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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 19 hours ago. 21 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

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

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

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 Bertold Brautigan on September 11, 2014 at 1:46pm

Carl, I hope your upswing continues!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 11, 2014 at 1:45pm

The Sam Harris quote is what I wish everyone would take to heart. I remember Bill Maher got into big trouble for saying they weren't cowards.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 1:42pm

It's hard to believe that thirteen years have already passed since the attack of September 11, 2001.  So much has changed since then.  It seems like lifetimes ago but at the same time, for me, the horrible events and raw emotions from that day still linger and can bring me to tears.  I didn't know anyone personally who died on that day, but it was my co-workers from my company who were the first to be murdered on 9/11.  Flight attendants had their throats slashed so that the hijackers could gain access to the flight deck.  There hasn't been one singe day in the past thirteen years that I haven't thought about what happened that day.  It totally changed my life and my career. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2014 at 1:37pm

I like that quote Ian.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 1:32pm

Ian, actually I haven't started dialysis yet.  I don't know when it will start but right now I'm stable enough to hold off.  In fact, this past week I seem to be in a period of having an upswing of energy whereas before I was constantly tired and lethargic.  I just had some blood drawn yesterday and will know the results this coming Monday.  I've been told there will be periods of ebb and flow regarding my kidney function.   

Comment by Ian Mason on September 11, 2014 at 1:24pm

Comment by Ian Mason on September 11, 2014 at 1:23pm

Carl, I'm getting sceptical about doctors. I think research has outstripped them to the extent that even the best (and they're not all good) can't keep up. Second opinions will have to be more commonplace in the future so a second doc. has a chance to spot what the first one didn't think of. 

How are you feeling just now and how far are you in the dialysis process? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 1:07pm

Joan, I tend to be a "glass half full" type of person.  I have a very positive outlook in life.  That being said, I am also a realist and fully know the seriousness of my condition and the importance of carefully following medical advice.  Having a positive attitude is important but also knowing that Pollyanna thinking and denial is harmful both physically and mentally.  All I can do is to realistically take one day at a time and to meet each challenge with logical thinking and actions.  To me, the biggest peace of mind comes from knowing what is real and acting accordingly.  I also know I have a wonderful network of family and friends to rely on.     

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 12:32pm

As a tree develops with many twists and turns, so does life. Find the balance in each part of life, and make it a thing of beauty. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 12:26pm

Use the reality of what is to find a new balance in living. 

Equanimity

 

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