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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 3, 2016 at 1:51pm

Wow, Chris.  What a story about your neighbor!  That surely was an event to experience first hand. 

Joan, thanks for posting your beautiful photo.  Winter scenes are so gorgeous.  I also enjoy reading your descriptions of everyday life around your household.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2016 at 2:54am

And the west coast of US

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2016 at 2:50am

EarthWindMap

Observe what is happening off the western coast of Europe, Ireland and England. 

Is there anyone living in that area that can report the weather to us?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2016 at 1:37am

Ten above zero degrees F when we closed up for the night, First light this morning

Early light this morning. A stunningly beautiful day with the sound of cold temperatures as we walked on the snow. The clear air had crystals that floated down as breezes wafted through the trees.

Comment by Plinius on January 2, 2016 at 11:58pm

We went to a NYE party at the neighbours', and, as you say Carl,  the relationships were wonderfully enriched when our neighbour came out as a transgender, in a wig, a beautiful dress and a new name. Tears of joy when everyone saw that he/she is on the road to a better life, and great fun. It's the first time I saw a gay marriage turn into a hetero marriage.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2016 at 10:30pm

Ian, isn't it fun to have little ones in our lives, and memories? I surely am happy living so close to my great-grandchildren. Just now, Brooklyn wants to type you a note.

ip=oppp, Love, Brooklyn

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2016 at 10:03pm

Randy, I have a Google Alert for silverthorn.farm.com and enjoy reading their Facebook page. Your remarkable family offers an option for young, ambitious, environmentally sensitive people. You must be very proud!

silverthorn.farm.com

Comment by Ian Mason on January 2, 2016 at 9:17pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2016 at 3:03pm

Carl, your report of settling into a new normal is good to read. I am happy your sister is recovering so quickly as well. 

A quiet evening at home is my favorite NYE activity. At Laura's the whole family comes here each year and they have a wonderful time in the snow, gathering around the burn pit outside and the fire inside with hot cups of beverage. I am happy because I get to take a nap before the midnight toasts begin. I return to bed after, and others party on into the morning. I have no problem sleeping with all the partying. There are a few alcoholic spirits, but not much. Laura and Larry are light drinkers, and their two daughters are in that stage of life of wanting to get pass-out-drunk-and-be-sick-for three-days-after. At least, they aren't out on the highway with other deadly-drunk-drivers.

Our New Years Day offered lots of left-overs; we have a day off cooking. 

Settling into your home, doing what you want to do when you want to do it brings many pleasures. I think of you as you settle in. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 2, 2016 at 12:06pm

Happy New Year to all of you here!  I hope 2016 treats you well and provides good health and enriching relationships.

I spent a quiet NYE by myself relaxing in front of the boob tube watching a movie on Netflix.  I also treated myself to Kung Pao Chicken with egg roll from my favorite Chinese take-out.  Quite enjoyable. 

When by myself on NYE, I usually opt to watch something "zany" along the lines of the Marx Brothers or W.C Fields, but this year I chose a dark, disturbing film that had excellent reviews.  It did not disappoint!  Nightcrawlers (2014) [trailer] about the seedy underside of the independent cameramen who film, sell and provide film footage to local television news shows.  Great performances, cinematography and suspense.  Jake Gyllenhaal wonderfully plays a cunning psychopath. 

I moved back to my apartment back on December 21 after spending five weeks recuperating at my parent's house.  It's nice to be home.  I haven't been here since the morning of November 12, the day of my surgery except to pick up mail periodically.  Both my sister and I are feeling good and continue to get our energy back.  I have several months of physical therapy ahead of me to strengthen my legs.  Now that there's snow and ice on the ground, walking is very hazardous, so I've had to take taxis frequently.      

 

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