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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.

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AOC Flips the Religious Freedom Argument on Its Head (NowThis)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 6 Replies

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may not be an atheist, but as it comes to the issue of State / Church separation, she has just surprised the daylights out of me (most pleasantly!) with a very powerful statement she has recently made regarding the behavior…Continue

Tags: separation, religious freedom, church, State, AOC

Viruses Don't Watch FoxNews (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 12. 5 Replies

The above is the kind of headline which would likely send the Orange Nightmare into a royal hissy-fit ... but then, in addition to all the line-items outlined in the following video, viruses don't read, either!  Yes, I'm afraid that, once again,…Continue

Tags: virus, corona, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 3. 43 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

#FakeChristians (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 22. 1 Reply

Once again, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers finds it necessary to saddle up and call the soi-disant Christians of the current era on their apparent lack of anything resembling behavior that the carpenter-turned-rabbi would find even remotely…Continue

Tags: Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Short Future Coronavirus World

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 1 Reply

Recent Climate Models predict an equilibrium climate sensitivity as much as 40% higher, which means that we significantly less than a decade to avoid locking in catastrophic climate change.But who has the emotional resources to discuss our…Continue

Tags: existential threats, coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 30. 44 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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 31, 2019 at 11:03am

Australia's new year is getting an awful start. Even this may not shift the country's embrace of coal. In the US, entire towns can disappear and residents don't change their climate denial. I read that a community's response to such a disaster depends upon the presence of activist organizations and how their news frames events.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 31, 2019 at 9:55am

Randall, I have similar conflicted feelings about the new year.

Happy New Year to all, anyway.

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Comment by Plinius on December 31, 2019 at 8:28am

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst, Randall...

I hope you all have a great year!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 31, 2019 at 7:27am

Normally, I would say "Thank goodness 2019 is over". But 2020 looks even worse, what with another year of our slime ball president and election news (overkill). I'll be sticking my head in the sand more than ever. Think positive, right?!

Here's wishing all my AN friends a wonderful year.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 28, 2019 at 7:53pm

Ian, thanks for sharing your holiday with us. "Granddad" must make you feel special! I love hearing "Grandma" and "Great-grandma."

Comment by Ian Mason on December 27, 2019 at 8:24am

How were your holidays? I had a very good couple of days with my daughter, her family and inlaws. My grandson can now remember that I'm 'gandad' which was the best present of all. He's a big Peppa Pig fan.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 27, 2019 at 8:20am

That sounds like a good menu, Randall. I hope you enjoy your day.

Comment by Plinius on December 27, 2019 at 7:13am

Thanks for the invite, Randall, but I think I'll stay home..

Comment by Randall Smith on December 27, 2019 at 7:01am

Except for a high cholesterol reading (250), my annual blood test and doctor visit was good. No immediate concerns, anyway. I'm defying the doctor's recommendations that I have a flu shot and have a colonoscopy. We "argued" a bit about the pros and cons of having either. When I told him I was taking niacin tablets, he very strongly told me to STOP immediately! I won't go into details why, but I got the message.

Today, my sister is coming for a "celebration" dinner of ham, sweet potatoes, green beans, scalloped corn, spinach salad and pecan pie. We're celebrating all good end-of-the-year and beginning-of-the-new year things. You are all welcome to join us!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2019 at 12:25am

Thank you for the birthday greetings, friends.

A happy solstice to one and all.

Billedresultat for solstice

 

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