know you had the option to have surgery earlier? I can't even imagine being in so much pain for so long. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2013 at 8:59pm
My strategy is working. Much better tummy; Wish other aches and pains for each one of you is as easy to get control of.
Mindy, hope your mini-vacation is restful even though the drive of five hours + does sound like a lot of sitting. If I remember correctly, the drive from your area to Wisconsin is a pretty drive.
Ian, a nice bright greeting from you with sunshine feels good. Hope your Father's day was very special.
Chris, really sorry to learn of your pain. Does being active help? I haven't had that problem so looked it up at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRZuQ7WmcDI. It appears to be dreadful and especially after reading Patricia's comment. Do take care, both of you.
Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2013 at 3:31pm

Thank you, Mindy.

Hope your strategy works for you, Joan.

To the cinema for the second evening in a row. This time "Song for Marion" with Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and others. A pensioners' choir that sings Motorhead and hip-hop! Another life-afirming British film about ordinary people. Sad and sweet.

Comment by booklover on June 16, 2013 at 3:29pm

I'm going with my (Atheist!) friend to her relative's lake-house in Wisconsin from tomorrow through Thursday.  It's just us, and we're just going to eat and relax on the lake! I'm not looking forward to the  5 1/2 hour drive though!  So have a great week everyone, and I will be back here at the end of the week! Hugs~ Mindy

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2013 at 3:05pm
My strategy for today is to go back to WebMD Soluble Fibers: "Sources of soluble fiber: oatmeal, oat cereal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, oat bran, strawberries, nuts, flaxseeds, beans, dried peas, blueberries, psyllium, cucumbers, celery, and carrots."
Thanks Ruth!
 

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