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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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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 Idaho Spud on October 14, 2015 at 8:43am

Happy rails to you Randy.  I'm just a little jealous.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 13, 2015 at 11:12pm

Ian, what a wonderful way to spend the day.  Snuggled up with a fun book.

Ruth, I just finished watching the Democratic presidential debate.  At least the reality of climate change is viewed as a serious matter.  How we will react and to what degree is another issue.  Such a far contrast to the Republicans.

I'm just getting ready to start a new book.  "Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern" by Joshua Zeitz.

http://www.amazon.com/Flapper-Madcap-Celebrity-America-Modern/dp/14...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 13, 2015 at 10:34pm

I've started reading Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations, not exactly a curl-up-with book. Enjoy your pun-filled mystery, Ian.

A three-day train ride. Hope it's nice weather and great scenery, Randall, and your family visit is great.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 13, 2015 at 11:15am

Randy, have a great trip and visit.  I've always wanted to take a cross-country train ride.  Perhaps one of these days.

Comment by Plinius on October 13, 2015 at 9:29am

Looks very nice, Ian! 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 13, 2015 at 6:12am

It's a grey, cold and windy day so I'm going to enjoy a good book. In this case, "The Big Over Easy" by Jasper Fforde. It's Easter in Reading and Humpty Dumpty has been murdered. A hard case to crack for DI Jack Spratt and DS Mary Mary. They'll need help from SOCOs Baker and Kandelstykmaeker. 
If you love puns and wordplay, this is one for you.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Over_Easy

Comment by Ian Mason on October 12, 2015 at 11:44am

Hello and welcome, Fredy.

Have a great trip, Randall. You'll enjoy it when you get there.

I've been making this year's chutney today. It's really a way of using up the tomatoes that haven't ripened. It takes a couple of months to mature so I don't know what it will taste like yet but I'm optimistic. Something spicy and tangy to keep out the winter cold when January and February come.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2015 at 7:28am

Greets, Fredy, and welcome.  Please have a great time here!

Comment by Randall Smith on October 12, 2015 at 7:20am

In case I haven't mentioned it here, I'll be gone a week. Off to Sac. CA to visit a daughter and son. I'm taking the train the long route, 3 days up and through Montana, etc., and south through Oregon. Worse part, I'm too cheap to buy a sleeper car. Oh boy.

Comment by Plinius on October 12, 2015 at 2:50am

Hi Fredy, welcome here!

 

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