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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 11 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 Grinning Cat on March 28, 2013 at 6:07pm

Prognosis is excellent. I'll live to be 100.

I really hope so, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 6:02pm

Melinda, What a sight! Cats guarding against a dog invasion!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 6:00pm

Well, I am on board the breast cancer train joining the Club of Cousin Cancer survivors. I got the diagnosis two weeks ago after I had a biopsy with positive diagnosis for cancer. I am in the diagnostic phase now. I had my first Breast Oncologist appointment yesterday and I am so incredibly impressed with her. She spent an hour with me telling the kinds of cancers I have, offered options, made recommendations and gave me a book personalized to my particular case. Her staff are just lovely, very efficient and friendly at the same time. We laughed a lot. 
Tomorrow is the Chemical Oncology doctor. 
April 1 is PEM a radiology test
April 2 is the Radiology Oncology doctor. 
April 3 is the Surgeon again.
I am not complaining in the least. If this had happened to my mother or grandmothers, they would not have had the early diagnosis, or treatment options that I and my two cousins had. I am a very interested, curious, observing patient of my own patientry. Kind of like sitting outside my own body and observing what all is going on. 
Prognosis is excellent. I'll live to be 100. 

I feel great, have a positive attitude 

I had great ambitions for my garden this year, and it seems I will be enjoying the garden but as a passive observer.

Comment by booklover on March 28, 2013 at 5:44pm

Comment by booklover on March 28, 2013 at 5:44pm

Felaine, Mmmmmmm cranberries!  I've always loved them because they were my Grandpa's favorite, and I worshiped him as a little girl.  I called them "tranbitties" then, lol.  Cranberry ice sounds wonderful! :)

I liked the background music also Loren.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 5:41pm

Loren, nice background music. Kind of gentles and as it refreshes. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 5:40pm

Spud, I Googled vinegar + yeast bread 

effect of vinegar on instant yeast dough

"The highest breads I've ever made have vinegar in them.  My Double Crusty recipe calls for a tsp. of vinegar which somehow gives the yeast a real boost and you can't stop the bread from rising to great heights.  I've made this bread with all white flour and all whole wheat and part of each, and it practically leaps out of the pans.  I've also used it in rolls called Air Buns and they expand like mad."

"One is to increase the acidity of the dough which, within limits, helps gluten development. Another is preparation of ersatz-sourdough bread."

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Comment by Loren Miller on March 28, 2013 at 5:06pm

An old friend of mine, rather new-age-y, but I think it has its moments:


Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 4:32pm

Thanks for the bread recipe Patricia. It sounds yummy. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 28, 2013 at 4:15pm

Thanks Patricia, I'm going to try that bread.  Do you know what the vinegar does?

 

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