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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

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 sk8eycat on January 5, 2014 at 12:49am

Oh, Steph!   That kitteh looks kinda like Freddie!  Only F's eyes are a tad greener.  I love having a black cat in the house again; now if she and Pumpkin would cuddle up with each other...like orange and black jelly beans.  (Freddie does spend most of her time curled up with my sister...a redhead; 69 years old and not one grey hair!  Damn.)

Comment by booklover on January 4, 2014 at 7:11pm

Cute LOL Cat Steph! :)

Comment by Steph S. on January 4, 2014 at 6:20pm

Comment by Plinius on January 4, 2014 at 11:39am

I wish you all a beautiful green spring - usually there's no water shortage in the Low Countries. But I do feel as if November is still here...

Comment by booklover on January 4, 2014 at 10:26am

You too Carl.  I know, we need the precipitation!  When I was a kid, my cousins from Chicago visited us.  They said they hated it, we were in a cornfield.  Our city (now) has 150,000 people, but they still thought it was a little town.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 4, 2014 at 9:50am

We are supposed to get more snow today, as well.  It's been very light and fluffy, not that heavy wet snow we often get.  The good thing is, if this keeps up we will have a very green Spring and Summer.  And the farmers sure welcome all this moisture as it prevents drought conditions in the Summer.  The majority of land in Illinois is farming.  We produce lots of corn, soy beans and pork.  Illinois is also the largest producer of pumpkins in the Fall.      

Sk8eycat, I'm jealous that you have an avocado tree at your house.  They are sooooo good.  The Mexican grocery store the next street over from me makes homemade guacamole.  In fact they make that and three types of salsa.  They have a spicy mango and corn salsa which is very tasty as well.    

I love the photos of Journey and Lula.  So cute and pretty. 

Chris and Ian, I know northern Europe has had very destructive storms in recent months.  While we all endure this extreme weather around the globe, the evidence seems to point out that this may be the new norm.

I hope all of you have a good weekend.  Stay warm, Mindy!  

Comment by booklover on January 4, 2014 at 8:44am

Joan, Lula isn't as active as she used to be.  She'll be 12 in April.

Chris,  If Carl is hoarding snow, then I am a hoarder too!  Any of you that want it are welcome to it!  :)

Felaine, not avocados!  I love avocados!!!

Have a relaxing weekend Friends :)

Comment by sk8eycat on January 4, 2014 at 1:59am

To all of you who have been posting snow pics...I am so jealous!  The last time it snowed here and stayed on the ground longer than a day was 1949!  Sometimes there's a light dusting on top of the hills above us, looks so pretty.  Like powdered sugar.

What I worry about is frost...it kills the ripe avocados that are still on the tree.  We pick a few at a time, and they usually last through April, but frost kills the stems, and we start frantically picking as many as we  can before they start to spoil.  (There's never a lack of friends willing to give the extras a good home. Till they're soft enough to eat.  YUM!)  But we haven't even had a hard frost like that for more than 15 years.  ;>)

The weather here is boring...not even much rain so far.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 4, 2014 at 1:19am

Great float. Glad to hear that all was peaceful for the parade.

Denmark has had one day of snow so far this winter. Makes a nice change from the past 3 years where there's been frost, snow and ice from November til late March. Hope you all are well in your stormy part of the world.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2014 at 1:10am

Very strange weather, indeed. Spokane is 16.3" low on snow. Wonder how our water supply will be next summer?

 

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