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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 9 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

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 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

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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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2013 at 9:49pm

I am not familiar with this play, however I am a great fan of Rowan Atkinson, for example:  Rowan Atkinson Amazing Jesus

I did find:

Quartermaine's Terms, With Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Eleanor Bron, Peter Jeffrey, Clive Francis, Paul Jesson and Tessa Peake-Jones.

Quartermaine's Terms


Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2013 at 9:21pm

Oh! the treasures of spring! 

William Wordsworth:
"The Tables Turned"
Up! up! my friend, and quit your books,
Or surely you'll grow double.
Up! up! my friend, and clear your looks;
Why all this toil and trouble. . . .
Books! 'tis a dull and endless trifle: 5
Come, hear the woodland linnet,
How sweet his music! on my life,
There's more of wisdom in it. . . .
One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man, 10
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on April 8, 2013 at 8:03pm
Comment by booklover on April 8, 2013 at 7:23pm

Ha ha Carl, that's exactly me!  You know, I'm really scared I'm losing it!  Now that I think about it, I DID get a form asking IF I got called for jury duty, when would be a good time.  I did say April.  I think it may have had a place to put if you had a reason you couldn't serve.  I remember thinking at the time that what I have wouldn't be a legitimate reason not to serve.  DUH!!! Well, it obviously was! I am on quite a few meds, and I think they cause me to not remember things.  Or forget things like names!  My daughter is on meds and says she has the same problem.  It's not enough of a problem to quit the meds that help me though.  It just makes me feel stupid! Oh well, I learned something today and made $10. lol.

Ian, I'm really happy for you and your daughter!  That's great!  Nothing better than laughing! :)

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2013 at 4:25pm

Love the leaping cat :-)

An interesting and slightly profitable experience, Melinda. Hope you enjoyed the lunch.

Have had a couple of good evenings out with my daughter. First Rowan Atkinson in the tragi-comedy "Quartermaine's Terms" in London and then Eddie Izzard's one-man show in Århus. Our laughing muscles have had some good exercise.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 8, 2013 at 1:38pm

Melinda at the jury duty after-party:

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 1:19pm

And, you had an interesting experience.

I thought it was quite interesting when I responded for jury duty the first time I was called (when I was young and healthy).  I was both happy and sad that I wasn't chosen.  Happy because I didn't want the responsibility of helping decide someone's fate.  Sad because It would have been very interesting.

Comment by booklover on April 8, 2013 at 12:22pm

$10 made my day! And home before 11 a.m.!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 12:18pm

Good deal Melinda.  $10 may have made it worth it.

Comment by booklover on April 8, 2013 at 11:37am

Hi Spud and Joan, well I feel great today, but I had to actually go report for jury duty.  I was picked for the first group, then out of those 50, one of the first seated.  Then the judge called the lawyers up, and I could hear him "whispering" who had to be excused, and why.  One was a pregnant lady, one was in the same business as what the trial was going to be about, and then I heard him say my name, and I should be excused because I have neuropathy of the digestive-system.  I just wrote it on my form.  They didn't even ask for proof.  So, parking cost me $2.75, I got a check for $13, and I guess I could go buy myself a "free" lunch! LOL.

Hope all of you are having a good Monday also! ~Melinda

 

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