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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 12 hours ago. 23 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 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

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

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Grinning Cat on March 22, 2013 at 2:57pm

Sk8ey, I wish I were within driving distance to help!

The discussion of un/clear writing reminds me of the quote attributed to Albert Einstein: "Things should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler."

My pet peeve among manipulative commercial euphemisms is real estate agents buying and selling "homes". A home is someplace you actually live, that you've settled into, that's emotionally yours. (And, for some of us, that you share with a furry friend or two!) An empty place is a house (or a townhouse or condo).

And Booklover, you're right: why can't I walk into a Target and help myself to a meal, if I'm a "guest" there?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2013 at 2:46pm

Whining is OK  sk8eycat, it is the necessary first step in problem solving. It becomes dysfunctional when that is all one does about a problem. Sometimes whining is the only thing one can do, just don't expect it to change anything. 

I am sorry to learn Hairy Jerry is not springing back to normal activity. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2013 at 2:40pm

TFA: When I worked for JCPenney Advertising in the early 1980s, I was a "Research Associate." Glorified file clerk; we dug up information, photos, and mdse samples for photography for the Copy and Art departments.  Bottom of the totem pole, with no chance for advancement.  We did get stock shares after being there a year or two...and group medical insurance was $7.80 a month in those days...before HMOs.  It was actually a pretty good company to work for, except when the New York brass came to LA to check on us, and the buyers in another section of the building...the usual boring "meeting," which was nothing but a pep talk. I had the impression from their attitude that they thought we weren't to be trusted with sharp objects.

About Jerry...I haven't been able to get him to the vet yet...I ned to draw $$$ out of a CD first, and that has to be done in person, which means taking taxis since I quit driving more than a year ago.  The whole thing freaks me out so much that I can't sleep, pull myself together, and get it all done. Anything to do with money freaks me out. Makes me afraid to leave the house; I just want to crawl into a hole, and pull it in after me. 

I really need somebody to drag me out of here and drive me to two different banks, and then the vet.  All my friends that I could have called on for help have retired and moved out of the state. Southern California is just too expensive for retirees..unless they're filthy rich. (Can't sell the house now because we have a tiny reverse mortgage on it...wish we'd done it five or six years ago, but my sister would never stand for it, and she's co-owner according to mother's trust deed.)

Oh, no!  I'm whining again.  sorry.  I need to straighten up my act.  FAST!

Joan, I don't think my occasional "sk8eycaticisms" would fill even a small pamphlet, but thank you.  (Years and years ago, before email, I was exchanging notes with Marion Zimmer Bradley about a possible silly short story concerning an ice show that gets stranded on her fictional planet, Darkover.  Sort of a "coals to Newcastle" plot [on Darkover it only snows at night... in the summer].  Of course it was unpublishable, but she enjoyed communicating with her fans, and encouraged us to play in her "yard.")

Comment by booklover on March 22, 2013 at 2:34pm
Yes, how is Hairy Jerry? Now I'm worried about my Lula. She didn't sleep by me like she usually does, then didn't come up for morning treats!
Comment by booklover on March 22, 2013 at 2:31pm
Carl, notice how in many stores customers are called guests? Well I don't expect my guests to pay for anything! Lol
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2013 at 1:39pm
Spud, your curmudgeonliness works for me.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2013 at 1:37pm

sk8eycat, You describe a style of writing that brings personalities alive for you. Your sk8eycaticisms are priceless.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2013 at 1:34pm

sk8eycat, yes academic writers write in a different language and unless exposed to it, I suppose it makes no sense. To me, it is my mother tongue ... sometimes ... it depends on who writes. I cannot make head or tail out of some, even as others seem to make sense out of the bunch of words piled together in sentences, paragraphs, chapters and books. 

My son and I had a disagreement yesterday about Newton's Laws of Motion and inertia. I went to the encyclopedia and could not make any sense out of it. I was more frustrated then ever. So, I went to Newton's Laws for Kids and I had evidence I was correct in my definition. Oh! I can understand such concepts when put simply. I am not bragging, just saying. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2013 at 1:18pm

Sk8eycat, how's Hairy Jerry doing?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2013 at 1:13pm

Madison Avenue is always trying to pretty-up our language.  You notice that no one sells used cars anymore.  They are all pre-owned vehicles.  And all the employees at retail stores are all 'associates' even though everyone is underpaid, under-insured and under-respected by the heads of the corporations. 

 

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