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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan 19 hours 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

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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 sk8eycat on June 2, 2012 at 11:31am

@Chris: I like Lapsang Souchong with spicy (hot!) food...Chinese or Mexican.  It soothes the "fire" without numbing the taste buds. At least I think it does.

@Shayne: LOL I like Irish Breakfast tea mostly for the flavor, and also when I need to wake up fast. I made the mistake of drinking a cup of "Super Irish Breakfast" (with Splenda) last month when I had an early morning MD appointment for routine blood tests, etc.  My blood sugar was normal, but my BP was 130/80, very high for me, and Dr. BadJokes freaked and insisted on prescribing another BP medication in addition to the two I already take.  I kept telling him about the high-caffiene tea, but he wouldn't listen. The effing pills gave me terrible headaches, so I quit taking them after a day or two. (I haven't told him that...yet.)

My next appointment is in two weeks; I think I'll try decaf (pleh!) tea in the morning and see what happens.

 

Comment by Plinius on June 2, 2012 at 12:31am

I drink coffee and tea, but not very much as I have to mind my heartrate. A wonderful tea is Lapsang Souchong, a real pick-me-up I  think they call it.

Comment by Natalie A Sera on June 1, 2012 at 11:24pm

I'm a fellow tea-lover! I like all kinds of real tea, but not tisanes, and a lot of people don't seem to know the difference. If it's made from herbs, it's NOT tea! My favorites are chai (and the Stash brand is pretty good), and genmaicha, which is a Japanese tea made with popped rice. And as far as the tea you find in supermarkets, nothing can compare with Red Rose tea -- Lipton sucks, bigtime, and I've never actually seen any other brands in my store except for Tetley, which is OK, but not spectacular. I might just look up the Stash site, because I'm quite willing to be experimental with tea! :-)

Comment by sk8eycat on June 1, 2012 at 11:12pm

@Write4U: I think there are slight differences in where the tea plants are grown, and what season the leaves are picked, etc & so forth.  Soil and altitude seem to affect the flavor...slightly.  Another difference is which leaves are picked...the tiny tender tips, or the larger leaves ("White" teas are a big deal now, but I think they are flavorless.  Might as well drink a cup of hot water.)

I have learned a lot by reading the articles on the Stash Tea web site, http://www.stashtea.com/  and by trying different types..I've found like bold, or "hearty" flavors like malty Assam.  But my all-time favorite is the Stash House Blend (loose leaf tea only)...a little bit of everything, including a hint of jasmine.  I'm not crazy about "straight" jasmine-flavored teas, but in a blend, it's kinda nice.  Beats the *bleep!* out of supermarket tea bags, which contain the crumbly leftovers after loose leaf processing.

So, brew a cuppa, grab a good book, and a warm cat, curl up and relax.

I think I'll take my own advice...BRB

Comment by sk8eycat on June 1, 2012 at 8:45pm

Why is it that I love the aroma of coffee brewing (makes me hungry...for breakfast), and enjoy coffee ice cream and frozen yogurt, but I don't like coffee as a drink...not even the chilled, sweet, creamy stuff?

I love tea, all sorts, and I grit my teeth (or say something rude) when certain hyper-conservatives refer to themselves as the Tea Party.  I call them the Pee Tarts.  And I hope they fail so badly this November that they just fade away...or implode.

Comment by Steph S. on June 1, 2012 at 6:41pm
You guys should be a member of the "Useless Without Coffee" group here on the site. I'm a member and I have a discussion on different coffee roasts and the flavors they yield. Dark Roast and Expresso are my favorites. But I love all types of coffee.
Comment by Tammy S on June 1, 2012 at 5:18pm

I am looking for a place to buy different brands in sample sizes, any ideas guys? I haven't yet met a coffee I didn't like!

Comment by Steph S. on June 1, 2012 at 5:02pm
Sounds like a great cup of coffee Write4U I will have to try that. I love trying new coffee.
Comment by booklover on June 1, 2012 at 3:47pm

I mix half Folgers Simply Smooth Decaf and half Folgers Simply Smooth Regular.  Sometimes I'll add a scoop of flavored-coffee in because the flavor goes a long way!  I cannot not have coffee in the a.m.!  I also drink the decaf @ night a lot.

Comment by Tammy S on June 1, 2012 at 2:15pm

Warning: It will make you crave sweets!

 

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