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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 Randall Smith on August 20, 2015 at 8:06am

Leonard, on Big Bang Theory, did a great job of acting out a panic attack on an early episode (preparing for a date with Penny). Remember that one?

News on the home front: Got my chimney cleaned out yest. They said it was nearly clogged shut with creosote (I burn wood).

I used climb up on the steep roof and clean it out myself. But when I "froze" and couldn't step off onto the ladder, I said "that's the last time"! Took me 10 minutes to get down. Talk about a panic attack!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 19, 2015 at 12:37pm
I don't have panic attacks anymore since my heart surgery. Looking back I'm tending to think now that they never were actual panic attacks, but my body responding to my faulty heart valve and my chronically high blood pressure. My heart would start pumping fast, which alarmed me, only to cause more psychological unease and tention.
Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2015 at 11:09am

Is that usual for you, panic attacks? I'm not jealous.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 19, 2015 at 10:27am

In the past year I had a heart attack and didn't realize it at the time.  I thought it was just another panic attack.  It wasn't until tests were done months later that showed what really occurred.  

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2015 at 10:13am

But she had a day when she couldn't move her legs, I think, and that looks like a stroke or a TIA.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2015 at 10:02am

Thanks Chris.  I agree Carl.  I wonder if she had strokes in months or years before, because her posts on here didn't show it to me.  She was sharp through her last post.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 19, 2015 at 9:54am

Chris, thanks for that additional information about Felaine.  You are absolutely correct.  Her treatment came far too late to make a difference.  I also agree with you when you previously said that Elaine died of poverty.  Years of neglect in getting proper medical care was a result of having to make a choice between food or medicine.  No one should have to face that decision.  Such an infuriating situation.  I'm glad, also, that she was in a hospital and being properly cared for when she died. 

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2015 at 2:01am

Patricia had a bit more news about Felaine:

Felaine's death was caused by several strokes so she didn't have a chance.
I still think her care came far too late, but she at least didn't have to become a vegetable, as she so feared.
We just have to be glad she was in the right place to die instead of at home, & looked after as best as possible under the circumstances.

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2015 at 1:59am

I read a book about the Bermuda Triangle in the 80s - can't remember the author. The author believed in it, but the proof was non  existant. Full of vague threats, the Marie Celeste, other favourite mysteries and so on.  

Comment by Ian Mason on August 18, 2015 at 9:21pm

Ooops! "Their"  My only excuse is that I was tired.

 

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