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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat on Wednesday. 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

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Patricia on Wednesday. 4 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

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Tuesday. 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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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 21. 5 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

Attacks in Canada Oct. 22nd/14

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 20. 4 Replies

This was devastating for us........…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2013 at 2:24am

Ruth, yes, I agree when you wrote, "I can't imagine Sichuan after chemo. I can't even handle it on a normal day any more."

Gordy prepares everything from scratch and he knows what to put in my bowl and what to leave out. Jamie and I worked on the blend and it is working. The sauce is what makes the difference between bland and delicious. 

So sorry you have stomach problems.  Do you have an appetite? I found I didn't want anything to eat at all, and I knew I couldn't allow that to happen. reverting back to soluble fiber helped me a lot. Yogurt and blueberries satisfy my sweet tooth. 
Do take good care, we need your wisdom now more than ever, and you need to feel strong and healthy to be fully flourishing. 

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2013 at 1:27am

Yesterday I fulfilled demented Aunties birthday wish: she wanted to revisit a theme park (fairy tales) she had seen when young. One side of me thinks that it's quite horrible to expose a 78 years old to a children's fun park, but it worked out well: the old memories of previous visits were gone but she lost herself in wonder and delight.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 20, 2013 at 11:36pm

Great wave animation, Napoleon.

ROFL over Walmart dog. I think I resembled that dog (minus curlers) at the grocery store today. Luckily cashiers don't pass judgment on frump.

What an adventure, Mindy. I get excited to see a rabbit. My homemade low carb bread with too much xanthan gum was so bad the wildlife refused to eat it, even the ants apparently.

Joan, I can't imagine Sichuan after chemo. I can't even handle it on a normal day any more.

Grinning Cat, that apology to the aliens made my day!

Comment by booklover on June 20, 2013 at 10:33pm
Joan, I had a very good BLT sandwich that had goats cheese on it and made with delicious bread. We also had a couple of wonderful chocolates from a confectionary, to name a few treats. I hope you continue to feel better and better! Steph, it is nice to have an Athiest friend to spend time with because I don't ever have to edit what comes out of my mouth, but you guys are my wonderful Atheist friends as well!!!!! Thanks Grinning Cat and Patricia! Glad to be back on AN, and it's only been a few days! :)
Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on June 20, 2013 at 10:02pm

Summer

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2013 at 9:30pm

Joan and Mindy, I'm glad to read that things are going well!

Foreground and background, or figure and ground, remind me of the two word puzzles in one of the Dialogues between Achilles and the Tortoise in Douglas Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.

Find a common English word that begins with "he" and ends with "he". (Presumably Achilles had a longer word than "he" in mind!)

...and...

Find a common English word that contains "adac" (as a substring: there can be letters before and/or after it, but the "adac" can't be broken up or rearranged). "abracadabra" doesn't quite work because it contains "adac" backwards, not forwards.

The answers are not obscure Scrabble words like "zyzzyva"!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 20, 2013 at 8:01pm

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on June 20, 2013 at 7:59pm

 

Comment by Steph S. on June 20, 2013 at 7:52pm

Joan I glad that your treatments are going well.

I'm thinking about you.

Melinda it sounds like you had a nice trip. I am glad you have an Atheist friend to spend your time with.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2013 at 6:02pm

Welcome home Mindy! So very happy to read of your adventures, rest and renewal. Can you describe some of your taste treats? Food seems to be foreground for me now. 

What is foreground and background? 

"Positive space refers to what the eye perceives as in the foreground. Negative space is what the eye perceives as in the background (for example as sky). Notice that negative space does not necessarily have to be white. As you are seeing, good designs often use more than one visual design cue at the same time. In addition to rhythm, this drawing of Maurice Escher skillfully plays with your perception of what is the foreground and what is the background."

Well, for me, food is foreground. 

 

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