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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 Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 9:33pm

Randy, does your home, without the visiting children and grandchildren, kind of echo their sounds after they are gone?

My house just rings with laughter, music and the memory of things that happened while they were here. The little five year old headed for the music part of the living room where I keep the ukulele, ocarina, Ozark harp, tambourine, drums, triangle, harmonica, maracas, castanets, and the dozen or so kazoos. There is also an old organ that doesn't work anymore, but they pretend to play the two keyboards and footboard. Before you know it, they each have an instrument of their choice and march around the house. The sounds they make are more like cacophony, but a wonderful concert to my ears.  

I am content!

Comment by booklover on November 12, 2014 at 9:24pm
Lol, Carl! Thanks! Somebody needs to keep track of me!
Patricia, it sounds to me like your husband will get to 80!! :)
Comment by Patricia on November 12, 2014 at 9:20pm

Thanks, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 9:11pm

I am getting behind on reading mail again. Being retired means I don't make time for the things I love to do, and one of my greatest pleasures is reading A/N mail.

My cousin from Hayden Lake, Idaho, came over this morning for our annual autumn chat ... we have one in the spring and several throughout the summer, if possible. It feels so good to chat with her. She and I hold very similar views on gardening, economics, politics and religion, and when we differ, we don't get angry or make a fuss.  I enjoy these topics, and so does she. Her father was the superior court judge and he was very hard on her. Thankfully, she was able to pull away from his influence and created a successful business of her own. Hard-headed business woman with deep feelings of compassion for those who can't break away from traditional values. She is now retired and about to do her yearly migration to live in the south.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 9:07pm

Patricia, I am so happy you are posting on A/N again. I missed your bright humor and insights. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 8:16pm

Oh! Yes!

"Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, 

"It is sweet and fitting to die for the homeland,

BUT, read on:

sed dulcius pro patria vivere, et dulcissimum pro patria bibere. Ergo, bibamus pro salute patriae." 

"but sweeter still to live for the homeland, and sweetest yet to drink for the homeland. So, let us drink to the health of the homeland."

Comment by Patricia on November 12, 2014 at 7:48pm

The first heart attack at age 42 should have killed him. Then at 47 he had another, with a blood clot breaking away & lodging in his brain 2 days later, giving him the stroke. Seeing 50, & then 60 was really something, & now 70. The medical people said his will to live was very strong. He wants to see 80, & he just may do it.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 12, 2014 at 7:45pm

Mindy, don't worry.  You've posted today.  I'm keeping track of you.

Funny you should mention Chris, I was just thinking the same thing about her this morning. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 12, 2014 at 7:38pm

Yeah, I laughed at Patricia's red dot video as well.  What fun! 

Patricia, glad to hear your husband is doing well.  It's wonderful to reach a milestone you thought you never would see.  (Sk8eycat may have a different opinion about that, but I'm selfishly glad she's here to talk about it.)

Comment by Patricia on November 12, 2014 at 5:43pm

Purr-Dee thinks it's just juvenile, I'm sure.

 

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