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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

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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

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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 August 26, 2013 at 2:55am

Cheezkake Poze (We hated those hats!) My 19th b'day

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There were 24 girls and 12 boyz on the ice in a full chorus production number...and 7 or 8 big production numbers in a show...not counting solos and pairs...so we 5 or 6 of us got to sit out at least one number, but we still had to learn them all, in case someone was sick or injured.

The bear costume was part of a "Circus" number...there were 3 of us, and we got to climb over the footlights, walk around in the audience (on rubber-lok mats), hand out lollipops, and sit in guys' laps.  Tee-hee!  The only part of the costume that was at all heavy was the papier mache' head, and it rested on the shoulders, so it wasn't a big deal.  I loved being anonymous.  I embarrassed the *bleep* out of my mother when she came to see us un Salt Lake City, and the company manager sat her in the front row....I hugged her, and yelled, "I wuv yew, Mommy!"  She didn't quite crawl under the seat...

Comment by Plinius on August 26, 2013 at 12:25am

Good morning! I love to read your stories, please tell me more! We have DST here, but no one likes it - they say it saves money on street lighting and other things.

That is beautiful skating - I'm jealous that I never learnt it but my equilibrium was never good: I even don't cycle anymore. But my eyes are good enough for reading and my hands are good for lots of hobbies and odd jobs.

I'm glad you're feeling better, Joan! 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 11:20pm

Patricia, IMO there is nothing more frightening than a "stage mother/father"!  I was lucky; my parents just wanted me to enjoy whatever I chose.  Dad turned me on to books by reading me to sleep until I learned to read by myself (took me a while; I'm dyslexic, and they didn't even have a word for that when I was in school. I also needed glasses; got my first pair when I was in 2nd grade...very unusual in 1948.) I am totally  addicted to print.

BTW, my HANDS have always been clumsy, and my best friends in high school were three of the majorettes. I wanted to go to the away games on the band bus, so I learned to play the only instrument that doesn't require manual dexterity (or reading music)...the bass drum!  I also learned how to "guide" when I was in the marching band, and that came in very handy when I joined Holiday.  Half the numbers we did involved some precision, and there was always one number in the show that was fairly close to military-type drill. Audiences loved it...when we got it right.

Comment by booklover on August 25, 2013 at 10:40pm
Thanks for showing us the pictures Felaine! Wonderful!
Joan, I'm glad you are feeling better. <3
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2013 at 9:19pm

Ruth, I am sorry to learn of your dealing with "seasonal affective disorder". I've never heard of summer time distress but I do understand the winter version, even if I did get past it several years ago. Your diagnosis makes sense. 

My mother and daughter were night people and I am an early morning one. I could not understand those two, nor could they understand me.  Now that I am sleeping all night and then most of the day, I don't know what I will be. It doesn't really matter because I am able to sleep or not, as it pleases me. I love retirement. 

Getting my blood chemistry back on track and feeling so much better, I have to ask if your nutrition levels are up to par?  

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2013 at 8:46pm
Mindy, glad you had a good time. Welcome safely home.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2013 at 8:42pm
sk8eycat "Singing in the Rain", on ice, no less. What a wonderful rendition. I get the shivers just thinking of all that water and ice. Brilliant performance.
Your skating career must have given you lots of opportunity to see and do interesting things. Those early morning rehearsals don't sound like fun at all.
I agree with you about DST! No need! We are all grown up and able to move with the sun and moon. When I lived in Alaska (1959-1961) we had two hours of twilight in winter with 22 hours of dark and 22 hours of sunlight in summer with two hours of twilight. Now, that took some adjusting.
Like your 1960 PR photo. Very glamorous! How long did you skate professionally? I know you told us, and I forgot.
Your Pee-oree-yuh costume looks heavy. Would you rather skate fully covered like that, or in tights and skimpy clothes?
Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 6:53pm

1960 program/PR pic...I'm in the center back, standing directly behind Jinx Clark (in the oyster shell.)

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 6:39pm

I took dance (ballet & tap) for six years before I suffered burn-out and quit. About a year later some retired show skaters opened a small ice studio here in Burbank, and ran ads in the local paper offering the first 10 weeks of lessons at a discount.  My mom showed me the ad and asked if I was interested....was I EVER!

By the time I was a senior in high school, I was just barely good enough to make the chorus line in Holiday...This was my favorite costume:

O, HALP! I stuk in '59. backstage in Pee-oree-yuh! Pleh.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 5:39pm

Patricia: I love Kurt Browning's version of "Singin' in the Rain" because it's such a wonderful tribute to Gene Kelley, AND my body can still feel some of the moves he does (I never could jump...too scared).  But that's the kind of skating I fell in love with when I first saw it on TV ....long, smooth edges, and fancy footwork.  I can't stand what competitive skating has evolved into the last 25 years...an effing jumping contest. Gah!

 

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