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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 December 21, 2014 at 9:17pm

Joan, thanks for posting the saxophone quartet.  It brings back tons of memories of my college days.  I spent five years as part of a saxophone quartet.  Most often I was the soprano player. 

Phillip Glass brings back lots of memories as well.  I was first introduced to his music by his famous Songs From Liquid Days album which I fell in love with and still play today.  I also had the privilege of seeing him perform live as part of a subscription music series at my college's fine arts auditorium.  His music is very mesmerizing and surreal......and yes, unmistakable.  As a musician I've never actually played any of his music, but I know it's difficult due to the riff repetition, the constant changing meter and the counter-syncopation.   

I'm also a fan of the Kronos String Quartet.  Phillip Glass has written much music for them and they have collaborated on many projects.  Kronos plays on the above-mentioned album, Songs From Liquid Days.    

Comment by kathy: ky on December 21, 2014 at 9:12pm
Cat, those are very good.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 8:39pm

Patricia, what can I say?  I love the train video!  lol 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 8:38pm

Sk8eycat, those changing photos are really cool.  Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 21, 2014 at 8:19pm

From one of my cousins:

Watch what happens when you LEFT  CLICK ON EACH PICTURE.... HOLD IT AND DRAG YOUR MOUSE GENTLY FROM LEFT TO RIGHT  ON THE ORIGINAL PHOTOS AND IT WILL BECOME THE EXACT SAME LOCATION TODAY ... 70  YEARS LATER.


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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2014 at 6:02pm

Chris, a wonderful group hug and Yuletide greeting! 

Felaine, a great idea to include those "Down Under". 

Carl, very seasonal images to get in the mood for the season. 

Patricia, such beautiful winter scenes! We have no snow either. 

Rick, your train and tracks just amaze me. What a wonderful way to spend time. Thanks for sharing. 

To all my Atheist Nexus friends, a very happy Winter Solstice! The Wheel of the Year has started a new turn. So happy to be alive, breathing and participating in celebrating the shortest day of the year. 

I'm on my way to Laura's for the week. Joy, peace and love to all. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 2:51pm

Comment by sk8eycat on December 21, 2014 at 11:15am

If anyone else has friends living in the Southern Hemisphere.....

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2014 at 5:39am

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2014 at 1:54am

First day of the winter. Hugs to all of you!

And I love the text on the solstice, Carl, thanks!

Minimal music on saxophone sounds fantastic with my first cup of coffee, thanks Joan.

 

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