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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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

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Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2014 at 12:21am

Welcome to the club, Carl.  Not 100% certain what's up with me, but I can't settle in to sleep either.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 11, 2014 at 12:14am

I think I'll put on some ambient music and see if that helps.  That's why I'm here at the computer. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 11, 2014 at 12:13am

HI, Chris, it's just after midnight here.  I just got out of bed because I can't get back to sleep.  lol

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 11, 2014 at 12:11am

Hi, Felaine.  That's a great story! 

Comment by Plinius on August 11, 2014 at 12:10am

Thanks for the wishes and the music, Carl, good music! Monday morning here, and we had our first weekend new style: one day for one of our two patients and one whole day for ourselves! I can't tell you how much we missed a day off this year - and how much we enjoyed doing nothing. I like your memories of the Netherlands - will put up some pictures of here.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 10, 2014 at 11:36pm

Mindy, strange coincidence....I just received an e-mail from Lori Golden who publishes The Pet Press.  Here's part of it:

I found a wonderful article you had written for The Pet Press in June 2000 (my 10th issue) all about working at The Cat Hotel and specifically mentioning Boom Boom.

It turns out my next cover story, Rachael MacFarlane, is the person who adopted Boom Boom, who is still alive and well (yet FLV positive) and enjoying a wonderful life at the age of 19 years!!
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I still remember Boom-Boom; he was a sweetheart, but  was with us for quite a while because he'd already been diagnosed, and people who already had cats were wary of adopting him.  Naturally.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 10, 2014 at 12:25pm

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2014 at 9:28am

k.h. kyput a portion that you will use in a custard cup or glass, put the glass in warm/hot water and test by putting a small drop on your wrist. The temperature should be warm, not hot, on your skin. It is best not to heat the whole bottle of liquid. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 10, 2014 at 7:45am

The one and only time I was in Amsterdam was in 1967. But I remember well the Frank's house, the Rijksmuseum (esp. The Nightwatch), the brewery (where I got drunk on the free beer), the dirty canals, and much more. I'd love to return, but not bicycling Europe like I did back then.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2014 at 11:43pm

Chris, we were in Amsterdam for several days while the Gay Games were being held there.  We knew people from Chicago who were competing in bowling.  We stayed in a guest house in Zaandam with an elderly couple who were so wonderful.  They were like cool, hip grandparents.  Everyone there was so excited that Amsterdam was hosting the Gay Games in Holland.  Such a different atmosphere than the U.S.  

Yes, I got to see the Rijksmuseum as well as the Anne Frank House, which was extremely moving and reflective.  Everything was there as it is in her diary.  The big tree in the back yard, the church down the street whose bells she could hear ringing.  It felt rather surreal to walk down the main street around the corner after seeing old photos of Nazi soldiers parading down the same street in front of the same buildings currently standing.  Holland is a really wonderful country.  

Ian, I envy your concert and theater schedule.  I can't tell you how many times I've played Ralph Vaughn Williams music.  His music is standard repertoire for Concert and Symphonic bands.  I've played his music through high school, college and currently.  I wasn't familiar with his Pastoral Symphony so I looked it up on YouTube.  It has a vocal chorus, which is why I've never played it.  I've always been involved with instrumental-only groups.  Enjoy!

 

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