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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 Plinius on October 30, 2013 at 5:24am

Wonderful news, Joan! Enjoy your days of healing, you and Ruth!

My hairdo was caused by the storm; now back to my own messy style.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2013 at 12:59am
Ruth, just to let you know I am thinking about your gastric distress and your healing processes. My experience with such gastric problems is so rare for me and I can now understand how dreadful that can be. I really sympathize with those who have food intolerances or other causes of distress.
You, too, Mindy!
Comment by Grinning Cat on October 29, 2013 at 10:49pm

Some memory songs need to be updated, like this one from Tom Lehrer:

"There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,
And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium
And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,
And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium...."

https://archive.org/details/elements_0

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2013 at 10:19pm

Mindy, I love Taco Cat!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2013 at 10:18pm

Carl, I know what you mean about those manufactured sounds. The thing I like about these is the way it helps kids get the idea about how different natural processes work, i.e. the nitrogen cycle, water cycle, etc. There is one for elements that is great for the school kids, and I get help with trying to get my mind around physics. There is something about music and rhythm that helps learning.

I understand the ancient "memory keepers" used songs to remember lineages. Alex Haley talked about going to Africa, the village where his ancestor was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the colonies. That memory keeper used a song to trace their ancestry up to the day Kunta Kinte was kidnapped, and Alex could pick it up from his grandmother's song of her ancestry back to Kunta Kinte's arrival. So, he had a very long history of his ancestry.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2013 at 10:04pm

Patricia, yes, the clinic gives me all I need of Aloe Vera, 4 time a day; Silver Sulfadiazine Cream, as needed; pure refined Emo Oil, at night; and Hydrocortisone Cream 1%, as needed. 

These all give me great relief, especially now that the blisters all popped and my first layer of skin began peeling off. The second layer of skin has several holes in it to reveal whatever is under that. This is what they called, "skin breakdown";  the radiologist checks it weekly, and P.A. check it daily. There is no infection, and I am able to keep the area clean. All the other entry points are fine, just sunburned; I think there were five different angles they had to shoot because of my heart, lungs, and pacemaker.

I use Cetaphil, a mild lotion, for cleansing.

If you have a suggestion, I will gladly look into it. I was alerted that this was to be expected because the last five daily treatments were focused on the tumor area itself, not the surrounding tissues. It was kind of like getting shot with a shot gun for five days a week for five weeks, and then shot five days a week for one week with a rifle. 

Everybody, get your cancer check up. Drs caught mine very early and I had no symptoms that I or they picked up. It was the mammogram that found those beastly devils. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 29, 2013 at 9:25pm

Joan, I'm usually not a big fan of those auto-tune melody songs, but I really like the one you just posted a lot.  It's quite catchy.  I'm glad to hear you're getting a reprieve from treatment and now having the opportunity for your body to relax and regain some state of normalcy.  All my best to you! 

Mindy, I love the taco cat.  Oh, yeah.....and you're dog's snout.  Cute picture. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2013 at 7:54pm

Symphony of Science - Secret of the Stars

Cold, windy, clear skies, a beautiful autumn day! No chemo, no radiation, I'm free! Feel great although weary. My tissues hurt like blazes, literally, and I am healing. Ruth, you and I can just sit back, take our leisure, and heal; without feeling guilty! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 29, 2013 at 4:57pm

Ruth, time for all those wonderful fall soups and chowders for the next two weeks.  Glad everything went well. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 29, 2013 at 4:25pm

Thanks, everyone for your concern. Tthe surgery was far easier than I'd feared. After the topical anesthesia, the surgeon used computer controlled anesthesia. The computer makes sure the anesthesia flow is slow and steady. Later the traditional injections, but not all at once. *sigh of relief* It was as pain free as one could imagine. (Horray!)

Now I'm on ice packs every half hour, no gym, antibiotics four times a day, Naproxen sodium, yucky mouth washes, no hot food or beverages. I'm also on totally soft food for two weeks. The antibiotic-caused diarrhea is already starting to kick in.  :(  Oh well. The tooth will be worth it.

Nice flowers, Joan.

Will we get to see your new hairdo, Chris?

Funny drawings, Patricia.

 

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