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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 11 hours ago. 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 Idaho Spud on August 21, 2014 at 12:05pm

Joan, thanks for that list of expressions of surprise.  I remember geewillikers from the distant past as well, but not how long ago it was, or where I heard it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2014 at 11:16am

Randy, enjoyed your term, Geewillikers, as well. It is a keeper. 

I looked up a synonym for it and found 

Interjection, Sense: an indication of excitement, surprise, astonishment, or shock and I found a long list of expressions. (sorry, I can't get the Bold off)

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wikisaurus:wow

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2014 at 11:05am

Ian, love your report of your trip to England. Great fun, interesting, and varied. You do squeeze a lot into your time England. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2014 at 11:03am

Carl, I am so happy to learn the panic attacks have subsided. Knowing why you have been feeling the symptoms you had helps. It is not good news that there is no cure. A new normal sounds in order. You are so positive, and have so many mental resources, you will get through whatever lies ahead. 

Oh yes! the big 5 0 ! Half a century! Now you are an official elder ... at least in the tribal terms of life. Next milestone at 75 will call for a big celebration. 

For me, it was hitting 60. I had a huge party with all my friends and family. We had such a good time I really enjoyed the day. One of my birthday parties, I can't remember which, my granddaughter, Michelle, looked at me with amazement at whatever the number was. I felt so gleeful, she was impressed! It isn't often a grandchild makes one feel exceptional. They bring me joy, and excitement, but usually I don't feel exceptional. That boosted my emotions to a new high. 

I know the feeling, don't leave my comfort zone for anything but the necessities. It does feel good to just relax, take it easy, let others do their thing, be content just enjoying each new sunrise and sunset, happy to be alive and very happy to lie down to rest. 

Do take good care of yourself, dear friend. One day at a time, sometimes just getting through the hour, and getting over each challenge, is a victory.

I like your new avatar! Very handsome! And I like thinking of you as a mature man with a few miles on your odometer. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2014 at 10:49am

Mindy, good news so far and I expect you will handle whatever news comes along in the future. We are a resilient lot! In the meantime, choose joy! 

Comment by booklover on August 21, 2014 at 9:17am

Glad you had a good time, Ian!

Thanks, Spud and Randy.

My husband has to work today and tomorrow, and then he has 2 weeks off.  It's lucky, or I think he might come unglued.  It is just unbelievable how management treats employees where he works.  I'm sure it's that way a LOT of places.  After 27 years there he has just about had it!  He just turned 48, and has to stay there for 4 more years in order to keep our health-benefits. 

Healthcare should not be tied to your job!!!!!!!!!!!!   (I know, I'm preaching to the choir!)

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2014 at 9:07am

Mindy, glad to hear your good news.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 21, 2014 at 8:53am

Thanks, Randy, I was a little stunned myself! 

I love the phrase "geewillikers."  Little Jimmy from The Cinnamon Bear radio serial in the 1930's used that expression.  Any of you (if you'll pardon the expression) old-timers remember Jimmy & Judy searching for the silver star for the top of their christmas tree?  That was always a perennial favorite to listen to during December.  

Comment by Randall Smith on August 21, 2014 at 7:43am

Geewillikers, I take a day off from the computer (with grandson), and I miss all sorts of news--good and bad.

Carl, your kidney situation stunned me. Goodness, I hope you can return to some sense of normalcy in the coming weeks. 

Hang in there, Mindy. Try not to worry or think about any prognosis.

Ian, I'm envious!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2014 at 3:34am

I have returned! Been on a lovely visit to England. Had a smashing time with some of the family, eating, drinking lots of tea and relaxing. Also managed to squeeze in 2 art exhibitions, 1 Shakespeare play and 1 prom concert. It don't get much better.

 

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