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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

Tags: surreal

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Comment by booklover on January 24, 2014 at 4:44pm

I would have my hand up for a visit Spud. :)

Cool you found a non-religious doctor.  My dentist and his whole staff are SO religious and right-wing.  I've been seeing him since I was 17.  I'm 46.  Maybe time to find a new one!  Glad you escaped a big bill!!!  Mentioning your gold crown reminded me of a friend I used to have whose husband told her that if he ever died at home, get a pliers and pry off the gold crown before calling the authorities, so she could sell it and get some money for it! lol.  I have a gold crown also.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2014 at 4:40pm

Spud, count me in on the potluck! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 24, 2014 at 4:00pm

Had my teeth cleaned yesterday, and the dentist checked them over today.  All looks good.  Don't have to have my large gold crown replaced.  Whew!  Escaped another $500 bill (over $1000 anywhere else).

Have an appointment with my new doctor next week.  It's his wife that cleans my teeth, and she's the best and most friendly that I've ever had.  She recommended her husband when I told her I wanted a doctor that was less religious and more scientific.  Don't yet know if they are agnostic, or what.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 24, 2014 at 3:53pm

Yes Mindy, I agree.  But if I had the green stuff, I would ask for a show of hands from those peeps that wanted a visit

Comment by booklover on January 24, 2014 at 3:36pm
Oh! Spud, I was going to say I wish we really could all visit in person! This is better than never having met though!!!!!
Comment by booklover on January 24, 2014 at 3:30pm
Loren, I just read your church/wifi joke to my daughter and she laughed and said "that's the truth!" Good one!
Comment by booklover on January 24, 2014 at 3:28pm
Joan, you are such a neat person! All that know you know that you really ARE such a genuine person and a treasure to have as a friend.

Thank you for the compliment Spud! I feel the same way about you! We seem to agree on most everything, and we just found out we are even more alike! Too bad we have to be such worriers though! Well, we can worry together here at least! :)
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2014 at 2:35pm

Spud, I genuinely mean it when you or anyone has a constructive criticism. I'm trying to be a better writer and each one here offers insightful expressions that I value. Just as you all were my support team during Cruddy Cancer, I feel you are on my team to do a better job of writing.  

Comment by Plinius on January 24, 2014 at 2:12pm

I think I'll serve you a potatocake with the tea, Spud. I must find and translate the recipe - will post in FOOD.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 24, 2014 at 2:02pm

Chris, thanks for the tea and potato wish.  I do also.

Carl, thanks for the compliment and potato meal wish.  

Joan, thanks for the friendship.  Just in case you missed it, I only said some of your thoughts are too Buddhist for my taste.  Smile:)

Mindy, my first thought is also the worst case scenario in a lot of situations.  I think my meditation is watching my 300 favorite movies (mostly comedies) every year.  I like reading your posts. You have some good thoughts and often make me smile.

I can say much the same for Chris, Carl, Loren, Felaine, Joan, Patricia, Daniel, and a bunch more (sorry if I forgot you).  When an unknown rich relative leaves me a cool $million (yeah, right!), I'll come for a visit.

 

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