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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 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

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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 Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 2:31pm

Felaine, funny video clip; did he play tricks when you were there? 

Patricia, your scooter looks so cool and a handy thing to be able to use. That cat is an amazing animal with a sweet face. 

Mindy, I find it bitter/sweet to go back to former homes of loved ones. Everything changes, yet I can sometimes see remnants of former memories. Your cat and face in the window evokes memories as well. I would be worrying as well with a loved one on wet or icy roads.  

Comment by Loren Miller on March 2, 2014 at 1:40pm

WHOA!!!  Now THAT is a PUDDY-CAT, Patricia!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 2, 2014 at 11:57am

Love the cat photo, Mindy.  Beautiful, cute, artistic, introspective.  It's a fantastic picture on several different levels.   

Comment by booklover on March 2, 2014 at 11:26am

Cool Chris!  Me too!  I just wish they'd let me hug them more! lol.  My daughter has been gone for 2 days, and I can tell her cat Lucy really misses her.

Felaine, I found that picture from a Facebook page called Crazy Cat Ladies! :)  I thought it was a really neat photo!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 11:20am

Mindy, That's a double-AWWWWWWWW! 

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2014 at 11:18am

I love that picture, Mindy! Almost as if I see my younger self, and yes, I loved cats from the moment I met one when I was three.

Comment by booklover on March 2, 2014 at 10:31am

Comment by booklover on March 2, 2014 at 10:31am

I hope you continue to win against your bout with colitis Patricia! I can understand that about you not wanting to see or hear about your house again after you move from it Felaine.  That would be hard.  Sometimes I drive past my grandparents old house and the whole neighborhood is so foreign to me.  In my memory I know all the people who live there, the house looked so different, etc.  I don't know why I do that to myself.  Like I'm looking for SOME sign of them, and there is nothing and no one from when they lived there.

It's bright and sunny here today, but lots and lots of snow all over.  My daughter has to drive home from Central Illinois, but if they are getting sleet or ice she will have to spend the night there again. 

My husband is on vacation this week.  I have a honey-do list for him!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 1:11am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaEfU47QY_k

The guy on the left was one of the floor directors at KCET when I worked there back in the 1970s & early '80s.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 1:00am

Yeah...everything in SoCal is paved over, so the water goes into the storm drains, and from there to the ocean...which doesn't need any more H2O.  It also helps over-fill swimming pools; I haven't checked ours today.  If the rain goes on long enough, it does soak into the ground and causes mudslides...especially where brush fires have burned away all the plant life. 

This is really a desert...not fit for so many people to be packed together, and certainly not fit for so many roads and giant parking lots.  Public transportation sux.  You can't get anywhere from here without changing buses 2 or 3 times. Or spending a small fortune on cabs. I quit driving when I could no longer feel anything with my feet.  Seemed like the sensible thing to do at the time.

We do have a light rail network, but you still have to take a cab, or drive and park at the stations. 

I have a friend in DC who can walk half a block to the Metro, and get to places like the Kennedy Center or the Veterans Hospital, and/or just about anyplace he wants to go. And the rent in his Seniors Only building (quite new, and very nice) is adjusted according to his income. 

I could use a place like that!  There are several good places here in town.  Except if we have to sell this house, I don't want to be anywhere near it afterwards...I don't ever want to see what any new owners would do to the place...like bulldoze the house AND the trees. (We moved here in 1945....except for when I had my own apartments, this has been my home.  It's been my Aspie/autistic sister's ONLY  home since she was 6 months old.)

Oh, what to do?????  I'd love to move to BC. but don't have the money, and I'm sure Canadians are very tired of all of us ex-pats .... Except for "names" like writer Spider Robinson who became a citizen about 10 years ago. (Lives on Bowen Island, and has published some sharp remarks about privatizing the ferry service.).

 

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