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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

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

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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 November 10, 2014 at 11:08am

Thanks Mindy for the update of no news. Just thinking of him nd hoping all is well. 

Not an important issue, but my "mother's nature" says no new is bad news ... they are laying in a ditch in an overturned car and suffering from the injuries, cold, wet and being alone. Here I am at my age, a great-grandmother, and still imagining the worst

Comment by booklover on November 10, 2014 at 11:00am
I'm a cynic too, Joan. Especially after this last election.
I private messaged Carl, but haven't heard from him. I'm hoping you are right that no news is good news.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2014 at 10:08am

Felaine, thanks for that tip. 

Randy, Ya, I can go with cynic! Getting more so all the time. 

Has anyone heard from Carl. I have the usual mother's nature, no news is bad news. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 10, 2014 at 9:40am

Randall....go to the Stash Tea web site; they have all sorts of loose teas....single varieties, and blends.  Plus tea ware, baked goods, and other accessories.

http://www.stashtea.com/

Comment by Randall Smith on November 10, 2014 at 7:10am

Joan, "shitty outlook on life"? Not you! Perhaps cynical, but not "shitty". Hope the tests, etc. turn out well.

As for tea, I prefer mine iced, mixing black and green loose tea leaves for steeping. Nowadays, it's difficult to find loose leaf tea. It's beer I never acquired a taste for.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 9, 2014 at 9:44pm

Ah, I didn't know what the test was for.  My mom had heart problems after she went through chemo and radiation, but in those days (1980s) the usual thing was just to fit her with a Holter monitor for a couple of days, and get the results from the tape.  I don't recall any dietary restrictions, but she and dad both stopped drinking coffee on their own when they started having medical problems....about the same time that "Mr. Coffee" machines hit the market. 

I never learned to like coffee....(backstage / Green Room coffee is dreadful!  So our family has always been major black tea and cocoa fans.  (And I HATE what the hyper conservatives have named themselves.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2014 at 8:41pm

I don't like tea, although I have lots of different flavors in my cupboard. I got out some grape juice that I processed from my Concord grapes and that will satisfy my taste buds. The thought of giving up coffee laced with chocolate is bothersome, but doable. I appreciate the suggestion, Felaine. I have nothing else to complain about. 

Thanks for the well wishes on the test. It is simply a routine check up for my heart. The procedure is not at all painful, just a little needle prick and nuclear energy surging through my body. I take a couple of hours nap and wake up for the test. Then to see my heart doctor. She will read the results. 

I will meet my new cardiologist for the first time tomorrow. I fully expect that my pacemaker will need to be updated, right on the time schedule they gave me those years ago. Laura is going with me.

I will ask my cardiologist for an ophtho-rectomy while she is at it so that I will not have such a shitty outlook on life. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 9, 2014 at 8:21pm

Joan, Do you have any herbal tea in the back of a cupboard, or someplace?  I hate most herbal teas, and am not really fond of green or white tea, BUT Stash Meyer Lemon tea is good, no caffeine, and most white teas might as well be caffeine-free.  (They're also too bland for my taste.)

Mulled apple juice or cranberry juice...either one is good heated with whole cinnamon and cloves, or allspice....or are you only supposed to drink clear liquids? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2014 at 7:54pm

OH darn, I have to give up caffein until tomorrow afternoon!

Comment by C.L.A.W.S. on November 9, 2014 at 2:17pm

Good luck Joan Denoo, but what is "OH"?

 

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