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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

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

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

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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

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2013 at 9:54am
Melinda, surely you have a very good reason that any jury master would take into account.
Hope you feel well.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 9:27am

Melinda, I like the no-regret cat!

It reminds me of the saying "Take a flying leap."

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 9:22am

Melinda, does IL not let you request no jury duty before it starts?  In Idaho, there is a box you can check and give a reason why you wish to be excused.  I told them that I was 71 and had health problems.  If I remember right, over a certain age was all that was needed to be excused, and I was by return mail.

Comment by booklover on April 8, 2013 at 6:50am

Comment by booklover on April 8, 2013 at 6:49am

I'm glad you're home Ian.  Glad you at least got some things taken care of with your Mothers.  Ugh about the travel!

Ruth, cool art!

Joan, wonderful video of saving the horses.

I have jury-duty today.  I hope they don't pick me.  I would like to serve on a jury, but I'm afraid my symptoms from my medical "stuff" would act-up, and I wouldn't be able to stay!  I have to tell them that.  It's early, and it's pouring here. Yuck.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2013 at 1:34am

Got back from England late last night and now trying to catch up. It's nice to be "home" among friends here.

There's slow progress being made with the two mothers in the U.K. Step-mum is still in hospital and using an oxygen mask, which may be permanent now, but is starting to eat and talk to people again. It looks unlikely that she'll be able to resume life as it was. The future is still uncertain though.

Mum in care-home has some swings in her dementia but it's still obvious to those who know her. She has periods when she falls a lot too. My sister-in-law and I spent some time in the dept. manager's office trying to chase up a lot of neglected things such as hospital appointments and missing dentures and we think we had an effect. It seems to help that I'm there, being 1) male and 2) a qualified carer by profession who knows which buttons to push in a polite way.

I hope to visit again in the near future but I do have to work for a living. The travelling is also enervating, particularly as the easiest way is with the cut-price Ryan Air, a company that really does treat passengers like cattle with money.

The sun is shining from a clear, blue sky here even if the temperature is still around freezing or just above. Very pleasant.

 

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