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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

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 15, 2014 at 12:13pm

Joan, imagine seeing hordes of crickets on ice that you need to glide on....while wearing an enormous hoop skirt that drags on the ice.

I freak when I see anything with more than four legs...even photos of them in magazines give me the creeps.  So my imagination would run wild thinking about those damn things crawling up the inside of my skirt....

Comment by sk8eycat on September 15, 2014 at 12:07pm

Carl, I haven't seen the Riverwalk since 1960...we always changed trains in San Antonio on our way back from Mexico.  It is MUCH more attractive now than it was all those years ago...not that it was ever ugly, but the mature greenery really makes a difference.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 15, 2014 at 12:02pm

That's a good story Joan.  Tiny little scientists.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2014 at 10:30am

Carl, yes, the San Antonio river walk is so lovely. We were stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center. There was a market in San Antonio, a galleria, that had a lot of Mexican nationals there with their families. It was an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with Mexican mothers and their children. Very friendly, and generous people, good bargainers as I remember. I enjoy Mexican food music, colors, architecture, and history. 

While there, my three children were pre-school age and I became acquainted with a curator of Witte Museum. He gave me a map to a dig they were working on. To get there, I had to drive on dirt roads, open and close barbed wire fences, and stare at those huge beasts that they grow in Texas, the famous beef steak providers.

When I got to the dig, a group of archeologists were in the pits with dental scrapers working on individual bones of the pre-christian native population. My three 3-year old children observed this for a while and then occupied themselves under the shade of a tree. One of the archeologists came to me and asked if I knew what my kids were doing. Investigating, I found them burying sticks in the dirt in the form of human bones, covering them, and then "doing" a dig. It was a most precious moment. Their education in archeology began in a dry, dusty, scorpion and rattler infested ancient graveyard. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 15, 2014 at 9:09am

Randy, now you mention it, I've noticed the same thing.  Doctors moving constantly.  Especially the ones I like the most.

Comment by booklover on September 15, 2014 at 8:25am

That sucks, Randy.  I hope you like the new Dr.

Have a good week, Friends. :)

Comment by Randall Smith on September 15, 2014 at 7:33am

I'm meeting with my new doctor this morning. It's a "get acquainted" session which I think is a good idea. I like knowing someone before he sticks his finger up my rectum. My old doctor "transfered" to another location. This will be my 4th doctor in the past 6 years. Whatever happened to the good old days when your family doctor was for a lifetime?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 15, 2014 at 6:21am

Joan, have you been to the Riverwalk?  It's quite nice.  Even in the intense heat of the Summer, it must be 10 to 15 degrees cooler than at the higher street level sidewalk surrounding it.  It's lush with green trees, foliage and water.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2014 at 2:19am

Carl, your photos of San Antonio bring back lovely memories. 

Comment by Plinius on September 15, 2014 at 2:13am

That's quite another view of Texas, Carl!

 

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