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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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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 The Flying Atheist on January 25, 2016 at 11:01pm

Ruth.  One thing after another!!  Sorry these many issues keep piling up on you.  Very unfair.  Seems you can't get a break to fully recover without something else popping up.  I'm thinking about you and I hope you can be satisfactorily treated.

Relax and get better soon.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 25, 2016 at 10:59pm

Ruth, it is not at all easy to get older. Each year something new springs up and it takes concentration and determination to be a participant observer to each new episode. 

Your toe infection is an example of what I mean. Who would have thought you would lose a toenail, get a fungal skin infection, in addition to the heart and G.I. track problems, and I think some other maladies you have endured since turning 71 added to old ailments? One would think the old problems would get solved before new ones crop up. No way!  They accumulate!

Exponentially!

Pause a moment, take inventory, Say, "So, this is what 71 (or 72, 73, 74) feels like?" Then look for those one or two things for which you are grateful and claim them as your focus. 

I figure we have a choice, we can feel mad, sad, afraid, ashamed, guilty, jealous, exploited, anxious, depressed, manipulated, pessimistic, or optimistic. 

Of these choices, I like the last one the best. 

It doesn't matter to anyone else or the people of the Earth; it surely does matter to me. Therefore, I choose to be optimistic 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 25, 2016 at 9:38pm

That condo is busy and dark, <chuckle>. Novel real estate.

Joan, I won't know about alternative medications till my appointment on Feb 2nd. The cardiologist is away till then.

I'm glad your weather has reverted to March-like. Could be worse.

A few days ago I lightly bumped my right big toe against a chair leg, while it was still sore from podiatrist attention two days before. It got infected and today the nail had to be removed. She said it would regrow in 6 months. Hurts.

Ever since I turned 71 it's simultaneous multiple health challenges. Meanwhile I've been fighting a fungal skin infection for 3 months. Finally improving after the dermatologist reversed the GP's misdiagnosis of a bacterial infection. Still, things could be worse. Many AN members have weathered far worse.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 25, 2016 at 7:53pm

This has nothing to do with anything, but the link below is to an article about a condo for sale here in Chicago.  The place is so outlandishly jaw-dropping that I just had to share it. 

(The selling price is very cheap, but the costs to redecorate will certainly pile up if you don't like the current theme.)

Curbed Chicago: 70s Time Capsule

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 23, 2016 at 7:43pm

Ruth, this is dreadful news about your reaction to Rx. Do you have alternative drugs that you can use? Your photo of the cross-eyed cat makes me laugh even as I feel for your condition. 

Thanks for this lovely birthday wish. It perfectly reflects how I feel about reaching this august age. 

This week offers us a cold, wet, windy week, just like a typical March day. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 23, 2016 at 6:24pm

Happy Birthday, Joan!                        image source

I despise religiously-motivated persecution of LGBT too, k.h.ky.

It looks as if the Ranexa prescribed three days ago won't work for me. I developed a side effect of being unable to merge the images from my two eyes, plus killer nausea. <sigh>

Haven't had links in messages lately, so I don't know about that.

Hugs to all.

image source

Comment by Jennifer on January 23, 2016 at 6:08pm
No email problems here.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 23, 2016 at 5:12pm

Just curious if anybody else here is experiencing this same technical email problem as I am....

My notification emails from A/N have always included clickable hyperlinks to the the posted messages and groups.  Suddenly that's no longer happening.  I am having to copy and paste the link from the email. 

My email settings for A/N and my personal email have not changed.  Additionally, emails I receive from all other sources do not have this problem.  Anyone else?  

Comment by kathy: ky on January 22, 2016 at 3:55pm
Joan, thanks for the well wishes.

Carl, good to know you are still around : )

Kelly, it is terrible that many gays are killed, in some countries and imprisoned in others, simple for being gay. And it's almost always because of someone's idea of their damned religion.

Uganda has been taken over by christianity and have become as batshit crazy as other religious countries.
Which is only one of the reasons I really despise religion. The appear to be evil.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2016 at 2:25pm

Carl, thank you for the beautiful Blooming Flowers, by photographer Michel Pepe. I searched his name and find Michel Pepe very nice sounds and images for when I want to just lay back and experience the feelings they evoke.

"80", isn't that a lovely sound?! I like being 80 and surrounded by so many loving family and friends. 

 

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