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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat 3 hours ago. 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

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Patricia 7 hours ago. 4 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

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Tuesday. 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 on Sunday. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 5 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

Attacks in Canada Oct. 22nd/14

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 20. 4 Replies

This was devastating for us........…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on May 30, 2014 at 1:31pm

Beautiful! Thanks Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2014 at 12:55pm

Put your faith in the Lord but grab the cash no matter what? A mad world, my masters.

I'm off to England for a few days. Looking forward to seeing the family and Titus at The Globe. Back on Wednesday. Be good:-D

Comment by sk8eycat on May 30, 2014 at 10:13am

Speaking of prayers at public events...A rather crass event took place about a mile from us last night.  A "Mall Treasure Hunt," or "social media cash grab."  It started some time during the afternoon/evening commute, tied up traffic on the I-5, and surrounding surface streets, and lasted till close to 10 PM.

Thousands of idiots dashing through the parking lot(s), checking their phones for Twitter clues....and every media outlet PLUS the Burbank PD had choppers in the air....circling, circling.  My ears are still ringing.

Google # Hidden Cash.  Or something like that.

We ARE doomed!

Comment by booklover on May 30, 2014 at 9:04am

I love that quote Ian!

Yes, all the praying at the car races.  Ugh.  I'm sure glad it works though and that none of the drivers have ever been hurt or killed! ;)

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2014 at 8:37am

I quite purposefully SKIPPED the invocation, Randall.  Given the opportunity NOT to listen to something like that, I quite naturally don't (the MUTE button is a wonderful thing!).

I much more enjoyed 150 laps of yellow-flag-free racing (would that it could have been 200!) and that great sprint to the finish.  Those two reasons by themselves made this year's Indy 500 one of the best I've ever watched.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 30, 2014 at 7:39am

I'm still pondering Ian's Emily Dickinson quote. Deep.

Did anyone hear the invocation given before the Indy 500 race? It was so preposterous, I almost gagged. It was full of the normal "thanks for a beautiful day" and "watch over the drivers", etc. The worse part was the "Can I hear an amen?" repeatedly directed to the fans. I was almost wishing a horrible accident would occur just to "show them" (but glad there was none).

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2014 at 6:54am

A beautiful sentiment, Ian.  Thanks for posting that!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2014 at 6:42am

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2014 at 12:37pm

Ruth, I am very sorry to learn of your continuing back problems. Your comments offer very fine material for thought and action. Is there such a thing as voice activation so that you can talk about your ideas and concerns with us?

Probably the best thing is for you to do exactly what you need to do and we can seek out the material ourselves. I realize you don't do commentary when you point out a topic and I like what commentary you do offer.  

Comment by booklover on May 29, 2014 at 12:34pm

Chris, I hope all of your work gets done before the end of summer!  It will be so nice for you to have everything settled, way less stress, and time for yourself! :)

 

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