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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 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 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 Loren Miller on May 22, 2014 at 6:04am

I found this Wikipedia article on Bill Evans, which might help, Joan.

Interesting that I haven't collected any of his music, though I may start!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 22, 2014 at 5:32am

Plinius, I use my cell phone about once a month also.  

I was happy when the price came down to what I could afford because I always wanted one for emergencies.

After I got one, I canceled my land line because even when I made no calls, it cost 2 times what my cell phone costs.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 22, 2014 at 3:26am

Thanks for the link, Loren. That is very soulful music.

Yes, I had a smashing time in Istanbul. Here's a mosaic of a monkey catching birds. A bit unusual, I thought.

Comment by Plinius on May 22, 2014 at 12:44am

Thanks for the Bill Evans link, Loren, wonderful music with my first cup of coffee!

Congrats, Patricia!

I've got an old cell phone, so people can find me when necessary, but I use it perhaps once a month. I never got attracted to the endless babble and restless texting and gaming I see around me.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2014 at 12:17am

Loren, my computer isn't working properly right now and I am unable to access a search. Is there a story behind the music of Bill Evans? His music is soulful, almost haunting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2014 at 12:05am

Patricia, very good news about your diagnostic mammo this month being clear! Those are mighty fine words to hear after all you experienced. Not only a survivor, but a thriver! Happy life. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2014 at 12:02am

Ian, your photos tell a story of Istanbul that many do not see. The Turkish coffee with a treat looks so good. Your photo of the Bosporus that separates Europe from Asia presents a lovely scene, beautiful and peaceful. It's beauty exists in spite of the history of Gallipoli Campain and the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) losses in the battle commemorated by the beautiful Lone Pine Monument. Thank you for sharing these sights with us.  

Comment by k.h. ky on May 21, 2014 at 10:47pm
Lovely photos Ian. Sounds like you enjoyed yourself.
Comment by Loren Miller on May 21, 2014 at 9:08pm

This is something I heard courtesy of a friend and colleague of mine, quite a few years ago.  Bill Evans brings a deft, soulful touch to a classic George Gershwin song from Porgy and Bess: "My Man's Gone Now:

Comment by sk8eycat on May 21, 2014 at 6:17pm

Well, using a hand-held phone, or texting while driving is illegal in California, and has been for several years, but there still are people who think what they have to say is so effiing important that they either break the law, or get no-hands phones for their cars.  It's still a distraction.

I never liked it when a passenger would babble at me when I was trying to drive and watch the road at the same time.  I try to give anyone else the same courtesy of shutting up when they are doing the driving.

Maybe it's just me...I could never give complete (necessary) attention to two things at once.

 

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