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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 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 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

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 sk8eycat on September 13, 2014 at 4:18pm

Mindy, I have a friend who played/danced/sang the role of Victoria (the little white cat) for NINE YEARS on Broadway.  I should e-mail her, and ask her what they would have done if there had been Red Dot Laser Toys when "Cats" was a big hit.  Would they have used them backstage to warm up before a show? 

LMAO

Comment by sk8eycat on September 13, 2014 at 3:31pm

The basic Cat Dancer is a MUCH better interactive toy.  And it costs less than the red dot pen.  Tee-hee. 

Pumpkin (and Black Beauty) are totally bored by the dot, but if they see me reach for the Dancer wire, they get excited....even though Pumpkin is 15 years old, and spends most of his time sleeping.

http://catdancer.com/

(PetCo sells them for less than the manufacturer does....or if you have some stiff wire, you can make your own.)

t109

Comment by booklover on September 13, 2014 at 1:52pm
Lol, you guys! We could start a new exercise fad! The Red Dot Workout! There's a big empty room, and the instructor points the red dot around, while we chase it! Ha ha
Comment by Plinius on September 13, 2014 at 1:19pm

Dido, Luna! Bring me the Red Dot!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 13, 2014 at 1:17pm

It's seems some of may need a red dot to chase after on a regular basis......myself included.  lol 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2014 at 1:14pm

I need someone to play with.  Yeah, that's the ticket!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2014 at 1:13pm

Regrettably, I'm like Lucy also.

Comment by booklover on September 13, 2014 at 12:52pm
Thanks, Joan and Spud.
We had to laugh, because Lucy the cat seems to have gotten a little tubby. At our house she ran around a lot, and didn't constantly eat. At the apartment, there's not much room to run around, and there is always food in the bowl. Time to limit her food to the amount it says on the bag, and maybe find ways to play with her more so she gets more exercise. I could do with that advice too! Lol
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2014 at 12:46pm

Mindy, sorry your daughter's depressed, but good to hear the support she has.

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! 

 

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