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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan yesterday. 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 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 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! :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2014 at 12:31pm

Chris, I do hope this part of your life ends soon ... not wishing ill for your BIL. It is kind of like having buckets of challenges and this particular one seems bottomless. Makes it difficult to get on with your own affairs. My visual image of such formidable challenges is grit my teeth, bow my neck, clinch my fists, dig my feet in the ground and do what is necessary. AND RELAX. 

Easy to say! Impossible at time, to do! 

2 Hour Deep Meditation: Relax Mind Body, Spa Music, Background Musi...

I know, you don't have two hours to listen, however, you can listen for as long as you have time.

Sounds from nature

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2014 at 11:34am

sk8eycat I am with you on answering in four rings. Why hurt myself for a nonsense call. My phones were installed forty years ago; they are ancient by modern terms, but at least I can hear what people say to me, unless their phone, usually cell, is out of range to pick up their signal. Years ago, I took the phone apart and disconnected the ringer in my bedroom. There is a volume control on the living room phone and I turn it off when I have company or don't want to be disturbed.  

Comment by sk8eycat on May 29, 2014 at 10:00am

Patricia, most of the time, we let the answering machine pick up...unless we're expecting a call from someone.  If a caller can't be bothered to leave a message, then I can't be bothered to make a mad dash across loose throw rugs and stuff to catch the phone by the 4th ring. 

Before answering machines, cordless phones (and aggressive telemarketing), it used to be considered "only polite" for a caller to listen for 6 rings before hanging up.  Now 4 rings seems to be the maximum.  (Like I'm gonna take a cordless phone into the bathroom with me.  Eye.  Emm.  Sew.  Shurrrrr!)

 

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