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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan 1 hour ago. 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 on Friday. 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


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 Steph S. on June 20, 2012 at 4:55pm

Hey everyone! It's looks like we might get some rain here today.

Comment by Tammy S on June 20, 2012 at 1:02pm

That's very cool of you sk8eycat! I watched an HBO documentary last night that I taped Monday night called "One Nation Under Dog" - which I think everyone should see. Watching and listening to those poor babies being gassed as they cry out to the other dogs for help, was hard to take, it was an awful,  hard to watch scene in a fantastic documentary about our fascination with dogs as pets in the U.S.

I think you'd probably really appreciate three of the rescue workers they follow in the documentary, definitely heroes each of them.  Thank you for what you're doing!

Comment by sk8eycat on June 20, 2012 at 11:28am

@ booklover & Lillie:   It really isn't much.  Honest.  I feel guilty that I'm not out there helping with the actual rescue work, or fostering some cats, or something.  But all I can seem to do is condense 2-page press releases (PR people are so wordy! I think all that overdone info tends to turn readers off) into bare-bones single paragraphs so that Lori can squeeze them onto two pages of print.

I just woke up, so I think it's time to nuke some breakfast and get to work.


See y'all on Friday.


Or maybe Caturday.  In the meantiime:


Comment by booklover on June 20, 2012 at 5:43am

It's a wonderful thing you are doing sk8eycat! :)

Comment by Steph S. on June 19, 2012 at 10:54pm
Funny lol Patricia! I love it!
We will miss you sk8eycat!
Helping animals is a good cause.
Comment by Lillie on June 19, 2012 at 10:16pm

We will miss you, sk8eycat but appreciate the contribution you are making to homeless pets.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 19, 2012 at 9:53pm

Note to all my friends: If I seem to be more absent than usual lately it's because I'm doing my bit for The Pet Press this week.  I'm not a touch typist, so I have to work slowly to make sure I get addresses and phone numbers absolutely correct for all these rescue orgs that want their fundraisers and adoption events publicized.  I think it's the least I can do for all the hardworking people who find forever homes for all the dogs, cats, and other pets that have been dumped in shelters ... that don't have room for them.

Got it?  Good!


Comment by Paula T. on June 19, 2012 at 9:26pm
The university library I work in owns "The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents"! I checked WorldCat and one of the Harper Collins editions is in over 1400 libraries can send you a copy to read, Patricia :)
Comment by Paula T. on June 19, 2012 at 9:12pm
Patricia, you can always request the book through your library's interlibrary loan service. It might take a couple of weeks to arrive, but it is a free service.

And, Ian...woot! I love young adult novels. That book is now on my "to-read" list! I enjoyed "Poppy" (Tales of Dimwood Forest, #1) by Avi. A quick read at 179 pages and Poppy is a mouse...
Comment by Ian Mason on June 19, 2012 at 4:11pm

Good one, Patricia. Have you read "The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents"?


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