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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 1 hour ago. 18 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

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 8:59pm

The lovely young woman in my Avatar is my just turned 21 year old granddaughter, Laurie, who participated with me as part of my Cancer Cure Team. She was a real brick through everything. When I was overwhelmed, she was there. When I was afraid, she held me close. When I cried, she wiped away my tears. She gave me the most wonderful gift any one can give, her smile and jokes. She made me laugh. 

The event  was my graduation from those dreadful chemo cocktails. I had another graduation ceremony when I finished radiation. 

Dr. Fairbank, radiologist, saw me today for the last time, unless I want to come for a visit. All healing occurs as expected, a little more external healing and much to heal inside. Very little pain now and it, too, will end. 

I had a meeting with him and his staff to thank them all for their very wonderful care and compassion. Mike, the primary technician, apologized profusely for the ordeal he claimed to have put me through, and I assured him he is part of my Cancer Cure team. 

ROBERT K. FAIRBANKS, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Cancer Care Northwest 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 19, 2013 at 8:38pm

Hi, Steph.  You pop in and out of here so quickly.  I hope you're doing well.  You always sound so busy! 

Yes, it's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here.  This has been an odd year for me.  I feel as though I've missed out on both the Summer and Fall seasons without being able to fully enjoy all the associated activities.  I've either been working or at home being a hermit.

Comment by Steph S. on November 19, 2013 at 8:27pm

Comment by Steph S. on November 19, 2013 at 8:22pm

Wow - what great posts today - cool video Flying Atheist.

Patricia and Booklover - those had me laughing. Very funny.

Good video Tony -interesting and Joan - good quote. Can you believe next week is Thanksgiving?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 8:20pm
Carl, that walk is a killer. Why would be brave enough to build it ... and without reinforcing bars. The one fellow wore a strap that hooked onto the wire, however those five or six steps on a steel bar with crumbling concrete doesn't give me any confidence. Also, concrete against native stone, with normal cold/hot variation would break concrete all to smithereens.
The vehicle in India is another thing altogether. A road bed could slip out under the weight at any moment, especially where water is involved. If I were a passenger, I would prefer to walk.
Why go there? I don't like the taste or feel of adrenaline.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 19, 2013 at 7:55pm

Ruth, that van ride in India is outrageous.  I think I would go into cardiac arrest from anxiety.  It reminds me of this video footage of the famous El Camino del Rey walking trail in Spain. 

Mindy, it's a good thing I don't live within walking distance of a Target.  I'd own half the store.  The closest one to me is two short bus rides away.  And without a car, I have to limit my purchases to what I can carry.  That's probably a good thing!  

Dear sweet Joan, glad to hear you're doing well.  I like your new profile picture.  Who is that with you and what are you holding up?  You always have a beaming, wonderful smile. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 6:27pm

Tony, outrageous, imbecilic, ridiculous, asinine, absurd, and so funny, I can't stop laughing at those crazy people. 

Ruth, that road, river, and terror were as my repeating nightmares I had in 1974, only the brakes gave out on my car and I was trying to make all the curves and dodge all the rockfalls and possible plunges. My river below was a raging torrent. I would wake up crying and in absolute terror. Then I saw the first frame, my stomach churned in recognition of a familiar sight. 

At the time, I didn't realize I had to leave my marriage, my family, my church community and my religion if I were to have freedom. 

Comment by booklover on November 19, 2013 at 5:06pm

Comment by booklover on November 19, 2013 at 5:05pm

Ruth!  I can't even watch that video without feeling like I'm going to fall out of my chair! lol.  I can't imagine riding it for real! NO way!

Joan, I like the saying about inner-peace.  I need to remember that when I lose my temper. I hope your Dr. appt. went well, and glad your last scab is gone!

My son's car broke down on the way home from work tonight, but my husband went to pick him up, then they are going to let a friend's old dog out (he's working late), and then they will be home. My Mom took my daughter and I out for breakfast, and then we looked all around Target.  Of course there's always something needed at Target.  My Mom always insists on paying.  My sister told her she is annoyingly generous, which my mom thought was hilarious. 

Have a good night my friends!~ Mindy

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 19, 2013 at 2:22pm

Hi, All. Here's a little bus ride in India you might enjoy.

Cute LOLcat, Steph. My cat Trissa produces piles that big, but she's never resentful.

LOL, Tony that didn't sound like any llama I've seen.

 

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