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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 14, 2017 at 7:04pm

Thanks for sharing, Joan. It sounds like a trial, and I'm glad you're OK.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2017 at 6:00pm

I had my pacemaker battery replaced yesterday and am a little tender. I had to fast and then all I can remember is a lot of pushing and pulling and when I woke up, that big pacemaker was gone and a new one, much smaller, was in place. The procedure took less than an hour, but the prep, pre-meds, and sterilization of the location, then the anesthetic/sleep, and the post-op of making sure everything worked and we were out by dinnertime. 

We celebrated by going out to dinner; I had a big salad with a lovely piece of lemon-grilled-salmon on top.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 14, 2017 at 4:01pm

My head's spinning. Just got today's political letters in the mail. Finally had time to brush my teeth and clean the litter box. <groan> It takes me hours to compose unique timely letters. Where are you guys and your brains in Writing to Congress? Aren't those of you who live in the US resisting the ChristoNazi takeover? 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 14, 2017 at 2:27pm

Joan, in the last few days, I've read several of your posts that sound like your present living conditions are degraded by religious BS.  How many of your family you now live with are religious?

Comment by Ian Mason on February 13, 2017 at 2:39pm

Lovely desk, Carl. I hope your clear-out goes well. Don't overdo things though.

Your weather sounds quite extreme, Ruth. Perhaps God disapproves of he-who-must-not-be-named (the orange ogre)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 13, 2017 at 1:57pm

Nice desk, Flying Atheist. It's good your niece wanted your piano. Be well!

My garden sports two Heleborus flowers and two snowdrop buds. It's been wiplash weather, 60 degrees by day followed by deep snow at night.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 13, 2017 at 11:13am

Glad you're doing well Carl.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 13, 2017 at 7:46am

Carl, I know you usually keep your health issues to yourself which is admirable. But with all your past problems, we like to have occasional updates. Sounds like you're doing great! I forget, do you drive a vehicle?

The desk looks really neat, something to treasure. Good luck with your projects.

Comment by Plinius on February 13, 2017 at 2:56am

Good to hear, Carl! It´s a beautiful desk, and I wish you good luck with clearing the extra stuff! It´s the same here, and I try to smuggle out things my pack rat husband would have kept...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 13, 2017 at 12:47am

Hi, Randy, thanks for asking.  I'm doing quite well.  Just getting over a mild cold, though.  It wasn't anything major but I did lose my voice for two days.

I've been preoccupied lately with all my worldly possessions.  My apartment right now looks like a storage locker.  I'm trying to scale down, so I'm gathering up piles of items and clothing in my living room that will be given to charity or possibly sold.  

But further complicating the matter is the fact that I've also recently accumulated boxes of personal items and furniture from my parents house, as they are moving this spring into a retirement community.  Currently my living room is unusable so I've mostly been living out of my kitchen and bedroom.  I want to move this year as well so this giant mess is necessary in helping me to scale back and consolidate.  

I gave away my piano (which I haven't played in years) to my appreciative niece.  Glad I did that.  Now I have room for all the new stuff I just obtained!  lol

I did acquire a nice desk that I love which was originally my grandparent's, so it has sentimental value as well.  

 

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