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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 sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 4:51pm

Patricia, how old is Purr-Dee?  Most cats start getting that high cheekboned look at around age 15...depends on if they are shorthairs or not, and most Persians never get that look because of their facial bone structure.

Little Pumpkin turned 15 in January of this year, and has always been small and skinny...his totally feral mother was not even a year old when she had Pumpkin and his 2 litter-mates.  Mr. P and one other had birth defects; Pumpkin's was correctable, and Tripod's was not.  (Pumpkin's umbilical didn't seal up, and he was so tiny that Dr. Mullen couldn't help him till he was about 3 months old...so he peed through his belly-button, and we had to wash him as often as possible to prevent skin damage.)

The mobile vet I spoke of in a previous post adopted Tripod..

Their mother was too feral to be adopted, and we found a place for her at the Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2014 at 1:33pm

In honor of the cats and dogs in our lives and the joy they bring, here is a little photo I found (from stock). 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 1:30pm

Carl, I think that quote about science, or a paraphrase of it, is MUCH older than Neil de Grasse Tyson.  BUT I can't remember where or when I first read it....could have been something Asimov or Heinlein said/wrote back in the late 1940s, for all I know.

BUT Tyson put it out there for the knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers to think about, and freak out. Science doesn't need their approval, it just IS.

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I just wish there was a way to keep the TP crowd, and people who need to expose their semi-automatic people-killers in retail stores from breeding. 

Just remembered something from one of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novels...a young woman yelling at a chubby past-middle-age man driving an expensive sports car on Wilshire Blvd.: "Sorry about your penis!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 12, 2014 at 12:49pm

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 11:23am

Mindy, I've been thinking of you and your Molly, and remembering what we went through with Jerry-Cat last year.  He also had a squamous cell carcinoma on his jaw, but was determined to keep on keeping on.  MUCH too long! 

The vet gave him an Rx for trans-dermal Prednisone cream that I could rub inside his ear (instead of trying to shove a pill down his throat), and it seemed to help for a while.  But I kept him too long, and had months of guilt afterwards.  He was such a loving cat, and beautiful.  The vet told me that cats and dogs with white or pale-colored fur, are much more likely to develop that type of cancer from exposure to the sun. 

Last month's issue of The Pet Press had an article on treatments by a veterinarian oncology specialist...I didn't even bother to read it.  Too painful, and how the *bleep!* do you explain to an animal that something as ghastly as chemo might help.  Just might.

We went through that with my Mom in 1984, and it did work, but she was aware of the risks, and gave her consent.  Animals are different.

Keep Molly as comfortable as possible, lavish love on her, and I think she will tell you, in her own way, when it's time. 

Having access to a mobile vet helps enormously.  We had one 20 years ago, and she was wonderful, but after serving in Bosnia with the Army K-9 corps, she'd had enough of everything, came home and sold her practice (to someone I didn't like much), and retired.

Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2014 at 8:34am

What a beautiful rose, Joan! Thinking of you all, people, dogs and cats.

Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2014 at 8:05am

Mindy, I can't stop myself from posting a picture of my friend Plinius, who died of jaw cancer. We brought him to the vet on the first day that he showed pain, and kept thinking if that was not late..

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2014 at 7:51am

Mindy, very sad news about Molly. I am so sorry. 

Patricia, I love the name, Purr-Dee! Sorry to learn of her decline.

On the other end of the life-cycle, Randall, your Molly grows into adulthood chasing butterflies. The circle of birth, development, decline and death occurs throughout time bringing joy and sorrow. My thoughts are with each of you today. 

Cary's photo of the Peace rose in his garden taken June 10, 2014. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 12, 2014 at 7:26am

Mindy, reading about your Molly makes me want to love my Molly more. She's a one year old mastiff (mostly). Loves to chase butterflies. Sure am sorry about your dog and your sadness.

Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2014 at 1:06am

Poor Molly! I hope you can give her some good times while saying good-bye.

 

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