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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 26, 2013 at 8:29am

I enjoy the song "Singing in the Rain", and very much liked the ice & water skating to it.

I'm a definite morning person and hate DST.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 26, 2013 at 2:55am

Cheezkake Poze (We hated those hats!) My 19th b'day

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There were 24 girls and 12 boyz on the ice in a full chorus production number...and 7 or 8 big production numbers in a show...not counting solos and pairs...so we 5 or 6 of us got to sit out at least one number, but we still had to learn them all, in case someone was sick or injured.

The bear costume was part of a "Circus" number...there were 3 of us, and we got to climb over the footlights, walk around in the audience (on rubber-lok mats), hand out lollipops, and sit in guys' laps.  Tee-hee!  The only part of the costume that was at all heavy was the papier mache' head, and it rested on the shoulders, so it wasn't a big deal.  I loved being anonymous.  I embarrassed the *bleep* out of my mother when she came to see us un Salt Lake City, and the company manager sat her in the front row....I hugged her, and yelled, "I wuv yew, Mommy!"  She didn't quite crawl under the seat...

Comment by Plinius on August 26, 2013 at 12:25am

Good morning! I love to read your stories, please tell me more! We have DST here, but no one likes it - they say it saves money on street lighting and other things.

That is beautiful skating - I'm jealous that I never learnt it but my equilibrium was never good: I even don't cycle anymore. But my eyes are good enough for reading and my hands are good for lots of hobbies and odd jobs.

I'm glad you're feeling better, Joan! 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 11:20pm

Patricia, IMO there is nothing more frightening than a "stage mother/father"!  I was lucky; my parents just wanted me to enjoy whatever I chose.  Dad turned me on to books by reading me to sleep until I learned to read by myself (took me a while; I'm dyslexic, and they didn't even have a word for that when I was in school. I also needed glasses; got my first pair when I was in 2nd grade...very unusual in 1948.) I am totally  addicted to print.

BTW, my HANDS have always been clumsy, and my best friends in high school were three of the majorettes. I wanted to go to the away games on the band bus, so I learned to play the only instrument that doesn't require manual dexterity (or reading music)...the bass drum!  I also learned how to "guide" when I was in the marching band, and that came in very handy when I joined Holiday.  Half the numbers we did involved some precision, and there was always one number in the show that was fairly close to military-type drill. Audiences loved it...when we got it right.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2013 at 9:19pm

Ruth, I am sorry to learn of your dealing with "seasonal affective disorder". I've never heard of summer time distress but I do understand the winter version, even if I did get past it several years ago. Your diagnosis makes sense. 

My mother and daughter were night people and I am an early morning one. I could not understand those two, nor could they understand me.  Now that I am sleeping all night and then most of the day, I don't know what I will be. It doesn't really matter because I am able to sleep or not, as it pleases me. I love retirement. 

Getting my blood chemistry back on track and feeling so much better, I have to ask if your nutrition levels are up to par?  

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2013 at 8:46pm
Mindy, glad you had a good time. Welcome safely home.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2013 at 8:42pm
sk8eycat "Singing in the Rain", on ice, no less. What a wonderful rendition. I get the shivers just thinking of all that water and ice. Brilliant performance.
Your skating career must have given you lots of opportunity to see and do interesting things. Those early morning rehearsals don't sound like fun at all.
I agree with you about DST! No need! We are all grown up and able to move with the sun and moon. When I lived in Alaska (1959-1961) we had two hours of twilight in winter with 22 hours of dark and 22 hours of sunlight in summer with two hours of twilight. Now, that took some adjusting.
Like your 1960 PR photo. Very glamorous! How long did you skate professionally? I know you told us, and I forgot.
Your Pee-oree-yuh costume looks heavy. Would you rather skate fully covered like that, or in tights and skimpy clothes?
Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 6:53pm

1960 program/PR pic...I'm in the center back, standing directly behind Jinx Clark (in the oyster shell.)

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 6:39pm

I took dance (ballet & tap) for six years before I suffered burn-out and quit. About a year later some retired show skaters opened a small ice studio here in Burbank, and ran ads in the local paper offering the first 10 weeks of lessons at a discount.  My mom showed me the ad and asked if I was interested....was I EVER!

By the time I was a senior in high school, I was just barely good enough to make the chorus line in Holiday...This was my favorite costume:

O, HALP! I stuk in '59. backstage in Pee-oree-yuh! Pleh.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 5:39pm

Patricia: I love Kurt Browning's version of "Singin' in the Rain" because it's such a wonderful tribute to Gene Kelley, AND my body can still feel some of the moves he does (I never could jump...too scared).  But that's the kind of skating I fell in love with when I first saw it on TV ....long, smooth edges, and fancy footwork.  I can't stand what competitive skating has evolved into the last 25 years...an effing jumping contest. Gah!

 

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