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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 5 hours ago. 20 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

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

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

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 Lillie on June 5, 2013 at 4:52pm

Joan, your soup sounds delicious and I don't have stomach problems.  Patricia, my favorite pies are coconut cream and French Silk.

Comment by Lillie on June 5, 2013 at 4:49pm

Believe it or not, one of my male cats was stuck in a chair just like this one.  He and his brother were playing chase and he discovered he could not proceed through these narrow slots.  I was at the dentist so he had to stay stuck for several hours.  I had to dismantle the chair with a crowbar and he made a trip to the vet.  He did lose the use of his back legs for a day or two but thankfully this was only temporary.  I guess they really do need 9 lives.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 5, 2013 at 11:42am

Been SO busy working and have now just caught up with all the past comments.  Beautiful weather here in Chicago.  Bright, sunny and warm days.  Cool evenings.  Perfect. 

Felaine, sorry to hear about your episode.  You're lucky you didn't injure yourself when you passed out.  I'm glad you're OK. 

Mindy, I hope your "down" period ends soon.  Like others in this group, you have a realistic understanding and approach to your condition and I commend you for your "take it as it comes" attitude.....as hard as that may be at times.  Hugs to you.  You have my moral support.  

Joan, sounds like you are progressing nicely as much as you can in your situation.  You are a person of true, unwavering inspiration.

Patricia, my two favorite pies:  cherry and pumpkin.  But you'll never see me turn down a slice of apple!!  Yummy as well. 

Steph, love the photo of your friend and his cat on the swing.  I think maybe the human was enjoying the experience a bit more. 

I hope everyone is doing well. 

 

Comment by booklover on June 4, 2013 at 3:57pm

Steph, I love the cat in the swing pic! lol. 

Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2013 at 2:11pm

I like your vegetable stock recipe, Joan! Thanks, I'm going to try it.And I'm very glad that your train is on steam!  

Comment by Angela on June 4, 2013 at 11:30am
What a cute pic Steph!
Comment by Steph S. on June 4, 2013 at 11:21am

Comment by booklover on June 4, 2013 at 8:34am

Joan, that sounds wonderful and so healthy!  Unfortunately for me, or fortunately?, my appetite is not affected.  Ice cream and milkshakes actually make me feel better.  It is the cold heaviness I think.  My symptoms are absurd.  I feel like what I have is just bizarre.  I just need to concentrate on the good days and hope the Gastroenterologist in Madison can come up with something!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2013 at 9:50pm

Oh, I forgot, I grind in a coffee grinder-turned spice grinder: 

1/4 t per cup of stock, ground fennel or flax seeds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2013 at 9:29pm

Mindy, this may not work for you, but what I find helpful through this period is to make a nice rich vegetable stock, I make about 4 or 5 quarts at a time and freeze them. For the stock, I use

2 cups diced onion,

1 cup diced carrots,

1 cup diced celery,

a couple of sprigs of thyme from the garden,

and about a dozen parsley stems, not leaves, from the garden, 

6 peppercorns,

2 bay leaves.

These go into a stock pot and add just enough cold water to cover. I don't put any salt in the stock. 

Bring to a very slow simmer for 2 hours.

Strain the solids from the stock and pour into quart jars. 

I use one of the Corning Ware-like covered cups and microwave one recipe of soup with 1/4 teaspoon Tumeric, about 1/8 teaspoon Real Salt (the kind with natural minerals) and a little freshly ground pepper ... not much. 

The first couple of days, I microwaved only veg stock, then added a small amount of rice, maybe a tablespoonful, and microwaved it. then I started adding just a few carrot slivers. I kept adding things each time until today, I had one fresh asparagus spear, one small head of brussel sprout leaves, one of those little bok choy heads, some slivered carrots, a wee bit of onion cut into tiny bits. After microwaves the soup cup for 5 minutes. I top each cup with a handful of fresh parsley from the garden.

This strategy seems to be working for me. I offer it as my solution to my lack of appetite and not wanting to eat. I am still advised not to eat fresh vegetables, at least until my digestive system behaves itself.  

I have little snacks through the day. Greek yogurt with sourdough bread, a daily choice of avocado, unsweetened apple sauce, a banana, a blueberry muffin. 

I also make a nut treat which includes raw, unsalted walnuts, pecans, and cashews that I dry roast in the oven at 150 degrees F for a couple of hours. This makes the most delicious bit of crunch, either on my muffin and bread or in my soups. 

I can't eat my beloved Dave's Killer bread ... too many seeds. 

Today is really the first day I enjoy my meals. This old Conquer Cancer Train is chugging right along. Your train is different than mine, but there may be some commonalities in our raunchy stomachs and digestive systems. Bon appetite. 

 

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