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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan 7 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 sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:46pm

OMG!   I hated Florida!  We played Miami Beach and Tampa....both so humid that there would be 3 ft of fog on the ice when we went out for the opening number.  And in Tampa we had to check our boots for palmetto bugs and other ickies before we put our skates on.

But the worst was playing outdoor arenas (fairgrounds) in the Midwest.  Huge flocks of June bugs and other uglies would fly into the overhead lights and die....on the ice.  We had to keep on smiling and skating.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:44pm

Chicago used to be similar to Rome.  "All roads lead to Rome."  At the heyday of rail travel, all railroads led to Chicago.  To this day, still, Illinois has the highest number of deaths by trains because of all the ground-level grade crossings - another result of our flat landscape.     

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:38pm

The Flattest U.S. States? Not What You Think.

Kansas is not the flattest state, despite common perceptions.

National Geographic


Illinois comes in at the number 2 spot right behind Florida for the top two flattest states.  Kansas is seventh flattest. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:34pm

All I remember about Green Bay is that it was effing windy and COLD.  We always played there just before our December 10-day hiatus.

We changed trains in Chicago a lot, and the railyards were so peaceful-looking when covered with snow. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:29pm

I've always wanted to take the Canadian traiins from Vancouver to Nova Scotia, and Amtrak from New England along the Atlantic coast, and then back west via New Orleans to LA.....but Texas, parts of New Mexico and Arizona are (to me) too bleak and flat.

I have relatives in Winslow, AZ, and a 3 day visit is about all I can take in that town.  It's on a high plateau, about 4500 ft, but FLAT.

Comment by booklover on August 15, 2014 at 9:26pm
I'm about an hour and a half NW of Carl, and it is flat, flat, flat. People from Wisconsin jokingly call us Flatlanders, just as we jokingly call them Cheeseheads. My sister lives in Green Bay, WI, so we're always giving each other the business. Esp. Bears vs. Packers, even though I couldn't care less about football.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:19pm

Great photos, Felaine.  That's one thing I love about traveling, being able to regularly visit and see landscapes that are vastly different from the flat prairies of Illinois.  Every type of terrain is beautiful in its own respect, and natural prairies are filled with wonderful types of grasses and wildflowers.  Chicago is in a great location on the shores of picturesque Lake Michigan, but I've always loved seeing mountainous terrain.

We don't have mountains here.  We don't even have rolling hills.  About the best we can do are our ridges.  These are the long stretches of sloped ground common in this area where the edge of ancient glaciers sat that formed the five "Great Lakes."

Comment by k.h. ky on August 15, 2014 at 9:12pm
Lovely neighborhood Sk8eycat. It certainly did change as things in life tend to do. I think l would be tempted to post a sign for people to pick up after their dogs and leave the damned fruit alone.
Although it probably wouldn'tdo much ggood.
Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:01pm

I forgot to add that I get very freaky in places where the land is 100% flat, and I think taking an ocean cruise out of sight of land would affect me the same way. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 8:56pm

This shot was taken 4 years after we moved in...and the ONLY time it snowed and stayed on the ground longer than a day.  There were only 7 houses on our street then, with a couple more under construction, and the school one block up the hill had opened the previous September (1948).

 

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