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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 4 hours ago. 21 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 Tony Carroll on September 25, 2012 at 11:05pm

This song, The Eagle and the Hawk, by John Denver, is as close to a "religious" feeling I have. I picture myself back in my youth, on the banks of the Mississippi, seeing red tailed hawks, owls, egrets, and getting that tingly, hair raising on my arms, eyes tearing up slightly feeling. I still get it now, and this is one of the things that does it to me. So my friends, please enjoy.

 

http://youtu.be/TC9FWwQ2ZrM

 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 25, 2012 at 10:53pm

Lovely pics, all. Every season has its charm.

Joan, thanks for proving that kindness is worthwhile.

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 25, 2012 at 10:43pm

Beautiful, Joan. Wish I was there with you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 25, 2012 at 10:42pm

What a great neighbor you are, Joan.  Such a rewarding experience. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2012 at 10:26pm

I can honestly say this is the happiest year possible. Plants, animals, birds, children, neighbors, family all enjoy the garden and in the early photos, the Blue Spruce is three feet high. Now the spruce is so big, we have created a little lunch room under there for the kids. They bring their sack lunches over, sit on the soft needles under the tree and feed all the live things that come and go. I have never found so much as a straw, napkin, or pop can left behind. They very carefully clean up after themselves. While here, they fill little fruit boxes with whatever fruit is ripe and we enjoy a lovely dessert together. I could not have imagined such a fine "Golden Years".

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 25, 2012 at 10:16pm

Joan, how wonderful it must be to have that scenery out your back door.  Just lovely!

Comment by Steph S. on September 25, 2012 at 10:00pm

Those are great photos of your yard Joan. Beautiful - so serene

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2012 at 9:52pm

Early autumn, 2010, My back yard 

Late autumn 2010, My back yard 

Comment by Steph S. on September 25, 2012 at 9:51pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2012 at 9:45pm

Tony, I see a scene such as you posted and feel overwhelmed with the great beauty of nature and all its processes. Just look at the diversity or forms, shapes, colors, textures, and ways of being on Earth! Evolution in all its grandeur. 

 

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