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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

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 Plinius on November 18, 2017 at 11:17pm

Thanks for the green A, Thomas! And I feel the same about company too - probably I'm afraid of this; if they are all the same, I am the one who doesn't fit in. And I hate monocultures.

It's the same video, Spud. I use facebook but mostly for contacts and events close by and for games, very useful when you're tired and stressed.  

Good luck, Ian! Luca and I are in the same condition as you are - how to reach pension despite illness and difficult working conditions. I'm glad you're still going on in a good mood!

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 18, 2017 at 9:22pm

Joan,

I was just researching on depression today, which I do weekly and I stumbled on Robert Sapolsky. I have never heard of him til today:

Robert Sapolsky on depression:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOAgplgTxfc

..and then this:" Religion is a Mental Illness" by Dr Sapolsky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJM5mipwebw

Unfortunately for me, I do not know what he is saying but perhaps other people will benefit from his " Religion is a Mental Illness " lecture....

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2017 at 8:00pm

A friend sent this to me and asked me to pass it on. Depression is described by some as like a dark blanket over life that cannot be shed. I share it gladly!

"This touches on a very personal part of my life. Depression and anxiety are all very personal mental disorders . Everyone says: "If you need anything, don't hesitate, I'll be there for you. " Most of that's BS.... I'm going to make a bet, without being pessimistic, that out of my Facebook friends that less than 5 will take the time to put this on their wall to help raise awareness of and for those who have mental health difficulties. You just have to copy it from my wall and paste it to yours.


"Please write "done" under my comments when you do!
The toughest time of the year for depression is coming to many that do have it suffer


"Depression is part of the loneliness and feeling unloved which is always harder to deal with during holidays about family. there is a lot of exclusion of good people. Invite someone to your home who is without family. You may make a new friend."

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2017 at 7:57pm

Is Booklover back? Oh! I hope so!

Comment by Patricia on November 18, 2017 at 4:40pm

Seems a rather long commute for 6 hours work. But it all helps I guess.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 18, 2017 at 4:31pm

An interesting afternoon and evening. I've worked! A temp agency offered me a 6 hour shift washing up and I said 'yes'. It was at the Ikea store's customer cafeteria, flat out all the time loading or unloading a conveyor belt of dishes and cutlery. Well, it passed the time and wasn't that bad. The negatives were 3 hours of travelling plus that scraping all the greasy left-overs into a bin took my appetite away. I don't know how much I'll be paid but 6 hours work extends my unemployment benefit by 12 hours. One or two of those shifts a week wouldn't be bad.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 18, 2017 at 4:21pm

So, the Nederlands isn't that different from Denmark. The weather is a constant topic of conversation as it can change several times a day. We've just had the wettest, cloudiest summer for 30 years but on the good side, the trees have loved it and grown up to 10% more than average.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 18, 2017 at 2:23pm

While looking for the video, I spotted this one which reminds me of my many years cycling to work, come rain or snow:

https://youtu.be/WkgKYjrNLwg

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 18, 2017 at 2:19pm

Plinius, I couldn't watch that video because I won't sign on to facebook again.  Is this the video?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys-KP8oPdvg

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 18, 2017 at 2:10pm

 Carl,

 I dunno why but I am always uncomfortable in a "all the same" setting. Like if I walked into a room of just white people, I get uncomfortable. Even though I am white socializing with only white people is like being locked up in a cage. I haven't figured out why this is so.

 So yea, the A.N. community members are a rare breed.

 

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