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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 Joan Denoo on April 25, 2018 at 1:49am

Ian, so beautiful. Is that lower one Sweet Woodruff?

Comment by Ian Mason on April 25, 2018 at 1:34am

We had a long weekend of sunshine in DK so I went walking. Some snaps:

Comment by Ian Mason on April 25, 2018 at 1:31am

Quite right, both times, Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 24, 2018 at 11:36pm

Comment by Patricia on April 21, 2018 at 3:35pm

Ain't that purty!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 21, 2018 at 3:33pm

Comment by Patricia on April 15, 2018 at 6:48pm
Comment by Plinius on April 15, 2018 at 4:01am

That would be a great thing, that filter. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2018 at 12:45am

I would like to have a filter that would identify those who are dishonest, unreliable, undependable, assaultive, sexist, or racist. Too many times I have been in a position in which I felt threatened or invaded sexually. I can't see it coming and get caught, by a closed door or by a piece of furnature. 

I had a school friend who could send out signals to men at a bar where we relaxed after class and the next time I saw her she would tell me of the wild time she had with one of the men. 

I don't want that kind of attention and believew I don't send out welcome signals to men who want to fuck. I don't think I invite such treatment and I think the aggression is in the men who initiate the action. 

Now, I am an old woman and have no desire for sexual activity. When will I be too old for men to stop acting like sophomoric college men? 

I feel for the young women who want to have control of their bodies. My college friend wanted the attention, and men read her inviting signals. I wish men and women would be able to have or not have such encounters. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 14, 2018 at 10:41pm

What a shit he turned out to be. I wonder if some sort of screening process is possible in organisations that could prevent people like this gaining top (or any) positions? Some way of weeding them out from membership?

 

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