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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 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

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 Steph S. on October 27, 2012 at 8:42pm

Awww .. thanks so much ..Hugs back to you Melinda. Glad you are my friend too.

Comment by booklover on October 27, 2012 at 8:35pm

Glad you liked it Steph!  I love the nom nom pic too!  Priceless look on the dogs face! lol. 

Yep, we just have to be who we are and keep going strong.  We know we have friends on here who understand our non-beliefs, and we don't judge each other.  The internet can be great!  Glad you're my friend Steph. {{{{hugs}}}} Melinda

Comment by Steph S. on October 27, 2012 at 8:21pm

reading back through everything.

Booklover that is fantastic - I really needed that one today too.

Haters are gonna hate - you just got to keep doing what you do.

Keep going strong.

Thanks for that.

I will post that to my webpage now. : )

Comment by Steph S. on October 27, 2012 at 8:17pm

Comment by booklover on October 27, 2012 at 7:36pm

Comment by booklover on October 27, 2012 at 7:35pm

Patricia, I saw that dog video yesterday and I thought he was adorable!  How smart!  I'm sorry about your health problems.  I have some too, but different from yours.  I'm 45 and I like a quiet life!

Joan, we got our dog when we started homeschooling, and so my son and our dog (and me!) had each other almost full-time for 8 years.  Now that our son is in college and working, I don't have a 'job' yet (outside the home), so Molly is a big baby and wants us all the time.  Cats want us when it's convenient to them, and I don't mind cleaning the litterboxes, so I will always have cats, and they will stay indoors so as not to hurt birds or get hurt themselves.  I won't get long-haired again, because mine scream when I brush them, the big babies!!!  Animals, pets or ones in nature, are such a comfort to hold (or just to observe outside.)  I just think of them and I can feel my blood-pressure go down.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2012 at 4:12pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2012 at 4:04pm

Patricia, this is a wonderful video; yes, it looks like a lazy fetch!. A real treasure. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 27, 2012 at 4:03pm

Just for fun (I wish I could find an audio version of this):

Dark And Stormy Night

Lyrics: Mercedes Lackey
Music: Leslie fish
It was a dark and stormy night - or so the Heralds say -
The lightning striking constantly transformed the night to day,
The thunder roared the castle round - or thusly runs the tale -
And, rising from the northeast tower there came a fearful wail.

It was no beast nor banshee, that, the castle folk knew well,
Nor prisoner in agony, nor demon trapped by spell,
No ghost that moaned in penance, nor a soul in mortal fright,
´Twas just the Countess "singing" - for she practiced every night.

The Countess was convinced that she should have been born a Bard,
And thus she made the lives of those within her power hard.
For they must listen to her sing, and smile at what they heared,
And swear she had a golden voice that rivaled any bird.

The Countess was convinced that she had wedded ´neath her state.
And so the worst lot fell upon her meek and mild mate.
Not only must the Count each night endure her every song,
But suffer silent her abuse, be blamed for every wrong.

It was a dark and stormy night - or so the Bards aver -
And so perhaps that was the reason why there was no stir,
When suddenly the "music" ceased; so when dawn raised his head,
Within the tower the servants found the Countess stiff and dead.

The Heralds came at once to judge if there had been foul play,
And questioned all most carefully to hear what they would say.
And one fact most astounding to them quickly came to light -
That every movement of the Count was vouched for on that night.

The castle folk by ones and twos came forward on their own,
To swear the Count had never once that night been all alone.
So though the Tower had been locked tight, with two keys to the door,
One his, one hers, the Count was plain absolved of guilt for sure.

At length the Heralds then pronounced her death as suicide.
And all within the district voiced themselves quite satisfied.
It was a verdict, after all, that none wished to refute -
Though no one could imagine why she tried to eat her lute
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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2012 at 2:47pm

Patricia, you and your husband have a long, hard road with health problems.

When doctors put in my pace maker, I had lots more energy and wanted to do things. Each and every morning is a rich gift, and each day offers opportunity to play. I have few responsibilities and can just enjoy life. The garden's incredible beauty keeps my spirits up and I do virtually nothing out there. Fortunately I have a son who lives with me and he even does most of the evening meals now. I just could not have it any better.  

I hope your days fill up with happy memories, pleasant experiences each day, delicious foods, delightful aromas, beautiful sights, and you are with people you love and who love you. 

 

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