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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan 11 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

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 Joan Denoo on September 13, 2014 at 12:37pm

Mindy, I am so very glad that our daughter has you and your family as back-up. She needs that and you provide just the right amount of support and letting go. A tough balancing problem. Her cat, her art classes, her expanding friends, all are positive things. 

Now, that means you need to take good care of yourself. The caregivers often don't realize how important their emotional health is to assist another. 

Depression is a real challenge. You seem on top of all the clues and remedies. Good job! 

Comment by booklover on September 13, 2014 at 12:03pm
Thanks so much, Ian and Felaine! She is bi-polar. Never had a manic episode, she seems to just have depression. She does have a good support system. Besides me she has my husband (her dad), and her brother. Also my mom.
I will give her that hug from you, Ian!
I'm sorry you guys have had to deal with depression too. <3
Comment by sk8eycat on September 13, 2014 at 11:51am

Mindy, I have had what's called "clinical depression" off and on since I was 13.  I am now creeping up on 75, not exactly happy about my life, but I'm still here. With TWO cats.

I'm thinking encouraging thoughts for your daughter...things do get better, especially when you have interests in things outside your own self, and people to go to when the world gets to be too much. And it often does...but she has YOU.  That is fabulous.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 13, 2014 at 11:37am

Ah, good old faithful depression. You can rely on it turning up, often at the most inconvenient times. After decades of experience I know that it recedes again too, even though each bout often seems like the worst ever. It's good that your daughter has you to turn to (and a cat) while working it through and recharging for a new try at life. If it's all right with you, give her a hug from me.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2014 at 10:11am

Randy, the comment box is still the same as always for me.

Comment by booklover on September 13, 2014 at 9:58am

Thanks Carl!  Yes, she loves her little apartment, and has met others who live in her bldg. (it's a big, old house converted into apartments.)  One girl is in her favorite art class. 

She loves doing art, loves that the Art Bldg. is about a 4 minute walk. She'll just always have these down-times.  I know having a cat keeps her happier.  She loves coming home to her "baby."  Animals are such good therapy and comfort.  And entertainment! :)

Spud, glad you like the quote. :)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 13, 2014 at 9:34am

Randy, I'm not having any problems with A|N and the comment box.  I'm not seeing any weird colors, man. 

MIndy, I'm glad you'll be able to see your daughter.  I think it's a good thing that she turns to you when she's feeling depressed.  Kind of like having a safe spot with people who understand.  That's important.  BTW, is she enjoying being back in college?   

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2014 at 9:16am

I don't remember seeing that Gervais quote before.  I like it.

Comment by booklover on September 13, 2014 at 9:11am

Did I put this up before?

My daughter and her cat are coming home, and spending the night.  I LOVE when she comes home, but the reason she is doing it is because she's feeling down.  So, not good.  That's just how it's going to be.  Times of depression.  She works through them.  I just hope they can come up with some even better drugs for that in the future.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 13, 2014 at 7:34am
Speaking of trains, my avatar here was taken on Amtrak's Zephyr going from Chicago to Oakland two years ago. I enjoyed the ride, despite my seat mate and her two kids.

If you haven't read Joan's recent blogs, you should. The one on our "South problem" is good--a sad commentary on our current societal climate.

Is it just me or is anybody else finding the comment box yellow and without font information?
 

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