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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat on Wednesday. 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

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Patricia on Wednesday. 4 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

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Tuesday. 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 21. 5 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

Attacks in Canada Oct. 22nd/14

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 20. 4 Replies

This was devastating for us........…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on November 1, 2014 at 5:53pm

Joan, if I didn't have two cats to support, I would take an overdose the next time I get my Rx refilled.  I don't really give a damn about my twisted sister....but the cats are another matter.

I have never wanted to live a long life...I did what I really wanted to do before I was 30.  All I am doing right now is surviving, and it isn't much fun...or even comfortable.

PS: Clinical depression runs in both sides of our family....both parents felt they had lived too long....dad had major strokes before he finally left the building at 82, and mother had operations, radiation, chemo, all in one year.  They cured her cancer, but the rest of her body slowly fell apart...for the next 9 years.  It was horrendous.  I don't want to do that.  But I can't abandon my fur-people....

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 5:39pm

Felaine, we have fire in our bellies, common sense in our brains, a lifetime of experience and know how outrageous this Boom and Bust economy is. We can work on campaigns, have the party put up yard signs, Offer a class in geriatrics at your local school, Do some awareness building with your neighborhood doctors and dentists, develop a reputation as a no-nonsense person. 

Some of my ideas will surely make matters worse, so into the trash bin they go. I know I am not going to do some of the things I did as a young woman on a mission. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 1, 2014 at 5:11pm

Our closest neighbors are either older and more frail than we are, or have abandoned their houses (to move in with offspring, or into an assisted-living building) because they can't get a decent price for them....and this is a "good" neighborhood!  Elementary school one block up the hill, convenience stores and some doctors and dentists' offices one block down the hill....

BUT the resale value of our house has dropped from $700,000 to $550,000 in the past six or seven years, and all our neighbors are in a similar fix.. F*CK you so much, Mr. Bush!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 5:08pm

Mindy, I forgot to mention what a great idea to get your house all ready for the retirement years. New counter tops! That must bring some cheer as you go about your chores. 

I wonder if someone can get a message to A/N if they wanted to send us information? Do they have to be a member to have access to our group? 

Mindy, thank you so much for telling me that I don't come across as bad-news-only. I want everyone to know what I have learned and that is not available in the commercial news sources. I check my sources every morning, first thing. And then start corresponding. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 1, 2014 at 5:03pm

I just checked the phone, and it's working now, but it feels like another storm is on the way.  Bog know we need the rain, but I think I need to do something about contacting the police or fire dept if we ever need to.  WITHOUT BUYING A DAMNED CELL PHONE! 

(I worked in the accounting office of a retail electronics store when cell phones were just becoming smaller and slightly lighter than a brick...the Motorola Flip Phone was the first one....and I swore 'd never buy one. I still find cell/text phone users annoying; they seem to live in a different world.  One that they are the center of.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 5:00pm

Felaine, do you have neighbors close by that you could get to in case of problems? You have a lot of responsibility taking care of your sister and having to carrying the load for the two of you. 

The neighborhood had an agreement with an elderly neighbor that lived next door to me. If she needed help, she would put a little flag out. Well, she needed help and couldn't get the flag out. Bummer!

Another thing we have in Spokane, the mailperson is to keep track if the mail isn't picked up regularly. 

I can't think of any other alternatives. Anyone come up with an idea? 

Comment by booklover on November 1, 2014 at 3:43pm
I talked to Daniel before about this very thing. If something happened to one of us, how would the rest of us know? I told my daughter if something ever happened to me, to get on here and tell you guys. I hope Patricia is okay.
I get what you're saying, Joan. But even when you post things that are the plain, harsh truth, you still come across to me as a positive person.
Felaine, that's a scary situation. Things really are getting more and more expensive. I hope they get your line fixed soon!
Comment by sk8eycat on November 1, 2014 at 1:52pm

Joan, I get emails (I suppose all A/N members do) when anyone posts something to a discussion I have joined, or posted to.  I have seen NOTHING from Patricia in several weeks. 

At first I thought it was because I couldn't get at my email for nearly a month....I still haven't read or deleted everything that came in during that time.  Yahoo Mail is not the easiest thing to deal with.
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Now we are having weather "fun."  It finally rained a little last night, and I'm getting nothing but static when I pick up the phone (we have ONE land-line.  Period.  Can't afford an additional cell phone account.)  Squirrels and birds chew holes in the insulation around the outside (copper) wires, then water seeps in when it rains, and we have to wait for the phone company to install new wires, or for the sun to come out and dry everything.... till the next storm comes along.  It's been overcast all morning, but I see a bit of blue sky to the east now.

I guess my DSL, or whatever it is, still works because those lines are fiberglass.  I don't really know. 

If one of us gets sick or injured, there's NO WAY we can contact the city emergency services unless we go looking for a neighbor who has a cell phone.  There is NO setup for emergency emails.  But the city keeps raising the rates for everything.

I'm feeling somewhat abandoned right now.  I can email my cousins and their adult children in Arizona, but I can't phone anybody for help if I need it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 12:47pm

Mindy, Patricia and I have had several discussions about my writing about the grim science of economics and politics on this site because she needed and wanted uplifting things to read. I agreed to post my comments on other sites so that she wouldn't have to read these things. 

I don't like the woo-woo aspect of the Pollyanna kind of writing and I can easily ignore it when/if it occurs. A positive attitude in the face of dirty religion and politics is not my cup of tea. I do agree with her point that we need to have a safe place to relax and enjoy life. She and my daughter would agree totally to that. I can accommodate on that point.

In the meantime, my vitriol gets dumped on other sites. I'm really happy with that arrangement.

My concern is that I may have overstepped our agreement. I hope not.  

Comment by booklover on November 1, 2014 at 12:18pm
You're welcome of course, Joan! What negativity? I don't see you as a negative person at all!
 

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