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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 June 26, 2017 at 10:22am

Joan, I hear you! My children have trouble listening to "their old man". Actually, I don't have to tell them anything--not to do something, etc.--but they know me and how I feel. Then later, "you were right, Dad".

I handed over the check last night (to my farm kids) with all my concerns and suggestions. They actually listened and agreed! I'm still optimistic that they'll turn the corner. From now on, they're going to have to make it on their own. Thanks, all, for your comments.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 26, 2017 at 5:56am

Sorry about the farm problems Randy.  I imagine the youngsters are more stressed about it than you.  Hope to hear good news one of these days.

Comment by Plinius on June 26, 2017 at 4:17am

Joan, I think you're sensible to anticipate on the next crisis, but have you got someone who looks after your Spokane house? 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 26, 2017 at 12:54am

I've had several discussions with my daughter on the state of the world. She encountered Marxism in philosophy classes at high school and thinks he makes sense (base/superstructure model, capitalism as inherently unstable) but believes that nothing can be done. Such is life, put up with it, survive as best you can etc. All talk by us 'oldies' of the 'good old days' when there was solidarity, trade unions that fought for something and optimism that society could be changed for the better is just whinging and whining.

I find working hard to distinguish between accepting the things I cannot change and trying to change the things I cannot accept. These past few years I've been active again in demonstrations, rallies and petitions because I honestly think that society is regressing toward a dog-eat-dog world again.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2017 at 6:08pm

Ian, Silkeborg, Jutland, Norway, it is beautiful there! So flat! Is it near sea level? 

The photos are inviting: COME TO NORWAY.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2017 at 5:02pm

Randy, I am sorry to learn of the financial difficulties your kids have and that it puts you in a vulnerable spot. I like your plan to loan them the money, with definite conditions: cut back, save more.  

It is difficult in these days and many farms and businesses will be failing. Our city of Spokane, and also Newport, have so many closed stores, even as new malls go in. Even the doctors' buildings have vacancies.  

Sadly, too many people do know see what is coming, economically.  My daughter told me the other night that she and Larry and their friends just laugh at me because I tell them all indicators are in place for a depression like nothing we have ever seen.  

Under all is the land!

I decided to not sell my house because I know its value will rise in the recovery and all I have to pay are taxes and insurance. They don't think I know what I talk about. They make fun of me even as they are respectful toward me to my face.  

I'll be dead before the things that I expect to happen and they will not make any difference to me, so I agreed to sell.  

They don't realize that now is not the time to be in debt!

Smarty Pants! They know more than I do, they both own their businesses, they both have noticed a downturn in their businesses, they don't see that as a sign.

Oh! Well! the beetles and bacteria will be gnawing away at my bones and my children and their spouses will look back and realize I am not the old woman with wild ideas.  

Randy, you still have years ahead of you. Take care of your interests!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2017 at 3:29pm

Bertold, life offers many pleasures when we focus on "caring about the environment, truth, justice or social issues." Sure, there are problems AND there are solutions. Whining not being one of them. 

Describing is different than whining. 

Describing calls attention to a problem, chronicles it over time, defines it, interprets it, names it, and reports it. 

Whining is the same as griping, wailing, moaning, whimpering, it makes a sound about a problem that has no description, definition, or action connected to it. I have family members, long ago dead, who spent their whole lives whining about this or that. Nary any effort to find a solution or end the " whiz or whistle through the air."

Whine: "to complain in a feeble way" is first recorded 1530. The noun is from 1633, a northern form of O.E. hwinsian survives, 

whinge "to complain peevishly."

http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/whine

Comment by Ian Mason on June 25, 2017 at 2:24pm

I've been away for the weekend, to the pleasant Jutland town of Silkeborg, visiting a good friend and enjoying the annual 'Riverboat' jazz festival. Good stuff, with everything from small swing trios to bigger jive bands. No photos because you can't take snaps of music but here's an ariel picture of the town. A pleasant place that sits on the mid-Jutland lakes.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 25, 2017 at 2:16pm

It's good that you can help, Randall. I hope things turn out well for you and them.

Comment by Plinius on June 25, 2017 at 3:15am

I'm glad you can help, Randall! Succes!

 

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