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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 17 hours ago. 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

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

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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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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 September 25, 2014 at 8:27pm

IMO you have to do everything you can to help Dale.  13 1/2 is quite young for a cat these days, so you so need to find out what the problem is, IF it can be treated, and go from there.  Find out if he needs a special diet, etc. 

I wish I could afford to give my cats raw meat...I mean, they did NOT evolve in the wild eating kibble.  BUT Pumpkin and Black Beauty both grew up in catteries, and won't even taste raw chicken, they just sniff it and then try to cover it up.  I am NOT going to go out hunting for lizards and rodents for them....

(I used to have a tortie who tried to help with the grocery expenses; she'd go outside, kill a rodent, and leave the body by the kitchen door.  Freaked my sister out, but I just praised her, and told her what a mighty hunter she was.  She seemed to understand.

I don't let my cats go outside at all anymore, too many hungry coyotes roaming around....

Comment by booklover on September 25, 2014 at 2:25pm
Thanks, Ian! Me too!
Comment by Ian Mason on September 25, 2014 at 2:01pm

My sympathies, Mindy. I hope the tests give some clarity. 

Comment by booklover on September 25, 2014 at 1:40pm

Thanks, Joan and Grinning.  :)

Dale is 13 1/2.  He is not eating or drinking much.  He still comes upstairs to butt his forehead against my husband so that my husband will kiss him on the head and scratch him under the chin.  He's a man's cat! lol.  I've never been his favorite, but then I am the one who brushes him, which he hates, and takes him to the vet.  I hope he makes it until Tuesday.  It seems kind of a long time to wait!

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 25, 2014 at 1:35pm

Hugs to you, Mindy, and scritches to Dale if he'll have them... you're doing what you can so he'll have the best quality of life possible.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2014 at 12:54pm

Mindy, of course you want to know what the problems are and the prognosis! It will depend on Dale's age and comfort level in order to make decisions. 
I am so very, very, grateful for the diagnostic work that can be done on animals and humans. 
How is Dale acting at home now? 

Comment by booklover on September 25, 2014 at 12:41pm

So the vet called... There are some things in Dale's bloodwork that would indicate certain conditions, but nothing definitive.  He is supposed to go Tuesday and have x-rays, and an ultrasound.  He might have pancreatitis, he might have a tumor, he might have this, he might have that.  She said it's for sure a digestive-system issue.  Aargh!  The poor guy!  And we're going to be poor, lol.  I would never NOT do the x-rays and ultrasound though, because we CAN.  It will depend, obviously, on what it is, what the course of action will be.  I'll tell you all next Tuesday what they find (or don't find! lol.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2014 at 10:58pm

Spud, your cartoon is so sweet. 

And another for Dale. 

Comment by booklover on September 24, 2014 at 4:49pm
Carl, Dale and Dora both sleep in the living room, but on seperate pieces of furniture. Lula sleeps with me.
Awww, Kathy, I'm
so sorry!
Cute picture, Patricia!
Comment by k.h. ky on September 24, 2014 at 12:47pm
Poor Dale. Maybe it's time Mindy. Sam, my eight year old rottweiler mix, hasn't been feeling well the past few days. I think these cold nights are hurting him already. He loves to ride in the car. I think I'm going to take him for a last ride to the vet. I won't have him going down hard. Blind, sick, and in pain like my last two did. Now I've got to get the courage to take him before he does get ill.
 

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