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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 Ian Mason on November 16, 2016 at 3:13pm

Randall, 'lovely' is not old-fashioned in England and is a word I'm fond of.

Glad to hear the good news, Carl. Keep up the good work. Thanks for showing the alternative to housework.

Sorry to hear about your back, Chris. I think the Danish expression for that is 'witch-shot' (hekseskud). I had one of those a few years ago and it was very uncomfortable.

Joan, you seem to have reached serenity and doing so without praying or accepting bullshit. I take my hat off to you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 2:47pm

Randy, your daughters have a special father. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 2:41pm

Christ, sorry to learn of your lumbago. 

I don't work that way anymore, not because I am wise, but because my body hurts too much. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 2:30pm

Yes, Carl, smudging is as effective as praying cleaning a house and many other chores. It is not the physical exercises that did the trick for me, it was using tools t change my attitudes. Once I examine the old, learned attitudes, beliefs and customs, and learned healthier ones, I was free of internalized imperatives.

"Love your husband to the lord," to I am worthy of respect and love.

"Turn the other cheek," to I only have two cheeks and they are not for hitting.

"Crucify myself daily in imitation of the crucified christ," to Fuck you!

Sounds easy and healthy? Yes and no.

anyway, setting limits, refusing to be assaulted, standing up or myself, were beliefs well worth developing. 

So, any of you lads and ladies who suffer under the boot of an authoritarian personality, run, don't walk, to the nearest exit and create a life worth living. 

Comment by Plinius on November 16, 2016 at 1:29pm

Congrats Carl! And you're right, bad news must be taken in moderate doses.

I had an overload of work, tried to finish everything in a short time and was rewarded an attack of lumbago. That will teach me! But today I went to work again and had everyone laughing with my stiff movements.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 16, 2016 at 1:11pm

Glad you got a good report, Carl.

Also, thanks for keeping us abreast of proper sage smudging technique! Just looking at the pic zapped away all my negative energy. (I'll be sure to contact my physician if that condition persists for more than four hours.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2016 at 12:54pm

In order to maintain my sanity I purposely stayed away from a lot of news since last week's tragic political event.  That definitely helped....some. 

I got a chuckle from the following joke and thought I'd share it. 

I hope everyone is doing well.  I had a cardiology appointment yesterday.  All is working well, just like a normal heart.  No need for another appointment until one year from now.

Possible first snow this weekend.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2016 at 12:38pm

Randy, perhaps you can update your vocabulary and say that the visit with your daughters was groovy. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 16, 2016 at 6:54am

Several things:

My three daughters had a lovely time together last week ("lovely--an old fashion term). The visiting two have returned home (Calif & Hond). They are super daughters. I'm so lucky (ages 38,41,43).

Golf and garden season is over, so I'm cutting firewood in my 7 acre woods. I lost 40-50 large trees and many more sapplings in a summer storm. I'm determined to clean it up. We'll log out and sell the large trunks.

Has anybody been watching "The Durrells in Corfu" on PBS Sunday nights? Good show. I'm interested because I was in Corfu last May. Wonderful scenery.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 15, 2016 at 5:39pm

Just wanted to let you know it's -0.2°C at the North Pole right now.

 

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