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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 9 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

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 Ian Mason on May 4, 2013 at 11:33pm

Glad to hear that things are going well, Joan and that other are following your lead in regular exams.

Yes, that's the stuff. Eaten with meat and cheese mostly but nice with stews too. There are no limits except your own preference. The last time I tried to take some with me from England, airport security confiscated it. Very popular in their canteen, I bet. My daughter has been able to find an outlet in Denmark that stocks it.

Thanks for all the good wishes. It's very kind of you. Today returns to the mundane - the housework needs doing. The sun is shining so I can see all the dust indoors and the dirt on the windows but such a positive day yesterday will bear me through.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2013 at 6:53pm
Patricia and Melinda, good jobs! We an lick this demon in the bud.
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2013 at 5:26pm

I had a procedure done yesterday that was virtually painless; drawing a hematoma in my breast that required long needles and I got to watch on the ultra-sound equipment. I was so eager to watch, I wore myself out, turning and twisting to see what was going on. It was odd watching the pool of blood disappear through the needle into vials. Not a bit of pain but I imagined the sucking sound of the Titanic going underwater. There was no sound; I just imagined it.

Laura and Laurie went with me and kept me cheered up. I came home and slept the rest of the day. 

Chemo starts next week.

Remind your loved ones to get regular exams.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2013 at 5:15pm

Ian, I respect your life's journey, and your ability to overcome an addiction. The brain is a difficult thing to master when it acts against your interests. Congratulations. 

Your day with your daughter and her friend sounds very special and may you have many more such days. 

Is this the brand and style you enjoy? 

Comment by booklover on May 4, 2013 at 4:34pm

Hi Loren!  Glad you're back!  Wow!  You just can't help but wonder why a woman that wasn't born into that culture of wearing a full burka (sp?) would ever do that voluntarily.  I'm making an assumption because you said her accent was pure American.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 4, 2013 at 4:29pm

Hey, gang.  Sorry if I haven't been around much, but the display on my laptop crapped out during my trip to Dallas, and there wasn't much I could do about it.

My time there was hardly boring, though ... and for more reasons than one!

Comment by booklover on May 4, 2013 at 4:25pm

I'm so glad you had such a great day Ian! Congratulations on 10 years of sobriety also!!! Hugs to you!

Steph, I love the "bowling" cat. :)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 4, 2013 at 3:28pm

Ian, what a fabulous day!  You must be worn out.  That is one FULL schedule.  That's like a weeks worth of activities crammed into one day.  I had to google "Branston pickle."  Sounds tasty.  What are some of your favorite ways to use it? 

And congratulations on 10 years of sobriety.  Milestones like that are worthy of recognition.   --Carl

Comment by Ian Mason on May 4, 2013 at 3:13pm

Just got home from a really nice afternoon evening. 1) visit to an art gallery and enjoyed coffee and a (very young) music student concert in their cafe. 2) concert hall for Mahler's 8th symphony for 2 orchertras, 6 choirs and a bunch of solo singers, a mammoth work. 3) out to eat with my daughter and met her boyfriend for the first time. He seems like a nice young man. 4) got a present from my daughter ( a jar of Branston pickle) on the occasion of my being 10 years sober.

If any of you have had a day half as good as mine you are a very lucky person. This is one very happy man signing off and going to bed.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 4, 2013 at 10:31am

Tony, I enjoyed the pipers.  I actually learned to play saxophone in a program that was part of a pipers, drums and regimental marching band when I was 13 yrs old.  We used to march in tons of parades in the Chicago area.   

 

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