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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 Joan Denoo on August 7, 2015 at 2:15pm

Magic occurs in a child's mind when left to their own devices. I feel concern when the children coming along have every minute of their lives filled with some planned activity. I know parents feel that keeping a child busy will keep them from mischief; however, that special way of being when interacting  with events such as flowing water or web spinning of a spider activates the brain in ways that nothing else can. 

"Children who learn about nature solely from television and computers are not developing fully, They need to experience wildlife firsthand, like this child holding a snail."
~ E. O. Wilson 
Photo credit: © Renee Lee/istockphoto.com

Children who learn about nature solely from television and computers are not developing fully, Wilson argues. They need to experience wildlife firsthand, like this child holding a snail. Photo credit: © Renee Lee/istockphoto.com

Comment by Plinius on August 7, 2015 at 12:43pm

You're another dreamer, Spud! I could watch a spider weaving a web for so long that I felt like the spider.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2015 at 7:53am

Randall, I think some peoples idea of sizes is way off as well.  I think I have large hands, but not excessively large compared to the average person, but I've tried on gloves labeled "large", that were very tight.  I would have labeled them "small".

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2015 at 7:49am

Joan, I liked your story of you girls engaged in the scientific study of the pendulum, and your mad uncle not buying it.  It reminded me of  similar things I did.  I remember walking home from school, and often taking the path that led to a little bridge across a fast flowing canal.  I would stand on the bridge, gaze into the water until my mind told me that I was moving up the canal.  It always amazed me.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 6, 2015 at 7:39am

Received my second "Bernie" t-shirt yesterday. The first one was a "small" (because I am), but it was way too tight. So I ordered a "medium", which fits better, but is still snug. If I was a big guy, would "large" be large enough?

Rachel Maddow says Sanders will be speaking at Liberty Univ., Sept 14. It's a conservative school and attendance will be required. Should be interesting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2015 at 4:50pm

Carl, those thunder storms sound like the kind that can dent cars, break windows, and destroy crops. 

Our temperature now, at 2:38 is 81 degrees and it feels like a real cold spell after our over 100 degree days. We have dry lightning that sets things on fire. From the Eastern part of the state to the Western part, we have uncontrolled fires and some that have been tamed. 

The experiments we conduct at Newport will either supply our families with vegetables, or the whole place may burn down. Whatever happens, we have done all the prep-work to make our homes and out-buildings protected from fire. Pend Oreille County District Fire Dept has educated the public on how to plant for fire prevention; my adult family members volunteer. 

At my great-granddaughter's first birthday party, the family was called out on a fire. It turned out to be brush and a lone pine tree; It was quickly extinguished. 

Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2015 at 9:56am

Thanks for all the kind words! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 5, 2015 at 9:22am

Chris, knowing how to relax is one of my greatest achievements.  I really excel in that endeavor.

Randy, I couldn't agree with you more about the last two days of weather.  Absolutely perfect here as well.  This past Sunday we had two fierce storms move through this area.  Both very different in character.  Sunday afternoon was a downpour of rain with extremely damaging winds and hail.  Later that night, an incredible lightening storm came through.  But Monday and today are indeed Goldilocks days.

The Best Videos from Yesterday's Lightning and Hail Storm   

Comment by Randall Smith on August 5, 2015 at 7:24am

With all the reports of fires, floods, tornados, etc., we're having the most delightful stretch of weather I've seen in many moons. "Goldilocks" weather, I'd say. Like my good health, I'm trying to appreciate it as much as I can.  Hope your weather is as good.

I'm reminded of my old church days when the preacher would gives thanks to god for "this nice day" -- or even "this nice rain". Oh, how I would cringe and yell back, in my mind.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 5, 2015 at 6:52am

Chris, sometimes the best vacation is a NOTHING vacation: no plans, no grand schemes, no place to go and nothing to do; just hang out wherever you are and RELAX!!!

You can't beat that with a stick, most times!

 

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