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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

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 Ian Mason on March 9, 2013 at 1:53am

Thank you, Joan. Your contributions are always clear-sighted and inspiring. I'm with you on working for the common good and the best possible world for each generation.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 12:04am

Ian, I love your memories! So human, and real. I can see your wash boiling on the stove and the zinc bath hanging, and the other memories .. oh yes, the vaccinations. Being close to Germany during that era and all that followed ... your memories hold value and need to be told.

So, the next generation don't want to hear about the old days, but if they do not realize times are not always good, they may be caught off guard if the economy goes bad, or if people war over land and property, or people with narrow minds get control over weapons creating chaos beyond our imagining.

Clean water, blue skies, fertile fields, and people working together for a common good is worth the effort. 

Thanks, dear friend. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 8, 2013 at 10:49pm

Joan, it's nice to hear that your motor is still running.

I can just about remember having chickens, Mum boiling the washing in the "copper", the zinc bath hanging in the shed outside, lighting fires in the morning. I also thought that vaccinations, with a needle the size if an eight-inch nail, were torture but I'm alive to tell the tale.

I remember that our first TV was a big event (one of the places my Mum cleaned were getting a new one and gave us their old one). Telephone meant walking to a phone box, dialling and putting in coins. And there were two Germanies where people were killed for trying to move from one to the other.

I agree, not the "good old days". I raise my morning-coffe-cup in a toast to progress.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 8, 2013 at 10:27pm

Have a great time, Melinda.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 10:03pm

sk8eycat, I have been having trouble with the top row not showing "Link, Photo, Movies, "T", paperclip, Bold .... I surely do miss them when they are not there. Sometimes, I just don't send something interesting because I don't have those handy tools. 

Do I hear myself complaining?  YES! Loudly and with a few "sheist kopf" thrown in. I just now realized that in my old days, I had to find a piece of paper, an envelope, stamp, write the thing using a dictionary, put it on the mail box hoping the mailperson would stop that day or go to the post office 4 or 5 blocks away and put it in the slot. Joan, just remember!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 9:55pm

Grinning cat, great list of things from long ago. The young don't understand, but they sure have some interesting changes ahead of them as science marches on with all new kinds of technology.

I'll have to write my own list for my kids so they will learn about one-hole outside toilets, using a pump in the kitchen to get cold water, of taking baths once a week, heating water in a kettle on the stove so the whole family could bathe using the same water, chipping ice from the ice chest, cooking with wood, starting a fire winter mornings, slippers frozen to the floor, chickens raised in the back yard, killing a chicken or two every Sunday and pulling feathers and singeing the skin with newspaper fire, making pillows out of chicken down, using lard for shortening and to butter our toast, listening to Amos 'n' Andy on the radio, going to the movies for a quarter, watching horses pull harvest machines, huge family dinners every single Sunday, growing our own vegetables and fruits, and meats, wailing and pleading on our knees to god with tears running down our cheeks, babies dying from whopping cough, teenagers dying from scarlet fever,  the "Poor Farm". 

Those were not the good old days. I am so grateful to be alive and see all the wonderful talents in medicine and engineering, and technology. These are the good old days. 

I just completed my yearly check up for all my body parts. I have four more years on my pacemaker, my lump on my breast turned out to be nothing, the breast exam didn't hurt one little bit, my teeth all are in my head in the right places, my seeing problems can be solved with corrective lenses and cataract surgery isn't yet indicted.

Now, how could I ask for anything more.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 9:35pm

Melinda, I just got off the phone with my daughter and I described your trip with your family and how much I enjoy learning about all of you and having such fun and interesting things going on together. I hope your trip is full of wonderful events, that you just soak up all the special time building memories for the days when you rock in a chair with your memories, your hair turns white, you teeth turns brown with flat edges , and a few wrinkles cover your face. Laughter, built from good time together, makes growing older so much better.

My daughter and one of my granddaughters joins me on Sunday for "girls day"! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 9:28pm

A few of my favorite physicists on this just released video. Hope you enjoy!

Symphony of Science - Secret of the Stars

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 8, 2013 at 7:50pm

Melinda, I hope you'll have had a wonderful time!!

A bit of humor: 25 things you'll have to explain to your kids one day

including "How sometimes when you called your friends, you'd have to talk to their parents first", and "what this was":

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 8, 2013 at 6:09pm

Have fun Melinda.

 

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