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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.

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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 Plinius on January 21, 2018 at 1:59pm

I missed that.

Comment by Patricia on January 21, 2018 at 1:17pm

Guys,

Kathy did mention it in the godless in the garden group, early Dec.

Comment by Plinius on January 21, 2018 at 12:43pm

That is a very big job to clear everything, but at least you can work on steadily - I know the long discussions with a packrat - my partner is one but she is learning. You'll feel much lighter without all that stuff and the move will be easier. You could also stack everything and have it carted away by a recycling company, or is that impossible? 

Comment by kathy: ky on January 21, 2018 at 11:49am

Chris, not much help. We only have one daughter and she works a crazy rotating split shift. With over a two hour drive roundtrip. But I can find someone to move me. The first thing I have to do is clear this place out and clean it up. My husband kept everything. And I mean everything.  Everything our gdaughters did. Every check stub, insurance info on every vehicle we've ever owned, every health insurance we've had. Warranties. I've been sorting papers, shredding and burning for six weeks  now and I've barely put a dent in it. 

Comment by Plinius on January 21, 2018 at 11:00am

That has been a bad road for you two and you're very brave, Kathy, staying in reality and not fleeing into hopelessness or whatever. Moving seems a good choice - I don't know how far you are from a town of course, but it often helps to get more contacts. When your home becomes unmanageable it's a good time to get packing. Have you got someone to help you? 

Comment by kathy: ky on January 21, 2018 at 10:33am

I'm coping the best I can.  He was diagnosed with liver cancer in April I believe. We were going to Vanderbilt but it was so advanced by the time it was found that little could be done. He had one Y-90 therapy  that had no effect other than to make him very sick. The Dr's tried to talk him into regular chemo but all they could promise was that it would make him even more sick. We discussed it and he declined further treatment. There was just to much cancer spread to far with to many complications.  From the time of diagnosis they predicted six months to a year. He lived seven months. 

We were together thirty years. Like all marriages there were good times and bad. Times we could have walked away or cheerfully killed each other but we stayed together. I don't know how to go forward from here. I'm just trying to find my way. Find a new normal. This stinking weather isn't helping any. And it's isolating. I'm going to have to sale this place and find something smaller in town that I can manage. 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 21, 2018 at 7:21am

Joan had a birthday? Missed that. Happy belated, Joan!

I may miss a few more tidbits in the next 2 weeks, as I'll be in Mexico Beach, Florida, basking in the sunshine. Yahoo! Talk to you when I return. (I leave all computer stuff at home.)

Comment by Plinius on January 21, 2018 at 4:33am

Kathy, if you want to whine you need a different approach - I'm sorry that you didn't mention the death of your partner earlier - we would have tried to lighten your load. How are you now? Did you have to do a lot of reorganizing? Can you cope?

Sending hugs.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2018 at 1:38am

kathy: ky, you describe your experience with trusted friends; that is not whining! My heart goes out to you and wish I could give you a warm hug and sit with you a while. Our friendship is a "virtual" one, however, it is as real as if we were sitting together sharing our good times and our bad. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2018 at 10:59pm

Sorry to hear about your husband, kathy: ky

I'm tired of Winter too. My sister has an extraordinarily steep unpaved drive, I appreciate how difficult that can be. Thanks for sharing that you're going through "the worst six months of my life followed by the worst winter on record." We're always interested and care. That's not whining. Sharing your experiences with friends is a strength. You deserve to be heard.
 

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