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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 20 hours ago. 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

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 Plinius on November 15, 2013 at 12:33am

Poor Mindy's daughter! I'm glad she has got a good family to back her. Wish her well!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 14, 2013 at 11:00pm

Oh, man, Mindy.  Talk about being shat upon all at once.  I feel horrible just thinking about your daughter and what she's going through.  Like Sk8eycat said, I'm sorry I can't do more, but please let her know that this total stranger from an internet site wishes her well.  I know she's in good hands with you around. 

Comment by Steph S. on November 14, 2013 at 9:45pm

Sorry to hear about your daughter Mindy. I hope things work out for her in the future. We are thinking about her and wish her the best. Ruth I love that cat picture.

Comment by booklover on November 14, 2013 at 8:46pm
Felaine, hugs from friends are plenty! You're so sweet. Hugs back to you. I'm glad you and your Aunt had each other in life. Both wonderful people.
Comment by sk8eycat on November 14, 2013 at 8:30pm

Booklover: I'm thinking a lot of hugs to you and your daughter....I'm sorry  that I can't do more. 
*&gt;:D< big hug

Comment by booklover on November 14, 2013 at 7:45pm
My poor daughter! She has been seriously depressed, feeling nauseous (Gastro problems like mine), the guy she was starting to date dumped her, and tonight she lost her job!!!!! They had to let people go because business isn't good. She had had plans to move out with 2 friends on Dec 1st. I know some people have much worse problems. She knows it too, but she's still my baby even if she's 21, and I can't stand to see her hurting. Sometimes life just sucks. Too bad it all happened to her in one week! Thanks for listening Friends. <3
Comment by sk8eycat on November 14, 2013 at 5:22pm

Do you remember the old observation about how many people will actually touch a wall or something else in a public place that has a "Wet Paint" sign on it?  Amazing.

I never liked Art Linkletter much, but the title of one of his programs was spot-on: People Are Funny.

Oh, BTW, my sister bought a gadget called a "Telemarketer Repellant." It has a choice of 25 recorded rude remarks...just hold it up to the phone, and push a button.  Some of the recordings are VERY rude!  Hee-heeeeee!  Of course it's useless for robot-calls.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 14, 2013 at 2:20pm

Ruth...Love that "recording cat," and the ones you posted in "Ailurophiles" about the "brown bath beads."  Eww.  Tee-hee.

"Recording cat" reminds me of "Your prayer is very important to us..." but I can't remember the rest of it.  I'm having Senior Moments more and more often lately, and they scare me.  I did remember a line in one of Carl Sagan's books; he was paraphrasing somebody else about people praying for a particular need..."Why pray at all?  If God knows everything, then he already knows about the problem, and how to fix it."

That's my thought for today.

I think.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 14, 2013 at 1:50pm

To everyone, thank you.  Aunt Phyllis was my last remaining relative of my parents' generation, and she was the epitome of unconditional love.  She was 91 and still quite active until a few days before her death, so my cousins and all their offspring were with her at the end, which was quiet and relatively painless.  I'm still unhappy that they didn't call me...there was time.  BUT every time I spoke to her on the phone I told her I loved her, so she knew...

In the meantime I'm waiting for summer to get over itself; it was 93 deg. yesterday.  Whoopie.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 14, 2013 at 12:59pm

Familiar?

 

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