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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan yesterday. 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

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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 booklover on June 4, 2013 at 8:34am

Joan, that sounds wonderful and so healthy!  Unfortunately for me, or fortunately?, my appetite is not affected.  Ice cream and milkshakes actually make me feel better.  It is the cold heaviness I think.  My symptoms are absurd.  I feel like what I have is just bizarre.  I just need to concentrate on the good days and hope the Gastroenterologist in Madison can come up with something!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2013 at 9:50pm

Oh, I forgot, I grind in a coffee grinder-turned spice grinder: 

1/4 t per cup of stock, ground fennel or flax seeds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2013 at 9:29pm

Mindy, this may not work for you, but what I find helpful through this period is to make a nice rich vegetable stock, I make about 4 or 5 quarts at a time and freeze them. For the stock, I use

2 cups diced onion,

1 cup diced carrots,

1 cup diced celery,

a couple of sprigs of thyme from the garden,

and about a dozen parsley stems, not leaves, from the garden, 

6 peppercorns,

2 bay leaves.

These go into a stock pot and add just enough cold water to cover. I don't put any salt in the stock. 

Bring to a very slow simmer for 2 hours.

Strain the solids from the stock and pour into quart jars. 

I use one of the Corning Ware-like covered cups and microwave one recipe of soup with 1/4 teaspoon Tumeric, about 1/8 teaspoon Real Salt (the kind with natural minerals) and a little freshly ground pepper ... not much. 

The first couple of days, I microwaved only veg stock, then added a small amount of rice, maybe a tablespoonful, and microwaved it. then I started adding just a few carrot slivers. I kept adding things each time until today, I had one fresh asparagus spear, one small head of brussel sprout leaves, one of those little bok choy heads, some slivered carrots, a wee bit of onion cut into tiny bits. After microwaves the soup cup for 5 minutes. I top each cup with a handful of fresh parsley from the garden.

This strategy seems to be working for me. I offer it as my solution to my lack of appetite and not wanting to eat. I am still advised not to eat fresh vegetables, at least until my digestive system behaves itself.  

I have little snacks through the day. Greek yogurt with sourdough bread, a daily choice of avocado, unsweetened apple sauce, a banana, a blueberry muffin. 

I also make a nut treat which includes raw, unsalted walnuts, pecans, and cashews that I dry roast in the oven at 150 degrees F for a couple of hours. This makes the most delicious bit of crunch, either on my muffin and bread or in my soups. 

I can't eat my beloved Dave's Killer bread ... too many seeds. 

Today is really the first day I enjoy my meals. This old Conquer Cancer Train is chugging right along. Your train is different than mine, but there may be some commonalities in our raunchy stomachs and digestive systems. Bon appetite. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 3, 2013 at 8:28pm

sk8eycat, the drama cat video was mildly amusing, but disturbing too. Just imagining such self-inflicted suffering in cats is uncomfortable for me.

Comment by booklover on June 3, 2013 at 8:17pm
Hey Steph, love the cat in the "chare." Lol Your dinner sounds good Felaine. I have been having a bad couple of days with my Gastro- issues. I have been nauseous, dizzy, and my general "icky" feeling. Unfortunately even my new super-expensive med doesn't work. It's just disheartening. :( Sorry to be a downer! I've been having a pity-party for myself today. Lol. Hubby had to report for jury duty, but wasn't chosen. Daughter is in the Chicago Suburbs visiting her college roommate who turns 21 today. I plan on having a better day tomorrow! Take care friends~ Mindy
Comment by sk8eycat on June 3, 2013 at 7:07pm

You don't have to belong to Flakebook to see & hear this video...it's cool.

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PS: I'm okay, but I still rarely feel like eating anything...I think I'm going to stir fry some veg later.  I have a kit with everything I need, plus I bought some extra bell pepers and snow peas...my faves!  We'll see how it turns out.
 
Comment by Steph S. on June 3, 2013 at 11:20am

sk8eycat so glad that you are OK. So happy to have you back here with us.

Mindy I love the pole-dancing cat.

Just busy here will school-work.

Off to a slow start.

How is everyone doing?

Comment by Plinius on June 3, 2013 at 1:03am

Take care, Felaine! I'm glad you're back!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2013 at 8:44pm

Mindy, love your Pole dancing Cat. It is a keeper. 

Comment by booklover on June 2, 2013 at 7:52pm
Oh Felaine! I'm so glad you are okay! As you all know, my son has type 1 diabetes, so we are always hyper vigilant about his blood-sugar levels. Even with an insulin- pump it is hard to stay in the perfect boundaries. He carries glucose tabs, but at home, if he is low, he drinks a small-size Juicy Juice box, as that is exactly 15 carbs, which is what his Endocrinologist recommends. Then he test again, about 20 minutes later, and if he's not in the right range he drinks one more. The other day he was mowing the neighbors yard and felt low, came in and tested, and was just 40-something! Scary! His doctor said sometimes lows are worse than highs, because it can take your body up to two weeks to recover. This is partially why I need anxiety meds! I was Always a worrier to an unhealthy extreme about my kids, and then my son was diagnosed at age 10. Everyone have a good week, and keep your blood-sugar levels in check! You are all such great people, and I know we all care a lot about our friends here!!! Hugs all around~Mindy
 

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