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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 Idaho Spud on January 12, 2015 at 9:18am

My city doesn't allow us to put recyclables in any bag, so paper flies all over town.  Isn't that wonderful!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 11, 2015 at 4:45pm

Oh, and we put our recyclables in the paper bags for trash pickup.

Store2Door still uses plastic...it's part grocery and part deli.  And they DELIVER! 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 11, 2015 at 4:42pm

L.A. TIMES Editorial:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-plastic-bag-referen...

It currently applies to supermarket chains and pharmacies only; convenience and liquor stores have a year to comply.

There were attempts when the plastic bags first became ubiquitous to have them made of biodegradable plastic, but that didn't work well...and some were so flimsy that they ripped as soon as you lifted them out of the shopping cart. 

None of the pharmacies I am familiar with have ever used plastic bags, but they sure do get carried away with stapling the Rx tags to the outside of the paper bags!  Fortunately, we have plenty of staple-pullers in this house...left over from when Dad had his accounting office in the den.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 11, 2015 at 7:46am

I can sympathize with you, Ruth. My back "went out" a couple days ago which restricts everything I do. Hope you'll be improving soon.

Felaine, did I hear or read that California has banned plastic bags?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 10, 2015 at 10:16pm

Sorry Carl, received this "Server Error. 404 - File or directory not found. "

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 10, 2015 at 9:43pm

I don't think I have enough field mice that would support an owl family. The  good mousers moved away, but I notice a new cat has been coming around. Of course, I encourage them, even as I hate to have my little mouse family attacked. Mice can take down the sturdiest sunflower, corn stock or other plants so quickly. While I sick, it was fun to watch them. I don't think I will be so forgiving now that I am back on my feet. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 10, 2015 at 9:35pm

Ruth, I am so sorry you have these persistent health problems. You seem to be doing all the things possible as preventives. I assume your health care providers have the latest treatments protocols and you read up on all the information available.  

Just a little eye candy for you. 

 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 10, 2015 at 9:03pm

We just had an hour of light rain...just as the Vons/Safeway truck delivered our grocery order.  They've actually gone back to using brown paper bags; sturdy enough to stand up to a few sprinkles, and recyclable.

Ruth does hot, mulled apple juice or cranberry juice help any?  Just as a cold weather "comfort drink"?  Or tea with a cinnamon stick? 

Comment by kathy: ky on January 10, 2015 at 6:55pm
Ruth, just more joys of aging. Not. I've been staying in a lot. Our temps are like what Mindy just described. I keep repeating to myself 'it's only 60 short days'. It__being the worst part of winter.
Sometimes I actually believe it!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2015 at 2:57pm

Geez, Ruth.  What a bad spell you're having right now.  Sorry it has piled up on you all at once.  I hope you get some relief soon.

Are you also having below normal temps in PA? 

 

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