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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 The Flying Atheist on February 24, 2013 at 12:26am

Joan, that's a really great story.  Music is always capable of bringing joy into people's lives.  Even if you "had no music talent," as you put it, it sounds like you certainly can appreciate all that music can offer.  Thanks for sharing a wonderful family story.  I'm sure you treasure your father's instruments. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 24, 2013 at 12:25am

PS: to Grinning Cat, I love the Spy Cat.  Neither of mine are agile enough to climb that high anymore (one is 14 and the other is 15), but they still try.  They're both sacked out right now.  I think I'll follow their example.

G'NITE-ALL!  ;>)

 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 24, 2013 at 12:20am

Oh, wow!  I've been meaning to get those books, and I get sidetracked. (I just received a first edition of the original ELOISE by Kay Thompson; it's somewhat battered, but for $0.75 plus S&H, I can't complain.)

Comment by Ian Mason on February 23, 2013 at 11:31pm

Just finished Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Wow! I can thoroughly recommend it to all from age 13 and up.

Onward to the republic of heaven!

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 23, 2013 at 10:34pm

For booklover:

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2013 at 8:32pm
The Flying Atheist, I bet your niece is eager. The time will come when you and she can have a nice jam session together.
My Dad's name was Jules and when he was in the second grade his class read a book called "Jules the Drake", about a duck who ate everything he could find and the king's men captured him and jailed him. He coughed up a bee that stung the jailer, a ladder that he used to climb over the wall, and several other items I long ago forgot. In any event, his little class mates started calling him Drake, and the name stayed with him even to his tombstone. As a child, they had only radio and chores so the whole family took up music ... Dad played sax and clarinet, an uncle play banjo, an aunt sang, and one played the piano. When he was a young man he started a dance band called "Drake and his Ducklings" and they played all over the inland NW at granges and places like that. Whenever our families got together, there was always a jam session and we little kids joined in as we showed interest. My cousin became a classical pianist; sadly, I had no music talent. When I saw you with your sax I remembered the pre-and post-WWII music they played and it brought sweet memories. I still have Dad's instruments.
Comment by Steph S. on February 23, 2013 at 8:04pm
Of pictures - typing on my iPhone - sorry about the typo
Comment by Steph S. on February 23, 2013 at 8:03pm
Had a fun day viewing the Whooping Cranes - I have a lot if pictures. Driving back tomorrow and then hope to post some pics.
Comment by Lillie on February 23, 2013 at 7:16pm

Coffee first thing in the morning is definitely magic.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 23, 2013 at 6:56pm

Glad you enjoyed my videos Joan and Patricia.  Joan, to answer your questions, I started playing the sax when I was 13.  When I was a kid I grew up listening to a lot of jazz and 'big band' music, so I've always liked the saxophone.  I played in band all through high school and I was a music major in college.  I joined this community band about five years ago after a 15-year absence of not playing at all.  These days, it's a enjoyable and fun hobby.  We have two major concerts each year....one in the Fall and one in the Spring.  I also took piano lessons as a kid but I'm not very good.  I actually have a piano but it more or less has become a large, unused piece of furniture that collects dust in my living room.  This past December I decided that I want to give it away to my (very happy) niece.  She'll get more use out of it than I do.  One of these days it's going to make the journey from Chicago to Pennsylvania.     

 

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