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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 2 hours ago. 23 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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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

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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

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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

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Comment by booklover on August 27, 2013 at 7:47pm

Good Evening Friends!  I am trying to simplify my life in many ways.  I spend too much time online.  I deleted a lot of "favorites", and am only going to go to the sites I love the most.  Of course AN is top priority! :)  I did un-join some groups though.  Even though they are wonderful, I never read or contribute to them.  This is my very favorite group and where the majority of my friends are!  I have gotten rid of SO many things, and I wasn't a materialistic person to begin with!  I only kept what was useful, or meaningful, and decorations that I love that make my home show who my family is.  I feel lighter and better every time I get rid of something that takes up my time that I don't enjoy doing, mentally or physically.  Less stuff, less to clean.  Less clogging my mind, happier Mindy. My kids both have jobs now, Cole is still in our wonderful Community College.  My daughter's job is turning out to be an awesome fit for her while she decides what to do with finishing her education.  She's in a great frame of mind!  I even decided, though I love my dog with all my heart, she will be my one and only dog ever.  I am truly a cat-lady, and with my medical issue, on the many days I don't feel well, a big dog is just too much.  I also won't ever get another long-haired cat.  Beautiful, but SO much grooming, and they HATE it.  I know some cats love it.  I hope my 10-year old Lab lives another couple of years at least, and I'll always be happy my kids got to experience growing up with a dog.  We are ALL cat people though!

Sorry for the rambling!  Just relaxing and reflecting on things tonight.  Hugs to all of you.~ Mindy

Comment by sk8eycat on August 27, 2013 at 2:04pm

Joan, I don't think I was particularly disciplined, I just couldn't stand still whenever I heard music. Some of my earliest memories are of making up my own "dances" to "The Nutcracker," "H.M.S. Pinafore," and whatever Glenn Miller or Andrews Sisters stuff was playing on the radio.  I had never actually seen ballet or any kind of dancing till I began taking lessons when I was six.

I first saw ice skating when I was eleven, after Dad bought a TV set.  I roller-skated on the sidewalks with all the other kids, of course, but it has snowed here only once in my lifetime.(We went bonkers.)  "Frosty Frolics" was a summer replacement TV show, broadcast live from a big rink in Pasadena.  I was HOOKED! Obsessed.  Gliding looked so much more graceful than tippy-toeing across a stage in those painful pink shoes. (I hated dancing en pointe.)
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Ian, I think most people are somewhat "mixed brain." I'm right-handed, but always hated sports that required hand-eye coordination...particularly soft(HAH!)ball. I never could catch the damned things...and I got hit in the face more than once trying.  They HURT! 

When I was in high school, my gym class had a short course in archery; I never managed to even hit any targets.  My arrows went all over the field. It was fortunate that I didn't hit a classmate, OR the teacher.

If I wasn't using my legs, I was a total KLUTZ!  (Never was able to touch-type, either...still can't.  For some odd reason, I became a whiz at using a 10-key...the numbers went directly from my eye to my fingers...may have been using my left eye at the time. I dunno. So I spent 40 years as a bookkeeper. I actually enjoyed it.)

Comment by Plinius on August 27, 2013 at 1:50pm

And I'm lefthanded -eyed and -footed but I have a squint in my eyes that prevented me from skating or ball games. I can see the ball well enough, but with the extra time I need to find out where it is exactly...  I NEVER caught a moving ball! But who needs a moving ball?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2013 at 10:39am

sk8eycat you must have had great discipline to learn and do all that you did. You must feel great self-respect and pride. I didn't have that kind of dedication. Your beautiful personality shines through. 

Carl, funny exaggeration! I guess "freedom" has many definitions and different priorities. I wonder what her reply would be. Perhaps, "You idiot, what about MY freedom!" I think I was pretty cross about cleaning up the cat-litter boxes. Don't want to do that again. 

Patricia, having trained rats to perform, I can just imagine someone spreading tasty food on the mouthpieces and letting the critters do their thing. 

Ian, your "mixed brain" sounds interesting. I wonder if the new research on brain/mind function will explore this phenomenon?

Mindy, I like learning of your pom-pom history! Do you still like to perform? Not everyone likes to ... perhaps we are born with the ability to stand in front of others. My daughter was terrified of public speaking, became a volunteer fire fighter and now she is a tiger when speaking to schools and groups about preparing homes for fire protection or when she is teaching safety and techniques to new fire fighters. I am amazed at her achievement.  

Comment by booklover on August 27, 2013 at 9:20am

My cats do to Lillie.  I'm always sweeping around the boxes and putting it back in.

Comment by booklover on August 27, 2013 at 9:18am

I've never heard of that Ian!  Interesting!  I'm coordinated.  I was a pom-pom girl in high school, and I loved performing our routines to music in front of everybody.  I wish I still had that body! lol.  I'm glad I don't have that same brain anymore though! ha ha.

Love the cartoon Carl, and what a cute GIF Patricia!

Comment by Lillie on August 27, 2013 at 9:17am

I am right handed and left eyed and so are most of my family.  My son was career military and had to learn to shoot with his left hand.

Comment by Lillie on August 27, 2013 at 9:15am

My cat puts the litter on the floor.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 27, 2013 at 12:50am

Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle, Patricia, Carl and Mindy.

Glad you're feeling better Joan.

I'm one of the world's most uncoordinated people. I didn't know why until an old Peanuts cartoon put me on the right track: mixed brain dominance. I'm right-handed but left-eyed. Couldn't catch a moving ball if my life depended on it. That made me a figure of fun at school because no-one there had ever heard of the phenomonen. Most people still haven't and don't believe me when I tell them.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 26, 2013 at 8:47pm

 

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