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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 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

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

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Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 11, 2016 at 2:53pm

Ruth, a raccoon can kill any cat, and most small dogs.  They get up to 20 or 25 pounds.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 11, 2016 at 12:08pm

Thanks for sharing your experience with the forest animals, Joan. I didn’t know a raccoon could kill an adult chicken. Hitting a deer, ugh <cringe>.

Sorry to hear about your stepmother, Ian.

Lately I've been reading about laws restricting women's access to abortion and contraception, and laws restricting what people on SNAP would be allowed to buy. <sigh> State level GOPs seem focused on bullying women and the poor. It's like paying close attention as you pull the legs off ants on your kitchen floor, while your doors are locked and your house is burning down.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 11, 2016 at 11:57am

I don't remember any hills as high as what some of the pictures show. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 11, 2016 at 11:40am

Deer normally won't jump over 6 feet high, so I put up a seven foot chicken wire fence around our garden, and haven't been bothered since.  I gave up the Bambi scenario when I went hunting 60 years ago.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 11, 2016 at 8:26am

I did a while back, Chris, when I posted some pix of the trees where I live.  If I get the opportunity this fall, I'll break my camera out again and see if I can capture some of the beauty of the Cleveland MetroParks, and perhaps some of the other notable places the North Coast can boast about.

Comment by Plinius on March 11, 2016 at 8:15am

Show us, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 11, 2016 at 8:09am

The Netherlands shots were brilliant, Carl!  Thank you for those.  I'd like to think we have beauty like that in Cleveland here and there, especially around autumn when the MetroParks hit peak color.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 11, 2016 at 7:48am

Amazing photographs of The Netherlands, Carl. Some look like paintings. It's been 50 years since I was there.

Glad to hear you're okay, Joan. Personally, I've never been in a deer/auto accident, but some family members have. It's a real problem around these parts.

Ian, it came as a surprise to read about the Bambi/Jew comparison. Interesting thought.

Speaking of Jews, the PBS show "Finding Your Roots" featured Dustin Hoffman and his ancestry. He got very emotional "discovering", or at least admitting, he was Jewish. His father, evidently, never mentioned it, nor discussed his heritage. Hoffman was clueless.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 3:49am

Thanks for those lovely scenes of The Netherlands, Carl. I remember having coffee in Amsterdam, and the beautiful little cakes they served were too charming to eat and too delicious not to. The cream there was delightful. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 3:41am

Ian, an interesting idea, Bambi as allegory of Jews in Europe! That would be fascinating to watch with awareness of the allegory. 

Getting older isn't easy. When one works hard during the productive years it would be nice to have smooth going for the final stage of life. 80 is a whole lot harder than 70. I don't want to reach 90. 

 

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