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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 21 minutes 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 Plinius on April 20, 2013 at 12:31pm

Thanks, Carl and Joan! Dido almost blushed when I told him!

I'm so glad you feel good, Joan! You're right, there's no sense in saying "Why me?" or people would say it when they won the lottery...

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2013 at 11:41am

Chris, a wonderful photo of spring flowers and bright cat. A very special image. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2013 at 11:38am

Melinda, you are in my thoughts this weekend. 

Mother and daughter, here and now,  

remembering the past, remembering the future. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2013 at 11:29am

Good morning everyone! It is a great day; I took only two hydrocodone/acetaminophen since the surgery. I have been virtually pain free for two full days and nights and needed no pain relief; there was none. 

Ladies, get those mammograms, catch it early, and the whole process hurt for just a few hours and that was controlled with Rx. Nothing hurt up to the day after surgery. Not anywhere near as much pain as pricking my finger for my blood sugar ... and that does not hurt at all. So, pain is not a reason to put it off. 

Oh, yes, there has been some pain receiving those wonderful hugs my family gives. We learned very quickly I am in a one-arm hug stage of healing. I shall collect "IOU" hugs for later. 

Also, ladies, instead of saying, "Why me?" say "Let's get on with the procedures."

A hundred years ago, when I was a senior in high school I was chosen Lilac Princess for our city's spring Lilac Festival. We had the usual stuff that draws in crowds of shoppers. Our guest star that year, Gordon MacRae, received news he was chosen to star in the film, "Oklahoma." I have a special spot in my heart for the film, and the easier, less complicated times of 1954. Here is to the beauty of life and all that entails. 

Gordon MacRae - OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING from the film Oklahoma...

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2013 at 10:17am

Loren! Wow! I'm wide awake! Not only are you profound, you are funny profoundly! 

Comment by Steph S. on April 20, 2013 at 10:02am

Here's a another birthday cake Melinda!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 20, 2013 at 9:29am

And while we're at it, how about a thousand years of musical evolution in four minutes and twenty-nine seconds?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 20, 2013 at 8:38am

Loren, that's a crazy video (in a good way.)  I just subscribed to his YouTube channel.  He's made some great stuff. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 20, 2013 at 8:36am

Chris, I absolutely love your cat.  So beautiful.  (The flowers are pretty, too!)

Comment by booklover on April 20, 2013 at 7:20am

 

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