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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 4 hours ago. 20 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 Lillie on March 6, 2013 at 10:12pm

sk8eycat, I had a badly infected tooth they were going to pull and the pain killer did not work.  They gave me two weeks of antibiotic and then pulled the tooth.  Didn't feel a thing.

Comment by Lillie on March 6, 2013 at 10:06pm

Happy Birthday, Shauna.  Beautiful girl.  Beautiful name.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 6, 2013 at 10:01pm

Thank you all for your kind posts and suggestions.  I'm using cold packs right now to keep the swelling down, and they also relieve the pain a bit.  I was told not to eat or drink anything warm or hot (like tea) for 24 hours, but I can have frozen yogurt and or ICE CREAM!  YAYYYY!

I just don't understand why the anaesthetic didn't work at all.  It never did make any part of my mouth or face very numb...I'm thinking of Bill Cosby's old routine about trying to talk after having a shot of the stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIq4OkCT_a8 (starting at about 2:22)  I used to get like that, but not today.

Yes, Ruth, the tooth was broken and disgustingly infected.  Does that cancel the pain-killer?  If I ever need to have that done again, I think I'll go to an oral surgeon and have pentothal!

Oh, well.  It's over.  I'll shut up about it.

Patricia, a friend of mine is in a similar situation, only she's the (atheist) mother, and it's her daughter who has been/is so hateful...  actually, abusive.  It's taken her several years to bring herself to break off communication because there's a little grandson that she's never met.  She's seen a few photos taken when he was a newborn, and that was it.

I don't know what the daughter's problem is, maybe she thinks atheism is contagious, and she's afraid her son will catch it, or what.

But, you do have company, if that's any comfort.

Comment by booklover on March 6, 2013 at 9:34pm

I'm sorry about your Dad Nerdlass! They don't know yet how he died.  He actually fell in the a.m. outside, but then he came in, took a shower, and got dressed for work.  His wife left for work, then Mike-was his name, never showed up for work.  She came home and found him dead on the couch.  His Dad had a massive heart attack, so they don't know if the fall did something, or he died as a result of the fall, etc.  I'm sure they will do an autopsy.  Just shocking even when you know death can happen to anyone at any minute.  It'll be really sad tomorrow at my husbands work. :(

Comment by Nerdlass on March 6, 2013 at 9:15pm

What did he die of, might I ask?

50 is too young. That's how old my dad was when he died from a massive heart attack. :(

Comment by booklover on March 6, 2013 at 8:53pm

Joan, you are so nice.  Thank you very much.  I figure my looks may be fading, but I'll always have my blue eyes for a good feature! lol.  It's odd, my husband has brown eyes, which are dominant, but both my kids got blue eyes.  I tell my husband, see? I am dominant! :)

I never liked those shows either.  I have heard that men like The 3 Stooges much more than women like them. I don't know if that's true.

Yes Felaine, use a heating pad!!!

Sadly, one of my husbands friends that he works with didn't come to work today.  His wife found him when she got home from work, dead. He was 50.  This guy's father died the same way at the same age.  He was an Atheist, and a really cool guy.  It's just so unexpected. :(

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2013 at 7:48pm

Here is spritely bit of sunshine with a great attitude, especially in this era. Wearing Nothing New: Jessi Arrington

It looks like she has fun and so do her companions. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 6, 2013 at 6:32pm

Sk8eycat, you're not a redhead, so maybe it's another reason such as a tooth infection. Your experience is uber scary. Thanks for the billboard link. It's good to see us getting a message out.

I never liked Laurel and Hardy or the Three Stooges for the same reason, Joan, excepting for the "Who's on first" routine which was relatively nonviolent. I was glad when NCIS toned down the head slapping. The early shows were disturbingly violent in that regard.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2013 at 6:18pm

Melinda, I like your photo very much; so pretty, sprightly, and fresh. I like seeing your whole face, even as your eyes are stunningly blue. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2013 at 6:16pm

Felaine, I am very sorry to learn the pain you experienced with that extraction! I have not a clue what will make it feel better; I trust Melinda. 

 

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