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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 20 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

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 7, 2014 at 9:57pm

An amusing bit, excepting for the tinge of homophobia and nudity taboo.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 7, 2014 at 9:51pm

Jazz envy, I haz it. Happy weekend, everyone!

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2014 at 11:37pm

As you realize, Napoleon, I have problems with you and sometimes you make no sense to me at all. When you do ring my bells, they are as clear as crystal and make good sense. Kind of like wake-up call to some truth. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 6, 2014 at 10:08pm

Sk8eycat, a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned about attending a Johnny Carson taping back in 1988......Pete Fountain was the musical guest for that show. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 6, 2014 at 10:01pm

I had the honor of seeing Woody Herman and his Big Band three times in my life.  Twice in high school in a concert setting.  The third and final time I was probably just 21 and able to legally get into bars/clubs.  Woody was performing at Rick's Cafe Americain here in Chicago.  A classic jazz club.  A fairly small room.  Small round tables tightly arranged together and each with a candle.  I was seated right up front, an arms length away from the piano.  And before me, just several feet away, was one row each of saxophones, trombones and trumpets.  A wall of intense, electrifying music fronted by Woody Herman and his clarinet.  It's one of those unforgettable and sublime musical memories.  

When I used to work in downtown Chicago, my office was just three blocks from The Jazz Showcase, another infamous jazz club.  Occasionally by boss and I would go have dinner after work and then head to the jazz club.  I recall seeing both Tal Farlow and Ray Brown perform there. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 6, 2014 at 8:26pm

Oh, la!  It seems like 100 years since I've been to a jazz club (Shelly's Manne- Hole in Hollywood)A friend worked there as a maitre d' and he would slip me in...

We also used to hit a lot of the better clubs in the French Quarter when we played New Orleans...different kind of jazz, but fun.  Double fun to actually meet, and shake hands with the likes of Al Hirt and Pete Fountain. (Sometimes the musicians who toured with us would sit in with the "big names" for a few sets.  So cool!)

Them wuz the dayz.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 6, 2014 at 8:03pm

'Une image vaut mille mots' par Napoleon Bonaparte 

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 6, 2014 at 7:38pm

Corcovado and music like it is terrific to hear live at a jazz club or something. Enjoyed it.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 6, 2014 at 7:33pm

No argument, Carl, though I'd likely opt for a snifter of a good single-malt.  It's one for the desert island, for sure.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 6, 2014 at 7:30pm

Ah, yes, Loren.  A great choice of music.  I have this album.  It's a classic.  Pair this with a glass of wine and it will take you to wonderful places. 

 

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