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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 3 hours ago. 19 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 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

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 Ian Mason on January 29, 2014 at 10:05pm

As regards loss: it's not what you say but how much and how well you listen. It's almost always a good thing to ask "what happened"? Bereaved parents have a real need for patient listeners who "just" listen and don't try to solve problems or find a deeper meaning.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2014 at 8:39pm

What Joan said Ian.  Nice.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2014 at 8:29pm

Ian, a beautiful and brainy daughter. You must be very proud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2014 at 8:28pm

I still have a hard time knowing how to respond to someone's loss, even at my age.  My next door neighbor died last year.  Her husband the year before.  Her son came over to tell me and I just didn't know what to say to him, mainly because I don't know him that well.

A coincidental occurrence happened today as I was getting my blood drawn for a LAB report, the woman drawing it said "You look familiar."  I couldn't place her face and asked if she knew my dad.  She said no.

After a couple of minutes she said "don't you live next to where my parents used to live?  I live around the corner.  Then I knew who she was.  I didn't recognize her because I've never talked with her before.  I've talked to her husband and son and most of the rest of their relatives that live in this area. 

Anyway, we talked about her mother & father as well as mine.

And, she did a good job of drawing blood.  The last time I had a lab, the young guy lost the vein and had a lot of trouble finding it again.  Had a big bruise for a week.  Never going to that place again.

I had a good discussion with my new doctor today that may be an agnostic.  I plan on feeling him out to see what his religious beliefs are (or lack thereof).  But so far I like him!

Comment by booklover on January 29, 2014 at 7:18pm

The guy wasn't at work today, of course, my son said.  I don't know if he'll say what happened.  I know my son would never ask.  Just so sad.

Comment by booklover on January 29, 2014 at 3:46pm
Ian, congratulations to your beautiful daughter!!! That's terrific!! I'd be proud too! :)
Comment by Ian Mason on January 29, 2014 at 3:25pm

My daughter, having finished university as "Kandidat Magister" (Advanced Degree/MA) with the next-highest grade. A proud Dad, me.https://plus.google.com/photos/117651753549220715564/albums/5974354...

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2014 at 2:42pm

Mindy, I was at the lab yesterday for another blood draw and it was standing room only. I asked the technition if the work load has changed recently. He said "Big time". Whatever is causing the overloads is real and has an explanation. 

Sorry about your son's friend's loss. Tough for young people to deal with death issues, especially babies and children. The grief must be very deep for the parents. I like you husband's response. 

Comment by booklover on January 29, 2014 at 2:24pm
Where is everybody? Well they still haven't called to give me the results from the heart-monitor I wore last week. They haven't scheduled my son's MRI for his knee either. Doesn't anyone do their jobs in a timely manner anymore? Just frustrating. I called, and they had reasons.
A young man my so works with, and his girlfriend had a baby girl yesterday that died at birth. She was full-term, and didn't even weigh 5 lbs. I am thinking there had to be something wrong, and not just low birth- weight? Anyway it was sad. I could tell my son was upset. The company he works for is family- owned, and they are religious. His co- worker and his girlfriend are catholic. My husband told my son to tell his friend a simple "I'm sorry." My son is an Atheist (yay), and probably has no experience dealing with religious people regarding something sad like this.
Comment by booklover on January 28, 2014 at 5:40pm

Good comic Ian!

 

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