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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 16 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

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Comment by Plinius on September 4, 2012 at 8:15am

Beginners' English. Many elderly people didn't get a complete education when young and they want to learn parts they missed - some have got English speaking grandchildren. But there are also younger foreign people in my classes: Cabo Verde, Poland, Colombia, Hungary. Some don't speak Dutch but they want to learn English, and I try to think of ways to teach them. Most of the time we get some progress, and sometimes I just don't know. A few years back there were two Japanese girls in class: they were so horribly polite that they said yes to whatever I asked them. I never knew if my work was any use to them. Most of the time it's a happy riot in my classes - I'm convinced that you can learn best when you're relaxed and have fun.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 4, 2012 at 7:17am

Chris B, what do you teach the seniors?

Tony, great picture.

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 4, 2012 at 5:54am

I'm off to work. My thought for the day.

Comment by Plinius on September 4, 2012 at 12:47am

What a lot of patience you must have to do the train and the landscape, but it looks very good!

Today I start teaching my class of senior citizens again, so I'm off. Have a good day!

Comment by Steph S. on September 3, 2012 at 11:07pm

Patricia your daughter is so lovely.

How cool to make the trees from stalks - very nice!

Comment by Steph S. on September 3, 2012 at 10:50pm

That was a cool train video - very creative idea to buy a camera for the train.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 3, 2012 at 10:39pm

Patricia: That's an amazing train layout!  I watched it and watched it, and turned green with envy.  I've wanted a model train since I was about 8 years old...a GOOD model, not a "toy" Lionel train.  Never got one, but 2 weeks after I graduated from high school I started my 3-year career with an ice show.  We almost always travelled by train, and I loved it!

My dream trip is to go from Los Angeles to Seattle on the Coast Starlight, get to Vancouver, BC by bus or ferry, and then take a train to Winnipeg, switch to another train and go on to Churchill.  I wanna see polar bears and the Aurora, and I don't really care whether I come home or not. (Maybe go back to Winnipeg, and then as far east as I can go.  I'd like to see the Bay of Fundy...)

Tee-hee!

Comment by Steph S. on September 3, 2012 at 10:26pm

Comment by Steph S. on September 3, 2012 at 6:49pm
What a cool hobby Patricia!
Going to check out your You Tube page.
Comment by Steph S. on September 3, 2012 at 6:49pm
Ooh an alligator! Cool picture Booklover!
More pics for my collection.
 

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