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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 The Flying Atheist on July 1, 2013 at 5:11pm

Patricia, I think if something bad had occurred you definitely would have had some news.  Keep in mind that moving is very stressful, especially from one continent to another, and that daily routines are disrupted.  When you don't have regular access to internet or your own phone it's hard to keep in touch.  I say give them a bit more time to settle in.  Perhaps phone lines and internet connections are still in the process of being hooked up.   

Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2013 at 3:39pm

Happy anniversary Patricia.

Smashing pic, Carl. Yes, a big hug to Felaine.

Joan, I hope the after/side effects of the chemo are  tolerable and that you can enjoy the view from your window.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 1, 2013 at 3:39pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 1, 2013 at 3:38pm

Happy Anniversary to you and your husband, Patricia.  And I hope you are also enjoying your holiday.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 1, 2013 at 1:58pm

Patricia, I think (I HOPE) that today's weather forecast is WAY wrong.  By this time yesterday we had the house closed up and  the A/C running full blast.  Today we still have the windows open and one small fan blowing in my bedroom only.  It's overcast, breezy, and slightly muggy, but nowhere near as unbearable as it was yesterday.

Mayybe Joan forwarded some of her weather down here.  ;>)

Comment by sk8eycat on July 1, 2013 at 1:52pm

FA...I love that hug!  So I'm giving one right back atcha!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 1, 2013 at 12:34pm

Group Hug for sk8eycat....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 1, 2013 at 12:30pm

Felaine, relax and make yourself a Bloody Mary.  (After you see the MD.)

Comment by sk8eycat on July 1, 2013 at 12:05pm

Oh, my friends!  Last night I wrote an eloquent (I thought) thank you for all your kind words and sensible advice, and my effing computer froze up before I could click "Add Comment."  When I was able to get back  in here, it was gone.  Naturally.  So I said a few dirty words and went to bed.

Yesterday was NOT my day.

I'm here, I'm all right, and I'm still carefully trying to get the rest of the red stuff out of my hair without causing more damage.  I just talked to my MD, and she chewed me out, too, for not going to the ER....

You all are right, and I was wrong...shrugs...I haven't been very intelligent lately.

Anyroad, I wish there was some way I could hug you all...I appreciate every one of you SO MUCH!

And Joan, please send some of that cold rainy weather down here!  It's been in the triple digits for almost a week.  MUCH too early....whatever happened to "June Gloom" in SoCal?

(I'm hoping that the hills aren't so dry that the city has to cancel the annual fireworks show...or move it to one of the high school football fields that we can't see from here.  I love those elaborate displays.  They're magic...I keep saying, "Wow!  How do they DO that?")

Cheers, and thanks again.  And I think I'll stop using "bloody" as a cuss word.  For a while anyway. *snicker*

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2013 at 11:49am

We have a little mom and pop hardware store that has been here as long as I. The clerks are all retired tradespeople and they help with all kinds of home repairs. Yesterday, I went with my tale of woe about the squirrels breaking the shoelace holding a bird feeder in the Blue Spruce. The clerk went right to the spot and handed me flexible wire coated with some substance.  PERFECT! 

Yes, Carl, I love watching them, even if I do have to engage my local hardware person to help me keep the thing in the tree. When I have more energy, I will make a birdfeeder that is not as pretty, but more durable. 

Mindy, your story of the terrible fall, and your daughter's reaction is priceless. One of those little pieces that delights even as it evokes compassion. I call this kind of story "Minddroppings;" I borrowed  it from Neil deGrasse Tyson. Just little vignettes, along the order of  Isaac Bashevis Singer.

I'm my garden for breakfast with the birds and squirrels. Cary woke me up early this morning so I could get outside in the cool air before heat builds up. Got quite a big of chores done out here and I am pooped. Tomorrow and the rest of the week I will be useless, after four hours of chemo. I'll use the time to do some writing. 

Felaine, how is your healing going? And your shower door? 

Hi Grinning Cat. Always a joy to see you grinning face. 

 

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